Sewing is one of my favorite things to do. I always find ways to save money and time whether it’s making throw pillows, gifts or sewing wardrobe basics.
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Sewing is my jam! It’s not difficult if you know some designer tricks! My sewing methods are simple and straight forward. Beginner seamstresses take note, you are not alone in your struggles! I can help you learn to master this life skill that you have always wanted to learn.
Learning to sew efficiently will save you time and money. It’s also a wonderful satisfying way to spend an afternoon. My sewing posts are some of my most well read posts here on the blog, take a look around and see what interests you!
My degree is in Fashion Design, so I guess you could say I have some knowledge in this area. Often I design my own projects, but sometimes it’s fun to review commercial patterns and things that others have designed. If you have a request or pattern you would like to see reviewed, drop me a comment or send me an email at email@example.com.
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Old jeans are always in my fabric scrap box. Here’s a quick project using up cycled jeans! This post is sponsored by Nancy’s Notions. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosures page. Craft Some Seriously Cute Coasters I love small crafty projects. I try to keep a stash of them going for the moments when I just don’t have that much energy to create or when I am frustrated with my progress on a larger project. It always feels good to accomplish something small, I always feel satisfied with completing a small project even if it’s only a little bitty thing. For example, I had fun making these simple coasters. We have needed coasters in our living room for quite some time, our kids are always leaving glasses of water on the table that sweat and mark the wooden surface. The struggle is REAL! I prefer fabric coasters because they soak up the moisture and are unbreakable. I took a sewing workshop at a blog seminar earlier this year and this is what we made. I loved them! They are so simple to make, and what a great idea to use recycled jeans! The circle template comes from a quilt pattern by Nancy’s Notions. You don’t necessarily have to make an entire quilt, this project is great for a beginner sewer or when you are short on time. It’s easier than you think, here’s the rundown: Seriously Cute Coaster Supplies: •various scraps of denim fabric, light and dark colors about… Read More »
This Ice Cream Pin Cushion project is fun and easy to make. Make one for yourself or to give to a friend! You can make this Ice Cream Pin Cushion craft, in a heart beat! It will keep you thinking cool! There is nothing better than ice cream on a hot day. We have had plenty of those hot days around here lately. Hot, hot, hot! I was inspired to create this adorable Ice Cream Pin Cushion to remind me of cool things during a hot summer day! This project is easy to make with just a few household items. Make a couple for gifts as long as you are at it! I started with just one, but I struggle to make just one of anything. It’s one of my compulsive behaviors, I can’t help myself. I had to make a chocolate version too. I love chocolate sundaes don’t you? The chocolate pin cushion uses brown wool yarn and a dark colored sock instead of the white sock and clothesline in the white sundae. You’ll love how easy they are to make! Ice Cream Pin Cushion Supplies Needed: •white tube sock or brown sock for the chocolate sundae •dry rice or beans for filling the sock, about 1 1/2 cups •Clothesline or brown wool yarn •Fabric glue or craft glue •Red wool for felted “cherry” and felting needle, or a purchased small red pompom •Multi-Colored stick pins or pins with flowered decorative ends •Glass ice cream sundae dish (I got mine at the thrift store) Pin Cushion Directions: Fill… Read More »
Wine bottle bags make a great gift idea, this vintage style Yo-Yo design is a great project to accomplish while you are watching TV. This post contains affiliate links. Yo-Yo Wine Bottle Bag I’ve been working late at night lately. It’s very hot outside and I don’t have a ton of energy for accomplishing much during the day. The basement is my favorite retreat, along with my sewing workshop. Needless to say, I have been very productive in that nice cool environment. It’s not hard to get started on a project and never want to leave that room. This little Yo-Yo bag is fun to make, although it requires a bit of hand sewing. The Yo-yo’s are made from 5″ quilt squares and a Yo-Yo maker, although it would be just as easy to make them without the Yo-Yo making device. I have included a FREE DOWNLOADABLE Pattern for this project! DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN HERE. Oh, by the way I also get my wine FREE, YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT HOW TO GET FREE WINE WITH MY AFFILIATE LINK HERE. For this wine bag design, you will need 16 yo-yo’s of various colors. I used 8 contrasting yo-yos that matched the background fabric and 8 colored ones. My first inclination was to make the yo-yo’s out of denim, however, after reading the yo-yo maker directions, they warned against using denim. It is too heavy and will not gather well. I found this pretty blue cotton chambray at the fabric store instead, and after working with it, I decided it was… Read More »
This post was sponsored by Nancy’s Notions. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules see the disclosures page. I have admired this Dresden Plate design for quite some time. My friend and I first spotted it at the huge Quilt Expo a couple of years ago. The design template and directions are an easy to use kit from Nancy’s Notions. I was very excited to have a chance to work with Nancy’s Notions on this project, since they are located in my home town here in Wisconsin. The Dresden Plate kit comes with a plastic template and instruction booklet. You can make any one of a dozen or so different styles by adding different fabrics and sewing variations. I decided to make a pillow version with some patriotic inspired fabrics. The original Dresden Plate design is for a table top decoration, but I decided I would get more use out of a pillow than a table topper. I also decided that larger was better in this case, I used the full size of the template for this project. Dresden Plate Pillow Supplies: •3 coordinating cotton fabrics of patriotic design, about 1/2 yard of each red and white strip, blue chambray and navy blue with stars •Matching Thread, heavy duty •Poly-fiberfill stuffing, or an old bed pillow •Quilting Ruler, Cutting Mat and rotary cutter •Sewing machine •Iron •Spray Starch •Iron on patch in a dark color •Sewing needle and thread •Fabric pen or marker The… Read More »
Here are my top posts of the year! So much fun creating this year, hope to make the next year even better! Here are my favorite Make Nine! Top Posts, Make Nine The years top posts always seem to surprise me. I can never predict which ones will be the most popular. Sometimes I think my analytics must be wrong! Usually I reflect on all my top blog categories at the end of the year, this year I am focusing on the nine top sewing projects that I made. Hence the Make Nine! Find the hashtag on Instagram #MakeNine for more inspiration! The above photo is from the Mens Hoodie Pajamas, click here to view the post! I am super cozy in the evenings when I put on my Fleece Lounging Gown. I am making the pattern again on my new sewing blog Chambrayblues.com. Click here to find out about the year long sew along! Follow on Instagram @chambrayblues This baby quilt was fun to make using the Rag Quilting Method. Warm and cozy and easy to make! Our dining room got a bit of a makeover, here’s how I made the classic curtains! A special Halloween treat bag for the little ones can be put together with scraps of fabric! Here’s the tutorial! The Japanese Knot Bag was all over the internet, here’s the how to! Do you have piles of old jeans that you never know what to do with? Me too! Try these adorable denim coasters as an up cycled Jean project! I use this shoulder bag… Read More »
I have a new tutorial for How to Hem Jeans, it’s been one of my most popular sewing posts to date. It’s been featured on several different websites and blogs. Who knew jeans would be such a popular topic? I have been blogging for 6 years now. Hard to believe it’s been that long! I have hundreds of posts on this website. I am in the process of refining my brand and developing my future goals. One of the things I am working on is adding video tutorials to some of my old posts. [bctt tweet=” I think everyone I know wears jeans, probably all of us have had a pair or two that needed hemming at one time or another. ” username=”designermom4″] You will need your jeans, tailors chalk (or a sharp #2 lead pencil), and a measuring tape or a ruler. First try on the jeans (after they have been washed and dried), and roll up the hem to the desired length. I know you know how to do this! Then, take off the jeans, and measure the amount you rolled up. It was 2 1/2″ on these jeans. Turn the jeans inside out, matching the leg seams and smoothing out the fabric. Because denim is so heavy, you will need to work with one leg at a time. Calculate the amount of fabric to cut off by subtracting 1″ from your orgininal measurement, to compensate for the seam allowance needed for the hem. I needed to shorten our jeans 2 1/2″, so 2 1/2″-1″= 1 1/2″… Read More »
This easy to make dress is a great way to learn to sew with knit fabrics. How to Sew Knits, Tips and Tricks for success 31 Days of Sewing: Day 12 At long last, this knit dress is complete. I have had many obstacles recently, too many to list. It disappoints me that my progress on this 31 Day challenge is a fraction of what it should be. I will continue nevertheless, but it may be fall by the time I have completed it. Better late than never as they say. This dress is Vogue pattern #V8972. I have decided I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love the style of it. The color fabric is great. Pattern Notes The dress was easy to fit with the custom fit pattern options (Using your bra cup size). I hate that the pattern says you can use woven fabrics or knits for this dress. I can’t imagine sewing this pattern with any woven fabric, it wouldn’t work well. (I chose a Ponte Knit.) The pattern directions are geared for sewing only a woven dress, not a knit one. (They don’t tell you this.) So, I realized this too late, after I couldn’t change my mind on how to construct it. (I am slow sometimes.) I am not happy. Sewing knits isn’t difficult, but it is considerably different than sewing a woven item. I dislike that they don’t include knit sewing directions with this pattern. Here are my tips for sewing knits: •Use a stretch stitch for sewing the seams. Most… Read More »
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