Create with Cardboard

Rinske Stevens Designs provides everything you need to create heirloom quality covered boxes for every room in your house – and every occasion!









Or make a collapsible Victorian sewing box or journal cover.










What makes these special is that they also sell the hardware to give each piece that heirloom quality look.










Can you imagine featuring embroidery designs on these projects?  What a great wedding gift, Mother’s Day gift – you get the picture!  Visit our website to see the entire line of Rinske Stevens Design products.


New Patterns by Buttermilk Basin

Stacy West is introducing several new patterns this month.  And based on past performance, these designs will fly off the shelves!  Her vintage truck went to pick up the Christmas tree and became a top selling pattern.  Now it is at the pumpkin patch!











Don’t you love the scalloped trim on these towels?  Whether you display them as towels or add the appliques on both ends to make a table runner, they will become the focal point of your kitchen!  The Fall versions of her successful Joy and Wool are due in this month.







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Look at these vintage campers celebrating Halloween:














Get your samples ready now so you will be ready for your next shop event  .

Easter Should be on your radar

These wooden eggs in three sizes – and two colorways by The Bee Company will be arriving next month.

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These eggs can be purchased individually or come with a pattern for a cross stitch banner.

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But my first thought?  Wouldn’t these be an adorable way to personalize Easter baskets?  Machine embroidery instead of cross stitch would be darling – and give you the opportunity to showcase features of your sewing machines!  Carry Silhouette machines?  Design your own with that machine as well!  Think outside the box and your customers will make ALL variations!  What darling decorations for an Easter tree!

Kitted Mug Rugs are Full of Charm

I love these mug rugs by Stitches of Love Quilting!  They come two ways – buy the individual patterns OR buy the kits which include pre-cut fused fabric and everything you need to make it – including backing, binding and embellishments.  The kits are priced at under $20!

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Now picture the kits and patterns with a sample of each hanging on your wall for your next shop hop!  Display a different one at the register each month. The kits include the pattern so your customers can make more than one – and they WILL make more than one – so be sure to include some appropriate fat quarters and embellishments in the display.

Each mug rug measures 5 1/2 x 7 inches so they are also easy to mail. Everyone has someone who could use a pick me up.  Can you imagine getting one of these each month? Or make several and save them for gifts. They are that perfect little something…

Christmas Ornament Crafts!

One of the hits of Market was the new Star ornament pattern by Poorhouse Designs – just in time for a Make and Take for your holiday events.


Holiday Stars includes instructions to make this star in sizes from five to twelve inches.  It keeps its shape thanks a craft weight fusible such as Dura Fuse or Decor Bond.  Wouldn’t these be gorgeous favors for a holiday party?  Can’t you just picture them in the center of each plate?  Talk about making a statement!

Be sure to have – and demo – her Fold n Stitch Ornament as well:


The square and round mug rugs – or the combination pack – provide the body in these beauties.

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And have plenty of beads on hand to add the glitz:











Your customers won’t be making just one – they will be making dozens so order accordingly!

Deck the Halls Part Three

These wool characters by Cottonwood Creations are perfect little gifts – and although they can be used as pin cushions, they make darling ornaments or add a touch of whimsy to a wreath or windowsill.

What great favors for a holiday get together!  Or add them as a package tag.  The hardest part is going to be deciding which one to make first!


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Many of you have a tradition of buying a new ornament each year.  Why not start a new tradition and MAKE one each year?  These would be great mini projects to create after that incredible Thanksgiving dinner!

Deck the Halls Part One

Since machine quilters are getting close to being booked through the holidays, it may be time for you to start steering your customers into projects that they can actually complete.  These stocking patterns by Sewn into the Fabric are reasonably priced so each member of the family can have their own design.

The black and white stocking with the asymmetrical cuff reminds me of a tuxedo while the simple white stockings with bows provide a great canvas for those who love machine quilting.

Or choose traditional styles that can be made in a matter of minutes.  Or choose Minkee cuffs for your favorite princess.







Add a gift card or special little something in the pocket incorporated into the front of these stockings.  Or embellish them with a vintage broach.








Visit our website to see everything by Sewn into the Fabric,  At these prices, your customers will want more than one!

Cup of Christmas – the Perfect Gift

These newest mugs by Quilt Happy are a guaranteed winner.  They are the perfect size, proportion and thickness that everyone loves.  The color gradates and becomes lighter as you reach the top and the Scandinavian influence will appeal to knitters and quilters alike!


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These 16 ounce mugs are due to arrive any day.  Why not set up a register display and fill the mugs with rolled holiday fat quarters?  Tie a decorative bow to the handle and your customers will have the perfect gift for their secret sis!









Update your Furniture with Handles and Pulls

With the popularity of tuffets, your customers have become confident expanding into home dec projects.  These new handles and pulls from Dritz are reasonably priced and are so cute, they’ll be thinking about furniture that they can refresh immediately.

My favorites are the ones that look like they will match my Fiestaware…




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They come in a wide variety of styles and colors – including glass and metal.  Check out our website to see the complete collection.  Start those creative juices flowing and let us know what YOU do with them!

The Ultimate Book of Table Toppers

As soon as I saw this book, the wheels started turning.  It includes 56 different projects from a variety of top designers.  Why not make it required reading in a series of classes?  Choose 12 different projects that each teach a variety of concepts and techniques – or let your students decide!

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Just look at the variety!  Choosing just twelve will be the hardest part!  All of these are easy to kit and can be completed in an afternoon class.  Why not offer a demo with a class afterward for those who buy the kit and the book?  Then, in that class, show the project for the next class.  If they buy the kit, it reserves their space in the class the following month.  If they don’t, that chair is open for whoever buys the kit!  I did this and offered an afternoon, an evening, and a Saturday class.  ALL of them were full for the entire year!  This book is due out the first of the year so start planning your schedule today!