Thumbnail

How To Sew A Coat

February 12, 2014

20140204-211926.jpg

The office supply that’s a ‘must have’ at your sewing table

February 4, 2014

I love it when something I already have can be used for something else too…and this one is kind of brilliant! Sewing expert Heather Valentine shares this great tip for holding projects together: “Need an extra hand when sewing? Raid the desk drawer and grab a few binder clips. They are great for holding quilt […]

The First Thing I Ever Made

January 21, 2014

When I was a little girl, I had a TON of energy. What do you do with a high-energy kid who’s driving you crazy? My Mom found a smart solution: She put me in sewing lessons. First, Mom dropped me off at a sewing 101 class in a local shop. The class was more of […]

free quilted tote pattern to make a mini tote

Make a Quilted Mini Bag: Pattern Freebie!

January 8, 2014

Sometimes, I work on projects ahead of time and just cannot wait to share!! This is one of them… I created a super cute little mini bag pattern that is great for beginners learning how to sew and quilt. It is a simple little reversible tote that has a simple pieced quilt top and is […]

how-to-make-bias-tape_0003_DSCF7874.jpg

How To Make Bias Tape

January 5, 2014

Bias tape is simply strips of fabric that are cut on the diagonal, folded into the center, and folded once more. Cutting and prepping it this way allow the fabric to bend and stretch easily around corners and curves, making it perfect for binding quilts and other sewing projects. Want to make your own? Is […]

how to sew gromet cafe curtains
27d8Circles-1-250x250

Sew Easy Inset Circles

October 31, 2012

Here's how I sew easy inset circles using freezer paper and glue. 1. Draw a circle onto your freezer paper. Or three if you draw the wrong size. Twice. Not that I would do that. Cut out the circle, leaving the exterior intact.

How to sew a box bottomed tote

April 4, 2012

No one asked, but today I am going to attempt to show you how to make a lined, box-bottom bag. These are super fun to make, don't use a whole lot of fabric, and once you figure out the basic method, are easy to size up!

How To Sew Your Own Maternity Jeans

March 1, 2012

Sew Your Own Maternity Jeans. First off, I loved your post yesterday, Ash! Way to keep it real! I think your necklace was lovely! :). DIY Maternity Jeans 2. Ack! Oh no! I've lost ALL of my pictures for this tutorial! I do have some …

Make Your Own Peplum Blouse For Spring 2012

February 26, 2012

It has been a long time since I've posted anything :( … for some reason Winter and Fall don't inspire me to sew. I was meaning to get some crocheting done and to tailor some of my jeans, but that has also been put to the side …

Cool Girls Sew and Tell

February 4, 2012

For me, learning to sew helped me see the world a little differently…if I see something cool, I immediately begin to think about how it was made;  a sort of wonderful creative problem solving exercise confirming I really can do anything I “put my mind to.” I think every kid should learn to sew (or another […]

How To Sew an Invisible Zipper

January 26, 2012

I think there is a learn-able skill in just about every craft category that can help you take your crafting to a new level. One of the big steps if you are a beginner sewer is how to sew a zipper into your project. Being able to sew zippers just totally opens up your sewing […]

Make Photo Pillows – The Crafts Dept.

January 13, 2012

I absolutely despised being photographed as a child, but as my Mother told me then, “You’ll be grateful for these when you’re older!” Now, I especially treasure all the candid shots, the silly ones where we didn’t know Mom was looking and were blinded by the flash. (They are always right, aren’t they?) Check out […]

Make Reversible Christmas Stockings

December 13, 2011

This project is a lot of fun and pretty easy skill-wise for the beginner sewer. These make fabulous teacher gifts, perfect little pet stockings, or even fun holiday party favors for all the loved-ones who come by to visit! Plus, with coordinating fabrics and embellishments, you can get really creative. The ones pictured here reverse […]