made by ChrissieD newsletter 1:5 - Late July 2016
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This month has been non-stop Christmas in July - making projects, creating tutorials, sharing posts and giveaways. 

I've updated and made my tute for a hidden zipper pillow even easier, there's a new quilt pattern too that's perfect for the winter months (not so much for the heat many of us are suffering now!) and I've shared how to make your own fabric cards along with more tutes and tips as you'll see below.

I'm keen to get this newsletter out to you while the two giveaways on my blog are current and you still have time to enter.

The first giveaway is a Jolly Penguin Fabric Collection FQ bundle from Benartex and US residents have until 10 am on Monday, 1 August to enter on my blog.

The second giveaway is a Craft Paper Christmas Fabric Collection FQ bundle from Windham Fabrics and this ends at 12 noon on Wednesday, 3 August on my blog - again US residents only.

More than enough to keep you busy all the way to Christmas. Th
ere's so much going on in fact, that in this newsletter I'm just going to share giveaways and tutorials with you and nothing else. Next newsletter we'll get back to something more varied. 

If you're happy to stick around, thanks for subscribing and let's do this together :D
Chris Dodsley
owner at made by ChrissieD
12 Days of Christmas in July
12 Days of Christmas in July
25 bloggers sharing Christmas gift ideas, tutes, recipes and more - in fact, anything you might need for the holidays.  There's also a Christmas quilt top by Sarah Craig of @Confessions Of A Fabric Addict that you can make over 12 days with just an hour per day.
Benartex Christmas In July Blog Hop and Giveaway
Benartex Christmas In July Blog Hop and Giveaway
A Jolly Penguin Fabric Collection FQ bundle giveaway from Benartex; closes 10 am on Monday, 1 August 2016 
(US residents only).
Windham Fabrics - Christmas in July 2016 & Giveaway
Windham Fabrics - Christmas in July & Giveaway
Craft Paper Christmas Fabric Collection FQ bundle giveaway from Windham Fabrics; closes 12 noon on Wednesday, 3 August 2016 (US residents only).
Free Pattern - Reversible Tote, Wallet & Key Clip
Learn how to fussy cut binding and pattern match your joined strips and I reveal a truth about joining binding strips that will really surprise you.
How To Make Selvedge & Fabric Christmas Cards
Adapt for any occasion: 'no-sew' and sewn cards too.  Tips include: How To Stop Fabric Fraying; How To Cut Triangles From a Square; and Flattening A Warped Card.
Hand Tied Snuggle Quilt Pattern [Tutorial]
My latest quilt pattern - an adult size version (47" square) of my hand tied snuggly (20" square) uses simple techniques appealing to beginner and more experienced quilters.  Full instructions and there's a blank template too for you to play around with your own fabric choice colourways.
5 Step Guide To A Perfect Minky Quilt Back [Tutorial]
Don't fear the minky!  In this tute we'll cover how to back a quilt with minky, spray basting, cutting to size, hand quilting, laundering and even cleaning your machine and cutting mat afterwards.
Pressing Seams Open Or To The Side - Pros & Cons Revealed
How do I press my seams, open or to the side?  I actually do both.  How do I decide when to use which method? I share my pros + cons list of both methods with you.
How To Join Open Pressed Seams Accurately
A pressed open seam can't be nested, what should you do now? This photo tutorial will help you on your way to accurately matching those open seams.
Quilted Pillow [Tute]
Quilted Pillow [Tute]
I've designed 2 pillow patterns to showcase the Craft Paper Christmas fabrics in the Windham Fabrics giveaway.  Instructions for both covers are included and I'll talk about how I hand quilted them too.
Updated & Even Easier - Hidden Zipper Tute
Updated & Even Easier - Hidden Zipper Tute
I'm sharing my fave sewing box notion making this updated photo tutorial version of my original hidden zipper tute even easier.  I'll also show you how to adapt pillow corners to eliminate empty 'bunny ears'.
11 Xmas Gift Ideas

Still not sure what to make for Christmas?

Let's wrap up this special Christmas in July edition newsletter with a look back at my 
11 Xmas Gift Tutes post from last December. 
11 Xmas Gift Ideas
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