Leather and fabric handbag: the perfect mix for beginners

leather and fabric handbag

This leather and fabric handbag is the perfect project for those who are starting to sew with leather and for those who are bored with fabric only handbags.  You can make this with a normal domestic sewing machine so don’t be afraid to give it a try! I am not yet an expert in leather work.  But, I absolutely love the material for its durability and handling.  Furthermore, the shine of the leather will forgive a mistake should you need to unpick a seam, so I suggest to buy a whole hide and not to be afraid of trying.  It won’t go to waste! If you don’t feel like trying with leather, you can also use vinyl, oilcloth, canvas or another heavy fabric.  I just wanted to try with leather and it came out so well, my daughter won’t give it back … 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

The Many Amazing Benefits of Quilting

benefits of quilting

A lot has been written about the many benefits of quilting, but it is only in the last couple of years that scientists and scholars really started to study this claim. A long time ago, quilting was done for a very practical reason –to keep the family warm especially during the cold winter months. This is not really required as much anymore because of advances in technology and with women working more outside the home, there has been less time.  Surprisingly and thankfully however, this did not cause the demise of quilting which is still alive and popular as a form of hobby and expression of creativity. A few months ago we did an article about How Sewing Fights Depression.  If you missed it, please check it out.  We were delighted that this article was widely shared and reprinted by several … 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

Sewing Wallets: Step by Step – launch

sewing wallets

It’s official!  The Sewing Wallets: Step by Step class is now live on Craftsy after what has been months of behind the scenes work, and more than 70 wallets sewn!  There are 3 simple wallet projects you can sew along with lots of tips along the way to help you all get great results.  These simple projects are even suitable for those who are fairly new to sewing as Deby teaches you everything you need to know, every step of the way. You’ll get the opportunity to learn: 3 different closures you can use on your wallets, and how to install them how to sew a zipper pocket without a zipper foot (although you can still use one of course if you are comfortable with it) how to fold and sew pockets for your bank cards to minimise bulk and … Continue reading

Crushed velvet dress – easy project for your fall wardrobe

crushed velvet dress

A crushed velvet dress is all the rage this fall.  This style usually means dressing in layers.  Stockings, light coats, long vests, short dresses worn as tops –the possibilities are endless.  The short dress for autumn is an essential piece of clothing that can take us from morning to night time.  It is easy to add to if the temperature drops and easy to wear during the warm hours of the day. Autumn and spring really is when northern and southern hemispheres actually have similar temperatures, so this design should work for everyone.  This particular dress is one of my favorites because of the flexibility that it provides –worn with high boots, stockings and ankle boots, over skinny jeans, leggings or just a scarf.  It is the perfect piece of clothing for your wardrobe.  Layer it any way you want and you’ll have … Continue reading

Adding Bling with Fabric Stencils, Sew-On Jewels, and Sequins

fabric stencils

Printing using fabric stencils is one of the easiest ways to decorate a garment in need of a bit of excitement.  To tell you the truth, the princess I “borrowed” for the photo shoot a couple weeks ago for the Easy Princess Dress Pattern didn’t like the costume at first.  Who can blame her?  There was no tiara, no jewels or slippers and most importantly no bling on the dress to make her feel special. The costume she wore was made of satin.  Plain satin can be a flat and somewhat boring fabric if it doesn’t have a little bling on it.  Satin is like a blank canvas where you can paint, embroider and glue things to it to make it more exciting and beautiful. So I set about to liven up the Easy Princess Dress and in the process I wanted to … Continue reading

Winner of $100 Giveaway from Ellie and Mac Announced

And the winner of the $100 Ellie and Mac Giveaway is…: We’re delighted to announce the winner of the $100 Ellie and Mac Giveaway as Isabelle T. from Quebec, Canada.  Isabelle entered the contest by visiting the Ellie and Mac Facebook page.  We’ll pass Isabelle’s details on to Lindsey at Ellie and Mac who will shortly be in touch with the gift certificate. This is first time I can recall a winner of one of our giveaways from Canada.  We’re delighted that someone from up north has won as Canada represents our third largest readership base after the US and the UK.  We have almost 40,000 readers per month in Canada so we’re delighted to see a giveaway winner among them. $100 Giveaway from Ellie and Mac We had a terrific turnout for this giveaway with over 1,000 entries.  If … Continue reading

Surprise Craftsy Sale: All Classes Under $20!

surprise craftsy sale

We don’t usually like to send out too much about these Craftsy sales as I’m sure you all get enough emails directly from them.  However, I thought it would be worth highlighting this special surprise sale they have decided to run just for this weekend. All Craftsy classes are going for under $20!  For classes that are regularly $29.99, that’s a good savings of some 30% –which is worth looking in to.  However, this sale covers ALL their classes including those classes usually prices at $49.99 (60% savings), $59.99 (67% savings) and even $69.99 (71% savings!)  Classes can be for sewing, quilting, or any other topic in the Craftsy Catalog. If you’ve been waiting for a good time to grab those more expensive Craftsy classes, now’s the time!  Click HERE to shop this sale. Here are a couple of my … Continue reading

Craftsy Sewing Wallets Class – Free Giveaway!

Sewing Wallets: Step by step. Learn lots of new sewing skills and techniques while sewing 3 fun and interesting wallet projects.

We recently revealed a few behind the scenes shots and sneak peaks of Deby’s upcoming Craftsy class Sewing Wallets: Step By Step.  I’m delighted to tell you that editing is almost completed and the class will be ready to launch soon.  Keep following to hear more about the launch. You’ll get the opportunity to learn: 3 different snaps you can use on your wallets, and how to install them how to sew a zipper pocket without a zipper foot (although you can still use one of course if you are comfortable with it) how to fold and sew pockets for your bank cards about the different types of interfacing that are suitable for wallet making how to sew both fixed and removable wrist straps, and the hardware you’ll need 3 different wallet patterns all based on a similar set of … Continue reading

The easy long cardigan, a staple in your wardrobe

easy long cardigan

This is a super easy project.  You’ll see that there isn’t a long tutorial because the design and construction are so simple.  This cardigan is very minimalistic and streamlined –perfect for the busty girl.  I have used tulle in the back to add a bit of drama but it is completely optional and you could use the same knit fabric to make the project even simpler. The easy long cardigan is a design that has been around since the sixties.  A favorite of women who have to step out in their pajamas to drop the kids at school.  At least that is what we see in the movies, isn’t it?  The fact is that it is a staple in women’s wardrobes. Worn with leggings and a tank top or shorts and heels, it is the perfect accessory to hide your bottom. … Continue reading