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

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    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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 →

Pretty Prudent is one of our favorite places to find inspiring projects. We picked the prettiest ones just for you. You and the kids will go crazy over these tutorials— we guarantee it.  What are you waiting for?                                  .. read more →

It’s that time again…time to throw on your coziest clothes and break out the sweaters! Don’t even pretend like you don’t have a pile of old sweaters that for some sentimental reason or another you can’t seem to part with (even though you know you’ll never wear them again). Instead of chucking them or letting.. read more →

We are in love with An from Straightgrain. She is a pattern designer and super-creative who makes the cutest kids clothes around. Check out our favorites and let us know what you think!                                       We love the.. read more →

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 with holes will work for this process. To prepare the machine, lower or otherwise inactivate the feed dogs–those teeth under the presser foot that.. read more →

It’s time to start thinking about Halloween costumes again…which is one of our favorite times of year! One day where you can be anything you want to be—what’s better than that? We’ve gathered a few of our all time favorite DIY costumes for you to follow or just take inspiration from to create your own!.. read more →

We know you’ll love these cute little tutorials from Straight Stitch Society as much as we do. Perfect, easy knick-knacks to have around for you or the kids. You’ll wonder how you got along without them!                           We know everyone loves ice cream…even your.. read more →

When we found this Jumpsuit DIY from Petit à Petit we knew we had to give it special treatment. It’s like ombre met tie-dye on a beautiful island only inhabited by fairies, and had a baby. That baby is this jumpsuit. Check out these gorgeous photos! Get the pattern for the jumpsuit here, and the dip dye tutorial.. read more →

Check out these printable sewing cards for the kids! Perfect for beginner sewers with summer themed patterns for them to follow. Can you think of a better way to spend an afternoon with the kids? Get stitchin’!                                    .. read more →

We found three of the prettiest tutorials we couldn’t help but share. They all share an element of the fantastical—of dress-up in the every day. Now you can have the excitement of escaping the mundane without actually going anywhere!                                  .. read more →

From toddler aprons, to reversible storage bins, to hand warmers, Marni over at Haberdashery Fun has all your bases covered. Marni earned a degree in fashion design and is now involved in footwear sales. She also has a beautiful baby boy and has switched her crafting focus toward baby-centric projects. We knew when we discovered her extensive collection.. read more →

It’s the hottest part of the summer here so shorts and skirts are very much in full swing. We’ve got something for everyone this time: comfortable, light, and airy pieces for all ages. You and the kids will be fashionable and comfortable for the hotter days ahead—now that’s a win-win. Check them out for yourselves and let us.. read more →

When we ran across these adorable stuffed animal tutorials from Hannah from We Lived Happily Ever After, we were pretty ecstatic. We can’t think of anything better than making the kids their own customizable stuffed animals for them to keep by their side for years to come. Seriously, how cool would it be to have a.. read more →

We’ve picked a few crafts that caught our eye because we know they’ll also catch the eyes of those little ones too. These crafts will help you (and your kids) through car rides (of all lengths), a trip to the beach, lazy days around the house, and even kitchen experiments. Check them out and let us.. read more →

Brighten up every space in your house with modern shapes and bright pops of color. We were introduced to Modern Handcraft a few weeks ago and had to share our latest blog crush. The fun projects and collaborations she is always blogging about had a flipping through page after page. Take a peek at these.. read more →

Sometimes really great appliqué and patchwork projects are hard to find, so this time we did the dirty work for you. These eight tutorials come from eight different sewing superstars, featuring some craftables for the kids and some for you!                             Charise.. read more →

We ran across our latest inspiration, Ute, on Kollabora and admit we have a pretty big crush. Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Ute is a self-taught seamstress striving to transform her wardrobe into a handmade wonderland. Her admiration for Japanese fabric and sewing techniques pair well with her fixation on earthy tones; they come together beautifully.. read more →

We’re always inspired by the creative projects Melanie comes up with over at the Crafty Cupboard. Today we wanted to send a little bit of everything we liked from her blog your way. From a Twirly T-Shirt Dress to a Patriotic Pennant for Fourth of July, she’s got summer covered. Check them out and let.. read more →

We absolutely adore LiEr (Lorraine Teigland) and her blog, Ikatbag. Her sense of humor shines through every one of her creative projects so they are not only informative but also fun to read. We’ve chosen a few of her playhouse tutorials to share with you because we know you’ll think they’re just as awesome as we.. read more →

28 Aug 2014
August 28, 2014

6 Quick Crafting Tips

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We’ve decided to pull together a few tips that might help you overcome a roadblock with your next craft, whether it’s your next quilt, sewing pattern, or something you already own. Everyone can use some help now and then, and these tips stuck out to us as solutions to commonly faced questions.      .. read more →

You know what’s even more fun than sewing your own clothes from scratch? Upcycling thrift store finds or clothes you already have! Geneva Vanderzeil, founder of A Pair & A Spare, is an upcycling queen. We absolutely adore all of her tutorials and wanted to feature some of our favorites here. These looks are so insanely chic we can’t wait.. read more →

I don’t know about you, but we do an awful lot of entertaining on the farm. Adding a handmade touch to a place setting is just the kind of small detail that make each celebration a little more special. We bumped into these little gems on our Pinterest feed and couldn’t resist sharing them with.. read more →

Skip the hassle of store-bought swimwear and “if only this part were different…” critiques. We have three swimsuit tutorials for you and three tutorials for your daughter so you’ll both be sure to find the right design and fit without any ifs, ands, or buts! Get to sewin’ so you can get to swimmin’!        .. read more →

We’ve found some more projects that’ll knock your socks off! Who needs socks anyway? It’s summer! Whip up a fantastic bathing suit to bring to the beach with your hand-sewn picnic blanket tote, some homemade beach ball pillows, and summer camp chairs. We’ve featured 7 different blogs to give you 7 fabulous tutorials we can’t wait.. read more →

If you don’t know about them already, blogger Jess Abbott and the rest of the Sewing Rabbit team come up with some pretty fun DIY projects on the regular. Growing up, Jessica’s nickname was Jessica Rabbit. Little did she know she would actually marry an Abbott, becoming Jessica R. Abbott (get it?) and eventually, the Sewing Rabbit!.. read more →

We just discovered an incredible range of creative DIY crafts from Brit + Co, and can’t wait to share them with you.  In case you aren’t familiar with them, Brit + Co. is “an online media and e-commerce platform that provides tools to teach, inspire, and enable creativity among women and girls.” From food to.. read more →

Autumn is my favorite season of the year.  Whenever I think of fall I think of beautiful earth tones of red, orange, gold with a hint of green and brown.  I enjoy watching from the window in my sewing room the leaves swirling and falling. Raking leaves, now that’s a different story.   In celebration.. read more →

We found the HowDoTeam via BurdaStyle and had a blast looking through their audio/visual tutorials on how to make easy and ingenious DIY crafts. Their content comes from a multitude of contributors from all over the world. Here are a few of our favorite projects! We love the detail in the Upcycled Braid Crop Top. Cute.. read more →

Whether you’re using a cotton or polyester all purpose thread, a machine or hand quilting thread, or a polyester embroidery thread, you’re sure to be inspired by the variegated color offerings. Surprises are in store! Multi-color threads change color as they come off the spool with random variegation. The length of a single color can.. read more →

08 Aug 2014
August 8, 2014

Create Fabric Book Covers

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Fabric book covers can serve a very functional purpose– protecting books from wear and tear, but they are also a lot of fun.  Cover books for a decorative accent on a book shelf or stacked casually on an coffee table or chest. It’s also just fun to read a book and glance at pretty fabric cover… read more →

Martha Stewart and her team are on the very top of our list when it comes to anything DIY and stylish. I mean come on she is the inventor of modern DIY and creates drool-worthy recipes and projects over and and over again. We found this custom cushion tutorial in the nick of time. We.. read more →

Looking for the perfect outfit for your family beach photo this year? Don’t fret we found the most darling sailor top and bloomer set. We stepped over to the Scientific Seamstress and ran into serious cuteness. This is a modern take on the tyradional sailor suit for kids. We loved the ruffled bloomers and the.. read more →

Look out, it’s a shark! A super adorable shark that is. Have fun making this shark hooded towel project by Crazy Little Projects. Your little people will have a ball drying off in this super comfy terry cloth towel. She not only shows you how to create this easy step by step tutorial but shares.. read more →

BurdaStyle is loaded with incredible pattern and tutorials by makers and shakers from all over the globe. We spied this lovely dress and thought it was the perfect summer project. The vintage style and cap sleeves are just adorable. We couldn’t resist adding this to our list of must do sewing projects in June. Find.. read more →

Sew Caroline is a fashionable young woman that makes extremely stylish sewing patterns. We love when she is inspired by her favorite shops and then turn the inspiration into a tutorial. She went to Anthro and found her very fav blouse and hacked it for all of us! Sew Caroline’s  Buy or DIY series is.. read more →

We always look to our fav crafters and makers when the season turn. Prudent Baby is always on the short list. We found these easy to sew Koozie’s that are simple to make and will keep are drinks chilly for a long time. In the Georgia heat that is something we struggle with. O.K. not.. read more →

Sometimes its OK to make something for yourself. I know its rare that we makers don’t give it away or stick it in an Etsy shop the second the last stray thread is snipped away. I will definitely be making this sweet pouch and sticking it my purse for sewing on the go. Its easy.. read more →

We absolutely adore Dana Made.  Her projects are easy to follow and range from beginner to advanced. She sticks a little sunshine into all of her projects and we can’t get enough. The placemat bag is such a cool idea. You always have a mismatched placemat or find some incredible vintage find at a tag.. read more →

Summer is warming our hearts and sparking all kinds of creativity. We have a little more time on our hands now that we’ve wrapped up the school year here in Georgia. This is the time of year that I get to sit back, relax, and start on all of the projects I pinned all winter.. read more →

We couldn’t wait to share these 7 summer crafts because they are just bursting with creativity and color.  We specifically had the kids in mind this time, from clothes, to accessories, to art projects. Try these out when you have a free afternoon and let us know what you think!              .. read more →

We found 7 darling 4th of July dress tutorials for your baby girl and thought this was the perfect time to share. Okay well we did slip in a onesie and a skirt but you get the idea. These patriotic get-ups are so cute she won’t want to wait another year to wear them again!.. read more →

How fun is it to use sewing notions in unexpected places? When we think of piping, we normally think of a small fabric covered cord along the edge of a garment portion or perhaps a slightly larger twisted cord running around the edge of a home décor pillow. In both instances, the exposed portion of.. read more →

Fourth of July is just a couple of weeks away. We found this super cute ruffle apron on Flamingo Toes. Your child can wear it while making sparkling desserts to celebrate our nations freedom. This project will literally take you under an hour and is great for all sewing skill levels. Flamingo Toes is a.. read more →

You know your machine can sew all kinds of stitches, but did you know it can also do the twist? Twisted threads have many uses—from jewelry to belts to edge trim, piping and tassels. Currently popular friendship bracelets use twisted threads as well, sometimes extending the ends into fringe. Twisted threads and cords are also.. read more →

Craftiness Is Not An Option is pretty much all about it’s creator Jess’s compulsion to sew clothes for her kids, which is a good thing for us. Her tutorials for garments, accessories, and toys are detailed and easy to follow and the results are imaginative and sweet. Most of the tutorials show you how to.. read more →

Looking for a fun project to make with the kiddos? Try this DIY fabric scrap necklace from the Sewing Rabbit. All you need are basic sewing supplies to make a cute oversized piece of jewelry with bright colors, lots of texture, and a pretty ribbon tie. It’s the perfect project for spring! The secret to.. read more →

Sewing fantastical dresses for little girls is quite possibly the best sewing project to take on. After all, you get to see her face brighten every time she wears it. That’s why we love this sparkling celestial glitter dress dreamed up by Charm Stitch. Any girl would be thrilled to have this dress for summer… read more →

Poufs and floor pillows are a super fun way to decorate kids’ room. They invite playfulness and provide a cozy reading spot at the same time. The best part is that they’re easy to make. Here are 5 of our favorite hand-sewn pouf projects to get you started. $3 Fabulous Floor Pillow tutorial available via.. read more →

We’re loving the blog True Bias, the creation of a New York City mom of two who has been sewing since she was a girl growing up in the South. Kelli’s modern style and approach to sewing are super inspirational, particularly for those who love to sew for kids. You’ll find tutorials for fun projects,.. read more →

Know someone planning a wedding this spring?  From wedding dresses to decorative touches, DIY weddings can be a lot of fun, and they don’t have to be a lot of work. Here’s a look at 10 fun projects that can get you thinking about sewing decorations, attire, even invitations. Do one or do them all.. read more →

You know how it is when you land on a sewing site and want to make absolutely everything on it? That’s how you’re going to feel when you check out the super stylish tutorials on Merricks Art. Created by the multi-talented blogger Merrick White (she’s a mother of two boys, seamstress, stylist, and fine artist!),.. read more →

You don’t need to be a sewing pro to turn out an awesome quilt project. Start with a potholder and advance to a strip & flip quilt or an easy peasy chevron quilt. You’re going to love the process of quilting so much we bet you’ll want to make all four. Go ahead. You can.. read more →

Not all zippers are hidden—some show off their stuff with stylish stitching Take advantage of those decorative machine stitches to embellish your colorful exposed zipper tapes. It’s easy and certainly fun. There are two ways to embellish zippers—one is to stitch right on the zipper tape, and the second is to use a decorative stitch.. read more →

Nothing beats the feeling of a handmade plaything. Kiddos will appreciate the customized treasure, and you get to watch them enjoy something you poured your heart into making for years to come. We’ve been seeing a lot of fun and inspiring options out there, so we thought we’d round up our list of 5 favorites.. read more →

21 Apr 2014
April 21, 2014

6 Fun Weekend Bags

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Spring is here and soon summer will be, which means time for weekend getaways! Whether you’re planning to travel by car, train, or plane, here are 8 super fun bag tutorials that will ensure you travel in style. This Amy Butler weekend bag (via A Handmade Tale) is incredibly popular. People love to sew this.. read more →

Jessica Abbott, of the Sewing Rabbit, and Celina Bailey, of Petit à Petit & Family, have teamed up to create STYLO, a new stylish magazine full of interviews with designers, tutorials, and photography that will make you want to pick up a needle and thread to create your own kidswear. Here’s a look at Issue One. We.. read more →

Baby booties are one of the best sewing projects. They’re quick and easy to make—good thing, too, considering how fast those little tootsies grow!—but the end result is so super cute, people will think you spent days on them. They make great handmade gifts, and with these 7 DIY tutorials for the cutest baby booties.. read more →

Add a “wow” factor to your LBD with a Neon Leopard print Zipper. We have an entire collection of prints in our Coats Fashion Zippers!         We have the animal print collection in 7″ closed bottom style: Zebra, Tiger, Giraffe, and Snow Leopard.  Leopard prints and neons are huge fashion trends so we combined.. read more →

Helpful Hints for Machine Embroidery Read the instruction manual several times and know what your machine can (and can’t) do. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. The dog motif you download might be a lovely brown, but if you want it lime green instead, it’s OK—you can personalize designs however you want. Most.. read more →

This time of year is great for cleaning out the closet and dreaming about warmer days ahead. (They’re coming, we promise!) But instead of purging those old sweaters and tee shirts, those ill-fitting dresses and shirts, spend a little time refashioning them into a new stylish wardrobe. These projects make great introductions to garment sewing.. read more →

Almost every young child has a set of memory flash cards at some point. You’re usually given them as a gift for baby, who ends up chewing on the corners, which means the cards get pretty ratty by the time the poor kiddo is old enough to actually play with them. Lucky for us, Sew.. read more →

Easter is right around the corner, but there’s plenty of time to get going on a super cute Easter dress for the little girl in your life. There’s so many styles out there that we had a hard time picking only 10, but we did it: Here’s a list of DIY dresses that can be.. read more →

We’re so excited by the awesome bag tutorials we’ve seen on Polka Dot Chair that we had to share them with you. Melissa Mortenson’s blog has lots of different modern DIY sewing patterns and tutorials, but the stylish bags she makes are our favorite. Whether you’re sewing for yourself or as a gift, these 5.. read more →

It’s not too early to start planning your summer and what you’re going to wear to the beach or pool. Making swimwear is easier than you might think and fun to sew because you can customize the look and get a perfect fit. Plus, it can be a lot cheaper than buying a store bought.. read more →

Project Run & Play (PR&P) is the kid bloggers version of Project Runway. Designers submit highly creative costumes to be judged by “celebrity” judges, and readers vote too. There’s plenty to ooh and aah over, lots of inspiration, and ample amounts of super cute kid looks, which is why we’re frequent visitors to the site… read more →

We’ve had our eye on Sian Keegan ever since we featured her patchwork birthday shrimp as an Etsy find on Handmade Charlotte. It turns out lots of others have noticed her too—Martha Stewart and Rachael Ray to name a few. It’s no wonder. Those shrimp we fell in love with—with their yarn legs and mustaches,.. read more →

We have spring fever! This winter has been particularly brutal for most, and we’ve been trapped inside for far too long. Out with the cold weather and in with the warm already. We’re itching to get outdoors and spend some time in the dirt, planting vegetables and flowers. Let’s get into the spirit by sewing.. read more →

Slippers not only make a great DIY project, but they’re also awesome just to have around when you need them. When store-bought options are lacking in the inspiration department, why not whip up your own versions in little time! Everyday Loafers Pattern available for $6.50 from Shoeology The Ellie Tie-On via instructables Wool Slippers Pattern.. read more →

We’re so excited by this amazing birthday party favor we just had to share! Brenda, who blogs about her party creations on thejarjouras, made 28 of these (!) Stick Hobby Horses for her son’s country-western themed party, starting from just a medium-sized sock. They’re so easy to make—each one took about 45 minutes—you could create.. read more →

Bed linens are a great excuse to do some sewing, especially if you have odd-sized pillows or are just eager to make them custom fit for a specific room or personality. We love this tutorial from Stitches & Crafts, a pocketed pillowcase that takes a twist with a few customizations from the popular Magic Pillowcase. read more →

Brooklyn-based Liesl Gibson is the creator of amazing brands that promote simple, stylish patterns and projects for sewing enthusiasts. Before launching her first brand, Oliver + S in 2008, Liesl earned a degree from FIT and worked for Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Since then, she’s created the womens pattern line Lisette, available at Jo-Ann.. read more →

Sometimes instead of filling our day with great tutorials we’d love to try, we like to peek into the sewing journey of another person that sews. It’s great to feel a connection with someone you may have never met, but share a common interest — and also makes for great inspiration in your own projects… read more →

08 Feb 2014
February 8, 2014

Pillowcase Fun

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Pillowcases are possibly the most fun you can have with a yard of fabric. They make wonderful gifts; after all, everyone has a pillow, right? While a yard of 45″-wide quilting cotton is just the right size for making a standard pillowcase, there’s so much more fun to be had by embellishing the pillowcase with.. read more →

07 Feb 2014
February 7, 2014

Vintage Rag Dolls

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“Made to be Loved” was a leaflet published by Coats & Clark in 1955. We thought it would be a great “Then and Now” project for February as we are celebrating “Make It for Others”. These soft durable dolls could be donated to shelters, hospitals or law enforcement agencies that provide stuffed toys to children in traumatic.. read more →

Whether you’re making multiples of the same thing for charity (like pillowcases, bags, etc.) or creating hundreds of blocks for a quilt, chain piecing is both fast and efficient. This assembly-line sewing technique is used in factories, but it can be equally at home in your sewing room. How does it work? Stack up the.. read more →

Right now we have our gaze set on the magic being created over at Pretty Prudent, a lifestyle blog created by two moms, Jamie and Jacinda, that features all kinds of stylish, whimsical, modern (and retro) sewing tutorials for grown ups and kids. Once you’ve landed on their site, you’ll stay there, spending hours and.. read more →

We’ve had a crush on the blog Lia Space for some time now. And even though Lia’s taken a hiatus from blogging to run her coffee shop, One Fifteenth (which looks amazing; too bad for us it’s in Indonesia!), we wanted to show you some of the amazing tutorials you can find on her blog… read more →

One of our newest contributors over at Handmade Charlotte inspired this roundup of easy-to-sew headwear for kids. Eri, author of the awesome blog Llevo el invierno, has a tutorial for this super cute turban pattern. I’ve been dying to make it for my girlies ever since it caught my eye. But there’s more: Grownup-style hats.. read more →

Made By Rae is a must-see blog for any sewer looking for useful tips and tutorials and quality downloadable patterns. It’s the creation of none other than Rae, a former physics teacher turned blogger who is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to running her blog, Rae keeps extra busy teaching sewing classes and.. read more →

We want to continue to share the progress in our new Sewing Lab at Coats & Clark. So far we have added a few accessories and now we are trying to get organized. ” A place for everything and everything in its place” is our goal, so we decided to add labels as reminders of.. read more →

Run by two popular Canadian style authorities, publisher Lynda Reeves and editor Suzanne Dimma, House & Home is a brand that shares some of the most unique and beautiful homes in North America. One of our favorite features on the site is the gallery of amazing Weekend DIY Projects. Those that require sewing aren’t particularly.. read more →

21 Jan 2014
January 21, 2014

7 DIY Gadget Covers

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It’s fun to personalize laptops, e-readers, and smart phones. As lovers of all things handmade we like to add a touch of warmth to those soulless pieces of plastic, right? We’ve collected tutorials for covers for a variety of gadgets. Make for yourself or get an early start on gifts for all occasions. A lot.. read more →

The Internet certainly has no shortage of creative bloggers out there—some are dedicated exclusively to sewing and some dabble in other creative ventures as well. We love pointing out those who use their skills to bring to life the truly exceptional projects that you’ll want to make and pass along to friends and family. Maker*Land.. read more →

Valentine’s crafts are fun to make because they’re typically pretty easy to do, don’t take a lot of time, and you get to use felt in red and pink—so fun. It’s such a sweet holiday for children to participate in too, which is why we often think of sewing gifts for the classroom. After all,.. read more →

One of our favorite types of sewing projects is the organizer. They’re the perfect projects to customize based on the size you need and the style you want. Whether it’s paper and pens, groceries and household products, or even remote controls, we’ve rounded up a list of super stylish, easy-to-sew tutorials for you to choose.. read more →

 Whether you use a thread rack, a special storage case or a drawer, our color coded spools and color numbering system make it easy to organize your thread into color families.   We’ve made it easy– if you simply line up the threads with the color numbers in order, the spools will automatically be grouped by color families. The.. read more →

09 Jan 2014
January 9, 2014

New Sewing Lab at Coats

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Our education department here at Coats & Clark is so lucky!! Our office renovation included a new sewing lab–or maybe we should get fancy and call it a Sewing Studio.  It is small but it is packed with cabinets and work surfaces.  Take a look:    We’ve contacted our friends at Dritz, USA and June.. read more →

We like to keep tabs on what Ellen Luckett Baker is up to over at her blog the Long Thread, not only for the inspiration and the insight into her design process, but also for her simple craft tutorials. As author of 1, 2, 3 Sew and 1, 2, 3 Quilt, two must-reads for any.. read more →

Softies make for great sewing projects—for gifts or just because. They’re easy to make, they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and are easy to customize. Now that we’re officially in crafting-for-gift-giving season, we thought we’d round up a selection of some of the most adorable free patterns and tutorials out there. From.. read more →

With the cold temperatures upon us, it’s  time to get baby bundled up in comfy, cozy winter wear. This sleeping bag tutorial from the Cutie Pie collection at Burda Style is the perfect thing for a variety of outings—long car rides, walks in the stroller, and plane rides—and it looks so warm and toasty, it’s.. read more →

Chances are you’re starting to line up your 2014 project list, and if you’re sewing for little girls, you’ll want to put a few—if not all—of these darling dresses on your list. The best part about dresses is that they’re fairly flexible when it comes to seasonality. Even a sleeveless dress can be made warm.. read more →

Delia Creates is one of our favorite crafting and design blogs. It has loads of fun projects for kids and yummy recipes. But what caught our eye most recently is this awesome tutorial on how to sew perfectly adorable, custom-fit leather baby shoes from a pattern by making a few adjustments. If you’re in the.. read more →

Are you hosting a meal this holiday season? Here is a great idea for creating custom napkins and placemats that are interchangeable.  If an extra person shows up for dinner you can easily re-set the table. Make one-size-fits-all napkins and placemats!  Why are napkins square anyway? I chose a neutral color hopsack fabric that would blend.. read more →

If there’s one piece of holiday decor that should be handcrafted, it’s the Christmas tree ornament. How lovely to unpack handmade treasures every year and reminisce about making them or who made them. They’re also easy to stitch and assemble, so it can be a fun, meditative way to unwind from the shopping and parties.. read more →

When it comes to DIY gifts, we think its fun to make them with the larger picture in mind. How will you package them—can the gift become the package? Can it complement a store-bought gift you already have in mind? And let’s not forget about the stocking: quick and easy sewing projects can yield unique,.. read more →

Every once in a while we stumble upon a site that makes us think “wow, you can make that?!”. Ikat Bag is one of those blogs, where we are always surprised at the creativity in the projects featured on the site. We’d like to share five fun projects with you that range from items for.. read more →

These 5 ideas for handmade Christmas gifts for kids are so easy-to-make that you CAN wait until the last minute. No matter what kind of kid you’re creating for—younger or older, girl or boy—we’ve got you covered with a range of awesome projects that will be cherished for years to come. 1. DIY Mr. Giraffe.. read more →

It is officially still Autumn and it is such a beautiful time of year.  The colors of the season translate beautifully in fashion and home decorating.  Earthy soft neutrals the color of straw or wheat  paired with the colors of fall vegetables, flowers and foliage: orange yellows, reds from rust to aubergine with a touch of.. read more →

Sometimes, it’s fun to create with sewing, away from the sewing machine. Give your machine a rest with this fun DIY project, a hexagon bracelet tutorial that requires a little bit of hand sewing for an awesome result. read more →

You don’t often hear the word “hip” or “modern” associated with kids’ clothing — often our options center around the word “basic” more than anything. However, there are some truly inspiring people making beautifully designed threads for kids, and we’re excited to share a favorite of ours, Sophie of Cirque Du Bebe. Her clothing celebrates.. read more →

Most of our sewing projects are practical and fun, everyday things we find that we need and discover we can make ourselves! We love the practicality of our skills in sewing, and how useful that skill can be when you’re in a bind or in need of something original in your wardrobe. No matter how.. read more →

There’s still lots of time to sew festive decorations for your home this Thanksgiving. Whether you’re hosting or attending, these 6 project will add a touch of fun to any room. For most of them, all you need are some basic sewing supplies to turn an easy-to-follow tutorial into decor you and your family can.. read more →

We love being creative with our children, rather than always expending our creative energies on making something for them — why not make something with them? We’ve picked six fun projects from one of our favorite inspiration sites, Kollabora, for you to share with a little one that range from personal style to decor. Ready.. read more →

Today we want to introduce to you (or perhaps remind you of) the brilliant Anna Maria Horner. She shares our passion for bright, lively color and is an amazing creator with a host of sewing books and products and a site full of inspiration and tutorials to show for it. Her beautiful collections for FreeSpirit.. read more →

Follow along with us today as we feature a fantastic tutorial from My Sparkle blog on how to create your own mock smock frock — a beautiful garment for any age. We know — the name’s a bit of a tongue twister, but we promise that’s the only confusing part of this great tutorial! read more →

We’re excited to share with you today some great fashion inspiration from Amy of Sew Well, a great place for tips and ideas for sewing clothes. What we love most is that her projects are very everyday – casual outfits that we can see fitting for a wide range of wardrobe types. There are even a couple.. read more →

When we think bandage skirt, there can sometimes be a bit of a cringe — but not every bandage style has to be skin-tight! We love the pattern of a bandage skirt, without the typical grip to form, so we love this tutorial from Family Ever After for making a bandage style skirt that embraces.. read more →

We love the outdoors, especially when Fall harvests come in and we get the chance to go picking! Whether you’re picking from your garden, a local apple orchard, or picking up toys from the back yard, a gathering apron is a great accessory to have in your house. Follow along this great tutorial for a.. read more →

Tights are a great way to add some fun to any outfit, an opportunity for something a little out of the ordinary. As the weather begins to cool for the Fall, we hate to think about storing away all of our dresses and skirts until the break of Spring again. Tights are the perfect solution.. read more →

Fall is my favorite time of year for seeing all the imaginative ways people hand make decorations. With all the clever DIY tutorials, it’s fun and easy to dress up your home in festive ways. As the weather turns crisp and you begin planning for parties, dinners, or even the everyday, you’ll want to make.. read more →

Tired of making the same basic skirts over and over? Check out this super simple sewing tutorial for a mermaid skirt that can be completed in just a half hour. It’s so easy to sew with knits if you build up the courage to get started, so follow along this tutorial from The Girl Inspired,.. read more →

We’re certain you can never have too many projects on the waiting list, always ready for the perfect sewing occasion. We’re crushing on Sew Caroline, a blog full of sewing tutorials that truly encompass a huge range of projects for apparel, home accessories, and more that will be sure to add to your to-do collection… read more →

There’s lots of talk on the Internet by now about easy-to-make Halloween costumes for kids, but not much for adults who like to sew. For those looking to join in on the dress up fun and DIY their own Halloween costume, I’ve rounded up five awesome off-beat costumes that would be a blast to wear.. read more →

It’s that time of year again—Halloween! I’m so excited! When else does so much crafting and DIY goodness get to be paraded around for all to see? I can hardly wait for the big day! And my kids can’t either. We’re in the process of picking out our choice costume, so I thought I’d put.. read more →

We love the word reversible when it comes to sewing, because it always mean twice the use for your effort! This reversible leather bag is a beautiful accessory, a great opportunity for some leather sewing practice. We love that you can have some fun pairing colors for a colorblock look, or pair the same method.. read more →

Soon, the foliage will begin changing for the Fall and we must admit that we love the sewing opportunities during this season! Bundling up is the perfect opportunity for sewing, as warm fibers are a staple during the chillier months. Check out these awesomely autumnal, perfectly warm sewing projects for boys — wardrobe staples that.. read more →

  When does 1 + 1 + 1 = 2? When you combine Indygo Junction’s SoHo Bandana fabrics with Indygo Junction,s IJ947 Patchwork Pals doll pattern and Coats and Clark Threads! Add these all together and you have a too cute duo sure to delight the whimsy in each of us. The updated bandana patterns.. read more →

We can’t help ourselves when it comes to things that roll up for kids — the on-the-go convenience can’t be beat! We’re still fresh in school mode, with kids all over the country from elementary school to college freshly settled into the academic atmosphere. Today we are excited to share with you a tutorial for.. read more →

Today we’re inspired by the wonderful blog, Sparkle Power, full of great sewing activities from a crafty mother of three. We thought we’d share our favorite projects from this fun site, a round-up of 6 sewing projects perfect for getting you out of a slump or inspiring you to make something out of your usual.. read more →

This simple, cheerful tablecloth with matching cloth napkins are a snap to sew with men’s shirting fabrics – the woven selvage edge can serve as a casual “hem,” while the raw edges of the napkins, reinforced with a straight row of stitches, fray to a soft and comfortable edge. This tablecloth is perfect for a.. read more →

  Sometimes we sit and wonder where we would be without the internet in our sewing. We rely so heavily on both the inspiration for a specific project and the motivation to actually complete it from the people we follow from afar. It’s amazing to see just how productive everyone is, and makes us want.. read more →

We love finding out about new sewing patterns, in our eternal quest for great fashion we can make in the comfort of our own home! We all have our favorite companies, whether it be because we prefer the language of the pattern, or the styles they produce. We have become increasingly interested in independent pattern.. read more →

Do you remember tab-top curtains? Quaint curtains made of calico or muslin for historic homes or country decor? Well, tab-top curtains do not have to be quaint…. or boring! I created a more updated version of tab-tops using faux leather and then combined with a gorgeous floral print linen and burlap.  Decorating is all about textures and.. read more →

We look forward to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge  from the folks at American Patchwork & Quilting. The great thing about this challenge is that it benefits so many local causes. We have had an opportunity to see just how much these pillowcases mean to children who receive them through our involvement with Mary Bridge’s.. read more →

It’s back-to-school time, a perfect opportunity to create a handmade tote for your child’s school materials! We love sewing for school, as it makes us feel like school is just a little extra special when they have a cool accessory. Check out this adorable backpack tote bag from Jojo & Eloise, appliqued with super cute.. read more →

We must admit, we spend a lot of time scouring the web for great creative inspiration. Sometimes, we are especially amazed at how many projects some people get through! If we had all the time in the world, it might all be spent sewing — or buying fabric & fantastic thread. We’re excited to share.. read more →

Going shopping for back-to-school supplies can be super fun, but also a bit overwhelming. Backpacks are expensive, and often the selections can be incredibly limiting. Whether your needs have specific guidelines based on the school, or you just want something fit for their personality, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tutorials for back to.. read more →

One of our favorite things to sew is toys for children. It makes for such a unique creative experience for a little one, especially if they can help decide what materials you use, or if it’s catered specifically to their personality. Today we’re sharing a really simple pattern download for a plush house from Ever.. read more →

Grommet top curtains are very popular.  They are clean, simple and require less fabric than pleated curtains.  Plus grommets are a hot trend.  Just take a look at all the grommet details found in purses and tote bags.  Grommets are everywhere! Have you thought about making grommet curtains for your own home only to realize.. read more →

Okay — we realize it’s a lofty goal to sew something every day. But wouldn’t it be great if we could make something new everyday? With all of the tutorials and ideas out there, there’s certainly enough inspiration for a handmade project every day. While we aren’t going to hold you to a daily project,.. read more →

We love back to school accessories, whether you’re heading back to higher education, or sending off the littles to their regular school year. We also love the accessories that come along with back to school fever, a great opportunity for fun handmade accessories and essentials. Check out these six bag sewing tutorials from Sew Sweetness,.. read more →

                    I don’t know about you, but my littles are totally super heroes! I’m back at it again with this wonderful Phoomph stuff, I just can’t get enough! I can finish simple projects without having to pull the sewing machine out. Don’t get me wrong, I.. read more →

The high summer sun always makes us run to the outdoors, leaving our sewing machines behind more than other seasons. However, everyone needs a break from the heat, and what better way to spend it than making something awesome? We’re pulling out one of our favorite summer craft references, Martha Stewart’s extensive library of activities,.. read more →

As you may know, we love an opportunity to make something from an “upcycled” material — taking a material we already have but aren’t using, and re-imagining it into something new. Today we’re sharing five projects from Create Studio, a great resource for projects of every type, which implement upcycling in their creation. read more →

We love finding opportunities to sew for the entire family, especially for apparel and accessories. Not only does it save you cash at the store, but it makes your wardrobe truly unique. Check out these 6 amazing photo-packed tutorials from See Kate Sew that will bring out the sartorial side in all of you! read more →

The best part about sewing with others is the feedback you receive on a regular basis on everyone’s projects. Few of us actually have time to get together with others to sew — but doesn’t a sewing circle sound so nice? Luckily, we have the Internet to keep up company, and give us a little.. read more →

You don’t have to have a baby to enjoy the cuteness of sewing for a little one. Whether it be for your own child, a grandchild, or a friend’s new arrival, most of us have had the pleasure of sewing miniature garments and accessories worthy of a few swoons. Today we’re sharing four free sewing.. read more →

We are happy to introduce, Susan Woodcock, owner of HomeDecGal.com, a how-to sewing and decorating resource. Susan will be bringing home decorating tips and projects to Sewing Secrets. Can you believe it?  Summer is here!  I found this fun zig-zag fabric and couldn’t wait to make a few pillows to brighten our patio.   Tufted.. read more →

We love to see what others are doing in the blogosphere, a great opportunity to draw inspiration from lovely creatives we can’t interact with in person! Today we’re featuring the wonderful stitcher at Sew I Thought, whose projects in apparel are pulled from mid-century inspiration and revel in the beauty of feminine classics. read more →

We’re always looking for quilted projects to keep our quilting skills fresh without having to make a full size quilt every time. If you’re looking for a fun quilting project, or if you’re starting out and would like to start small-scale, this tutorial from the blog, I Heart Linen, for a quilted checkerboard set is a great.. read more →

We love to hear the word “reversible” when it comes to sewing for little ones — nothing better than getting double for your time & money! This tutorial from You & Mie for a reversible circle skirt will leave you so happy (it’s easy, too!) that you’ll be sewing them up for everyone you know.. read more →

Every great sewist was once a child, and our greatest skills in creativity flourished in our younger years. They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in any craft, so one would think the younger you start, the better, right? If you have a child in your life, we are so pleased to.. read more →

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.. read more →

We’re crazy about Julia Bobbin, a blogger and stitcher from Australia whose sewing skills – particularly in sewing apparel – make us want to strive for a full handmade wardrobe! Her classic style is so fun to follow along, and her reviews and tutorials are a great resource for a stitcher of any experience level… read more →

10 Jun 2013
June 10, 2013

Sew a Bedside Caddy

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Everything at your fingertips…books, magazines, glasses, and pencils. It’s all within reach with this stylish bedside caddy made with two fat quarters (or two ½ yards of coordinating fabrics). You can make the caddy to fit your needs with pockets just the right size. Feel free to change dimensions to suit you. This caddy measures.. read more →

If you’ve never delved into the world of fashion sewing, it may come across as frightening territory. Fitting a garment to the body’s many shapes (especially if you don’t have a dress form) can be very intimidating and leave you wondering if it’s just easier to hop over to the store to buy it already made… read more →

We love to see sewists working in extra-creative spaces, especially when they inspire us to re-vamp our own space into something super special. Today we are bringing you a great deal of creative inspiration packed into a small shed-turned-sewing-space in London from fellow crafter Junkaholique, a 4 foot by 6 foot space recently decorated to.. read more →

As you may have noticed, we’re technique-happy these days, excited to have the opportunity to help you brush up on some areas we may not always visit in our sewing adventures. In the spirit of self-improvement, we are bringing you not one but EIGHT tutorials from The Haby Goddess, one of our favorite places to.. read more →

I love sewing pretty things in the springtime, and this year I have fallen in love with Amy Butler’s wonderful Barcelona Skirt pattern that my friend Holly sent me as a surprise gift. I just finished my seventh Barcelona skirt, in the green leaf & dot print from Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy reprint, and.. read more →

Floor cushions are such a great addition to any seating, even if used temporarily when the guests overflow. We love them in kids’ rooms, too, so they can sink into a great book on a gloomy day. They’re also hard to find and often expensive, which is why we’re always excited to find ideas for.. read more →

Spring is about new growth in both nature and our own routines. Give your sewing repertoire a fresh dusting by trying something a little out of the ordinary — and we can help! Today we’re featuring five DIY sewing projects from the fantastic blog At the Picket Fence, a resource for living an inspired, handmade.. read more →

We can’t help ourselves when we enter the fabric store and stumble upon the trimmings section. Any excuse is a perfect excuse to load up on more trimmings, especially when you know you can get many uses out of it. Check out this tutorial for ricrac roses, a super fast sewing project that will leave.. read more →

We love a sewing project that spices up an existing garment, and we have a great one for you today that utilizes existing denim pants. Follow along this tutorial from The Mother Huddle for adding ruffled cuffs to an existing garment, a great way to upcycle pants that may not fit well (either too long.. read more →

Masks are such a fun way to add to a costume or for an easy way to dress up without much hassle. Using very few materials and cutting tools, you can have your own owl mask in no time. Whip them up for costumes or sleep masks, we think you’ll love how easy this project.. read more →

by Rebecca Kemp Brent for Coats & Clark Modern sewing machines are packed with decorative stitches that tend to be under-utilized. Put a new spin on your machine’s fancy stitches by using them for construction tasks. The stitches are both functional and fun, and can add a couture touch to your sewing.   Rather than.. read more →

Continuing on our search for the best techniques out there, we’re bringing you a neat “trick” to piecing arrows, developed specifically for Denyse Schmidt’s pattern, Point me. If you do any sort of piecing, be it for regular sewing or quilting, you know that the process can quickly become cumbersome and tiring, taking forever to.. read more →

Sewing hats used to be a no-fly zone for us, a task better kept for the professionals. However, once you learn just how easy it is, you’ll be whipping them up for any occasion in no time! It can be hard to find a good variety of hats fit for little ones, and we know.. read more →

  We’re continuing on our trail through sewing techniques, making sure we’re all staying sharp on our skills! Today we’re bringing you a tutorial for adding bias to a curve, a great technique that can be useful in apparel, quilt, and home decor sewing. Read more about this great tutorial from The Haby Goddess, a.. read more →

Phoomph is definitely a new crafting favorite. Our studio has been buzzing along creating all kinds of fun projects with Phoomph. We couldn’t resist creating lovely cards using the easy to use fabric bonding sheets. You can literally make thousands of great crafts with the innovative craft superstar. The best part is how Phoomph makes.. read more →

When we say sewing for little ones, we usually mean children which can be so fun because there’s a lot of variety in prints & styles children enjoy. However, today we’re talking little little, like teeny little: sewing for dolls! If you have a little one in your life that likes to play with dolls,.. read more →

We’re more than ready for spring-time outdoor dining, so we’ve found a perfect tutorial to get you ready for the warm outdoors. A beautiful Asian-inspired design from the Cloud9 blog, we can’t wait to get to work on these tipped napkins and coordinating round placemats! read more →

We’re brushing the dust off our sewing skills and revisiting some essential techniques in sewing to share with you! Whether you’ve just begun sewing or have been stitching for decades, it’s always good to reassess your techniques and see what’s new in the sewing world. We’re scrubbing the web for sewing techniques and today’s technique.. read more →

We love finding great tutorials from people all over the world, amazing makers sharing their talents in sewing. We often find, however, that a good tutorial on techniques and skills is hard to find, especially for the things some might find “simple” — but sometimes it’s helpful to see exactly how someone else is teaching.. read more →

We love Spring crafts, because they celebrate the brightest and sweetest of the season. From fresh grass to cuddly soft chicks, Spring is full of things that remind us to sit back and smile. If you’re searching for a super cute Spring craft, pull out your felt stash and follow along this simple tutorial by.. read more →

Coats and Clark has hit a home run with Phoomph. The fabric bonding sheets have won my heart! We are going to share with you project after project in the next coming weeks that will have you running to the store for the new crafting superstar! Phoomph is awesome for everything from fun accesory fashion.. read more →