Hey, sewing buddies – let’s go on a Virtual Quilting Retreat together! We can dream, right?!  It’ll be you, me and several thousand other quilters who are reading this post. We’ll have a great time together, but first we’re going to sew a set of Quilting Carryalls so we can pack up plenty of supplies… read more →

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 →

Graduation time is amazing. Full of promise, plans, and. . . . just a wee bit of panic, too. The DIY Essential Kits I found for you today are designed to send some of the security of home with your favorite grad. They’re perfect for traveling, practical and don’t take up much room. And, while.. 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 →

Okay, let’s be honest. There’s no such thing as “too many” baby shoes, right?! So, let’s make our own and warm those darling little tootsies with delightful, handmade adorableness. You’ll find five designs below as well as general tips at the end. I must warn you, though – Handmade Baby Shoes are addictive! Basic Mary.. 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 →

Mother’s Day is coming and a Hand Sewn Tea Party is a delicious way to honor Mom! Home baked treats and sweet little tea sandwiches are lovely, but you can sew all the frills and adornments to make this a delightfully personalized event, too. As you plan your sewing, think about the colors and prints.. 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 →

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 →

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 →

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

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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

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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 →

27 Oct 2016
October 27, 2016

Woof Worthy Dog Costumes

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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 →

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

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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

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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 →

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 →

“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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

28 Jun 2016
June 28, 2016

Penny the Fish Softie

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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 →

21 Jun 2016
June 21, 2016

Handmade Picnic Gear

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

18 Feb 2016
February 18, 2016

Mini Heart Pouch

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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 →

11 Feb 2016
February 11, 2016

Shabby Heart Pieced Pillow

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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 →

12 Jan 2016
January 12, 2016

Fabric Covered Hangers

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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 →

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 →

“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 →

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 →

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 →

The Red Thread does amazing work with thread, fabric, paper, string, and rope—basically every crafting material you can think of. That’s why we wanted to feature 5 of their DIYs for you guys to get crafty with. We guarantee all of these projects will spruce up your living space, whether it’s on your table or.. 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Sew Caroline is a charming little glitter filled blog about a cutie-pie girl with the sweetest smile and her mad sewing skills (our words, not hers). Caroline is great at sharing her love of sewing with others along with her day to day life, and she truly fulfills her desire to keep people coming back.. read more →

Lauren Dahl is a southern gal living in Utah where she writes a blog that pairs sewing with life in a way that just works. We love her comical honesty about doing life with two babies, Harper and Ezra, and we enjoy following along with her in her sewing adventures. These 6 projects inspired us.. read more →

With summer fast approaching we are making all kinds of fun family plans that will no doubt include lugging around water bottles, snacks, swim suits, sunscreen, band-aids (hopefully they’ll go unused)…you name it, we need it. We love the idea of corralling all our summer must haves into a stylish bag, and even better if.. read more →

15 Apr 2014
April 15, 2014

Hexie Case

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This skinny pouch is just right for storing crochet hooks, paintbrushes, or pencils. The zipper installation focuses on the fun patterned zipper tapes.  Hexie Case PDF 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 →

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 →