29 Mar 2017
March 29, 2017

For the Love of Pets

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The Puyallup WA Sewing & Stitchery Expo is fondly known as the biggest sewing party in North America. As a Pacific Northwest resident, I have the privilege of attending and usually teaching each year.  The special events at the show are always incredibly fun, too. This year, I had a really paw-riffic time making a.. read more →

Those who sew and quilt are the most generous people I’ve known. There’s something about hands-on making  that expands our hearts and inspires us to reach out to others. Our Sewing Superpowers can enrich lives around the world through charitable sewing! Little Dresses for Africa My fabulously generous friend Barbara, has been making Little Dresses.. 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 →

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 →

‘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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

09 Sep 2016
September 9, 2016

School Days Comfort to Sew

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School quiet time comfort is essential for your kids, whether they’re off to school or you’re schooling them at home.  You’ll really enjoy stitching them a Sit Upon, Nap Mat or Back of Chair Organizer – and they’ll love it, too.  School Days Comfort is all about making education a handmade success! Many Kindergartens and Pre-Schools require.. 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 →

“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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Spring! Flowers! Gardening! It’s such a thrill to be outside digging in the dirt again . . . but last year’s Garden Gloves look pretty bad. So, I was delighted when a friend pointed out this Gorgeous Gardening Gloves DIY on the Prima blog. It’s always great when you can take something simple and pre-made.. read more →

Oh, goodness – this Reusable Strawberry Pouch Tote is just the cutest thing I’ve seen this year. Just look at it – the whole fabulous tote folds up and stores itself in a strawberry. So, so cute – you’re going to love it, too! ‘Tis the season! For Reusable Totes that is. As the weather warms,.. 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 →

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 →

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 →

So often, it takes just a word or two, a small act of kindness or a warm smile to make a difference in someone’s day. These adorable Cozy Hand warmers from Rae Ann Kelly’s blog craftily combine all these ways to show your love on Valentine’s Day or any time of year. They’re fun, easy.. read more →

January. . . such a great time to slow down, cozy up with a warm cup of something yummy and do a little stitching for yourself. Take a deep breath and prepare to let the relaxing scent of lavender surround you as you make charming Little Lark Sachets! I am smitten with these lovely, Little.. 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 →

Betz White creates adorable things in felt and this cute, cute Ho Ho Sew! Sewing Machine Ornament is perfect for the holidays.  This little charmer has so many possibilities!  Make lots of them and create a sewing machine ornament garland for the tree or a mobile for a friend’s sewing room. Choose felt colors to personalize them.. read more →

Child’s Gathered Half-Apron Tutorial via Craftiness Is Not Optional Apron Pattern and Tutorial via Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom  Kids Ric Rac Apron via Purl Bee Bright Childrens’s Apron via Ann Kelle Simple-Sew Kids Apron Tutorial via Bloesem Kids  read more →

26 Feb 2015
February 26, 2015

Repurposed Button-Downs

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Seaside stripes and shirt dress via Dana Made It Simple Dress via Make It Love It Work Shirt turned School Dress via The Girl Inspired JFK to Jackie O via One Little Minute Blog Repurposed Skirt via Burda Style Shirt Pillow Cover via On Sutton Place Emroidered Napkins via Home Made read more →

Grab a fat quarter from one of FreeSpirit’s Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt and a spool of Coats Bold Hand Quilting™ thread plus a spool of Coats Dual Duty® XP thread. Make one or all three sizes with these simple supplies. Download the Pinteresting Pincushions instructions here.     read more →

DIY Colorblock Felt Slippers via Zipper Teeth Plaid House Shoe tutorial via Four Square Walls Sewn Felt Slippers via Escape from BK read more →

Sewing doesn’t get much cuter than when making kids clothes.  There’s so much freedom to explore with color and prints, and today we’re sharing with you 3 projects that we just couldn’t get over! Doesn’t this whole project just make you smile?!   This outfit made by Irene of Froo and Boo is just too.. read more →

Yuki of Waffle Patterns knows her stuff when it comes drafting beautiful silhouettes.  She started her own pattern line, because she wanted to share the exciting feeling that she felt after making her first jacket.  How sweet is that?!  I’m so happy that she did, because after looking at her patterns I want to make.. read more →

If you’re a lover of whimsy, vintage, and cute tabby cats, then Jen of The Fabled Needle is a lady you should get to know!  She’s someone who adores retro and anything with a past story.  She’s the Einstein at finding vintage pieces with a dying lives, and turning them into something new and fresh.. read more →

22 Dec 2014
December 22, 2014

Every Pillowcase Counts!

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Our amazing team at Coats North America recently participated in the American Patchwork and Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge at their own North American Headquarters.  Employees donated their time and created over 50 pillowcases which were then donated to a local men’s shelter along with a new sleeping pillow for each case.   read more →

10 Dec 2014
December 10, 2014

Holiday Book Giveaway


Win a copy of ‘Little One-Yard Wonders’ by Editors Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins, from Storey Publishing! PHOTO CREDIT:  Photo Courtesy of Storey Publishing I made a one-yard fabric suitcase for the ‘Little One-Yard Wonders’ book edited by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins and published by Storey Publishing in June, 2014. Santa brought me a.. 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 →

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 →

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 →

These days you see embroidery everywhere. From Paris to Peoria embroidered garments, bags and accessories are adding a lush, bohemian vibe to fashion. I love needlework and am thrilled that it is making a comeback! I was so inspired by embroidery in fashion that I wrote a book called Stitched Style that contains embroidery designs.. 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’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 →

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 →

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 →

One of my favorite fabrics, one that I work with most often is serge de Nimes. This amazingly versatile textile originated in Nimes, France and you might know it by it’s everyday name, denim. Yes, this American staple was founded in France, and jean fabric, which is created by denim dyed with indigo, originated in.. read more →

Sewbon is a long time blog crush of ours. Erin’s sewing and DIY blog is lovely and brilliant and wonderful and if you could hold hands and make googly eyes at a blog, we would. Her lovely photographs and fantastic tutorials are inspiring and full of happiness. She gives props to her grandmother for her.. 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 →

In the spring of 2012, I read the call for submissions for this book. Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins, editors of the very popular ‘101 One-Yard Wonders’ and ‘Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders’ books, were gathering 101 sewing projects for the third book in the series. This book would focus on one-yard wonders for children–babies up to.. 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 →

Spring time is full of new life everywhere we look. New flowers on the ground, new leaves on the trees, new bunnies hopping around and new babies being born. We spot baby bumps every where we go and that means baby showers! Give your gift a personal touch with any one of these 6 baby.. 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 →

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 →