How-To: Simple Baby Bunting

Here is a baby banner sewn using handmade applique fabric letters! I wanted to start personalizing some of my sewing projects like blankets, so used this mini project as a way to tryout applique. I hand-cut all the triangles and made the applique letters out of fabric. All this sewing project requires is a few […]

How-To: Simple Baby Blanket

One of my new year’s resolutions was to sew a simple blanket and here it is – my first baby blankets! It was so easy, I made two! One with owls and one with elephants, both are reversible. I used a combination of flannel and cotton fabrics for these blankets. It made a nice lightweight […]

Creative Bug: Knitting School Online

I just discovered CreativeBug.com. It’s basically a website dedicated to online videos for Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, and other crafts. From short how-to videos and projects to full craft classes and workshops. But it’s also kind of an online school for knitting and crochet. I love the idea! What makes Creative Bug unique is that a […]

21 Free Quilt Patterns Spring 2012

Every single quilt pattern below is FREE from Art Gallery Fabrics. And is just a few of many other free quilt patterns they have. The skill level varies greatly but the patterns aren’t really marked. So if you’re a beginner quilter, try gauging how difficult a pattern is by looking at the intricacy of the […]

Pattern: Saddle Bag

This pattern is available for FREE from Art Gallery Fabrics. I found it while browsing all their lovely fabrics. It’s a really cute bag and the pattern is pretty simple! Available for download in PDF format, the pattern includes easy to follow illustrated instructions and real size templates that you can use to cut your […]

Wood Cuff Jeans

I got a new sewing machine for christmas!! Wahoooo! Here was my first little test project on it. I tried a few stitches out on some Quilt Weight Cotton, some Home Dec Weight Cotton, and … denim! It all started out when the Treasure Hunter asked me to fix a pair of his fave denim […]

Quilt Block Patterns

After finding a great inspiration in these IKEA fabrics and some encouragement from Twitter friends, I took a look into making my first quilt. I figure it will make a lovely dead-of-winter project for January and a lovely post-holiday present for myself for once. Plus, it would be great to make use of scrap fabrics. […]

Pattern: Zippered Pouch

Materials 12.5″ x 7″ Med-Heavy Weight Cotton Fabric (2 pieces) 9″ Zipper (1) Thread Finished Dimensions: 11in x 5in Duration: 2 hours Tools Dressmaker Shears (or Rotary Cutter + Quilting Ruler + Self-Healing Mat) Embroidery Scissors (or Thread Cutter) Pins, Tailor’s Chalk, Iron Pinking Shears (optional) Seam Ripper (optional) Skill Level: Beginner Cut your fabric. […]

DIY: Fabric & Yarn

Reclaimed yarn by Magic Pixie Knitter How much more do-it-yourself can knitting, crocheting, and sewing your own things get? By making your own yarn or fabric! But how without learning a whole new discipline for each? Well think about resurrecting some old yarn or fabric for some truly Do-It-Yourself Do-It-Yourself. A great economical and eco-friendly […]

Pattern: Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt

Oliver+S, known for their lovely illustrated childrens patterns, gave away a free skirt pattern not too long ago on their blog: www.oliverands.com/blog. Their cute site and easy to follow patterns are great for the budding sewer. An easy, no-pattern, sewing pattern for an elastic waist dirndl-style skirt from Oliver + S, The Lazy Days Skirt. […]