How to add a Thumb hole cuff to any shirt

Add a thumb hole cuff to any shirt

Thumb hole cuffs are addictive. You’ve been warned, you’re going to want to add these to all of your shirts.

Free Pattern and Tutorial: Library Bag

library bag 1

Books have always been very important in our home.  Nighttime ritual included stories before bed.   Our kids spent a fair amount of time in libraries both at school and in the community.  The day care we used was very close to the library and one day a week during the summer break they would […]

Free Pattern and Tutorial: Tie It Up Cardi

front to back illustration

This has been another crazy winter.  Sometimes the sun  comes out and we hit the 35-40 F degree mark.  Other times we don’t see the sun for days on end and it snows or is just cloudy and windy.  It is on those days that we need one more layer.  Out of that need we […]

Pattern Hack: Stitchwerx Raglan Tee & Tunic

Valentine cat

The Christmas decorations are all put away and the New Year’s resolutions have been made.  It is time to knuckle down into the depths of winter.  At least here in the midwest US.  Temps are in the sub-zero range (fahrenheit) and what better time to sit down at the sewing machine.  Last year for Valentine’s […]

Knit Cowl: Free Pattern

free scarf knit pattern

Last minute handmade holiday charge anyone? Whether you are a fast knitter looking for a gift idea, or you are looking for a fun gift for yourself may I recommend this handy dandy knit cowl? This pattern is great for beginners, and a fun project for those with more experience. You can download the PDF […]

Quick Christmas Coasters and Template

coaster supplies

At this time of the year it is not uncommon to get a quick invite to see a friend or maybe a cousin that we have not seen in a while.  It’s always nice to have something on hand that you can use for a hostess gift.  There are any number of quick gifts out […]

Working with Sequin Cloth- Halloween Hack

fairy title

Happy almost Halloween! My littlest announced she wanted to be a fairy princess this year, having gone all out in the princess dress last year I really wanted to keep the dress a little more straight forward. I was standing in front of a bunch of pink sparkly fabric feeling rather uninspired when I saw […]

Adding an asymmetrical ruffle: Swimsuit pattern hack

swimsuit hack

Watch out swimming pools here she comes! Earlier this summer I decided to launch into the world of sewing swimsuits. I bought a suit pattern with a really classic shape that I thought would serve me well over time. The best part about this kind of pattern is they are really easy to tweak and […]

Flutter Sleeves: A variation for the free Peasant Dress

flutter sleeve neckline

Today we are going to offer you another variation on our basic peasant dress.  With a three year old that is getting more independent by the day, we are always looking for options that are easy on and easy off. M is a little thin on summer tops, so I took advantage of that to […]

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 […]