Shall We Gather III ~ Elastic & Shirring!

02 Jun 2014

Shall We Gather III - Elastic & Shirring

Gathering with E-L-A-S-T-I-C today! Hi!  Deonn here, with a slick little tutorial to continue my sewing basics series, "Shall We Gather?"  Today, we'll take a brief look at the use of regular old elastic, try a little bit of elastic ribbon, then we'll use elastic thread for another great vintage technique:  Shirring!   At the end of today's lesson we'll make a sweet little dress with this technique.  And just in case you missed the previous lessons, see Lesson I for tips to create beautiful gathers with your sewing machine.  Lesson II teaches the fun, vintage art ... ...read more

Quiet book ~Knock Knock Who is There?

30 May 2014


{You will need} White on white (white stitched circle)--- 1/3"yard Red small chevron(tone on tone) --- 1/8 yard or fat quarter 1 Bitty stackers/Honey comb dots(3.5 inch) Thin cotton batting Clear plastic {How to}--- Use 1/4" seam unless directed otherwise. 1. Cut fabrics according to what is shown in the picture below. 2. Let's start from the roof. With right sides together, lay small white square on the red rectangle. Make sure that the seam and corner match perfectly. Draw a line from the bottom corner to the diagonal corner on the ... ...read more

The Casual Straight Skirt in Jersey Knits

26 May 2014

Casual Straight Skirt Title

Updated 6/6/14 with revised formulas for skirt panels. Hi, there! This is Bonnie from Fishsticks Designs, and I’m excited to be back at Cutting Corners College with another knit sewing tutorial. This last time I was here, I mentioned that not only do I love sewing knits, but I also have this plan to get all the sewists around the world to fall in love with sewing knits, too! Are you there yet? If not, maybe this simple pattern will do the trick! This quick and easy to sew skirt is stylish and comfortable. It takes advantage ... ...read more

Polka Dot Pinwheels Quiet Book Page

23 May 2014

Polka Dot Pinwheels  Quiet Book Page Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Hello Riley Blake readers! My name is Melissa Mortenson and I blog over at the Polka Dot Chair... and yes in case you were wondering, I do LOVE polka dots!   I'm very excited to be sharing with you this idea for a quiet book page.  Even though I'm out of the stage of using quiet books (I have 3 teenagers now) I absolutely love the idea of the Quiet Book series that Riley Blake has been posting all year.  There have been so many really creative book page ideas.  This quiet book page features 3 different pinwheels that ... ...read more

Paris JOURNAL

19 May 2014


Printer-Friendly Version Hello, my name is Kathy!  I designed this journal cover using a combination of the Pepe in Paris collection and Hollywood Medium Damask.  This journal makes a great gift and it is so easy and fun!  The journal itself is a standard Composition book.   Supplies: Fabric A - 1/2 yard - Journal front/back  (Hollywood Black & White)  Fabric B  - Fat Quarter  - Journal front edge  (Paris Airmail Lime) Fabric C  - Fat Eighth  -  Journal front flange  (Lime solid) Fabric D  - Fat Quarter  - Journal front applique  (Paris Stamp Lime)  Fabric E  - 1/2 yard - Solid white flannel - inside lining/padding Composition Notebook ... ...read more

Enchanted Mermaid Quiet Book Page

16 May 2014

Enchanted Mermaid Quiet Book Pattern by The Sewing Loft

Hello Riley Blake Readers!  I'm Heather from The Sewing Loft and I'm super excited to be stitching with you today.  Since the beach is one of my favorite places during the summer, I wanted to create a page for my quiet book that infused some sort of ocean life.  You never know what you pretty things get washed up in sand. Printer-Friendly Version Let's get started. Material List: Enchanted Mermaid Template assorted fabric for tail, body aqua wave fabric for waves ric rac for hair lace for details poly fil for stuffing the body paper backed fusible ... ...read more

Tummy Time Star Hexi Mat

12 May 2014

kelliottmagic.com Hexi Mat

 Printer-Friendly Version Hello again Riley Blake Fans, My name is Kelly and I am from kelliottmagic.com.au.  I love sewing/creating and live in Brisbane, Australia. This is my third project with the delicious Riley Blake fabrics and I will take you step by step creating the ultimate Hexi mat perfect for tummy time as well as several other uses. I have used one Lazy Day 3.5” rolie polie, some Shades Blender yardage (Turtle) fabric. The mat finishes at 39" across Enjoy! Fabric & Supply Requirements 13 strips x 3.5” Rolie polie (you will have leftovers) 1.5 ... ...read more

Ant-i-Social Quiet Book Page Tutorial

09 May 2014


Quiet Book Series   Shhhhh a few of us were busy at creating a Quiet Book page for the Quiet Book Challenge at Riley Blake Design... Check out the BOOK pages, ( link above)  many of the entries are pretty amazing... This will make for a very interesting Quiet Book for sweet young Tots...   Today I brought along a few ANTS to enjoy the event.. What is a picnic without ANTS...?   So not to keep you ANT-cipating any longer... are you ready to go on a Maze?   You will need this Pattern.   ( just print it out on a regular sheet of paper ... ...read more

Manny Monster Quiet Book Page

02 May 2014


Hi, Em here from Em's Scrapbag.  As a mother of three boys I knew I would make a quiet book page that was a little off kilter.  I had fun coming up with this idea and see more quiet book pages in the future.  I think my little guy needs some friends to pal around with.  So without further adue meet Manny Monster, a wild and crazy guy that is sure to bring a smile to your little person.  With buttons to practice dexterity and a zipper mouth with a fun tongue to stick out and wag, he is ... ...read more

Springtime Folding Chair Makeover

28 Apr 2014


Spring is here and I thought it was high time to give my ugly old folding chairs a fresh new look! This project is easy and scores high in the little bit of work = big results category. Riley Blake's laminate fabric has a wonderful soft hand, with a laminate coating on the top side, making it perfect for raincoats, lunchboxes, spill mats, tote bags and more. These chairs are headed to the Spring International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, so if you are there, be sure to stop by the Riley Blake booth and take a peek! Here is what ... ...read more
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