Do you struggle to keep track of your sewing supplies? You are not alone! A tidy workspace is the dream, but we all know things can get a little messy when you’re in the middle of a project. Scissors get lost under piles of fabric. Pins roll off the table. Seam rippers hide under the edge of the machine. It’s chaos! Keep your sewing supplies organized and accessible with Rob’s new Tool Pouch. It has pockets and a trash holder, and it hangs right under the sewing machine! Click HERE to watch the video tutorial!
There is danger lurking in your sewing room. (Insert dramatic dun, dun, DUN!!!) You may not notice at first, but it’s there. Tiny particles of dust, fluff, and even pet hair are floating in the air—and they’re headed straight for your sewing machine. Those little bits of “stuff” can clog and damage the inner workings of your machine. That’s why it’s so important to protect it with a custom sewing machine cover. Click HERE to learn how to make a sewing machine cover that looks awesome and fits like a glove. It’s a quick, easy way to keep that machine running smoothly for years toRead More →
Ordinary is fine. Plain vanilla ice cream. Chips without salsa. (An arm with no tattoos.) They’re all just fine… So when you pick up a new composition notebook, you can totally leave the cover alone. It’s fine. It’s “good enough.” It does the job. But…it’s also pretty darn “blah.” Spice up that plain ole notebook with a custom fabric book cover made out of 10 inch squares of precut fabric (aka layer cakes). It’s a quick and easy sewing project with tons of personality. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
On the hunt for a cool, unique DIY gift? Rob’s Canvas Firewood Carrier is calling your name! Cuz no matter who you’re sewing for, you can bet Santa’s beard they love a crackling fire. This log carrier is super simple – just some canvas yardage and a couple of dowels, but when you load that puppy up, you’ll be hauling logs like Paul Bunyan himself. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
You might cry over spilt milk, but spilt paint? Never! Even accidental plops of rainbow-hued pigment can turn out awesome – especially on quilts! Inspired by his own painting projects, Rob started this quilt with a patchwork of newsprint fabric to create the illusion of a newspaper “drop cloth.” Then he layered on big ‘ole drips of applique “paint” in nice, bold colors. Click HERE to watch the vid!
What can you do with a skull cap? Plenty! Doctors and nurses wear skull caps (or scrub caps) to secure their hair during surgery. Chefs wear skull caps to keep hair out of their twice-braised beef. Motorcycle riders, football players, and construction workers wear skull caps to make their helmets and hard hats more comfortable. (And to look super cool, of course.) This week Rob is working on a totally rad, custom skull cap. Make it out of superheros, Harry Potter prints, or a gnarly Indian Motorcycle design, and you’re guaranteed to be the coolest dude around! Click HERE to watch the tutorial now!
A good magician can saw a woman in half, make a rabbit disappear, and pull an entire bouquet of flowers out of thin air. It seems impossible, but we know the truth: It’s all an illusion. With a few tricks up the sleeve, anyone can perform “magic” – no supernatural power required! Rob’s new Optical Illusion Checkerboard Quilt may look like a maze of intricate piecework, but we assure you – this pattern couldn’t be easier! Click HERE to learn the secret to this illusion!
Have you been following along with Rob’s free motion quilting tutorials? If so, we hope you have a huge stack of stitch-covered practice pieces. But…what do you do with all those scraps? Don’t even think about throwing them away! Instead, transform them into a quick and easy tote bag that is super useful and totally unique. Click HERE to watch the tutorial.
Spider webs are pretty incredible. They catch prey, provide shelter, and act as protective egg sacs. Some spiders even use a silken thread as a safety line while navigating tricky obstacles. Coolest of all? Webs can be used for flying! Certain types of spiders create web balloons that send ‘em sailing across air currents like gnarly little eight-legged surfers. This week Rob is using a web motif to finish off my spooky Science Jars quilt. (Bonus: the thread glows in the dark!) Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
When was the very first quilt made? We don’t know for sure, but evidence suggests quilt-making actually predates the invention of the wheel! In 1903, archaeologists in Egypt discovered a 5,500-year-old statue of a pharaoh wearing a quilted cloak. It’s a cool, geometric pattern and it even has a scalloped border. We’d love to travel back in time and check out the fabric choices! This week Rob is working on an easy pyramid quilt. It’s made with strip sets of brilliant color, and it comes together like a snap. Click HERE to watch the tutorial.