16 Mar 2017
March 16, 2017

The Legacy of Quilting

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March is National Quilting Month in the USA and on Saturday, March 18th, quilters everywhere will also celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day. The legacy of quilting has had an amazing, heartfelt, hands-on impact in our nation and the history is rich. Come with me on a little journey! Quilting Connects Us to the Past We often.. read more →

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

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

18 Jan 2017
January 18, 2017

Upcycled Warm Winter Hats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21 Nov 2016
November 21, 2016

Turkey Day Decor and More

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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 →

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 →

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

10 Oct 2016
October 10, 2016

Handmade Handbags

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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 →

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

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

26 Sep 2016
September 26, 2016

Reinvent Your Sweater

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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 →

06 Sep 2016
September 6, 2016

Messenger Bag Upcycle

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

26 Jul 2016
July 26, 2016

Camp Stools for Kids

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

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

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

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 →

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 →

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 →

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

Let’s hold a Love of Quilting Party! The encouragement and inspiration we gain through a community of like-minded sewists is a huge part of what keeps us quilting, isn’t it? Even if you follow quilting blogs or participate in quilting on social media, nothing compares to warm, smiling faces and in-person quilting support! March is.. read more →

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

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

I know you’ve seen these amazingly gorgeous pillows in all the home décor magazines and upscale décor stores. And . . . I know they usually have amazingly high prices. So . . . I know you’re going love learning how to make Dimensional Flower Pillows all by yourself! Spring means the flowers are beginning.. 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 →

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

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

04 Mar 2016
March 4, 2016

Heart Pom-Pom Pillows

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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 →

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 →

23 Jun 2014
June 23, 2014

8 Handmade Dolls

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Handmade playthings hold a sort of sentimental value like nothing else. Day dreams of someone special stitching together a doll with you in mind seems to mean so much more than a store bought toy. We hope this roundup of handmade dolls inspires you to sew a special little something for a special little someone.. 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 →

                    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 →

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 →

Just about everybody has an affection for the place they call home. I’ve lived in the beautiful state of Georgia for my entire life. While I’m not pushy about it, I do love my state an awful lot. This awesome little no-sew project helps me celebrate my beautiful home state using my newfound craft love:.. 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 →

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 →

I’m in love with this fun backpack we made for the Altitude Design Summit. Kollabora is an online community of makers where you can share your projects online and meet new creatives. We were challenged by the new community to create an easy sewing project and I think we nailed it! This beginner project is a perfect.. 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 →

If the winter weather has you in a gloomy spirit, a drop of Valentine’s Day love might be just what the doctor ordered. This holiday is sweet and celebrates what we just might sometimes forget as an essential ingredient in a happy stitcher’s life: spreading love! We’ve rounded up 5 great sewing projects that will.. read more →

Does your New Year’s resolution list ever involve getting more active in your sewing? It’s great to set goals to make time for creative endeavors, and we have a tutorial to get your gears turning on projects for the New Year. Apparel is often a realm of sewing that people shy away from because it.. 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 →

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 →