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...]

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...]

Knit Flower Hat

Little Flower Hat"

  Okay, so this isn't sewing, but knitting is pretty broken-leg friendly and I had some leftover yarn from my green knit hat last winter. Yarn: Shine Worsted in Macaw Pattern: Little Flower Hat  I've discovered that I need to have some sort of pattern in my knitting or else I get too bored. This flower took a few tries before I figured … [Read more...]

Foliage Hat

"Foilage" Knit Hat - Made by

This project is brought to you by the color Emerald.  I haven't been much of a "green" person in the past, but there is something about Emerald that has won me over. It is so bright and happy and has enough blue undertones to please me. When I saw Emily's gorgeous green hat on Instagram, I dropped everything and ask my sister to help me make one … [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...]

Pretty Painted Pegboard for Sewing Organization [How-To]

Painted Pegboard How To

Vinny is 4 weeks old today. I've had a couple of lovely brief sewing sessions this last week when Vinny's nap schedule has cooperated. Sewing helps me feel like myself again. I realized that I never posted about the pegboard addition to my sewing room. If you follow me on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, you might have caught glimpses of it. However, … [Read more...]

DIY Pattern Weights – Ribbon Wrapped Washers

Ribbon Wrapped Washer Pattern Weights

The last time I stopped by the hardware store I made sure to pick up some washers to use as pattern weights. So far, I have have been making do using cans, cups, silverware, wooden play blocks, and anything else that I could easily get my hands on. You can buy pattern weights, but I loved having prettier weights at only the fraction of the cost.  … [Read more...]

Mother-Son Crafting: Homemade Leather Sword Sheath

leather play sword sheath - usage diagram -

 My boys acquired wooden swords at a medieval festival a couple of weeks ago. It was love at first fight and they have been planning epic battles and fighting bad guys daily since then. I wouldn't be surprised if this Halloween features a sword-brandishing Batman and a shield-wielding Spiderman. Good times. It only took a day of witnessing Duncan's … [Read more...]