Oct 9 2017

I love Snap Tape for several reasons. It is easy to find in the notions section of most stores that sell fabric, it does a good job of staying snapped, and it sews in quickly.  Notice that I said “quickly” and not “easily.”  Because there is not a […]

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Sep 25 2017

Thought I’d share some inspiration for cooler weather sewing.  Pattern #138 made from pale blue pique’ and smocked with Little Memories “What a Zoo”, which is now available in our Etsy Shop. I’ll share a smocking tip.  You will notice on the original smocking design, there are three […]

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Jul 26 2017

 Let’s admit it, one of the most aggravating things about smocking is stitching a beautiful row and discovering when you get to the second row that you were off a stitch.  Yes, no one will probably notice, but for the next 5 or 6 rows you will have to […]

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May 27 2017

Are you often a bit overwhelmed when choosing embroidery floss to match your fabric?  Me too!  Here is the easiest way that I have found.  Check and see if you’re lucky enough for your fabric to have dots or swatches of colors on the selvage.  These markings are the […]

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Mar 9 2017

One of my favorite and most requested designs has been for the smocking design “Chocolate Bunnies” which appeared in an issue of Sew Beautiful Magazine several years ago.  I’m thrilled that Martha Pullen Company have posted the full article and smocking design on their blog!  Click here to […]

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Nov 10 2016

Good morning!  I just wanted to share a holiday version of the “No Smock Bishop”.  If you don’t smock or just don’t have time, the bishop style dress with gathered lace might be just what you are looking for.  You can click here for the tutorial. How is […]

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Oct 28 2016

Time for jumpers!  Our girl loves wearing jumpers and mommy loves that this one is reversible.  This jumper is made from orange pique’ and coordinating print using pattern #140.  I added that Kitten Pocket which is super simple to make!  I also like that the kitten face is […]

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Oct 26 2016

We’ve featured on www.sewmamasew.com!  A great little tutorial on re-purposing a man’s shirt. Do you have a re-purpose story? Michie’

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Aug 18 2016

Occasionally I want trim on a sleeve with a bit more substance than lace and something more formal than rick rack.  Crocheting in entredeux is quick and simple and gives me the look I want.  Best of all, I always seem to have the right supplies on hand. […]

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Jul 28 2016

 I thought that I would share my most common sewing mishap. It is………getting those buttonholes straight! Don’t you hate when the outfit is complete and one of the last steps is where your big mistake happens? I have finally solved this problem by marking a straight line the […]

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