Looking for a way to easily transport all of your manicure supplies when you are on the go? This travel manicure kit requires just a few scraps of fabric to make, and it is an easy sewing project perfect for experienced and beginning sewers alike. Small enough to tuck into a toiletry bag or purse, but just the right size to hold all of your basic nail-care essentials, this travel manicure kit is a handy item you’ll never know how you did without! Read on for the full tutorial.
It is often said that black cats bring bad luck, but today I’m sharing some cute little kitties that are sure to scare up nothing but fun! These adorable black cat softies require just two small scraps of fabric and about a half hour or so to make, and they are perfect for using as a fun Halloween decoration, or for giving to a special little boy or girl as a candy-free Halloween treat. Or, stitched up in other fun colors, they are terrific are a perfect little token for a cat lover on absolutely any day of the year! Today I’m going to provide you with the free PDF pattern so you can stitch up one of these little guys for yourself, and I’ll also walk you through the entire sewing process. Let’s get started!
Stitch up a sweet apple softie to give as a gift to a teacher or simply to use as festive fall decor. Using my free sewing pattern and tutorial, these little guys are as easy as (apple) pie to make! Read on for all the details.
For me, there are few things more gratifying than sitting down to stitch up a new outfit for my children, and when it comes to my girls, one of my favorite things to sew are pillowcase dresses and tops. These dresses and tops can be made easily from start to finish in the span of an afternoon, and they require such a small amount of fabric, you can sew up as many as your heart desires without breaking the bank! Plus, with just a bit of tweaking, it is possible to create countless different looks with the same basic pattern. Today, I am going to share how to draft a custom pillowcase dress or top pattern for a special little girl in your life, plus all the details for how to sew the dresses from start to finish. Let’s get started!
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Add a patriotic pop of color to your home by stitching up a fun color block pillow in red, white and blue! Even for beginners, this is a simple, straightforward sewing project that can easily be accomplished in a short amount of time and with minimal fabric. I have provided a printable PDF tutorial to make creating a set of your own as simple as can be. Let’s get started!
Chances are, if you have a smart phone, you’ve found yourself at one point or another struggling to find a safe place to charge it. When staying in hotels or others’ homes (or in dorm rooms for college students), it can be a challenge to find an outlet next to a raised surface, so phones can wind up on the floor while charging, just one misstep away from a shattered screen. Today, I’m sharing the perfect solution for keeping a charging phone protected while also stowing away the cord in a tidy fashion. This DIY fabric phone charging station is an easy sewing project that can be personalized to any taste using different fabrics and materials, and it makes a stylishly functional gift for just about anyone on your list: moms, dads, teachers, graduates and more. Read on for the full tutorial, including a free PDF pattern to make stitching these up as easy as can be!
Note: This device is intended for supervised use. As a precaution when using this station for unsupervised prolonged periods (as for overnight charging), I highly recommend hanging the device on a Command hook next to the outlet instead of over the outlet itself. As with any of my tutorials, please be responsible when using any of the projects created and bear in mind that I cannot be held liable for the results of improper use. Thanks, and happy sewing!
Stitch up a sweet little Easter bunny softie to tuck into the Easter basket of a special child, or to use as a darling addition to your home’s spring decor. Today, I’m sharing the inspiration behind these little cuties, as well as the free pattern and step-by-step tutorial for how to create them. Would you believe this is an easy sewing project that is entirely do-able in 30 minutes or less? Let me fill you in on all of the details!
One of my favorite parts about the holidays is planning and preparing festive meals for friends and family. I love to set a festive holiday table that is inviting for our guests, and the cutlery stockings I’m sharing today are a terrific way to add some fun to any place setting! These are also perfect for buffet-style meals, as they allow guests to easily grab their utensils as they go through the line. Are you ready to see how easily these come together? Let’s get started!
With holiday gift-giving time just around the corner, now is the time to craft thoughtful handmade gifts. Travel jewelry cases would make a terrific gift for any of the ladies on your list, and with my complete step-by-step tutorial and free PDF pattern, they can be stitched in no time! These would be a perfect idea for moms and grandmas, but they would be a very nice gift for teachers, friends, neighbors and more.
Among my immensely talented blogging friends, Lindsay from The Cottage Home and The Cottage Mama Sewing Patterns is particularly near to my heart. She and I started blogging almost precisely at the same time. We both have incredibly talented mamas who have gifted us with a profound love of creating things with our own hands. We are the same age, with birthdays just 2 days apart. In other words, we are something akin to crafting soul sisters. I count myself blessed to call her a friend!
When Lindsay approached Mama Reita and me recently to review one of her four latest patterns, we jumped the the opportunity. Longtime readers might recall the review we did last year of her darling Charlotte Apron dress. This time around, we were thrilled to receive the George Vintage Dress pattern, a lovely, lively riff on the classic designs Lindsay is so acclaimed for.