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Molly Chicken's Little Love Bird Sewing Tutorial + Basic Embroidery Stitches Tutorial



I found this sweet sewing tutorial that would be PERFECT for any beginner…


Added by Susan on January 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Sewing Pockets - Seven Styles and Sewing Methods

I've been doing some reading about sewing pockets because I seem to really mutilate whatever idea I have and end up sewing on those plain old patch pockets.  I'm tired of patch pockets and want to try something new.  I'm sharing with you, what I have been able to find today in hopes that you are inspired to sew too! …


Added by Susan on January 13, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

5 Ways Learning To Sew Improves Your Fashion I.Q. - By Candace Bryan

Lately, I've been learning how to sew, and it's somehow both easier and harder than I thought it would be. I am not, as it turns out, Maria von Trapp, and although I haven't come too far in my studies, I've already wasted a lot of thread making dumb-ass mistakes. However, I assure you it's already been worth the agony and…


Added by Susan on October 15, 2013 at 10:41am — 1 Comment

A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories

Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times

Ruth Kirchner, an instructor at the Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minn., showing students different kinds of fabrics and…


Added by Susan on October 3, 2013 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Cozy Upcycled Bubble Skirt ♥ Refashioning Tutorial ♥ Free PDF

"I LOVE THIS."  Super easy, thrifty, and fun!

You will need:

  • Man’s long sleeve sweater (note: sweater should measure at least 18” from…

Added by Susan on August 20, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments


Looking to start sewing? These tips will help you buy the right machine for your new hobby.

Is learning to sew one on your short list of skills to achieve? Looking to be a little more crafty and resourceful? Here’s some information you should have before purchasing a sewing machine.


A beginner should always keep their sewing machine simple. Beginners need straight-forward…


Added by Susan on May 30, 2013 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Neck Tie Apron


I thought this was a great idea.  Simply sewing them together creates the perfect shape.  Use the leftovers sewn together to make the essential front pocket.  The ties are a nice weight, and always beautiful fabrics.  What a great gift idea!  I…


Added by Susan on March 30, 2013 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

I'm in the mood for Easter sewing - finally!


I have for you today, a free Easter Bunny bag sewing pattern and tutorial, and a tutorial to show you how to make Easter carrots to put in the bag.  FUN!


I'm not typically excited by most holidays for some reason.  Maybe it's because my kids are now a lot older and I'm not inspired by classrooms, day care…


Added by Susan on March 25, 2013 at 9:02am — No Comments

Refashion: Boxy Button-down to Beautiful Classy Blouse + How to Sew a Dart

I found this refashioning by Extra Petite and had to post it.  It's another button-down shirt tutorial.  She removes the sleeves to make the cutest bow to go around the collar, a couple of darts, a few other small alterations, and voila!  She's wearing a very classy blouse that you could wear *anywhere* and look fab…


Added by Susan on March 21, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

Roll Cuff Sleeve Refashion - by Jen @ My Own Road

This sewing project is a simple refashioning idea that is positively perfect for beginners.  You will need a long-sleeve button down shirt. With just a few cuts and some simple sewing YOU CAN refashion the long…

Added by Susan on March 20, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

No Sleep Till Christmas: Etsy Sellers' Haggard Holidays!

Online Marketplaces

To keep up with orders on the world’s largest marketplace of handmade stuff, Kelly Engel starts sewing shortly after her four-month-old son wakes up at 4 a.m., and works until her husband, a school counselor, leaves at 7:30 a.m. She squeezes in a couple of hours while her two boys (her oldest is two and a half) nap in the afternoon. In the evenings, Engel returns to the sewing table until midnight, making the organic cotton baby…


Added by Susan on December 10, 2012 at 8:06am — No Comments

Free Holiday Mitten Ornament Pattern

These sweet little mitten ornaments make great little gifts or gift toppers, and can be embellished with leftover buttons or a little embroidery. Step-by-step instructions for making mitten ornaments.

Click for the free pattern and Flickr set with…


Added by Susan on November 29, 2012 at 7:23am — 14 Comments

Winter Wonderland Trees

Create your own winter wonderland with the help of colorful thrift threads. Perfect for old plaid patterns or sweaters long forgotten, these holiday trees are guaranteed to spruce up any room. Group them together for your own fun-filled forest, or space them out to add a pop of color throughout the house.

Make these decorations using old sweater from Savers, out right out of your collection of old sweaters.…


Added by Susan on November 25, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

How to Emboss Velvet With a Rubber Stamp

With the holidays fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about gifts for the holidays! Velvet is a popular fabric around the holidays and there is a really fun project you can make with velvet and rubber stamps. It is super easy and a lot of fun!…


Added by Susan on November 14, 2012 at 6:37am — No Comments

The Undercover Crate Tutorial

A spiffy way to jazz up your crates, totes, or boxes! This excellent tutorial by Laura Gunn is applicable to a storage crate with these dimensions: 10.5 inches high, 13.75 inches wide, and 15.25 inches long.

what you need:…


Added by Susan on November 2, 2012 at 1:00am — 7 Comments

Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials

By Laura Grace Weldon

Those of us who want to live more artfully, frugally, and with a hands-on approach tend to run up against those ever hungry monsters, Time and Money. That’s where green crafter Maya Donenfeld comes in. Her focus is on reinventing everyday materials into useful items for the family, effectively taming those monsters.

The popularity…


Added by Susan on October 29, 2012 at 7:22am — No Comments

About TENCEL Fabric - by Lynn Lavanga

TENCEL® is a trademarked brand name the Tencel Group (now owned by Lenzing AG) gave to their lyocell fiber fabric. Lyocell is produced from the wood pulp cellulose of various hardwoods.…


Added by Susan on October 8, 2012 at 8:27pm — 1 Comment

The "Bina" - The most versatile and easiest to sew garment you'll own and make!


I came across this garment  called the "Bina" yesterday and, yes, maybe I am a little slow on this one, but in case you haven't seen it, I thought I'd feature it at  


The Bina is nothing more than a piece of fabric two…


Added by Susan on September 14, 2012 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

All home-sewn up - news article

By Jude Hathaway

Last week, the New Zealand Fashion Museum's pop-up exhibition, "Home Sewn: Original New Zealand Fashion", opened in Auckland. It is not surprising that a number of the garments on show were created by Otago and Southland women. Jude Hathaway reports.


At the time when Kiwi blokes were becoming masters of the "can do No8…


Added by Susan on September 12, 2012 at 7:39am — 1 Comment

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