Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Sew Your Scraps Challenge - Sew 15 Minutes a Day!

Sew your scraps - Sewing Challenge - 15 minutes a day

New year, new sewing goals! Come join me in my #sew15minutesaday sewing challenge. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

"Bursting" Heart Pillow

It's almost February! What?!!  Time to get ready for Valentine's day. Here is a fun pillow I made so I'd have something cute to set on my couch for Valentine's Day.  I  call it my "Bursting Heart" Pillow!  You can make one too!

Monday, December 20, 2021

How to make an Easy Beaded Angel Ornament with Video Tutorial

Hi there, this is Rachel from Beyond the Bead Jewelry. I am Sarah's sister and along with making jewelry with our mom, Nedra, I also sew for the Blue Susan Etsy shop. I am a contributor to the Blue Susan Makes blog and am excited to bring you this fun tutorial!

Monday, December 13, 2021

Modest Fix for a Party Dress

Here's a pretty and modest fix for a fancy party dress that shows a little too much cleavage.  I think it's WAAAAY better than throwing a camisole underneath. Come see how I fixed this dress and what I learned along the way!

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

How to Make a Christmas Bow

Ever wondered how to tie those really pretty big beautiful Christmas bows for a wreath or big present? Today we are teaching you how! Just in time for wrapping and decorating!  

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Mer's Fabulous Chiffon Party Skirt

DIY Chiffon Holiday Party Skirt
The weekend before Christmas one year we dropped everything to make Meredith a new skirt.  Because even big girls gotta have something fancy to wear for Christmas, right?Here's the story on Meredith's fabulous party skirt...

Monday, November 29, 2021

Christmas Crafternoon: Christmas Cookie Countdown

Christmas countdown, Christmas cookie advent calendar

One of the things I love about holidays is making crafts with my kids.  One year I brought home a bunch of fun stuff to use on our Christmas Crafternoons. We were in need of a simple new Christmas count down so we made one out of paper.  I'm sharing the details so you can make one too!

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Anthropologie Inspired Yarn Wrapped Monogram Ornaments

DIY anthropologie inspired monogram ornaments
I often browse the Anthropologie ads and think about how I could try to recreate some of their beautiful clothes and cute stuff.  A few years ago there were some totally adorable ornaments on the back cover and I just had to make them. So I thought I'd show you how to make some too.

Monday, November 22, 2021

The Gingerbread Man Puppet & Softie PDF pattern

Hello sewing friends! Today is a pretty exciting day for me. I am officially releasing a new pattern for sale. It's a PDF pattern to make a Gingerbread Man Puppet or Softie toy. Take a look and tell me what you think. 

You can use this pattern to make a cute softie toy or put a puppet pocket on it to make playing with him a little more fun. Leave him unstuffed (pictured below on the right) to make him easier to move or stuff him fat (pictured left) so he's nice and snuggly.

A few years ago I made a bunch of these little Gingerbread men to give with a Gingerbread Man book to all the families on our Christmas list. They turned out so cute I thought it would be fun to share how to make one with you all.   It makes the perfect, simple handmade family gift.

This PDF Pattern is written for the beginner sewist and includes 10 pages of detailed photos, instructions, and printable pattern sheets to make it easy for you to make this cute little guy. That means YOU can make this! I sewed him up out of polar fleece but any medium weight knit fabric will do. 

Here's a little peek at the back. He turns into a puppet with a simple pocket which makes it easy for little hands to slip in and run around the house with while the Gingerbread man escapes from everyone who is trying to eat him. "Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man"

This is an exciting day for you too because for the next couple of days this pattern is available in my Etsy shop at half price. If you hurry you can snag one.  And don't worry these are quick to sew and there is plenty of time to make one before Christmas. :)  If you make one I'd love to see it. Share it on Instagram with #gingerbreadmanpuppetpattern and tag me @bluesusanmakes.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Thanksgiving garland in front of a windo
I pulled out the Thanksgiving decorations! I'm always such a decorating procrastinator.   I discovered a garland I made last year that I wanted to show you.  After all you can't have a holiday without a little crafty garland hanging somewhere, right?