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Fleece Mittens Pattern

Posted by Autumn

Needle artists, you know we love you! You're ready to make your mitten commitment, and we've got an adorable and easy pattern from Make it and Love it for child-sized cozy fleece mittens to get you started!What you need:scrap fleeceribbonvelcroscissorsthreadsewing machine 1. Start by tracing your child's hand with fingers closed.2. Use that as a guide as you draw a basic mitten shape, making sure to leave about 1/4 inch for a seam allowance along all of the sides, and about 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch [Read More...]

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The Crochet Dude's Mitten Commitment

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Drew Emborsky aka The Crochet Dude came up with a super cool mitten project which he calls "Snow Kitten Mittens."This crochet design is actually much easier than it looks. Check out this great video to see what I mean :)We really like how these mittens mimic a Scottish fair-isle and having seen and held them in person I can attest how super comfy they are. Craft for a cause this holiday season with The Mitten Commitment.  [Read More...]

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Suede Says Mitten Commitment

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We LOVE the awesome mitten ideas that Suede designed for the Mitten Commitment.http://youtu.be/A-kSPzXOSSAThese patterns will be available soon! Please join us and Simplicity Creative Group in making a handmade difference this holiday season. We appreciate your support and feedback! [Read More...]

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Pumpkin Soup

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This week I’m delighted to bring you a guest blog from my dear friend and fabulous foodie, Peggy Paul. Peggy has been a cookbook editor for 3 years, a foodie since she could hold a spatula, and a wonderful writer for nearly just as long.To me, fall means rich colors and striking contrast--deep ridges in the smooth, round curves of a pumpkin; crisp, bowl-of-soup, casserole-bubbling-in-the-oven weekends with the occasional Waldorf-salad-in-the-park afternoon. While summer giggles with sweetness, [Read More...]

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Eeek! pumpkins craft

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Here’s a super-easy pumpkin craft from Kaboose. I love these little exclamatory pumpkins. They’re easy to make and look adorable. What a great way to decorate your house for Halloween!What you'll need:6 mini pumpkins (add more if you'd like)Pins, metal brads, or 3-dimensional stickersGreen floral foam or scrap newspaperBlack craft or spray paint How to make it:Decide whether you'd like to use pins, brads, or stickers for this pumpkin project.If the pins or brads you are using are not black on [Read More...]

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Fleece Confetti Mittens

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Here's a great sewing pattern from our friends at Simplicity for a pair of toasty fleece mittens with streamer and confetti embellishments !You Will Need: 3/8 Yard of Purple Fleece 1/4 Yard of Orange Fleece 1/2 Yard of 3/8" Elastic Rotary Cutter Embroidery Floss Matching Thread Assorted Buttons Fray Check Solution or Fabric Glue Felting machine Cut 2 mitten body pieces from the felt, 2 mitten thumbs, and cut two binding pieces.HINT: For added interest cut the thumb and binding in contrasting [Read More...]

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The Mitten Commitment

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Welcome to the Mitten Commitment! We’re delighted that you’ve decided to join us in making a difference in the lives of others. It’s easy and fun…all you have to do is knit, sew, or crochet a pair of mittens. If you’re like us, you already love to craft—now you can craft for a cause! To get the yarn ball rolling, we’ve adapted this super-simple knitted mittens pattern from Suite 101. MaterialsSet of 4 Size 7 Double Pointed NeedlesAlpaca Yarn (2 Skeins)Stitch HolderYarn NeedleAbbreviations Used [Read More...]

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DIY Fabric Pumpkins

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This month, it's all about pumpkins. I was searching the Internet for some great pumpkin-related crafts, when I found this one from Martha Stewart. DIY Fabric Pumpkins so easy even a beginning sewer can make them. And they look great! Of course they do--who does it better than Martha?DIY Fabric PumpkinStep 1 Cut out a fabric rectangle on the bias that's twice as long as it is wide. (We used 5-by-10-inch, 8-by-16-inch, and 11-by-22-inch pieces for our three pumpkin sizes.)Step 2 Fold rectangle, [Read More...]

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Playful particulars about pumpkins

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Did you know that eighty percent of all the pumpkins sold in the United States are bought in October? Pumpkins are synonymous with the fall harvest, the month of October, and, of course, with Halloween!You may already know one version or another of the story of devious Jack and his carved jack o’ lantern, but here are some things you may not know about the giant orange fruit (pumpkins are fruit, I checked), the Native Americans called isquotersquash….Pumpkins are part of the squash family, along [Read More...]

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A life with many interests: running

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Running lowers your cholesterol, increases cardiovascular health, and reduces body fat. But I run for exactly none of these reasons. I run because I stink at meditating.Allow me this quick demonstration:The entire class sits comfortably in Lotus position. Except me, because apparently I’m about as flexible as Han Solo frozen in carbonite. In front of each of us is a tea candle in a pretty glass candleholder. Concentrate on the flame, our instructor says. Clear your mind of everything but it’s [Read More...]

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