Patriotic Bow Maker Wands

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Patriotic Bow Maker Wands

Independence Day is quickly approaching. Help the little ones resist the temptation to get close to anything that snap, crackles, or pops by creating a safe alternative. Patriotic Bow Maker wands are a fun and easy craft for any age.


Clover’s Bow Makers are available in three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. Each package includes three reusable templates.

8450 8451 8452The templates allow you to create three different types of bows: Triangle, 5-point star, and 7-point star.




Instructions for making Bow Maker Wands:


  • Large 7-point star Bow Maker
  • Medium 5-point star Bow Maker
  • 1 ¼ yard ribbon in ¾”-1” width
  • 1 yard ½” coordinating ribbon
  • Button of choice
  • 14” of 5/16” wooden dowel
  • Assorted coordinating paints and a brush
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue gun


Cut your wooden dowel at approximately 14”.  Paint the dowel in coordinating colors to your ribbon using masking tape for the stripes.  Make two sets of bows using the large 7-point Bow Maker with your ¾”-1” ribbon.  Next, make two sets of 5-point stars with your medium Bow Maker using 1/” 2 coordinating ribbon.  Attach the large bow with the smaller bow on top using the button of your choice.  You should now have two identical sets of bows.  Using a hot glue gun, glue the backs sides of the large bows together with the wooden dowel in between to create a beautiful wand!

Kanzashi Shopper’s Bag


Create stylish embellishments with Clover’s Kanzashi Flower Makers. Although “Kanzashi” means “hair ornament” in Japanese, we’ve found that they can be used for so much more than that. Clover’s Kanzashi Flower Makers are reusable templates available in a variety of sizes and shapes. Daisy, Orchid, Round Petal, Pointed Petal, and Gathered Petal templates allow you create quick and easy designs. Designer Diane Gilleland shows us how to spruce up a shopping tote, create a flower brooch, and flower clip.

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picture-628430Diane Gilleland is a designer, teacher, and writer living in Portland, Oregon. She’s the author of Kanzashi in Bloom and co-author of Quilting Happiness. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, books, and websites. Catch Diane this fall with CreateLive as she shows us the technique of t-shirt quilting. This FREE live class is available Aug 21-22, 2014 from 9am-4pm.

Sign up for this course here: T-Shirt Quilting: Warm Up Your Life Story with Diane Gilleland 










Paper Crafting with Flower Frill Templates

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s Summer and it’s time to celebrate the season by crafting some fiesta frills! Clover’s Flower Frill Templates allow you to create easy flip and fold flowers. There’s no doubt you’ll find something to accessorize with the range of sizes available. Flower Frill Templates are available in Extra Small & Mini, Small & Medium, and Large & Extra Large. One of the things we enjoy most at Clover, is finding that a tool works great with not only fabric but with different materials as well. You’ll find that using tissue paper, wrapping paper, and “upcycled” newspaper and magazines will result in stunning décor and accessories.






Knitting Notion Fun

photo[1]  All ready to knit for World Wide Knit in Public week, June 14-22! First though we need our basic tools.

1. First on my list is a pair of the Takumi Bamboo needles, circular or some single points. Bamboo is a great medium to start off with,especially if you are a beginner because it has enough grip and not too much slip like metals do. Plus, our bamboo is eco-friendly and it’s  more comfy and nice to our hands.



2. Point Protectors (Large 4 in a pack)


For Needle size 7 – 10 1/2. A knitting needle cap to prevent knitted stitches from falling off. These are life savers! Plus they are silicone based giving them enough grip to your needle, but not too much to keep your work on while you go about your day. Love these.

3. Knitting Counter Kacha-Kacha


Just click and knit or as the name implies “Kacha-kacha!” which is the Japanese word for the sound of something clicking. Besides, there is something nice about having a physical object to click when you are finished with a row.


4. Locking Stitch Markers with Clip


Attach notes to your stitches! Perforated notepad is included with a package of 6. Always handy when you need to even write a mental note about your design. Sometimes I even attach pieces of yarn to a row so I don’t forget what colors I’m going to switch to in that row. These little beauties are handy when working with any kind of needle work (sometimes theres a lot going on) What is that old proverb again…”The palest ink is better than the best memory”

5. Pattern Chart Maker Set


I think I saved the best tool for last (oh but it is so hard to pick just one favorite!) This nifty ruler opens up like a folder and has magnetic feet under it so it gently holds your place on your pattern sheet or book. Plus my Mother uses these to help her read each line in her recipe books. I’m sure if you bead or do anything that requires pattern work this is a must tool for you and it comes with two rulers in a package a small and large that is a win win.


Well, we want to wish you happy knitting this week, and if you don’t know how to knit and want to learn or maybe you’re an experienced knitter, The Knitting Channel is a great resource!

“The Knitting Channel” with Jill Moray


Jill Moray, the host of The Knitting Channel™ and The Hollywood Knitting Circle™, is also the creator of the Knitting Pretty™ method. Jill has been a knitting teacher and coach for more than 20 years at workshops, seminars, trade shows, New York University, and the Ronald McDonald House of New York.




Knit 2-At-A-Time Dresden Socks

We’re still celebrating the week-long event known as World Wide Knit in Public Day. Where have you taken your knitting so far?


World Wide Knit in Public Day started in 2005 and is the largest knitting “meet-up” event in the world! It’s the perfect opportunity to make new friends, learn something new, and show the world that knitting can be fun and is good for your health. Help get rid of that stereotype so many have placed on knitting (it’s not just for grandma!)


Join others around the world to create some comfy and cozy socks. 2 At A Time Dresden Socks are a great project for celebrating the occasion. You’ll be able to knit two socks at a time using Takumi Bamboo 48” Circulars.

Guest Blog: Joan Hawley Introduces the Point 2 Point Turner

We have a featured guest on the Clover blog today, Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs. Find out more about what makes the Point 2 Point Turner  an essential tool for every sewing room. There’s also a GIVEAWAY!


I’m Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs and I want to tell you about the Point 2 Point Turner from my line of Press Perfect notions with Clover.

One of the essential tools in my sewing room has always been a basic point turner. It’s simply handy for so many tasks and I could really use several – one for every work area.

In designing the Point 2 Point, I added features to both ends and all edges so the whole tool is loaded with functionality. It’s like the Swiss Army knife of point turners.

6 Tools in One: – 2 Point Turners – 2 Curved edges to push out seams – Finger Press – Hera Marker

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In addition to all of that, the Point 2 Point has a long length for good control, it is left/right handed, and is made of hard resin plastic so it’s nice and strong

Hop over to my blog for the giveaway, an in-depth look at the Point 2 Point, and a video demonstration:

See all of the Clover Press Perfect items here:

Thanks for joining in on the fun of the Point 2 Point Turner and Press Perfect!

Lazy All Over Use #PressPerfect when posting to Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest so we can see what you are talking about.

Enjoy! Joan

Clover Point 2 Point Turner additional GIVEAWAY :

One winner will receive Clover’s Point 2 Point Turner, use the Rafflecopter link: Point 2 Point Turner Giveaway

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