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Sunday, 5 November 2017

By Special Request: iPad Case + Cable Storage

iPad Case and Cable Storage by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Earlier this year, during one of our weekly Skype chats, my Mum did something she's never done before, she asked me to make something for her.  More specifically, she asked me to make a case for her iPad, something like my daughter, Flicky, had made for her Mac using one of my tutes.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Free Tute: Point To Point Runner

Point To Point Runner Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Measuring approx 48" x 13", the Point To Point Runner protects surfaces while making sure your table, sideboard or dresser look great.  Whether you're creating focal interest on bed ends and over the back of sofas and chairs, there are so many ways you can use it.  This clean, crisp design is a showcase for all fabric collections, modern and traditional, and is an easy way to ring in changing seasonal themes in your home.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Free Tute: Drawstring Back Pack

Drawstring Back Pack Tute by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Measuring approx 12" x 15-1/2", the Drawstring Back Pack can be worn by small children, teenagers and adults simply by changing the length of shoulder cord used.  Fully lined and quilted, my design features a trimmed front pocket with optional faux popper embellishment, side tabs, and a drawstring top channel that's constructed separately to the main body of the bag.

Back To School 2017 Blog Hop For Windham Fabrics

Back To School 2017 Blog Hop For Windham Fabrics by www.madebyChrissieD.com

I'm delighted to be joining Windham Fabrics today on Day 4 of their Back To School 2017 Blog Hop, sharing their brand new Aliens collection by Jan Avellana.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Exploring Australia - Material Obsession, Sydney

Material Obsession, Sydney, Aus review by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Have you heard of Kathy Doughty?  An American living in Sydney, Australia, Kathy is a quilter, pattern designer, fabric designer, book author, teacher and Sydney fabric store owner.  I highly suspect that many of you reading this have made at least one quilt designed by her. 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Back To School Projects + Inspiration

Unless you're hiding under a stone, at this time of year it's hard to miss the annual Back To School promotions in stores, on tv and online.  Feels like a good time for me to share again a handful of tutes I've written for pencil cases, bags and storage solutions that always prove useful at this time of year.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Tute: Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case is wide enough to hold a 12" ruler and a notepad up to 5-5/8" wide alongside just about anything else you might need on your first day Back To School.  It also has a separate zippered front pocket to hold your spare change and even your phone!  Its size makes it super versatile, how about using it as a makeup bag or a coupon pouch?

Monday, 22 May 2017