In Search Of Inspiration, Tanzanian Fabrics And The Kilimanjaro

I have to admit it right out front.  Hunting for Tanzanian fabrics was not my main reason for coming to Africa.  Instead, my husband and I were there with some friends to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at almost 20,000 feet or 6,ooo meters. However, being an … Continue reading

Tips for Choosing Fabric for Children’s Clothes

fabric for childrens clothes

All parents would agree that it’s a herculean task to maintain children’s clothes. All the chocolates and cookies that they snack on inevitably leave their mark on that pretty dress or handsome pair of pants, not to mention puddles of mud and dirt cakes. Moreover, the sensitive skin of the … Continue reading

An Introduction to Sewing Sweater Knits

sewing sweater knits

Ah, sweater knits! These highly textural, stretch fabrics can be cozy, lacy, casual, or sophisticated. With a good sweater knit and a little practice, you can cut and sew a sweater in a day or less, even if you can’t knit or crochet. Yes, they’re enabling. And they’re beautiful. If … Continue reading

Carpet Tote Bag FREE Pattern – Making Bags From Unusual Materials

carpet tote bag

My carpet tote bag is the result of my never-ending desire to make bags with unusual materials.  It’s also, the result from impulse buying…  I was looking for some materials that I could use instead of leather, and I was practicing my usual “whatever catches my eye” technique.  This is something I do often, … Continue reading

How to make and attach embroidered patches to velvet

attach embroidered patches

Last week the embroidered hoodie pattern got many of you guessing how to attach embroidered patches to stretchable velvet.  I’m sure the advanced sewists out there got the clues immediately after looking at the fabric swatches.  For the others, I’m now going to show you how I did it and … Continue reading