How to Make a Reusable Gift Bag with Ties: Easy to Sew

How to Make a Reusable Gift Bag with Ties: Easy to SewHello Sewing friends! It's no secret that I love making bags and today I'm going to share with you how to make an easy reusable gift bag. The Holidays are upon us and sometimes I don't have time to make something special for everyone but I still like to give a gift with a touch of handmade.  Stuff these easy to sew bags with a package of baked goods, candy bars, lotion, a cozy scarf, or some fun socks and you'll have the perfect gift for a best friend, neighbor, or teacher. (Mine are holding a package of store bought cookies). Come learn how to make them! 

Little Travel Zipper Pouch with Boxed Corners: Easy to Sew!


Little Travel Zipper Pouch with Boxed Corners - Free Sewing tutorial



My mom recently had her 80th birthday and I was lucky enough to be able to make quick trip to fly out and spend the weekend with her. She loves handmade gifts and she's been doing a lot of traveling lately so I sewed her up a little pouch to that's just the right size for her toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Come make one with me today.

The Makings of a Black Panther Costume


DIY Black Panther Costume

Happy Halloween sewing friends! I hope you are looking forward to some spooky fun tonight. I finished my sons Black Panther costume and got to take some pictures yesterday and today I'm telling all about my crazy adventure trying to figure out how to make this epic costume. Keep reading to see how I pulled this off as well as some very important lessons I learned along the way.

Monster Donut Pops

Monster Donut Pops!! If you follow me on instagram @bluesusanmakes you've already seen them. Here is a closer look at these fun treats I made these to take to Jack's class for his birthday.  We were going to take chocolate chip cookies but we were walking through the grocery store and he spotted donuts to take instead.  I told them I might be able turn them into something fun and he said go for it.

Hooded Bat Cape and Halloween Costume inspiration

Hello sewing friends! Now is about the time I begin my Halloween costume sewing frenzy. Are you making Halloween costumes this year too? Probably all of you already on top of it, right? I hope you had a chance to see my DIY Hooded Bat Cape post over on the Fabric.com Blog last week.  You totally have time to make this before Halloween! Throw a pair of Batman PJs under it and your costume is ready.

The Flip Zip Wallet

The Flip Zip Wallet - Sew a small wallet - Free pattern with Newsletter subscription

Hello Sewing Friends! I'm excited to share my latest downloadable PDF pattern with you today. Introducing The Flip Zip Wallet. It's a small and simple wallet to hold your cards and cash when you are traveling light. Measuring at about 4'' square when finished it can even fit right into your back pocket. Let me tell you more about it...

DIY Hulk Costume - How to Sew Muscles

How to Sew Muscles in a costume


I LOVE Halloween!  We are so excited that it is almost here.  Mostly what I love about Halloween is the challenge of making my kid's Halloween Costumes.  This weekend I had a little extra time on my hands so I figured out how to make a simple Hulk costume, complete with muscles. Come see how to sew muscles in a costume.

How to Make Big Felt Bats for Outdoor Halloween Decor



Outdoor Halloween decor - felt bats

 Hello crafting friends! Tomorrow is October 1st and I'm getting ready to decorate for Halloween this weekend. I love Halloween!  Usually I spend more time decorating the inside of my house than the outside but greeting those trick or treaters with a little fun is important too. Last year I used my free bat pillow pattern to cut out some big felt bats. I hung them up around my garage and I think they turned out so fun that I'm hanging them up again this year. Such an easy way to decorate! Want to make some too? 

DIY Craft Felt Pom Poms

 

I had fun playing with pom poms today and came up with a different way of making them. They turn out big and fluffy and I love them! Can you guess what they're made of?  Craft felt! You know, the cheap sheets of felt you can buy at the craft store. Let me show you how to make them.

6 Simple Ways to Avoid Sewing Frustration

 

6 Ways to Avoid Sewing Frustration - Sewing isn't fun when its frustrating


If you are a beginner to sewing you may be a little intimidated. You may have tried out a sewing project before only to find how frustrating and difficult sewing can be. Sewing is fun except when it is frustrating. I have 6 tips to help make sewing easier and less frustrating.