Posts Tagged ‘Clover Notions’

Clover Kanzashi Flower Makers at

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Check out these very cool, new tools from Clover Manufacturing!  Simply set, cut and sew to create beautiful Kanzashi Flowers!  These flowers are perfect for embellishing quilts, wall-hangings, personal accessories, jewelry, ready-to-wear, scrap booking and more!

Clover Kanzashi Flower Maker - Pointed Petal - LargeClover Kanzashi Flower Maker Round Petal - Large Kanzashi Flower Maker Gathered Petal - Small

YES!¬† They’re all ON SALE NOW!¬† Click here for more info and quick ordering.

NOTE:¬† More sizes coming soon — these were all our supplier had available at the time we ordered.¬† We will get the remaining sizes in all available shapes as soon as they become available to us.

Two more FREE yo-yo projects from Clover-USA!

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Check out these two adorable yo-yo projects, FREE from Clover-USA:

  1. Christmas Tree project, click here.
  2. Assorted flowers (make a bouquet), click here.

These projects were made using Clover Quick Yo-Yo Makers, available and ON SALE at SewThankful.

Fabric Yo-Yo thoughts & more ideas for fabric Yo-Yo lovers

Friday, August 29th, 2008

If you subscribe to the eNews or if you’ve read this blog for very long, you know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fabric yo-yos.

It’s true…when Clover came out with the Quick Yo-Yo Makers, I was completely hooked!

I love this cool tool sew much that Jeff & I made a couple tutorial videos:

Here’s a tip to build up your fabric yo-yo stash rather quickly:

I personally use multiples of every size & shape Clover Yo-Yo Maker.¬† I store the Makers pre-loaded with fabric.¬† That way,¬† when I sit down in the evening or over the weekend I’m ready to stitch up as many yo-yos as I feel like stitching.¬† I keep a bag of fabric scraps handy to reload fabric into the tool as soon as I complete a yo-yo. I sort the finished yo-yo’s by shape and color.

Yo-Yo Makers are portable!!! When I know that I’m going to be traveling, I pack up my pre-loaded Yo-Yo Makers in Gallon size freezer bags.

The other day I discovered that Clover offers several FREE pdf projects for yo-yos.  Check out these fun projects:

  1. Yo-Yo Christmas Tree Ornaments: <>
  2. Yo-Yo Curtains: <>
  3. Yo-Yo Flower Pins: <>
  4. Yo-Yo Heart Greeting Card: <>
  5. Yo-Yo Hair Accessory: <>
  6. Yo-Yo Necklace: <>


Clover Flower Yo-Yo Maker FREE how-to YouTube Video

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

The video is ready! I experienced a LOT of frustration with the first flower yo-yos I made using the Clover Flower Quick Yo-Yo Makers.

The included instructions were not very intuitive or easy–I felt.¬† Once I figured out how to make them look pretty Jeff and I put together a video showing how I make mine.¬† My way is not necessarily the *right* way or even the *best* way…it’s just the way I do it and I like my results.¬† If you have a way that works better for you, please feel free to share your tips.

NOTE #1:¬† YouTube limits video length to 10 minutes.¬† That wasn’t enough time to show all the steps, so there are two clips below (scroll down, they are listed one on top of the other).

NOTE #2:¬† You will notice my watch shows the time at about 6:00 on these clips.¬† That’s 6:00AM…yes, in the morning.¬† We started this set at about 5:45AM.¬† We film very early to take advantage of the best quiet and least distraction.¬† BUT, it’s still 6:00AM…wincing grin…it’s an interesting exercise in trying to engage brain and voice that early in the morning.

The tweezers I use in this video are Bohin Long Handle Tweezers, available at SewThankful.  You can find the Clover Quick Yo-Yo Makers (in flower, heart and circle shapes) at SewThankful too.

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Meet my new bag baby….Miranda!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

My Miranda was birthed with love and nurturing dedication over the course of two days.  It was an extended labor of love for this Lazy Girl.

Why did it take so long you ask?

  • Well…because I never seem to have more than 20 consecutive minutes at a time to work on sewing projects lately.
  • I also have a very bad habit of wanting to change things slightly…which ALWAYS results in requiring much more time. For example:
  1. I decided I did not like how my front and back panels looked when I pieced them together, so I added applique pane strip over the join and on each panel end.  I quilted these down over the end of each large pieced rectangle (i.e., the front & back).
  2. I also decided I did not want to have a solid (looking) black lining, but I DID want to have a black faux binding around the top.¬† Sew….this Lazy Girl took her time and pieced the lining sections.

Did I need drugs to get through this extended labor you’re wondering? No, silly.¬† While operating a sewing machine or hot iron I highly recommend not becoming impaired or intoxicated.

Oh…so you want to see her? Here she is–click image to open large image in a pop up window:

Miranda Day Bag

Miranda Day Bag

Miranda ivory/black  bamboo fashion handles from Clover.

I used Leisure Arts 1″ Swivel Clips to make her cinch. Click here to see a selection of Leisure Arts handbag hardware accessories at Sew Thankful.

Mirada Cinched shown hanging slightly at an angle

Mirada Cinched shown hanging slightly at an angle

My Miranda is not quilted.  Instead of batting, I used Pellon Fusible Fleece.  I love the smooth and sleek look.

I also decided to give my Miranda FEET to protect her bottom, because good mamas take care of their baby’s bottoms.¬† Given Miranda’s ample proportions, I decided that she would need 6 feet in order to protection at each end and also in the middle. It’s terrible to have a chafed middle bottom! ¬† I used silver tone purse feet from Ghees (gotta mind your metals when making purses…make sure all metal colors match for best results). Gold tone feet are also available at Sew Thankful…in fact, Sew Thankful stocks a nifty selection of handbag hardware.

I used the BLACK Velcro Fusion and I gotta say it again, “I LOVE that stuff!”¬† I only had the 3/4″ x 1″ rectangles available, and being a Lazy Girl, I just placed them end to end to get my 2″ piece and fused.¬† Worked great!

See inside:

Inside Miranda

Inside Miranda

So…you wanna know…how hard was she to sew?

Miranda is not a hard bag to make at all.¬† If you don’t have well honed sewing skills, you will definitely need patience and be able to discipline yourself to take one step at a time and follow it through without trying to guess it’s right.

There are some minor challenges in dealing with the bulk because Miranda is very well stabilized (and that’s a GREAT thing).¬† These minor challenges are nothing too difficult if you can discipline yourself to stay focused on each task as Joan presents it you shouldn’t have any major problems.

Joan Hawley, owner/designer of Lazy Girl Designs and the Miranda Day Bag pattern, did an outstanding job with both the “design” of the bag and the directions for the pattern.¬† Two thumbs up!!!

I LOVE my new Miranda and can’t wait to show her off AND make more — but that will probably have to wait until after the holidays!

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