I have self-diagnosed as having a massive patch problem. I am a patch addict. I’ve written about the satchel-style backpacks I made for our children who vigorously pursue the Junior Ranger program at every National Park we visit. They love these backpacks, and so do I (especially now we’ve upgraded them with an interior zipper […]
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 […]
I make a lot of things for my children. I don’t often make things for them that I want to get out and play with when they’re not home. This time? Yes, I totally do. These are one of my very favorite projects I have made for my children: their Junior Ranger backpacks.
Hand-knitted? Hand knit? Whichever. I thought at one point I would never, ever, ever knit socks. The stitches are just soooooo tiny, you guys. But my friend Alexia assured me that once I got going they were really fast, and the appeal of knitting something that was so eminently practical was pretty strong. Like when […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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).
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]