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Sewing for boutique sales and charity

  • A very hot (no pun intended) seller at craft fairs, Lisa calls ’em soup bowl koozies; others call them microwave bowl potholders. Various tutorials are linked below. Just remember ALL materials (fabric, thread, and batting) MUST be 100% cotton to avoid melting and fire mishaps.
    • Soup bowl cozy (PDF) from Happy Hour Stitches – this version can be easily printed. Uses a piece of batting (2 total per koozie) on each piece of fabric, and she even has tips for other ways to use the bowls – read the comments too for ideas from her readers.
    • Microwave bowl potholders – not printer friendly, but has clear instructions, good photos, and great tips for mass producing them by making a cardboard template for marking darts. It also uses 1 piece of batting per fabric square (2 squares of fabric + 2 squares of batting.
    • Koozie up the soup bowl (YouTube) – two- minute video where Amber Smith shows you how to make them. She only applies batting to one piece of fabric.
  • Ten-minute table runner – YouTube video
  • Steno pad cover with matching pen (PDF) from Barbara Taylor
  • Clothing protectors – large adult bibs with pocket at bottom to catch food – guild members have pattern to accompany these instructions by Barbara Taylor
  • Lunchbox placemat (PDF) – instructions for a roll-up mini placemat – created by Amy Steffen
  • Flip and sew quilts – YouTube video – easy and quick technique for charity quilts

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