For our children’s Junior Ranger backpacks, I worked hard to plan the design to enable the maximum number of patches to be added over the years. Every Junior Ranger receives a pin when they are sworn in, and I’ve seen some children at various national parks with dozens of these on vests and jackets. Some […]
When I started knitting, I realized I needed to think about storing my textiles differently. For one good reason: MOTHS. Moths are the enemy of long-term textile storage, which we learned the hard way at our house from one vintage jacket purchased at a second-hand store that worked its way through three prized sweaters before […]
What is it with this year? December is going SO QUICKLY. Hanukkah is already upon us, you guys! Seems like usually by this point in the Christmas season, I’ve already cut out most of my projects and have set aside night after night for stitching them up–but this year, I’ve struggled to get my feet […]
Years ago, I re-created my mother’s Advent calendar and interpreted it as a quilt-as-you-go project, complete with template. The year I finally buckled down to make this for our family, I worked on one house a day each day in December, and had a completed calendar by Christmas Eve! Every year since, I have taken […]
When I looked at the photos I took of my Halloween dress, I noticed some puckering at the princess seams that made me feel unhappy:
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 […]
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!
The Flip Flop Dress is a classic girl’s dress with a fully lined bodice. One of the features I love about this dress is that all the interior seams are completely enclosed: the shoulder seams, armhole seams, side seams and even waistline seam are all tucked inside the bodice lining, so that only the skirt […]
When I was dreaming up the Prayer & Meditation Cushion pattern, one of the first epiphanies I had was that it really needed piping. One of the best parts about piping is the way it really defines a seam and makes it POP. I love it on almost everything–children’s clothes, women’s dresses and tops, pockets […]
Ever since I learned to install the “exposed enclosed zipper,” I have been minorly obsessed with them. They seem to work on, like, a zillion different projects, perfectly. I used one on the Prayer & Meditation Cushion, and in my Pockets e-Book I wrote about how to install one with a pocket on the back. These puppies […]
I must really, really, really like my sister. She’s getting married in two weeks (eek!!), and I agreed to sew up the table linens for her reception.
While I was at QuiltCon, I had the privilege of teaching a quick demonstration at the invitation of the ladies from Cotton + Steel. Naturally, the first idea that popped into my head was to share my on-going passion for continuous bias tape. Yes! More CBT converts! More bias tape projects! BIAS TAPE FOR EVERYONE!! […]
Raise your hand if you love POCKETS!! Back in 2012, I created a 14-page printable workbook to accompany a practical workshop in pockets, one of my very favorite details to add to sewn projects. Originally written for Sewing Summit, this workbook features step-by-step photos and instructions for constructing SEVEN different styles of pocket. I loved every […]
The vintage maps I decoupaged on my empty cardboard diaper boxes turned out really pretty, but the upper edges had a tendency to peel and unroll, and I was concerned that lots of tiny hands would make short work of flaking off all that hard work. As I was glueing, I was mentally calculating what […]
This is the story of a problem and a solution. And it all starts with house hunting. Join me, if you will, on a (short-ish) journey all the way back to 2011. When we very first were shopping for a new home and came across this house, I pored over the images in the listing […]