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Coming Soon: Basement Craft Room Makeover

Basement Craft Room Makeover

It’s time for a little fall cleaning around here! I’m excited to share the first in a series of posts detailing my basement craft room makeover. I’m excited and nervous for the big reveal, at the end of this month. Here’s the back story on this beautiful “man cave” I call my craft room.

My husband and I moved to out of state last year, and I seriously trimmed my crafting stash down to the bare bones. I gave away boxes and boxes of fabric to friends learning to sew and donated more to charity.

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Bright and happy! The old digs

We moved into a small town home, then moved again 8 months later. During that time, I sewed in the spare bedroom, and it was a happy little place, all except for threads getting all over the carpeting!

Somehow, 18 months later and after our second move, and I’ve collected more fabric and crafting supplies than ever before. Many of these are samples I’ve received to sew for my business (creating sewing patterns for books, blogs and magazines), so it’s not uncommon for a 25-pound box of Fiberfill to show up at our back door! It’s an amazing privilege to sew with high-quality fabric and materials, and I seriously wouldn’t trade jobs with anyone.

Basement Before 1

Design Challenge 1: Wood, wood, everywhere!

With all of my sewing supplies, it made sense for me to move my craft room to the basement of our new house (which we rent). Wood paneled walls, a partially wood-paneled ceiling, and tile floors are the bare bones of my new room. It’s quite large, so I really enjoy the space to spread out! However, there’s only one small closet and the walls always make it feel darker than it really is. The question is… do I invest the time and money needed to paint over wood paneling?

This is a low-budget craft room makeover, so I’m utilizing shelving and plastic storage containers I already have, whether they match or not. :) I have some plans to use fabric to make the space cohesive, and I can’t wait to show you!


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Design Challenge 2: Main entryway collects clutter

As another challenge for this space, the basement wall has these odd sconces, and there’s always a collection of boxes, some baby gear, and odds and ends that collects by the basement door (the main entrance for our home). I do have some of my favorite antique pieces that I like to use for photo props, like this vintage white ladder and white wire baskets, which I’d like to keep accessible. I’d also like to create a light box to use for photo shoots.

Basement Before 3

Design Challenge 3: So many possibilities

See how spacious! I have some BIG plans for this space, and I’m working with my friends at Fabric.com to bring this space some much needed brightness and some fun pops of color! I received a big box of fabric, with the specific design challenge to makeover this sewing room. Here are some of my design plans, on my Basement Craft Room Makeover Pinterest board!



I’ll be back very soon to share some of the specific projects I’m sewing for the space (floor pillows, DIY fabric wall treatments, and more), and then again at the end of the month for the big reveal! My goal is to help inspire you, so you can see how you can redo your own craft room on a budget, by reusing materials you already have on hand and adding fabric accents to make the space come alive.

Do you have a dedicated space in the house where you like to collect your craft supplies?

Applique Name Blanket + Panasonic Iron Giveaway!

I was invited to take part in the “Keep Calm and Press On” Challenge, sponsored by the Panasonic and their new Cordless 360 Degree Freestyle Iron.

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I was excited for the challenge, which was to use my new iron to tackle a Pinterest DIY project I’ve been putting off. Well, that’s a tough one. Which project have I NOT been putting off? The several baby blankets I’d wanted to make were near the top of the list.

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These days, I’m always looking for products to make my life easier. And since I already use and love another Panasonic iron (read Mary’s review here), I decided to give Panasonic newest cordless iron, the Panasonic NI-WL600, a spin. The main difference between the two irons is the lightweight design of the new Freestyle iron, and the way it glides across the ironing board. It’s like an ice skater! DSC_1188

The other main difference between the two irons is the dual points on the iron plate, making it easy to flip the Freestyle iron around 360 degrees as you work on your project. This would come in very handy for ironing bias tape, pressing open seams and other quilting tasks. Because the iron is cordless, you really have all the versatility you need to iron your project without worrying about a cord.

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Like my other Panasonic cordless iron, I appreciate the sturdy charging base. If I leave the room while my iron is still hot, I can just cover up the iron with the plastic cover, and not have to worry that my cats or my baby will tug at the cord and put themselves in danger. This is the main reason my husband wanted me to have a cordless iron in the first place, and it really is my favorite feature!

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And now . . . for that project I’ve been putting off. As you can see, I’ve been playing with applique letters to make a few baby blankets. If you’d like to make this name blanket, it’s so easy! You can read my tutorial for an easy applique name quilt over on the Craftsy blog.

Applique Name Blanket

This is baby Killian’s name quilt, which is Shannon’s Cuddle fabric on the front and Ann Kelle flannel fabric on the back. I cut a simple fabric elephant to sew on the front in order to match the design on the flannel back. If you’d like to learn how to make an applique, we have another tutorial here on Craft Buds that should get your started!

Applique Name Blanket

I’d like to thank the folks at Panasonic for letting me test drive this awesome new NI-WL600 iron. Now, you’ll have a chance to win one, too!

Disclaimer: I was provided with this iron free of charge in exchange for my participation in the design challenge. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. Follow the Keep Calm and Press On Challenge via social media at @HomePanasonic and #KeepCalmPressOn.

Giveaway!

Would you like to win your very own Panasonic Cordless 360 Degree Freestyle Iron ($129 value)? View the Rafflecopter form below for several ways you can enter to win!

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Easy Fabric Letters

Easy Fabric Letters

Looking for a quick and easy no-sew fabric project? Since I have less and less time to sew these days, I decided to make a fabric-covered letter to hang on the wall in my son’s room. Here’s how to make your own!

Materials:
- Fabric (I used Turkish Delight by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics)
- Wooden letters from the craft store (I got mine on clearance for $1.49)
- Mod Podge (I used matte finish)
- Paint brush or foam brush
- Scissors (the sharp kind, for cutting fabric)

Easy Fabric Letters Tutorial

1. First, cut a piece of fabric a bit larger than your letter.

2. Place your letter right side down on the wrong side of the fabric.

3. Cut around the letter, leaving about 1/2” of fabric on each side. You may need to adjust this based on the height of your letter.

4. Snip the fabric in the corners and around the curves.

5. One section at a time, use your paint brush or foam brush to apply Mod Podge just to the edge of the letter, folding the raw edge of your fabric over top. Now paint over the raw edge of the fabric to seal, smoothing the fabric out with your fingers. Repeat this around all of the edges of your letter.

6. Let this dry, then Mod Podge a second layer over the raw edges of the fabric on the letter back.

7. I chose to leave the front of my fabric letter as is, for a natural, fabric look. If you want a more slick texture, you can Mod Podge the entire front of the letter using one or two coats.

Fabric Letters TutorialIt’s that easy! The letter is perfect to add to a keepsake box or pin on the wall with a single nail or straight pins. This idea also works with thicker, boxy letters. You’ll just need to apply fabric to the front of the letter, and then wrap strips of fabric around the 3-D sides of each letter.

Easy envelop pillow

Here’s a simple patchwork throw pillow I made using some other prints from Turkish Delight, using the easy envelope pillow cover and DIY pillow form!

Turkish Delight for Blend FabricsAnd the rest of the Turkish Delight fabric collection . . .

What’s your favorite easy, no-sew fabric project?

Covered Light Switch Plates

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Turn something ordinary into something special by designing and creating a unique wall light switch plate (also called wall protectors, light switch surround or finger plates). Say goodbye to boring wall features and brighten your home!

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Materials:

To make your own light switch plate, you will need:

- Fabric, wrapping paper or thin paper with a printed image
- Switch plate – used or new, metal or plastic
- Pair of scissors
- Adhesive or spray glue
- Spray lacquer (or acrylic gloss) or Mod Podge
- Toothpick
- Utility knife and a cutting mat

Step One 

Cut out your selected design or, if you have a piece of favorite artwork on your computer, use a graphics program to edit it to the right size and print. Hold the switch plate up to the light to find a good position for the light switch hole to fit into the picture. Trace plate boundary lines adding a margin of 1/2″ or so and then remove any excess paper with a sharp knife. Make notches at the corners – this makes it easier to fold the covering around the plate corners later.

Step Two

Spray on or brush on a coat of adhesive on the entire front of the plate and its back edges, using a paper plate or old newspaper to protect your surface. Press the fabric or printed image on the front of the plate, then flip the plate over to the back and fold the fabric or image over the edges around to the back. Use a toothpick or small implement to carefully handle and press any small pieces. Fold over the corners first, then the sides. Check the covering for possible bubbles, and gently press them out.

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Step Three

Cut an ‘X’ in the center of the plate inside the switch opening and fold the triangles inwards towards center and to the back of the plate. Use the toothpick to make any holes (if necessary) for screws. If using fabric, use sharp thread snip scissors to cut out the switch opening all the way to the corners and to cut out the screw holes. Cover with Mod Podge or spray the front of the plate evenly with up to three coats of lacquer, allowing half an hour between coats to dry, and overnight before your new surround is ready to fit and use. Enjoy the new look!

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Although it is not difficult to make these at home, another option to design your own wall lights switch surround is to use a custom switch plate vendors (found via Amazon or eBay) and use the option to upload your own design and print. The high-quality switch plate is then created to your preferences.

Do you have any custom light switch plate covers in your home?

Note: This post was written in collaboration with Tesco Direct and Creative Bloq.

Craft Book Month: Week 2 Inspiration!

Another week of great projects from our Craft Book Month 2014 blog hop last week!

In case you missed a few, I’ve been pinning them on this Craft Book Month Pinterest board, so make sure you follow me on Pinterest.

Craft Book Month Week 2

Now it Time to Link up Your Projects!

Prizes

Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

Craft Book Month: Week 1 in Review + Giveaway!

Did you catch all of the great projects from our Craft Book Month 2014 blog hop last week? We saw everything from quilted pillows covers to knitting projects and needlework and easy applique!

In case you missed a few, I’ve been pinning them on this Craft Book Month Pinterest board, so make sure you follow me on Pinterest.

Craft Book Month Projects Week 1

Heidi from Fabric Mutt shared a Cotton + Steel patchwork pillow.

Want to make an easy child’s tee? Lindsay Sews has a great project idea for you!

Rae Gun Ramblings shares how to mend and remake children’s clothes!

Applique fashionable throw pillows with a tutorial from the Craftside blog.

Knit up a home makeover with The Feisty Redhead!

Quilt some throw pillows the Elizabeth Hartman way with Nancy of The Fabric Studio.

Get stitchy with a needlework clutch pattern by Anna Maria Horner at Marci Girl Designs.

Small Town Stitcher shows off adorable embroidery hoop wall art!

Make a quilted tote bag with Lindsey from LRstitched.

Sharon at A Prairie Sunrise was inspired by a beary cute children’s book that also has knitting patterns!


Giveaway!

Did you enter the Chunky Knits book giveaway? Our friend Ashley wrote this book which includes fun and fashionable home decor projects you can knit for your living space. You can win the book before it hits stores! The giveaway ends in 2 days, to don’t delay.

Here are the bloggers to follow this week!

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery

Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou

Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour

Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds

Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet

Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey / amylouwho

 

If you’d like to craft along with us, just share a project that you’ve created from any craft book this year. There are some great prizes to be won!

Back to the Books! Announcing Craft Book Month 2014

Craft Book Month

September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we’re excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of your inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE.

If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects. :)

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I’ve teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric MuttLindsay Sews

Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside

Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty RedheadThe Fabric Studio

Thursday 9/4:  Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher

Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery

Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou

Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour

Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds

Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet

Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey / amylouwho

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog, your Flickr or (NEW THIS YEAR) Instagram, and enter to win prizes. Please hashtag your posts #craftbookmonth so we can find them!
Note: Even if you share on instagram, please also come back and link the instagram URL in the linkup tool below to be eligible for prizes!
You may link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!

Rules

1) One entry per person. 

2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014. 

3) Create a new blog post, instagram or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.

4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!

Prizes

Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!


 

 Craft Book Month at Craft Buds

NICU Holiday Smocks: Charity Sew Along

NICU Holiday Smocks Charity Sew Along

Today, I’m excited to share a charity sewing project I’m taking part in with my local quilt guild. If you’d like to join us, please stay tuned for how you can help!

Once in the spring and once in November, the Music City Modern Quilt Guild meets together to sew outfits for babies in the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU). These teeny, tiny NICU smocks are designed to fit babies weighing 3 to 5 pounds! When babies are in the NICU, it can really be a gift to the parents to see their little ones wearing some sort of clothing. (With all the monitors & wires, clothing is difficult to get on.)

The NICU smocks pattern is a FREE download from Everything Your Mama Made, and is available on Craftsy. Get it here!

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I decided to get a head start on cutting out holiday fabrics for our November charity project with these beautiful fabrics from Anna Griffin and Blend Fabrics! The deer and ornament prints you see above are Treelicious by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics. The chevron design is from the Yuletide Greetings collection by Anna Griffin. I discovered I can cut two smocks from a half-yard of fabric and still have a bit leftover.

NICU Charity Smocks (Free Pattern)

Here’s what the finished smocks look like! According to the pattern, you can either finish with a serger or sewn them together as I did here (with the outer and lining fabrics right sides together, flipped outward, pressed and top-stitched). With a serger, these would go together in no time at all. For the back, I used a flannel fabric, and I’m going to pick up some Velcro for the closure “wings.” Just a tiny rectangle on each side does the trick!

As a quilt guild, we sewed together and donated 40 smocks this spring, with some delicious fabrics donated from Ann Kelle. (You can see them here!) For the holiday drive, I’m hoping we can multiply our donation and bring some holiday cheer to even more families at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

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You’re Invited to Sew Along with Us!

Craft Buds and the Music City Modern Quilt Guild would like to invite you to sew along with us! Here’s how it works:

1) Download the free NICU smock pattern here.
2) Print off the last 6 pages, and follow the directions for the preemie 3 to 5 pound size.
3) Sew one or more NICU smocks in cheerful holiday fabrics or child-friendly prints! (We’re using quality quilting cottons for the outside and flannel for the lining.) We’re always on the lookout for cute boy-friendly smocks that can be used any time of year.
4) Leave a comment here anytime before Friday, November 1, 2014 if you plan to sew along, and we’ll provide a mailing address to donate your sewn smocks to our guild’s charity drive (which will go directly to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital). All smocks must be postmarked by November 14, 2014. Alternately, you’re welcome to donate to your local children’s hospital; just contact them first to make sure they can accept them.

We hope you can join us!

You’re Invited: The Sewing Party!

Have you heard all about The Sewing Party yet? It’s a really fun online sewing conference on November 8, and today you can enter to WIN A FREE TICKET ($40 value, 5 winners)!

Read more to learn all about The Sewing Party and how you can attend more than 30 classes during this super fun event!

The Sewing Party

The Sewing Party is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history.

 

On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts. It’s all about connecting, crafting and creating.

Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone! Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!

So who’s putting on this party?

Some of the biggest names in the industry are behind this super fun day- take a look!

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This video sums up what The Sewing Party is all about!

Get your Tickets:

Space is limited and likely to fill up fast. Tickets are just $40,  and “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our marketplace.

** This year The Sewing Party is open to US residents only. They hope to expand in the future.**

** As a gift for you… if you go ahead and register between between July 15 and July 31 you’ll receive a free $20 t-shirt! Just be sure to use the promo code: LETSPARTY when you register. You’ll receive a follow-up email requesting size info and all that jazz.

So how about that GIVEAWAY?

How would you like to win a free ticket to The Sewing Party? Craft Buds has 5 free tickets to give away. Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below!

(U.S. only please.)

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Winners will be announced Monday, July 28th!

To stay on top of the details, be sure to follow The Sewing Party on social media!

Q&A with ‘Sew in Style’ Author Erin Hentzel + Giveaway!

Today, I am excited to have Erin Hentzel. Erin just wrote a book targeted toward kids learning to sew, and it’s called Sew in Style – Make Your Own Doll Clothes: 22 Projects for 18″ Dolls Build Your Sewing Skills. (FunStitch Studio).

Erin is here to tell us more about how she started sewing, how that creative passion ultimately led to writing a book, and what’s next on her radar. Be sure the enter the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post.

Erin Hentzel

Erin, can you tell me how you got started with Avery Lane Designs and sewing in general?

As a child, I was surrounded by sewing. All the grown-ups around me could sew; my grandmas, my mom, aunts, older sister– even my dad could sew. I wore mostly handmade clothes as a little girl and looked forward to picking out patterns and fabrics for my new school clothes each year. I still remember these bright orange corduroy overalls that my mom made me (mind you, it was the ’70s). I loved those and wore them all the time.

I started my own sewing journey when I was 7. I attended a hand sewing class with my brother and younger sister. After that, I would sew in my room all the time. Using the patterns from sewing magazines, I taught myself how to make stuffed animals and would give them to friends for their birthdays. I would sew doll clothes by hand for my dolls and stuffed animals. I also have fond memories of sewing with my grandma and cousins in the summertime when we would visit them.

I was in 4th grade when I first learned how to use a sewing machine. In middle school, I took sewing at school and began making my own clothes. I sewed for myself throughout high school as well. It was a great skill to have when I wanted to give my clothes an updated look, to keep up with the changing fashion trends. Now they call that upcylcing, right?  In my early twenties, I worked for a local sewing machine and fabric shop. I received a real sewing education while working there. I loved my time there. Sewing has always been a huge part of my life.

As a parent, I got really into sewing for my kids. My girls wore a lot of my handmade skirts and dresses to school. I started Avery Lane Designs! when more and more preschool moms kept asking me to sew for them, and sell them these skirts and dresses. It evolved from there.

Sew in Style—Make Your Own Doll Clothes

How did you decide to go about writing a book about sewing clothing for dolls? Was this a big part of your childhood?

I’ve always loved dolls and so do my girls. I would sew matching outfits for my daughters and their dolls and stuffed animals. When I started Avery Lane, I was selling children’s clothing and matching doll clothes. It became harder to find the time to sew and sell my wares at the Saturday Markets and Street Fairs, so I began selling the patterns that I had drafted for the doll clothes through my Etsy Shop: Avery Lane.

After a few years of selling my patterns, I thought it would be cool to write a book and have it published. It’s always been kind of a pipe dream of mine to become an author. I’m sure many people have that thought. I even took a few fiction writing courses in college. I used to think about writing a children’s picture book and even sketched out pictures with story lines.  But sewing has always been my thing, writing not as much.

Sew in Style—Make Your Own Doll Clothes

What was the process of putting your book Sew in Style together?

It took me a long time to build up the courage to contact C&T about my book idea. And once I did, I wasn’t sure I’d hear back from them. I was really surprised to hear back so soon. But instead of a sewing book for adults, they asked if I would write a book for kids. As I thought about it, it made sense for me. I’ve been teaching children to sew for years and love working with kids. A sewing book for kids to sew for their dolls would also bring me back to my own beginnings. It was the perfect project for me. Drafting doll clothes patterns for children to sew would be a new challenge for me: trendy and modern styles that were also simple in construction. I really felt inspired to face the challenge.

It’s been just about 2 years since I first contacted C&T, and it’s been a wonderful learning experience. At times, I found myself without time to sew, as I wrote and edited the text part of my book. All the people at C&T were great. They’re all so personable and answered all my questions–there were a lot of questions along the way. I feel honored to have worked with so many amazing and talented people at C&T who helped to create my book.

Sew in Style—Make Your Own Doll Clothes

Erin, what’s next for you?

I have so much that I hope to do. It has literally been a dream to have sewing be a career for me. Ever since I was young, I loved sewing and had a special talent for it. I never seem to have enough time to get all the projects done that I would like and my “to-do” list just keeps growing.

I will continue to teach sewing, because I love watching kids catch the “sewing bug.” I don’t know who gets more excited about their projects: the kids or me. That’s the great thing about sewing– everyone inspires each other. I always leave class feeling inspired, and it’s awesome to have kids come back to class with projects they felt inspired to sew at home. Teaching keeps me pretty busy, especially during the summer when I offer more classes. I would love to open up a sewing studio where kids could come in after school and sew for an hour or two. And of course, I would love to write another sewing book. I have lots of designs in my head and some already in the works.

 Sew in Style—Make Your Own Doll Clothes

Giveaway!

Do you know a child who would like to learn to sew? Leave a comment on this post telling us who it is, and we’ll choose one winner a week from the date of this post to receive a copy of Erin’s new book Sew in Style!

If winner is in U.S., they will receive a hard copy; international winner will receive an e-copy.

Blog Tour

Be sure to follow along for some fun tutorials and giveaways, as well as reviews of the book! Here’s where it’s going:

July 15: www.sewmamasew.com
July 17: www.probablycrafting.com
July 18: sweetjanesquilting.blogspot.com
July 21: www.craftbuds.com
July 22: www.sameliasmum.com
July 24: www.polkadotchair.com
July 25: www.fishsticksdesigns.com/blog
July 26: generationqmagazine.com
July 28: averylanesewing.com/the-blog

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