How To Use Precut Chenille Strips to Make a Shawl

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Learn how to use precut chenille strips to make a unique openwork shawl that only looks complicated. Daily Craft TV‘s Eric Drexler will walk you through the process that is sure to be a hit.

In this DCTV class, you will learn:

• What type of stabilizer is right for the job
• How to prepare and sew stabilizer and chenille strips together
• How to prepare your finished shawl for wear

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Shawls are so versatile – wear for warmth or add pizazz to an outfit. They can be functional and stylish! Watch this how-to class to learn more.

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Make a Pillowcase Tote with Daily Craft TV Staff!

DCtv_logo5Learn how to sew a simple and stylish grocery tote from a pillowcase as Daily Craft TV‘s Jodi Kahn walks you through the process.

In this DCTV class, you will learn:

• How to upcycle a pillowcase into a fashionable and modern accessory
• How to accurately measure fabric for a load-bearing bag
• How to add colorful edging for a fabulous finished tote

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Save yourself some money by making your own grocery tote from an old pillowcase and having fun while you do it!

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 How to Make a Tote Bag for Groceries

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Essentials for Your Sewing Studio

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Your sewing studio should reflect your personal style and individual needs. Learn about items that are essential to any studio. Marty Moon will suggest purchased, repurposed/recycled and unique items that constitute “must haves” in a working studio, offering a budget-balanced approached for the tools in an ideal sewing space.

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In this DCTV class, you will learn:

  • To outfit your studio according to your needs
  • Which items are best new or repurposed/recycled
  • About which scissors, rotary mats, cutters and rulers to use

If you want to improve the look and functionality of your sewing studio, this show is a must-see!

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We Love the Reliable Iron!

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting wants to give a big welcome to nav-logoReliable as our iron sponsor for the upcoming PBS Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting TV 2300 series! We’re so excited to be working with this great company. We know we can count on Reliable products for innovative, high-quality irons with user-friendly technology and features. We are thrilled to partner with them!

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Visit Reliable today and stay tuned for our 2300 TV series!

 

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Up-cycle a Sweater Into a Cardigan!

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Learn how to combine a knit sweater and a plaid skirt to create a couture cardigan. Add some oomph to your closet with this fun and easy Daily Craft TV project!

In this DCTV class, you will learn:

• Measuring and cutting tricks when working with plaid
• How to embellish a plain sweater with an exciting plaid design
• How to add a sleeve detail to a sweater from a skirt

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Check out Sonya Nimri’s great innovative design that is simple and inexpensive to create!

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Quilting with Paper Foundation Piecing by Nancy Mahoney

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Daily Craft TV‘s Nancy Mahoney shows how to create sharp points and unusual angles the easy way by quilting with foundation piecing.

In this Daily Craft TV class, you will learn:

  • Nancy’s fool proof techniques for basic paper piecing
  • How to pre-cut your patches to eliminate fabric waste
  • How to trim as you go for accuracy

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Nancy shares valuable tips and technique for creating a stunning paper pieced quilt and takes the mystery out of it!

Click the photo below to watch this video. Pattern included with the video!

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Master 8 Miter & Hem Sewing Techniques!

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Master eight different miter types to use on quilts, home-decor projects and more. Pam Damour, the Decorating Diva, and Nicki LaFoille of Daily Craft TV take the mystery out of miters with easy tips for sewing perfect miters every time!

In this Daily Craft TV video, you’ll learn the following sewing techniques:

  • Miter
  • Asymmetrical miter
  • Reverse miter
  • Lined mitered hem
  • Mitered banding
  • Mitered flange
  • Mitered borders
  • Mitered binding
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A mitered corner on a dinner napkin

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A perfect mitered corner 

Take a class today to start perfecting your miter and hem every time!

Click the link below to watch this video now!

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Cosmetic Pouch Using Faux Piecing & Couching

DCtv_logo5As the holidays approach, we’re surely on the lookout for creative and thoughtful gifts for the people we hold most dear. This DIY cosmetic pouch is a gift any special girl in your life will absolutely love!

Use faux piecing and couching to embellish and create a cute zippered pouch. Tara Rex and Nicki LaFoille walk you through the steps to fuse and stitch fabric scraps using a faux piecing technique.

In this Daily Craft TV class, you’ll also learn:

  • How to use fusible web
  • Easy couching shortcuts
  • How to install a zipper into a lined pouch

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Come take a class with an expert and learn fun new techniques! Tara has been published in Sew It All and Sew News magazine.  She has also been on Sew It All TV.  Tara owns a blog Taradara Made It where she shares sewing tutorials and more.  

It’s worth taking a look at as there is a wealth of information and she’s ALWAYS up to something!  She covers everything from how to get your products into celebrities’ hands to getting exposure on Etsy and everything in between.  She also has an impressive ‘In the Press’ page where she has been covered internationally.

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Original Sewing & Quilt Expo: Kansas City

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Fons & Porter Communications Specialist, Sheyenne Manning, trying out the longarm for the first time.

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The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Kansas City was held Thursday, November 21 – Saturday, November 23. Each day of the expo featured a variety of sewing and quilting classesfeatures and events.

The expo is a great place for any sewer or quilter as there is shopping for all of the newest supplies on the market. Each booth offered everything from fat quarter packs to garment patterns. Several stations sold sewing equipment such as sewing machines and allowed visitors to see demonstrations of the machines at work.

The expo featured many different kinds of quilts such as art quilts:

  

And vintage quilt tops from that have been finished. Most were from the 1930′s and 1940′s. Cool, huh?! This exhibit was curated by Mary Kerr:

  

The Doorway Series by Marlene Glickman was nothing short of fascinating! Marlene explains the display saying, “A doorway was created for the Roots of Racism: Ignorance and Fear show. I loved making a fabric artwork that people could take part in while it hung.” Some of the Fons & Porter staff took photos with the display:

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There were quilts of all designs a person could imagine. This expo is an excellent place to find inspiration!

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My Scrappy Love by Sharon Moran

This sewing and quilt show was a smashing success. It is a fantastic source of inspiration and it’s just fun to be around other people who love the same things you love! Sewing and quilting for all!

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Quick & Easy Holiday Cards

The holiday season is upon us and nothing shows loved ones how much we appreciate them like personalized Christmas cards. Learn how to create five unique cards using coordinated product from American Crafts. These cards come together quickly as you learn shortcuts from Daily Craft TV’s Susan Opel.

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In this class, you will learn:

  • How to accurately cut your products
  • How to properly layer your products
  • How to maximize your products to get the most out of them

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Not only will you gain a great foundation for creating one-of-a-kind cards, you’ll be sure to enjoy general card making tips and tricks!

Click the photo below to watch this seasonal tutorial now!

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