We’re crushing on a fellow blogger and sewing expert, Jessica Abbott of Me Sew Crazy, and know you will be, too, after you see some of our top tutorial picks from this inspiration-rich blog. Jessica’s projects are exemplary of modern sewing, fresh designs for a new spin on our timeless craft. Her clever use of traditional materials for very non-traditional purposes (Piping for whimsical lettering? Yes, please!) leaves us absolutely tickled, and we hope you’ll love her projects just as much as we do!
The projects at Me Sew Crazy often focus on sewing for children, which is such a fun venue for sewing if you have a little one in your life. Sewing for children can mean breaking out your wildest fabrics for those that will truly appreciate the fun in patterns, but these projects can certainly be adapted for grown-ups, also. What we love most is how inspired we are after seeing what she comes up with next, as her patterns and tutorials never cease to surprise and inspire. Check out six of our favorite picks from Me Sew Crazy (although it’s so hard to choose!), and we hope you’ll understand why we have such a blog crush!
Try your hand at sewing hats for little ones with this super easy-to-follow tutorial from Me Sew Crazy, a great project if you have knit fabric in your stash from old t-shirts or are looking for an introductory project for the stretchy material.
This is such a cute backback for a girl, a great tote-along for a little one that doesn’t have much to carry. Pack her essentials for pre-school or make it as a purse that’s easier to carry across two shoulders — we just might make one for ourselves!
This project is so beautiful, reminding us of a folded fortune cookie in fabric form. Make it as shown for mini business cards, candy holder, lipstick container, or more — it’s a great little pouch and a fun project for learning to attach snaps. Our favorite part? It’s lined, giving it a polished finish — perfect if you’re looking for bridesmaid’s gifts or other replicated sewn gifts.
Learn to use piping for applique lettering, a really fun way to embellish with lettering if embroidery isn’t what you’re looking for. It makes for a durable embellishment that can be washed in the machine, and proves less time-consuming than other forms of letter stitching.
This project is GENIUS, using knit fabric or old t-shirts to make a variety of sock types, perfect for a pair to lounge around the house with. We just might toss out our house slippers and make a collection of upcycled house socks!
This tutorial from Me Sew Crazy guides you through steps to turn an adult sweater into a mini-size for a toddler, a great way to repurpose threads bound for donation. It’s a great chance to make use of a sweater he’s outgrown or that has seen some wear & aging, cutting out the best parts for a miniature version. Shown here from men’s sweater to a boy’s sweater, this same process can be followed to make a sweater from a woman’s size for a little girl.
Are you crazy for Me Sew Crazy yet? Which project is your favorite? Visit the full Me Sew Crazy blog for more free sewing tutorials and tips from the amazing Jessica Abbott.
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