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How can you create a Banners of Hope event?

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I recently wrote a Sewing Savvy newsletter discussing the who, what, where and why you might want to get involved and consider hosting your very own Banners of Hope event. Here is the link to the newsletter: Sewing Savvy Banners of Hope 

There are active links to access downloadable documents such as signage, media posts, to do check  lists and much more.

While you are thinking about it, I thought I would feature a couple of lovely banners some of my designing friends submitted to the Craft and Hobby Banners of Hope event held in Anaheim this past January.


Banner of Hope by Keri Sallee

I asked Keri to tell me a little about the process of creating this banner and this is her story:

For me, this piece is very personal. I am one of those people who leans toward being a worrier. Some people would say that with my history I almost have the “right” to worry, but constantly worrying about what “might” happen is so draining. I wanted to create a piece that people could look at and have it speak to them…to tell them that it is OK to just take a minute, clear your mind and BREATHE. To let go for just a bit and take a moment to remind yourself that it will not always be this way and to have peace in the middle of the storm. I think that is why the colors are blues and greens, which make people feel calm, but with hints of darker browns and greens. It’s almost symbolic of the whole idea of the banner…to have peace and be calm even when the storm is circling around you.

The process was actually kind of funny. I was sitting there…staring at my blank banner and I had an idea and saying in mind (completely different from this…very 3-D), but I couldn’t find a starting point. So decided just to grab my favorite Tattered Angels and just lay them out and not think too much. Then…I stared at a colorful background and still didn’t know where to start (LOL.) My husband came in and looked at my “abstract” background and says “that kind of looks like a face.” I was like “WHAT?” And he pointed out a few key places that indeed could have been facial features. So…I went with it. I was nervous because I had never painted a face EVER, but once I started I knew this is exactly what my banner was suppose to be.

 The banner is made on the canvas that was provided and was painted with white and black acrylic paints and Tattered Angels Glams, Mists and Glazes.

Keri’s blog address is: www.thecreativelifear.blogspot.com


Next we have a fun Banner of Hope created by Ana Araujo from When Creativity Knocks.


Banner of Hope by Ana Araujo

I had a lot of gloves left from when I was working on my book: Felt From The Heart and decided that they might fit in perfectly. I had seen pictures of when people hold their hands up to make a heart, so, I thought “I wonder if I could do that with a glove on the banner”. Hope From The Heart can have so many meaning for different people; heath, love, family, etc.

Well Ana, I love with your concept,your Banner and your excellent use of art studio extras.  You will find Ana’s blog at:  www.GiveMeGlitter.com

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned as I am asking other Banner Makers to tell me their story.


By the way Charity Wings is busy arranging the travelling display of Banners of Hope and I will be posting photos and more details as these wonderful fabric creations of Hope start their journey.


Armchair Pincushion

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Finshed Project

Armrest Pincushion With Pockets, Designed by Lorine Mason

Sew this handy organizer/pincushion for your sewing friends, and they will never have to worry about losing their sewing supplies or stray pins and needles again. Just drape this pincushion over the armrest of your favorite chair and all will know that chair is yours and some serious stitching is about to commence.


 Coordinating fat quarters — Bobbins and Bits by Pat Sloan for Moda®

Polyester Fiberfill stuffing

Cotton batting

Basic sewing tools and supplies


To create the pockets*:

Cut two 6 1/2-inch squares from each of the main and backing fabrics, and the cotton batting

Cut two 2 x 6 1/2-inch strips to use as binding

*To achieve the diagonal patterning seen in this project, cut main fabric pockets on a 45-degree angle using the lines on your cutting ruler and board as guides.

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Layer the main fabric, the backing fabric right sides outs with the batting between to form a quilt sandwich.


Quilt the fabrics together as desired. Sew binding strips to the top edges of the pockets and set aside.


To create the pincushion:

Cut one 6 1/2 inch  x 7 1/2-inch rectangle. Fold in half lengthwise right sides together and stitch a center back using a  1/2-inch seam and stitching long the 6 1/2 inch length . Press the seam open and turn right side out. Stitch across one end, sewing 1 inch up from the raw edges.  Fill with polyester stuffing. Stitch across the opposite end, sewing 1 inch up from the raw edges.

To create the base for pockets and pincushion:

Cut one 6 1/2 x 19 1/2-inch rectangle from each of the main and backing fabrics, and the cotton batting. Lay the cotton batting on a flat surface and cover it with the main fabric right side up. Pin the pincushion and pockets in place on top. Baste around the outside edges.  Lay the backing fabric right side down on top and stitch around the circumference using a 1/2-inch seam allowance and leaving a 6-inch opening along one side. Turn right side out and press.


Hand-stitch the opening closed.


Kanshashi Christmas Ornaments

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Sewing Savvy Low Sew Christmas Ornaments FinalKanshashi Christmas Ornaments

By Lorine Mason


Reflections Red Fat Quarters – #275675

Kanzashi Flower Maker – 3” Clover

Rotary Cutter, Mat and ruler

Glue gun and glue sticks

Embellishments;  pompoms, rhinestones, buttons etc.

Ornament Hanger;  ribbon, fishing line with beads, metal ornament hanger etc.

Basic sewing supplies; needle, thread, scissors, iron

Step Out 1

How to:

Remove the fabric from the packaging and press. Using the rotary cutter, mat and ruler; cut four inch by WOF (width of fabric) strips from the chosen fabrics.

Step Out 2

Cut strips of fabric into four inch wide squares. Note: Ornaments shown have been constructed from five to eight individual petals. One four inch square is required for each petal.

Step Out 3

Following the manufacturer’s directions; place fabric square into flower maker and trim.

Step Out 4

Using a needle and thread; stitch through the flower maker once again following the manufacturer’s directions. Remove the fabric from the flower maker.

Step Out 5

Gently pull the threads to create the flower petal, continue creating petals and stringing the additional petals onto the same needle and thread.

Step Out 6

Choose a center embellishment and glue a chosen embellishment to the back and front of the flower ornament.

Add a hanger; using ribbon, fishing line with beads or a purchased ornament hanger.

Hope you enjoyed the step outs. I would love to hear from you,


Twice the Halloween Fun Bibs

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Twice the Halloween Fun Bibs8Twice the Halloween Fun Bibs

By Lorine Mason

Twice the Halloween Fun Bibs1Supplies:

*Four coordinating fat quarters of fabric

*In-R-Form Plus –  double sided fusible foam stabilizer

*Frixion pen

Fabri-Tac™ fabric glue  www.beaconcreates.com

Snag Free Sew On Velcro® hook and loop tape  www.velcro.com

Pattern provided

Basic sewing supplies

How To:

Following the manufacturer’s directions; fuse In-R-Form to the back of a 9 inch by 12 inch rectangle of fabric.

Using the pattern provided below cut out a bib front and back. One from the In-R-Form backed fabric piece and one from a coordinating print.

Twice the Halloween Fun Bibs

For the girl’s bib only; Cut three 4 inch by 22” strips from one of the fabric prints

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For the girl’s bib only; with right sides together stitch the three fabric strips together using a ¼ inch seam. Press the seams open. Fold the strip together lengthwise and press. Stitch each of the ends together using a ¼ inch seam.

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For the girl’s bib only; turn right side out and press. Sew two rows of gathers, stitching 3/8 and 1/8 of an inch away from the raw edges down the length of the strip.

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For the girl’s bib only; pull the gathering threads and pin the strip to the right side of the In-R-Form backed bib section. Adjust the gathers and continue pinning around the sides and bottom edge of the bib. Start and end pinning the strip to the bib ½ inch from the inside of the neckline edge on either side.

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With right sides together pin the second bib section on top of the In-R-Form backed bib section.

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Stitch around the outside edge of the bib as well as along the inside neckline edge leaving a 4 inch opening along one side. Starting and ending on either side of the opening; trim away the excess fabric and stabilizer leaving a 1/8 of an inch seam allowance remaining. Gently pull the In-R-Form away from the fabric along the open edge and clip the foam stabilizer even with the already trimmed edge. This will leave the full ½ inch seam allowance of fabric remaining to be turned and sewn shut by hand. Turn right side out and press. Note: The In-R-Form will fuse to the back of the second bib section at this point. Hand stitch the opening closed.

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Cut two; one inch sections of Snag Free Velcro® for each bib. Use scissors to round each of the corners of the Velcro®. Add a drop of fabric glue to the centers of the Velcro® and press in place using the pattern as a guide to placement. Once the glue has dried; stitch around the outside edges of the Velcro® through all layers of fabric and stabilizer.

Twice the Halloween Fun Bibs8The bibs are reversible therefore twice the fun!

I hope you liked my Halloween bibs and the fact that they are reversible allowing the use of two very creative print choices. I would love to hear your comments.


Urban Doodles Flour Sack Tea Towels

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Urban Doodles Flour Sack Tea TowelsFlour Sack Tea Towel with Doodled Daisies

by Lorine Mason


Flour Sack Tea Towels

Embroidery pattern

Frixion transfer pen

Embroidery thread, needle & hoop

Rick rack trim


How to:

Press the tea towels once removing them from the package.  Choose a pattern for the embroidery. I chose to use one of my basic daisy designs.


Transfer pattern to the front of the tea towel using the Frixion pen

Transfer pattern

Add additional elements to the design by repeating the image, overlapping the images and adding doodled extras to the centers of the petals etc.

Doodle in the extras

Stitch around the designs outlines using a Back Stitch, and two stands of embroidery thread.

*Back Stitch Embroidery: To execute the backstitch, bring needle up at A, a stitch length away from the beginning of the design line. Stitch back down at B at the beginning of the line, bring needle up at C and then stitch back down to meet the previous stitch at A, and continue in this manner, working in a right to left direction.

Flour Sack Tea Towels Close Up

Fill in centers of flowers with French Knots and/or back stitched outlines using a contrasting color of thread.


*French Knots: Bring needle up at A. Wrap embroidery thread around the shaft of the needle. Insert point of needle at B, close to but not into A. Hold know down as you pull needle through to the back of the fabric.  * image shows wrapping embroidery thread around the needle two times, the embroidery thread was wrapped around the needle four times to achieve a larger knot in the projects shown.


Cut a length of rick rack 2” longer the width of the tea towel. Turn under raw ends of rick rack and sew to the back of the tea towel. Attach rick rack along the bottom edge of the tea towel using French Knots.


* To see diagrams of stitches go to http://www.clotilde.com/sewing_savvy.php



ART KLOTH Welcome sign

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Art Kloth1 - Welcome to our Home

Welcome to our Home


By Lorine Mason




ArtKloth – 24” x 35” sheet


Fat Quarters – four coordinating prints and one solid


Fusible Web; Steam-A- Seam2  ( ½” & multiple 9” x 12” sheets)


Fabric Glue




Cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter


Sewing Machine and basic sewing supplies


Embellishments of your choice


How To:


Apply fusible web to the back of the fat quarters of fabric and cut out the following pieces from the coordinating fat quarters:


Print 1:  One 12” x 20” Door Frame


Print 2:  One 10” x 18” Doorway


Print 3:  One  7” square Window and  Three 1 ½” x 9” Doorway Panels


Print 4:  Multiple ½” strips to frame Window (cut on the bias if using a stripe print)


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Cut ART KLOTH and fabric using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat for accuracy.

Art Kloth2 - Fusible Web Application

Press fusible web to the back of fabric pieces.

Cut the Art Kloth to measure 20” x 30”.  Press ½” Steam-A-Seam to the back of the Art Kloth along what will become the top edge. Remove paper backing and turnover 2” and press well. This will form a pocket to be used in hanging the finished banner.


Art Kloth4 - Fusing

Guide to layering and placement of fabric pieces.

Following the manufacturer’s directions, remove the paper backing and press each of the fabric pieces in place centering them on the front of the Art Kloth. Use the project photo as a guide to placement.


Sew around each of the fabric layers using the stitch of your choice. This is an optional step as the layers may simply be fused to the Art Kloth.


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Close Up of stitching options.


Use a die cut machine to cut out lettering or using a font from your computer, trace font onto fabric and cut out individual letters. Cut letters using a variety of the prints. Cut out each letter from the accent fabric.Place the letters, forming your message onto the front of the Art Kloth prior to removing the paper backing. Once you are happy with the design, carefully remove the paper backing from each of the letters and press in place. Repeat adding the second layer of accent lettering.


Embellish your banner using items such as; keyholes, wreath, buttons, door knocker, address numbers, doormat etc. Make it your own. Hint: Search for fun embellishments in the paper/ scrapbook and jewelry aisles of your local stores.


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Close Up of embellishments.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I would love to hear your comments.













Ribbon Floral Wedding Accessories

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Ribbon Wrist Corsage 12

 Ribbon Wrist Corsage by Lorine Mason


Ribbon Wrist Corsage 1


Ribbon – large flower 17 1/2 inches, small flower 12 1/2 inches, ribbon ties 2 yards each

Felt scrap; 1 ¼ inch circle and a 1  ¼ inch x ½ inch rectangle


Fabric glue, needle and thread, measuring tape, marking pen,

Ribbon Wrist Corsage 2

How To:

Mark spacing along the bottom edge of the ribbon at 3 1/2 inch intervals for large flowers and 2 1/2 inch for small flowers. (Note: if you are using wired ribbon, remove the wire from the top edge of the ribbon)

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Using the needle and thread stitch along the length of the ribbon using the diagram as a guide.

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With the needle and thread still attached, carefully gather the threads forming five petals. Stitch the first and last petals together, knot and trim threads.

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Apply fabric glue to the back of the felt circle and glue it to the back of the large ribbon flower.

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Apply fabric glue to the back of the smaller flower and glue it to the top of the large flower. Apply glue to the back of the button and glue it to the center of the small flower.

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Apply fabric glue to the ends of the felt rectangle and press to the back of the felt circle. Once dry; insert ribbons through opening.

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Tie ribbons around your wrist to wear as a wrist corsage or simply slide onto an existing hairband. Another option is to add clips and use either as a hair adornment or make two and clip them to a favorite pair of shoes.

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Perfect for a Flower Girl hairband accessory

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Worn as a wrist corsage

I hope you are inspired to create something today. Thanks for stopping by,  Lorine



Fabric Flower Slide Bracelet

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Fabric Flower Slide Bracelet


I was recently sent a wonderful package of goodies from the generous folks at Cousin®. They have just released a new product line and were interested to see what professional designers would do with the line. My goal is to incorporate fabric into every project I do on this blog, whenever possible that is… Therefore I decided this project must incorporate fabric. Here is what I came up with and I love it…


Fabric Flower Slide Bracelet


One  Bicast Leather bracelet blank 34740058

One 3 pc Metal Slide 34740023

One 1 pc Metal Slide 34740030

One Metal Clasp 34740006

E-6000 glue

One Fat Quarter of Fabric

Hot glue & Glue gun

Scissors, Ruler, Needle & Thread

Rotary Cutter, Mat & Ruler – Optional




Following the instructions provided on the packaging, glue one end of the clasp onto the bracelet blank. Let dry. Add one Metal Slide and one elastic placeholder to the bracelet and set aside.


Cut two fabric strips; one 3″ wide and one 2″ wide. Fold each of them in half lengthwise and press.



Using one of the fabric strips, fold the left edge of the fabric strip at a 90 degree angle until it meets with the raw edges at the bottom of the pressed strip. Press.

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Repeat  folding the right side of the strip to form a sharp point at the top. Press. Trim excess fabric even with the bottom edge of the fabric strip.

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Using a needle and thread, stitch through all layers of fabric across the bottom edge. Pull the stitches taught to gather, secure threads by back into the fabric. You have created one petal. Repeat creating six petals from each of the strips. Did you notice my Oliso Pro™ iron. I love this iron and my top two reasons today are: #1 I have not managed to knock it off my ironing board as yet  #2 The sharp folds and points I am able to achieve in my fabric projects due to the steam vent placement and sheer amount of steam this iron produces.* 

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Glue two same sized petals together along the sides using the glue gun. This forms one unit. Continue petals to form a total of 3 units. Glue units together to form a flower layer.


Squeeze glue into the recess at the back of the Metal/Acrylic Square Slide Charm. Press the smaller of the two flower layers into the glue, being careful to not cover the slide at the back of the charm. Add the second flower layer, gluing it to the back of the first layer.


Insert slide onto bracelet blank followed by the remaining Metal Slide and elastic placeholder.


Following the manufacturer’s directions, fit the bracelet before trimming and adding the opposite end of the closure.  Fabric Flower Slide Bracelet

I hope you enjoy creating your very own Fabric Flower Slide Bracelet. Products are available at JoAnn’s

This project is part of a BlogHop put together by a group of Professional Designers, you will notice the Designer Connection Icon along the left side of my page. Click forward or backward to see other wonderful designs using similar components from the Cousin line of products.



* I was sent the Olisio Pro™ iron  by Olisio to test and offer my opinion. As I use the iron in coming projects I will be offering many opinions I am sure. Stay tuned.



Jelly Rolls are not just for eating?

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Jelly Roll Tea Towel

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Design by Lorine Mason


  • Cotton tea towel
  • Cotton fabric scraps or a jelly roll
  • Yo-yo maker: assorted sizes
  • Steam-a-Seam 2 1/2-inch-wide fusible web tape
  • Buttons
  • Embroidery floss
  • Decorative-edge rotary cutter with ruler and mat
  • Basic sewing tools and supplies


    • Use a seam ripper to open the bottom and side hems of tea towel, opening the side hems up from the bottom edge approximately 6 inches. Press opened hems flat.
    • Measure from side to side across the pressed area of tea towel and cut fabric scraps into strips of that measurement for length and in a variety of widths using a decorative-edge rotary cutter. Following manufacturer’s instructions, press fusible web tape to the center back of each of the strips.
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    • Remove the paper backing from the tape and press the fabric strips to the front of the tea towel to achieve the desired look. Refer to the project photo for placement ideas. Topstitch the strips to the front of the tea towel.
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    • To create a bottom-edge binding strip, cut a scrap fabric strip 2 inches wide by the width of the pressed tea towel. Press the strip in half lengthwise. Open the strip and fold each of the raw edges in toward the center fold; press. Encase the bottom edge of the tea towel with the binding strip and stitch.
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    • Re-hem the side seams of the tea towel. If desired, to create fabric wide enough to fit into the yo-yo maker, cut strips in a variety of widths and then stitch together. Press seams open. Insert into yo-yo maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

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    • Stitch completed yo-yos to the tea towels, adding buttons, embroidery stitches and more to make the tea towels truly unique.

Jelly Roll Tea Towels

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Creating custom zippers

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Fun, colorful zippers for that custom look!

Have you ever wanted to take that project just one step further to make it your own? Why not create a custom color matched zipper. It is so simple and quite inexpensive.

Purchase two or more zippers in colors that coordinate with your project.

Cut away or remove with pliers, the metal stopper at the bottom of each of the zippers. Please note I am working with nylon zippers. Slide off the zipper pull and set aside.

Add pieces of masking tape to each of the cut ends of the zipper tape. This will help prevent fraying and give you something to grip as you slide the zipper pull onto the zipper tape. Slide the one half of the zipper tape onto the zipper pull, stop and slide the second half onto the pull and then continue sliding the pull up the length of the zipper. If the pull is uneven remove and start over.

Using a needle and coordinating thread; stitch across the bottom edge of the zipper, coming up,stitching across and then down the opposite side of the zipper coil. Repeat stitching to establish a firm stop.

Fun, colorful zippers for that custom look!

Voila, you have created custom zippers for all of your fun projects.