Category Archives: craft


A few months ago I made a cushion from a piece of vintage Star Wars bed sheet.  Having never made a cushion cover before, I was pleased with the end result and liked how quickly it came together.  Plus, C3PO, Darth Vader and the Death Star now grace our living room – who wouldn’t be happy with that?


Using the Force...for lumbar support.

Using the Force…for lumbar support.

Since then, I’ve been writing down all kinds of ideas for fun cushion covers and have managed to whip up a few like these bad boys:

Quilted front, zipper back

Quilted front, zipper back

All you need is Love

All you need is Love

Personally, I like a really over stuffed cushion so I use a big insert but because I’ve used a layer of cotton batting and backing fabric for the cushion fronts, a smaller insert would work and still give the cushion good shape.  Plus, the covered zipper makes the back look as good as the front – bonus!

I’ve got a long list of ideas for these and I’m thinking I’ll take custom orders on my Etsy shop.  What do you think?  What would you put on a cushion?



Back in the saddle…

Here I am, finally breaking in the new home of Telltale Thread.  I’m feeling a little sheepish that it has taken me until March to write up my first post (one that hasn’t been imported from my old blog) but I’ll shake that off and dive right in!

Things have been more than a little quiet on the crafting front.  My poor craft room has been frightfully neglected the past few months.  It’s been a combo of life, work and more life that has kept me away from the cutting mat and sewing machine but I think things will begin to slowly change now.

Sadly, last month saw me with very little time to get any crafting done thanks to training at my day job that ate up my flex days.  I’ve been working on the planning stages of some new projects and this months I should be ready to get some things finished.  I’m planning on big changes this year so the more I can work on being organized and laying groundwork now, the better.

Between buying a house, the holidays and daycare, budget concerns have been high on my list of ‘must deal with’.  It’s all just a matter of balance and tweaking and figuring things out but it is spurring me to think more about my business and getting it off the ground, not just from a financial point of view but from a personal ‘doing what I love’ perspective as well.  I’m happiest when I’m playing with fabric and designing and sewing.  One day this will be my day job.  It’s no secret that I get no joy from office work – my five year plan gets me through those long days chained to my desk.

I also find myself in a mind to make some adjustments to my personal relationships as well.  There were a lot of wonderful things to come out of 2013, and I do try to keep those at the forefront of my memories.  However, if last year taught me anything, it was a sometimes not so pleasant lesson in who I can count on – my true friends and dependable family.  I’m not about to tell anyone to take a hike but I will definitely be careful about where I expend my energies.  I feel like I need to be a little more ‘selfish’ this year, for lack of a better word, and it’s always so hard to admit that, isn’t it?

I hope you’ll stick around and see what’s in store for Telltale Thread.  I’d love to have you along for the ride.

Giveaway Day!

 Happy May 6th and welcome to Telltale Thread’s giveaway!

I’ve been a crafter for a looonnngg time and over the years I have amassed many, many crafting items.  Some things I bought because they were pretty, other things I bought because they seemed useful, other things I just. had. to. have. for no good reason.  I know I’m not the only craft supply hoarder out there.  Raise your hand and let me stop feeling like a weirdo!

Anyway, the silver lining to the cloud of my overspending is that I know I will never get around to using most some of what I have crowding my craft space, so I offer some of it to one lucky reader.  My current focus is on quilts, clothing and toys for my Etsy shop so I’ve culled a few things from the cupboards to get someone else started on their own hoarding crafting experience.

All of the things!

I’ve tried my hand at a number of different kinds of crafts over the years and I’m offering a little range of different kits and supplies for projects that you may not have given a go before. We’ve got: from Spikey Designs, a Kookaburra quilt pattern (baby size quilt); a flower fairy cross stitch from Janlynn; a Make Your Own paper bird kit that I bought at the Red Hill Market outside Melbourne, Australia; a fat quarter (18×22) of beautiful floral batik; and an alphabet mini-stamp set.

All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment (make sure there is an email attached in some way so that I can contact you!) telling me what your favourite craft is, or what craft you would like to try.  You have until 5pm PST on May 10th to enter.  International readers are welcome to enter, too! 

Don’t forget to visit Sew Mama Sew for all of the other great giveaways – so many chances to win!

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