Fabric & Sewing

Easy Sew-It-Yourself Pencil Case For 3 Ring Binder

It’s school supply time. Is it just me, or are those lists getting longer and more complicated every year? 45 boxes of crayola crayons, 19 glue sticks, 14 bradded plastic folders with pockets, 2 cases of tissue boxes, chisel-tipped dry erase markers, thin-tipped dry erase markers, headphones, […]Read the full article...

Memories Throw Blanket, Wabi-Sabi Style

My favorite recent project is seen here, lounging on an old family rocking chair, memories on top of memories. And I didn’t plan this, but I see a painting of the old family homeplace this chair came from leaning on the wall in the background of this […]Read the full article...

Super Simple Stitching

Can you spot my mistake in the picture?  I’ll give you a hint.  It’s NOT the weirdo muppet face on that chick on the left.  This is the crucifixion!  What is that SUPPOSED to be on her head?  Anyone?  Bueller?  All I can see is the grinning […]Read the full article...

Make a Felted Wool Rose

These are so easy I wanted to share them with you.  You get such a lot of cuteness for very little effort you have to try making them. Here I show it as a hairclip, but they are great as brooches with a little bar pin, or […]Read the full article...

Fireworks Ponytail Holder

Today’s felting tutorial comes courtesy of Melanie McMinn, an American expat who lives in Northland, New Zealand and blogs at the Frugal Kiwi. She moved to the Southern Hemisphere eight years and she’s had a non-stop migraine/chronic headache since 2009. Since then a natural tendency to frugality […]Read the full article...

Wimpy Snap Repair

When a favorite shirt became unwearable recently I was asked to fix the snaps. My first thought was, “You can’t fix snaps.” But then I figured it was worth some research and, whadyaknow, you can fix snaps. It’s easy. Take a pair of pliers and gently squeeze […]Read the full article...

Hunka Heat Therapy Love

We have a pile of these and use them every night. Not so much because we’re sore, but becuase they feel so good and make us sleepy. Heat Therapy Bags 3-4 cups field corn*8″ x 20″ Not-cute cotton inner bag material8″ x 24″ Cute cotton washable outer […]Read the full article...

No-Sew Rag Wrist Purse

WOW, that’s a bad picture. I swear the purse doesn’t glow like that. Anyhoo, if you have only one of those giant-necked, perfect-fit Old Navy tees and you wanna recycle it. Here’s your project. 1. Refer to this post and this post for detailed descriptions of the […]Read the full article...

Miraculous No-Sew Rag Bag

A while back, I did a post called Secrets of the No-Sew Rag Rug. The main difficulty with those rugs is braiding them in such a way that they remain FLAT. But, then I thought, what if I LET it be UN-FLAT? It made a cutie bag! […]Read the full article...

Assisi Stag Stitchin’

This is called Assisi work. It’s not 100% traditional, but the basic idea is that you stitch the VOID, rather than the object itself. It usually involves animals and is stitched with two strands at a time. One color is used for filling and a darker version […]Read the full article...

Hand Hemstitched Linen Handkerchiefs

This is basic. It’s a handkerchief. It’s the Brooks Brothers shirt of handkerchiefs, the Gary Cooper shy smile of handkerchiefs, the firm handshake of handkerchiefs. Make one for someone who really uses handkerchiefs, every day. Someone who takes one from his top dresser drawer each morning, folds […]Read the full article...

Secrets of the No-Sew Rag Rug

Making a braided rag rug usually involve sewing. The no-sew woven version is something of a unicorn! The weaving below follows the same principle that we all used in making those funny cotton loop potholders–under, over, under, over.  If you remember that, you’ve got a head start! No-Sew Homemade […]Read the full article...