A finished project: the Coco Dress Sewing Pattern

A cute dress to sew for teens and tweens, Coco dress pattern

  Have you ever tried to look for church dresses for teenage girls? Let me tell ya the pickings are slim.  I just don’t think it’s very common anymore for teenage girls to wear dresses (other than sundresses) so they are usually pretty hard to come by.  We wear dresses to church on Sundays and it takes… 

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Monogram Zip Pouch Sewing Tutorial

Monogram Arch Top Zip Pouch Sewing Tutorial by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Hey there!! Remember when I said that there was a lot of “behind the scenes” stuff going on right now?… well all of it seems like it’s coming together this week.  One of the projects that I have been working on was this Monogram Zip Pouch for Sew Mama Sew. If you’ve not been over… 

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How to Sew: Easter Napkins

How to Sew Easter Napkins, a free sewing pattern.

There has been a lot of “behind the scenes” busy-ness here lately.  One of the projects I have been working on was these Easter Napkins for BERNINA’s WeAllSew.com blog. The napkins are made from linen and quilting cotton fabric and feature an adorable little bunny rabbit appliquéd to the front. They are self binding so you can… 

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Easter Basket Liner Pattern

How to sew a custom Easter Basket Liner

This post is sponsored by ShabbyFabrics.com.  All work and opinions are 100% mine. Today I’m going to share with you how to make this custom Easter Basket Liner.  There are always so many cute Easter baskets in the stores during the Spring, but many of them don’t have a fabric liner.  I love the look of… 

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Quilting Bee Dress Sewing Pattern & Book Giveaway

Quilting Bee Dress pattern from "Just For You" Sewing Book

Hello there!  Before you read this post I should warn you that it contains photos of both sunshine and a beach.  Consider yourself warned if you’re still buried in snow *wink* This past weekend I escaped to Cancun.  It was just a quick trip with my husbands office but it turns out that it was… 

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How to sew with Knit Fabrics

How to Sew With Knit Fabrics- Tips and Resources

Hello! Earlier this week I alluded to something  fun that I’ve got planned for my blog in March, a series on How to Sew Knits.  I have been struggling a bit trying to better organize the content that is shared here.  I’ve been actively blogging since 2008 and thought that I’d go back to something… 

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What are the different types of Knit Fabric?

Wonder what type of Knit Fabric to buy for your project? Learn about all the different types of knit fabrics in Knit Fabric 101

Hey guys! Today is 10 minute Tuesday and I’ve got something a little bit different to share with you. Instead of a tutorial, today during your “10 minute creative time” you’re going to learn something new!  This post is a part of a month long series on sewing with knit fabrics that you will find… 

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How to make a Pom Pom

How to make a pom pom with yarn.

Hey there!! Today is 10 Minute Tuesday!!   Todays project is pretty simple but is something that can so easily be used as the perfect finishing touch for a project. I’m sharing a tutorial to make this Pom Pom pillow over at Tatertots and Jello today and thought that some of you might be interested… 

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10 T-Shirt Dress Sewing Patterns

10 T-Shirt Dress Sewing Patterns

  Today you can find me over at the Riley Blake Designs blog sharing a tutorial for this simple t-shirt dress. The dress is made by using an existing t-shirt as a pattern, hop on over there to find out how. I know that not every one is comfortable with drafting their own sewing pattern… 

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DIY Embellished Pocket Tees

DIY Pocket Tees

One of the simple tricks that I love that allows me to get more stuff “done” is to start with a premade item and then embellish or change it up. Today, for Ten Minute Tuesday, I’m going to show you how to embellish a simple t-shirt with a bit of sewing and applique. I’ve used the “trick”… 

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Dressed like a Daydream – DIY Tote Bag

DIY Applique Tote Bag with "Dressed Like a Daydream" Quote- how cute!

  All I can say after you read this post is that you can tell I’ve got teenagers in the house with Taylor Swift on consistent repeat.  To tell you the truth I kinda like it… I spend the entire month of January walking around the house singing “Baby I’m a nightmare dressed like a… 

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Derby Style Fabric is Now Available

Derby Style Fabric by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs- Cute Fabric for your next sewing project

  Last Friday I got home from running errands to find a very nice surprise waiting for me.  My Derby Style fabric yardage had arrived! If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that it was hitting stores last week. I was so excited to share the good news with everyone yet fighting back… 

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