Organizing Your Sewing Patterns

Organized Storage of Sewing Patterns

I think I have finally figured it out. I have been struggling with storage for my sewing patterns since I started sewing, but I think I have finally found a simple and effective solution that I will be able to keep up with in the future. The gist of it is this: Only keep patterns that "spark joy." Put each pattern into a 10 by 13 manilla … [Read more...]

Trio of Pillows

Trio of Pillows

I'm finding myself being pulled away from my sewing room quite a bit these days. While I am feeling the emotional drive to do All The Projects, my body needs me to slow down and rest between these spurts of activity. I am also finding myself occupied more and more with "nesting" projects. Sadly, this leaves some really fun self-care sewing projects … [Read more...]

On Pom-Poms and Experimenting

Pom-Pom Garland

If I have learned one thing while sewing, it is that experimenting and risking failure is the only way to get better at something. I expected to get better at embracing risk in my sewing, and I have, but I am still surprised to find it is trickling over into other areas of my life. I'm finding it a little easier each time stepping out of my comfort zone … [Read more...]

Alison Glass Embroidered Pillow

Alison Glass Embroidery Design - sewn by sew

I met Alison Glass' gorgeous designs during the spring Quilt Market and I love her style. So, when I needed an embroidery project to bust my boredom with during August, I ordered her pattern and sent Andy to the store to pick out floss that matched my chair. He did good, didn't he? It is nice to have a visual artist as a spouse. I was especially … [Read more...]

Sewing Spaces Tour

The Sew Fearless Sewing Room Tour

Christina of 2 Little Hooligans was kind enough to invite me into her Sewing Spaces blog series, and so today I have the pleasant challenge of trying to encompass everything that this room means to me in a handful of sentences and a few pretty pictures. Someone who doesn't have their own sewing space knows what a gift it would be given one, and I … [Read more...]

The Nursing Chair Makeover

Custom Slipcover for Upholstered Chair -

Folks, I've got plans for 2014. Plans for switching the direction of my projects on this blog. I want to get back to the heart of why I decided to learn to sew in the first place. (Bonus points if you have been reading long enough to know what that reason is!) To prepare for this shift, I am clearing out my old unfinished projects. This is a prime … [Read more...]

Hexy Clock [An Ikea Hack Tutorial]

Materials for Smycke Wall Clock hack -

The trouble with jumping on the hexy EPP bandwagon is that you start seeing hexagons everywhere - the tile on bathroom floors, road signs, honeycombs, and most recently... a picture of a clock in the new Ikea catalog. (Smycke Wall Clock, image from This clock! Oh man, it isn't just a hexagon decorated wall clock. the hexagons are … [Read more...]