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    Simple Drawstring Bag Tutorial

    Posted by on Sep 06 2017

    This is a simple bag pattern that makes up quickly and is great for a lunch bag, small shopping bag and general catch all. It’s super quick and easy to make, too, so it’s perfect when you need a quick gift or sewing project and don’t have a lot of time.  It was recently featured […]

    DIY Bishop in July Issue of Sew Beautiful

    Posted by on Jun 12 2012

    My copy of the July/August Issue of Sew Beautiful just arrived and in it is a fun variation on a smocked bishop that I designed. It’s a very casual, easy sew project and because it is smocked with honeycomb smocking, you don’t need a pleater.  Seriously, even if you aren’t a smocker or always thought […]

    Valentine’s Mail Pouch

    Posted by on Feb 10 2011

    These Valentine’s mail pouches were easy to make and a ton of fun.  I got the tutorial for them on the At Second Street Blog.   Nice step by steps with photos and they take hardly any fabric at all, which is nice when you’re trying to use up the “too big to toss but […]

    Quilted Trick or Treat Bag

    Posted by on Oct 07 2010

    If you’re a sewer with kids, October is definitely the month you come in to your own. After all, nobody ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ over the neatly shortened pants or the nice new curtains you made for the kitchen windows. Those boring, everyday things are just done by the sewing fairies. *laugh, snort* Nope, the real […]

    It’s All About Me!

    Posted by on Jul 22 2010

    After a mammoth couple of months of ‘business’ sewing, including five Christmas/winter articles, a Valentine’s Day cross-stitch and more, I’m finally taking a bit of a break from ‘gotta-dos’ to sew some ‘wanna-dos’. Last night, I cut out the lining for my Ottobre raincoat. Yes, yes, I know it’s taken me until now to get […]