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 (                    

         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 ... 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 (               

          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 ... 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  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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... more

I Love Appliqué - Lesson III

10 Jun 2012

Lesson III ~ Turned-Edge Appliqué Basics
Turned-edge applique

"TUXEDO COLLECTION" by DOODLEBUG for RILEY BLAKE DESIGNSand "SUNDROP" Basic Shades by RBD Course Instructor, Deonn StottI love sharing tips and tricks that make the process of quilting easier (and sometimes easier on the budget), which consequently makes quilting more satisfying and enjoyable.  My motto:  If there's an easier way... let's find it!Course DescriptionNext in a series of Appliqué lessons, Lesson III is a study of several quick ways to prepare applique' pieces with turned edges for a finished look.  We'll also talk a bit about the different ways to apply ... more

Alpine Wonderland pincushion

08 Jun 2012


Hello, Brooke here from SillyMamaQuilts with a fun pincushion project using Alpine Wonderland. You will need: Several fat quarters Red felt Buttons and beads Trim Hot glue gun Poly fiber fill and lavender, if you wish. I used elastic thread to string my beads.     From Alpine Wonderland, I selected two fabrics for each tree.   I used this Clear-View Triangle ruler to cut two 60 degree triangles.     Sew the side seams, right sides together.    After sewing the first side together, I pressed it open before sewing the other side.   For the tree with trim, I anchored it in the side seam ... more

It's not Your Usual Jane Bag Tutorial

04 Jun 2012

Hi everyone! I am Sachiko from Tea Rose Home. I LOVE to design and create in any shape, way, or form. I share lots of tutorials and ideas for refashioning, sewing quilts and so on, on my blog. It is my pleasure to be here today to show you what I came up with Millie's Closet by Bee in My Bonnet that I fell in love with. {You will need} 1 1/4 yd. of Millie's Closet Main Red 1 1/4 yd. of Millie's Closet Dots Blue 1yd of sew-in fleece by Pellon (I used 988 ... more
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