Introducing Penelope Handmade by Jennifer Jones

Checker now carries Penelope Handmade patterns. They all feature quilts designed around pre-cuts. Or if customers prefer, they can pick out their own fabrics. I love the samples are all shown in basic colors – a great way to sell tone on tones and solids.

All are fairly simple – beginner or intermediate beginner friendly. They would be great as a series of classes for beginners.

They are all due to arrive next month so place your orders now and start thinking about that display….

Rope Basket Kits


Prepping a class has never been easier with these Rope Basket Kits from The Mountain Thread Company. Each kit includes the required cotton rope, a pattern with lots of helpful tips, a heavy duty sewing machine needle, and a link to unlock bonus material on their website.

These are a sewing machine projects. Your sewing machine will need a zigzag stitch and be able to handle sewing something like jeans. 50wt high quality thread is also highly recommended. Sewists should be confident in steps like changing the machine needle, adjusting stitch length and width, and pivoting.

Sew a set of bowls with the Nesting Bowls DIY Rope Basket Kit The convenient stacking of the three nesting bowls makes a beautiful presentation both for gifts and storage. Make your own functional, serviceable bowls and see the possibilities in the craft room, the office, the gift bag, or the toy room. The graduated sizes of the nesting bowls are approximately 4” across the top, 5” across the top, and 6” across the top. Make it even more unique by using up fabric scraps from old projects! This is a sewing machine project.

With the Round Organizer Bowl DIY Rope Basket Kit, you can make one basket for organizing the spaces that need it most! The finished basket is roomy enough for keys, phone, and other pocket treasures – but also works for organizing a tabletop, desk space, craft room, bedside table, shelf, child’s room, spare room, and more. You can vary the dimensions of the project, but the standard round organizer measures about 6-8” across and 3-4” tall.


Sew your very own set of rope coasters and a matching rope storage bowl for them with this Set of Coasters and Basket Rope Basket Kit. These coasters are unique, durable, washable, beautiful – and, best of all – made by you! The kit makes four 4-inch coasters and a 5-inch storage bowl to hold them.

The Set of Five Trinket Bowls Rope Basket Kit sets you up to sew FIVE adorable tiny trinket bowls to customize as you wish. The finished baskets would be the perfect size to hold change, coins, or small jewelry. Expect some variation, but each basket would measure around 3” across and about 1” tall.


The Oval Organizer DIY Rope Basket Kit sets you up to sew one of our most popular designs: the Oval Organizer Basket! This size of basket will make its own uses – collecting keys, holding phones or remote controls, organizing a desktop, or gifting a friend. The finished basket would measure around 5×11” and 3” deep.

Craft THREE rope bowls to customize as you wish with the Set of Three Bowls DIY Rope Basket Kit The finished baskets are the perfect size to hold a watch & other jewelry, some candies, or crafty bits. Each basket would measure 4-5” across and 1” tall.


It’s time now to add HANDLES to your projects with the Basket with Handles DIY Rope Basket Kit. Make a new bread basket, a key corral, or the loveliest craft room storage. Use the introduction of the handle technique as a springboard for future projects with portability in mind. The round basket measures approximately 8-9” across the top and 2-2.5” tall (actual finished dimensions may vary).

These kits are due to arrive next month so place your orders now and add a class to your schedule! Additional rope is available on our website. After all, who can stop at just one???

Tissue Anyone?

These new panels by Jody Houghton include a panel and the pattern to make these darling tissue covers. What a great gift for anyone feeling under the weather during this flu season!

The panels are also available without the pattern because who could stop at just one??? These kits and panels are due to arrive in the next couple of weeks so place your order now.

The Perfect Beginner Quilt

From Cut Loose Press® by Rachelle Craig, Havenwood is the perfect beginner class or project! Just about every inch of the fabric is used in this quilt. Grab forty-2 1/2-inch strips (or cut your own), a background fabric and you are ready to go. Kitting not required!

Turning every other block creates the modern off-set look that gives this quilt its style.

The cover quilt is made with Pearl Splendor by Benartex. Or, cut your own strips with the Creative Grids® Stripology XL Ruler.

The 2-1/2″ slits are marked with squares – can’t get any easier than that! What a great way to use up scraps.

The Angler – a Twist with Style

Introducing the perfect class project!

The Angler just might be the “catchiest” bag yet! A flat layout makes for a nifty, unique design that can be sewn up quickly using fabric, vinyl mesh, clear vinyl, printed vinyl, jelly vinyl, cork, faux leather – the possibilities are endless! This bag can be stitched with as little as four seams when using cork or faux leather. Add a binding to vinyl mesh screen for a pop of color!

Tote cosmetics, pencils and markers, phone accessories, etc. with a flair of style. Fits nicely into a large purse or tote and is great for travel. Three sizes are included in the pattern. When taught in a three hour class every student finished at least two bags and some up to six bags. The sizes range from 4 x 7″ to 6 x 9″.

This is a great class to familiarize your students with cork, jelly vinyl, or jelly mesh. You can use zippers by the yard and show them how to use the Gypsy Quilter Zipper Jig to add zipper pulls.

Change or add a zipper pull with ease. Place the zipper pull in the appropriate channel with the zipper pull facing the back side of the jig. Place the ends of the zipper tape into the pull with the teeth also facing the back of the jig. Give a little tug on both tapes at once and your zipper pull is installed. It’s that easy.

The pattern is due to arrive next week so place your orders now. Don’t forget to order cork, vinyl, zipper pulls, zippers and the jig as well. What a great demo opportunity!

Scrappy Quilts from Cut Loose Press®

Deb Heatherly has released several patterns that are scrap-friendly. These patterns are created with simple, beginner friendly techniques and don’t require any specialty tools.

Stars Over Franklin is a great scrap quilt! Just (16) 2-1/2-inch strips create the star points in this quilt and give it that scrappy look. Add your favorite accent fabric, in Deb’s case, gold, background and borders to complete this generous 70 x 70-inch quilt. It is the perfect quilt to learn how to use the Creative Grids® Folded Corner Clipper or Corner Clipper XL for more than bindings. The instructions include an alternate method, however, so it is not required.


Just (34) 10-inch squares is all you need to create this generous 61 x 70-inch quilt. It also is an opportunity to use the Creative Grids® Folded Corner Clipper or Corner Clipper XL for more than bindings. All you need to add is the four B’s: background, borders, binding and backing.

Just 12 fat quarters or 3 yards of scraps, plus the borders, binding and backing is all you need to create this stunning quilt.

Deb lives in the Great Smoky Mountains and says that in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, this was called a postcard quilt because quilters used a postcard for the template to cut the pieces for this quilt. Don’t you love that little bit of history? Incorporating these units into the middle border adds the perfect finishing touch!

The Creative Grids® 3 ½” wide rulers make cutting these pieces easy as pie! That ruler comes in three different lengths: 12 1/2″; 18 1/2″ and 24 1/2″.

Everything is in stock so place your orders now.

Seat Belt Bag Kits

Introduce your customers to something new! Stitch up a seat belt webbing Roundabout Bag! This kit contains pattern, seat belt webbing, and strap hardware – just add fabric, interfacing and zippers. Seat belt webbing is extremely durable, easy to clean, and easy to sew on a home machine. The Roundabout Bag is a roomy, cross body bag that features a braid design on the front and back, adjustable strap, zipped top, and multiple interior pockets. The kit is for a tall bag measuring 11 x 10 x 2 inches. It is available in two colorways.

The Motor City Seat Belt Tote features a lovely “braid’ design on both front and back. Features include a zipped top closure and and interior zipped pocket and a divided “open window” pocket. This kit is for a tall bag measuring 16 x 12 x 3 3/4 inches. It is available in 2 different colorways.


The tote features 2 exterior slip pockets, flap accent with metal ring, zipped interior, zipped gusset closure and handles. This kit is for a medium size bag measuring 15 1/2 x 11 x 3 3/4 inches and is available in multiple colorways.

The Dopp Kit makes this classic dopp kit for the special guy (or gal!) in your life. It’s the perfect gift for husband, boyfriend, groomsmen, travelers – well, just about everybody! The Dapper Dopp Kit is a timeless design that has a roomy interior for all those daily grooming products and a fully zipped top to keep them secure. The pull tabs and a side handle make for easy opening and carrying. This kit makes a large size bag that measures 10 x 6 1/2 x 3 1/2” (25x17x9cm) in two different colorway options.


And, last but not least,a Carbage Carrier – you’ve got to love the name!

All of these kits are due to arrive this month, so place your orders now!

Beautiful Bunting Made Easy by Pamela Pereira

Make your mantle the center stage of every holiday. This mantle is decked out for the patriotic holidays, but seasonal buntings would be just as fun. Shown below is the ‘Celebration Bunting Mantle Scarf’ #CLPPPE003 from Cut Loose Press® by Pamela Pereira.

Since the striped wedges are pieced from units cut with the Creative Grids® 22-½ degree ruler, this goes together very quickly. The half and quarter-circle units are then quilted and bound so hanging is a breeze.

The Creative Grids® 22 1/2 degree triangle is required. (There is a shorter version but you need the length of this one to cut the wider wedges on the outside.)

Sew together 8 of these wedges to create the center, half bunting; and two sets of 4 to create the outer quarter-circles.

Since the banners are quilted and bound after piecing, they hang beautifully. Can’t you picture Christmas fabrics with a village or Santa collection on display? Or Halloween fabrics with pumpkins??? The holidays and options are endless.

Instant Gratification by Cut Loose Press® Patterns

Looking for a quick project that can be finished in a few hours? None of these projects are quilted so it will be complete from start to finish. What great projects to teach a child to sew this summer. Here are just a few of my favorites.

These little purses are so darn cute! Whether you choose a dog, cat, or owl, you will be thrilled with the results – and frankly, will probably want to make all 3! These are great opportunities to teach how to sew in a zipper, sew on button eyes, and even simple embroidery stitches to embellish the faces. All you need is a couple of fat quarters of fabric! They could use it to store their sewing supplies!


A yard of fabric, a kitchen towel, and ribbon or twill tape for the ties are all you need to make this apron in the afternoon. And, yes, those are pockets – a must-have at any age!
There are so many darling towels available now. Why not make some for a baking or canning session after it is done?

It is not a holiday dinner unless sparkling grape juice is served so everyone can participate in the toast! One 20-inch x 28-inch tea towel makes TWO bags. Save one for yourself and give one to a friend (but only if she is willing to share what’s inside.) Since the towel is already hemmed, half of the work is done for you. Showcase a cut print on a tea towel or embroider your favorite 4-inch design. Easy peasy!


Why not keep a dozen of these on hand for gifts? It is the perfect addition to any household with children who love to play in the snow! Use wonder clips to attach those mittens, scarves, and gloves and they will be dry in no time – and ready the next time someone wants to build a snowman! But, for those of us who would rather watch from the window, it is a great space saver – and can be used to store belts and scarves! This pattern is fat-quarter-friendly as well!

Want to teach some simple quilting techniques? This Easy Patriotic Table Topper is oh so easy! In fact, you can finish the whole thing in a few hours! At approximately 18” square, you could use Insul-Bright instead of batting so you could sit hot dishes on it – plenty of room for a 9 x 13 pan!

Why not set up a time to sew with friends or the littles in your life every week? They could even start holiday gifts to give to family, teachers, and friends! All of the patterns are available and in stock now since they are Cut Loose Press® so place your orders now!

Unlock Your Sewing Superpowers with June Tailors Insulated Lunchbox Sewing Kits!

This stylish insulated lunchbox sews up quickly. With finished dimensions of 10 x 6 x 7 inches, this large bag can easily hold lunch for two. Each kit includes insulated stabilizer printed with sewing pattern, Zippity-Do-Done™ pre-sewn zipper in one of six different colors, webbing for handles, plastic interior base for added bag stability and detailed instructions. The only difference between the kits is the color of the zipper.

Kit with black zipper:

Kit with red zipper:

Kit with white zipper:

Kit with light gray zipper:

Kit with navy zipper:

Kit with camel zipper:

These zippers have a folded casing on each side so you simply tuck the edge of the project into the fold and sew! What a great way to finish a project! Everything is in stock so place your orders now.