101 Creative Ideas to Recycle Denim Jeans

recycle denim

Denim is a fantastic fabric I was rummaging through my closet the other day and I noticed that I had built up a pretty good supply of old denim jeans that I was unlikely to ever wear (or be able to wear.. ) again.  Ditto for both my husband and my kids who have now outgrown numerous items made of denim from jeans to jackets.  I don’t know about you, but I suspect this may be the case with many readers. I then got to thinking about what a waste it would be to just throw these old garments away.  Unfortunately donating isn’t an easy option where I live as that would be a good alternative too.  So I began to think of ways I could repurpose or recycle all of this wonderful blue, black and white cotton denim. One … Continue reading

How to add extra pockets to any tote bag

add extra pockets

This week I want to show you how to add extra pockets to any tote bag.  I’ll demonstrate this with the extra pockets I added at the bottom of the small canvas tote bag that was recently published on our site.  Please also check out the full video tutorial showing all the steps in making this wonderful accessory. I love totes, especially small ones.  They are easy to make and to carry because they limit the number of things you can put inside.  That makes it easier on your back and perfect for walking around. With a small tote, all the essentials are right at your fingertips for you and everyone else as well, unfortunately!  But, where do you put your money?  This is one of those sewing hacks when you are not entirely satisfied with the number of pockets that your … Continue reading

Vintage Sewing Ideas: Free Patterns Roundup

Vintage Sewing Ideas

Do you love vintage designs as much as I do? I’ve always had a fascination with vintage clothing designs.  While styles have changed a lot over the years, there are some truly classic vintage designs that continue to look good, or even better, as time goes by. But what is “vintage” you might ask?  It seems like one of those terms that are probably not well defined and vary according to the eye of the beholder –so I thought I’d try to come up with a definition.  When I began my research, it turns out there actually is a semi-official definition of “vintage” clothing after all.  The below is from Wikipedia: Generally speaking, clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 20 years before the present day is considered vintage. … Continue reading

50+ Easy Valentine’s Day Sewing Projects for 2017

valentine's day sewing projects

Has Cupid’s arrow struck yet? Well, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love is most definitely in the air with these cute Valentine’s Day sewing projects. Here are more than 50 fun projects that will help you and the loved ones enjoy this special holiday.   Maybe you can even make some of these with your sweetie. Whether you need some decorations ideas, something fun to wear, or to make a gift, this cute collection has it all. Melt any heart with these free, cute and easy Valentine’s Day sewing projects! Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too. And don’t forget to pin so everyone can enjoy! Valentine’s Day Sewing Roundup

The Great Christmas Sewing Roundup: 50+ Projects

christmas sewing roundup

In case you’re looking for some sewing ideas for the holidays, here’s our Great Christmas Sewing Roundup with more than 50 seasonal sewing projects and tutorials. Some of my sewing friends call it the “Fat Quarter” (sewing pun definitely intended..)—that’s the final quarter of the calendar year with all the holidays, family meals, etc.  It’s easy to see how one might put on that extra pound or kilo here or there if we’re not careful.  But what this time of year also provides are numerous opportunities to sew. The holiday season is one of the best excuses we sewists may ever have just to sew like crazy to impress all our neighbours, family and friends with our seriously hard-earned and outstandingly creative sewing skills… and no-one had better stop us!  Whether you’re on the lookout for a full-scale Christmas table project … Continue reading

50+ Cute and Cozy Free Dog Bed Patterns

dog bed patterns

They are our most special friends…bottomless cups of cuteness all day long and all night too! We want only the best for our furry friends because there’s no one in the world who loves us quite like they do and the feeling is definitely mutual! Sewing for your dog might be some of the most rewarding sewing you’ll ever do…because you just know that whatever you make for him is going to result in far more than just one future smile. Where our pets are involved, there’s just no end to the joy they bring and so the same goes for our doggy sewing efforts.  We’ve done some features on Sewing for Your Dog in the past but this time we wanted to focus solely on one of the things that makes your doggy the happiest and put together a … Continue reading

Best Free Tote Bag Patterns: 60+ of Our Favorites!

Tote Bag Patterns

Indeed…it’s strange how, over the decades, as our lives have apparently gotten simpler: what with iPads, color-sensing foundations, lash curling mascara, phones which are smarter than we are and so on; our bags have gotten no smaller. In fact, as the capacities of our all-sorting gadgets has increased…so has our dire need for pocket space, zip compartments and extra padding. Bags are a wonderful and complicated business and it’s each to his (or, more rightly HER) own. It’s true, most of us will have our trusty favorite, a bag that stands the test of time, with logically arranged pockets- God willing. However for many of us, different occasions call for vastly different bags, there’s shopping, working, gym and craft meetings…all requiring us to carry vastly different paraphernalia. If you’ve ever tried to find the right bag at a store, you … Continue reading

Sewing Tips and Tricks: 120+ of our best ideas

Sewing Tips

When it comes to sewing tips and tricks…there’s no shortage of resources. Indeed, when we Google a basic question concerning a sewing machine attachment we’ve just purchased or a new technique we need to master before we can complete our next project, sometimes we find ourselves overwhelmed by choices. However, it makes a big difference to have all those Sewing Tips provided by a source you know you can trust, collected and set out in a manner that’s logical and easy to make use of. That’s exactly the reason why we decided to put together this handy list of Sewing Tips and Tricks. I’m talking about everything you’ll need as a beginner or anything short of a seasoned expert (and even then!). From understanding your machine to time saving hacks which every budding seamstress ought to be aware of! Sewing Tips … Continue reading

Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes Roundup

halloween costumes

It’s almost that time of year again, can you believe it?! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting up late into the night for weeks on end to finish Halloween costumes for the fam-fam…well here we go again! Too many vague ideas floating around in your head? Don’t know where to start? Do not fret and have no fear (not until the ghouls come knocking anyway)! We are here to support you with a host of great ideas, patterns and tutorials inspired by none other than all our favourite flicks! So if you’re hung up on deciding on a theme, just go with the movie you (and your kids) love the most… Despicable Me: This one is ideal for sewing mammas with little tots as this is an unquenchable hit amongst the kiddies…and who doesn’t crack a smile when … Continue reading

10 Travel Sewing Projects Before Your Next Trip

travel sewing projects

With summer coming to a close and the popular travelling holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas now on the horizon, we thought it would be timely to compile of list of travel sewing projects that will make your upcoming journeys a bit more enjoyable.  I did a lot of travelling this summer and how I wished I had had many of these helpful items with me at the time.  When I got back, I put this list of travel sewing projects together thinking of all the things I wish I had had during our trip. Travel is the time when you need lot of bags and pouches for storing and organising those itsy bitsy items. For long distance travel, you might even need few items to make your journey as comfortable as possible. The good news is that you need not have … Continue reading

Sewing for Your Dog: It’s a Dog’s Life Roundup

Sewing for your Dog

It’s a Dog’s Life Who loves you unconditionally? Who stares at you with those big brown eyes, hanging on your every word? Who eats whatever you make for them (well, most of the time)? Who is always the happiest to see you and is always game for a cuddle?  You’ve got it…we love our pooches! Every day they bring so much laughter and joy into our lives.  Indeed, for so many of us, they are our babies, our children, our be-all and end-all! And there’s nothing quite as delightful as seeing them decked out in new gear…sometimes it takes a little getting used to but soon they’re rocking it like Bow Wow. Sew Many Dogs.. Did you know that there are 78-80 million family dogs in the US alone?  Around 40% of all households in the US have a family dog. … Continue reading