Pom-Pom Yo-Yo Pillow Tutorial by Jennifer Heynen and Giveaway!!


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Half yard linen or quilting cotton for pillow

6” x 6” quilting cotton scraps for yo-yo’s

Clover Large Yo Yo Maker Tool

Yarn for pom pom’s

Clover Large Pom Pom maker Tool

Coordinating thread

Dissapearing ink pen or marker


Sewing Machine


  1. Cut two 18” x 18” squares for the pillow
  2. Make nine large yo-yo’s with the Clover Yo Yo Maker Tool.


  1. Set one piece aside and with the other, find the center of the pillow. With the ruler, draw a line vertically and horizontally on the pillow top with disappearing ink. Draw another line four inches from the center line on both sides of the horizontal line as well as the vertical line. At this point there should be a grid with nine intersections.


  1. Using pins, secure each of the yo yo’s to a intersection on the pillow top. With your sewing machine, top stitch on the grid lines in both directions. Go over the lines twice if desired.


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  1. Make 4 large pom poms using the Clover Pom Pom Maker Tool. Leave long ties on the pom poms. Tie a knot just past the pom pom along the long ties. This knot will prevent the pom pom from pulling out when finished.


  1. Pin a pom pom to each corner of the pillow so the knot is just last the pins. When sewing in step 8. You’ll want to sew between the pom pom and the knot, so pin accordingly.


  1. With right sides facing, pin the front of the pillow to the back. Leave an opening of approximately six inches for turning. Sew around the outer edges using a 1/4” seam allowance.


  1. Turn and fill with fiberfill or pillow insert. Handsticth the opening closed.



Jennifer Heynen

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Halloween Craft: Skelly Necklace!


Today’s the first day of Fall which means it’s officially time for some creepy crafting! This week we’re celebrating by kicking Halloween prep off with a skull-turning necklace, crocheted using chunky, black & white jersey yarn and a Jumbo Amour hook. Speaking of, this project will surely get your kids hooked on crochet. Created using only the chain stitch it’s a great, first project that your baby boos can make with friends. Looking for a treat for teacher? This necklace will do the trick! So chain on and have some fun using your crochet skills for stitching Skelly. Enjoy!


Approx. 3.5 oz., t-shirt or  jersey yarn ( I used this.)
Size U.S. P/Q (15 mm) Clover Jumbo Amour hook
Over-sized wooden barrel bead, or unfinished napkin ring
White craft paint
Sponge brush
Black marker

Finished Length
Hangs approx 17″/43 cm long


  • Crochet three chains, respectively measuring: 24″/61 cm, 28″/71 cm, and 34″/86 cm long.

Fasten off; set aside.


  • Paint bead white; let dry.
  • Using marker, draw skeleton face onto bead.



  • Lay crocheted chains on a table from shortest to longest, and looped to create necklace shape.
  • Slide 3 tails from one end of loop up through bead; knot tails from both ends.
  • Slide bead back over knot. Trim tails.

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Tool School Chalk Marking Pens with Instructor Steve Butler


What is it? -Almost everything we do in sewing or quilting requires measuring, marking and cutting.  Because it is so important to our resulting project, we go to great lengths to make very precise measurements.  But once we arrive at that measured point, how do we mark it?  How do we identify a desired point, line, circle or curve?  Keep in mind that cotton, wool, fleece, spandex, or any number of other fabrics all have different textures and fiber characteristics.  Add to that mix having to allow for light or dark colors and we have a lot to consider in choosing a suitable marking medium. In providing a solution to these modern marking challenges Clover has developed an array of useful marking chalk instruments.

What does it do? -Clover’s arsenal of chalk marking devices allows us to match the tool to the job.  Something for every texture and color.

Chaco Liner Marking Pens – These pens utilize chalk for making our marks.  There are two types.  The Chaco Liner Pen Style resembles a traditional marking pen.  It is available in 5 colors and has cartridge style refills.  The Original Chaco Liner is available in 4 colors with a reservoir that is refilled from a small container of chalk.  Both styles apply the chalk from a serrated rotating wheel at the point.  This allows a very smooth application of marking chalk in any straight or curved design to virtually any surface.  A “Jack of All Trades”, they work on most fabric textures.  The color selection allows us to find the one that contrasts the best with our fabric.  When the marks are no longer needed they can be simply brushed or washed away.  Warning: ironing or dry cleaning the chalk marks may make them difficult to remove.


Tailor’s Chalk – Tailor’s chalk has been around forever.  Well, at least as long as tailors anyway.  It is the absolute most basic fabric marking tool and everyone loves them.  It’s triangular in shape and has thin edges so it’s easy to handle and leaves precise lines.  It allows fast, accurate and temporary chalk marking on virtually any type of fabric.  Four colors are available from Clover so pick one that contrasts with your material and the resulting measurements for cuts, hems, darts or any other marked application, alteration or notation will be a breeze to make.  When the marks are no longer needed they can be easily brushed or washed away.  These ultra handy little chalk triangles are fast, easy to use and leave no residue on your fabric.  As with all chalk marking materials, dry cleaning or ironing can make them more difficult to remove.



New Knitting Pattern: BIL Beanie


Knitting Pattern: BIL Beanie
Us knitters get a lot of requests for handmade gifts, which is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a great feeling to be able to give someone something that you put your love and work into, but there aren’t always enough hours in the day to produce all the knitted-love we have to offer! This conundrum came up when my brother-in-law asked me for a hat. Several times. I really, really wanted to make him one, but with deadlines and family obligations it took way longer than I’d have liked it to. That said, I wanted to knit him something classic enough that it wouldn’t go out of style (read: wouldn’t require a replacement any time soon), and also quick enough to make that I’d be able to finish it in a few evenings. The result, is the BIL Beanie (modeled by my husband, not my actual BIL, though) Knit in a chunky, lush alpaca blend and on Takumi Bamboo Size 9 needles this project goes by fast, but feels luxurious every stitch of the way. Bookmark this for holiday gifts for the guys (and gals) in your life. Enjoy!

Approx 150 yds/75 gr of bulky-weight, alpaca blend yarn in (A) Dark Gray and (B) Light Gray. (I used 1 hank each of two colors of this.)
Size U.S. 9 (5.5 mm), 16″/41 cm Clover Takumi Bamboo circular needle
Size U.S. 9 (5.5 mm) Clover Takumi Bamboo double-pointed needles
Stitch Marker
Clover Jumbo Tapestry Needle

Finished Size
Unisex S/M(L/XL)
Stretches to fit 21″(23″)/53.5(58.5) cm head

Approx 17 sts x 20 rows= 4″/10 cm in 2 x 2 rib, slightly stretched.

RT: Right Twist—K2tog but do not slip st off needle, insert right needle between these 2 sts and knit the first st again, slip both sts off needle.

With circular needle and A CO 88 (92) sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts. Place a marker (pm) for beginning of round (rnd).

Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.

Rep Rnd 1 until piece measures 2″/5 cm from CO edge.

Beanie body:
Join B; cut A.

Rnds 1 and 2:*K2, p2; rep from * around.

Rnd 3: *RT, p2; repeat from * around.

Rnd 4:*K2, p2; rep from * around.

Repeat Rounds 1–4 until piece measures 6″(6 1/2″)/15(16.5) cm from CO edge.


Note: Change to dpns when necessary.

Join A; cut B.

Rnd 1:*K2tog, p2; repeat from * around—66 (69) sts.

Rnd 2: *K1, p2; repeat from * around.

Rnd 3: *K1, p2tog; repeat from * around—44 (46) sts.

Rnds 4: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.

Rnd 5: *K2tog; repeat from * around—22 (23) sts.

Rnd 6: Knit.

Rnd 7: *K2tog; repeat from * to last 0 (1) sts, k0 (1)—11(12) sts.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts. Pull tight and secure.

Weave in ends.

Block if necessary.


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Tool School with Steve Butler, Nancy Zieman Fusibles

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What is it? – Interfacing is used in many sewing and craft projects to provide extra support, body, reinforcement or shape.  Basically it enhances our creative potential by allowing us to do things beyond the capability of the fabric alone.  A fusible interfacing is a specific type of interfacing that has a heat activated adhesive applied to it.  This “fusible” type interfacing allows us to simply iron it into place.  Clover and Nancy Zieman have taken this convenience a step further in the development of four really cool fusible interfacing tools.  In each application they make the creative process fun, fast and accurate.

What does it do? – Many sewing and craft projects benefit significantly with the addition of some special little accessorizing touches.  Unfortunately many of these little touches are very often labor intensive.  Clover fusibles to the rescue!

Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping – Piping is a great way to accent any project but if you want a perfect match to your intended fabric you’re going to have to make it yourself.  Cutting cords, fabric, basting and then sewing it all together on your machine is time consuming, tedious and fraught with potential for error.  With Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping it’s a snap and your piping is perfect every time.  Simply wrap your fabric around the Wrap ‘n Fuse material, iron it in place, trim to size and you’re good to go.  Wrap n’ Fuse Piping is available in three sizes, either 3/8″ x 2.2 yards,  3/16″ x 2.2 yards or 3/16″ x 6 yards.

9512 Wrap-N-Fuse

Fuse ‘n Bind “Fusible Binding Tape” – You’ve just finished some place mats, pot holders, a wall hanging or some other sewing or craft project and you need a binding.  What’s the fastest, most accurate way to do it?  Place the one inch Fuse ‘n Bind to the center of your 2” coordinating fabric; then iron to fuse into place.  Iron the seam allowance on one side of the interface at ½” and sew along the top edge of the other side of the interface. When you fold it in half you’ll have the perfect half inch binding… easy, fast and ready to sew in place.  Fuse ‘n Bind is available in either 2 or 6 yard lengths.

9573 Fuse N Bind 2yds

Fuse ‘n Gather “Fusible Gathering Tape” – Gathering reduces a large area of fabric to a smaller area resulting is small folds that add fullness to your fabric.  Ordinarily it involves a lot of figuring, measuring, basting and adjusting to get a uniform look.  Fuse ‘n Gather make a potentially complex operation simple.  Just iron the tape onto the wrong side of your fabric with the blue threads up.  Tie the threads together at either end and pull the threads on the other end to achieve the desired appearance.  Attach to your project and you are done.  Fuse ‘n Gather is available in either 5/8″ x 6 yard or 5/8″ x 15 yard lengths.


Create-a-Strap – There are many uses for reinforced straps.  We think of them primarily for purses or totes but they are also wonderful for pocket openings, decorative seams or anywhere we need a little extra strength or shape.  Just iron the Create a Strap fusible onto the wrong side of your fabric, fold the edges over at the perforations and iron again to hold the crease in place.  For free standing projects you can sew a decorative ribbon or fabric accessory over the seams to give it a more complete, finished look.  Create a Strap is available in either 5/8″ x 2.2 yard or 1.25″ x 2.2 yard lengths.

9510 Create-A-Strap

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