Knitted Ballet Legwarmers and the Magic Loop

Knitted Ballet Legwarmers and the Magic Loop

I finished my first sweater and cast on stitches for a second sweater.  I know!  Not only that, but this second one is TO GIVE AWAY. So the standard is a little higher.  I really, really want this second sweater to be gift-worthy.  When I made the Agnes Sweater, I flew to Pasadena and knitted […]

pot holders

Holiday Gifts: Tutorials to Get Them Done

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 […]

advent quilt button

Advent Calendar Sew-A-Long

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 […]

Corduroy Côte d’Azur Tote

Corduroy Côte d’Azur Tote

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

Kindle Cover Tutorial: Updated!

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 together cosmetics bag all zipped up

The 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. I don’t think this fourth version will be my last, but I’m not sure yet–the Sew Together Bag is a […]

Cote dAzur Tote by Whipstitch

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).  

Antique Quilt Sections in Shadowboxes

Antique Quilt Sections in Shadowboxes

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 […]


Pencil & iPad Cases for Travel

The night before we left for our recent epic trip to New York and Boston, I (quite naturally, in my opinion) stitched up some cute little cases for my goodies along the way.

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Adventures at the Atlanta Food and Craft Swap

This past weekend, we ventured out to an event we’ve never attended before: the Atlanta Food (and Craft) Swap.  Hosted by Homestead Atlanta, this is usually “just” a food swap, but this month, they opened it up to anything handmade–and we jumped on it.  I sent my husband the details and we set aside an […]

sewing piping to a curve

TUTORIAL: Applying Piping

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 […]

mitered linen napkin corners

Handmade Linen Wedding Napkins

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.

lavender flowers

Relaxing Herbal Pillow Fill: 10 Recipes

When I planned my prayer and meditation cushions, I knew I wanted to use buckwheat hulls for the filling.  I’d used hulls previously for pin cushions, and I loved the weight of them, and the way they create a really stable base.  I’d also read about sleeping with a buckwheat hull pillow, and thought the […]

Prayer and Meditation Pillow Sewing Pattern by Whipstitch

Prayer & Meditation Cushion Pattern

Introducing a new super fast and useful sewing pattern: the Prayer & Meditation Cushion! Whether you currently have a spiritual practice of any kind, there has been a ton published in the media recently about how meditation is becoming widely used by successful professionals to allow them to balance their work with their personal lives. […]

best handmade teacher gift tutorials

Handmade Teacher Gift Round-Up

Alright, team players!  A bunch of you had some really great suggestions for end-of-year gifts for teachers, and I loved what you had to share.  I loved that some of you are teachers or are married to teachers, and you totally get where I’m coming from on the cookie plate thing–and I loved that you […]