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Bonus: Simple Fix for Mending Jeans

Suzannah Hamlin Stanley Stash Books ePub

Bonus Tutorial

Simple Fix for Mending Jeans

This tutorial is the most popular one on my blog, and I’ve used this essential technique many, many times on several pairs of jeans. Here’s a summary of my Simple Fix for Mending Jeans, plus some tips on how to use it for particularly tricky holes.

We all have favorite jeans, the pair that is so perfectly worn in that you can’t duplicate the softness and fit—but what happens when you wear a hole through them? It’s time to do a little patchwork.

You Will Need:

•Beloved jeans with a hole

•Thread to match the denim color

•Fusible interfacing—enough to cover holes

•Standard sewing supplies

Get It Done

1. Gather your interfacing. I recommend the nicer polyester Pellon type. Scraps from larger projects work well for this.

2. Turn the jeans inside out and assess the damage. Cut a piece of interfacing large enough to generously cover the hole and place it on top.

3. Set the iron for cotton and fuse the interfacing to the inside of the jeans. Make sure the entire hole is covered. If the jeans have spandex in them or are stretched out around the hole, you may want to pin them to the ironing board when you press the interfacing so you maintain the original shape of the jeans leg.

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Spark 12. Go Window Shopping

Carrie Bloomston Stash Books ePub

Retail, in our capitalist society, has cornered the market on creativity in so many ways. Big business means big money. Big retail brands have dollars and creative interns (armies of talented, unpaid college kids) and think tanks and more dollars and control groups and idea labs and more creative interns. Forget the actual goods—just think of merchandising, branding, and marketing. Stores are the new galleries. The creative aspect of consumerism is that we are all curating our own story through the things we buy. Whether we are conscious or unconscious of these choices, they tell a story about us to the world.


I, as a creative person, feel inspired just by getting dressed—just by which scarf I choose to wear with which pants. When I wander around my city and the world, I am looking at materials, relationships between things, objects, ideas. I am curious about the pageantry of this beautiful life—not just the beauty of the natural world (which inspires me daily), but also the pageantry of what we humans do here, the stuff that we make, sell, and buy. I have always been a huge fan of package design and international grocery stores. I love seeing the cultural differences in packaging and colors, the psychology of commerce.

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Summer Tourist Quilt

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Tourist Quilt

QUILT SIZE: 44˝ × 44˝

BLOCK SIZE: 12˝ finished

Sewing up one of these quilts is like sitting down after your last vacation to look at all the pictures you took on your trip—oh, the memories! You can use the pieces in your scrap bucket or cut a square from each new print that comes to live on your fabric shelves. Summer Tourist is a quilt to be made over time, sewing up a block whenever you have enough prints collected. This is also a great project for using leftover charm squares and mini charm squares.

If you’re looking for instant gratification, try something smaller like the Weekend Tourist. This mini quilt is a great way to showcase some of your favorite prints when you’re looking for a fun, quick finish.


Summer Tourist

44˝ × 44˝, 12˝ blocks

Making the Quilt


Make a 36-Patch block in each color group, alternating saturated and low-volume prints.

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Pod Feathers

Natalia Bonner Stash Books ePub


Paired Center Pod Feather

This fun Paired Center Pod Feather design is a twist on modern and traditional. The heavy quilting in the center of the design adds contrast and makes the feathers pop.

STEP 1 Use a water-soluble marker and a curved ruler or template to mark a curved line from the lower left corner of the block to the upper right corner of the block. Move in about ½˝ and mark a second pair of curved lines.

STEP 2 Begin stitching on the upper right corner and stitch down to the lower left corner.

STEP 3 From the lower left corner, stitch feathers up the left side of the block to the upper right corner.

STEP 4 From the upper right corner, stitch along the outer curved line back to the lower left corner. From there stitch feathers up the outer right side of the curved line.

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Designing Woman: Create a Space That Works for You

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

A few years ago my family went to a nearby animal shelter to adopt a puppy. We returned home with not one but two young dogs, a brother and sister who had been more than our hearts could resist. I suddenly found myself with five children in the house—three little girls under the age of five and two furry toddlers ready for trouble. For over a year, I spent my days running from disaster to disaster: holes in the garden, cereal all over the floor, and toys in everybody’s mouths. In desperation, I went to the library and checked out everything that offered advice on child rearing and dog training. In the end, all the books said essentially the same thing: it’s not so much about training them as it is about training you to know how to help them.

I’ve learned that the same advice applies to a lot of things in life—yes, even your sewing room. What matters isn’t the setup; it’s all about what you do with it.

Some people have perfectly decorated studios that are always a mess, while others can keep a lovely sewing corner with hardly more than a set of plastic boxes. You are the biggest factor in how organized your space is going to be and how efficiently it’s going to work for you. It involves a bit of training, of course, and a whole lot of practice. But when you have a handle on what works for you and what fits your style, it all comes together to make a place where you love to sew.

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