T-shirt Upcycle Madness: 15+ Fun Projects

t-shirt upcycle

So…with well over 2 billion t-shirts being made every year, it’s no wonder so many of us find ourselves with cupboards (especially our male counterparts’ cupboards) which are starting to overflow with years and years worth of t-shirts which are kind of cool but just don’t seem to get worn all that much. We are loathe to throw them away… I’m a big fan of the comfort and feel of soft t-shirt material and I know that I always keep mine in the hope of finding a way to upcycle them later on. Another little addiction of mine is thrift store tees, old logos and prints which maybe aren’t in production any more or at any rate, rugged old tees which just seem so infinitely cool. Knowing that many of you might have a similar affinity I thought, why not … 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

8 autumn sewing projects for 2016

autumn sewing projects

Autumn Sewing Projects For everyone living in the northern hemisphere, Autumn is definitely here now.  Fast approaching too are the fun family events and holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving.  We thought we’d compile some fun autumn sewing projects to help you prepare. Along with myriads of memories that autumn brings, two things that strike me the most about the season are the colors and the autumn leaves. The bright and bold hues have a lot of influence on the sewing projects that I undertake. Here are 8 fun and interesting autumn sewing projects that will help brighten up your days with the colors of fall. Fall Mug Rugs Here is a very interesting project influenced by the colors of the season. All you need to make this mug rug are fabrics in autumn colors, matching thread, flannel for the filling and template … Continue reading

Great Gifts to Sew Roundup: Something For Everyone

There’s no better feeling than making a friend or family member’s day.  It’s wonderful to see them smile and give you a great big hug of thanks. It’s such a delight being able to use my sewing craft to make gifts for my friends and make them feel special.  It’s even better to give them something useful that they can always remember me by. So Many Gifts to Sew There are so many nifty little accessories and gifts to sew which require only an afternoon or even a couple of hours to make.  These are things you’d struggle to find for sale in a fabric of your choice or things that would simply be too expensive to buy ready made. We’ve published a number of fun accessory projects on the site that make great gifts to sew –everything from Shopping … 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 Vintage Clothing Has Never Been This Easy

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Haven’t you fantasized about being a 1930’s woman wearing that elegant dress that your favorite Hollywood actress wore during her time?  Perhaps you’re looking forward to sewing your own dropped-waist dress, just like the ones which were in style during the early ‘1920s.  If so, let’s take a quick look at the possibility of sewing vintage clothing during the time of Information Technology. (See our recent article The Wandering Waistline Explained for more the dropped-waist and other vintage styles.) Patterns for Sewing Vintage Clothing are Readily Available on the Internet: When we say vintage clothing, we refer to garments that were in style between 20 and 100 years ago that are representative of their era. They are either used, manufactured, handmade or new, which means it comes from dead stock. It’s important to take note that the meaning of vintage is fluid … Continue reading

30 Sewing Hacks You Should Know By Heart

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Are you a hacker? I am not talking about hacking on the computer here, but about a sewist who can work around with what she has on hand and sew easier and faster. Well, if you are not, it’s time to start hacking and here are a few tips and suggestions to become a certified sewing hacker. In the past, we’ve done whole series of Tool Tips focusing on finding and using the best sewing tools.  Here’s just a short list: Tool tips– budget or quality? The brass seam ripper Tool tips – budget or quality? Sewing scissors Tool tips – budget or quality? Wonder Clips Tool tips– Sewing storage ideas Tool tips – budget or quality? The Bodkin But these articles have focused on helping you find the best traditional sewing tools and supplies to get the job done.  Now, we’re … Continue reading

Sewing for Your Cat – Lovely Sewing Projects for Your Feline Friends

Sewing for your cat

Looking to jump-start your creativity? Sewing for pets can be so rewarding and we have a bunch of lovely cat sewing projects to prove it. Treat your cats like royalty with these sewing for your cat projects! These sewing projects for cats can’t help but make you and your pet smile. Free animal sewing patterns don’t often look this good! Give these easy sewing projects a try and you’ll have a cat that’s dressed for success. Every step in these tutorials purr-fectly explains how to make pretty and useful stuff for your cat, so when you are through, you’re gonna have a stylish sewing project for your cat and a very happy furry friend. These sewing for your cat projects make fantastic gifts for your feline friend too! Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and … Continue reading

Star wars sewing projects to bring the force home!

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The world is going Star Wars crazy, there’s no avoiding it, so why not get involved and try out some super Star Wars sewing projects!?! You must be wondering what on earth you could sew related to Star Wars, well I was anyway! There’s actually some super projects out there including costumes of course for adults and children, puppets, but also throws, pillows and even aprons for your kitchen! If you got really into these projects you could create an entire Star wars theme bedroom! I never know there could be so much to create! What I love about some of these projects is that they provide links to great places to buy Star Wars themed fabric, which you can mix in with plains and prints to get a great color scheme going. These items could be great for a … Continue reading

For Men Who Love to Sew

men who love to sew

Sewing is one of those rare fields where women dominate the scene –but there are surely a few men out there who would love to learn to sew at home.  So why don’t we see more guys famously sewing when we have many male fashion designers who have made names for themselves and nearly almost all tailors are men? The main reason is perhaps the widely held, but fixed and oversimplified, idea that sewing is a task fit only for women. Alas, sewing was on the standard curriculum for girls in high school while the boys were usually taught some kind of industrial arts like carpentry or car repair, weren’t they?  As a result, sewing became something that a woman was expected to know, which she can use as her contribution to her future family.  This was especially true during … Continue reading

Oriental sewing roundup for Chinese New Year

oriental sewing roundup

Trying to avoid Valentines Day? So while everybody is busy planning for Valentines, I wondered what else was going on in February.  If I see much more pink I might be sick, and Valentines isn’t for everyone… right? (Like those of us who have been married for more than 5 minutes don’t get a look in!) Anyway, less moaning, more sewing… and inspired I was, as I consulted my teachers calendar and realized it is in fact Chinese New Year on February 8th, and it’s the year of the monkey. This got me thinking… Get inspired with Asian-styled projects in this oriental sewing roundup! New inspiration and ideas for sewing are always good, so why not find some oriental style sewing patterns for all of you?! Not only are there some fabulous dress designs, and cute little purses, but games, bags, decorations … Continue reading