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Snack Bandolier Pattern for Cottage Makers

I have gotten emails on a regular basis for years, literally, from folks who would like to make the Snack Bandolier from my tutorial for sale at craft shows and street fairs, or through their online shop.  I’ve had notes from folks who are Occupational Therapists who say this design is great for their clients, […]

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Making Notches

With all the garments I’ve been sewing in the past few weeks, I’ve had plenty of time to think about notches.  Those little doo-hickies on the pattern that exist to either confuse you or slow you down, a lot of the time.  And it seemed like a good time to snap a few pictures and […]

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Toddler Top Sheet: Quick & Easy, with Fabric for Later!

We’re getting ready to transition our son from his toddler bed to a big boy bed, and our youngest from her crib to the toddler bed.  Well, OK, “getting ready” might be a bit strong: we’re waiting until the absolute last possible minute to take the baby out of the crib.  I know most of […]

Sewing Machine Maintenance: Round Up of Sewing Machine Covers

Sewing Machine Maintenance: Round Up of Sewing Machine Covers

If you’re going to take the time to clean your sewing machine and serger on a regular basis, it would be foolish to leave it exposed to the elements.  The dust and pollen and..other stuff…floating around in the air pretty much guarantee that any machine that doesn’t have a little jacket to wear will end […]

Sewing Machine Maintenance: A Sample Schedule

Sewing Machine Maintenance: A Sample Schedule

It’s lovely to know HOW to clean your machine(s), but it’s equally important to know WHEN to clean them, in order to make sure you get the most out of them and catch any issues before they become problems.  Today, a sample schedule for maintaining and servicing your sewing machine and serger. Sewing Machine cleaning […]

Sewing Machine Maintenance: Cleaning Your Serger

Sewing Machine Maintenance: Cleaning Your Serger

A serger, or overlock machine, can be a great addition to your sewing arsenal.  They’re not at all essential, obviously, but if you’re planning to open an Etsy shop manufacturing children’s clothing, for example, you’ll find that a serger will make your life super way easier.  Cleaning one out isn’t tough, but it does need […]

Sewing Machine Maintenance: Cleaning a Top-Load

Sewing Machine Maintenance: Cleaning a Top-Load

If you’re following along, we’re having an exciting week of CLEANING!  I know how it sounds.  But really, it is exciting to clean your sewing machine–seeing it all shiny and happy is much more satisfying than 20-year-old me would have ever guessed.  Plus, it has the added benefit of making your sewing better and your […]

Sewing Machine Maintenance: Cleaning a Front-Load

Sewing Machine Maintenance: Cleaning a Front-Load

Brief note: I announced on Thursday that we’d be hosting a Crafty Meet-Up at the Whipstitch shop in Atlanta on June 29.  Turns out that’s the Friday before July 4–who knew?  Lots of you let us know that you’ll be out of town that weekend and were bummed you wouldn’t be able to make it–so […]

Kindle Cover Tutorial

Kindle Cover Tutorial

My sweet friend Mika liked my Kindle cover so much she asked for a tutorial.  Since I’ve always been a bit of a slacker in the gift-giving department, I wanted to make her something pretty, so it was with sincere and genuine pleasure that I put this together, mostly for her but also for you!  […]

Chain Stitching on Garments

Chain Stitching on Garments

Chain piecing is a simple technique that makes quilting vastly more efficient: source Very simply, chain piecing involves sewing a seam, then rather than cutting the thread and beginning a new seam, tucking the next piece of fabric beneath the presser foot and continuing to stitch.  It’s faster–you don’t spend all that time cutting thread, […]

Tutorial: Manly Travel Power Cord Roll-Up

Tutorial: Manly Travel Power Cord Roll-Up

Took a little longer than I anticipated, but it turned out super cute!  I’m delighted to share with you:  The Manly Travel Power Cord Roll-Up, just in time for Valentine’s Crafting! This tweedy little wrap has space for multiple laptop/phone/digital music accessories and cords, and bundles up nice and tidy to fit in a corner […]

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

Last year, I did an Advent calendar based on the one my mother hung up each December when I was little. Some of the little houses that line the street up the center of the village were more successful than others, but on the whole, I am pleased with how it turned out. This year, […]

BONUS! Ruby Star Spring Apron Over-Skirt Tutorial

BONUS! Ruby Star Spring Apron Over-Skirt Tutorial

Did you love the Ruby Star Spring A-line Skirt?  Because I love it.  And when I originally envisioned it, I saw it in my mind as two layers, one a simple, clean skirt that can be worn all spring, summer and fall, and another an apron overlay that can sass it up or be worn […]

FREE Pattern Download: Ruby Star Spring Bee Skirt!

FREE Pattern Download: Ruby Star Spring Bee Skirt!

Local Atlanta fabric designer Melody Miller is a dreamy lady to know.  Her new fabric collection, Ruby Star Spring, is just out in the softest, most luxurious cotton/linen blend, and she asked if I would be willing to work with her to create the perfect skirt to showcase the central print: a pixellated bee.  Would […]

On Sewing with Plaid Fabrics

On Sewing with Plaid Fabrics

I will head over to TJ Maxx or Ross later today–our oldest has her very first high school pep rally on Friday, and she needs a shirt in team colors.  Since it’s her first year at a new school, we don’t own a single thing in this entire house that is the exact right shade, […]