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Cuddle Minky Blanket Obsession

I have a new obsession: making cuddle blankets! It all started earlier this year when my work (Missouri Star) had a sale on 2-yard cuts of cuddle fabric  (sometimes also referred to as minky fabric ) for just $22 each. I bought a few to make my mom a blanket for mother's day and it turned out beautifully. In fact, it was so soft and luxurious that I almost didn't want to gift it to her!  Don't worry, I didn't end up keeping it for myself...instead, I spent a small fortune on MORE cuddle fabric so that I could make a blanket for myself (and one for my husband, and perhaps a few more to give as gifts during the holidays?!).  Not only is the fabric incredibly soft and luxurious, it's also machine washable. And each blanket is so easy - you can bust one out in just a few hours of sewing time using  this free tutorial.   Here's the one I made for myself over the holiday weekend: Tyler's is on deck for my next sewing session! I guarantee that you will become as ob
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2023 PLY Away Marketplace

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Make Every Day Earth Day by Recycling Your Craft Waste

What do you do with all those thread ends, bits of yarn, and fabric scraps?  For smaller lengths of yarn that I can't knit with, I often use them to decorate gifts (if they're long enough), or to use as ties to keep yarn skeins tidy while I'm dyeing them (if they're shorter).  And I save as much leftover fabric from projects as possible, to be used later on for crumb piecing.  But what about stuff that you simply can't use, like bits of yarn or thread that you snip after weaving in ends or finishing off a project? There was a time that I used to throw these things away....but always with an immense sense of guilt. There is already so much textile waste taking up space in landfills from fast fashion, I don't want to make it any worse. Then I started seeing ads on Instagram for the For Days Take Back Bag . Initially I ordered a few because we had a lot of old clothing, textiles, etc. that were not in good enough condition to keep using or donate. But then I notic

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Half Hexi Table Runner: It Only Looks Difficult!

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