Crocheted Snowflake Table Runner

By: Mary Jane Protus for Red Heart Yarn

Runner measures 57" long x 14" wide.


 RED HEART® “Holiday”: 2 skeins 1360 Aran with Gold.

 Crochet Hook: 5.5mm US [I-9].

 Yarn needle.

Gauge: Snowflake measures 5½” x 5½” measured point to point. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.


First Snowflake

Ch 4, join with slip st to form a ring.

Round 1 (right side . . .

Quilted Table Covers

Quilted Table Covers-1Quilting adds body to table coverings and provides additional protection for table surfaces. The thickness and slight puffiness of quilted table accessories also adds visual appeal. Use quilted fabrics for placemats, table runners and table mats. Finish edges with bias binding.

Pre-quilted fabrics are available, but quilting your own fabric provides the luxury of coordinating colors , and prints, and the economy of making only the amount of quilted fabric needed for a project. The quilting guide foot with the attached guide bar makes the channel quilting process easy.

Lengthen the stitch length and loosen the pressure for even quilting. Begin by stitching the center quilting row,and work toward the sides.

Use polyester fleece or needle punched batting for tabletop fashions. It will retain its shape and body when laundered.

How to Machine Quilt Fabric Using a Quilter Bar

Quilted Table Covers-2

1) Cut fabric, fleece and lining slightly larger than finished size of item. Place fleece between wrong sides of fabric and lining. Pin or baste all three layers together.

2) Mark first quilting line in center of fabric with yardstick and chalk pencil. (If not using quilter bar, mark every quilting rowan equal distance apart.)

3) Stitch center line. Determine the distance to next quilting line: Adjust quilter bar to follow the previous row of stitching as you stitch the next row.


{Credit} Singer sewing for the Home (copyright 1984-1988)

Asymmetric Designs

All of the foregoing patterns were designed for a balanced effect, that is, half a pattern to be cut on a fold of fabric. When opened out, the darts will be exactly the same on either side of the center front or back. This is a formal or symmetrical balance (Fig. 18a). It is the one most generally used in clothing design.

Balance can be achieved in another way. The right and left sides may be different though equal. This is a balance of uneven parts, a "felt" balance, and the type most seen in nature. It is called an . . .

Country Kitchen

Country Kitchen-1Framed in cookie jar, skillet, or canning jar shapes, these designs will give your kitchen down-home appeal.

Apples Size: 3 – 1/2 “w X 6-3/4” h

Cow Size: 7-1/8″w x 7-1/8″h

Geese Size: 8 -1/4 “w x 6-1/4 ” h

Supplies: Worsted weight yarn (refer to color key), one 10-5/8″ x 13-5/8″ sheet of

7 mesh plastic canvas, #16 tapestry needle, frame, and 8″ of ‘ 1/8″ w red satin ribbon (for Geese only)

Stitches Used: Backstitch, Cross Stitch, French Knot, Gobelin Stitch, and Tent Stitch Instructions: Insert unworked piece of plastic canvas into frame to check size before stitching. Trim canvas to fit frame if necessary. Follow chart and use required stitches to work piece. Complete background with blue Tent Stitches as shown on chart. Insert stitched piece into frame.

For Cow only: Cut four 8″ lengths of black yarn. Knot three yarn lengths together close to one end. Thread loose ends of yarn through canvas at . Braid yarn for l-1/2 “. Tie remaining yarn length around end of braid to secure. Trim ends to 1/4”. For Geese only: Thread 8″ of 1/8″ w ribbon through canvas at Tie ribbon in a bow and trim ends.

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Eye – Catching Case

Eye – Catching Case-1This handy sunglasses case is the cat’s meow! Featuring a cute, eye-catching design, it’s

perfect for protecting glasses from dirt and scratches.

Size: 6-3/4 “w x 3-3/4″ h

Supplies: Worsted weight yarn (refer to color key), one 10-5/8″ x 13-5/8” sheet of 7 mesh plastic canvas, and #16 tapestry needle

Stitches Used: Backstitch, Overcast Stitch, and Tent Stitch

Instructions: Follow chart and use required stitches to work Sunglasses

Case pieces, Use color to match stitching area to join Front to Back along long edges and one short edge, Work

black Overcast Stitches to cover remaining unworked edges.



Eye – Catching Case-2



Curved Darts

Darts need not always be straight lines. They may be curved for interest. For instance, a French underarm dart looks quite pretty when it is a curved rather than a straight line (Fig. 16).

1. On the cut-out sloper with the cut-out dart, locate the position of the new dart. Mark the point A.

2. Draw a curved line from A to the dart point. You may draw

the line freehand for eye appeal, then true the line with an appropriate . . .

Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Cardigan

From Craftstylish – cal patch

Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Cardigan-1Vintage bed jackets are beautiful but harder and harder to find in thrift stores these days. Why not make your own bed jacket-inspired cardigan out of an old T-shirt? Restyling is so timely right now; you get a new, fun piece to wear, it doesn’t cost anything, AND you’re putting something to use that hasn’t seen the light of day for ages. This sweet little number is the perfect cardi to throw on over a dress or tank when the weather warms up, which I’m told will happen again some day!


All you need is a T-shirt that approximately fits (a little big is OK), some scissors, thread, chalk or marking pen, and your sewing machine. Note: You may need a second tee if your shirt isn’t very long to get enough fabric for the ruffles.

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There’s an art to a Dart

There is a folklore that tells of someone's mother or great aunt or clever little dressmaker who could cut out any garment without a pattern. Like many a myth there is an element of truth in the story. anyone-amateur or professional-who sews a great deal can be so familiar with the shape of a sleeve or a collar or a neckline that she can cut from memory. Some day you, too, may be able to do this. In the meantime, there's safety in sticking with patterns.

Scarf Pillows

Scarf Pillows-1Most dorm beds also double as a couch (and study nook,and eating area), so why not spruce up the bottom bunk with a few fun scarf pillows? Simply hit the nearest Savers/Value Village and find a few old throw pillows, then check out the accessories section for scarves in bright prints and bold colors – vintage scarves look exceptionally chic. You’ll have an upscale look for just a few bucks.


• $4.99 Scarf

• $1.99 Pillow

You Will Need:

• 1 large scarf

• 1 medium sized throw pillow

Other supplies:

• Scrap pieces of construction paper or lightweight cardboard to draw templates

• Clear contact paper (available at office and home improvement stores)

• Double-sided tape

• Ruler or tape measure

• Scissors

• Pencil


Step 1: Hand wash scarf and air dry. Lightly iron scarf if needed.

Step 2: Lay scarf fl at on table or floor, then place pillow on the scarf so pillow edges are perpendicular to

scarf edges (see image).

Step 4: Tie together two opposite ends of the scarf across the length of the pillow.

Step 5: Tie remaining ends of scarf together.

Step 6: Pull ends from the first knot out and fluff pillow.

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How to make multiple dart tucks at the neckline

1. Trace the bodice-front sloper. Cut out the tracing and the dart. 2. Lightly draw an arc as a guideline for positioning the dart tucks (Fig. 56a). Make it a distance from the neckline equal to the length you desire for the dart tucks. They may be of equal length or graduated. 3. Draw the lines for the dart tucks showing the . . .