Season for Scarves

Season for Scarves

I truly love wearing scarves. Short, long, flowy, inside, outside, for warmth, or for an accent and style - whatever the purpose scarves are a necessary accessory. I hope you enjoy our gallery of scarf styles and join in and craft your own scarves to wear or to gift!
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Let's Make a Simple Kimono - Using your Serger

Let's Make a Simple Kimono - Using your Serger

Sometimes we need a "very" simple jacket to make - no fuss, no facings, no inset sleeves, no fuss (I said that before...). This project - the Easy Rolled Edge Kimono is just that project. I find it great fun to take a break from more complex projects to whip up a gift for my mom or a friend and this jacket is perfect.

It's getting colder and colder each day here in North Dakota and I decided to share this simple garment with mom. She is home and staying inside most of the time, and a simple throw-on jacket is perfect for her days.

Follow along as we show you how to make this Kimono Jacket.

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Apron's and Oven Mitts - Who Knew

Apron's and Oven Mitts - Who Knew

This year, with all the change in our lives, has brought me new perspective on so many things. Bruce and I are home each day and seem to lead what most people would call a "normal" life. We go to our office for work, we visit my mom and help her in anyway we can, we go home and make dinner, and continue this routine each day.

I've had the time to do the things that we never seem to have time to do - one of them is cook and sew for our own home and for myself. Many of our new projects are a reflection of home. This new project - our Double Oven Mitt - is one of those projects. I had fun making this pattern, the project, and the tutorial. We hope you enjoy as well!

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Let's Make A Button - or Several

Let's Make A Button - or Several

Do you find it difficult these days to run to the fabric store or quilt shop to purchase ready made buttons?  Solution - use covered buttons and make your own buttons. I love how the buttons blend in to the overall look of the garment. Follow these simple steps and tips when creating your own covered buttons.
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2020 Vermont Quilt Festival Wall Quilt Challenge ~ Reflections

2020 Vermont Quilt Festival Wall Quilt Challenge ~ Reflections

We have been honored to sponsor the 10th annual VQF Wall Quilt Challenge!  The theme was "Reflections" and incorporated any challenge packet not previously submitted over the past 10 years as well as the new fabric selected to represent this 2020 year! 

First and foremost - THANK YOU - for all of you who purchased the Challenge Packet and had a vision of how to show your personal meaning of "Reflections".

The voting has occurred and the winners have been awarded....  Here we go!!!

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"My Father", by Bruce Magidson

"My Father", by Bruce Magidson

Dad. Simply put - we each have memories, current and past, of the man we call our dad, father, papa, grumpy, happy, or sleepy! I know that this year will be different because it's the first year we celebrate Father's Day without my dad. Bruce's father passed in 2007 but it feels like only yesterday. The memories are as vivid as the day they happened. We hope you enjoy hearing more about Matthew Magidson, whom I also fondly called "dad".
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Sew a Willow Tank or Tank Dress

Sew a Willow Tank or Tank Dress

Sewing summer tank tops and dresses is quick and the results are so enjoyable. My pattern drawer has several summer dress patterns - but I constantly return to the Willow because it is both a tank top and a dress. The clean lines make it perfect for my style. The tank top becomes a dress by simply adding a straight tubular skirt to the bottom of the tank top. The fun design in this pattern is the style element of the overlapping tank top hem that makes this dress look like you are wearing a separate skirt. Fun - Enjoy!
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Rayon Top from Rayon Remnant Pack

Rayon Top from Rayon Remnant Pack

What can you do with a Rayon Remnant Pack?

Well - there are so many uses for this fun pack that includes approximately 3 yards of Batik Rayon, full width 45" wide strips, that measure approximately 5" to 12" each. Patchwork or strip piecing are so much fun and allow you to design and craft your own personal garment. Piecing and patchwork are not just for quilting. Let's explore!!

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Memorial Day 2020 - Remember & Honor

Memorial Day 2020 - Remember & Honor

Memorial Day, to me, is a day to formally honor those who serve and have served in our country's military. My father, Dale P. Bakkum, was such a man. He proudly served as a sergeant in the Army, stationed in Orleans, France during the years 1956-1958. He spoke of this time with great pride and clarity. He shared photos and slides and many a story about his military "buddies" who continued as close friends throughout his lifetime. Dad passed earlier this year and we take special pride in honoring him and our country's military every single day - and in a very personal way - this Memorial Day weekend.

 

Dad, not only served in the military, he was a son, brother, husband, father, and farmer. He grew up on our ancestral family homestead and loved farming with his dad and brother. After retiring from farming, he was a finish carpenter and builder, like his father and grandfather before him. He had the ability to design a solution for everything. When we started SewBatik we needed cutting tables, fabric holders, shelving, and many other contraptions for managing our store efficiently. He always had an idea for "what a fella could do" and was eager to craft the perfect solution. He loved working with us in the shop and loved rolling the fat eighths at tight as humanly possible.

 

It was always fun when mom and dad stopped by the store. They would walk in and ask "... well - did ya sell anything today?", or "... what's on sale today? Ya gotta have a sale you know". So, Dad, if you walked through that front door today my answer to your wonderful question would be: Yes, we are selling a few select fabrics, patterns, and kits at 40% off. We are also offering 15% off our entire Batik Rayon collection. Then he would wink and smile and say "... there ya go!"

 

 

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