Pumpkin Pincushions

13 Jul 2012

Hi, I'm Nancy from the SewSewHappyBlog and I am excited to be making a pincushion for Riley Blake. I know its hard to think about fall and Halloween when its 103 degrees outside, but fall will be here before you know it. Today we are going to be making pumpkin pincushions. I am using the Costume Clubhouse collection from Sheriberry. I just love the colors and the adorable designs on the fabric.  

I could not decide which fabric to use, so I decided to make three pumpkins. They are quick and easy to make and you'll have your ... ...read more

I Still ♥ Appliqué! IV

09 Jul 2012

Lesson IV ~  Needle Turn Appliqué
Applique series sample blocks

Instructor:  Deonn Stott Course Description:  Ever wonder how quilters get those intricate little pieces appliquéd onto quilts?  Today's lesson may help to solve some of the mystery, and maybe give some clues for practical, portable, everyday quilting techniques. We've explored several ways to "apply" fabric shapes in our quilting:  raw edge, turned-edge, even chenille appliqué.  Today's tutorial takes us to the very traditional method of back-basting or what's often referred to as "needle-turn" appliqué.     Supplies:Fabric, needle, thread.  A few other incidentals.  That's it, nothing fancy.  Not even a ... ...read more

Spools Pincushion

06 Jul 2012

Spools Pincushion

Printer-Friendly Instructions Course Instructor: Rebecca from Charley, Dee, & Me   Course Materials: 3 fat quarters of your favorite RBD prints 1/8 inch wide elastic 8 small spools (with or without thread) polyester batting scraps 1. Of your three fabrics, choose two of them to be the top and bottom of your pincushion and one to be the binding. Find a circle template or bowl that is about 9 inches in diameter. Trace the circle on the wrong side of both the top and bottom fabrics. Cut out and set aside. 2. Using your binding fabric, make two sections of 2-inch ... ...read more

Santa's Workshop Countdown to Christmas in July Chain

02 Jul 2012

Christmas Countdown Chain A tutorial using Santa’s WorkshopRiley Blake Designs Printer Friendly Instructions   Course Instructor: Bree McElroy from Distant Pickles (www.distantpickles.blogspot.com)                    

         Fabric Line: ' Santa’s Workshop ' by Doodlebug Designs for Riley Blake Designs   Course Materials: 20 total strips (3”xWidth of Fabric) or One Rollie Polie in Santa’s Workshop 1.5 yards 22”wide medium weight interfacing 1 package of hook & loop tape, sew-on (30” length) Basic Sewing Supplies (rotary cutter, ruler and mat, machine with thread) Embellishments such as Sew Together Ric-Rac , Trims, or Buttons (Optional)       Course Instructions: ¼” seam used throughout Cut a total ... ...read more

A Bohemian Blowfish Pincushion

29 Jun 2012

  Bohemian Blowfish Pincushion A kitschy pincushion using Bohemian FestivalRiley Blake Designs Printer Friendly Instructions Course Instructor: Bree McElroy from Distant Pickles (www.distantpickles.blogspot.com)               

          Fabric Line: ' Bohemian Festival’ by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake Designs Course Materials: 1 fat quarter each of 2 fabrics from Bohemian Festival (or scraps equaling 2 fat quarters) 2 child safety eyes, 12mm size 7-10 pennies Fiberfill stuffing or crushed walnut shells Basic Sewing Supplies (needle, thread, scissors, machine) Downloadable templates (here)     Course Instructions: ¼” seam used throughout Are you ready to create your own adorable Bohemian Blowfish Pincushion? Lila Tueller’s newest line, Bohemian ... ...read more

Plumb Pudd'n Table runner

26 Jun 2012

You've always wanted to make one of those addorable table toppers but thought it was too hard, Now's your chance to show everyone that you can do it!!!!!

I deigned this table runner patter for one of the many classes I teach.  If you'd like me to email you a printer friendly version of this, email Debbie at info@cuteandcozyquilts.com  We want to thank Riley Blake Designs for use of the beautiful fabric! I used the Paris & Co line.  You will need the following measurements from the Paris & Co line, or another that you love; Fudge ... ...read more

Flower Shop Pincushion Tutorial

22 Jun 2012

Hi there, I'm Molly Culley from Stitch-N-Thyme Designs, and I'm thrilled to post my first tutorial on Cutting Corners for Riley Blake Designs.  Today I'd like to share a quick pincushion project with a flourish!  This project showcases Lila Tueller's gorgeous Bohemian Festival...the perfect fabric for fresh summer sewing!  Thanks to Riley Blake Designs for the opportunity to present this pincushion. Supplies: 1 5" Stacker 1-Fat Quarter of Choice--I chose one that had the biggest flower for the embellishment. I used the same fabric for the pincushion backing. 4.5"x6.5" rectangle of muslin ... ...read more

Puppy Placemat

18 Jun 2012

Puppy Park Placemat and Party Collar

Hello!  I am Sara from over at Porcupine Quilts.  I am super excited to be back again on Cutting Corners University.  Today I am bringing you a tutorial for a little placemat to use under your dog's bowl to catch all those drips and spills.  You could also use it to cover your car seat if you have a traveling pup, or on top of their favorite chair.  It makes a great gift for any dog lover in your life. Read all instructions through at least one time to get an idea of ... ...read more

Fly a kite pincusion.

15 Jun 2012


Kite is not just to fly outside you can have them next to your sewing machine !  This fly a Kite collection is so cute. The collection itself inspired me to make this Kite pincushion.  Hope you enjoy it ! Course Instructor: Natt Smith at  Awesomeness of Crafting Fabric Line: Yello Floral from Fly a kite collection, October Afternoon for Riley Blake Designs.   You can download pattern and instruction here ---> Printable Instruction Printable pattern Seam Allowance is 1/4”.     Instruction :   I would recommend you to pin paper piece pattern onto fabrics to make it easier to cut.     Thank you so much everyone ... ...read more

Pin Cushion Cottage

15 Jun 2012


Measurements of the finished pincushion are: 3” x 3” (base) and 4” high at the tallest point of the house. Material List: 12” x 12” square of doodlebug “tuxedo” black & white fabric for house 12” x 12” square of iron on interfacing 8” x 6” fabric for roof 4” x 6” warm & natural3” x 3” foam board, for inside bottom of house 20” of pink rick rackwhite fabric scraps for five windowsassorted flower and leaf buttons, button doorknob and bluebird braddie coordinating thick thread to match button colors bright green thread for window pane dividerspoly fiber fill and another stuffing ... ...read more
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