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T-Shirt Quilt Revamped!

January 7, 2015 in Projects

tshirt quilt Happy 2015! T-shirt quilts are so cool and full of memories! Annnnd, you get to make great use of those old t-shirts you just can't bear to throw away! They may be a little time consuming to create (a really fun kind of time consuming, of course) but, they aren't too difficult to make! Back in November 2011, I posted a ...

Cover Hemming with the Ovation

December 29, 2014 in News, Tips & Tricks

098 Hello hello! We're going to talk Cover Hem stitching today with the Baby Lock Ovation Serger (and you can follow this tutorial with the Baby Lock Evolution, as well)! It is super convenient to have the cover stitch available on your serger! I am going to show you how to set your machine up for the Cover/Chain stitch. It takes a little ...

Using Decorative Thread with a Serger

December 9, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

085 copy Serging is so fun, isn't it?! I think it's even more fun when you can use it for more than just finishing seams! I was at a Baby Lock event and was shown how to use a heavy decorative thread and a serger cover stitch to create my own decorative stitch and design on fabric! I learned on the beautiful ...

Make a Cinch Backpack Bag with a T-Shirt!

November 3, 2014 in Projects

Cinch Bag copy Christmas is coming and these drawstring backpack bags (or cinch bags) make really great, personalized gifts! Did you know that Americans spend about $450 billion on Christmas gifts every year (resource here). I learned about an idea 2 years ago called Advent Conspiracy and it proposes the idea of celebrating Christmas differently by giving special, relational gifts and not spending ...

DIY Gathered Key Fob Tutorial

October 13, 2014 in Projects

IMG_3497 These adorable key fobs are really easy to sew! They make really great gifts, as well! Here's what you need for this key fob tutorial: 2 cut strips of fabric 15" by 2" (can be the same fabric or coordinating) 1 - 1.5" wide by 30-40" long strip of fabric (for the ruffle) 1 - 15" by 2" strip of an interfacing or I ...
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Fun Halloween Project Ideas

September 25, 2014 in Inspiration

Halloween Hexagon Table Runner Believe it or not (I'm trying to pretend like summer is still going strong...), Halloween is right around the corner, and there are so many fun and easy tutorials out there that are perfect for this time of year! Today, I'd like to share some spooktacular project ideas to help get you in the mood for some Halloween sewing. A quick story ...

Warm Lavender Aromatherapy Rice Bag Tutorial

September 12, 2014 in Projects

Totally Stitchin': Warm Lavendar Aromatherapy Rice Bag Tutorial I was looking for some natural ways to relieve stress for a friend and remembered these awesome fabric tubes of warmth and relaxation. A friend of mine gave me a rice bag in college...and, I'm not sure where it went. They're so easy to make and smell so lovely! Lindsay Wilkes with The Cottage Mama has a tutorial for a ...

Aromatherapy Flower Pin Tutorial

September 11, 2014 in Projects

Totally Stitchin': Aromatherapy Flower Pin I have some stressed out friends (sometimes myself included: read here) and am just starting to learn about the benefits of essential oils. Do you use essential oils? I have learned that lavender is a soothing/calming scent and have read that to calm you down or help you sleep, place a drop or 2 on the palm of your hands ...

Sew over Anxiety

September 10, 2014 in News

Totally Stitchin': Sew Over Anxiety As I talk to my friends, it turns out many of us have something awful in common from time to time...anxiety! Stupid ol' anxiety...it takes on different characteristics from person to person and how it affects each of us physically, mentally, and emotionally. It has the ability to interfere with our day to day, how we think, how we feel ...

How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress

July 24, 2014 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Corset Back to a Wedding Dress This is so cool! I've done a lot of bridal gown alterations and from time to time a dress is too tight or the bride just wants to replace the zipper with a corset back and they're so pretty! I used to make my own lace-ups (which, typically takes forever) until I had someone mention they had seen pre-made satin ...