Super Easy Crinkle Gauze Swaddle Blankets

Crinkle Gauze Summer Baby Swaddle Blankets

It's so strange how close this babe of mine is to being born. I keep waiting for insane nesting urges to strike, but as of yet… I am just puttering along day by day, overseeing the summer play of his many older siblings, as unfinished business keeps piling up around me. It's remarkably chill compared to my last pregnancy. At least, I now have this … [Read more...]

Maternity Southport Maxi

Maternity Maxi (Southport pattern by True Bias, Sewn by Sew Fearless)

I've been wearing my maternity tanks to death since I sewed them, but I felt like I needed something a little more special for Sunday mass and date nights. When Lauren pointed out how nursing-friendly the new True Bias Southport Dress pattern was, I realized how easily it could be adjusted into the perfect maternity/nursing dress to wear for the rest of … [Read more...]

How to Pair Bag Fabrics and Interlinings

How to pair bag fabrics to interlinings for the better-than-basic bag

It's the end of the Better-Than-Basic Bag "Launch Week"! I hope you enjoyed my heavier-than-usual posting schedule, and found my posts helpful. I did want to cover one more topic before we end - pairing your bag fabrics with interfacings and interlinings! The Better-Than-Basic Bag calls for a heavy-weight fabric for the outer bag. Quilting … [Read more...]

How To Shop For Leather

the sew fearless guide to shopping for leather

When of the first questions I always get when I mention my leather sewing to others is "but where do you buy it?!" Living in a small town means I am limited to Jo-Ann Fabrics (which doesn't carry leathers) and the internet for my fabric shopping.  Fortunately, "the internet" has more and more options popping up every day. Lack of knowledge can be one … [Read more...]

Sew To Grow Sheepskin Leather Review

Better-Than-Basic Bag, with cobalt blue sheepskin leather

This is a review post. I was provided only the product in question in exchange for sharing my experience working with it in this post. Lindsey Rae of Sew To Grow caught my eye by posting her wonderful collection of colored leathers on Instagram. I am a sucker for Bright & Happy, and her shop has it in spades! She was kind enough to send me one of … [Read more...]

How To Install A Magnetic Snap

how to install a pronged magnetic snap - a tutorial

The Better-Than-Basic Bag pattern assumes knowledge of how to install a pronged magnetic snap. If you have never installed a snap before, don't let that deter you! They are quick and easy, and today I will show you how! Even if you have installed one, read through and see how I make my snaps extra sturdy. There is very little more annoying then … [Read more...]

Better-Than-Basic Bag Tester Photos

The Better-Than-Basic Bag Pattern by, photo by Natalie (Carry Hers)

I want to take this moment to thank my pattern testers. They took their precious time and fabrics and risked in on my early drafts and this pattern is better for it. THANK YOU SO MUCH, DEAR FRIENDS! Would you like to see their versions? I thought so. First off, we have Kat Schrodt, known on Instagram as mama_kat. She has such a great eye for … [Read more...]

The Better-Than-Basic Bag Pattern Launch & Giveaway

The Better-Than-Basic Bag Pattern by

The Better-Than-Bag Pattern is now here and ready for sale! I couldn't be more excited to share this pattern with you. My goal in designing this pattern was to provide a great basic bag pattern that still pushed those that used it out of their sewing comfort zone to learn something new. The Better-Than-Basic Bag features a deep leather bag … [Read more...]