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Tutorial: Lengthen a Too-Short Skirt with EPP – The Diamond-y EPP Blog Hop + Giveaway

Tutorial: Lengthen a Too-Short Skirt with EPP

Have a skirt or dress that’s just a little too short for comfort? English paper piecing can help! (No, really!) Lengthen your hemline in true stitcher style with a 60-degree diamond EPP skirt extender.

Tutorial: Lengthen a Too-Short Skirt with EPP - The Diamond-y EPP Blog Hop + Giveaway

This project is part of the Diamond-y EPP Blog Hop + Giveaway, which was organized by my pal Diane from CraftyPod in celebration of the release of her latest book, All Points Patchwork! Click here to read more about the hop, then be sure to enter the giveaway below. Looking for even more inspiration? Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post to see the rest of the diamond-inspired EPP projects!

Tutorial: Lengthen a Too-Short Skirt with EPP

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Ode to Thread Heaven: Savior of My Hands and My Sanity

Ode to Thread Heaven: Savior of My Hands and My Sanity

Today, I’m going to tell you a little story. A story about my mad infatuation with a magical substance called Thread Heaven (affiliate link), a thread and embroidery floss conditioner that is solely responsible for saving both my hands and my sanity.

This story begins with a book. More specifically, the cross-stitch book that I’m currently writing, and the resulting mountain of sewing that such a book necessitates. It’s fun work, but it’s still a bit tough on the hands, especially after a long day of solid stitching. Luckily, I’ve recently discovered a marvelous little blue box—no, not the TARDIS—and it has been nothing short life-changing.

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Tutorial: Goldfish Bowl Poodle Skirt with AccuQuilt GO! Big

Tutorial: Goldfish Bowl Poodle Skirt with AccuQuilt GO! Big | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Goldfish Bowl Poodle Skirt with AccuQuilt GO! Big | The Zen of Making

Disclosure: AccuQuilt kindly provided the GO! Big electric fabric cutter and GO! Big circle die for this project.

Love the look of retro 1950s-inspired style? Be the belle of the sock hop with this fun and flirty DIY goldfish bowl “poodle” skirt!

It’s surprisingly easy to create your own custom version of the iconic poodle skirt, and, in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make my quirky aquatic variation. But, before we get to the tutorial, I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite toy, the AccuQuilt GO! Big electric fabric cutter. The GO! Big definitely saved me a ton of time on this project—I’m kind of a perfectionist, so circles are probably my least favorite shape to cut out—and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. I was already in love with my AccuQuilt GO! Baby, and, I have to admit, the GO! Big really blew my mind too!

** This post is part of the AccuQuilt GO! Big Blog Hop! Scroll down to the end of the post for 10 whole days of AccuQuilt-inspired fun!**

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Sunday Snapshot: A Fun Fox Tote Bag to Kick Off 2015

Sunday Snapshot: A Fun Fox Tote Bag to Kick Off 2015 | The Zen of Making

On Friday, my pal Rachel and I kicked off the first weekend of the new year with a tote bag-making party, and I stitched up this fancy canvas fox tote! (Okay, the fox fabric is fancy—the tote bag was actually ridiculously easy to sew.)

I think it’s a pretty good sign for the coming year that my first finished project of 2015 was something that I made just for fun, don’t you?

Note: Just in case you’re dying to sew a fox tote of your own, the fabric is Foxsimilies from Charley Harper’s NURTURE Canvas collection from Birch Fabrics.