Christmas Throughout the Year – Part One

I know that the holidays are now a warm memory, but lets take a moment to reflect and do what we can to minimize stress for 2017.  Sounds crazy – but hear me out!  Make a list, or review the list, of everyone you gave gifts to this year.  Then modify – who did you wish you would have thanked with a little something?

Over half of the top 100 patterns are not quilts!  They are smaller projects that can be made in an afternoon, are easy to mass produce, and would make great little gifts or add that awe factor to others.  Why not start a series of classes to help your customers prepare for the season?



Gift cards and tickets to events are always a favorite.  Why not make a collection of Gifty Card Holders?  You can make a dozen in an afternoon out of 10″ squares.  An added bonus?  You know the recipient will reuse them as well – Go Green!  Sell sergers?  Show that edging as a quick and easy alternative.






This Open Wide! bag designed by Annie Unrein is easy to make and comes in three sizes.  A set of all three would be a great gift or split them up and fill them with a little something.  The zipper has never been simpler – it is bound on each side and then attached so anyone can do it – and is a great demo.






These ornaments also come in three sizes and are the perfect package tag for those special gifts.  Instructions include a six petal or eight petal version.  Date and sign the back for a lasting memory.  These would be great favors for a party.  Picture your table with a star i the center of each plate…..





Everyone loves candles.  Why not add that awe factor by including a holder with the gift?  This is also a great opportunity to play with those decorative stitches on your machine….








Have some quilting friends?  Wouldn’t they love this arm chair pin cushion and organizer? Fill it with sewing essentials – the perfect gift for those who are just getting started or need a travel kit.

Many of these are great gifts to make with friends and family as well.  Why not plan family craft days so the kids can help make gifts for their teachers?

Cute Critters any Child will Love

Taylor Made Designs has released a new book – Sew Cute Critters – that will make you smile.  These twelve designs feature the family pet as well as your favorite zoo animals.

Whether they are near-sighted or far-sighted, the glasses add personality and a touch of whimsy to her darling caricatures.


Item #TMB177  Retail $15.00

You can feature all of them in a quilt or pick and choose your favorites.  Feature one design on a bag, T-shirt, or stretch it on a canvas for a fast, easy, fusible project.  Any child would love to get to know these characters!


Why not display the book with bundles of bright, cheerful fat quarters?  It would be an awesome combination – and the perfect gift idea for anyone who has littles in their life!

Summertime….and the jammies are easy….

A classic is re-born!  Taylor Made Designs has revised the best selling Sew Easy Pajama Pants book.  This is the perfect mother/daughter; grandmother/granddaughter class – and a great way to use the fun, funky fabrics that are so popular.










Item #TMB163  Retail $15.00

The book includes full size patterns from X-Small to XXX-Large – and a variety of options to personalize every pair.  Talk about getting your money’s worth!  But Cindy doesn’t stop there.  She also includes a tote pattern and pillow case – perfect for every slumber party.


Why not have each member of your staff make a pair in their favorite size and length – and personalize with buttons and trims.  Not only will you have lots of samples – and a great display – they have the perfect jammies to wear for a jammie event.  Why not offer a discount to those customers who buy the book, make a pair, and WEAR them to the event???  Talk about a win/win!  And, who can stop at just one???

But we don’t want to leave out the younger set…our fairy princesses who love to dance and twirl….


Item #TMB169  Retail $15.00

You can’t get any cuter than this – or easier.  All of these treasures have an elastic waist and are made from strips of fabric – so fitting is easy and no pattern is required.  Embellish with rickrack and trims.  Add and underskirt with a tulle ruffle for added fun!



Spend an afternoon with your favorite princess and make a memory!

“Swirly, twirly, girly-girl skirts…that’s what little girls like and that is what you will find here. Make your skirt simple or add some details like piping, ruffles or rick-rack. Did you notice that some of the skirts have an underskirt with tulle ruffle? This is a detail that is sure to please your little princess. And with elastic waist, the skirt is easy to fit and comfortable to wear.” There is NO “master pattern” template for the skirt pattern as it utilizes strips of fabric of specified width and length.