Survey: What Thread Do You Use?

I’ve written about thread before, including my obsession with this microscopic analysis of thread fibers.  I love the idea that at the tiniest scale, thread ISN’T the same, and that the threads we use when we sew can make a difference in the quality of our results.  The longer I make clothing (and the more full my closet becomes), the more I want to focus my sewing on investment items, and I want them to be the very best they can be–the best construction, the best workmanship, and good materials.

Guterman thread spools

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Corduroy Côte d’Azur Tote

I said I was going to make it, and I did.  And I LURVE it.

corduroy Cote dAzur Tote by Whipstitch

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Tutorial for a Lined Bodice on Sew, Mama, Sew!

FLip Flop Dress sewing pattern by Whipstitch

Today over on Sew, Mama, Sew I’m sharing a tutorial for making the Flip Flop Dress with a variation in the waistline seam.  When I was manufacturing children’s clothing for a local design boutique, I made my garments in bulk–which required me to dip into the toolkit manufacturers use to reduce both fabric bulk and sewing time for each garment made.  With this tutorial, I’m applying one of these techniques to the Flip Flop Dress–and sharing some of the insider tips that are tucked inside the pattern instructions to help make ALL your sewing faster and cleaner!

See the post here, and happy sewing!


Kindle Cover Tutorial: Updated!

One of the most popular tutorials I have ever published here on the blog is my Kindle Cover Tutorial.  I’m back today with an update to the measurements and construction of that cover!

Sew a Kindle cover for kids | Whipstitch blog

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Friday Fiver: The Flip Flop Dress is Just $5 Today Only!

twirly flip flop dress

Today only!  I am tickled to be featured on Crafterhours as today’s FRIDAY FIVER featured pattern with the Flip Flop Dress!

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The Sew Together Bag

Japanese hippos sew together bag

This is my fourth version of the Sew Together Bag.  

Previously this year, I made THREE of these puppies as pencil pouches for my children for school.  Act of motherly loving self-sacrifice, it was.

sew together bag as school pencil pouch

I don’t think this fourth version will be my last, but I’m not sure yet–the Sew Together Bag is a super versatile shape and great for storage, so I’d like to consider a second for travel.  Then I could have one for skin care and one for makeup, or maybe another for hair accessories.  (As a side note, it’s a great organizer for hand sewing or small purse items, so it makes a really charming companion for the Côte d’Azur Tote–you could make a matching set!)

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The Côte d’Azur Tote is Here! For Labor Day & All Autumn Long.

Introducing: The perfect large tote for summer, fall, and all your on-the-go and around-town needs!  The Côte d’Azur Tote is now available in my shop–and you can totally sew it up in time for the Labor Day weekend (and the autumn days ahead).

Cote dAzur Tote by Whipstitch


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Antique Quilt Sections in Shadowboxes

vintage gramma made quilt

When my mother went away to college, her grandmother made her this quilt for her dorm room bed. When I went away to college, my mother gave it to me for the same purpose. After so many years and so much use, it isn’t holding together as well as it used to, but now (thanks to an Ikea shadowbox frame), my mom and sisters and I can all each have a little piece of family on our walls all the time.

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Planning My Sewing

washi tape chart to organize your sewing

I love the planning part of sewing.  Love, love, love it.  Choosing the pattern, seeking out the perfect fabric–or finding a fabric, and tracking down the perfect pattern–is the STUFF.  I always have eyes bigger than my stomach, and tend to make piles and PILES of folded, prewashed fabrics stacked with the pattern I’d like to pair them with.

The problem is in the execution.  The planning is fun because it doesn’t require any ACTION.  But as Henry Ford famously said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are GOING to do.”  At some point, all those projects have got to get sewn up.

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Flip Flop Dress Coloring Pages: Free Download!

Coloring page for the Flip Flop Dress pattern

Who loves to color?  YOU love to color!

The Flip Flop Dress is a fun pattern in part because it gives you so many options: buttons on the front or back, sleeves or no sleeves, lined or unlined…  You get to plan and choose!  These sweet coloring pages give you the chance to play to your heart’s content–and they’re great for the kids, too!  Print View A, with the cap sleeves, or View B with no sleeves…and get coloring!

view a coloring page flip flop button


view b coloring page button