Posts tagged "sewing"
Tutu for You

Tutu for You

I don’t know what it is about little girls and tutus, but they are just cute.  Fortunately, they are pretty easy to make as well. (Dogs could really do without them, but I needed a model.) What You’ll Need: 3/4 inch wide no-roll elastic (2 inches shorter than waist measurement) 2 rolls of tulle (25 yards...
International Quilt Festival

International Quilt Festival

Quilting is big business and if you have any doubts about that, you should go to the International Quilt Festival in Houston on the first weekend in November. Sewing machines going for $30K or more and prizes worth $10K prove that this craft is serious. The craftsmanship and the creativity of the quilts on exhibit...
Stitched the Film

Stitched the Film

Be sure to check out your local PBS stations this month for the documentary film Stitched that follows some well known quilters through their journey to Houston’s International Quilt Show. These people are truly artists – and some are just a little weird.
Fruit Pincushions

Fruit Pincushions

Pincushions are pretty popular these days and with so many people starting to sew again, they make great gifts. Fortunately, there are some options beyond the orange tomatoes. I took a stab at making one based on a pattern by Heather Bailey. I was originally inspired by Patty the Snug Bug who has a tutorial...
Bowls & a Review: Sewing in a Straight Line

Bowls & a Review: Sewing in a Straight Line

I’ve been following Brett Bara’s blog for a couple of years and she just seems like this really cool, down to earth, modern chick (in the best way, of course). I was super glad to hear she would have a book coming out about one of my current obsessions, sewing. If you’ve watch Knit &...
Tote that Bag

Tote that Bag

One of the first things I sewed was a tote bag and there are hundreds of tutorials out there for them, but Icombined the features I like best into one of my own. After all, you can’t have enough tote bags can you? This variation has a lining and some interfacing added to give it...
Murphy's Quilt

Murphy’s Quilt

Things are moving more slowly here crafting-wise as I delve deeper and deeper into sewing. Sewing for me at least takes a long time to accomplish since it is such a precise art. I mentioned before that I wanted to give quilting more of a go and so I purchased a kit from Joann’s for...
Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

I recently finished another pattern from RetroMama called Betsy and Basil that is perfect for my niece’s Easter basket tomorrow. It was really easy to put together and the instructions were very clear. You can easily whip it up in a couple of hours. Happy Easter everyone!
Sew Up Some Quilted Coasters

Sew Up Some Quilted Coasters

And now for more Martha inspired crafts…. I’m still sewing away in what is slowing becoming more of a sewing room instead of a craft room. While I’m venturing out and making pj pants and more toys, I am inching closer to quilting. My grandmother on my mother’s side was an avid quilter. She left us...

Sew Your Own Clutch – Just Like Martha

I have to say, I’m amazed that this is something I could make. It really has opened up my eyes to the possibilities of really making anything I set my mind to and it was pretty easy, too. You can get all the supplies to make one yourself from the designer at her Etsy shop,...

Happy Bunting

Fabric bunting just screams happy to me. Bunting is traditionally used for festive occasions and can be made of fabric, paper or plastic. In reality it is just some triangles, right? Couldn’t be hard to make, can it? It is easy as pie and even this novice sewer can make them. What You’ll Need: Cotton...

Whoooo Stuffed Owl

I am trying to get in more sewing practice lately and I’ve found sewing toys a good way to practice some skills and since they are so small, I can finish them quickly. Recently, I’ve run across patterns written by Retro Mama that are really quick and the instructions are very clear and easy to...