English Paper Pieced Challah Cover
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by Abby
1y ago
I just finished this English Paper Pieced challah cover. I’ve been working on this project on and off (mostly off) for about a year. The block pattern came from The New Hexagon by Katja Marek. I love this book so much. With 52 ways to divide up a hexagon template, you could devise projects for the rest of your life! While looking through it I noticed one block looked like it had a Star of David in the center and this made me think I could use it to create a piece of Judaica for our family. A challah cover felt like a reasonable project. The solid fabrics are Moda Grunge which I like because t ..read more
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Making Raggedy Ann
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by Abby
1y ago
I’ve wanted to make a Raggedy Ann for many years now. I had sketched her out in my sketchbook and created a Raggedy Ann board on Pinterest. But I kept getting caught up in the legalities of selling an unlicensed Raggedy Ann pattern. The Raggedy Ann and Andy characters seem to be in the public domain, but I haven’t been able to figure out if the look of the doll is? So, I put the idea aside for a long while. Just recently, for some reason, it came back to me and I thought why not just make her and not create a pattern for sale. I feel like Raggedy Ann is such a classic doll and also such a cha ..read more
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13 Gifts Nerdy Teens Will Love
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by Abby
2y ago
If you’re looking for a gift for the off-beat, nerdy, and all around awesome person in your life, look no further. From custom plushies based off of the popular online game Among Us, to handcrafted Harry Potter wands perfect for cosplay or every day spells, I’ve got you covered. Links in this post are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage at no additional cost to you. Thank you. This DnD dice-shaped bath bomb dissolves in water to reveal a complete set of dice! Great for role-play-game fans and lots of fun to use! These adorable Among U ..read more
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3 Reversible Bucket Hats for My Kids
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by Abby
2y ago
I’ve just finished three reversible bucket hats, one for each of my three kids. This was a project that I started early in the spring, inspired by my oldest daughter who wanted to make a bucket hat for herself. We bought the Betz White Reversible Bucket Hat PDF pattern and I helped her make one with fabric from my stash. She wanted another one, made from more ideal prints so we ordered some from Hawthorn Supply. Due to the pandemic, it took a while for everything to come in. Meanwhile, I made a size medium hat for my youngest daughter and ordered plaid fabrics to make another for my middle c ..read more
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8 Summer Camp Crafts that Bring the Magic of Camp to You
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by Abby
2y ago
One of the best things about summer camp, besides making new friends, swimming, and playing Capture the Flag, is coming home with armfuls of arts-and-crafts to show your family. Since many camps are canceled this summer, we’re doing our best to bring the joy of camp crafting to our kids at home. I came up with this list of camp craft kits that will help bring summer camp right to your door this summer. I hope you enjoy them! Let me know in the comments what your favorite camp craft was as a kid. Links in this post are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I will receive a ..read more
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Heart Mini Quilt
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by Abby
3y ago
I’m super excited to have finished this heart mini quilt in time for Valentine’s Day. I actually cut this quilt out last January and have been very slowly stitching it while on phone calls and long car rides. It was slow going until the last month or so when it all finally came together. This quilt is English Paper Pieced. I designed it using a heart block with small diamonds in between – super simple, but I think with just three colors its a striking design. The red fabric is Tula Pink and the gray is an old Cotton + Steel print that I also used for the binding and the backing. The white is ..read more
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Sewing Projects in Progress
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by Abby
3y ago
I’ve been doing some sewing lately! I will confess that I’ve been on a bit of a sewing hiatus for a while. When I became the full owner of Craft Industry Alliance in May of last year I needed to shift my focus to that business almost entirely. There was just so much to learn and so many projects to tackle. Now that I feel I’ve got a handle on things I’m slowly getting back to my sewing table. First, I made a quilt for our friends Ethan and Matt. They just had a second baby. I made a quilt for their first daughter so I really wanted to make another one for them. I had this April Rosenthal Jell ..read more
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4 Craft Books I’ve Been Enjoying Lately
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by Abby
3y ago
It’s winter vacation here which means I have three kids hanging around the house for two weeks. In our family, this means major crafting is taking place. A trip to the library yielded some great books to guide us and I wanted to share our favorites with you. My daughters are 9, 13, and 15 and these are books that we’ve all enjoyed equally. Some of these titles are fairly new, and others have been out for a while now. Amazon links in this post are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase I will get a small percentage at no additional cost to you. Thank you. Here are four craft ..read more
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The Perfect Sleepover Party Craft: Fleece Tied Pillows DIY
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by Abby
3y ago
My daughter, Josephine, turned 9 this week and had a Harry Potter-themed sleepunder party. For those of you not familiar with a sleepunder, it’s a party where everyone comes in their pajamas with a favorite stuffed animal, has dinner and watches a movie together, and then goes home before bedtime. So all the fun parts of a sleepover, without the exhaustion of a sleepover! We were searching for a craft the girls could do together and we arrived at what I think is an ideal sleepover party craft activity so I thought I’d share it with you. I love this craft for a few reasons. There’s no mess and ..read more
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8 DIY Ornament Kits to Make or Give This Holiday Season
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by Abby
3y ago
The holidays are a perfect time to get crafty. Spending time with family and friends making decorations together can be a great excuse to try a new technique. Maybe needle felting is something you’ve always wanted to experiment with? Or cross-stitch? When I’m yearning to venture into new crafty territory I like to start with a kit that shows me how to make a small project. That way I know I’ll have everything I need and I won’t be overwhelmed. Sound like fun? I’ve scouted 8 DIY ornament kits in a variety of craft mediums all of which are available on either Etsy or Amazon. Order one now to ma ..read more
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