WIWW // Handmade Lane Raglan

As I mentioned in my last WIWW post, I was excited to try out a couple new patterns from Indie Sew's Fall Collection. In fact, I was so excited that on a Friday evening when I should have been doing 20 things other than sewing, I decided to whip up The Lane Raglan (by Hey June) with knits I had leftover from sample sewing.      {Laguna Jersey Emerald Chevron Knit Fabric / Laguna Jersey Heather Pepper Knit Fabric by Robert Kaufman} They would not have been my first pick, but honestly, they sewed up beautifully and the pattern just keep growing on me. I pieced the pattern, cut out the shirt and SERGED {yes, I did used my serger for the entire shirt} it together in just under an hour and ... Keep Reading

Simple Quilted Blanket {Tutorial}

Sometimes we just need a little more simple in our lives right? Today I'm sharing a super simple tutorial that will result in a quilted blanket that looks like it was a lot of work. ** wink, wink** This may be your perfect handmade Christmas present. In fact, it's SO simple that I did not take pictures of the process. Trust me, you won't need them. Just a few measurements, cuts, stitching and you'll have yourself a blanket. I'll even give you two options for binding ... one traditional and one SIMPLE. Okay, let's get started! Simple Quilted Blanket Fabric provided by: Geo Pop Canvas by Emmie K for Robert Kaufman Finished size: 44″x 64″ Materials Needed:: 2 YD cut of  ... Keep Reading

WIWW // Handmade Fall Fashion Inspiration

Every now and then the stars align. Today I'm showing you how my 'work' sewing stars + blogging stars + 'new creative inspiration' stars aligned to bring you a post all about pulling together an amazing HANDMADE fall wardrobe. As I was sewing up samples for Robert Kaufman, I was optimistic that several of the pieces I was sewing would fit me and I'd know whether or not I would want to sew them for myself personally ... because, as you're about to see, the patterns + fabrics were pretty fabulous and perfect for fall. Hoping to do slightly better than my 'in the mirror' shots with my phone's camera, I enlisted the help of my 10 year old son ... so keep that in mind as you view these less ... Keep Reading

Sewing for a Friend {Road Trip Case}

I think I've mentioned it before but I love to sew for my family and friends. Nothing makes me happier than them actually wanting my stuff {wait, I think they want my stuff ...} as gifts. The downside for them is that they rarely get it on time. In fact I have a personal goal to get it to them within {3} months of said event, but it doesn't always happen. Sometimes I run out of time, sometimes I run out of ideas ... One of my oldest friendships {we go back more than 25 years!!} is a crazy talented hooker crochet-er. I've sewn her several different gifts for her crochet projects & tools {bags, baskets and zippered pouches} and was at a loss trying to come up with something I hadn't ... Keep Reading

“Ann Kelle” Baby Booties {Visual Tutorial}

I am so thrilled to share this new tutorial/pattern that I created in collaboration with Kelle of Ann Kelle. We've been working behind the scenes on this for almost 2 months and it's so exciting {and a little nerve-wracking} when you finally get to share your hard work! Downloadable {FREE} PDF Pattern available on Ann Kelle blog. For all you visual learners, I put together this brief visual tutorial to use with the PDF pattern:: Gather your supplies/materials + print/cut chosen size pattern pieces. Interface Bootie Lining Interface (2) opposite bootie lining pieces. Iron piece of interfacing to wrong side of bootie lining, centering the 3” edge along the top of the lining ... Keep Reading