Riley Blake Designs: Union Jack Fabric & DIY Ottoman Slip Cover

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Pip-pip, y’all! It’s been donkey’s years since I last had a tutorial for you, so let’s not fanny about anymore. This is such a thrill for me – I was approached by Riley Blake Designs to take part in their Union Jack Blog Tour and today is the big day! I decided to spruce up my little living room with a burst of these great colors and, besides, my sad little ottoman needed a pick-me-up. [Read more...]

Upcycled Sweater Part III: Slouchy Hat

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My darling sister, Charity (or Pooh, if you know and love her like we do), has come up with another upcycling tutorial to share with everyone. You may recall her previous tutorial on upcycling old clothes into a picnic quilt. She’s kinda sorta brilliant. In this series, she’s taken a boring old sweater and turned it into three great cold-weather accessories. First came fingerless gloves, then boot cuffs. This final post of the series features an adorable slouchy hat. Without further ado, Pooh! [Read more...]

Upcycled Sweater Part II: Boot Cuffs

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My darling sister, Charity (or Pooh, if you know and love her like we do), has come up with another upcycling tutorial to share with everyone. You may recall her previous tutorial on upcycling old clothes into a picnic quilt. She’s kinda sort brilliant. In this series, she’s taken a boring old sweater and turned it into three great cold-weather accessories. First came fingerless gloves. In this post it’s boot cuffs. Last will be a slouchy hat. Without further ado, Pooh! [Read more...]

Upcycled Sweater Part I: Fingerless Gloves

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My darling sister, Charity (or Pooh, if you know and love her like we do), has come up with another upcycling tutorial to share with everyone. You may recall her previous tutorial on upcycling old clothes into a picnic quilt. She’s kinda sort brilliant. In this series, she’s taken a boring old sweater and turned it into three great cold-weather accessories. Take it away, Pooh! [Read more...]

DIY: Reusable Veggie Bags

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So, I guess I fell of the face of the planet or something. No worries, I’m back and full of things to share! First up, a quick tutorial – Reusable Veggie Bags. We’ve all been doing our part for the environment with reusable shopping bags, but what about all those little plastic bags we put our vegetables in? These reusable bags are the perfect solution. They are made from flour sack dish towels so half the sewing is done for you and they’re lightweight so they won’t add much at all the price of your produce. [Read more...]

DIY: Mini Sewing Kit

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Sometimes I think I spend more energy on creating cute ways to tote around my sewing supplies than on actual sewing. Between my train case (I have a vintage hat box waiting for the same transformation), my tote bag, and now this mini sewing kit, I’ve begun to realize I may have a problem. The funny thing is, I rarely take my sewing stuff anywhere! [Read more...]

Simplicity: Pattern for Smartness

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My sister found this on YouTube after watching my video tutorial on Reading Sewing Patterns. It was there in the list to the right of the viewer. A gem just waiting to be found. This particular sister is not at all interested in sewing, but she couldn’t stop watching this 1948 film and sent me an email about it. [Read more...]

My Super Online Sewing Bee Audition

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Earlier this week, Sew Mama Sew announced their Great-British-Sewing-Bee-inspired sewing contest, the Super Online Sewing Bee. Even before I read that the grand prize is a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900, I knew I would have to enter. Without further ado, here’s my audition. [Read more...]

DIY: Journal Cover Pocket

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As promised, I’ve put together a tutorial on adding a pocket to the inside flap of the journal cover just in time for the start of my Journal Cover Sew-Along. Without further ado, here’s how to it’s done. [Read more...]

Announcement: Journal Cover Sew-Along

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For my very first sew-along, we’re going to make a Journal Cover! This cover is quick and easy, doesn’t require much fabric, and is a great project for creativity. Design and decorate your cover to showcase your personality and then put it all together by following my video tutorial. [Read more...]