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Take a Bite Out of This
Winner: Grand-prize winner SteffBomb won over our hearts with her adorable "Ice Cream Sammy," created while she was on a mission to curb her sweet tooth.
After making the toy's pattern, she cut it out of cardboard and bristol board. "The inside of the ice cream is a soft piece of foam that I cut out with an electric knife," she says. "I also stuffed the inside of the cookie with a thin layer of batting to give it a little bit of fluff."
Complete with eyes, teeth, and teardrops, the charming 5.5-inch-long toy is 95 percent hand-stitched and looks good enough to eat.
Visit SteffBomb's website to see more of her sewing projects.
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All the Essentials
Sewn from felt and repurposed wool, Sheekoo created these unique travel book sewing kits that "contain needle, thread, pins, and safety pins, to keep you prepared for just about any clothing emergency."
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It's in the Bag
This handmade yellow tote bag was created by katiegariepy using an original (and adorable) pattern and topped off with a bow.
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Using a paisley turqouise, brown, and gold fabric, knitchick2 made this 100 percent cotton pleated purse with a turqouise medallion on the front.
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Sewing a button is an incredibly easy task that anyone can do. Follow these instructions to learn how to sew buttons onto pants and coats.
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Hands of Love
To send love and support to a manager who had breast cancer, Simiquilt created this piece using the hands (and paws) of people close to her co-worker. "Some of them are cancer survivors," she says. "We just traced hands, and I fused and blanket-stitched them to the squares." The project was inspired by an idea from Quilt Pink Magazine.
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Not Sew Girly
Bellabinky made this applique baby quilt using cotton, cotton batting, and vintage fabrics. She used pieces of fabric to create the monsters and sewed the edges using a satin stitch on her sewing machine.
The quilt was made for the daughter of a friend, "who scorned the idea that girls' things should be limited to cutesy themes and pink."
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With her own pattern, mandashell made this pink and brown polka-dot apron from vintage rickrack given to her by a friend's grandmother.
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Experimenting with alternating lights and darks and a varied color palette, maggiemakes created a pair of bold pillow tops based on a traditional Japanese quilt block pattern. With what she describes as a "slight country feel," this pillow cover makes us feel right at home.
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Rosecottagelady describes her adorable pin cushion cakes as "sweet non-fat treats to help out in the sewing room."
She used cotton fabrics to make the large cakes and hand-dyed wool felt for the smaller ones. The larger cakes are adorned with rickrack roses, and the small cakes have millinery flowers.
Her sweet pin cushions are available at her Etsy shop
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In the Long Run
Stefgomes's table decor projects "run" in the family. She was inspired to put together this beautiful table runner by her grandmother, who used to make them.
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Cutelycovered created her own pattern for this reversible kitchen apron filled with ruffles. Her inspiration for the retro piece? "No one said you couldn't look cute while cooking your family dinner." Agreed!
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The Tale of a Shirt
Made from old T-shirts from the Salvation Army, this pillow cover created by LisaLoopers is the perfect summer accent. She used a blue linen shirt, and another -- a brown shirt with a tropical lawn print -- was used to make flowers with frayed edges. She included an envelope backing, so the cover can be removed and cleaned.
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Not a Scrap Left
Lbgstudio made this patchwork pencil pouch using her favorite fabric scraps.
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A Shoe In
Trishgim crafted these wool felt baby shoes from a vintage pattern. "I did all the work with my sewing machine except the silk ribbon embroidery," she says. "The ties were made with embroidery floss that was twisted into a cord."
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In Full Bloom
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