How to make your own Harry Potter Quidditch Robes on polkadotchair.com

DIY Quidditch Robes

Okay,  we admit to being a little Crazy for Harry at our house!  In fact when I go to London, touring the Harry Potter studios is one of my top 3 MUST Do’s… A few years ago we even all dressed up as Harry Potter characters for Halloween (my husband and me included).  So when… 

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Padded Camera Lens Case Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

DIY Padded Camera Lens Case

  Sometimes when I travel I like to carry my camera around my neck and an extra lens in my purse/backpack instead of carrying my large camera bag around with me.  The only problem with this is that sometimes the lenses can get jostled around a bit and need to be protected.  I’ve had these… 

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Mastering Zipper Techniques- A FREE Online Sewing Class from Craftsy

Let’s Talk Zippers

This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Craftsy. Watch for fun information and deals pop up here over the next few months about some online sewing classes-don’t worry, all opinions are, and will always be, 100% mine.  Today I’m going to share with you a fun little project that I’ve agreed… 

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Scrappy Strips Quilt Block Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Scrappy Strips Quilt Block and OLFA Anniversary

Did you know that it’s the 35th Anniversary of the Rotary Cutter??? It’s almost as old as me! (just almost *wink*).  To celebrate OLFA has planned a fantastic celebration complete with what else,  a Quilt!  They have asked a number of bloggers to create a unique block that will be sewn into a special quilt… 

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Polka Dot Chair Fat Quarter Bundle at Fabric Spark

Fabric Spark Fat Quarter Giveaway!

  So how’s all of your summer sewing going? Things are pretty steady here… no giant projects on the horizon, just a million little things to finish up. Today to help ignite a bit of a Summer “Spark” of creativity for you I’ve got a fun giveaway from Fabric Spark! , a lovely online fabric… 

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Sew in Style Book

Sew in Style Book Tour

My youngest daughter got her first sewing machine for Christmas a few years ago.  Unlike her older sister, she took to sewing right away and even exclaimed after Sewing Camp last summer that “Sewing is soo awesome!”.  I admit that I don’t take as much time as I should teaching her how to sew. In my… 

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Simple Summer Skirt Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Simple Summer Skirt

Today I’m very excited to participate in a very special blog series.  The girls over at Simple Simon & Co have come up with a sewing charity project that is very close to their hearts.  Liz and Elizabeth have had first hand experience working with girls in the foster care system and know some of… 

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Scallop Neck T-Shirt Refashion Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Scallop Neck T-Shirt Refashion

  A while ago I saw a t-shirt with a contrasting scallop hem around the neckline. I thought it was such a cute and clever idea that I filed it in my “to make” pile. Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I saw the shirt the first time….  Last weekend I sat down and made the… 

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The Liberty Tee, a t-shirt sewing pattern refashion on polkadotchair.com

The Liberty Tee – a t-shirt sewing pattern refashion

Today I’m going to share with you the results of my “selfish sewing” initiative for the month of July. With summer here I find myself wanting simple but stylish t-shirts to wear… Something that I can throw on quickly in all of this summer heat (although I’ve heard the polar vortex is coming back this… 

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Project Teen Book by Melissa Mortenson

Project Teen – Handmade Gifts Your Teen Will Love 21 Projects to Sew

  This week the preview copy of my book showed up in the mail!  I knew it was coming and walked around all day feeling both insanely nervous and really excited. It all seems a bit surreal to me that I wrote a book… even typing that feels a little strange to me.  After I… 

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Vintage Quilt Block on polkadotchair.com

Vintage Quilt Block Inspiration

  This is turning out to be quite a crazy week. I sat down and realized I had nothing done to blog about this week, it seems I’m in the “middle” of several different projects and just don’t have anything finished! I did finish my t-shirt from my “selfish” sewing a few weeks ago, I just… 

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Retro Travel Bag Sewing Pattern updates

PDF Sewing Patterns Updates

I recently received an email from someone who purchased the Retro Travel Bag Sewing pattern, asking why there were not printable pattern pieces included with the pattern. Honestly I had never thought of including pattern pieces before as I personally like to deal with cutting out rectangles rather than pattern pieces. As I got to… 

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DIY Glitter Rose Headband on polkadotchair.com

DIY Glitter Rose Headband

Thanks to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for providing the supplies for today’s tutorial. After a few weeks of feeling like I’m interrupted every 5 minutes while I’m trying to work, I have decided to take an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” stance on Summer and am enlisting the help of my kids… 

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Find Your Lula Retreat

Find your Lula Retreat

 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post   I think I’ve mentioned here before that one of my favorite things about blogging is getting to meet some fabulous and creative people. As much as I love connecting online with others, I love meeting them “in real life” even more. This year at Quilt Market I had… 

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Cabbage and Pineapple Slaw Burger Recipe on polkadotchair.com

Cabbage & Pineapple Slaw Burgers

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by MIRACLE WHIP as part of a their blogger network. All year long look for great new recipes for you to try pop up here courtesy of MIRACLE WHIP. All opinions are 100% mine.    Summer is in full swing at our house. With kids gone and camp, and a… 

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