Australian mama Cheryl makes these great Lidmen (and Lidladies and Lidbots and animals for the Lidland Zoo) for sale online and also offers a tutorial on how to make your own. What a great green craft for kids. If you’re lidless, or don’t think your country’s lids are as cool and colorful as Australia’s, you can also buy a kit. (via)
the big winner – Simplicity 3775!
The folks over at Pattern Review have compiled their top 15 favorite sewing patterns of 2007. Amy Butler and Built By Wendy both made the ranks. Each entry includes photos of FOs made from the patterns by Pattern Review members. I’ll definitely be picking up some of these patterns at the next 99-cent sale. (For those not in the U.S. — do you have equivalent sales or do patterns tend to hold fast at full price?)
Three helpful sewing how-tos I’ve bookmarked lately:
How to choose a sewing machine. From Dress a Day.
How to sew with knits on a regular sewing machine. From the Fabric.com blog.
How I design my bags by Lisa Lam at U-Handblog.
“Transport Pillow” by Feed Dog
Glittergoods has been on a quilted pillow kick lately.
Lovely wool tied quilt started in Grandma’s stash and finished by Redheaded Snip It
Lady Harvatine calls this “Audio 1,” inspired by the random zig zags of audio waves
Luckybeans made this red, white, and blue quilt for a lucky cousin’s baby girl
Mr. Monkeysuit found a place for all those Japanese fairy tale prints and other juvenile/novelty fabrics she’s been collecting.
Ruched made a black/white/green/blue quilt inspired by this quilt by Yarnstorm
A month or so ago Pink Chalk Studio released patterns for Anna Banana, a collection of four designs for the table. Lovely!
By Small Means has finished some fabulous white-backgrounded scrappy quilts lately – this is just one of them
You know how you tend to gift the things you make, and you realize you and your family are the last to benefit from your crafty talents? Tree Fall was happy to finally complete a superpink quilt — and her daughter adores it.
And Wise Craft made a “boy version” quilt for her son after her daughter got a girl version of the easy lap quilt from Amy Karol’s Bend-the-Rules Sewing book.
Every day in November, the Sew Mama Sew blog is posting a list of web tutorials centered around a different theme. The idea is to provide lots of inspiration for creative holiday gifts. Here’s the list:
Sew,Mama,Sew! Handmade Holidays: 30 Days of Gifts to Sew
November 1 ~ Aprons
November 2 ~ Pincushions & Pins
November 3 ~ For the House
November 4 ~ Lunch Bags
November 5 ~ Tote Bags
November 6 ~ Blankets for Baby
November 7 ~ For your Purse or Pocket
November 8 ~ Whimsy
November 9 ~ Fabric Ornaments
November 10 ~ Ties and Belts
November 11 ~ Reading & Writing
November 12 ~ For the Table
November 13 ~ Placemats
November 14 ~ Kidsâ€™ Clothes
November 15 ~ Warm those Toes
November 16 ~ Gifts for the Crafter
November 17 ~ Purses
November 18 ~ For Baby
November 19 ~ Tech Gifts
November 20 ~ Gifts for Organization
November 21 ~ Pillows
November 22 ~ Fun for Hair
November 23 ~ Soft Toys & Games
November 24 ~ Sachets
November 25 ~ For the Kitchen
November 26 ~ Embellishments
November 27 ~ Gifts for Warmth
November 28 ~ Drawstring Bags
November 29 ~ Fabric Boxes
November 30 ~ Gift Compilations
Related: The Handmade Holiday Pledge.