Quick Head Decoration for a Cold Day

DIY Headbands

The snow is officially flying here! When offered a chance to sew up a project from the newest One Thimble sewing magazine this project seemed just the right fit. A happy headband to contain the wild static head unleashed every time the winter hat slings off. Scroll all the way down for a chance to win […]

Serger Mat with Scrap Bag

serger mat top

Since I set up my new sewing studio, my machines and waste baskets have all been rearranged and I find myself with serger scraps and threads everywhere.  Actually I have wanted a serger scrap bag for years, but there has always been something more pressing. Rachel said that she would like one too, but she tends […]

Small Projects for Cold Winter Days

crocheted dishcloths

Choosing a Project Sometimes at the end of a busy day, I just want a project that will  not be too brain draining.  With the ridiculous cold snap that we have been experiencing, I like to work with yarn.  I have many projects in the works currently…..well that is not really any different than usual. […]

Quick No Sew Memory Ornaments

No Sew Ornament

Since I brought my first destroyer of decorations and home decor home from the hospital I haven’t done a lot of decorating at the holidays. But now that everyone has a tiny bit more impulse control we’ve been taking out more and more things. I do, however, stick to things that are relatively unbreakable. We […]

Yarn projects

knitting projects

Knitting and Crocheting for Winter With the start of winter I like to pull out the yarn.  Cowl type scarves have been very popular lately so I thought I would make up a couple. While staying with our son one weekend not took long ago I realized after we got there that I had  forgotten […]

Easy Christmas Table Runner

Easy Scrap quilted table runner

Scrap Quilted Table Runner I was looking for a pattern for a quick table runner to make up as a gift for my sister whose birthday is just before Christmas.  I love the look and feel of changing out table runners or table decor in general to match the season.   The years when the kids […]

Little Bunnies and Spring Bags

modern folksy bunny

They are forecasting nearly a foot of snow here this weekend. What better plan than to sew up some spring bags and bunnies. I started with the Modern Folksy Bunny pattern. This pattern was super clear, simple, and easy to sew up. It went together really fast. You can play with the size of your […]

Create Two Styles of Hanging Towels (Tutorial and free pattern)

Two styles hanging towels (pattern and tuttorial) Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Here it is, the third week in January! That is hard to believe. It seems like just yesterday we were all in a hustle mode trying to get Christmas ready, plan menus, and figure out where everyone was going to sleep. Our four children are spread across a 350-mile-range, so holidays are always a production, […]

Peppermint Candy Coasters

christmas coasters

It’s December and we’re actually getting a little crafting done! Today we’re going to show you how to make these little peppermint candy Christmas coasters. These little coasters will work great if you are looking for handmade Christmas gifts, or if you are going to have a house full of people mingling about with drinks. […]

A Kid’s Reading Nook

My husband and I are both book nerds. Though since having kids my books have been more board book and Seuss than great American novel. I have buckets and bins of books in the kids rooms, the living room, the basement play area, and it is not unusual to see a favorite that has been […]