16 Jun 2017
June 16, 2017

Summer Sewing School

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Holding a Summer Sewing School is the perfect way for your kids, grands or nieces and nephews to learn the art of sew. I have a few tips and five marvelous tutorials that will help you pass on the value of handsewn to your littles! Before You Start . . . Hints for Teaching Kids to.. read more →

Father’s Day is coming and there’s nothing better than handmade to let Dad know how much he’s loved. You’ll find gifts to sew for every kind of Dad below! A Tie for the Dressed Up Dad and His Boys Even though it’s the traditional, not-always-welcome, Dad Day gift, a handmade tie isn’t just one of.. read more →

New Mommies need help! And, we can use our sewing super powers to stitch up a stylish, comfortable New Mommy Helper or two! Read on – you’re going to love the projects I’ve found for new Moms (and Dads) today! Infinity Nursing Scarf Infinity Scarves continue to be a popular, fashionable trend, so incorporating one.. read more →

Help a new family or maybe yourself with practical baby gear you can easily sew! These wonderful handmade helpers will be welcomed by any new mom or dad. And they’ll especially love the care you took to make it just for them and their new darling! Baby Sleeping Bag When my bigs were littles, our.. read more →

Whether you’re having tea on your garden patio or huddled around a cozy fireplace, this cute cozy helps keep your brew warm for cup after cup. Choose a spring-like print from the Kaffe Fassett Collective for FreeSpirit fabrics. Finished Size of Project: Fits a 4-cup teapot (adjust for other sizes) Supplies Coats Dual Duty XP.. read more →

Aw, the joys of a lovely, new Easter Dress! Growing up my dresses were usually Mom Made and I loved continuing the tradition for my daughter.  I have four pretty designs for you to choose from today – each one sweet, beginner-friendly and adorable! The Knot Dress Jess of the Sewing Rabbit blog designs beautiful.. read more →

17 Nov 2016
November 17, 2016

Acorn and Leaf Table Decor

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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 →

10 Oct 2016
October 10, 2016

Handmade Handbags

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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 →

We are so delighted to be working with Angela Lan! This young fashion designer will be blogging monthly on our blog using our Coats & Clark threads & zippers and FreeSpirit fabrics in her educational series for young readers! She brings a youthful approach to sewing education with her trendy fashion sense and her easy.. read more →

08 Sep 2016
September 8, 2016

Stitch up a Fabric Cuff

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

04 Mar 2016
March 4, 2016

Heart Pom-Pom Pillows

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

  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 →

                    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 →

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 →

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 →

Nothing beats a quick game of tic-tac-toe! But why would you settle for a quickly sketched game board or (worse!) a plastic store bought board when you could enjoy your own handmade craftiness? In my ongoing journey to find more and more uses for my crafting love, Phoomph, I’ve whipped up this excellent little tutorial… read more →

Coats and Clark has hit a home run with Phoomph. These little fabric bonding sheets have won my heart! We are going to share project after project with you in the coming weeks. If you’re like me, you’ll be running to the store for this new crafting phenomenon! Phoomph is awesome for everything from fun.. read more →

Keep the kids warm and cozy this winter season with a handmade hot shoulder dragon, a super simple sewing project that can be made by hand or machine, perfect for a sick day or those chilly nights. This tutorial from Instructables was designed with the crafty kid in mind. It can  be sewn by machine.. read more →

Anna Maria Horner is one of our favorite fabric designers, and general textile designer of all things amazing, with prints inspired by her Greek heritage and artist parents – her vibrant use of color in her playfully bold designs are awe-inspiring at first sight. In addition to her fantastic fabric (we can’t get enough of.. read more →

We’ve all seen it — a fresh pair of pants seemingly ruined after a playful crawl across the carpet or a too-quick fall to the ground. Never consider tossing out a pair of pants because of a simple hole in the knee again — bring in the reinforcements with some awesome knee pads! Check out.. read more →

Looking for the perfect sewing project for a special little one in your life? Follow along with us as we share the DIY Tiny House Backpack, a Coats and Clark original sewing project just for you. This bag will guarantee a dream come true for any little girl — she’ll be the talk of the playground!.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte It’s always fun to put handmade into the holidays, especially when decorating for the season.  We’re bringing you a great tutorial for plush house ornaments that are quick to sew up and perfect for customization so they’re sure to match any holiday decor. The best part about these houses is the unlimited.. read more →

Decor for kids’ rooms just keeps getting cuter and cuter, and modern quilts for little ones are no exception. We love quilts because they’re both useful for warmth and decorating, and if it’s extra special it can be hung for display. Modern quilts remind us that quilting isn’t just an art of the past —.. read more →

This holiday season kick up your wrapping a knotch with a bag they won’t just toss out — make it fabric and make it reusable! We have a pattern for you that includes instructions on four fabric bag styles, and even a little felt gift card wallet. We love this pattern because it shows you.. read more →

By Elizabeth Hill Needles seem to have this magic quality that makes them disappear without any effort. Pins are a little harder to lose but for some reason needles vanish just when you need them. This little needle case is a great project for using scraps and teaching students to take care of their sewing.. read more →