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Online patterns and tutorials - Cute, Quick, & Easy!

My sister (an avid blogger and beginning sewer/quilter) has recently introduced me to how valuable blogs can be (I admit, I was a big skeptic when the whole blogging fad began), because many quilter/crafter blogs include project ideas, picture tutorials, and free patterns. I have found some pretty cute stuff online and thought I'd share the links here. These are small projects, so more experienced quilters may not be interested, but if you are just beginning or want something quick and easy, I thought these were fun. (Just click on the links to see the project).

Fabric Basket - I'm anxious to try this as it looks easy, and is oh-so-cute!

Tea Wallet - holds four tea bags so you don't have to carry them loose in your purse. She also gives directions on how to cut this to make a regular wallet to hold ID or credit cards (I'm thinking this might be useful for all those frequent shopper & discount cards we end up collecting, so they don't fill up my regular wallet!)

Tutorial on How To Make A New Ironing Board Cover - I love the picture she had of her craft room and how well her new cover matched.

Criss Cross Coasters - these may actually be pretty common, but I had never heard of this stack-and-sew technique until last month when a friend showed me a potholder that had been made in the same way. I just tried a coaster last night from some leftover squares in a charm pack, and it only took me five minutes to make it! Super easy and cute! (Also, check out the sidebar on the left of her page as she has some other tutorials for adorable little crafts - I love the unusual advent calendar).

Under Cover Crate - this is a way to make a pretty cover for those plastic crates we store stuff in. I love this idea! (You actually have to download the instructions for this one; its in a pdf format.)

Funky Chickens - my mom made some of these with friends several years back, but didn't have the pattern any more and asked me to find it online. This website did multi-colored chickens, but my mom used all one color and I think I like that better. She also uses wild fringe for the "comb" so it looks a little more "funky" than if you cut it out of felt. I think she also used fabrc folded into a triangle for the beak, and it was cuter than this felt beak. But anyway, here's the basic idea, and if my mom gets some made soon, I'll post a picture so you can see the modifications. I love these little chicks!

Checker This Out - this is one of those giant checker games for the floor. Ok, this may not be THAT quick and easy (Although I don't think I'd actually make the checker pieces like she did, it would be much easier to buy those!), but its really cute and only takes basic quilting skills. This fabric she used is currently at Hobby Lobby and I love how hers looks!

Fabric Shopping Bags - if you like reusable bags and want to make your own, here's a free pattern.

Journal Covers - what a cute way to dress up a notebook and give it our own unique look! I can see making these for some of the little girls in my life! Boys too, with some appropriate fabric!

Hope you enjoy! I will be on the lookout for more fun projects and will post them again if there is an interest. I love doing quick & easy things like this in between big projects!

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Comment by Nikki on July 3, 2009 at 6:32am
Good to know! :-) They are so cute!
Comment by Ann Becker on July 2, 2009 at 11:47am
Be careful. Once you make one Fabric Basket you can't stop. I have made so many and find many places to use them thoughout my home. Hold hand towel in guest bathroom, makeup, little things by the phone and so on.
Comment by Nikki on January 4, 2009 at 6:58am
Glad you liked the chicken! I think they are fun. I want to make a journal cover too, those look so neat. I noticed when I was reading the pattern that the author is from Australia and uses the metric system! Shouldn't be hard to figure out, but it made me laugh.
Comment by Melinda Grace on January 3, 2009 at 10:47pm
and thanks for the journal cover. I am needing to make a cover for my weight watcher book and this is as close to perfect I can get!
Comment by Melinda Grace on January 3, 2009 at 10:40pm
Oh my gosh! The chicken is soooo cute and funky. I learned to make some cute chickens from Doreen Speckmann before she passed but nothing like that guy. Thanks for sharing the post and the pictures.
Comment by Nikki on January 3, 2009 at 5:15pm
Great idea about the hook for the discount cards! That would be really handy!
Comment by Barbara Fox on January 3, 2009 at 5:03pm
Thanks for the great links, Nikki. I made up a grocery tote bag today in no time. Too late for Christmas gifts :-( I added a small loop and hook for all those grocery store discount key cards. I also stitched the bottom triangles "in the ditch" along the bottom seam instead of gluing them- works great!
Comment by Nikki on January 3, 2009 at 3:51pm
My mom did her funky chicken today! She went a little crazy with the hair :-), but she hasn't made one in about 6 years and was having trouble remembering what she used to do them, so this was kind of a trial. She also didn't put eyes on this one. Here are the pictures:

Comment by polkadot on January 3, 2009 at 12:40pm
what browser are u using? if u use explorer...when u go to a site you like, click "favorites"...on mine it is marked by a gold star next to the house thing. you just click that "add" and there u go. it makes a list of all the places u like. you can "organize" them, "create a folder" it asks u to name the folder. then u can just move the link into that folder if they get too numerous. i have a folder that says "blogs" and if i see a tutorial i like for something, i have a folder that says "tutorials". hope this helps.
Comment by Anne from Maine on January 3, 2009 at 10:49am
Wow Nikki!
That post was just plum full of good ideas and links. I just spent a half hour following links. I like those quick litle projects too and I had no idea there was so much good stuff out there!
Thanks for the great post!!

Now..can anyone tell me if there is a way to "bookmark" post so we can find them again?
Anne in Maine

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