how to take in or size down a shirt {the right way}

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Plaid flannel shirts are back! It feels like high school to me when I see all this plaid in the stores. Of course, not many of us are wearing our flannel with Doc Martens anymore (remember those days?). I’ve purchased a few comfy plaid flannel shirts, and I have one beef with them: flannel shrinks, […]

how to make a kids’ pillow bed {the easiest & cheapest way}

so cute! the cheapest and easiest way to make a kids' pillow bed. free sewing pattern and tutorial

A few weeks ago I ran across a couple “pillow bed” tutorials on Pinterest, and they looked like so much fun! People sewed together four or five pillowcases, put pillows in them, then sewed velcro on to keep the pillows from falling out. It looked like a great idea, but when I priced out pillows, pillowcases, […]

superhero cape & skirt sewing tutorial {no-choke design}

awesome superhero cape and skirt for girls! great gift to sew. free pattern & tutorial included in post!

Yesterday I shared a pattern and sewing tutorial for a no-choke superhero cape, and today I’m back with a tutorial for adding a skirt. I love this type of superhero cape because the cape velcros to a front piece which is secured around the waist. This means if anyone pulls on the cape, it will […]

no-choke superhero cape sewing tutorial

awesome! a superhero cape that won't choke the kid wearing it! great free sewing pattern & tutorial. perfect gift for birthday or Christmas.

There are lots of tutorials online for superhero capes, with good reason – it’s amazing how much fun kids can have with them. But I always worry about anything that ties around a child’s neck – other kids don’t realize that if they grab hold of a cape the wearer can end up hurt. So when […]

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?

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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, […]