Tote Bag Sewing Diary

Flower ButtonsI recently made a small tote bag that was both fun and easy. I didn’t follow the pattern exactly, but altered a few key details (such as finishing the raw seam allowances). Follow my creative process in this sewing diary.

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A Year of Sewing: 2015

Antique LaceIn the past year, I accomplished more than I thought I would! Here’s a brief rundown of all the sewing projects I completed in 2015.

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Basics: The Secret Overlock Stitch

Overlock StitchFinishing your seam allowances is a must, but the easiest method isn’t well-known! Learn all about the oft-forgotten overlock stitch, including which presser foot to use, and tips for professional results.

Basics: The Secret Overlock Stitch

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Guest Blog: 10 Tips to Improve Your Sewing

Alternate NotchesRecently, I was asked to contribute to the teacher’s blog at Take Lessons. I was happy to oblige and wrote a piece filled with suggestions to help you take your sewing skills up a notch. It includes advice on seam finishing, pressing as you sew, and using the right needle, along with several other tips you may find helpful, such as directional stitching, and even a couture method for eliminating the bulk of backstitching!

If you’re ready to take your sewing to the next level, head on over and take a look:

10 Tips to Improve Your Sewing

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Sewing Room Safety: 14 Tips

Seam RippersWhile sewing isn’t an inherently dangerous occupation, working with sharp shears, needles, and pins has its risks! Here are 14 tips to help you sew safely.

Sewing Room Safety: 14 Tips

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Easy-Peasy Fabric Organization

Organizing FabricTame your stash! With this new trick, you’ll be able to organize all your fabrics, neat and tidy. (And when you’re done, you’ll have extra room—so you can buy more fabric!)

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Basics: Pressing As You Sew

IronWe’ve all heard about the importance of pressing as you sew. But do you know how? After all, pressing isn’t the same as ironing! Here’s several tips and tricks to help you improve your pressing skills.

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Basics: Seam Allowances

Seam AllowanceEverything you sew has seam allowances. But what are they? (Includes tips!)

Basics: Seam Allowances

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Basics: Measurements

Quilter's RulerThose who are new to sewing (or who have trouble with numbers, as I do) may struggle with measurements. Here’s a quick guide to help you out.

Basics: Measurements

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Ruffled Animal-Print Pillow

Finished Pillow, Front ViewWhen I found a purple animal-print lace, I knew my sister would love it. So I made her a pillow! This new diary follows the designing and construction of this pillow.

Ruffled Animal-Print Pillow: A Diary

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