Make a Half Square Triangle Quilt

Hello Sewing Friends! This is Rachel again, popping in to show you a quilt I've been working on.   I made half square triangles..... now what!? If you are anything like me, you have come across a charm pack full of a new fabric line that you love and you snatch it up, thinking of all the possibilities. Can you relate?

How to Cut out a Sewing Pattern - 4 Helpful Tips

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Hi there!  I've been sewing a lot with patterns lately... lots of pattern testing going on over here.  And can I just say that cutting out fabric with a paper pattern can be frustrating!   It's almost impossible to hold the paper down the whole time while you cut and it's tricky to pin the paper to the fabric. Inevitably the patter paper shifts  as the scissors slide under and then I've cut it wrong. Gah! Anyway today I'm going to show you how to cut out a sewing pattern using the 4 helpful tips I use to help make cutting out patterns way less frustrating.

What is a Bodkin? - The Sewing tool you never knew you needed.


Hello sewing friends. Today I'm here to tell you about a cool sewing tool you never knew you needed. Have you ever heard of a "bodkin"? No? Well you're in luck because today I'm going to tell you all about it and why you need one if you sew bags or clothing. 

Alien Self Portraits: Art Lessons with Grandma

Alien Self Portrait - kid art lesson - Art Lessons with Grandma
We are starting up our Sunday Art Lessons with Grandma again. I'm excited to share what we did yesterday. Grab some paper and markers and come make Alien Self Portraits with us!

Easy Paper Bunting Tutorial: Outdoor Wedding Decor

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A few years ago I hosted a Wedding Open House at the end of summer for some dear friends. It was thrown together a bit at the last minute so I needed some simple decor that would make a statement. A White Paper Bunting was the perfect solution. Let me teach you how to make one!

Garden Tiles Bag: Large Tote PDF Sewing Pattern


Garden Tiles Bag: Large Tote PDF Sewing Pattern by Sarah Markos - Blue Susan Makes
 Hello Sewing Friends! I am excited to announce the release of my latest PDF pattern, the Garden Tiles Bag!! It's a twist on a classic, large tote bag without the boring, boxy look. Gathered side panels give it a cute shape and those big side pockets come in so handy. You can make this!

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.

3 Free Little Boy Tie patterns: Sew a tie for a Holiday!

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Halloween is on Sunday this year! 

Which means I'll be adding some Halloween fabric to our Sunday attire.  I'm sewing up fun Halloween neckties this week for my boys to wear with some left over Halloween Bats fabric. And for the girls, stitch up a cute Tie scrunchie to top off a pony tail with this Tie Scrunchie tutorial.

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

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.  Keep reading for 3 tips for making this cute and supercomfortable skirt!

Sunrise Zipper Pouch Free Pattern & Tutorial

Sunrise Zipper Pouch Free Pattern & Tutorial
Introducing my Sunrise Zipper Pouch! It's the 3rd pouch in my Zipper Pouches to Gift Series.  I love the idea of making something pretty to give to a friend to lift their spirits. This one is inspired by the beautiful sunrise.