Monday, December 15, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas!

It's day 12 of mmf's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas... woo hoo!!! For our final handmade gift idea, we bring you the Sharpie Roll-up by Gigi!
 I don't know about you, but I LOVE Sharpies and it would be great to have a way to organize them. So, for the lover of Sharpies in your life, this roll-up would be the ideal gift... especially with a set of these

For the Sharpie Roll-up tutorial, click here.

Happy Monday and happy holiday sewing! Stay tuned tomorrow... in honor of mmf's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas, we're going to have a fabric giveaway!


michael miller's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas!

It's day 11 (and 12) of mmf's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas!! I meant to post on Saturday but I was wrapped up in my own holiday sewing and time just slipped away :) So, I'll post one project now and one this afternoon. 

First, from Huneydoodles, is a holiday staple for boys...
 Wouldn't it look great on a little boy standing next to a little girl wearing this? Yes! What could make it better? How about taking the photo in front of a gorgeous Christmas Tree!?!

For more inspirational photos and the bow tie tutorial, visit Huneydoodles.

Friday, December 12, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas!

Yesterday we exchanged our Secret Santa gifts at work and my Santa gave me a monogram mug. Love it! It's pretty special so I think it needs it's own Mug Rug! Tara and Shawn, our California co-workers, sent some Holiday garland which is the perfect decoration for your Christmas Tree... but it also made the best Mug Rug!
So, for day 10 of mmf's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas, we bring to you this festive fabric twine... as a Mug Rug!

Follow the instructions in this Youtube video (or this tutorial) to wind the fabric twine... you'll need about 5 1/2 feet of twine to make the rug. After you've tied off the start and finish of the twine you'll need to wind it into a flat spiral, stitching it into place as you go. The diameter of the rug should measure about 5 1/2" when you're finished. What a fantastic gift set- just add hot chocolate and marshmallows!

Do you still need holiday fabric? Check out our website and stay tuned tomorrow for day 11 of MMF's twelve days of Christmas

Thursday, December 11, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas!

You might recognize the creator of our next holiday project from MMF's Kid's Craft Camp... It's Jenn from A Jennuine Life! For day nine of mmf's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas, Jenn altered her Camper Cowl by adding a hood!
The Holiday Hoodie is lined with super soft flannel... and Jenn used an MMF classic for the outside- Nordic Holiday in Multi.

For the tutorial and pics of Jenn's adorable Holiday Hoodie models, head over to her blog!

Happy holiday sewing!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas!

My family always exchanges one gift on Christmas Eve... and I think a Christmas tree skirt would be a great gift for the whole family- especially a personalized one like Patty, of Patty Murphy Handmade, designed for mmf's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas.
 How cute are the kids hand prints and the yo-yo border?!

There's a great yo-yo tutorial (both traditional and with a Clover Yo-Yo Maker) on Connecting Threads.

For the tree skirt tutorial and many more inspirational photos, visit Patty Murphy Handmade.
Happy holiday sewing!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas!

It's day eight of mmf's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas and while hunting around on Pinterest, we found a great, easy gift for the person in your life who is always cold...that's me!!
The tutorial for these festive rice hand-warmers is by Allison of Little Lovelies- it can be found by clicking here. They sure came in handy while we were photographing our samples in the snow!

A cold weather, cozy gift idea:
Make a basket (or box) with a set of hand-warmers, a scarf or a throw blanket, a holiday mug and a tin of hot chocolate. You might even want to include a pair of wool socks and a hat to complete the cold weather winter kit :)

Looking for more holiday fabrics? Check out our website.

Monday, December 8, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas!

Ruffles, bows and cozy little love birds! What more could a little girl want? Laura of Crafty Hour (Happy Hour for a Crafty Mom :)) designed an adorable holiday skirt using "All the Trimmings". I just love the ruffle on the bottom!
For the tutorial, some super cute pictures of Laura's kids and lots of holiday cheer, head over to Crafty Hour.

All the trimmings will start shipping to stores in April. To see Michael Miller's Holiday Collection, click here.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas!

It's day six of mmf's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas!!

Do you have a new family member? or a new house? I'm sure that you have some reason to make new Christmas stockings... especially monogrammed ones (which are all the rage these days)!
Amy of Britches N Bloomers created a great tutorial which can be found here. I love how she monogrammed each stocking to make it personal. You can also sew on some sequins and beads if you really want to bring the bling this season! 

If you need embroidered letters, try your local craft supply store or a Michaels.

Etsy also has some great sources for iron-on and sew-on monogrammed patches if you can't do it on your home sew machine:
Embroidery Branche
So Supplies

I hope everyone is having a productive handmade holiday weekend!


Friday, December 5, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.'s of Christmas!

It's Friday!!! And it's day five of MMF's twelve d.i.y.s of Christmas!
We bring you the Christmas Tree Trivet Tutorial- Designed and sewn by Call Ajaire.

It's the perfect weekend sewing project and a great gift for someone who loves to cook and host parties! Why not make a basket with cute baking tools, cookie cutters, dish towels and a homemade trivet!?

For more inspirational photos and the Christmas Tree Trivet Tutorial, visit Call Ajaire!

*The fabric collection, All the Trimmings, will start shipping to stores in April. For MMF's Holiday Collection, please visit our website.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.'s of Christmas!

It's day four of MMF's twelve d.i.y.'s of Christmas and we bring to you a sweet, homemade gift idea that is perfect for a coworker.
How excited would you be if someone brought you a coffee, tea or hot chocolate (yum!) in a Christmas cozy?! It would surely brighten your day! See Kate Sew created this adorable tutorial and we made a couple of festive button-up cozies out of our Christmas collection.

Click here for the Coffee Cozy Tutorial.

Need a hot chocolate recipe? A Night Owl rounded up over 25! I'm sure one of them will be perfect. Comment if you make one that we should all try!

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.'s of Christmas!

Looking for the perfect Host(ess) gift for the holidays? Look no further because these Christmas Tree Napkins are the best!
 These festive napkins were designed and sewn by Candice Ayala of Regal Appeal. She used our new collection, All the Trimmings, which is shipping to stores near you in April!

For the tutorial and more of Candice's inspirational photos, click on the link below...

Do you still need holiday fabric? Check out our website and stay tuned tomorrow for day four of MMF's twelve days of Christmas


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.'s of Christmas!

Mod Podge Rocks!

For day two of Michael Miller's twelve d.i.y.'s of Christmas, we Mod Podged some cute letter ornaments-- it's so easy and perfect for a co-worker or a friend!

1. You'll need some wooden (or paper mache) letters-- we found ours at Michaels but you can also find unfinished wooden letters at your local craft shop or at Joann's. If you'd prefer paper mache, Land of Nod has some cute letters: just click here.

*Or, how about making a decorative phrase for your mantel? "Merry Christmas", "Merry & Bright", "Let it Snow", "Joy to the World", you get the idea :)

2. Pick a festive fabric. We used Tiny Houndstooth in rouge and Pinhead in Spearmint. Check out our holiday collection and you'll be sure to find something special!

3. I've found that the Mod Podge Rocks Blog has simple, easy-to-follow instructions for the technique... so just follow along and create your letter ornament!
IMPORTANT NOTE *Trace your wooden letter on the wrong side of the fabric, making sure that it'll face the correct direction when placed on the letter (this means that you'll trace the letter backwards).

4. Add a ribbon loop to the back side of the letter so the ornament can be hung from the tree. (We used tiny nails to secure the ribbon.)

And, you're done! I told you it would be easy :)

Be sure to share your finished projects- we love to see!

Monday, December 1, 2014

michael miller's twelve d.i.y.'s of Christmas!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and if you're anything like me, you're just starting to make fun gifts for friends and family for the holidays... Well, we're here to help! It's time for the first project of Michael Miller's Twelve D.I.Y's of Christmas!
How cute is this pencil case? Perfect for the artist or the student in your life... 
We found the pencil pouch tutorial on See Kate Sew's blog and used our new line, All the Trimmings (coming soon), to sew it up.


See you tomorrow with day two of Michael Miller's Twelve Days of Christmas!

To view MMF's holiday collection, click here

Friday, November 14, 2014

All the Pretty Flowers...

I know, I know... Fall is turning into Winter, and there's news of snow but our Spring Fling will start shipping to stores on November 15th! And, who can ever tire of looking at gorgeous flowers? :)
Do you love the idea of Tallulah fabric on your walls as pictured above? Here is a great tutorial: DIY Fabric Starching on anything.

For the free quilt pattern above, click here.

Shayla and Kristy (from Sassafras Lane Designs) made a gorgeous quilt for our booth at Quilt Market using Diamond Alley with Cordelia, Dim Dots and Trelliage. I just love how it turned out!
For more information about Diamond Alley, visit Sassafras Lane.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, November 7, 2014

Sewing Studio :: Quilt Market 2014 Recap...

We thought that we would create a fun kid's studio space for Quilt Market in our booth-- turns out, adults love it too!

List of items pictured above...
(Just click on the item below for details)
1. HELLO KITTY SEWING MACHINE! Thanks for letting us borrow it, Janome!
4. Crayon Gems (so cool!)
5. a stack of multi colored ribbon
6. Assorted Washi Tape
7. Zippers
8. Thread
9. Mod Podge (This is what we used to decorate the wooden letters)
Looking for a tutorial for Mod Podge? Just click here.
12. Rolling Cart in turquoise 
13. Assorted fabric bundles from our newest kids collections!
And, a close-up of that super cute Hello Kitty machine by Janome! I would love to take it for a spin :)
The reading/relaxing corner was right next to the kid's sewing studio...
Here, we featured Origami Oasis by Tamara Kate and our new mascots, Matilda the giraffe and Peanut the elephant (thanks to our friends on Instagram for the cute names!)

If you're interested in the items above, just click on the links below!
2. Peanut
3. the cool white rocking chair
4. Starry Migration (a free downloadable quilt pattern)
5. Grassland (a free downloadable quilt pattern)

 Stay tuned for the next installment of Quilt Market Recap!