Simplicity Spring+Summer Sewing Patterns

Simplicity #1196I was shopping around for some sewing patterns and wanted to buy them all… Here are just a few on my list to buy by Simplicity and Burda! Their website sells almost all the patterns they carry and it’s fun to browse around. Many are $12 or less! Simplicity’s “Jiffy” line is great for […]

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 […]

Where To Buy: All Your Crafting Needs – Amazon!

Hunting down just the right fabric, sewing machine, knitting needle, and even yarn is part of our wonderful hobby! There are so many places to search for these things from your local yarn shop, nation-wide craft stores, to online shops and websites. One unlikely place hobbyists may not think to look in is AMAZON.COM! I […]

FOTD: Dog Fabrics

FABRIC OF THE DAY: Dog Fabrics! Dog-themed fabrics for the dog lover in all of us. Timeless Treasures Dog Portraits Black by Timeless Treasures $9.48 per yard Sweetie Pie Snowmen Scottie Dog Toss Blue by Wilmington Prints, Stella Jean $9.48 per yard Dog Silhouettes Hunter Green by Elizabeth’s Studio $9.48 per yard Pugs Day Off […]

A List of Handmade Marketplaces

Here’s a random list of handmade marketplaces online I’ve been compiling for awhile. Perhaps they will provide artisans some options and/or give shoppers more places to shop! Open To All (Worldwide) Etsy http://www.etsy.com/ Artfire http://www.artfire.com/ Open To All (United States) Dawanda http://dawanda.com/ iCraft http://icraftgifts.com/ Zibbet http://www.zibbet.com/ Supermarket http://supermarkethq.com/ Bonanza (1000 Markets) http://www.bonanza.com/ Uncommon Goods http://www.uncommongoods.com/ […]

FOTD: Hawaiian Print Fabrics

Fabric of the Day: Hawaiian Print Fabrics Left to Right: Trendtex Fabrics BG-004, Trendtex Fabrics BD-014R, Unmarked. The last fabric did not have a marking on the selvedge. My mom and brother just got back from a fabulous Hawaii trip! They picked out the fabrics themselves and brought it all the way back to NY. […]

Your First Sewing Machine – For Under $200!

Usha Butterfly by Usha, India What do you look for in a Sewing Machine? Especially your very first adult sewing machine? Style? Cost? Features? I struggled with my first machine because I didn’t want to invest too much as a beginner. I just needed something to tinker with… Taking sewing classes to start is smart […]

Sewing in Afghanistan

Woman and child sewing together in a yurt in the Kyrgyz lands. Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan. Above is the winning picture for the National Geographic Traveler – 2012 Photo Contest by Cedric Houin. This captivating photo first drew me in by its strong sense of place. A snap in a moment of time, present day, yet […]