Sewing

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Sewing Boy Scout Patches

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Sewing Boy Scout Patches

I was so proud of myself after sewing on these boy scout patches that I decided to write an instructional blog about it.  And then I went looking for other online tutorials to see how you’re “supposed” to sew on patches, and I discovered that I could have done it so much more easily! So instead of writing a fresh tutorial for you, I’m going to link to a great tutorial that ... »

How to Make Continuous Bias Tape

How to Make Continuous Bias Tape

I’ve tried several ways of making custom bias tape, and by far my favorite way is to make it in a continuous loop all at once, so that you don’t have to piece together a dozen strips of fabric and then stitch and tie and cut a billion times.  I found several tutorials online, which I will share with you here.  They all have their own benefits, but I think my favorite is the one at Sew-... »

10 Ways to Re-Use Monogrammed Pocket Tees

10 Ways to Re-Use Monogrammed Pocket Tees

All these cute pocket tees and now what to do? Am I the only mom who shudders at tossing out monogrammed clothing? You can hardly resell it or even give it away, but even these ratty old t-shirts cry nearly aloud when I try to cull them out. I’ve made a list of things I want to do with our selection of last year’s pocket tees, but finding time to do them will be all but a miracle. Inst... »

Why I Learned How to Sew

Why I Learned How to Sew

When I was a young child, my mother was always sewing, cross-stitching, smocking, or making some other wonderful thing.  I quite appreciated having no limits when it came to shopping for new clothes, because anything that didn’t fit just right was just an alteration away with my mother around.  Strangely enough, however, I did not have much interest in sewing as a child.  Aside from one litt... »

Gypsy Skirt Re-make

Gypsy Skirt Re-make

Once upon a time I had a favorite old pair of Levi’s.  They were perfectly broken in, gloriously worn out, and holey in all the right places.  Until one day when I put my foot right through the knee when donning them, and alas, they ripped too much to be worn again without serious repair.  Though my much-more-stylish sister declared on facebook that there wasn’t any such thing as jeans... »

Global Warming Wood Carrier Free Pattern

Global Warming Wood Carrier Free Pattern

Material 1 1/3 yards Burlap or indoor/outdoor fabric 1/2 yard coordinating fabric Cutting Measurements 2 40″ x 22.5″ pieces of main fabric 2 4″ x 22.5″ pieces of coordinating fabric 2 15″ x 2.5″ strips of each fabric, cut with the grain 2 crumb catcher pieces of each fabric (download printable crumb catcher template here) Notions and Tools I Use Coordinating Thread, Scissors, Rotary Cutter and Mat... »