Previous Features

November 2004
Autumn Quiltmaking
As Thanksgiving approaches, our thoughts turn toward family and friends. And what better time to plan a quilt for somenone special. To add a personal touch, think about making a friendship quilt incorporating a few keepsake photographs. To help you, try our new 8½" x 12" Omnigrip™ or the Omnigrip 8½" square ruler.

Ostretch and Sparkling Ostritch Fringe
Take your pick! These colorful trims add textural accents to home and fashion projects.

Hot Trends: Fun Pincushions
Bright colors, feathers and special detailing make these pincushions great for gift-giving!

DIY: Beaded Brooches
The Hot Fashion Accessory for Fall! Who would guess these brooches were made from cover buttons?


October 2004
Create Halloween Fun!
Create Halloween Fun! Create your own haunted house fun with the eerie Ghosty Ghost and Bewitching Witch, each made of stiffened cheesecloth. These easy-to-make tabletop decorations will stand guard at the candy bowl, peek through windows or anywhere that needs haunting! The pumpkins, which are made of untwisted paper ribbon, add the finishing touch. These are fun projects for the entire family to make!

Introducing So Girly!T
This brand is all about girls celebrating their friendship and individuality! Check out our collection of Iron-On Appliqués, Transfers, and Pincushions.

Hot Trends: Dritz® Skirt Pins
Kilts are Back! Accent your kilt with one or two Dritz Skirt Pins and wear it with high boots.

"Glow in the Dark" Pins
These pins sound scary, but they are designed to help keep floors safe for family and pets. White pin heads absorb light and "glow" in the dark so they're easy to find at night!


September 2004
September is National Home Sewing Month
To celebrate and share the joy of sewing, we are introducing a series of easily taught "Lunch and Learn" tips and projects. If we each take the time to share sewing with someone else, then we are sure to "Get People Sewing!" and that is the mission of the Home Sewing Association. Be sure to take a look at their web site, for more ideas.

Mary EngelbreitT and Collectible Hat Pincushions
New collectible pincushions in the shape of purses, hats, shoes, and sewing hat boxes. Pincushions are packaged in transparent boxes ready for gift-giving.

Hot Trends: Fabric Crayons
Crayola® Fabric crayons are the perfect design tool for creating special gifts or unique quilt blocks.

Dritz® Dressforms
"My Double" Deluxe, "My Double" and Twin-Fit - Easy to use... for a perfect fit everytime. Dressforms are specially-proportioned for different body types.


August 2004
It's Back to School Time
Back to school means a fresh start - brand new everything! Clean, unspoiled notebook pages and pointy-tipped pencils that beg to be used. A brand spanking new backpack, a few outfits, new shoes, and they are set for the year. Well, maybe not the year. Let us just say the first few months. When preparing for the pilgrimage, do not overlook those items that may not come to mind immediately, but definitely make life easier! Don't miss our "Helpful Notions Checklist for Back-To-School."

Iron-On Project
Have fun personalizing hats, T-shirts, and more with Dritz® Iron-On Letters, Numbers, and Designs.

Hot Trends: Dritz® Glamour Rings
Create dramatic accents on dresses, tops, belts, and bags. Check out these patterns featuring Glamour Rings.

Omnigrip™ Rulers
Neon green rulers with a slip-resistant backing make quilting easier than ever. From the makers of Omnigrid®.


July 2004
Shar Jorgenson's Quilting Template Kits
Shar Jorgenson's all-time favorite Rotary Cutting Template Kits have been updated with new graphics and more tips. The Double Wedding Ring and Pandora's Box are among the most popular designs. Shar's kits are designed for speed cutting without sacrificing accuracy! Shar Jorgenson is hostess of the Quilting with Shar television show.

Dritz For Dolls
Creating a doll or teddy bear is a labor of love! Our tips and tools will help.

Hot Trends: Dritz® "D" Rings
"D" Rings take on a trendy new look! Check out Simplicity pattern #5078

Letters from Amy
July is a busy month with holiday and family festivities. We thought you would like some quick and easy ways to simplify your sewing, quilting, and crafting projects.

Fun Placemat Purses
Decorative placemats can be turned into stylist purses in less than one hour with easy-to-use handles and loops.


June 2004
Summertime Is Here
Take time to relax, enjoy the beauty of nature and make something for yourself. A trendy handbag is one of the quickest ways to freshen up a wardrobe. Whether you choose a colorful stripe, a classic tapestry, or a quilted toile; make it to suit your style and have some fun. Our Bag Boutique™ handles, hardware and button-on bags will get you started!

Letters from Amy
Amy's June letter has updated product news and a new project for your summer enjoyment.

Plan Bee™ Quilt Planning System
Plan Bee is an organizer, shopping guide, and travel companion that's sure to delight kindred quilters!

LoRan's Running Stitch Organizer™
It's easy to bring your cross-stitch projects to the pool or beach with the Running Stitch Organizer. Handy all-in-one pouch includes a magnification bar, needle pad, and floss bobbins -- it's ideal for travel.

Hollywood Trims Stripes Fringe
Stripe your fashion accessories or home decor with magnificent colors in this shimmering fringe. Ten spectacular colors from the assortment, ranging from pastels to vivid brights.


May 2004
Celebrate Mother's Day With Elizabeth's Vintage Notions
Mother's Day is a time of commemoration and celebration for Moms. It is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and crayon scribbled I Love You. Show her your appreciation with Elizabeth's Vintage Notions. If your mother sews or quilts, she will love this classic notions line. The collection includes 16 reproduction sewing implements, ranging from needle cases, to seam rippers, and even a pin-style chatelaine.

Introducing Omnigrip
Omnigrid®introduces a neon collection of slip-resistant rulers in seven best-selling and most requested sizes.

Letters from Amy
May's letter has exciting news along with a great Mother's Day project.

Project: Preppy D-Ring Belts
Give Your Wardrobe a lift by making a jazzy D-Ring belt using colorful printed ribbon and a set of D-Rings.

Bag Boutique
If purse-making is your bag, you'll need to check out the new Bag Boutique line of purse handles, hardware, and button-on bags.