1001 Peeps Summer Camp: Magical Story Puppet Pouch

1001 Peeps Summer Camp: Magical Story Puppet Pouch

When we took our trip to Boston this summer, I didn’t bother to make the baby a backpack–people who don’t walk don’t need backpacks.  But I had an idea that I wanted to make her something.  I have been processing this idea ever since, and was really more than a little thrilled to learn that […]

Quick & Simple Reversible Quilted Placemat Tutorial

Quick & Simple Reversible Quilted Placemat Tutorial

Today was the first full day of school for the three oldest children.  Yippee!!  Getting ready for the first day, especially for preschoolers, involves packing spare clothing, nap time bedding, and in our case, placemats and napkins for lunchtime.  So the other night, I stayed up late making some cute little boy placemats for our […]

Nested Fabric Buckets Tutorial

Nested Fabric Buckets Tutorial

I didn’t invent the idea of the fabric basket/bucket–nothing like–but I am certainly more than happy to walk you through how I made the ones I’m using in my studio.  After discovering–purely by accident–that a smaller (prototype) bucket fit neatly inside the larger size I settled on, it occurred to me as I prepared to […]

Scrap Project Bucket #2: Hexies and Yo-yos

Scrap Project Bucket #2: Hexies and Yo-yos

Of the three larger fabric buckets, I’m pretty sure this is my favorite one.  This is an older Farbenmix print I got from the same stashbuster sale where I scored the Heather Ross squares–I tell myself I love it because I lived in Germany when I was small, but really, it’s just a stinkin’ cute […]

Snack Bandolier: Celebrate the Boy Tutorial

Snack Bandolier: Celebrate the Boy Tutorial

This project has evolved gradually, over time, with bits and pieces added as we’ve gone along.  I’d like to acknowledge the brainstorming and input of my sweet husband, who reminisced about his own favorite toys as I told him of my plans, and reminded me once again that I am not a boy–which is (one […]

Simple Slip Cover Tutorial

Simple Slip Cover Tutorial

Thanks for all the nice words about the covered bench! I feel quite certain that it is THE KEY to selling this house.  Will keep you posted on its magical qualities. A few of you commented or emailed to say that you’d love to have some specifics, so I whipped up some quick sketches of […]

Selfish Seamstress Week in Atlanta!

Selfish Seamstress Week in Atlanta!

It’s done, y’all.  The hunting/sewing/crafting the perfect gift, the anticipation, the giving and getting, the exhaustion, the revelry, the overeating, the sheer love that Christmastime brings.  And here we are, in that week of reflection between Christmas and New Year’s, thinking ahead and wondering what the next year will bring.  Kinda makes you want to […]

Advent Calendar: Nearly There!

Advent Calendar: Nearly There!

Just a few more days until Christmas, and progress is looking very strong on the Advent calendar front.  I’ve fallen a bit behind, but other than the fact that I feel I’m letting you down, I almost don’t even mind–I’m having such a good time building this village and imagining my little family unpacking it […]

Advent Calendar Sew-Along

Advent Calendar Sew-Along

I am, at heart, a planner.  I tend to make lists and sketches and diagrams and schematics, and wrestle endlessly with ideas–talking them out loud to myself as I bring them to life–before I act on my plans.  Sometimes this looks like procrastination, sometimes it looks like too many ideas, but it’s where my best […]

Buttonholes are NOT hard: a headband project

Buttonholes are NOT hard: a headband project

Super special thanks to Shannon of luvinthemommyhood for hosting today’s stop on the Stitch by Stitch blog tour!  I love Shannon’s outlook and bubbly voice in her blog, and am so grateful she was willing to let me move in at her place for the day.  We’ve been chatting back-and-forth by email about sewing and […]

Machine Applique Tutorial: Sassy Pants

Machine Applique Tutorial: Sassy Pants

Special thanks to Kristen of Motherhood Uncensored for hosting today’s stop on the Stitch by Stitch blog tour! In her honor, a sassy twist on one of the techniques I get asked about most frequently: machine applique. These are saucy without being trashy, and a cinch to whip up in any style you choose! Machine […]

Tutorial: Bias-Edge Pot Holder

Tutorial: Bias-Edge Pot Holder

Huge thanks to Dana for hosting today’s part of the blog tour!  She put in a special request for a bias tape project, like the Picnic Placemat in Stitch by Stitch, and is just as crazy for yellow as I am.  So here, for your quick-crafting pleasure, a simple tutorial for easy, fast, pretty pot […]

Scalloped-Edge Baby Blanket

Scalloped-Edge Baby Blanket

When our second baby was born, she was gifted with two really amazing swaddling blankets. One of those is now her woobie, and the other was handed on to her younger brother and now to our youngest.  Who loooooves it.  Seriously–she’ll sleep without it, but she’s not that enthusiastic, whereas if we swaddle her up […]

Stitch Identification, or What Does This One Do?

Stitch Identification, or What Does This One Do?

When I was writing Stitch by Stitch, I really wanted to focus on the struggles I see the most in folks who come through our classes.  No matter what the sewing background–someone who took Home Ec so long ago they feel like they’ve forgotten most of it; someone who learned from her mom and wasn’t […]

Castle Peeps Travel Play Set

Castle Peeps Travel Play Set

When Lizzy House’s new collection Castle Peeps was released, I ordered the entire thing for the shop sight-unseen–after Lizzy Dish and Red Letter Day, I didn’t need to see it to know it would be fabulous.  And boy, is it ever! Very few collections have sold so quickly or with so much excitement.  So when […]