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Drafty Door Decor

Kirstyn Cogan Stash Books ePub

Drafty Door Decor

Finished Size: Approximately 6˝ × 45˝

This simple reverse-appliqué project adds a bit of warmth and modern style to any drafty door.


Wool or wool-blend felt: 1 yard each of 2 different colors

Paper-backed iron-on adhesive: 1 yard (I used HeatnBond Feather Lite.)

Fabric-marking pen (Always test on a scrap of fabric before using. I recommend using FriXion pens.)

Fine-tip permanent marker

Sharp-pointed scissors to cut felt

Coordinating thread

Long ruler or measuring tape

Polyester stuffing: 12 ounces

Copy/printer paper: 2 sheets 8½˝ × 11˝

Optional but Helpful

Rotary cutter, clear Omnigrid ruler, and self-healing cutting mat

Embroidery floss

Embroidery needle and threader

Buttons or other embellishments

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Take It In: Take In Jeans

Suzannah Hamlin Stanley Stash Books ePub

Take It In:

Take In Jeans

When a pair of jeans or pants is roomy beyond what a belt or a little elastic in the waistband can fix, you may have to do some denim surgery to make them fit the way you want. But it can be done! In this project you’ll learn the steps to take apart structured pants or jeans and put them back together, good as new but an inch (2.5cm) or so tighter.

To change the size of the pants, you can take in the center back of the jeans, as is described here, or you can take in both side seams. I recommend you take in no more than 1˝ (2.5cm) at any one place to avoid an odd bubble shape at the merged bottom of the seam.

This technique does involve a number of steps, but it’s worth it to achieve a custom fit with a favorite pair of jeans or pants. For much-too-large pants you really want to salvage, try to take in the side seams; just make sure you take in the same measurement on both sides. (Taking in both side seams may be necessary if you need to take in more than an inch [2.5cm] or so, but it’s twice the work of taking in only one place—the center back.) Taking the time to do every step correctly will make for a much more flattering pair of jeans!

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Fabric Flower Swag

Kirstyn Cogan Stash Books ePub

Fabric Flower Swag

Finished Size: 3˝ × 52½˝ (with 4˝ metal rings)

Nothing says summer more than fresh-picked (or, in our case, fabric) flowers. Flowers are a welcome sign that the warm weather celebrations are here! On Midsummer’s Eve, it’s a tradition to start the day by picking as many fresh flowers as you can carry to decorate wreaths, a maypole, and the house. This floral swag is a great way to bring friends and family together to celebrate the season—it becomes a real flower factory when there’s more than one of you making these! Your fabric flower swag can be hung on an entry door or a wall or used as a table runner—indoors or out.


Medium-weight white linen or linen-blend fabric: ¼ yard of 55˝- to 60˝-wide fabric OR 1¾ yard of 42˝- to 45˝-wide fabric

Quilting-weight cotton: ¼ yard or 1 fat quarter each of 7 colors: bright green, dark green, yellow, yellow-orange, orange, dark orange, blue

White quilting-weight cotton: ½ yard

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Spark 7. Permission

Carrie Bloomston Stash Books ePub


First, my creative parents said yes to my creativity, even as a baby. Then my first real art teacher was Dicki Arn. Starting in kindergarten, she held my Spark in her palms and blew gently on my tiny flame all the way until sixth grade. We are now Facebook friends. In my heart, I know she is the reason my whole life has unfolded as it has.

As I grew up, I studied with several teachers, and eventually I met Anne Arrasmith, an artist and visionary working in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, at a studio she created called Space One Eleven. I was probably about eleven when I started studying with Anne. I studied with her until college. Her teaching style was radical—she didn’t teach anything. She just said to her students, “Come on in, y’all. Now, let’s get to work!”

She gave her students nothing but space, time, materials, and permission. She offered an open door to her wild studio filled with crazy, sophisticated materials and tools. Space One Eleven took up a whole old building downtown. It had a wood shop and rooms upon rooms of stuff—it housed a pottery studio, a resident intern who painted huge oil paintings of weird Grateful Dead–inspired frogs, and a photographer’s lab.

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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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