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.
Would you like to learn an easy way to make a very impressive quilt? Check out this article and learn how to perform a little sewing magic!
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 […]
Here are a dozen offbeat ways that I use silicone caulk in my sewing and crafting. Check out some of my never-before-seen projects, and lots of helpful tips for using this awesome craft material!
Check out my tutorial to see how you can sew a leather bag out of a secondhand coat, and vote on what my next post will be about!
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!
This Swiffer Sweeper pad tutorial comes with a free printable PDF pattern! It’s a reusable, machine-washable, planet-friendly project that’s made out of old blue jeans.
Do you have a pair of jeans with a waistband that’s just a little too tight? Here are 7 easy ways to make a waistband larger!
Does your tote bag need an extra pop of color? Try this easy technique to make striped tote bag handles! It also works very well on belts, pet leashes, lanyards, and any other kind of fabric strap.
Replacing the all-metal button on a pair of jeans isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Here’s a tutorial that shows you several different methods, including a hack that lets you re-use the button from an old pair of jeans!
Here’s a list of some of my very favorite painter’s tape hacks that will make your sewing and crafting (and maybe even your life!) a little easier.
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.
The cuffs on a sweatshirt, hoodie, or sweater often look worn out long before the rest of the garment does. How do you replace them quickly and easily? I’ll show you!
This accessory makes a fun, elegant-yet-dangerous addition to a cosplay outfit or Halloween costume. Believe it or not, it’s made from a vinyl placemat, and I’ve uploaded a free printable PDF pattern so that you can make your own!
Check out pictures and video from the runway, when my collection was shown at the Dominion Center for RVA Fashion Week!
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.
Learn how to make these beautiful fabric flowers! They are a quick and easy project, and a great way to use fabric scraps. Use the finished flowers to decorate wreaths, tote bags, headbands, flip-flops, hats, purses, pillows, and more!
Do you have a bra with a band that’s too tight? Check out this quick and easy hack to fix a snug bra band and give yourself a little extra breathing room.
This DIY sunhat is made of scraps of fabric that I cut into strips, twisted, and sewed into a coiled hat with a moldable brim. Check out my tutorial if you’d like to make your own sunhat!
I wanted to see if I could use fabric strips to weave a tube that was large enough to fit around my whole body, kind of like a cross between a Chinese Finger Trap and a dress. Here’s how you can make one, too!
I found an old sewing machine at a thrift store, and since the motor didn’t work, I hooked it up to work with a treadle table. Here’s how I made the belt to drive the machine.
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.
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!
Here’s a tutorial for a DIY thread rack that I came up with one day when I had nowhere to store my spools of thread.
Do you have a t-shirt with a neck that falls a little lower than you’d like? Or a sweater with a saggy, stretched-out neckline? Check out this quick fix.
Here’s how I turned a pair of thrift store pants into a classy swimdress.
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.
I wanted to make a small ironing mat to use near my sewing machine. Here’s how you can make your own DIY pressing pad with cotton fabric, batting, and a Mylar emergency blanket.
Believe it or not, this sewing tip is courtesy of Tom Silva, from This Old House. He used this method to space porch pickets, but it also works great for spacing buttonholes.
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.
When I had ferrets, I loved sewing for them. They were so enthusiastic about everything, they always made me feel like I’d made the coolest thing in the world. Granted, they could also spend hours playing with a toilet bolt cap, so the bar was not set particularly high. But still. You know.
Learn how to patch a hole in a pair of jeans, and end up with a style statement instead of a tear.
The tale of a swimsuit, sunhat, and beach bag that I made for a fashion show.
I think this is the best way to sew a dart: Using only the bobbin thread.
This DIY pincushion uses a bolt and a magnet to work a little magic.
This DIY shibori t-shirt tutorial shows you how to use bleach to transform an ordinary t-shirt into a work of art.
This fun bath mat is made out of repurposed t-shirts! I’ve created step-by-step instructions in case you’d like to make your own.
This simple trick helps you keep track of what size your sewing machine needles are, and stores them safely until you’re ready to use them.
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.
This tutorial shows you how to upcycle t-shirts into a flattering asymmetrical top.
This tutorial details how to make your own gloves with an easy method that even beginners can use.
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. […]
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 […]
Here are 6 easy fixes for bra straps that are always sliding off your shoulders.
This easy-to-make DIY bobbin holder costs almost nothing, and it works great!
This easy DIY dress is made from just two circles of fabric.