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These faux fur throws make a great gift idea!   They are so cuddly and soft and they even resemble the real thing.  I’ve see them recently at a couple departmant stores at the mall for over $100.  I thought to myself  I could make this for way cheaper, after all it’s just two rectangles sewn together.

Little did I know at the time that sewing with minkee or cuddle requires a little prep work.  The biggest tips I learned are to make sure you pin like crazy.   Seriously, I pined all aroung the edge with no more than 1″ apart from each pin.  Also, I used a walking foot for the first time and it worked like a charm sewing the two layers together.  I had no trouble with the fabric sliding around on me!  Another important tip is to make sure you use a stretch ball point needle size 90/14.  The fabric has a little stretch to it and using the right needle will help alot with that.  The time it takes to prepare to sew will be well worth it once you sew.  Ok! Lets get started!


1 3/8 yard of faux fur looking cuddle (front of throw)Supplies

1 3/8 yard of solid minky or cuddle (back of throw)



jersey ballpoint needle size 90/14

walking foot

scissors or rotart mat and cutter



Both of your fabrics should be the same size.  If they are slightly different cut to match both at 60″x50″.

Minkey Cuddle Blanket Tutorial

Step 2:

Lay one side of fabric on floor right side facing up then layer other fabric right side facing other  fabric and lay on top.

cuddle blanket holiday gift tutorial

Step 3:

Pin all the way around the blanket on edge 1″ apart from each pin.  This will ensure no sliding while sewing.  Remember to leave a 6″ gap unsewn so you can turn blanket right side out after sewing.Minkee Blanket Cuddle Tutorial for the Holidays

Step 4:

Put on the walking foot that works on your machine.

Walking Foot on Janome Sewing Machine

Step 5:

Stitch with a wide stitch all the way around pinned blanket, except for the 6″ gap.  Trim corners and turn blanket right side out.

Cuddle Gift Tutorial


Step 6:

Fold in raw edges at 6″ gap, pin shut and top stitch to close the edge and you are done!

Great Gift Idea-Easy Cuddle Blanket Tutorial



How easy was that! Now you can bust out a whole pile of Blankets for your Holiday Gifts!

Cuddle Minkee Tutorial



Ever struggle with gift ideas for the holidays? Well now you can join our fabulous teachers here at Hart’s Fabric for some Holiday Gift Sewing Classes that will make you a favorite among your friends and family. Nothing says the Holidays quite like giving a hand made, one-of-a-kind gift. Choose from any of the following classes for a fun Holiday Experience.

We have classes for bit Kids and Adults so make sure to check out the Kids Classes too!

Holiday Circle Skirt: Beginning & Intermediate Fashion Sewing

Holiday Skirt Sewing Class

Learn the tips and tools to successful apparel sewing while making a beautiful and versatile circle skirt. This class is perfect for students that want to explore the world of patterns and clothing construction. By the end of the class you will have this wonderful skirt to wear to your Holiday Party or to give as an impressive gift. You’ll be surprised how impressed your friends and family are by you great sewing skills! Make a bunch for all the girls in your family. 






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Who doesn’t need more hair accessories? Hair bows are perfect projects for adorable printed cotton and it barely takes any time to make. I love quick and easy sewing projects, and this is just perfect (I’m all about instant gratification, haha). Ok, let’s get started!

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Hello! This is Annie again!

Here is the second part to the Colette Laurel Pattern Alterations: Learn how to add a cuff

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It’s already that time again, Halloween is right around the corner! This weeks tutorial shows how to make cute and easy Halloween decor. This is a great project to do with kids or friends!



  • 1 Embroidery Hoop (I used a 10” hoop)
  • 1 bottle of Tacky Glue (Dries white) or Fabric Tac (dries clear)
  • 1 spool of embroidery thread (I picked black)
  • 1/4 yd. Black Felt OR 5 felt squares ( 5 squares makes 6 large & 7 small bats)
  • 1 accent color felt square for the eyes
  • 1 yd. accent trim (I used orange sequin trim)
  • 1 hand sewing needle
  • Simple bat cut out of paper for a template

***ONE HOOP CAN MAKE TWO MOBILES! So, get double the amount of felt and trim to do two! Think of other mobiles you can make: Skulls, tombstones, witches, pumpkins, etc, Get Creative!!***


First we must cut out our bats. For a 10″ hoop, 6 large bats and 7 small bats is a good amount of bats. However, for the bats to be sturdy and hang well, we need to double that. So, cut out 12 large bats and 14 small bats. Keep in mind, you can have however many bats you want at whatever size you would like them!


After all the bats are cut out, we must now glue pairs of them together. So, glue the bats together in pairs and you will have 6 large and 7 small.

Next, we can cut out our eyes! Cut little triangles and glue them down where you like the eyes to be. Want a mutant bat?! Then go ahead and add more eyes! Personally, I only put 2 eyes on my bats, but only a few of them got eyes. Some have no eyes.

Now we will have to set up our hoop. You will want to measure the circumference, and for a 10″ hoop it is about 32″. We have 13 bats to hang, so divide 32 by 13, and our number is 2.45, which we will just round to 2.5. Mark every 2.5″ on your hoop so we know where to hang the bats.


Now that your hoop and bats are all set, time to cut the strings that they will hang on. To make a spiraled descending mobile like this one, you will need to keep track of your strings. Start at 18″ length for your shortest string – it will be doubled so once it is on the hoop, it will only be 9″ long. From there, increase 2″ per cut, so finished lengths will be at a 1″ increase. Also, in the mobile pictured, I started with a small bat and alternated sizes. If you cut all your strings first, make sure to keep them with the correct bats! OR, just cut the string per bat as you knot them onto your hoop.

With your needle and thread, string the bat, from the top of the head, onto the thread. Even out the thread so the bat is at the middle of the length, tie an overhand knot. Now, you can just overhand knot the bat string onto your hoop. When all your bats are on, it should look a bit like this:


Next, glue the strings onto your hoop to secure them down.


Now you can cut out strips of felt that are 1/2″ wide and 32″ in length. Double this is you want to cover the inside of your hoop too. Glue the strips on to the inside and outside of your hoop.

*If you don’t want to do strips, you can either glue on 1/2″ ribbon or just skip this step.


Next, cut some string to hang your mobile with. I cut two 30″ strings. Tie the strings on across from eachother and adjust to make the mobile hang even. If you see the image below, you can knot these strings together to make it more stable.


Now you can glue your fun trim onto the mobile.


Lastly, hang up your mobile!


What kinds of mobiles did you make?

Happy Halloween! XOXO