Monday, September 13, 2021

Sidetracked by Superman: How to make a Fusible Fabric Applique

I get sidetracked easily.  In life, as well as in sewing.  My littlest is getting into playing dress-up, and even though he is the littlest of 3 boys, we really don't have many of boy costumes that will fit him.  Last week he told me he wanted to be Superman for Halloween. He was Superman for Halloween when he was 1 and his old costume is a bit too small.  It was all he could talk about, so the next day we went to fabric store for some fabric to make a new one.  And because he asked me everyday if his Superman suit was done, I diligently sewed it up last week.

Presenting Superman!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Play Ball!!! A Team Banner Tutorial

In my neck of the woods 'tis the season for Spring Baseball.  Though my boys aren't playing ball this season, I was asked to make a team banner just like the one I made for Jack's T-ball team last year. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Day 12: Girlfriend Clutch Tutorial


I think it is really fun to give a handmade gift at Christmas.  Are you making any Christmas gifts this year? You still have time to whip up something special for your sister, daughter, mom, or BFF.  Today I'm sharing a tutorial on how to make my Girlfriend Clutch so you can make one too. Follow along and I'll show you how it's done.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

My Sewing Space


One thing that is consistent in my life is that my sewing space is always changing. I rarely have a designated room where I get to sew. But I always give myself a designated space because sewing is a part of me. I love it! I always want to be able to make things and it is so much easier to sew when your machine is set out and ready. It's easy to set up a sewing space in a closet or a corner of a room. Currently, mine is to the side of my bedroom 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

How to style a Tie Scrunchie

 It's always fun to have a fresh new accessory. I just listed a bunch of new Scrunchies for sale in my ETSY shop. But lets get to what I really want to talk about today and that is HOW to STYLE a Tie Scrunchie. My friend Summer at Space Coast Foodies and I got together to give you some tie scrunchie styling ideas.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Soccer Mom Series: 5 Tips to Get You out the Door On Time


Hello! Today I have a few ideas to share with you to help you to get organized and get out the door on time.  I think the most stressful thing about having kids in any extra curricular activity is getting out the door with everything you need.   I have four kids (ages 12, 10, 7, and 5 ) and it seems like it takes us FOREVER to get into the car when we have anywhere to go.  I don't like to be late.  I'm not saying I always get to soccer on time but I have figured out a few things that help our family get out the door and help me feel a little less stressed.  So here we go!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

How to Make a Tie Scrunchie: Free Pattern Sheet


Hello! I'm continuing our How To Teach a Sewing Class series today and I'm here to share a resource for teaching a  How to make a Tie Scrunchie class. Teaching a class is so much fun! I love teaching people to sew! One of the tips I gave in my Sewing Class planning post was to simplify the steps of the pattern and write them down so  your students have an at-a-glance reference when you are busy helping someone else.  This is especially helpful when you are trying to teach a lot of people at once. Perhaps you'd like to use it to teach your own Tie Scrunchie class?  Or download it for your own reference as you are making tie scrunchies at home.

Monday, August 23, 2021

How to teach a Sewing Class - 10 Tips to Help You Plan


Hello!! Last week I had the fun opportunity to teach a group of ladies at church how to make pillowc
ases.  I love teaching people to sew! I often get asked by people wanting me to teach them. I always say YES but people rarely take me up on my offer. Over the years I've taught many group sewing classes at my church and in my home or at a quilt shop and today I'm sharing a few things that I have learned to make teaching a sewing class run smoothly.
 Let me show you how I went about planning my class and some logistics to consider if you want to teach your own sewing class. It may seem overwhelming at first but trust me, you can do this. There is so much joy to be found in teaching people how to make something with their own hands.  

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

3 Tips for making the Faux Wrap Skirt - Just for You Selfish Sewing book



Hello again! I am excited to show you another skirt finish today. I made the Faux Wrap skirt again from my book, Just For You: Selfish Sewing.  Just for You  is a compilation book made up of 24 projects from bloggers all over the web. You can get the book pretty cheap on Amazon or a signed copy in my Etsy Shop The Faux Wrap Skirt was designed by Jen Schuman of iCandy Handmade. I love this skirt because it's made without a pattern. You just use your own measurements to determine how to cut it out. The fabric I used was Cotton Jersey Spandex from Girl Charlee Fabrics. It's so soft and the perfect weight for a skirt. Want to make a skirt like this?   Here are some tips to help you get going!

Monday, August 16, 2021

How to use Wooly Nylon thread in a Regular Sewing Machine

I have been sewing summer skirts lately.  I have hesitated to sew knit skirts in the past because it is difficult to hem them with out having the hem look wavy or rippling. But, I found a solution...wooly nylon thread! Have you heard of it?  Today I'm going to show you how you can use it in a regular sewing machine. Let's go learn about wooly nylon...