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Stop Staring and Start Sewing!
Improving the world one stitch at a time...
Interests: My family (1 wonderful husband and 5 brilliant kids!), sewing, decorating, craft blogs, thrifting, rain, roses, homeschooling, inspiring and encouraging others.
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Posted Feb 27, 2022 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Dave, You are welcome! I hope you were able to make some of the set this past Christmas. Thank you! Jona
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Lloyd, thanks for the nice comment! I hope you got some of the set done for your church. I've been wanting to make a "super-sized" set for our church and then light it up big time. I hope yours turned out great! Jona
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Liza, you are very welcome! I hope you were able to make at least part of the set this past Christmas. I'm glad you found this useful! Jona
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I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to reply! I didn't see your comment. I'm SO glad you found this tutorial useful. This is honestly one of my favorite projects and invisible zippers are so satisfying. You are so welcome and I hope you'll continue to make pillows this way! Thank you!
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I made a darling baby quilt out of an IKEA duvet set! Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Last fall I joined the One Room Challenge and finally finished my master bedroom. One of the pretties upgrades I made was re-covering and re-painting my headboard. It was pretty boring before (here's the post from when we built it and covered it the first time) and I wanted a more glamorous (leaning towards gaudy) look. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2021 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Velvet by Amy Sinibaldi is available to order now! I just got my tracking number, woohoo! Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Follow along with this video tutorial and make a mini notebook cover (pattern included!). Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Check out Abigail Butler's new book Sew Home in The Kitchen Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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One Room Challenge Fall 2020 - Sewing a new King Sized bed skirt. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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One Room Challenge - Week 2 - Master Bedroom - Fabric on Walls. This week my work on the One Room Challenge has been all about the fabric (my favorite thing ever!). Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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One Room Challenge - Fall 2020 - Week 1 I'm so thrilled to take part in the One Room Challenge for Fall 2020. My master bedroom has been a disappointing dumping ground for far too many years. I got started... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Merry Christmas (early)! Here is our latest addition to our DIY Outdoor Nativity Set with a FREE pdf pattern! Have fun! Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Been away for a bit. I got caught up and the mask making craze and it was a wild ride. But things have slowed wayyy down so I'm changing my focus back to building a fabric store and that feels... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Here comes a pop up! Join that email list! You'll be glad you did! I'm back at it. Yep, I'm slowly, methodically, carefully...who am I kidding? I'm kind of nervous but...I've re-opened my Fabritopia store! I wish I could say... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2020 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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We've been adding to our nativity set each year and I know folks have been coming to my site from Pinterest to get the new patterns. Here they are finally! We started with the Holy Family and then added the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Hi Deborah! That tutorial is in the very next blog post! It's a fun one.:)
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I have a mad crush on this camisole pattern for awhile now and I'm just getting started. The Ogden Cami from True Bias is a wonderful, uncomplicated pattern and I'm finding it to be very versatile. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Hi Susan! The pattern is already finished in the book so these adjustments aren't there. It's all ready to go! The book does have the ruffles and so much more. I hope you love it. Please feel free to ask any questions you might run into while making your skirts. Thank you for buying the book!
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Sorry for the long delay in responding! I hope you have loved using the glue sticks. They are one of my absolute favorite sewing tools and have saved me from so many pin pokes!
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You are so welcome! I hope you get lots of use out of this tutorial!
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Yesssss! This makes me so happy! I really love bark cloth. Such a great texture!
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That sounds smart! Thanks for sharing that tip!
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My hubby graciously gave up his office so we could have a guest room instead. He's been carrying his laptop around the house and working where ever he sat and we both realized that he really didn't need a whole... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at Stop staring and start sewing!