Purse Palooza | The Venna Tote

Even though I'm on my way to quilt market today, I wanted to share something fun that's coming along for the ride. Sara from Sew Sweetness asked me to join the Purse Palooza fun and when I mentioned it in passing to my girls they both jumped up to help out. Before I knew it my younger daughter had selected a pattern and fabrics from my stash. Clearly, I could not say no. Her choice: the … [Read more...]

Scrap Patchwork with Mrs. H

I'm super excited about today's special guest Samantha aka Mrs. H. She is reminding us just how easy it is to add a focal point to our work with a strategically placed section of scrap patchwork. Hi there, I'm Samantha, aka Mrs H! I'm here today to show you how I use my scraps in my handbags. I'll be using my Reversible Hobo bag pattern today to demonstrate. Scrap Patchwork We'll … [Read more...]

Mini Wallet: Make it your own

My Mini Scrap Wallet pattern has become very popular recently - I get so excited every time I see that a new crafter has downloaded it from my Craftsy store! The mini wallet is a perfect little gift - use it to hold a gift card, cash, or just as an add-on to another gift. It's a fun way to whip up something handmade that is sure to be used and loved. They're also great for back-to-school … [Read more...]

Totally Tulle Tutu

Do you ever use tulle when sewing? From time to time I have used it in bunches! Really by the truck load.  I once bought over 500 yards to make batches and batches of tutus. Now, you would think that would take up a boatload of room in the work space but when wrapped up on the roll, tulle is really compact. It's when you layer, fold and scrunch the tulle together that the start to see the … [Read more...]

Easy Skirt Tutorial- Picture Perfect

There is nothing sweeter than some instant satisfaction when sewing. I think that's one of the reasons why I love sharing easy skirt tutorials. But today's  project has even more meaning. You see, each year the girls over at Simple Simon & Co collect skirts to donate to girls in foster care. Isn't that just awesome!  You can find out more about Skirting the Issue and stitch up a few to share … [Read more...]

Mannequin Bookends DIY

Decorating in the studio can sometimes be a challenge. With open shelves and books all over the place, decorating can be a challenge. So, allow me to introduce the mannequin bookends. Not only are these bookends super easy to make but they can double as door stops.   Mannequin Bookends DIY This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Supplies: fat quarter for … [Read more...]

Lace Boot Cuffs DIY Video

Last month I shared my It's Sew Easy secret and now, I'm excited to say that the 900 series; The New Century Begins- The 1900's is about to air on your local PBS station. I have joined an incredible line up of talented designers from around the sewing community for the It's Sew Easy 900 Series. This series will highlight fashion and style throughout the 20th century. Each designer will … [Read more...]

Ruffle Flag Pillow How To

Last week, I shared a sewing technique for creating a Reverse Applique.  Today, is all about finishing the project.  This ruffle flag pillow is the perfect way to freshen up my outdoor space and summer naps in the sun! Ruffle Flag Pillow This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Materials: scrap fabric pillow insert Tools: sewing machine thread Basic … [Read more...]

Personalized Pillows DIY

Ever want to give a super special gift but could not think of something perfect? Well today's project is perfect! Not only are personalized pillows easy to make but depending on how much time you have on your hands, you can embellish them or even add decorative stitching. Let's get started. Personalized Pillows   This project is for all skill levels. Skill Level- 1 … [Read more...]