For Immediate Release:
Angela Modzelewski
360-260-8900, ext 145,

Vancouver, WA. At Connecting Threads, we’re not immune to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Every year it seems like one minute we’re lighting sparklers for the Fourth of July, and the next we’re sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner. This year, we’re planning ahead by compiling a list of 4 of our quick and easy projects to sew as gifts for your friends and family this holiday season. All of these patterns have been staff tested and approved.

•    Jacobean Garden Pillowcases by Connecting Threads
These simple-to-sew pillowcases use a technique that results in no exposed seams. It’s easy- just sew, roll, turn, and you’re basically done.
“Everyone around here loves these.  Even our beginner sewers have whipped out 2 pillowcases in a short evening.  Careful though, they really are addicting and soon you’ll be making them for every bedroom in your home!” -Christina Nelson, Connecting Threads Catalog Manager.
Kit includes FREE pattern and 2¼ yards of fabric, enough to make two pillowcases for $13.41. Available online now.

•    Seasonal Tissue Box Covers by Darlene Jewell-Walhood
These festive tissue box covers have an entire year's worth of decorations packed into one free pattern. The small pieces called for in some of the appliqué are perfect to use up your scraps.
“Sometimes it can be tricky sticking to a holiday budget. My favorite thing about this pattern is that it’s not only cute and fun to sew, it’s free!” –Teri Stillwell, Connecting Threads Fabric Manager
Free Download available now on, open stock fabric starts at $5.96/yard.

•    Emilie’s Pincushion Bags by Connecting Threads
The center of this little bag has one large pincushion with several pockets along the side of the bag for stowing other odds and ends.
“These are so easy to sew! Don’t limit your imagination to just storing sewing supplies.  These make wonderful evening bags, gift bags, hiding places for kids to store their special treasures, or even basic goodie bags filled with candy for a sweet and simple gift.”- Karen Johnson, Connecting Threads Vice President
Kit includes FREE pattern and 2 yards of fabric, enough to make two entire bags and needle books  for $9.54. Available online now.

•    Windmills Laundry Bag by Darlene Jewell-Walhood
Make laundry day less of a chore for someone you love with this fun and fully lined laundry bag.  Don’t have need for a laundry bag?  Change the lettering to “quilts” and use it for quilt storage or as a gift bag.
“Are you an appliqué-aphobe?  No stress!  This appliqué can be a simple or elaborate as you like.  Fusible with a simple zig zag will hold it securely, or download our free machine appliqué instructions for a more finished edge.”- Judy Reed, Connecting Threads Project Manager.
Kit includes FREE pattern and 5 yards of fabric, enough to make one entire bag/ finished size 24 x 35 for $29.80. Available online June 20, 2008.

For fabric samples, additional images, or to schedule interviews with any of Connecting Threads’ staff or designers, please contact Angela Modzelewski at