How to use Foam Clay for Cosplay, Home Decor, and More

Have you ever used foam clay before? Here are some tips and tricks that will show you how to use this amazing material for your art and craft projects. Follow along to make your own octopus bottle, or create something from your own imagination!

How to Make a Lower-Half Curtain (No Hardware Required!)

This tutorial shows you how to make an easy lower-half window curtain. Since only the lower half of the window is covered, the curtain works very well to block only what’s needed for privacy, without turning your room into a dark cave with no light.

50 Unusual Sewing Tools I Have in My Sewing Room

What do a fork, a drinking straw, a butane torch, an empty mascara tube, and silicone caulk all have in common? They are all unusual sewing tools that I keep in my studio! Check out the full post to see 50 unusual sewing tools and how to use them.

New Summer Headband Tutorial!

Hey everyone, let me tell you about the latest tutorial I wrote for We Like Sewing magazine! This headband is an easy summer fashion staple that can be made to match any outfit. The stylish twist knot on top adds a bit of sophisticated flair, and you can make the headband out of many different […]

Forest Fairy Costume Tutorial

This Forest Fairy costume is made with real leaves, vines, and sticks. I’ll show you step-by-step how I put it together, and give you lots of tips for working with natural materials that you can adapt to a cosplay design of your own!

Gift Ideas for Creative Kids and Teens

Are you looking for gift ideas for the creative kid or young adult in your life? I’ve put together a list of items that I think would make fabulous presents for anyone with a free spirit and a creative heart.

How to Sew a Pot Scrubber Out of Produce Bags

This plastic mesh scrubber works very well to clean a variety of surfaces, and you can easily add a sliver of bar soap to the center to make a self-soaping scrub pad. The best part is that it takes less than 5 minutes for me to make one! Here’s how to make your own.

Upcoming Fashion Show!

I auditioned for RVA Fashion Week a little while ago, and I’m so excited to announce that I got in! Read on for the lowdown on what I’m planning for the show, and a sneak peek of my upcoming collection.

Lego Block Pillows (Free Sewing Pattern!)

I’m giving away the printable PDF sewing pattern to make these adorable Lego Block throw pillows ABSOLUTELY FREE to all of my email subscribers! They’re great for kids, or casual decor in a family room, playroom, or den.

How to Sew Perfect Circles

This is a fun hack that lets you sew perfect circles with no marking or tracing. It’s easy, and all you need is a thumbtack and some tape!

Mermaid Dress and Fascinator

The tale of a mermaid dress I designed and created for a local fashion show, and all of the problems that needed to be worked out in order to make the dress come to life.

Unconventional Maxi Dress

This dress has only one vertical seam, in the center front. It’s lined, but has no hem. In fact, it’s just one large piece of fabric, attached to a circular collar, with a separate belt.

DIY Morse Code Bracelet

These Morse Code bracelets are an easy craft, and great for kids. It’s a beautiful way to keep a favorite quote or Bible verse close to your heart, or a loved one’s name and birthday.

Ironic Tote Bag

Learn how to make your own tote bag. This tote is covered in upcycled clothing labels, and is both a useful accessory, and a commentary on materialism.

“Beauty for Ashes”

The tree is made entirely out of ashes and glue, and it is meant to represent a time of sadness or mourning, out of which God will bring growth, joy, and peace. The tree is certainly not dead, and when springtime arrives, it will burst into bud, stronger and more beautiful than ever before.

On Breaking the Sewing Rules

It’s true; rules are often there for a reason. If you don’t want your seams to be obvious, then match your thread color to your garment color. Secure your stitching or else it’ll come undone. That’s just common sense. But there are lots of little “rules” floating around that are more like matters of opinion. […]

On Being Adventurous with Your Projects

For some people, the process of creating something can be a bit daunting. You don’t want to “waste” time, materials, etc. You might be afraid that it “won’t turn out very well” or something like that. But what if it does turn out very well? What if an epic outfit was never created because the […]

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me here on my blog! I am an artist and fashion designer who enjoys breaking the sewing “rules”. My goal with this blog is to help you find ways to bring your own designs and creations to life.