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Maximize your creativity

Sending out a special Thank you to littleBits for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to Maximize my Creativity! It's no doubt that many of us spend too much time thinking, planning and taking pictures of those big events in life that we forget to actually enjoy the moment. So this week, I'm taking a page out of my youngest daughter's book and am determined to spend more time living in the … [Read more...]

100+ DIY Halloween Creative Costumes

Halloween is the perfect time to show off your skills. Sure, you could just go to the store and pick up a costume off the rack, but where's the fun in that? I've rounded up over 100 cool Halloween costumes that will help you make creative costumes for every member of your family. Whether you want to keep it simple or go all out, this list has you covered. Happy haunting!     100+ … [Read more...]

Putting the On Back in Apron

Hello friend's of first Fridays!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here in an attempt to bring you a few laughs.  Last month I joined in with my project for scrappy journal book covers but this month I'm back on track with our regularly scheduled monthly dose of sewing humor. Was it just me or was September cray-cray?  Over here it was the kind of busy where every aspect of my life felt like it was … [Read more...]

National Sewing Month 2015 Giveaway

This year National Sewing Month has been all about using our scrap fabrics. We have had some amazing guests share their inside tips and tricks at keeping those scraps at bay. Let's take a quick look back. National Sewing Month … [Read more...]

3D Flowers with Sue O’Very

Sewing is a way for us to get creative, embellish, make and transform fabric into something that is uniquely ours. Today's special guest is doing just that. Please give a warm welcome to Sue O'very from Sealed with a Stitch. Even though Sue started her career as a costume designer, she is no stranger to sharing her love of sewing with others. Over the years she has served as a National … [Read more...]

Tiny Patchwork with May Chappell

As many of us know sometimes it's just too hard to toss away our fabric scraps, especially when those scraps are from Liberty of London! I'm excited to introduce Lee Monroe from May Chappell as our featured guest. Not only is Lee one of my "semi local" sewing buddies but she is a fantastic designer and teacher. Today, Lee is sharing this fantastic tiny patchwork clutch. Don't those amazing … [Read more...]

Foundation Fabrics with Becky of Patchwork Posse

If you have a big basket full of leftover fabrics, one of the easiest (and often most inspiring) things you can do with it is to just sit down at your machine and start putting those scraps together to make a big, scrappy block! But the problem with this type of project is that sometimes your seams start to get a little off the beaten path. You sew two pieces together and it's fine, but the … [Read more...]

Scrap-Saving Half Square Triangles

Everyone knows that I'm all about working smarter, not harder. I like to let my tools do the heavy lifting and I get the feeling that today's special guest feels the same! Please give a warm welcome to Kari Carr from New Leaf Stitches. When not teaching, designing or dreaming up new sewing tools, Kari is stitching up a storm. We are so lucky to have her visit and share this fast trick that … [Read more...]

Scrap Busting with Pat Sloan

I'm over the moon to have today's special guest join us! Her high energy, can do attitude is infectious! She is an avid writer with over 30 books under her belt, a talented fabric designer with Moda, sewing educator, pattern designer and Oh, I almost forgot to mention, a radio talk show host. Really, the list goes on and on! Please give a warm welcome to the talented Pat Sloan! Take it away … [Read more...]