Spring Mug Rug with FREE Template

Template and directions to make this Spring Mug Rug or placemat.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on bigger projects recently, designing and testing sewing patterns which is a lengthy process.  So I wanted something fun to sew, something seasonal, something not clothes!  It’s feeling very much like Spring is here so I rummaged through my cottons and found some … Continue reading

How to Sew Snap Tape to Close a Pillow Back

How to sew snap tape to make a pillow back so you can remove the cover for washing.

I’ve been making a few throw pillows (cushions if you are British) just recently and been looking for ways to close the back so they are still easily accessible for removing the insert and washing the cover, but I don’t have any long zips right now (and I admit I’ve … Continue reading

Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern

Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern. Free pattern, quick and easy to sew but so many uses!

My own makeup bag was in need of some attention.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup, hardly ever and a quick look inside my bag reveals congealed mascara, eyeshadow colors that haven’t changed since the early 90’s and some supermarket brand lipsticks.   I do have a couple of … Continue reading

Scrappy Christmas Table Mats

Scrappy Christmas Table Mat tutorial. That tree is made up of all the tiniest pieces - how its done is genius!

Dare I confess to having never made a table mat in my life? First time for everything!! Especially if it involves using fabric scraps:) It’s surprisingly easy – have a go:) For one mat you will need: Base fabric Batting Scraps of fabric in greens, shimmery see-through fabric, and a … Continue reading

Easy Snowflake Coasters to Sew – FREE Template

Quick and easy snowflake coasters to sew in either fabric or no-sew in felt too. Fun kids activity or ideal hostess gifts too.

We can’t deny it, the holiday season is soon upon us. I’m not planning to sew a lot of Christmassy or winter-themed items this year. It’s just not that wintery here in Cayman! That doesn’t mean I don’t want to dot around a few subtle Christmas items around the place, … Continue reading

Stitch ‘n Swap – a Book Review

Book review for Stitch and Swap. Book filled with small sewing projects in all sorts of topics for things that you can make as gifts or to sew and swap with others. Details on how to run a sewing swap also included.

This week I had the chance to peruse a review copy of this fun book Stitch ‘n Swap!  The book is full of practical tips for organizing a swap, everything from choosing a theme, and putting together a group to setting guidelines and dealing with dropouts. Sew, Give, and Receive. These are the basic … Continue reading