Armchair Caddy FREE Knit Pattern

There are so many evenings that I sit on the couch to knit or crochet while unwinding in front of a television show with my husband. I would love to sit closer to him but it is more often than not that the couch and ottoman are covered with my project accessories. Sound familiar? Perhaps one of these days I will make this knit Armchair Caddy from the free pattern provided by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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Organize Your Small Sewing Space

I am fortunate to have a bedroom size sewing room in our basement. I do have a 10-foot long arm machine frame in the room so it does cut the size down a bit and so I do need to get creative with storing and organizing in the room. Andrea’s Notebook has come up with 5 Tips to Organize your Small Sewing Space. My favourite tip that I need to employ is to use vertical space. What is your favourite tip?

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Hot & Cold Pack Sewing Tutorial

I have a lot of scraps. I am often cold. I have children who often get scrapes and bumps. What do all of these things have in common? Today’s idea to make your own hot/cold packs by A Bee in my Bonnet is the solution to all these situations.

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Fabric Display to Inspire

Fabric is so sensory to me. I love the crisp smell of it, the colours entrance me, the feel just makes me imagine it in a completed quilt or garment. When I purchase it, often-times it gets folded and kept in a drawer until I (eventually) get to using it in a project. I like this idea from Torie Jayne of using hanging baskets to display the fabric to keep me inspired. How do you store and get inspired by your fabric?

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Baby’s Memory Blanket

One of my sorority sisters asked me to make her a blanket using her son’s blankets and baby clothes. I used 98% of the baby items on the front and the back. I also used a layer of cotton batting plus a layer of polyester mid-loft to give it that extra coziness you can see. I chose a free-hand meander on my long-arm machine to give it just enough density to make the negative space puff up. My “sister” and I were both proud of how it turned out. Thank you for letting me help you cherish your son’s baby

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DIY Bleach Spray Shirt in 10 Minutes

The kids have a few tee shirts that have had spills on them. This would be a great idea to give new life to those shirts. Thank you to Practically Functional for this tutorial.  

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Crocheting

9 Simple Steps to Organize Your Craft Room

UPDATED: July 12, 2019 In my head, I see an organized craft room that houses all my supplies. Yarn is stacked neatly in shelves and buttons are organized in colour-specific mason jars so I can see my stock in one quick glance. My eyes tell me that my reality is far from this dream – especially when I’m creating a new collection, the yarn and papers creep out of my studio into my living quarters because sometimes I just need to test a pattern in front of a good Hallmark movie or British TV series. Rubbermaid bins are filled with

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Turn Any Photo into a Pixelated Pattern

Interested in turning a photo into a quilt pattern? I suppose this could work for crochet or knitting or cross stitching or pretty much any craft idea.  I’m sharing this post at these linky parties.  

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Welcome! I'm Elizabeth. The Ruthless Crafter specializes in knit and crochet character hats for makers and wearers. My mission is to help you express your playful side.

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