Simplicity: Pattern for Smartness

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...]

Announcement: Journal Cover Sew-Along

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...]

First Steps: Reading Sewing Patterns

How to Read Sewing Patterns
Lately, I seem to be concentrating on sewing patterns, specifically how to take measurements so that you can shop for patterns. Here’s my latest video tutorial, which I filmed some time ago, but felt that now was a good time to release it. I hope it’s helpful! [Read more...]

Appliqué Journal Cover

In my Journal Cover video tutorial, I mentioned that you can embellish the exterior piece however you like. Really the possibilities are endless. Here’s one I made for my friend, Mandy. [Read more...]

DIY: Sew a Journal Cover

What is it about journaling that’s so addictive? Is it sorting through your innermost thoughts? Connecting with parts of yourself that no one else sees? Expressing yourself through words and doodles? That’s all well and good, but let’s get real. It’s the journals themselves, right? I have a soft spot for journal covers. I love getting new journals because the covers can be so beautiful, but then I fill up the journal and get sad because it’s full and then get excited because I get to find a new cover and then I have to journal some more about the sadness and the happiness, and so on and so forth. It really is a vicious cycle. [Read more...]

First Steps: Tools of the Trade

Not sure what you need to get started on your sewing adventures? In the fourth video of my First Steps series, I review all the basic tools that I use any time I tackle a sewing project. Once you have the basics, from scissors to pin cushions, it’s all about buying different notions when a particular project calls for them or just when you want a neat and specialized tool that makes sewing easier.
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The Original “How Much Fabric?” Reference Cards

My friend, Gwen, has invented these amazing reference cards that help you figure out how much fabric to buy when you’re at the store but don’t have your sewing patterns with you. They are also helpful if you are good at making your own clothing patterns – you’ll know how much fabric to buy if you want to design a dress or a skirt. In this video, Gwen explains how to read and use the reference cards.
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DIY: Sew a Drawstring Bag

Last week, I launched the first three videos (here, here, and here) in my First Steps series for beginning sewists. This week, I wanted to take a break from the basics and get into a sewing project that is fun and easy for any sewing skill level. In this video, I show you how to make a simple drawstring bag out of one piece of fabric and a few pieces of ribbon.
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First Steps: Buying and Cutting Fabric

The third video in my First Steps series covers everything a beginner needs to know about buying and cutting (or ripping) fabric. Next time you venture into a fabric shop, you’ll be able to step right up to the counter and say, “I’ll take 5/8 yards of this fabric, a fat quarter of that fabric, and a few of these fat eights, thanks,” and you’ll know what you’re talking about. Then, when you get back to your sewing room, you can cut everything up for your next project. Enjoy!
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First Steps: How to Thread Your Sewing Machine

Here’s the second video in my First Steps series. This one shows you how to thread your machine and wind your bobbin. Follow along and practice until the process comes naturally. Enjoy!
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