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Make It Tonight: Square Pincushion

Fabric: Winter’s Kiss collection by Lonni Rossi for Andover Fabrics

Choose a favorite fabric and make this quick-to-sew pincushion. Stack two buttons to top of your cute creation for bright accents. Make a bunch for your sewing friends or keep one handy for on-the-go sewing. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.



  • 2–4-1/2″ squares red print
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 1–1-3/8″ diameter white button
  • 1–5/8″ diameter yellow button



Assemble the Pincushion:




1. Layer two red print 4-1/2″ squares with right sides together. Pin pieces together.





2. Beginning in the middle of one edge, sew together pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 1-1/2″ opening along one edge for turning.



3. Turn right side out. Use a chopstick or knitting needle to push out corners; press.

4. Use a chopstick or knitting needle to gently push small tufts of fiberfill through the 1-1/2″ opening.



5. Using a needle and matching thread, sew the opening closed.

6. Stack and sew buttons through all layers to complete pincushion.

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Make It Tonight: Quick-Sew Santa Sacks

Fabrics: Retro Christmas collection by Cynthia Frenette and Remix Metallic collection by Ann Kelle both forRobert Kaufman Fabrics


Fill this make-it-in-minutes Santa Sack with real gifts for under the tree. Not only is this great as a toy/gift bag, it’s the right size to use as a pillowcase or a laundry bag. The Elf Sack is for a smaller stash of treasures (all elves know great things come in small packages). This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.



Materials for Santa Sack:

  • 1 yard cotton print
  • 1-1/3 yards 7/8″-wide polyester ribbon
  • Water-soluble marking pen


Santa Sack finished size: 30×20″ (fits a standard-size bed pillow)


Materials for Elf Sack:

  • 1 yard cotton print
  • 1-1/3 yards 7/8″-wide polyester ribbon
  • Water-soluble marking pen

Elf Sack finished size: 15×22-1/2″

*Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42″ of usable fabric width. Measurements include 1/2″ seam allowances. Sew with wrong (unprinted) sides together.



Cut Fabric for Santa Sack:

From cotton print, cut:

  • 1—35-1/2×41″ rectangle


Cut Fabric for Elf Sack:

From cotton print, cut:

  • 1—28×31″ rectangle




Assemble the Sack:


1. Using water-soluble pen, make marks on one long edge of rectangle 7-1/2″ from top edge, 8-1/2″ from top edge, and 1/2″ above bottom edge.


2. With the wrong sides together, fold the Santa Sack rectangle in half to make a 35-1/2×20-1/2″ rectangle. (Fold the Elf Sack rectangle in half to make a 28×15-1/2″ rectangle.) With markings facing up, pin long edges together and across short end at bottom of rectangle.


3. Sew along pinned edges using a 1/2” seam allowance. When you reach the dot marked 7-1/2″ from top edge, stop stitching and backstitch. Cut threads. Resume stitching (beginning with a backstitch) at marked 8-1/2″ dot, leaving a 1″ gap in stitching. The gap in the seam will form the opening for the ribbon casing.

4. Continue sewing along long edge. At bottom corner stop with needle down in the fabric when you reach the dot 1/2″ from bottom. Lift the presser foot and pivot the fabric and continue sewing across the bottom of the bag.


5. Press side seam allowance open.


6. Turn under top 5″ of bag to inside; press.

7. Open up pressed edge. Press under cut edge 1/2″ for hem


8. Refold to inside at 5″ mark with 1/2″ edges still turned under; pin.


9. Sew bag top 4-1/4″ from top edge to secure folded hem. Make sure you’re not sewing the bag shut. TIP: Use a masking tape strip to mark 4-1/4″ line as a guide for even stitching.


10.  Turn bag right side out; press flat.


11.  Stitch two more rows 2-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ from top edge. The opening in the seam should fall between these two rows to make the ribbon casing.


12.  Using a large safety pin at one end of the ribbon length, thread ribbon through the casing opening. Keep ribbon as flat as possible as you pull it through stitched casing and bring it back out through opening to make drawstring.


13.  To prevent drawstring from being pulled out accidentally, pull ends through casing so both ribbon ends are sticking out evenly; use the large safety pin to pin ends together. Machine-stitch through the middle of the casing (opposite the opening) to secure the drawstring in place.


Fabric: Spot On collection by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

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Make It Tonight: Easy Fabric Ornament


Fabrics: Holiday Hoot Flannel collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott


Make a list and check it twice for must-have holiday ornaments you can finish in a snap using festive novelty prints. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.



  • 3-1/2″ square fabric (ornament back)
  • 3-1/2″ square fabric (ornament front)
  • 3-1/2″ square batting
  • 6″ length of ribbon: (hanger)
  • Pinking shears
  • Circle Template (see bottom of blog for download)


Finished ornament: 3″ diameter



Assemble Ornament


1. Layer ornament back right side down, batting, and ornament front right side up.


2. Using the circle template (click here), trace around the circle with a marking tool. Pin all layers in place if desired.


3. Using a decorative stitch on your sewing machine (we used a zigzag stitch), sew layers together about 1⁄4″ from edge of each circle.


4. Using pinking shears, trim around edge of the circle, cutting through all layers, to make an ornament.


5. Fold a 6″-long piece of ribbon in half. Position raw ends on ornament back about 3/8″ from top edge of unit. To attach hanger and complete ornament, hand-stitch ribbon ends securely to back and batting only, making sure no stitches show on front of ornament.

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Make It Tonight: Pot Holders

Bring a touch of DIY to your kitchen with handmade pot holders. These reversable accessory is perfect for adding a punch of color and style to every meal!This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.



  • 8″ square Print A
  • 9×11″ rectangle Print B
  • 7-1/2 square insulated batting (such as Insul-Bright)
  • 8″ square cotton batting
  • Basting spray
  • Chopstick or pencil
  • Matching or contrasting thread
  • Water-soluble marking pen


Finished pot holder: 7-1/2″ square


Cut Fabrics:

From Print B, cut:

  • 8″ square
  • 2×5″ strip


Assemble Pot Holder:


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1. Fold Print B 2×5″ strip in half lengthwise with right side out; press.


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2. Unfold strip. Fold long edges in to meet at center fold; press again.


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3. Fold in half lengthwise aligning folded edges; press again. Stitch folded edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance.


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4. Fold strip in half to make loop. Using long, removable hand or machine stitches, sew ends of loop to top left-hand corner of Print A square (the pot holder top).


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5. Cover work surface with newspaper. Place insulating batting square on work surface. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply basting spray to “dull” side of insulated batting.


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6. Center cotton batting square on insulated batting square. Apply basting spray.


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7. Layer Print A pot holder front, right side up, atop spray-basted batting.


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8. Layer Print B 8″ square wrong side up, on top. Pin layers together.


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9. Beginning in the middle of one edge (not the corner), sew together pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 5″ opening along one edge for turning (marked here with water-soluble marker).


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10. Clip corners close to stitching to reduce bulk.


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11. Turn right side out through 5″ opening. Use chopstick or the eraser end of a pencil to push out corners; press.


12. Using a needle and thread, sew the opening closed.


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13. Using a water-soluble marking pen and ruler, draw a stitching line 1″ from outer edges of pot holder.


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14. Stitch along marked line to complete pot holder. Spritz marked lines with cold water to “dissolve” lines.

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Make It Tonight: Baby Toys

Fabric: Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Project design: Erica Jackman


Quick-to-sew soft little critters make perfect playmates for baby. These two softies (along with six others) are easy to make from a fabric panel. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

Here’s the whole panel. It’s about 22×44″.

The materials given are for eight animal softies. Instructions are for making one.



  • One panel (makes 8 animal softies)
  • 8—9″ squares assorted prints or 2–18×22″ pieces (fat quarters) for backing
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Chopstick (optional)

Finished hippo: about 8×4″

Measurements include 1/4″ seam allowances.
Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.




Assemble the Softie:

1. Cut out animal print along printed border. With a water-soluble marking pen, draw a line around animal shape about 1/2″ from outer edges.


2. With wrong sides together, layer and pin marked animal print and 9″ backing square. Cut out layers on marked line.


3. Pin cut shapes with right sides together (printed sides). Using a water-soluble marker, mark a 2″ opening along one edge of animal shape.



4. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew around shape, leaving marked opening free.


5. Turn right side out. Stuff hippo shape with fiberfill, using a chopstick to pack filling into small areas.

TIP: Using small “tufts” of polyester makes a smoother finished stuffed softie.


6. Fold unstitched seam allowances to inside; pin in place. Using a needle and thread, stitch opening closed to complete animal softie.

(See how to sew a seam closed with invisible stitches here.)

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