Easy Cloth Napkins Sewing Tutorial

We use cloth napkins for meals, and I send them in the kids’ lunches. You can buy polyester napkins very cheaply, but it can be surprisingly hard to buy cotton napkins with reasonably attractive designs. I recently discovered that fat quarters make great generously sized cloth napkins. You save time cutting fabric (not that it […]

Top Post of 2014: Weighted Blanket Sewing Tutorial

Early in 2013, I was talking to my sister on the phone and she mentioned that she wanted a weighted blanket for my nephew. I offered to make one, and decided to take photos and add a few illustrations to create a weighted blanket sewing tutorial. This tutorial became my most popular post of all […]

Easy Sewing Project for Kids: Felt Bags Tutorial

The kids have been putting their sewing machine to good use making felt bags! This easy sewing project for kids produces a fun, functional messenger bag – and you only have to sew two seams! I have a print-out with dimensions (not drawn to scale, so pay close attention to the numbers) at the end […]

Easy Giraffe Sewing Pattern and Giraffe Coloring Page

Felt stuffies are wonderful first sewing sewing projects for kids! Needles slide through felt very easily and felt does not unravel, so kids can focus on making small enough stitches that are close enough together – no small task for beginners! I put together an easy giraffe sewing pattern, and Johnny was able to sew […]

Make a Skirt a Day: Book Review

Pattern drafting is something I have enjoyed playing around with since I was a teenager. Many, many months ago – right when we first got to California – I was sent a review copy of Nicole Smith’s delightful pattern drafting book, Skirt a Day (affiliate link – items purchased through this link may earn this […]