DIY Vintage Origami Ornament

05 Dec 2014

I have had a red and green origami-style Christmas ornament hanging on my tree for as long as I remember. It was made by my mother and handed down to me when I started my own family. Recently I have wanted to make more of these because I love the retro look it adds, as well as the variety in texture and color it gives to my very busy tree. This ornament craft has been around from at least the 70's, when I was a little girl, so this tutorial is probably not new, but may have a few ... more

Ruffly Trees

24 Nov 2014

This is a busy time of year, so we are always looking for projects that take very little time, but look fabulous. These Christmas Trees are exactly that! Easy-to-make, and timeless in design when made with the gorgeous Lost & Found Christmas collection by My Mind's Eye. Supplies Needed/Cutting Instructions For each tree: 1/2" dowel of desired length Base for tree Star Cut strips x WOF (width of fabric) of the following widths: Small Tree: 1", 1.5", 2", 2.5", 3", 3.5", 4" Medium Tree: 2", 2.5", 3", 3.5", 4", 4.5", 5", 5 ... more

5 Minute Wrist Warmers

17 Nov 2014

Did you know Riley Blake Designs manufactures Jersey Knit fabric? Our Jersey Knit is soft, sturdy, top quality fabric and comes in a stunning variety of prints and solid colors. With winter right around the corner, I decided it was time to whip up some Jersey Knit Wrist Warmers - perfect for embellishing and for keeping the cold air out of that little space between the jacket and gloves. These cute wrist warmers seriously take 5 minutes. If you can cut out a rectangle and sew one seam, you can make these! With a fun variety of boy and girl prints ... more

Microwave Potato Bag

10 Nov 2014

Hello All! It is great to be back and doing another pattern! I have recently been seeing some microwave products that fascinate me. I saw a bag to make baked potatoes in and I thought I can make that! There were a couple problems with the ones that I saw in the store. The first thing that I saw was that they were not big enough to make potatoes for my whole family and the second thing was they were boring. With these two things in mind I have created a pattern that solves these problems.  The most important thing ... more

Little Birdie Pincushions

03 Nov 2014

Little Birdie Pincushions

Aren't these the cutest little pincushions ever?!  You know you want to make one!   Hi, Deonn Stott here, with another adorable little "Snippet" - perfect for your own sewing room or to make as a gift for friends.   A couple of 5" squares, a teeny scrap for the beak and a bit of stuffing or filler - that's all you need!  "Little Birdie" Pincushions PRINTER-FRIENDLY INSTRUCTIONS SUPPLIES   Body:  2-1/2-inch x 5-inch rectangle (Print A)   Head:  1-1/2-inch x 5-inch strip (Print B)   Tail accent:  1-inch x 5-inch strip (B)   Wings:  2-1/2-inch square (B)    Beak:  1-1/4-inch square (Yellow ... more

Quilted Garden Pillow

27 Oct 2014

Quilted Garden Pillow Tutorial by Anorina @

 Hi there. It's Anorina here, from Samelia's Mum and today I am sharing a tutorial for a fun pillow (or if you're from where I am from, we call them cushions) using the beautiful new fabric line by Carina Gardner called Primrose Garden. The most difficult step to making this pillow is choosing the fabrics from the Primrose Garden range. They're all lovely. I decided to begin with a focus fabric for the centre and the white and red for the outer corners/borders.   Fabric requirements: C4040 Red Flowers – 1/2 yard C4045 Red/White dot ... more

DIY Modern Edge Baby Blanket

20 Oct 2014

If you have every used a knit receiving blanket, you know they are the BEST for swaddling newborns! This jersey knit receiving blanket features a raw edge binding, giving it a uniquely modern look and making it a snap to sew together! Supplies: 1 Yard Riley Blake Designs Jersey Knit Fabric for blanket front 1 Yard Riley Blake Designs Jersey Knit Fabric for blanket back Instructions: Begin by cutting front and back pieces each into a 36" square. Because each piece is one yard in length, you will only need to cut the width on the selvedge side. I do ... more

Quatrefoil Spectrum Quilt

13 Oct 2014


Quatrefoil Spectrum Quilt by Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting Fabric: Quatrefoil Basics Fabric Requirements 1/4 of Quatrefoil in Hot Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Lime, Teal, Aqua, Navy, Burgundy, and Fuchsia 3/4 yard Clean White Solid 3 yards Swiss Dot in Aqua for the Backing 1/2 yard Gray Stripe for the Binding Cutting Instructions From each Hot Pink, Yellow, Aqua, Navy, and Fuchsia print: Cut (1) strip 8.5" x WOF (width of fabric).  Subcut each into (8) 8.5" x 4.5" pieces.  Use the remaining fabric to cut (1) 4.5" square from each color ... more

Hand-Stitchery: Edge Finishes

06 Oct 2014

Blanket & Buttonhole Stitches!
Edge Finishes

Snips & Snails by Doodlebug Designs, Inc. for Riley Blake Designs Today's vintage stitchery lesson is one of the very most practical, basic stitches:  the Blanket Stitch.    It makes a great finish on applique' or the edge of a blanket (hence the name).  We'll try this simple stitch plus a couple of variations, then try her cousin, the Buttonhole Stitch. Course Instructor:  Deonn @ Quiltscapes Supplies:   Flannel - (1 yard for single layer receiving blanket or 2 yards for double) Needle - (long, medium/large eye, sharp point) Yarn or crochet thread - (coordinating color)  Course Instructions: Prepare fabric  by ... more

Quick Easy~ Double-sided Halloween Banner and Table Centerpiece

22 Sep 2014

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  Jessica here from MamaJama Quilts! I'm ready to decorate for Halloween but there never seems to be enough time to get it all done. Using the Riley Blake Designs: Banner Panels made this project quick and easy. Use the link to order your own kit to make it even easier and faster.   Banner Supplies: 1 panel of banner 3/4 yard of backing 3/4 yard batting 4 yards of ribbon Quilt Basting Spray Pinking Shears Standard Sewing Supplies Use masking tape to secure backing right side down to a stable clean surface Spray backing with quilting basting spray ... more
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