Those who sew and quilt are the most generous people I’ve known. There’s something about hands-on making  that expands our hearts and inspires us to reach out to others. Our Sewing Superpowers can enrich lives around the world through charitable sewing! Little Dresses for Africa My fabulously generous friend Barbara, has been making Little Dresses.. read more →

03 Mar 2017
March 3, 2017

Lunch to Go Bag

0 Comment

  Create this easy, Zakka style inspired lunch bag to go! The piecing is easy breezy with no corners to match up!  Big stitch quilting highlights the patchwork. Finished size: 9” (23cm) x 8”(21cm)x 4” (11cm) Supplies: Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose sewing thread Coats Bold Hand Quilting Thread Fabric required: 1/2 yard (.30m) Linen (Fabric.. read more →

    Adding a little green to your space in honor of St. Patrick is easy with this verdant shamrock door hanger. The bead accents and zip-top hanger add a bit o’ fun. Finished Size of Project: Approximately 27“ (68.58cm), including hanger Supplies Coats Dual Duty Button & Craft, Color 6770 Forest Green Coats Dual.. read more →

Having a cold or allergy is no fun, and keeping tissues handy is a welcome relief to those with annoying sniffles. This clever tissue holder fits a personal size tissue pack and the swivel latch hook keeps it handy in your purse, backpack or on your keyring. Finished Size of Project: 3 ½” x 5.. read more →

Whether you’re wearing a custom fabric belt or a ready-made leather one, it’s always a good idea to have some belt loops to hold your accessory in place. You can make them either by hand or by machine—it’s simple as pie. To make belt loops by hand, use a heavy thread such as Coats Dual.. read more →

21 Feb 2017
February 21, 2017

Zipper Bound Journal

0 Comment

  Make your own journal with steampunk styling to record your journeys – fantastic or terrestrial.  Eclectic Elements zippers and hardware blend with the collaged fabric print for perfect retro appeal. Finished Size: 9″ x 5 3/4″(23cm x 14.7cm) Fabric Requirements from Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz,  Correspondence Collection: Correspondence-Royal Mail        .. read more →

20 Feb 2017
February 20, 2017

Correspondence Dopp Bag

0 Comment

The boxy styling of this zippered dopp bag makes it a perfect travel companion. The bag combines thread, zippers and hardware and with Correspondence fabric from Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements for style and practicality.     Finished sized:  9″ wide x 4″ high x 4″ deep SUPPLIES: Cotton thread, Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements collection for Coats.. read more →

02 Feb 2017
February 2, 2017

Valentine Mug Hug Rug

0 Comment

Designed by Linda Griepentrog Perfect as a Valentine present, or just as an “I love you” gift, this handy mug rug has a clever rickrack holder to tuck in a special card or note, or even your daily “to-do” list. And, as a bonus, it’s totally reversible. Finished Size of Project: 9” x 10” (22.86cm.. read more →

Designed by Linda Griepentrog Send your child’s Valentine “Chair Mail”. Children  appreciate getting their own mail. This tie-on envelope is perfect for Valentines, birthday cards or little notes of encouragement. Details are accented with Coats  Bold Hand Quilting Thread. The finished envelope is 9” x 13” (22.86cm x 33.02cm) but you can also adjust it to the.. read more →

01 Feb 2017
February 1, 2017

Valentine Heart Sachet

0 Comment

Designed by Linda Griepentrog Whether you use it as a decoration or hang it in your closet, this heart sachet is a beautiful gift for yourself or someone else.   Fill it with potporri for a fragrant sachet.  To use as a pincushion, fill with  ground walnut shells. They’re available at some quilt stores, as well as.. read more →

If you avoid garments that require buttonholes because you think they’re scary, fear no more. Making an in-seam buttonhole is easy peasy, and a great way to showcase a special button, like on a jacket front. As its name suggests, it’s simply an opening in the seam to accommodate a button closure. Some patterns come.. read more →

There’s something about a New Year that inspires cleaning up and tossing out. It’s also the perfect time to think about new ways of corralling our stuff and creative DIY Organization projects! Easy Zippered Pouch Tessa of The Sewing Chick blog developed this wonderful pouch to solve the problem of corners that don’t come out right.. read more →

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing so cozy as a hooded sweatshirt.  Whether its for you or someone else,  a warm, winter hoodie becomes even more inviting when it’s handmade by you! Make an Argyle Applique Hoodie Let’s start with a sharp looking Argyle Applique Hoodie designed as an upcycle by Melissa of Melly Sews… read more →

Head to Toe Handmade Warmth is delightfully practical and lots of fun to sew. You’re going to love the ideas I have for you today and you’ll enjoy making several of each for your favorite kids! Ear Flap Hat Delia’s Ear Flap Hat is Handmade Warmth that is just too, too cute! Great for boys.. read more →

19 Jan 2017
January 19, 2017

Sew a No-calorie Donut

3 Comments

  Designed by Linda Turner Griepentrog If your resolution is to cut back on sugary snacks, these no-calorie donuts  can serve as a fun reminder of your new quest. Just stack them up on a small plate and watch co-workers do a double-take. Finished Size of Project: 4” (10.16cm) diameter Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP.. read more →

18 Jan 2017
January 18, 2017

Upcycled Warm Winter Hats

0 Comment

It’s frosty outside and the best way to stay warm is to keep a comfy hat on your head. With a few upcycled sweaters and our talents of needle and thread, we can make our own Warm Winter Hats wardrobe! Hints for Sewing With Sweater Knits & a Simple Cozy Hat Elsie from A Beautiful.. read more →

05 Jan 2017
January 5, 2017

Cozy Boot Liners

0 Comment

Fuzzy warm fleece is ideal for boot liners. Rubber rain boots are always fun for walking and jumping in mud puddles, but sometimes a little extra warmth is good.This is a quick and easy project to sew up for everyone in the family- kids and grown-ups. Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread, to match.. read more →

Scraping ice from your car’s windshield is sometimes a necessary evil, but the experience can be improved with this toasty hand warmer ice scraper. Just slip your palm inside and scrape away in comfort. Here is what you will need for this project: Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread to match ½ yd (45.72cm)  fleece.. read more →

Many cool weather fabrics have nap—like fleece, melton, furs, corduroy, Minkie-like fabrics and velvets. Napped fabrics usually have a pile surface and rubbing the fabric one way offers a smooth hand and brushing it the opposite way raises the pile—think of it like petting a cat. Napped fabrics tend to be bulky, creating some sewing.. read more →

Stuffed animals are a traditional, welcome gift and they’re fun to sew. But, why just sew the same old thing? These five little charmers each have a distinctive twist and I’m including tips and tricks for successful stuffies at the end, too. Come see what I found! Elephant Coin Purse This little pachyderm is as practical as.. read more →

‘Tis the season when Christmas Fabric goes on sale and we start dreaming of what we can make – for next year.  Starting our Christmas makes a year ahead is an idea full of wonder and wisdom, but it’s nice to have new ideas. Come with me! Retro Ruffled, Applique Towels Bev from the Flamingo.. read more →

It may be too late to stitch up a handmade gift, but you can sew a Gift Card Holder and it will take you hardly any time at all. It’s the perfect way to add a touch of handmade goodness when you’re short on time. Scroll through these six quick ideas, choose one and get.. read more →

So, here’s the thing. You still want to make gifts, Christmas is coming and it has to be quick – with a capital Q! Don’t panic, these five quick and practical gifts to sew will meet the desires of just about anyone on your list! Wool Camera Wrap Matt from the Design Sponge blog needed.. read more →

The halls are decked and the holiday is close, but the kids are a bit restless and need a little care. So, pull out your supplies or shop for a few, invite the neighbors and hold a jolly ornament making party for the kids. Even if you don’t have time until after Christmas, as long.. read more →

If the precious girls in your life are always in need of 18” doll clothes, you know how expensive they can be! Handmade clothes for her 18” best friend make a wonderful Christmas gift and you can save loads of money by sewing up a dozen or so. I’ve got a quick review of free.. read more →

Hey. Rudolph! One of the most beloved symbols of the season should have a place in everyone’s home. And, this year, Rudolph can be homemade – times four! Rudolph the Fabric Deer Head Rudolph can light up any holiday occasion as he looks on from the wall and enjoys the party. This handmade Rudolph is adorable,.. read more →

Create these fun eclectic embellished towels featuring Tim Holtz Correspondence fabrics and handstitched detail using Eclectic Elements by Coats Craft Thread.  Each towel is easy to do in an evening, using purchased “blank” towels. Fabrics from Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements for Coats Correspondence collection: Correspondence Tailored 8BLUE         1/4 yard (10.16cm) Correspondence Jet Setter 8REDX        1/8.. read more →

08 Dec 2016
December 8, 2016

Button Basics

0 Comment

Sewing on buttons is a simple task, but one that many people avoid—after all, it’s really no fun—or is it? Position the button at the marked location under the buttonhole it’s going to work with. A glue stick or tape can be used to hold the button in position for sewing, or if it’s a.. read more →

Never lose another button! Whether the button is on a garment you purchased or sewed yourself, it will stay on when you sew it with Coats Secura. It’s the end of lost buttons on shirts, trousers, children’s clothing, coats and jackets and more. Coats Secura is an innovative, heat activated polyester button thread that is.. read more →

Holiday bath time becomes a puppet show with these seasonal terry mitts. Slip a bar of soap inside for some rub-a-dub cleaning along with the fun. Finished Size of Project: Snowmen/Reindeer: 6 1/2″ x 9″ (16.51cm x 22.86cm); Tree: 8 1/2″ x 10″ (21.59cm x 25.40cm) Supplies Note: Mitts can be made from hand towels.. read more →

07 Dec 2016
December 7, 2016

HO HO HO Santa Pillow

0 Comment

Everyone loves Santa and this pillow makes a perfect addition to a sofa, or even a child’s bed to add some holiday spirit. Finished Size: 18″ (45.72cm) square Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose threads, color 100 white, 900 black,  1210 pink, 1840 hot pink Coats polyester zipper, 16″ (40.64cm) 30 pink 5/8 yd (57.15cm).. read more →

As you’re planning for the holidays have you thought about how to dress the cook? Dressing should include more than just the turkey or roast beast you know. If you’re the cook, you may wonder what you’ll wear as you’re dashing around a warm and steamy kitchen.So, let’s make two new aprons. One for the.. read more →

We makers love adding a handmade touch to everything we plan and that includes the Holiday table! You may not have time for runners and placemats this year, but Bread Basket Covers are simple and quick to make. Chicken and Turkey Basket Covers Let’s start with two covers that are squawkingly adorable! Marni of the Haberdashery Fun blog has.. read more →

21 Nov 2016
November 21, 2016

Turkey Day Decor and More

0 Comment

So . . . . why DIY Turkey Day Decor when the stores and catalogs are over the top full of gorgeous holiday décor? Satisfaction, budget-friendliness, self-expression and just plain fun keep Do It Yourself at the top of the list of things we’re grateful for. And, the holidays are an excellent time to use.. read more →

17 Nov 2016
November 17, 2016

Acorn and Leaf Table Decor

0 Comment

The falling leaves drift by my window . . . . . The colors are fading and the drifting has slowed, but you can creatively extend the glory of the season with Acorn and Leaf Table Decor. They’ll be gorgeous now and perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday! You’ll love the charming Fall themed runner and.. read more →

04 Nov 2016
November 4, 2016

3 Ways to Gather Fabric

0 Comment

Gathering one part of a garment, such as a skirt to match a dress bodice, to fit another can be a challenge. Sometimes it’s accomplished with pleats, other times with gathers—those soft fabric ripples of ease that have no puckers, just gentle folds. Gathers can also be used on sleeves to help them fit into.. read more →

27 Oct 2016
October 27, 2016

Woof Worthy Dog Costumes

0 Comment

If your special fur-child doesn’t have a costume yet, you may find just the right one here. Even if the cuddly heart of the family won’t be trick or treating this year, scroll through this post anyway. You’ll enjoy the smiles and grins and get some four-paw ideas for the next canine costuming occasion! Dandelion Dog Originally designed.. read more →

The countdown is on, Halloween is frightfully close and you need a quick kids costume now. Like really NOW! I feel your panic! So, today we’ve got four cute and quick kids costumes for you to make from four clever Moms I found out in blogland. Keep calm and read on! Friar Tuck and Robin.. read more →

DIY Fashion

  Hi everybody! I’m super excited for fall but here in California we’ve been in a heat wave of 100 degrees and above. Crazy huh, in the beginning of October? I created this matching set with a sweet off-shoulder-top and high waisted shorts for the last of warm weather.     The fabric is the.. read more →

If you think you’re about to go Batty getting ready for Halloween, I think these charming Handmade Bats will help! A favorite motif for the season, bats are perfect for pillows, wall décor and playful softie toys. While you may not have a belfry tower to fill , I think you’ll enjoy these bat-i-ful projects!.. read more →

22 Oct 2016
October 22, 2016

No-Cal Candy Corn to Sew

0 Comment

Oh, Candy Corn, how we love you! Your sweet sugary goodness is so perfect for skirts, totes and treat bags. What??? While that’s not how we usually think of everyone’s favorite Halloween treat, you can sew super-cute Candy Corn projects to enjoy for the season. I’ve got lots of quick and tasty tri-color goodness for.. read more →

The easiest costume around consists of a simple, yet safe mask. So, if you’re already in costume panic mode, we can help you out today with lots of options for quick, super-clever Simple Masks to Make that your kids will love.  Let’s go! Star Wars Masks Originally designed to satisfy her daughter’s desire for a.. read more →

Halloween pillows are such a fabulous way to quickly perk up your décor and add festivity to your home for seasons and holidays. ‘Tis the spooky season and DIY Halloween Pillows will make any bedroom or living room satisfyingly boo-ti-ful! Not-So-Scary Vintage-Ween Pillow Covers Designed for vintage-look friendly fun, the Halloween Pillows designed by Claire.. read more →

Your adorable meter is about to go over the top! I’ve found found four options for a super-super cute Baby Onesie Costume you can make and you’re going to love all of them. Most of these are quick enough to make in short sessions while baby naps. Grab a warm beverage, settle in and choose.. read more →

10 Oct 2016
October 10, 2016

Handmade Handbags

0 Comment

There’s something truly enchanting about a new Fall Handbag. And, making it yourself elevates the enchantment to a whole new level! I’ve found three Handmade Handbags you’re going to love for this Fall. Settle in, read a little and decide which one you’ll want to make first!   The Ethel Tote Alicia of Swoon Sewing Patterns.. read more →

Sewing on leather, whether real or faux, can present some challenges, but with these tips, you can achieve professional looking results. *For seaming, choose Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread. For topstitching, use XP Heavy thread or Coats Jeans Topstitching thread for stand-out stitching. A larger needle may be needed for topstitching with heavier threads than.. read more →

My own journey to a Happy Cutting Table took place this past year. After a job change that added a lot more sewing time to my life, I spent several months re-working my sewing studio room. One of my constant past frustrations was the table that served as both sewing table and cutting table. I.. read more →

Scarves are elegantly versatile accessories and the perfect accent as we transition to Fall weather. Quick, easy and fashionable, you’re going to have a marvelous time sewing lots of DIY Scarves! Lawn, voile, silk, chiffon, double gauze and light-weight rayons are perfect for transitional scarves. Heading into cooler weather, think about flannel, lightweight wools, faux.. read more →

So. . . .  it turns out Improv isn’t just for quilting and comedy anymore! Those of us who stitch can jump on the Improv train and enjoy the creative ride, too. And, if you’re a Tim Holtz fan, you’re going to love this fabulous Stitches and Lace Improv Pillow created by a Paula Cheney, a very.. read more →

I’ve always thought that clothing should be fun and accessories should push the fun from enjoyable to fabulous.  So, I’m always looking for accessories that add instant style and joy to a standard office outfit or a t-shirt and jeans. In the last few years, wearing a Cuff Bracelet has been my favorite thing for Fall.. read more →

Hard to believe, but Fall is nipping around the corner and it will soon be time to bundle up a bit. The first thing I notice when the air begins to chill is that my ears are cold and Earwarmer Headbands are perfect for that little problem. They’re quick to make, take little fabric and.. read more →

26 Sep 2016
September 26, 2016

Reinvent Your Sweater

0 Comment

As we transition from Summer to Fall, I sort through my closet to see what still works and what needs to go out. Often, it’s my sweaters that are a problem. They’re either too tight, too boring or too out of style. If you find the same thing in your closet, you’re going to love.. read more →

Kimono style jackets, coats and cardigans have been hot on the runway for several years and for good reason. Unlike many of the fashions we see, think we can make and never do, you can actually sew a Self Drafted Kimono you’ll totally love! A simple, traditional design, a Self Drafted Kimono is a simple.. read more →

Happy National Sewing Month! This year’s theme is Sew For The Experience Of It and I know firsthand for a great sewing experience, you need great sewing supplies. Sometimes great supplies seem expensive, but the cost of bargain supplies is often sewing frustration. So, let’s make choices that have our creative hearts smiling and singing. Because it.. read more →

Tim Holtz has created a timeless palette of thread, zippers and antique finished hardware extending the creative possibilities when combined with his Eclectic Elements fabric collections for Coats. Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements by Coats consists of Cotton thread, Craft thread ™, Zippers and Hardware. Eclectic Elements Craft Thread ™ is a unique heavy 6 wt cotton.. read more →

09 Sep 2016
September 9, 2016

School Days Comfort to Sew

0 Comment

School quiet time comfort is essential for your kids, whether they’re off to school or you’re schooling them at home.  You’ll really enjoy stitching them a Sit Upon, Nap Mat or Back of Chair Organizer – and they’ll love it, too.  School Days Comfort is all about making education a handmade success! Many Kindergartens and Pre-Schools require.. read more →

08 Sep 2016
September 8, 2016

Stitch up a Fabric Cuff

0 Comment

What’s more fun than ordinary jewelry? Fabric cuffs that utilize some fun threads and cool stitches on your machine. These cuffs can take on many different looks, from whimsical to sophisticated, depending on the execution and add-ons. Make one using only thread for the embellishment, or go all out with metallic iron-ons or colorful buttons. There.. read more →

07 Sep 2016
September 7, 2016

Lace Trimmed Jean Jacket

0 Comment

Adding lace and buttons to a jeans jacket dresses it up totally! We have added a double flounce which stitches up in no time to add a totally different look to this western-inspired icon. Though the featured jacket is shown in blue denim and white lace, any color combo is fair game for this fashion.. read more →

07 Sep 2016
September 7, 2016

Team Spirit Zippered Poncho

0 Comment

Cheer on your favorite team and keep warm at fall football games in this cozy Zippered Fleece Poncho. A Coats Team Spirit Zipper coordinates with team or school colors. Lori Harder designed this poncho for us using one large rectangle of fabric, then adding style with a collar and zipper.  Pick a Team Spirit Zipper.. read more →

06 Sep 2016
September 6, 2016

Messenger Bag Upcycle

0 Comment

Hey there, super-sewist – today’s the day to shop the thrift store or raid the back of the closet. Using a well-worn pair of Cargo Pants, we’re going to make magic with a Messenger Bag Upcycle from the Noodlehead blog! Your Messenger Bag Upcycle will need lining fabric, bias tape and thread along with the.. read more →

Oh, school supplies, how we love you! But, we’re bored when you all look the same. So, we’re going to sew Back to School Pencil Keepers and create handmade, uniquely perfect pencil chic. Get ready to zip it up – you’re going to love the three excellent pouches I found! Each of these pouches captures.. read more →

When my daughter moved into a dorm, lack of a private bathroom and laundry were two of her biggest adjustments. I’ve found two clever solutions to help you ease that transition today. We’re going to create a little handmade, full of love DIY for the College Bound! The Laundry Bag designed by Alicia for the Sew 4.. read more →

Dear College-Bound, Non-Sewing Friend, When you registered for your classes, did you choose Mending 101 as an elective? Probably not. Although it should be, I’ve never seen it listed in a course catalog! Sewing Life Skills, however, are a requirement for a successful school year. So, Auntie Annette is here to go over the basics that.. read more →

We are thrilled and honored to be a participant in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge Sew-a-Thon Blog Hop! Coats and FreeSpirit have sponsored this fabulous charitable challenge for many years and the Sew-a-Thon Blog Hop is all about inspiration and helping others – it’s perfect for you! Learn more about the Blog Hop and Sew-a-Thon,.. read more →

Well, here it is . . . a Stadium Blanket, Cushion and Tote Combo that will make back to school an easy touchdown this year. The ingenious tote holds the blanket, then turns into a cushion while you’re at the game. Whether you’re prepping for local Fall sports or sending off a college bound son or daughter,.. read more →

“Oh, no! I forgot to plug my phone in!” “Has anybody seen my phone cord?” “Mom, I dropped my phone and the screen shattered . . .again!”  Sound familiar? Back to school time often means a new phone, especially for the kids who are heading off to University or High School. And, I don’t know about.. read more →

You don’t have to have a green thumb to “grow” Handsewn Food! Your sewing machine and bits of felt and fabric are all you need to create delicious joy for your little ones. Let’s get cooking! First, we need a kitchen! Debbie Williams, a contributor to the eHow blog, wrote a well-illustrated tutorial for a Chair.. read more →

Monsters are pretty hot stuff with kids, big and little, these days. There are the huge, friendly monsters in popular animated movies.  And the little, crazy pocket size monsters many of us are chasing all over this summer. That means Little Monster projects like grinning monster bibs, tooth monster pillows and crayon gobbling craft tote pockets.. read more →

I love to organize but, there’s a problem with putting everything in pretty boxes and closing the lid – I can’t tell what’s in there anymore! If you can relate you’ll love the Clear Summer Organizers I have for you today. And since we’re talking about sewing Clear Vinyl, something you may not have sewn.. read more →

Don’t you just love a Summer Road Trip? There’s something magical about loading the family in the car and taking off down the road! Ineveitably, though, you start to hear little voices shattering the magic.  “Are we there yet?” “Mom, I’m bored!” “Dad! Olivia’s touching me!”  But, you, talented, skilled sewist, can keep the magic.. read more →

26 Jul 2016
July 26, 2016

Camp Stools for Kids

0 Comment

When you’re a child the world seems so big and sometimes you wonder where you fit. I have sweet memories of my childhood camp stool as does Elizabeth of the Simple Simon blog. So, I was pleased to find her tutorial for easy-to-make Summer Camp Stools that are not too big, not too small, but just.. read more →

Summer days mean sleep overs and camp outs and I found the perfect Handmade Sleeping Bag tutorials for your littles and their playtime buddies! Adult size bags are just too big and uncomfortable, but those of us who sew can easily solve that problem with a little stitching time and super-cute fabric. Over on The.. read more →

It’s summer and that means bumps and scrapes are inevitable as the kids spend more time running and playing outside. This charming little Boo Hoo Owl will soften the blow, help to calm their tears and become one of Mom and Dad’s best summer friends. Designed by Jenna of the Craft. Sew. Design. blog, Boo Hoo.. read more →

Oh. My. Goodness. I am totally in love with the Balloon Animal Pillows I found on the Little Inspiration blog! Seriously, I want them for my couch or maybe my bed. Like a whole litter of Balloon Puppy Pillows. I suppose they’re really for children, but . . . There are several things I noticed.. read more →

I know we’ve all seen cute tag blankets at baby showers the past few years. They’re usually brightly colored squares with festive ribbon and trim loops spaced around the edge. And, if you’re a sewist like me, you’ve thought “Hmmm . . . I bet I could make that.” Well, yes you can – and.. read more →

15 Jul 2016
July 15, 2016

Monster Truck Floor Pillow

1 Comment

It’s Monster Truck mania! Your kids will love lounging on this attractive machine appliquéd floor pillow.  Dual Duty XP all-purpose is the perfect thread for this applique using a blanket stitch. Designed by Lori Harder. Skill level: Intermediate Finished Project Size:  38” x 28” x 7” Supplies: Coats Dual Duty  XP® All Purpose Thread –.. read more →

  Keeping kids busy on the go is easy with this handy crayon wrap—just fill it, roll it, and tuck into your tote bag along with a sketchpad or coloring book. Skill level: Beginner Crafting time: Evening Finished Size: 6″ x 18″ (15.24cm x 45.72cm) Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP® All-purpose thread to match 1/4.. read more →

This handy see-through zippered case keeps first-aid supplies readily available for any boo-boos that may occur while traveling.  A cute “medical print” is ideal, or change it up and use the case for make-up or sewing supplies in an appropriate fabric. Skill level: Confident Beginner Finished Size: 8″ x 12″ (20.32cm x 30.48cm) Supplies Coats.. read more →

There’s no better tool to create a professional looking narrow rolled hem than your serger. Whether you sew it on a fine silk scarf or lingerie, table napkins or an heirloom sewing project, this tiny edge finish is not only secure but elegant. It’s also perfect for ruffles and shirt tails—any place where you need.. read more →

School’s out, it’s summer and before long you’ll be hearing “It’s HOT – can we go to the beach?” You can be cleverly so on top of it this year, because today we’re going to stitch up a couple of Quick Summer Carry-Alls. You can keep them packed and ready to head out the door as soon.. read more →

Kid-Style Beach Wear is super essential for protection from the sun’s summer rays. Isn’t it great that we can make our own? The adorable Beach Towel Poncho I found on the Blue Closet blog is just charming! Plan a creative outing and take the kids to pick out their own poncho beach towels. They’ll love watching the.. read more →

Get ready to sew because today’s project is a Big Enough Beach Blanket that will make your beach comfort dreams come true! My kids are grown, but I remember those days when we’d spread out a blanket for the family at the beach or a park and wonder why we even tried. Either all our.. read more →

Charming and delightful, all the vintage style campers we see on the road today seem to call out loudly – “Let’s Go!” Even if you don’t own one,  you’ll love creating Retro Camper Art. You can surround yourself with that wonderful “out on the road” vibe even if you’re actually at home! Fabulous Bev from.. read more →

28 Jun 2016
June 28, 2016

Penny the Fish Softie

0 Comment

Well, apparently ADORABLE is now spelled F I S H, because this Penny the Fish Softie is just about the most adorable little plushie I’ve seen swimming in the ocean of stuffed toy designs out there in the “Land of Blog”. Abby of the While She Naps blog and podcast is famous for her amazing way.. read more →

This post is dedicated to those of you who are convinced you cannot sew clothing. Before we start, raise your right hand and repeat after me: “I can and I will!” Because . . . for DIY Easy Beach Style, all you need is a willing hand and a sewing machine. You can do this!.. read more →

21 Jun 2016
June 21, 2016

Handmade Picnic Gear

2 Comments

Today’s fabulousness is brought to you by a desire to use fewer baggies. Grab a P, B & J for a snack and take a look at the reusable, fun to make, super cute Handmade Picnic Gear I found! Most of my baggies are used for sandwiches and I’ve wondered what else is “packed” in with.. read more →

Decorative coastal themed throw pillows are the perfect accent for any beach house, sofa, or bed in any room.  Reflect your personal style and wonders of the sea with these appliquéd designs. Pillows designed by Karen Schaphorst   Sand Dollar Pillow Finished Size 18” x 18” (46cm x 46cm) Supplies Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP.. read more →

14 Jun 2016
June 14, 2016

DIY Sea Shell Coasters

0 Comment

  Create a coastal theme for your table with these attractive Sea Shell Coasters. The coasters are made by wrapping a clothesline with fabric strips and coiling the line into place. You may have made baskets using this technique.  Coats Jeans Topstitching thread holds the covered coiled clothesline in place and adds a pop of.. read more →

14 Jun 2016
June 14, 2016

Sand Sifter Beach Bag

3 Comments

Love the beach but hate the sand that seems to collect in everything? Leave the sand behind with the Sand Sifter Beach Bag! Screening is used for the body of the bag to allow the sand to fall through. The front panel has generous pockets for sunscreen and other items. An attached zipper pouch keeps.. read more →

Okay, seriously, what’s summer without a new pair of sunglasses?! Whether they’re sunnies or shades at your house the really, really cool ones are pricey and you need to protect them. I was shocked when I looked at Sunglass Cases recently. Cases were either tremendously basic and unattractive, super-simple and just not worth it or.. read more →

When is a seam really not a traditional seam? When it  sewn edge to edge.  This is called an abutted seam. The edges are abutted and the adjacent pieces are sewn together. Abutted seams are flatter than a traditional seam with underside seam allowances, and they’re often used in lingerie or when working with any number of.. read more →

I love banners don’t you? It seems like all you have to do is put up a banner and suddenly it’s a party. They’re just so festive and, it turns out, pretty quick to make. I explored the world of Quick Party Banners recently and found several wonderful tutorials with a variety of DIY banners.. read more →

Is your sewing group or guild planning a special get-together this Summer? Even if you don’t belong to a formal group, this is a great time of year to gather your friends for a Summer Sewing Soiree! Have you ever sewn outside? It’s a blast and this could be a deck or patio party. Your.. read more →

Open up your “All Things Girly” file ‘cause we’re going to talk Tu-Tus! There’s just something magical about all that fluff, isn’t there? So, I’ve rounded up a whole downy stack of Tu-Tu Tutorials for you and your little women to enjoy.  Grab 10 yards or so of tulle and get ready! A few years ago.. read more →

I am passionate about passing the love of sewing and making to younger generations, so I really, really love the idea of a Child’s Sewing and Craft Party! There are SEW many crafty party ideas and fabulous pictures out in cyber land right now.  I chose a few to get you started with planning –.. read more →

With Memorial Day coming up, Flag Day on June 14th and the 4th of July not far behind, a Simple Patriotic Table Runner seems like just the right project for this week. Originally designed for the 4th of July, this quick, quilted table topper will be the perfect thing for a handmade holiday. If you’re.. read more →

There’s something about handmade that makes a wedding fabulously memorable. So, for this deeply personal, all important, amazing occasion, Simple Handmade Wedding Favors are perfect! Jessie of Sweet Jessie has wonderful ideas and I love the wedding and party favor tutorials she shared on the Sew Mama Sew blog. There are three options – Fabric.. read more →

One of my favorite wedding blogs, Green Wedding Shoes, posted pictures from an incredible handmade Sew in Love Wedding a few years ago. Since June is the most popular month for weddings in the USA, the season is upon us, and I wanted to share it with you. I have a few comments, but the pictures.. read more →

by Elizabeth Hill A few thoughts about sewing …             Teaching sewing to young people is a wonderful opportunity to help young minds be creative, develop confidence, learn practical life skills and just have productive fun.  When I see the light bulb of understanding go on inside a pupil’s mind I am thrilled. All.. read more →

Around my town, the Farmer’s Markets open in May. I love, love, love buying fresh, seasonal produce, chatting with the farmers and supporting local farming. Often my Saturday morning trip to the Market is combined with other weekend errands and my fresh produce isn’t quite as fresh by the time I get it home. So,.. read more →

This cute mortarboard bag is ideal for presenting a check or a gift card to the graduate to celebrate his or her accomplishment. It zips closed and has a ring for keys or to attach to a larger purse or bag. It is quick and easy to sew. Designed by Linda Griepentrog   Supplies 1/4.. read more →

Hey, it’s Me Made May! Are you participating? If so, let me know in the comments. And if you’re wondering what the “needle” I’m talking about, read on! I first heard about Me Made May a couple of years ago from my favorite blogger/podcaster, Isabelle of Fluffy Fibers. She talked about wearing something she had made.. read more →

  There are lots of ways to hem a garment, and sewing a blind hem on the sewing machine is both fast and easy. The goal of hemming by machine is to have the stitches that hold the hem in place be invisible (or almost) from the fabric right side. If your machine has a.. read more →

Spring! Flowers! Gardening! It’s such a thrill to be outside digging in the dirt again . . . but last year’s Garden Gloves look pretty bad. So, I was delighted when a friend pointed out this Gorgeous Gardening Gloves DIY on the Prima blog. It’s always great when you can take something simple and pre-made.. read more →

Gardening can be tough on your knees, but as makers we can quickly stitch up a little attractive protection – a Garden Kneeling Pad! This is a fun, easy project that you’ll really enjoy putting together. Plan to make a stack of pads so you’ll have enough for the whole season. Let’s start with fabric.. read more →

Oh, goodness – this Reusable Strawberry Pouch Tote is just the cutest thing I’ve seen this year. Just look at it – the whole fabulous tote folds up and stores itself in a strawberry. So, so cute – you’re going to love it, too! ‘Tis the season! For Reusable Totes that is. As the weather warms,.. read more →

Some of the most fun I’ve had lately involves old clothes. No, I don’t mean washing them – that’s definitely NOT fun. I’m in upcycle mode right now! So, with Summer coming soon and April being Earth Day month, I was thrilled to find this adorable Floral Cardigan Upcycle to share with you. Sachiko from.. read more →

There are so many valuable aspects to Upcycled Fashion. It’s planet-friendly, good for your budget and a fabulous creative challenge. We don’t all have the gift of transformation that allows us to envision pieces of our wardrobe magically remade into something new, though. Have you found yourself interested in re-fashioning, but unsure of what to do with.. read more →

Ah, Spring! The birds are singing, flowers start to bloom and the whole world celebrates the return of warmth and sunshine. This adorable Garden Flag will add a festive, unique touch to your budding entryway and it’s perfect for those of us who must sew and make! Kelly of the Peek-a-Boo Pages blog created this.. read more →

There’s nothing prettier than a delicate undulating lettuce edge, whether on lingerie or rib knit. The waves can be created on stretch knit fabrics, or the bias edge of a woven fabric, and vary in shape and size depending on the character of the base material and the stitch used to finish the edge. Things.. read more →

No blossoms in your garden? No problem! Create fabric flowers! Easy to make tulips announce that spring has sprung and the flowers are in bloom. This is a great way to use leftover prints from your fabric stash. Designed by: Lori Harder Crafting Time: Evening   Supplies: Coats Dual Duty XP All Purpose Thread –.. read more →

02 Apr 2016
April 2, 2016

Pick-a-Pocket Apron

2 Comments

Our Pick-a-Pocket apron was designed by a member of our Graphics team at Coats & Clark, Tracy Bynum. His motivation to learn to sew is an interesting story so we asked him to share. How I got started sewing: I few years back, Beth (my wife) came home with an ever so slightly, used sewing.. read more →

02 Apr 2016
April 2, 2016

Garden Bucket Tote

0 Comment

It doesn’t take a green thumb to make a handy, multi-pocketed garden bucket tote! This insert fits inside a 5 gallon bucket.  Keep all of your gardening tools and supplies close at hand as you move from place to place. Designed By:  Joy McKeon Crafting Time: An evening Skill level: Intermediate Finished Project Size: Custom.. read more →

31 Mar 2016
March 31, 2016

Fabric Flower Pots

0 Comment

Fabric Flower Pot Covers are easy to make and freshen up a room with lively fabrics. These planters have a clear vinyl bottom liner and a removable vinyl sleeve to protect surfaces Designed by: Lori Harder Skill level: Beginner/Easy Crafting time: An Evening Finished Project Size: Designed to fit a 4”, 6” and 8” flower.. read more →

Valentine’s Day was last month, but I’m a lover of hearts and still enchanted with projects that feature them! I love having handmade gifts in the closet that I can use for last minute occasions, hostess gifts or “just because”. These darling Reverse Appliqué Heart Coasters from Allie at Miss Luvie fit that need perfectly!.. read more →

Did you know you can make applique patterns with your word processor? If you have an embroidery machine – especially a newer model with a big hoop – it’s a cinch to appliqué words onto your projects. But if you prefer to appliqué with hand-guided stitches – or by hand – read on for a.. read more →

A couple of years ago, I found an Etsy site with Button Monograms that were absolutely stunning. I’ve thought about them so many times and while I wouldn’t and couldn’t compete with the works of art the designer creates, I was thrilled to find a DIY version on the Changing My Marbles blog. These are.. read more →

So . . . apparently Scrappy Pincushions are addictive. At least I can’t seem to get enough of them! If you share the same addiction, you’ll love the Five Little Scrappy Pincushions I found for you. They’re perfect to corral all your pins, awesome for gifts and totally fun to make. Follow me for the tour!.. read more →

In her book, Vintage Notions, Amy Barickman, owner of Indygo Junction, shared a small piece of history of her muse Mary Brooks Picken, and the school she founded, The Women’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences. Mary Brooks Picken is special to us at Coats & Clark, because she was the author of some of.. read more →

Monograms in one way or another seem to always be in style. Machine embroidery has created loads of monogramming possibilities for makers, but what if you don’t have that function on your machine? I’m here to inspire you to use fabrics and make Simple, Fun Applique Monograms on your regular sewing machine instead! Cindy of the.. read more →

04 Mar 2016
March 4, 2016

Heart Pom-Pom Pillows

0 Comment

Pillows! Do we ever have enough? They’re enjoyable to make and a marvelous way to update your décor without spending a lot of money. I’m totally smitten with the Heart Pom-Pom Pillows I found on the Tater Tots and Jello blog. They combine three things that I dearly love – hearts, burlap and pom-poms! Jen made her.. read more →

01 Mar 2016
March 1, 2016

Selvage Surprises

8 Comments

Selvage Surprises! Selvages are those colorful finished edges you find on woven fabrics—a curiosity to some, and a source of inspiration to others. As sewers, we often hate to waste any little bit of fabric, and saved selvages can become the beginning of some fun projects. Just what is the selvage? It’s information for the.. read more →

29 Feb 2016
February 29, 2016

Sewcial Sewing Retreat

0 Comment

Sewing is fun! That’s no surprise to anyone reading this, but do you know what is more fun? Sewing with your friends. Okay, that’s not a surprise either, but we all know sewing isn’t an activity that allows us to do that very easily. It sounds like a great idea until you are lugging your.. read more →

24 Feb 2016
February 24, 2016

Two Baskets for Easter

0 Comment

We have two fun basket projects for Easter. A cute little bunny and a versatile woven basket. Putting all your eggs in one basket is quite fun when there’s a cute bunny face on the front of it. This fabric basket is ideal for anyone’s Easter holiday goodies and makes a cheerful decoration for the.. read more →

18 Feb 2016
February 18, 2016

Mini Heart Pouch

0 Comment

Mini Heart Pouches – an adorable project to make as a sweet gift for adults, kids or you! Think about all those little things you’re always losing in the depths of your handbag – earbuds, change, lip gloss, nail clippers – wouldn’t a cute Mini Heart Pouch improve your daily life? Your Mini Heart Pouch will.. read more →

So often, it takes just a word or two, a small act of kindness or a warm smile to make a difference in someone’s day. These adorable Cozy Hand warmers from Rae Ann Kelly’s blog craftily combine all these ways to show your love on Valentine’s Day or any time of year. They’re fun, easy.. read more →

11 Feb 2016
February 11, 2016

Shabby Heart Pieced Pillow

0 Comment

February is a great month for all things “heart” and this charming Shabby Heart Pieced Pillow is such a sweet, easy project! Dive into your fabric stash and pull out everything red, white and pink, then head to the sewing store to pick up anything else you need. If you don’t have much red, white.. read more →

09 Feb 2016
February 9, 2016

Love Letters to Sew

2 Comments

Do you love letters? Sew them! Words and quotes can be sewn to personalize, organize or accessorize. Embroidery and applique are two techniques that can be used to create letters in your sewing projects.     Express yourself with colorful crazy quilt appliqués. Create a grouping for your wall with fabric covered canvases. Decorative stitches.. read more →

We love letters that help us keep our stuff organized. For our sewing studio at Coats & Clark we asked expert Rebecca Brent to create embroidered labels. We asked her to use  the “Make It Coats” theme and she came up with Sew It, Cut It, Press It, Quilt It, etc.  She wanted to embroider.. read more →

Last year my “Sewing Sister”, Claire, spent several weeks diligently sorting, organizing and transforming her basement sewing space.  I coined the name Sewing Spa to describe the new space that so thrilled her sewing heart. Sewing, after all, is a rejuvenating experience that produces all the healthy benefits associated with the word spa! If your.. read more →

27 Jan 2016
January 27, 2016

Valentine Table Runner

0 Comment

Set a pretty table for your Valentine with this quilted table runner. It looks complicated but the secret is experimenting with your machine’s decorative stitches on a striped fabric using Coats Trilobal Machine Embroidery thread. If you’re looking for an opportunity to play with the decorative stitches in your machine, here’s the perfect venue. Pick.. read more →

Do you have a bit of the Winter blahs already?  A little “selfish” sewing and “me” time may be just what you need to re-energize, so let’s prep for an at-home Spa Night! You’re going to love stitching up a quick Twisted Turban Headband and a few simple, soft DIY Facial Washcloths to add a.. read more →

19 Jan 2016
January 19, 2016

Sew Spa projects

0 Comment

It’s time to pamper yourself. You spent the holidays shopping for gifts, baking and decorating to make sure it was a special time for everyone. Now it is your turn. Sew these luxurious projects and create your own spa experience. Spa Mask Shut out the world and take a moment for yourself. This pretty mask.. read more →

January. . . such a great time to slow down, cozy up with a warm cup of something yummy and do a little stitching for yourself. Take a deep breath and prepare to let the relaxing scent of lavender surround you as you make charming Little Lark Sachets! I am smitten with these lovely, Little.. read more →

12 Jan 2016
January 12, 2016

Fabric Covered Hangers

1 Comment

Hang it Up with Fabric Covered Hangers. Why use boring clothes hangers when you can create something fun to add pizzazz to your closet? Those mundane wire or plastic hangers can be easily transformed with colorful fabrics to add a spark to your early-morning clothing selection process. To make a fabric covered  hanger: Trace around.. read more →

We made it! Christmas is over, warm hugs and lovely gifts were given and we’ve been able to breathe just a little now, right? But, if you’re like me, you’re wondering why, oh why you didn’t start earlier on those wonderful handmade gifts. So, let’s do it – starting now! These Easy Flannel Throws are super-quick, fun to.. read more →

As makers, we joyfully stitch our hearts into every handmade gift. This quick gift project, DIY Recipe Potholders, combines the wonderful value of handmade with the rich power of memories and traditions. When you think of the holidays, is it Grandma’s Spritz Cookies that first come to mind, Aunt Susan’s Russian Teacakes or Cousin Jenny’s.. read more →

Betz White creates adorable things in felt and this cute, cute Ho Ho Sew! Sewing Machine Ornament is perfect for the holidays.  This little charmer has so many possibilities!  Make lots of them and create a sewing machine ornament garland for the tree or a mobile for a friend’s sewing room. Choose felt colors to personalize them.. read more →

We are so excited to share with you Amy’s new video tutorial – Create A Zipper Pull Necklace! – See more at Create a Zipper Pull Necklace Amy has always loved using sewing notions in unique ways. We have many different patterns that use zippers, snaps, hooks & eyes and buttons to make brooches, necklaces,.. read more →

“I too believe creativity is not in the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found . . . “ —Tim Holtz From the needle of your sewing machine to the tip of your thimble finger, this statement from creative master Tim Holtz most likely resonates through your mind.. read more →

12 Nov 2015
November 12, 2015

“Wow” Zipper Gown

0 Comment

When we started planning the Coats & Clark booth for Fall Quilt Market in Houston, we wanted a “wow” focal point for the booth. We were envious of a beautiful red  gown made completely of zippers our Coats counterparts in Europe had created for one of their shows. We wanted something  that was as dramatic,.. read more →

Sew on buttons fast using your sewing machine. Whether a button has one…or two…or four holes your machine makes short work of button sewing! Sewing machines can do lots of things, but perhaps you haven’t exhausted all the possibilities yet. Attaching buttons by machine is not only fast, but secure as well. Any flat button.. read more →

21 Oct 2015
October 21, 2015

Crazy Quilted Lunch Bag

0 Comment

We recently posted this Crazy Quilted Lunch bag on our website, MakeItCoats.com. Not long after we had an email saying, “I love this bag, but I’m a beginner and the instructions are hard for me to follow.” So we went back to the designer, Elizabeth Hill, and asked her if she could break it down.. read more →

It’s not totally about the food on Thanksgiving Day—there’s also the table décor to consider so you’re guests are wowed as sit down to the holiday feast. Without a lot of effort, you can add some pizzazz to the table setting with some fun napkin ring ideas. So, gather up your fabric scraps, some threads.. read more →

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration with Rowan fabric, Coats is having a fantastic contest to bring out the best of Kaffe Fassett and his beautiful fabrics. We want to see your best “Fassett-nator” for a chance to win from more than 50 prizes including 20 bolts of The Kaffe Fassett Collective fabric or.. read more →

Halloween Fruit Costume

Halloween is just around the corner! Not like you needed me to remind you—I’m sure your kids have done a great job already! And I don’t blame them. I have to admit, Halloween is probably my favorite holiday. We found a few of are latest costume faves for the little ones to get your creative.. read more →

It’s time for the final post in our four-part sew-along series! In case you missed it, here are the first three posts: Gather your supplies Sew a skirt Fabric Fun Today we’re talking about how to tweak this pattern to make a different skirt every time. Try out one of these variations or come up.. read more →

There’s something special about homemade toys. I just ran across a few of my favorite toys I had kept from my childhood and most of them were made by my grandmother. The kids loved hearing the stories behind the toys and I can tell they thought they were special too. Homemade toys also seem to last.. read more →

In case you missed the announcement, we’re hosting a mini sew-along for National Sewing Month! In this four-part series, I’ll walk you through all of the steps to make your very own skirt – or a closet full of them!  The first post was all about how to gather your supplies, so go check that.. read more →

In case you missed the announcement, we’re hosting a mini sew-along for National Sewing Month! In this four-part series, I’ll walk you through all the steps to make your very own skirt – or a closet full of them! The first post was all about how to gather your supplies, so go check that out.. read more →

It’s that time again! Fall is just around the corner and the house is flooding with schoolbooks. Instead of going out to buy your back-to-school materials, why not make them this year? We’ve brought you some of are favorite projects for this time of year from a lunchbox bag to an artist’s roll. Wondering what that.. read more →

Sewing Secrets welcomes Heather Valentine, owner and designer of The Sewing Loft blog. Each week in September, Heather will be taking you through making this simple skirt. September is National Sewing Month and what could be a better time than to challenge yourself to try something new. To get started, I’ve put together a simple.. read more →

We’re getting back into the school swing over here, which means it’s time to round up our favorite backpack DIYs. I always hated having the same bag as other kids, which is why I love making my kids their own unique bags from home! Here are a few tutorials to get you going. Everyone seems.. read more →

Babies and toddlers always need bibs to help keep them neat and tidy while they eat, drool and learn to drink. Baby bibs are a great place to try out new threads, new techniques and some of those illusive decorative stitches that come with your sewing machine. Think practical when choosing bib fabrics—something dark to.. read more →

There’s aways something special about that first-day-of-school dress, no matter how old you are. As a kid, I remember having my dress picked out weeks before the first day of school rolled around. But you know what was a total bummer? When I was wearing the same dress as someone else! That’s why we’ve brought.. read more →

Every now and then you come across something, or someone who releases butterflies. Well, that’s how we feel about our latest sewing sweetheart: Juffra Toertjes. The mastermind behind Dutch sewing blog Toertjes & Pateekes, Juffra’s creations have us feeling like giddy little school girls. The simplicity of the designs work with amazing fabrics to produce cutting.. read more →

Are you totally confused when you stand in front of the zipper display? Don’t be! the first thing you need to know is that there are different types of zippers and most can be divided into closed bottom like those used in dresses and skirts and separating for jackets and coats. From there they are.. read more →

What says summer quite like a good ol’ fashioned picnic? Good food + sunshine + family time = bliss. Because my kids love all the above, we jump on every possible opportunity to have a picnic! It’s so much fun seeing my little ones work together to make the perfect PB & J outside on.. read more →

Enjoy the rest of summer by sewing up some fun in the sun! We brought you swimsuit DIYs for your little princesses, and now it’s time for all those princes in your life! I know the Fourth of July has already passed us by, but I think wearing red, white, and blue creates a classic.. read more →

It’s fun to make kid’s clothes, but just a little discouraging to have them outgrow things before their time. So plan ahead and build room to grow in the garment to deal with those unexpected spurts so your handcrafted clothes will still be usable. It’s a well known fact that kids shoot upward before they.. read more →

I don’t know about you, but I’m not even close to being done with summer yet. I’m looking forward to our beach trip next week! We’re holding on to these last few months of summer by bringing you some more adorable bathing suit DIYs for those special little ones in your life, starting with the.. read more →

There’s nothing better than a day of sun, surf, and sand. However, juggling baby sometimes makes this outing more of a challenge. But that’s not to say it can’t be done! Some of my favorite memories with my little ones involve the first time their toesies touched the sand or their first glimpses of the.. read more →

What’s better than a towel at the beach? A towel you can wear…with a hood of course! We made this adorable poncho tutorial just for you guys and can’t wait for you to try it out for yourselves. All you need are a few old towels for repurposing and you’ve got yourself a whole new beach-going.. read more →

We thought it was about time for a DIY bedroom makeover. And what’s the most important part of the bedroom? The bed! Remember that wonderful feeling of crawling into a bed of new linens? We want to give you that feeling back—with a twist. Even more rewarding than buying those linens is making them from scratch, or.. read more →

  Presents are not just under the tree. These pretty packages are appliqued using Dual Duty XP all purpose thread and prints from the FreeSpirit Winter Miarcle collection by Marjolein Bastin. FS0446MB Winter Miracle Pretty Packages Place mat and Napkin   read more →

Hip to Be Square by Rebecca Kemp Brent for Coats & Clark These two funky ornament shapes start with ordinary squares! Made from small pieces, these projects are a great way to use test stitchouts or fabric scraps, especially leftovers from 2 1/2″ strips. Biscornu Ornament “Biscornu” is a French word describing something that’s quirky,.. read more →

  Holiday buttons make up this clever tree embellishment, complete from topper to trunk. They’re simply tied on and threads left as part of the tree’s trimming. Finished Size of Project: 14 1/2″ square Supplies 1/2 yd white cotton twill 6 red buttons, 1 1/4″ 6 green buttons, 1 1/4″ Assorted 3/8″-1/2″ buttons One 1.. read more →

    Whether it comes with your machine, or you purchase it as an accessory, this little foot creates lots of stitching fun! The multi-hole foot, or multi-cord foot has either holes in the surface or channels under it that allow you to feed multiple strands of specialty threads, small cords, yarns, metallics, ribbons, etc… read more →

Whether you’re sewing up something special for prom, a wedding or other special occasion, or just planning ahead for your summer wardrobe, chances are good that there’s a least one sheer fabric involved in the adventure. These fabrics are often slippery to both cut and sew, and of course every inner detail shows through, so.. read more →

01 Jun 2015
June 1, 2015

DIY Beach Towel Tote

2 Comments

    Sew up a convertible Beach towel and Tote. The front pockets hold sun lotions, magazines and books. A zipper pouch keeps small items together and protected from the sand. It all folds and conveniently zips together for carrying. Designed by Pam Hastings You Will Need: 1 Beach towel or Bath Sheet 1 24”.. read more →

We love our friends over at Sewing Like Mad and know you do too, which is why we decided to share some awesome tutorials with you today. These are all for your special little girl, from dresses to placket buttons to go on dresses (or anything else for that matter). Her little red-headed model makes.. read more →

We’re super excited to share some of our favorite projects from Noodlehead‘s Anna. (It’s okay—that’s the name of her blog!) She’s a mother of two, a super sewer, and like a lot of us, she learned how to sew from her mother when she was just a girl. Now that she has two daughters of.. read more →

Create a variety of simple pillows using outdoor fabrics for a swing, bench or chair. Select outdoor fabrics that are sun and weather resistant. Sew with Coats Outdoor thread. A knife edge pillow is the simplest style of pillow.  You may use these instructions to sew the pillow any size or shape you desire.  .. read more →

Please note: we have made adjustments to the original post. Changes are in red. This stylish carryall will hold all of your picnic supplies. Create in outdoor fabrics for durability and easy care. Designed by Pam Hastings Finished Size: 16 1/2″ x 12″ x 7″. You Will Need: 54 – 60 Wide Indoor/outdoor fabric or.. read more →

06 May 2015
May 6, 2015

Outdoor Cube DIY

2 Comments

A cube or pouf is a fun and easy project to sew for your outdoor living space. They make great floor cushions and room accents. Select outdoor fabrics that are designed to resist sunlight fading and are stain resistant. Some have special antimicrobial properties and resist mold and mildew. Along with outdoor fabric, we recommend.. read more →

Sewing for the outdoors means that not only the fabrics, but the construction as well has to contend with the elements Mother Nature bestows upon them. There’s wind, rain, cool nights and perhaps the most contentious, intense sunlight during the day. Sunlight, more specifically ultraviolet rays, can wreak havoc with both fabrics and threads holding.. read more →

21 Apr 2015
April 21, 2015

Add Zippers to a T

1 Comment

Zipper Shoulder T-shirt Turn a simple fitted T-shirt into a “cold shoulder” top by adding Coats Fashion Zippers. SUPPLIES & TOOLS: Coats Dual Duty XP(R) All Purpose thread 2 Coats Fashion Zippers, 7″ Purchased T-shirt 1/4 yd. light weight fusible stabilizer 1/4 yd light weight fabric (example: batiste or organza) Sewing machine Zipper foot Chalk.. read more →

13 Apr 2015
April 13, 2015

Honeycomb Tote Bag

0 Comment

Show off the paper piecing skills with this stylish and modern color blocked tote designed by Jennifer Mathis, Ellisonlane.com Supplies: Coats Dual Duty Paper Piecing Thread, Color 8030 Coats Dual Duty XP General Purpose thread, color 8030 Print fabric (FreeSpirit Acacia by Tula Pink), 1 yard Free Spirit Designer Essential Solids, (CSFSESS.BERRY)  Plum Fabric, ½.. read more →

08 Apr 2015
April 8, 2015

Tissue Caddy

6 Comments

Storing extra rolls of toilet tissue can be a problem, particularly in a small guest bath with limited storage. And what if, heaven forbid, the tissue runs out when someone is in need? This clever tissue caddy is the solution to that dilemma, as it holds an easily accessible extra roll in style. Finished Size.. read more →

Creativebug’s Fabric Design Series  featuring Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett is the perfect course for the novice fashion designer. Learn to Design Fabric If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to design fabric, this series will walk you through the creative process step by step. Creativebug’s experts share their process from inspiration to design,.. read more →

Fabric Napkins—two ways! Dinner is a great time to showcase some fun fabric napkins—they’re so easy, even a beginner can make them. Whether you make them on a conventional machine or on a serger, they’re a quick table accent sure to please. And, they make a great housewarming gift. Napkins can be any size from.. read more →

Celina from Petit à Petit & Family is one of our all-time favorite children’s wear designers. When we ran across these 5 tutorials from her site we knew we’d hit the jackpot. You’ll have a blast making these creative projects and even more fun seeing them in action!                .. read more →

19 Feb 2015
February 19, 2015

Blog Crush: mmmcrafts

3 Comments

When you’re in the mood for bold, fun, and colorful crafts look no further than the super creative Larissa Holland’s blog, mmmcrafts. Go there to find free patterns, cheery tutorials, helpful alteration instructions, and lots of kids crafts. What sets this blog apart—besides the fun-to-read posts (thanks to Larissa’s cheeky humor)—are the professional-looking illustrations that.. read more →

  Keep notes and reminders close at hand with these Hoop Note Holders.  Coordinating fabrics secured in Susan Bates Hoop-La Embroidery hoops add a decorative touch to your home office or message center. Pocket Note Holder Supplies & Tools: 1 Susan Bates Hoop la Embroidery Hoop, white, 10” 1 Coats Dual Duty All-purpose thread, 1.. read more →

12 Jan 2015
January 12, 2015

Sew Organized

3 Comments

Whether you subscribe to the adage that creativity requires clutter or not, it’s better to work in an organized space than one that resembles the city dump. Follow these helpful hints of organizing your sewing room—you’ll have more fun and be more creative.   Plan for easy access. It’s much more motivating to sew if.. read more →

Here it is again!  Three stylish girls who’s mama’s know how to sew… This a line dress with the cutest kitten fabric made by By Dagbjort is just too much for us to handle on the adorable scale. Cute, cute, cute is all we have to say!  The fabric choice for this Style Re-styled Black and Blue outfit by.. read more →

10 Dec 2014
December 10, 2014

Sewing Metallic Threads

0 Comment

Shine on! Nothing adds a little shine to a project like metallic thread, whether you use it as an accent or as the primary embellishment. It’s great for decorative stitching, topstitching, serging, and even quilting, both on a regular machine and a longarm machine. Metallic thread is actually not made from metal, but from nylon,.. read more →

08 Dec 2014
December 8, 2014

Zipper Cuffs

2 Comments

Zipper Cuffs are quick and easy to create.  If you have a 7″ zipper, cute button and a needle and thread– you have everything you need to make this stylish zipper cuff  that is fun to wear or give to a friend. Coats Fashion zippers give you many options to choose from when making zipper.. read more →

In my opinion it’s always leather season (decoration-wise), but I just pulled out my leather jacket again and remembered it was time to write another leather post! Leather doesn’t just warm your body but it also warms your house. Check out our favorite leather DIYs from Almost makes perfect. If you ask me, these leather projects.. read more →

We always rely on Ikatbag for little tips and tutorials here and there. We’ve brought you an assortment today, from strawberry bags to princess seams. Enjoy!                                       Who says strawberries are just for the summer? Keep summer.. read more →

Plan B has all kinds of sewing projects up her sleeve, from clothes to makeup bags. That’s why we wanted to show you all of our favorite tutorials to check out for yourself! Get sewing and don’t forget to let us know what you think!                    .. read more →

Tilly is one of the cutest sewing bloggers around, and we love her classic French style. Right now we’re drooling over striped DIYs (and she has a lot of them). We wanted to share our favorites with you today, from her new “Coco” pattern dresses to a useful tutorial on how to cut knit fabric… read more →

17 Nov 2014
November 17, 2014

Etsy Shop Feature: Pollaz

0 Comment

When we ran across these handmade goodies in Pollaz’ Etsy shop we fell in love. From pillows to placemats, Pollaz puts a spin on everyday items you wouldn’t normally think about. You can either take inspiration from them and make your own or buy them off her site!              .. read more →

We talked to one of our favorite quilter superstars, Michele Muska, and got the 411 on some of her favorite sewing/quilting projects, along with some of her own! For those of you who don’t know, Michele is an incredible fiber artist, as well as the marketing communications manager for Simplicity Creative Group. Yeah, she’s kind of.. read more →

Every year, Mie from Sewing Like Mad hosts Sewing For Kindergarten, where sewing bloggers get to feature the outfits they’ve made for their kindergartners. Okay so the series only started last year, but there will be many more to come! You guy have to know we’re in love with Petit à Petit + Family over here by.. read more →

Sewing with a twist—yarn, that is! No, there isn’t a machine sewing needle with a giant eye that lets us sew with yarn (yet), but there are several ways you can incorporate yarn into your work. Couching: Stitch over beautiful yarns and let their twisted strands show through the stitching. Most machine brands offer a.. read more →

We’ve stumbled across a goldmine on Etsy: Hello Dear Kids. They make excruciatingly cute little clothes (and we mean little) for the little ones in your life! You can either buy their finished products, or their patterns for only $6.00! We’ve included some of our favorites below. These little guys are sure to set your.. read more →

It’s hat time again and we love slouchy beanies, especially on our kids! See Kate Sew has a foolproof pattern and tutorial for the perfect slouchy beanie that we couldn’t wait to share. I mean, check out this little guy.                              .. read more →

03 Nov 2014
November 3, 2014

The Ultimate Headwrap

1 Comment

Delia Creates is awesome for coming up with projects for you and the little ones. These headwraps are insanely versatile and cute all-year-round. The best part is how easy they are to make. Check them out here!                     One for everyone!          .. read more →

Carolyn Friedlander’s Slow Sewing Studio is all about the celebration and enjoyment of the quilting process. It’s all about slowing down, working with your hands, and building relationships with your fellow quilters. That’s why we love and respect her so much! We’ve included a few of her patterns from the Slow Sewing Studio of basic designs.. read more →