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...]

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...]

{How To} Use a Fat Quarter

Ever wonder what a Fat Quarter is?  Well, if you are not a quilter you might think it is a plump coin for your pocket. But no, it is not a new measure of $$. It is a piece of fabric that measures 18" x 22". Fabric stack from From this piece of fabric that is much that can be created!! Did you know that from just one fat quarter you can create.... 6  6 1/2" squares 9  6" … [Read more...]

Tips for Faux Fur Fabric Succcess

Faux fur fabrics are great for making soft toys, outerwear, accessories and even costumes! But though you might enjoy the idea of a faux fur vest or throw pillow, you may find it a bit intimidating to work with the actual faux fur fabric. To be sure, faux fur isn’t as easy to work with as cotton or canvas, but with a few simple tips you’ll soon be on your way to working with a wide variety of … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Sewing Pattern

If you've ever had the inspiration to sew a garment for yourself, you may have become overwhelmed with a trip to the fabric store. There are so many choices for styles, shapes, and sizes - and if you're anything like me, you don't want to spend hours (not to mention money) sewing yourself a garment only to find that it doesn't fit or doesn't flatter your body. How to Choose the RIGHT Sewing … [Read more...]