sewing project

I found a free skirt pattern that I’ve been dying to try with some chiffon and it was a complete failure. See how the side seams are bunchy? AAAGGG! All that work…not exactly wasted I suppose. Cutting the fabric out was much more difficult than I had imagined, but the sewing was a disaster. Next […]

Remember my new crib bumper sewing tutorial from a week or so ago? Michael Miller Lagoon and Groovy Guitar fabric? In that I told you to leave about a 12″ opening along the bottom of each panel to insert the bumper pad into and then hand sew the opening closed. Well. Forget that. I tried […]

I got the idea for this project in Sew & Stow by Betty Oppenheimer (same book with the after-swim wrap and 29 other fabulous home organization projects) and it’s really helping me clean up the clutter in my car. The instructions in the book are great because Oppenheimer gives standard measurements and then a formula […]

I’ve been on the search for a perfect sun hat pattern and I finally found it in a great little sewing book called Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase. Because it’s in a book, I can’t very well give you the pattern here, although I wish I could because I know you […]

Good bibs are hard to come by, are they not? We had one old one that was perfect – vinyl and big, easy to clean and didn’t get moldy. But Gus has ripped it to shreds. I couldn’t find any bib in a store worth buying, so when I saw an adorable tablecloth at Target, […]

A. The other day I noticed how out of control my grocery bags have gotten without me even noticing. They used to live between the wall and the dryer in the laundry room. Not really a good system. + B. I came across a husband’s shirt with an unfortunate sweat stain around the neck. Gross. […]

After almost 6 years of being the master of my own kitchen (and dishes, unfortunately) I have discovered that my favorite dishwashing “tool” is a very small dish cloth. Sponges are gross, those plastic scrubber things fall apart, and regular sized dish cloths are too big. I had some terry cloth scraps so I cut […]

Making your own double sided nursing cover is a fun, easy, and inexpensive project. Here are some basic instructions. Materials 1 yard each of 2 coordinating fabrics 20″ boning velcro 1. For the nursing cover: Cut 2 pieces (one from front fabric and the other from back fabric) that measure about 24×36. 2. For the […]

I love to have plenty of extra blankets, and fleece is so inexpensive (on Black Friday especially) that making your own is really the way to go. To give your handmade fleece blankets a more finished, store-bought, colorful look, finish the raw edges with bias tape. You can make the border as wide or narrow […]