Category: Special Interests

Need An Easy Sewing Project for Beginners? (micro post)

Here’s step-by-step tutorial, specifically designed for beginners, for a nine-patch envelope-back pillow!

Your new seamstress will learn to use a rotary cutter, fussy cut, piece a patchwork block, stitch, make an envelope back, and more.

Have You Ever Tried Napkin Folding? (micro post)

The next time a meal comes around, give this one a try and practice up for those special occasions when you really want to set a fancy table.

Ready for a SMALL Knitting Project? (micro post)

How about a bookmark? Here are a few free patterns for knitted bookmarks.

Heads Up: Like Craft Supplies, Giveaways, and a Bit of Mystery?

Craftsy has a back-to-school giveaway going on right now. Enter to win a mystery box of supplies!


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Sampler Your Way: Using Sampler Creation to Acquire and Demonstrate Skills


Have you ever wanted to make a sampler?


For some reason they excite me. I mean, you have this demonstration of all the needlework stitches you can make all in one place ~ and it’s pretty enough to hang on your wall (I think it somehow satisfies my inner need for abundance, order, and accomplishment all in one package!).


This post was originally published in 2014. I’ve updated it and added to it in honor of The Hope Chest’s “relaunch” after a prolonged “illness” and months of “rehab”.


Don’t do embroidery? Don’t leave. That’s not what this post is about!

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