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Top 5 Ways to Use a Rotary Cutter

The question isn’t “what can you do with a rotary cutter?”—it’s more like “what can’t you do with one?” This versatile tool can handle just about…

  • Clothing

    Maker Series: Piped Bias Binding

    By Joshua Duart

    This easy to make binding is a great trim for a variety of projects – quilting, home décor (think pillows), and my favorite usage – to add a finish on a costume! Once you’ve made it, you’ll never buy the pre-made kind again. Customize using any fabric you wish and the possibilities are endless. Great…

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  • Back-to-school

    Project: Carry It All Pouch

    By Carla Peicheff

    You can download and print this project here.   Who doesn’t need a great little pouch to carry those much needed notions? Select your favorite fabrics and create a pouch with personality! Fabric: “BLUSH” BY JEN ALLYSON FOR MY MIND’S EYE / RILEY BLAKE Thread: Aurifil Materials Needed: OLFA 45mm Splash Cutter OLFA 12×18 Splash Self-Healing…

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  • Project

    Project: Upcycled Leather Nesting Catchalls

    By Randa Roberts

    Upcycled Leather Nesting Catchalls   This little project is great for several reasons; it’s fun, quick, easy, useful and uses upcycled leather. The leather is a piece salvaged from a leather couch that was on its way to the landfill. Upholstery leather is ideal for these little containers, however you can usually find bags of…

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  • Designer Spotlight

    Designer: Randa Roberts

    Designer Randa Roberts has found her niche – using recycled leather to make handmade and custom bags. She has some fabulous tips for you to begin upcycling leather, too!   Tell us about your business. How did you choose your business name? I started out making clothing and accessories in 2012 from upcycled t-shirts, and…

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  • Pillows

    July Slice & Stitch Challenge

    By Audrey Mann and Diane Brinton

    Welcome to the third of six (6) Slice & Stitch Challenges that we’ve teamed up with Aurifil to bring you! One OLFA Ambassador and one Aurifil Artisan will receive the same products and create a project or tips / tutorial for you! This month Audrey Mann & Diane Brinton with The Cloth Parcel and Amista Baker…

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  • Project: Wonky Shoo Fly Table Runner

    By Natalie Barnes

    Table Runner Size: 24″ x 72″   This traditional pattern has been made just a little more wonky – and fun – by changing the scale of the pieces of the block, and by setting the blocks in a topsy turvy manner!   This quilt is made by selecting a scrappy collection of background fabrics…

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  • Designer: Natalie Barnes

    What began as a way to pass the time on a rainy Hawaiian morning turned into the adventure of a lifetime! For designer Natalie Barnes, that moment morphed into a business that encompasses patterns, books, and fabric design. She’s enjoying every minute of it! Also be sure to check out Natalie’s project for this month…

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  • Makers

    Designer Interview: Cheryl Brickey

    By Cheryl Brickey

    Designer Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs brings her day-job skills home at night, creating modern quilts that still have a connection to traditions of the past. Read her interview to get to know her better. Cheryl has also designed a fabulous baby quilt project. Rock and Roll is just the right size for wrapping up…

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  • Baby

    Project: Rock & Roll Baby Quilt

    By Cheryl Brickey

    Surround a baby or toddler with hugs and kisses with this stylish design that easy enough for a beginner!    Project: Rock & Roll Baby Quilt Size: 40 1/2″ x 52 1/2″ Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs My good friends have a baby boy due in a few months and I wanted to make…

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  • Cosplay

    Maker Series – Joshua Duart

    Earlier this year a few of us from OLFA attended C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) here in Chicago, and met some amazing and creative individuals. One of those people was Joshua Duart, or @Thranduart  as he’s known on Instagram. This summer as Josh begins another build we will be following along in our IG…

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  • Project

    May Slice & Stitch Challenge

    Welcome to the third of six (6) Slice & Stitch Challenges that we’ve teamed up with Aurifil to bring you! One OLFA Ambassador and one Aurifil Artisan will receive the same products and create a project or tips / tutorial for you! This month Alexa Byman and Afton Warrick were both given the OLFA Rotary…

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  • Designer Spotlight

    Designer Interview: Lish Dorset

    From reporter and writer, to the creator of the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, to a guest craft on the Martha Stewart Show, Lish Dorset has led an interesting creative life! We especially love how she teaches kids to sew! Discover more about this talented maker, and be sure to check out her Simply Stripe Placemats pattern…

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