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Review | Clover Pin ‘n Stow Magnetic Wrist Pin Caddy

Clover Pin & Stow Magnetic Pin HolderI recently had a chance to try out the Clover Pin ‘n Stow Magnetic Wrist Pin Caddy, and really like it. I found the Caddy to be a more convenient way than the more traditional pin cushion to hold my pins while pining my sewing project. If I am doing adjustments on my costume while using the mannequin, I prefer to not have to bend down to add a pin to my pin cushion. This product solved that problem!

The Pin ‘n Stow Magnetic Wrist Pin caddy was so easy to use. The green wrist part is adjustable and just slaps onto the wrist. It is also soft and quite comfortable to wear. Continue Reading →

Review | Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips

Clover Jumbo Wonder ClipsThe Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips have proven to be the essential tool for many of my crafting needs. These nifty little clips can be used for so many different crafting, sewing, knitting, and jewelry making activities. I am over the moon with them! When I first was sent the package by our editor Nancy, I thought at first “what the heck do I use these for?” Needless to say, once I started playing with them, I realized their potential! Continue Reading →

Review | Clover Basket Frames

Clover Basket Frame Sample From Craft Show

Clover Basket Frame Sample From Craft Show

If you love to DIY your home decor items, you may be interested in the Clover Basket Frame Kit that I recently had a chance to try out. It takes the time-consuming process of basket making and changes it into a quick and easy afternoon project. The plus is that you can choose whatever type of fibers (within certain size constraints) that you want to work with to make the basket. This allows you to enhance your home decor while creating a pretty useful basket. Continue Reading →

Review | Clover Tatting Shuttles

Clover Small Tatting Shuttle

Clover Small Tatting Shuttle

The Clover Tatting Shuttlescome in a set with two different colored shuttles per package. This is great if you are tatting a project using two shuttles and need to easily tell which is the ring shuttle and which is the chain shuttle. These shuttles also have a nice textured area on the shuttle which makes it easy to grip the shuttle, and one end of the shuttle has a curved point that makes it easy to pull the picots while working a piece. I prefer this over the type that have a hook, because I often find myself getting the thread snagged on the hooks when using those. Continue Reading →

Review | Clover Wonder Clips

I would describe myself as a lazy seamstress (less lazy for quilting, but still looking for shortcuts). So if there is something that can make sewing easier and have less projects end with the seam ripper and frustration…then I am all ears! Enter the Clover Wonder Clips.

These little wonders are a sewing notion offered by Clover as an alternative for pins when you need to hold fabric together.  The clips are small, but open wide for working with lots of layers and thicker fabrics.

Clover Wonder ClipsThe clips are strong and stay in place really well – exactly like they are supposed to. So I pulled out some minky fabric that had been giving me trouble. It kept puckering when I pinned it. Continue Reading →

Review | Clover Weaving Sticks

Clover Weaving SticksWeaving has been a popular past time for centuries, but now Clover has cleverly provided consumers with an easy way to be able to weave while on the go. Clover Weaving Sticks are portable and so easy to use that anyone can find a few moments in their busy day to weave. The sticks are used instead of a loom to provide the user with a fun and easy alternative way to weave projects with fibers and recycled materials. I tested the two different wood weaving stick kits shown above – one is the “thick kit” and the other is the “fine kit“. Continue Reading →

Review | Clover Kanzashi & Yoyo Makers

Reported by Marti Wills

Clover has a whole line of plastic templates for making some amazing things with fabric scraps.  In this article I will tell you about two of them – The Yoyo Makers and the Kanzashi Flowers Makers.

Kanzashi
Yoyo Maker

         
I have been using the Clover Yoyo Makers for about a year now, and I just love them!  They make a perfect element in a layered embellishment stack for papercrafting – I have paired them with layers of die-cut felt, skittles, and flowers.  They are also fun to use in lots of sewing projects.  The Clover Yoyo Makers allow you to make lots of yoyos in several shapes and sizes in nothing flat and they are fail-proof.  This is a perfect activity in front of the TV in the evening to use up all of your fabric scraps.

The template is two pieces. 

you simply place your fabric between them,

Trim the fabric around the edges.

Notice the 3 lines on the top piece – those must be lined up with the notches on the bottom piece.

Now stitch through the holes, I double my thread so it is stronger.  Notice above – begin your stitching through the notched side.  Be sure to check the other side so you begin in the right spot – you want the stitch to go across the opening – not the plastic.  This is important, if you stitch across the plastic you will not be able to get the fabric out at the end.

Now pop your pieces apart,

You will end up with this:

Now simply pull your thread so the fabric gathers up.

 Then flatten it out and adjust it a bit so you have a perfect little yoyo.

 To tie off put your needle down through the center and then knot it on the bottom of the yoyo.

Here are a couple of projects I made using yoyos:
Here I used one layered with felt for my focal point.

 I created a bunch of yoyos in different sizes from green fabric and a few from red.  I arranged them in a triangle on a piece of fabric.  Next I added buttons on some of the yoyos as well as in a few of the empty spaces.  I finished it off with a felt tree trunk and framed it for a cute holiday decor piece.

 I have ideas for more of these in lots of other shapes!

Next I played with the new Kanzashi Template pieces.  The idea is similar but these are even easier to create.
These templates are one piece that folds together and snaps securely.

 Fold your fabric in half and place it inside the template being sure the fold is all the way against the fold of the template.

 Trim the fabric around the edge of the template piece.

 Time to stitch – the holes are numbered so it is fail-proof – insert the needle at the start point and follow the numbers.

 Once again you want to be sure your thread is not going OVER the plastic.

 Once you are finished stitching, remove the fabric from the template.

 One side has long stitches and the other has short ones.

 Fold the piece in half so the long stitches are on the inside.

 Now pull your thread and watch as the petal forms.  In some cases I needed to make some slight adjustments to the fabric to make sure the folds were right.  Do no tie off, just continue adding petals until your flower is done.  You can make the petals all the same or you can change fabric or change sizes.

 My first (and favorite) project was a couple of barrettes I made for my daughter from fabric scraps of outfits I had made for her.  The one on the left has a completed flower in the center.  For the sides I wanted to try felt.  i did not fold it, I only used one layer.  I also used a small petal, large petal, small petal combination.  The one on the right is two of the same flower but one is the large template and one is the small template.  I used hot glue to attach them to the barrette blanks.  SO cute and SO easy!

 Next I used fabric scraps from a Christmas table topper I made last year for my Mother-in-Law and made a flower from each of the 6 templates.  Now she has a matching wreath!

 I used mini yoyos for the flower centers on the larger flowers.

Finally, I wanted to test out the Kanzashi flowers in the washer & dryer.  I made a flower and sewed it onto a towel.

 and here it is after washing – as I thought – it did not fair well.

 I tried to do some fixing up with my fingers but it did not help much.  It might work better if I used alot more stitches to hold the flower in place or perhaps even some fabric glue.

Pros:
  • Incredibly easy to use
  • Lots of shapes and sizes are available
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • I honestly couldn’t come up with any…

Do you have any of these templates from Clover?  Do you use kanzashi flowers or yoyos in your crafts?  What are some of your ideas for these?

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