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sewing 101: gardening apron

There’s no rule that says we have to make a mess of ourselves when digging in the dirt, right? Well, maybe there kind of is, but even so, it helps to have all your tools handy while you’re getting dirty. This simple work apron will do the trick, keeping your gloves, seed packets and shears…

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Wednesday May 11th, 2011

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sewing 101: sew a terrarium

I’m totally smitten with the terrarium trend — a tiny, private world occupied by lush greens and adorable figurines? Who could resist? So in thinking about what would be fun to sew this spring, and with greenery sprouting up all around me, I couldn’t help but wonder if I could somehow sew a terrarium. It…

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Wednesday April 20th, 2011

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sewing 101: embroidered eggs

Some people may get spring fever, but around this time of year, I get egg fever. Egg decorating is, without a doubt, my all-time favorite holiday-crafting activity. When I came across an image recently of eggs made by Ukrainian folk artist Forostyuk Inna that were embroidered (yes, really embroidered!), my mind was officially blown. A…

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Wednesday March 30th, 2011

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sewing 101: oilcloth storage bin

If you’ve got spring cleaning on the brain, you may be looking for some new organizational solutions (aren’t we all?). Here’s a quick and easy sewing project to help the cause — fabric bins! These little containers are perfect for holding odds and ends, from bathroom clutter to craft-room supplies. I’ll show you how to…

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Wednesday February 16th, 2011

Wednesday January 26th, 2011

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sewing 101: color spectrum pet bed

Pets get chilly in the wintertime, too (I noticed that my kitty has been making herself little nests all over my apartment since the cold weather has really set in), so keep them extra cozy with a quilted pet bed stitched in a winter-blues-blasting color palette! In this post, you’ll learn how to sew the…

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Wednesday January 12th, 2011

Wednesday December 22nd, 2010

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sewing 101: cookie cutter ornaments

sewing 101: cookie cutter ornaments

Few things spark nostalgia like favorite family recipes, and Christmas cookies have got to be one of the most nostalgic family treats of all. I designed these tree ornaments to commemorate some of my favorite cookie cutters. These were made by tracing the cutters themselves then adorning them with embroidery “icing.” They’re a great way…

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Wednesday December 8th, 2010

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sewing 101: tree skirt

sewing 101: tree skirt

Deck your halls DIY-style this year with an easy handmade tree skirt! In this post, I’ll show you the basics of sewing a simple round skirt, which you can adapt to any custom size to fit your tree — from a majestic 12-foot fir to an NYC-apartment-sized mini-tree like mine. The fabric you choose will…

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Wednesday November 24th, 2010

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Wednesday November 3rd, 2010

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sewing 101: wool throw

sewing 101: wool throw

I’ve been totally smitten with the beautiful throws springing up everywhere lately. But I don’t love their hefty price tags. DIY to the rescue! There’s an amazing array of stunning wool fabrics on the market, and it’s insanely easy to whip up a throw yourself with just a couple yards of fabric. At the fabric…

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Wednesday October 13th, 2010

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sewing 101: kitchen cozy

sewing 101: kitchen cozy

when I get on a mission to tidy up my apartment, i usually end up becoming promptly frustrated by my woeful lack of storage space. so i’m always looking for ways to lose that feeling of clutter, even when i don’t really have any real space to stash my stuff—and thus, this kitchen cozy was…

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Wednesday June 30th, 2010

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sewing 101: piping

sewing 101: piping

Okay, it may not be the sexiest topic in the sewing world, but piping is a darn handy tool to have in your stitchy arsenal. It adds a super-professional touch to pillows and cushions, as well as accessories like pot holders, placemats—just about anything that needs a little trimming action. You can buy piping in…

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Wednesday June 9th, 2010

Wednesday May 26th, 2010