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  • Lining Cardboard Storage Boxes: Tutorial

    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…

  • Vintage Map Toy Storage Boxes

    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…

  • Vintage-Style Teddy Bear Pattern & Tutorial

    Hooray!!  FREE pattern today for the vintage-style teddy bear I made based on the bears my mother sewed for me when I was teensy tiny (turns out she made them when…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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? …

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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!…