how to add puffed “princess” sleeves to any sewing pattern

easy sewing tutorial shows you how to add a puffed "princess" sleeve to any pattern

My daughter has quite a few sleeveless dresses from this past summer that she hasn’t grown out of yet. To make them more appropriate for the cooler wall weather, she can wear tights and a long sleeve shirt under them. But I just don’t love the look of a shirt layered under a dress – I much prefer a […]

is it worth it to buy an expensive sewing machine?


If you’re new to sewing, you might be wondering whether it’s worth it to invest in an expensive, premium sewing machine or if you should stick to an inexpensive machine. And if you’ve been sewing for quite a while and are still using a budget machine (like me!), you might have the same question. Last […]

20 gifts to sew for teens (that they’ll actually like!) + a giveaway

20 gifts to sew for teens and tweens - great tutorials for gifts you can make that they'll actually like! lots of ideas for boys & girls!

I know it’s not even Halloween, but I’m planning for Christmas already so I can give myself time to sew some gifts for my kids. As I mentioned earlier this week, the older your kids get the harder it is to find gifts you can make that they’ll actually like. I’ve been searching for ideas, […]

make a bow tie from an old necktie {great teen boy gift!}

how to make a bow tie from a necktie - grew pattern and sewing tutorial - great teen boy gift!

I’ve always enjoyed sewing Christmas gifts for my kids, but as they get older it’s gets harder and harder to come up with things they’ll actually like – especially since they’re boys. My boys have been wanting to start wearing bow ties to church, but it’s hard to find real bow ties in their neck size, […]

pretty gathered tulle tee & a $50 Jo-Ann Fabrics gift card giveaway

cute handmade gathered tulle t-shirt! lots of girls sewing tutorials on this site.

We’ve been trying to sell our house for the past 3 months. Last week we spent two hours cleaning before a showing, only to find out the people didn’t come after all. They rescheduled for two days later, so we spent another two hours on the cleaning drill (vacuuming every room, wiping down every surface, tidying […]

cute & comfy sweatshirt dress {girls sewing tutorial}

modify a raglan top pattern to sew this adorable girls sweatshirt dress

I know I’ve said this before, but this dress may be the cutest thing I’ve ever sewn. It’s made from soft sweatshirt fleece so it’s super comfy, which is always cute on little kids, but the gathers at the neck, sleeves, and pockets just make it adorable. I only wish I had something to where […]

free pattern for easy to sew teddy bear clothes (build-a-bear)

love this! free sewing pattern for these easy teddy bear clothes (build a bear)

Growing up with four older brothers, my daughter doesn’t have as many “girly” toys as she’d probably like. That’s ok with me – I love watching her play with LEGOS and trains and all those other things hers brothers have enjoyed – but I recently realized that out of the boxful of Build-a-Bear clothes we […]

add a ruffled hem to a girl’s sweater {easy sewing tutorial}

how to add a cute ruffled hem to a girl's sweater - easy sewing tutorial

I’ve been cleaning out closets and boxing up clothes the kids have grown out of lately. Stuffed in a drawer in my daughter’s room was a cute sweater from Old Navy with a pretty ruffled hem that I bought on clearance a few years ago – and never pulled out last winter when it was […]