MY PROJECT IDEAS & TUTORIALS

A Patchwork & Laminate Picnic Quilt Tutorial -- As part of the Riley Blake Design Team, I created this tutorial using a simple patchwork of Riley Blake's Seaside Collection for the quilt top and their Yellow Chevron Laminate Fabric for the back.

A Patchwork & Laminate Picnic Quilt Tutorial

A Quilted Chevron Tote Bag --  A step by step tutorial is for making a Quilted Chevron Tote bag, using very simple instructions and Riley Blake's Chevron fabric collection, that's casual and useful. You can take this method of tote bag making and go crazy with your own ideas, just by adding a few steps.

A Quilted Chevron Tote Bag tutorial
A Quilted Dollhouse Pillow Tutorial -- This project I created as part of the RBD Design Team! Using prints from the Little Red Riding Hood Fabric collection, a couple RBD Basic Solids, using some basic quilting, simple & fun patchwork, raw-edge applique, with a few special embellishments that you can really have some fun with!

A Little Red Riding Hood House Pillow Tutorial

A Stitched Typographer Quilt -- This project tutorial is a Quilt-As-You-Go style quilt, made with log cabin style blocks, including a simple and fun applique, and stitched typography created using the built-in text stitches in the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 sewing machines! This is definitely one of my new, most favorite styles of quilting!I hope you give it a try!!

A Typography Quilt

An Urban Mod Shower Curtain -- A "make it your own" tutorial for an Urban Mod Shower Curtain, using a store-bought white curtain, and giving it an Urban Mod style upgrade with some fun patchwork and raw-edge applique!

Urban Mod Shower Curtain

A Forest Collage Quilt Pattern -- I designed this quilt pattern specifically for the Cloud9 Fabrics collection In the Forest. A simple and perfect quilt for children of any age, boy or girl! Enjoy this free pattern HERE!

Forest Collage Quilt

A Polka Dot Rugby Stripe Pillow Sham Tutorial -- A tutorial for a Rugby Stripe Pillow Sham using just a few of Riley Blake's wonderful basics, Cotton Dots and Solid fabric. This pattern creates a high quality pillow sham look, with a wonderful flange border! A perfect project for even a beginner sewist! 

Riley Blake Design Team Project

A New Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial -- A tutorial for making a fussy cut quilt block, as part of the New Leaf Bee Block Blog Hop!

A New Leaf Block Tutorial

A Chevron Valance Tutorial -- A tutorial to make a chevron pieced valance curtain. Using just six fat quarters, I was able to make two. Directions for a 36" valance are also included!

Chevron Valance Tutorial

A Quilt-As-You-Go Tutorial -- A tutorial with step-by-step instructions for my method of quilting-as-i-go...This is definitely one of my most favorite things to do!

A Quilt As You Go Tutorial

A "Seamstress Tea Towel" Tutorail -- My newest tutorial as an Independent Project Designer for Janome, using linen, ticking, applique, and some of those amazing built-in stitches that the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 offers! This tutorial includes all the steps needed for making the linen tea towel, as well as a little applique and "I'd rather be sewing!" stitching!

The Seamstress Tea Towel -- Tutorial for Janome
A Scrappy Shoelace Tutorial -- A tutorial showing you how to create fun and funky Scrappy Patchwork Shoelaces! You can find the full project tutorial here
 
A Scrappy Patchwork Shoelace Tutorial

A Dresden Pocket Half Apron -- A tutorial for a new Half Apron Pattern, using the gorgeous Willow fabric collection by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs! Find this full tutorial on the Riley Blake Blog!!

Dresden Pocket Half Apron

A Simple Drawstring Skirt -- I created this skirt tutorial with a sweet Melody Miller Ruby Star Shining Typewriter Applique, as part of Skirting the Issue for Project Run and Play. It's designed to fit a pre-teen to teenage girl, however, it did fit me just fine, and I'm a size 6 -- the drawstring makes it work for many sizes! You can make a smaller or larger version using this method, by simply taking away or adding a few inches to the width and length!

The Drawstring Skirt 
Tutorial

Poppy Applique Pillow -- This project was completely inspired by those Poppy's out my kitchen window and my love of all things coral, using several of the amazing built-in stitches that my Horizon Memory Craft 12000 offers, and a variety of Aurifil thread, I came up with this simple and fun Poppy Applique pillow design for Janome, as part of their Independent Design Team!

Poppy Applique Pillow

Quilted Pillow Shams -- This tutorial I designed as part of Art Gallery Fabrics Fat quarter Gang, using their gorgeous LillyBelle Fabric Collection, that's quick, easy, and takes only 10 Fat Quarters to make a set! It's a great project for a beginner or if you want a small project to practice sewing those perfect straight quilting lines!

The Quilted Pillow Sham Tutorial 3

The Quilted Chevron Pin Cushion -- this pin cushion project was created as part of the Riley Blake Design Team, using very simple instructions and Riley Blake's new Chevron fabric collection.


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A Four Fat Quarter Apron --  A tutorial for a half apron that sews up quickly and requires less than four fat quarters to make! This step by step tutorial creates this basic half apron design, however you can take this simple pattern and add your own details -- applique, pockets, longer straps to wrap around to tie in the front, etc. My favorite part is that the bottom skirt fabric stays draped and you can lift the side panels to wipe your hands almost like hanging tea towels! The wide waistband makes this apron easy wearing and flattering to all our shapes, and the angled side panel pieces add a sweet feminine and flirty-ness, too! Enjoy!!

Flirty Fat Quarter Apron

Twine Pom Pom Garland Tutorial -- A pretty garland decoration made from using Whisker Graphics Divine Twine to make a colorful strand of twine pom poms.
Twine Pompom Garland

A Fly A Kite Floor Pillow Tutorial --  I am SO excited to be a part of the new Riley Blake Design Team!! This is a tutorial for a kite themed nursery floor pillow using Riley Blake's new Fly A Kite collection by October Afternoon. This step by step tutorial is for making a large floor pillow, however you can make a smaller version by simply eliminating a few steps.

Fly A Kite Nursery Floor Pillow Tutorial

A Valentine Appliqued Apron Set Tutorial -- this tutorial is for a sweet apron set for an adult and child. I use sturdy ticking fabric with simple raw edge applique to add a little Valentine village, that's perfect for wearing all year long. You can use whatever fabrics you'd like with this method of applique to add any details to suit your style or those receiving these aprons.

Valentine Appliqued Apron Set Tutorial

A Simple Scarf Tutorial : : I've added two more size variations for the Simple Children's Scarf Tutorial I shared back in September. This is a wonderful little tutorial for a beginner sewist. A project that's super quick, easy, and is all about comfort! I'm using photos from our Loulouthi Scarves, where I again used a combination of voile and flannel, to create this updated tutorial. In the end you'll have a lovely, comfortable, two-sided scarf that anyone young or old is sure to love...and actually wear.

A Simple Scarf Tutorial

Quilted Heart Throw Pillow : : This tutorial is for a fun and sweet Valentine's Day pillow cover. Using several cuts of my very favorite red and pink fabrics, cherry red wool blend felt, and little hand stitching, I created this pillow for a fast and cute V-day decoration!

Quilted Heart Valentine Pillow

Holiday Garland Pillow : : A tutorial for a simple festive Christmas-y pillow cover. This pillow was completely inspired by my love for garland. Using multicolored cuts of wool blend felt with scalloped edges and colorful ric rac to connect them, I created this pillow thinking it’ll be the perfect decoration to welcome another year of handmade goodness!

Holiday Garland Pillow Tutorial

Felt Leaf Garland (updated) : :  Fall is the perfect time to get out and get creative by doing nature-inspired art projects with our children. This Felt Leaf Garland project is all about using the natural beauty in the colored leaves of this season to create and inspire an art project for the kids and you to do, together.

Felt Leaf Garland

A Simple Children's Scarf Tutorial -- This is a wonderful little tutorial for a beginner sewist. A project that's super quick, easy, and is all about comfort for your child.

Practical Fall Sewing : : A Simple Children's Scarf Tutorial

Quilted Stripes Pillow Tutorial -- My Favorite Colors Stripey Toss Pillow. A project designed to showoff your favorite color combinations that's quick, easy, and turns out super cute! It's a great project for a beginner quilter, if you want a project to practice sewing those perfect straight lines with your machine, and also great if you need to get a little hand quilting practice in.

Purple, Grey, and Yellow Strip Pillow

My Favorite T-Shirt Toss Pillow -- an up-cycling tutorial for a simple pillow cover using an old, favorite t-shirt. A project designed to save your favorite t-shirt by turning it into a new pillow!

T- Shirt Pillow -- Finished Front

Summer Crown Tutorial -- Use the GO! Baby fabric cutter or hand cut felt flowers to make a Felt Flower Summer Crown that's fast, easy, and super cute! 

Finished 3
Fabric Pompom Tutorial -- A fun twist on pom pom trim.  Instead of using premade trim tape with fuzzy fabric balls, create your own little poufs from scrap fabric and add them to the edge of a project.  This is sooo cute, and a great use for bits of leftover fabrics : :

Fabric Pom Pom Tutorial -- Apron Upgrade
A Fabric Lover's Apron Tutorial -- A half apron sewing project designed to show off your most favorite fabric collection : : 

Loulouthi Apron Tutorial
Bottling Rainbows -- Organize your fabric scraps with the help of your little one : :
 
bottled rainbows and other bottled "stuff"
 

Celery Stamped Valentines : :


Sewing Together -- Sewing Buttons 101 : :


Patchwork Desk Mat : : 


Warm Heart Tutorial : :  

Felt Leaf Garland -- A Picture Tutorial : : 


Sewing Together -- Paper and Stitch Garland : :


Embroidery Hoops for Little One's -- Jacob's and Kaiden's : :


I am still adding past projects to my little list here, 
as well as many new ideas and tutorials to share with you. 
Please do stop back!

Terms of use : : 
Please feel free to use any of my tutorials and project ideas! 
All that I ask is if you create something inspired by my(our) work, 
that you please link back to my blog and that you not use my own photos.
Thank you for respecting that!
 ~ Maureen ~