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Why you should Sew your own T-shirts

We are talking t shirts today. While these closet staples may not be the most exciting pattern in the library, they are arguably the most versatile and frequently worn thing you can make. For years I avoided sewing these pattern basics like the plague. Why sew something that cost less to purchase? And that doesn’t even factor […]

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5 Things to Love in your Sewing Studio

Love sewing? I’ve rounded up 5 things that I am loving right now, all very drool worthy. … (some affiliate links below) Unicorn scissors – it’s a pair of unicorn scissors y’all!!! Handheld Garment Steamer – because some fabrics need extra special care. Bernina 350 Cotton + Steel edition – *swoon. Heat activated Secura button thread – once you are […]

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How to add a Tassel String

Lately everything in the DIY community seems to have the motto, ‘put a tassel on it’. Tassels are everywhere! They are on our home decor, jewelry, hair accessories, purses, and of course, our clothes. We have learned how to make tassels from leather, embroidery thread, silk, yarn, and even from t-shirt fabric. But the one […]

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Liberty of London Anneli

Named Patterns, Anneli Dress. Full stop. Ok, so I have friends who literally flip out every time Named Patterns release a new collection. The patterns are very modern looking, and kind of on the European side of fashion. Clean lines, with a twist on classic style. I had yet to make the plunge and actually […]

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Fiesta Groove Dress and Knot Top

Lately I have been on a mission to have fun with my kids. People tell you that they get big fast, but I swear it isn’t until they actually start getting bigger that you realize just how true that statement is. So now it has become my goal to truly be there with them. Not distracted […]

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East Coast Fabric Shops

Talk about the vacation dreams are made of… Grab your favorite sewing friends and take a drive down the East Coast to visit these brick and mortar fabric shops! Because sometimes you just need to FEEL the fabric :).   East Coast Fabric Shop Road Trip Brick and mortar fabrics stores along the United States […]

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Mini Magazine 2 || Spring Break

A mini magazine collection, April 2017 ***FOR VIEWING THE MAGAZINE, PLEASE BRING YOUR CURSOR TO THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE MAGAZINE. A WHITE ARROW WILL APPEAR. CLICK ON THE ARROW TO VIEW EACH PAGE!*** If you are having trouble viewing, please click HERE to be taken to the Adobe magazine host page. For more […]

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Women’s Waterfall Raglan

You know those patterns that you see over and over again in your feed? Before long you find yourself thinking, ‘this is a pattern that I need in my life’. The women’s Waterfall Raglan women’s by Chalk and Notch was one of those patterns for me. I kept seeing photo after glorious photo of this […]

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I AM Floral Bible Skirt

About 4 months ago I challenged myself to go through all of the I AM‘s of the bible. We know God is the great I am, this is what He calls himself when talking to Moses.  God is whatever He needs to be in your present circumstance and beyond. There is no one word that can describe Him, […]

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Rifle Paper Babydoll Dress

  THIS FABRIC Y’ALL!!! I ordered this fabric back in September not knowing it was on back order. When I got the e-mail that I would have to wait, I was patient. I thought, I can wait a few weeks. 5 months later I get a package in the mail and open it up thinking, I didn’t […]

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V is for Victory Dress

  This past weekend we celebrated Valentine’s Day  in what is quite possibly, the coolest Valentine’s Day celebration EVER.  Our local Aviation Museum hosts an annual 1940’s Valentine’s Day ball in their museum airplane hangar, filled with airplanes that were actually used in the war from that era. During WWII, dances were often arranged and held […]

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Victory Roll Hair Tutorial

As mentioned in yesterday’s keyhole dress tutorial, if you are going to sew this awesome 1940’s inspired dress, you really should go ALL IN and style your hair appropriately. Because seriously, how awesome is this hairstyle?!!  (Ok, you don’t have to – but it really is fun!!!) And how much cooler will you look in […]

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Tips to Help Minimize Messy Fur Sewing

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Clorox Company. All opinions are 100% mine. Fur can be really rewarding to sew, but boy does it make a MESS! If I have learned anything though as a Mother of young children, its that sometimes the best memories are made when we […]

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Color by Number Valentines

While searching the mighty interwebs for Valentine’s Day card ideas, I realized I never posted this one from last year on my blog. Previously seen last Valentine’s Day at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store Creative Spark blog, so today we are simply bringing it home. Hopefully these easy printable coloring pages will help some of […]

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16 Fur Projects

I was doing some research on fur projects that I have done to date on the blog. Between Pinterest and the search feature in the upper with hand corner, I was able to drum up 16 DIYs that all involved fur or sherpa. SIXTEEN. That is sixteen times that I pulled out the big guns, […]

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Pepper Verse Dress

This is one of those dresses that has been a month in the making. Last month, we were sitting around one Sunday when I asked my kids what their favorite bible verses were. Making a game out of it, both of my girls decided to research them out. A little over an hour later they […]

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Pepper Verse Dress

This is one of those dresses that has been a month in the making. Last month, we were sitting around one Sunday when I asked my kids what their favorite bible verses were. Making a game out of it, both of my girls decided to research them out. A little over an hour later they […]

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4 Things I’m Loving Right Now

You know when you see something and it just makes you HAPPY?!! Here are 4 sewing projects that I am LOVING right now…don’t they just make you smile? 4 things that are making me happy this Monday morning… Felt Chain Garland by NorthStory Cabin Fever Quilt with Nancy Zieman Pom Window Cushion by Hus & […]

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Kids New Years Goals Journal (free download)

  Our youngest child takes Taekwondo, and one of the things his Master / teacher has each child in class do is write down their goals for the coming years. This teaches the children accountability, setting them up for future successes (or sometimes failures), while allowing them to understand that reaching your goals can sometimes take […]

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Propel Star Wars Drone (video)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Propel Star Wars Battle Drones. All opinions are 100% mine. We are HUGE Star Wars fans in our house, as most of you know having devoted an entire Series to Star Wars DIYs and articles in the past. This epic space adventure has been […]

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Add Pressed Foil to your Christmas Gift

This Christmas I am trying really hard to be extra thoughtful with my presents and gift giving. I find great joy in giving, but I didn’t want to give just anything this year. Often times I find that I get caught up in the business of the Season, and will find myself just buying what is on sale […]

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Is Santa Real?

There comes a time in every parents life when we have to make hard choices. Obviously, this happens time and time again. For us, one of those times came when our eldest daughter kept asking the question, ‘Is Santa Real?’. And she wanted the truth this time. She is ten, it is only natural. She has […]

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Socks, Slippers, and Boot Covers…oh my!

It has happened. I went to my daughter’s soccer practice and couldn’t shake that feeling of deep down COLD. It is time to pull out my comfy cozy Uggs…even if I am the first Mom on the soccer field wearing them! Lol – I just hate being cold, and I have found that having warm […]

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Baby Girl Sewing Patterns

  A lot of our friends are having baby girls, and it is absolutely the sweetest thing ever! This past weekend, one of our dear family friends was the first to give birth for this new baby boom – and it gave me the perfect opportunity to find some new baby girl clothes to sew up. […]

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Sewing for Kindergarten

  Our youngest started Kindergarten. I am just going to take a moment and let that sink in…. I am kind of a hot mess about this, as you may already know from my ‘3 ways to make patches post‘. Somewhere along the patch making process, it really hit me. My little man, my baby, my knight […]

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Harry Potter Party Ideas

  When my daughter turned ten, we wanted to do something special for her. She hadn’t had an official ‘birthday party’ with friends in a couple of years, so this year we gave her the choice. She could pick the kind of party she wanted (within reason), and I would do my best to make it […]

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Sewing Rabbit in Maine

  Every Summer our family tries to plan at least one major vacation. Usually these trips are broken up into family / couple time – where we travel with the kids somewhere, and drop them off on the tail or beginning end at the Grandparents for ‘camp’ while my husband and I travel on together. […]

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Store Closing Sale

All good things must come to an end. The time has come my friends, to say goodbye to Five and Ten Designs. Just making the store closing graphics made me want to cry big fat crocodile tears!!!  As happens in life, eventually we grow and move and pivot, and as hard as it is…sometimes we have […]

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Sudley Dress

I have a confession. When I bought this fabric, I was totally thinking that I was going to make something for the kids with it. I loved it, but it just reminded me of a more child-like fabric. I kept picturing these adorable little girl’s dresses, perhaps with a coordinating navy bodice and word fabric skirt […]

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Shorts Romper

In the past I have stayed away from rompers. I have tried to make them a few times, and as much as I love them – I found that I just wasn’t wearing them as often as I would have liked. And to be honest, when something takes a bit of time to sew – […]

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