Introducing Daisy-The fabric Easter bunny that will make you giggle

fabric easter bunny

I call her “Daisy” the fabric Easter bunny because the daisy flower she represents brings a smile when you stumble upon a hill full of them.  Now imagine the face of your child or grandchild when the Easter eggs open and here comes Daisy out ready to play.  That would be worth a good Easter egg hunt I’d say.  I don’t yet have a name for the male bunny, so feel free to come up with one. If you read my last post on how to make an Easter egg that doubles as a bag from fabric scraps then you will want to make this little toy and place it inside the egg to hide in the garden or in the house if the weather is not cooperating for the annual Easter egg hunt. I recommend using a fat quarter and … Continue reading

Fabric Easter Egg Made with Fabric Scraps

fabric easter egg

You’ll love this tutorial if you’re looking for something different for this Easter.  It’s a kind of Fabric Easter Egg made with fabric scraps and it has a zipper, so you can put a surprise toy inside. This is a wonderful project for beginners but it would also be fun for more advanced sewists.  It allows you to use up some of your fabric scraps while affording an opportunity to practice skills like installing zippers, bias tape application, and pattern drafting in a low-stress and inexpensive project.  The end product will make a fantastic, and hopefully cherished, gift for your child or grandchild. Here’s the backstory for where this idea came from.  When my daughter was a little girl, she carried with her a small bathtub with a little baby inside.  I know it sounds strange, but we had purchased … Continue reading

Detachable collar: the easy way to bling your outfit. Part 1

detachable collar

A detachable collar is perhaps the easiest way to “bling” an outfit and make it more elegant without having to go and spend a whole bunch of money on jewelry.   A removable collar is also a great alternative to the current trend of chokers that are in every jewelry store these days –at least in my corner of the world. Here is a super easy way to make one that will take you only a short time, few supplies and little money to make. When making this collar, you should take into consideration the venerable Fibonacci sequence which is a pillar of design and even architecture.  This sequence of numbers is found all around nature and using it in your designs will make them really stand out.  We are more in tune with nature than you think and our brain recognizes … Continue reading

New Video Tutorial – Sewing the Small Backpack

There was quite a lot to show in this full video tutorial of Sewing the Small Backpack.  It took a while to edit it down, but this video will show you each and every aspect of sewing this project. Don’t be afraid to skip ahead or pause and come back to sections to see exactly how the Small Backpack is sewn. Here’s a recap of the whole sew-along. Small Backpack Pattern Download: Part 1: Small Backpack Pattern, for Small Budgets Part 2: Tutorial on sewing backpack straps, Small Backpack Part 3: How to sew the outside applied pocket & final assembly, Small Backpack

How to sew the outside applied pocket & final assembly, Small Backpack: Part 3

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In this third and final part of the Small Backpack Pattern sew along, we’re going to be sewing the applied pocket and doing the final assembly of the bag.  Hopefully, everyone has been following along from Part 1, where we cut the small backpack pattern, attached the outside zipper, added the lateral small pockets and made the small inner pocket.  Then in Part 2, we sewed the outside zipper, sewed the backpack straps and attached the backpack strap hardware. Additional Materials for this Section: Bias tape 1 3/4″ x 28″ (shorter side) Bias tape 1 3/4″ x 29″ (longer side) Bias tape 1 3/4″ x 30″ (bottom) I would highly encourage you to try to make your own bias tape.  You can find a great tutorial on just how to do this here:  Making Continuous Bias Binding Tape. Video Tutorial … Continue reading

Tutorial on sewing backpack straps, Small Backpack: Part 2

sewing backpack straps

This is a tutorial on sewing backpack straps and it’s the second part of the Small Backpack Pattern sew along.  If you landed here directly without seeing the first part of this sew along tutorial, you may want to go back and start the project from the beginning with Part 1: Small Backpack Pattern, for Small Budgets. This is a technique of sewing backpack straps.  It’s especially useful when you do not have enough fabric to make the handles in the same fabric as the bag.  You can use these straps on totes, backpacks and cross body bags in leather, vinyl, Kraft-Tex, and fabric.   The first thing you may notice is that I’m not using D-rings as specified in the materials list for the tutorial.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get normal rectangular-style D-rings with the rounded sides and I could only … Continue reading

Small Backpack Pattern, for Small Budgets: Part 1

small backpack pattern

If you have been watching the size and style of bags lately, you’ve probably noticed all those impossibly cute little backpacks everyone is carrying.  Along those lines, I’ve made this small backpack pattern to be small (and cute) but still big enough to be practical. You can also use this small backpack as a cross-over or cross body bag as well.  I made that way because I like to have options and truth-be-told, I am a bit paranoid with a backpack.  I guess having grown up in Panama where, as the saying goes, “pickpockets can remove your socks without even taking off your shoes” I have had my share of missing money and wallets.  This is why I’ve added a pocket in the back with a zipper.  There’s an internal pocket, also with a zipper, and even the outside pocket … Continue reading

The Sweatpants That Are Not Just For Sweating

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These sweatpants are the second pattern on our “Sew Fit” storyboard collection and they are not just for sweating as I will demonstrate in the months to come. The fit of the pattern is not the trend of these days which is for thick leggings with pockets.  These sweatpants are more in the traditional (read practical) style and have more room around the legs without being floppy.  With pockets large enough for your phone, they are certainly not the tight leggings that many are sporting today.  But I think you’ll find them very comfortable as well as presentable for that quick trip to the store, and not to mention the gym… These sweatpants are to be worn one inch over your belly button which is the ideal place to avoid the dreaded muffin top look.  The making of this pair of sweatpants … Continue reading

The Hoodie Pattern and Tutorial

hoodie pattern

This is the easiest hoodie pattern and tutorial I could come up with.  I have tried my best to simplify the method, but still, I believe it is for the intermediate to the advanced seamstress.  As promised, we are going to slowly work our way into comfortable workout clothing.  This is the first pattern on our “Sew Fit” storyboard. Hoodies are super popular these days.  They are very functional and can be worn not only as work-out wear but also on any trip to the store or just around the house. This hoodie is a zippered and slightly fitted but is not supposed to be tight, so please pay attention to the finished garment measurements.  It is meant to be worn with a tank top and sweatpants which we will be making later. By far, the best fabric that you can use … Continue reading