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Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Love your English Paper Piecing Travel Kit? Enhance your on-the-go quilting experience with a handy little pincushion designed specifically to snap onto the pocket of my popular hexie-inspired pouch!

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

See? Perfect fit!

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Tutorial: English Paper Piecing Travel Kit, Hexies Part 3

Tutorial: English Paper Piecing Travel Kit, Hexies Part 3 | The Zen of Making

Hexie obsessed? Get your quilting fix on the go with part 3 of my English Paper Piecing tutorial series: the English paper piecing travel kit!

Designed with mobile crafting in mind, my English paper piecing travel kit has two main compartments—one for holding fat quarters and spools of thread and the other for organizing stitched hexies and finished blocks—plus an outer pocket that’s the perfect size for two altoids tins—one for paper templates and one for sewing supplies—and a pair of scissors. Closed and fully loaded, the travel case is a 6" x 6" square that’s only about 3" thick, so it’s the perfect size to toss into a purse, tote, or project bag. Ready to make one of your own? Download my **free printable pattern, and let’s get started!

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of MakingIn the mood to accessorize? Add a custom snap-on pincushion to your finished project with my English Paper Piecing Travel Kit Pincushion Tutorial!

**This project and pattern are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. If you would like to license this project and pattern for teaching purposes or require information regarding selling items that you make with this pattern, please see the permissions section of my legal disclosure, then contact me directly for further details.

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Review: Christmas Woolens Ornament Kit from Rachel’s of Greenfield

Review: Christmas Woolens Ornament Kit from Rachel's of Greenfield | The Zen of Making

I reviewed the Christmas Woolens Ornament Kit from Rachel’s of Greenfield on Craft Test Dummies!

Review: Christmas Woolens Ornament Kit from Rachel's of Greenfield | The Zen of Making


Craft Product Review: Christmas Woolens Ornament Kit from Rachel’s of Greenfield

‘Tis the season to be crafting, so in the spirit of celebrating the holidays with handmade goodness, I tried out Christmas Woolens, a lovely traditional felt ornament kit from Rachel’s of Greenfield!

What I loved:

1. The kit contains all of the coordinating felt and floss required to make a complete set of six ornaments.

2. The templates, though hand-drawn, are clear, crisp, and show the placement of each smaller shape on the mitten or stocking. Beyond the placement guide, each smaller shape also has its own separate pattern piece.

3. The pattern pieces are clearly labeled, so you won’t get them mixed up after you cut them out


Review: Christmas Woolens Ornament Kit from Rachel's of Greenfield | The Zen of Making

Want to know more? Head over to Craft Test Dummies to read the full review!

Review: Self-Finishing Needlepoint Coaster Kits from Jenny Henry Designs

Review: Self-Finishing Needlepoint Coaster Kits from Jenny Henry Designs | The Zen of Making

I reviewed the Self-Finishing Needlepoint Coaster Kits from Jenny Henry Designs on Craft Test Dummies!

Review: Self-Finishing Needlepoint Coaster Kits from Jenny Henry Designs | The Zen of Making


Craft Product Review: Self-Finishing Needlepoint Coaster Kit from Jenny Henry Designs

For this review, I tried out a fun and surprisingly modern Self-Finishing Needlepoint Coaster Kit in the knotwork pattern from Jenny Henry Designs. Consider yourself warned: this is definitely NOT the kind of plastic canvas project that your grandma gave you as a kid!

What I loved:

1. The kit contained all materials needed to make the project. I only needed to provide the scissors.

2. The pattern was completely charted, as were the stitches needed to create the pattern.

3. An extra plastic canvas is included with the kit so you can practice or fix mistakes


Review: Self-Finishing Needlepoint Coaster Kits from Jenny Henry Designs | The Zen of Making

Review: Self-Finishing Needlepoint Coaster Kits from Jenny Henry Designs | The Zen of Making

Want to know more? Head over to Craft Test Dummies to read the full review!