As usual, we have some great finds to share with you today. There’s a pleated bag, a candle mat, a kitchen scrubbie, a topiary, and HSTs again, with more detail.   All those clever bloggers out there keep producing great ideas and I get to share them with you each Friday.

I’m off with some quilting buddies to an Open House at Martelli Enterprises in Pensacola (Florida) and lunch at a great Greek restaurant.  I have a short list of needed fabric for projects I’ve committed to and who knows what else I’ll find.  See you later!

1. HSTs, Fast Easy and Accurate from Katie’s Quilting Corner found here.  Remember last week’s find on the 32 HSTs at once?  I liked it but it wasn’t as clear as it could be.  I found this tutorial this week and, while it only makes 18 at a time, it makes various sizes and it is easier to understand as she goes through the stitching and cutting process extremely clearly.  I recommend reading this.

Half-Square Triangle Foundation Piecing Tutorial

 

2.  Fabric Scraps Topiary from Cloth, Paper, Scissors found here. You have to agree that these look adorable.  What a way to use up fabric scraps, or wool scraps or even felt, and of course, buttons.

fabric topiary holiday crafts

3.  A useful item that would make cute little gifts for the women in your life.  Here’s how to make a kitchen scrubbie from Sew Take a Hike blog found here. I was given a baggie of these a couple of years ago and I’ve been hoarding my last one.  These are great even for taking the bugs off the front of the RV!!  If you can crochet, you can make these with nylon netting.

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4.  A Legacy of Stitches has a nice tutorial on a Candlelight Candle Mat.  You can find that tutorial here.  This gives you all you need to make the mat except the binding which is in a later post but it’s done like any other binding.  She used a charm pack, but I think you could go through your scraps and find what you need.

5.  Needing a new purse for the holidays?  U Handbag blog has shown many of her bags and this is one of them.  If you love pleats, this one is going to speak to you.  I noticed there are no pockets, though, and I couldn’t complete a bag without adding some.  Here’s her tutorial.

http://u-handbag.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c574653ef0176178612df970c-pi

I hope you find something in the variety of tutorials that “rings your bell”.  It’s fun to look for different items that might be new to you.  I know a few of you hop around in Blogland almost as much as I do.  If you find something you think others should know, that I haven’t shown, feel free to shoot me an email giving me the details and the URL address.  I’ll check it out and include next time if I think it fits.   Thanks for coming by today.  You are kind; you are smart, you are loved!

Marsha