Dec 102014
Handmade Napkins in Less Than 10 Minutes

I came across this tutorial for making handmade napkins, for everyday or any special occasion. They are so easy to make, you could whip up a dozen in just a couple of hours. These would be a nice hostess gift, alone or with any combination of kitchen and table linens, such as placemats, table runner,

Dec 052014
Handmade Dinner Roll Holder

I love this dinner roll holder. I had never seen one before. This would make a wonderful hostess gift. I would love to make one (or two) of these to go with a matching casserole or pie carrier, placemats, napkins, and table runner. I like the contrasting colors, but using the same color would be

Sep 042013
Making a Quilt With a Regular Sewing Machine

Making a quilt and quilting aren’t necessarily the same thing. I have quilted smaller projects, such as small blankets, placemats, chair covers, that sort of thing. All that means is I sandwiched a layer of batting between two pieces of fabric, sewed them together and then proceeded to quilt some lines across the fabric to

Jul 112013
Easy sewing projects for beginners - Aprons

My mother used to make our clothes when we were little. I would help her thread the sewing machine needle. That was the beginning of my love for sewing. One of my very first sewing projects in eighth grade Home Ec was a pink denim jumper (do they even have Home Ec in schools, anymore?).

Jul 072013
How to Make a Bootie Bag (Jeans Purse)

I started making these in 2009. I’ve made them for some of my family and friends, and they just love them. I only use jeans that have five pockets, and that are in very good condition. I use the left front pocket for incidentals, change, things that I want to get to without digging around

Apr 282013
Holiday Gift Ideas - Homemade Scented Sachets

Homemade Scented Sachets Scented sachets; using fabric scraps and some matching ribbon, you can make these in minutes. It’s simple, and would make a really nice gift for Mom, or any woman in your life (grandmother, sister, aunt, BFF, teacher, etc.). Birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day; no matter what the occasion, these sachets are

Jan 182013
Learn to Make a Quilt from Start to Finish by Carolyn S. Vagts

Learn to Make a Quilt from Start to Finish by Carolyn S. Vagts Publication Date: December 1, 2011 Book Description: With simple instructions for beginners and insider techniques for quilting veterans, this book walks stitchers through the process of making a quilt with the aid of step-by-step photographs. Focusing on a one-block pattern, this book

Jan 102013
Sewing in No Time: 50 Step-by-step Weekend Projects Made Easy

Sewing in No Time: 50 Step-by-step Weekend Projects Made Easy By Emma Hardy Book Description: Store-bought soft furnishings can be expensive and the choice is often limited but with so many gorgeous designer fabrics on sale, there’s never been a better time to make your own. “Sewing in No Time” sets out 50 simple step-by-step

Nov 182012
DIY Quilted Casserole or Pie Carrier - Great Gift Idea

I Love! Love! Love! these gift ideas! Any one of these beautiful casserole/pie carriers would make a great housewarming gift, or something special for a friend during the holidays. Take it one step further (or even two or three steps further depending on your budget), and add a dish and a decorative bag of ingredients,

Nov 172012

How-To Make a Ruffled Flower These adorable flowers can be used to accessorize headbands, barrettes, purses, bags, hats, scarves, brooches, etc. They are so quick and easy to make, and would be great gifts. Materials Needed: small strip of fabric 14″ long x 2-1/2″ wide* heavy-duty thread buttons hand-sewing needle scissors You can use any