Project of the Day
Daily (or almost daily!) ideas for keeping busy during the coronavirus quarantine.
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UPDATE MARCH 22 - We can no longer offer curbside pick up, in order to comply with Gov. Wolf's Stay-At-Home order in Montgomery Co.
Wednesday, April 1 - Corinne Lapierre wool felt kits
These wonderful little self-contained kits are back in stock, with some new friends! And a contest!!
We've added a bunny family to the repertoire, and the adorable mouse family and llamas are back in stock. All kits have everything you need to make the project: felt, threads, stuffing, instructions, needle...it's all in there.
Reena has been home working away on a mouse family, check out how a couple of her pets have reacted!
And now for the contest: post a photo/photos of something you've ordered from us during the quarantine to Instagram or Facebook (finished, in progress, or raw materials), tag us @stitchcentral and #quarantinecrafting - We will enter you into a draw for the adorable Bee kit!! Please enter by 1pm April 3rd. Good luck!
Tuesday, March 31 - Quarenskeins!
How about a little mystery to wrap up the strangest March ever? Try a Quarenskeins Mystery Pack!
Choose your price, then give us some details in the Notes section (we've given you some guidelines, see text on the product page). We will take that and put together a beautiful, wondrous package of yarny love (worth equal to or more than what you paid)! We'll suggest some patterns, which you can get on Ravelry. We'll ship it to you for free and you will get a delicious surprise in the mail!
Share your surprise package on Instagram, tag @stitchcentral
Monday, March 30 - Organize your projects
Today’s project is not a crafting project, but a way to help you organize your crafting to-do pile. Check out this blog post from Moda, and link to their downloadable PDF.
Moda Project Sheets
Friday, March 27 - MASKS!
By now you've seen all the calls for fabric masks to be made to donate to medical facilities struggling with getting enough of proper surgical masks. A certain member of our local Modern Quilt Guild has been working hard to identify hospitals that are requesting the masks, and to make sure that masks donated are truly needed and will be used. Another two members have written out a very clear tutorial on making a sturdy mask with a pocket for replaceable filters and a wire along the bridge of the nose so that these masks, although only about 40% as effective as N95 masks, will be as useful as possible. They will likely be used by hospice workers, visitors, and others not in the very front lines, in order to save the real masks for those who need them most.
One of the big problems people have been facing in trying to make the masks is a shortage of elastic. We have just received a shipment, so we've go you covered! Check the options here. The world seems to be out of 1/8" and 1/4" elastic, but we've managed to find some 3/8" (good for the ear wrap style) and 1/2" - which will be better for the mask style where the elastic wraps around the back of the head rather than the ears.
Here is the wonderful pattern by Jenny Mathis and Natalie Lynn. It includes a link to a You Tube video if that's your preferred tutorial delivery method.
You can drop masks off any time at Stitch Central, we have a covered bin on our little porch. Update: we are no longer dropping masks off at the Jenkintown police station.
A very big shout-out to all those doctors, nurses, and care workers who are out there working hard and doing their very best to get us all through this pandemic safely! THANK YOU!
Thursday, March 26 - Traverse Bag by Noodlehead
You know how much we love Noodlehead bag patterns by Anna Graham! The Traverse Bag is a cross-body bag in two sizes, with a top zip opening, a rear zippered pocket, inner slip pockets, and a large flap pocket on the front. Find the pattern here
. We made it with 3/4 yard Driftless linen
(also designed by Anna Graham!) with 1 yard of a bright yellow lining and piping
and 1/4 yard of Essex linen in Midnight
for the strap (the pattern calls for 3/4 yard for the lining and 1/2 yard for the strap & piping). Add a 3/4" bag hardware set
for all the clips and sliders, two zippers
, and 2yds of woven interfacing
, and you're ready to sew. The perfect travel bag for when that's a thing again.
Wednesday, March 25 - Odila Cape in Mecha
One bonus about being stuck at home - more time for knitting! The Odila Cape Pullover by Heidi May
is a cute, casual spring layer, knit top down in the round with no seaming (aside from sewing on the kangaroo pocket). I've been wanting to knit myself one (this is Danielle, btw) and thought our new Mecha yarn from Malabrigo
would look very pretty. I ordered some nice silvery grey, but when this red came in I knew it was The One. I used about 5 skeins for the largest size, and had a little left over. It's knit on a US9 needle, so it goes pretty quickly!
You can order the pattern on Ravelry here
. The pattern is written for sizes 2/3 toddler to size L adult (that's what I made). Mecha
is a super soft hand-dyed single ply yarn, but Odila would be also fun in Berroco Ultra Wool Chunky
, Luminosa by Cascade
, 128 Superwash Merino by Cascade
, or Bachi by Noro
Tuesday, March 24 - Ruby Star Sewing Machine Cover
|| Sew a thread in to help you see where to sew the top of the pocket!
Is your sewing machine getting a little more use than normal while you're isolating? Maybe it's earned its own jacket!
Sew this cute machine cover with our handy kit
. We've included everything you need to make yours, fabric, ribbon, batting and pattern, and maybe now you have time :-)
Saturday, March 21 - Happy Hemlock Tee
Happy spring! It's such a beautiful day here in Philly, so glad we're able to enjoy some spring weather while we self-quarantine!
Have you always wanted to learn to sew with knit/stretchy fabric? No better time! We have a wonderful selection of cotton-based knits, see them here
. Plus we finally found the tee shirt pattern of our dreams AND IT'S FREE! The Hemlock Tee from Grainline Studio
is sized from 0 - 30, and has options for long, 3/4 & short sleeves, and three body lengths. It's a roomy drop-shoulder style, so it's flattering on many body types. You can get the pattern for free by signing up for Grainline's newsletter here
(scroll to bottom). You print it at home, tape the pieces together, and cut out your chosen size to get the pattern pieces. The pattern is simple, well written, and has tips for sewing with knits. Win! A tip when ordering fabric: the pattern gives fabric requirements based on 45" wide fabric, but most of our knits are 60". I made the medium length, 3/4 sleeve version (view B) in size 14 and 1-1/2 yards of fabric was plenty. Not that I'm discouraging you from buying more fabric.
When we open the shop again, we hope to offer this as a class. For now, let us know if you have any questions! And don't forget the jersey needles
for your sewing machine ;-)
Friday, March 20 - All the Pillowcases
Our Pillowcase Kits
are ready to go! Each kit has 3/4 yard for the main part, 1/4 yard for the end bit, and a 1"-2" for some piping in between, along with the full printed instructions (burrito style). Grab a few to make for (or with!) your kids. This is an easy sewing project and could be a great first sewing lesson!
We've put together some fun combinations (scroll through them here
) but if you don't see one you like, simply browse our fabrics, order 3/4 yard + 1/4 yard + 1/4 yard* and we'll send you the pattern for free! *that last quarter yard is optional, you don't reaaaaly need piping, we just like it!
Thursday, March 19 - Fast Fade Cowl
How cute is this cowl? We were planning on having this as our May Knit-Along, but who knows what's happening in May?!? The pattern is here, just $2 on Ravelry
. We used one of the Cape May Fibers mini skein kits
, but it would be equally lovely in Manos Del Uruguay Fino mini skein sets
or Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails
. Wednesday, March 18 - Cuddle Blanket
We've made heaps of these quick projects - 5 fat quarters, a vague formula for slicing them up, rearranging them, and sewing them back together, one yard of Cuddle for the back, and PRESTO! You've got a cute little project done in no time, with no quilting and no binding. Great for a last minute gift, but since most of us won't be going to any baby showers in the near future, this is also great to make up while you have time off & keep on hand for when baby showers are a thing again. Each kit has 5 carefully coordinated fat quarters, one yard of Cuddle, and the free pattern. See all the different kits here!
Just want the free pattern? It's here
Tuesday, March 17 - Slip Stitch Cowl
Lovely Noro Silk Garden in two colors - one regular (mixed color)
and one Solo (single color)
- make this cute and achievable cowl. And we'll give you the printed pattern
for free (when you buy the yarn). We have several of the printed patterns in stock, and we can email you a PDF with yarn purchase.
If ordering online, DON'T add the pattern - we'll just send it!
| knit with Col 84 & Solo Col. 7
Knit with Cols 269 & 471 (regular Silk Garden)
Monday, March 16 - Quick and Easy baby/lap quilt
Just two fabrics! 3/4 yard of any two fabrics, and 1-2/3 yards will give you enough to back and bind. We've put together some combo ideas for you, or you can put together your own ;-)Find the kits hereJust the pattern here
Saturday, March 14 - New Cross Stitch Kits!
Check out our brand new cross stitch kits from Junebug and darlin
, and Awesome Pattern Studio