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Practice Makes Perfect - Zip Tabs!

I am not scared of zippers any more, and after making some fun pencil cases for other people, I decided it was time to make myself some zipped pouches for my growing collection of chargers and cables.…


Added by Karen on September 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Burda 6910 Dress C - Pattern Review

Splatters & Waves Dress…


Added by Renata on September 14, 2014 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

BurdaStyle 5/2011 Top 107B - Pattern Review

BurdaStyle Sewing

I've been a collector of BurdaStyle Magazine for more years than I would like to confess. It feels like a fantasy, expecting to sew every design I fall in love with. I don't think it's possible to keep up with a publication that delivers almost 30+ design monthly.…

Added by Renata on September 10, 2014 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Pattern Review - Simplicity 1613

Fall Sewing In Full Swing…


Added by Renata on September 7, 2014 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Review of Butterick B5559 - Plum Aztec Dress - Pintucks Rock

Hey Fashionistas,

This is the dress I wore for my company's annual picnic. I've been co-chair for two years and assisted with the coordination. For 2014 I took on the chair position in the committee. I pulled together a fantastic team of genius thinkers and we had one of the best events I could have possibly imagined.

Below is my review of Butterick B5559…


Added by Renata on September 4, 2014 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

The Butterfly Sling Purse Pattern from Emmaline Bags

As I said in my last post, my mother-in-law has asked me to sew her a bag to replace her old one as she had broken the handle.  It was a small…


Added by Karen on September 2, 2014 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

It's Another Stow-It-All Bag - Just Smaller!


Added by Karen on August 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — 12 Comments

Quick and Easy Bathroom Decor - Trimming Towels

We are starting to ‘spruce up’ our family home in preparation for down-sizing sometime in the future.  Since wallpaper is now ‘out’, my hubby surprised me by stripping the paper in the bathroom on our first level while I was gone on my last business trip!    That being done,  I had to ‘take action’.  This last weekend I painted and stitched and now it is done!  Since I take photos almost constantly as I sew and design creating my pattern…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 17, 2014 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Finished My Craftsy Design it, Stitch it Hand Embroidery Class!

Well I have finally finished my last project for Jessica's course.  We had to design our own embroidery and she suggested using a photograph.  After a visit to the attic and a lot of dithering I settled on the Kingfisher.…


Added by Karen on August 14, 2014 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Repurposing Pleated Skirts into Scarves?

This is my first experience with your blog.  Not sure how it happened to come to me, but I have now registered because I was SO impressed with your free sewing tutorial regarding converting a long-sleeve tee to a bow-embellished t-shirt.  I especially love the idea of…


Added by Judy Hosmanek on July 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

How to Use a Gathering Bodkin

I use a safety pin to insert elastic into a seam.  Then I found out about bodkins.  Joann's had a sale and notions were 60% off, so I decided to try it.  

Here is a …


Added by Carol Jensen on July 22, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Stow-It-All Bag Sewing Pattern from Chris W Designs - My New Tote!

I find I need help to stay on top of my 'to do' list these days.  I get so annoyed with myself when I go out with a list and mail and find them still in my bag when I get home!  So I decided what I really needed was a…


Added by Karen on July 3, 2014 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Changing Pockets

A few years ago I made a load of aprons for a stall at a Craft Fair.  It wasn't well attended and I have been selling the aprons off in our gift shop ever since.  Back in 2012 I changed the design I had on one from an elephant to a cockerel as it hadn't sold.  It has gone to a new owner now, and there…


Added by Karen on June 28, 2014 at 5:50pm — 1 Comment

Londa's Hints for Shirring with Elastic Thread

Londa’s Hints for Shirring with Elastic Thread


Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 20, 2014 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Deco Pillows

Made these pillows for a customer recently.  He is doing a spare room in a vintage decor, and he provided the fabric/materials.

These are 14" stuffed pillows with a thin linen vintage cowboy print for the front, and chocolaty brown vinyl for the back and a 3" skinny brown suede fringe for the trim.  

He texted me after he got them home and "placed" them and said he thought they looked great.  So, I'm happy.  :)…


Added by Ags on June 10, 2014 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Saddle bag pattern for folding bike by Tutorial Girl

Saddle bag pattern for folding bike

New pattern for city cycling. …


Added by Lidija Miklavcic on June 6, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

How I made my patchwork sewing bag

Mummy's Handsewn Patchwork Handbag

In my last post I showed you my Embroidery Workbag, and Suzy asked if I had made it.  I replied I had, and here is how.

My mother collected fabric scraps for years, planning to make a quilt one day.   They included bits from dressmaking by my sister and I as well as recycled garments and bought…


Added by Karen on May 30, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Embroidering words

While I am waiting for my Solvy to carry on with…


Added by Karen on May 24, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Enjoying a Craftsy Course

I have acquired several Craftsy courses.  Several seemed like a good idea at the time, but for various reasons I have not completed them.  However on the last Bank Holiday Sale, I succumbed and bought another one!  …


Added by Karen on May 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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