Free Pattern and Tutorial: Tie It Up Cardi

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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 […]

Handmade Christmas Wrapping

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I am sure that we have spent a small fortune in Christmas wrapping paper over the years.  I grew up in a family of six children and Santa never wrapped anything.  I am sure by the time my parents bought gifts for all of us the last thing they had dollars for was wrapping paper.  I […]

Sweet Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve and the tree is trimmed.  The kids are excited for Santa and all snug in their new jammies.  This is the final day of Ruffled PJ Tour. We hope that you have enjoyed seeing all the different variations. Remember that you can pick up your copy of the pattern today until midnight for […]

Jolly Old St Nicholas!

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We have a tradition in our family of hanging stockings out for St Nicholas Day.  Stockings are hung on St Nick’s Eve, December 5 and then during the night the stockings are filled with goodies.  Candy, fruit and usually a small toy or two makes for happy littles in the morning.   The feast of St Nicholas […]

Quick Christmas Coasters and Template

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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 […]

Betty Skirt Tour

betty skirt

Today we are showing you two versions of the Betty Skirt by the Shaffer Sisters.  Our little M loves skirts and anything girly.  The first one is made up in summer fabrics and is just fun for hanging out around town. This is a simple cotton and the seashell pink is a perfect kind of […]

What is Your Skill Level?

The longer I sew it seems the less confident I am in my skills.  That is silly I know, but…..How do you evaluate your sewing skills?  When my daughters were in 4-H and exhibited their clothing in the county fair, we had to evaluate each item.  Was it a beginner or intermediate level or was […]

Flutter Sleeves: A variation for the free Peasant Dress

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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 […]

Skirting the Issue

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In July, the gals at Simple Simon and Company do a series called Skirting the Issue.  This is an opportunity for the blogging community to sew skirts for girls of all ages and donate them  to the little ones in foster care.  When you visit their blog, you will see that bloggers take turns posting tutorials on […]