Tutorial: Brush bag

My brushes have been living in the original plastic bag they came in for a while now. 😅 They do deserve better.  It’s been halloween costume making craziness this entire weekend and we finally see the light. Pics soon! There’s leftover material that would do nicely for my brushes. It’s really simple. Cut out one…

Tutorial: Easy cowl / turtle neck knit dress

Remember my birthday dress? Here’s how it was constructed, without the pintucks. The pintucks are optional.  Finish the collar last if you decide to add pintucks.  Here is a dress without pintucks. The pintucks are useful for shaping the dress – fitting around the bust and loose from waist down, tighter on the back… Please…

Tutorial: Easy dog bandana

My friend, M, purchased four different fabrics to make bandanas for her corgi. This is the second fabric that is shown in the photos. First, measure how wide and long you want the final bandana to be. M’s corgi needs a bandana about 11.5″ wide and 7″ long. Of that 7″, 2″ is a tube…

Faux croc bag for $5

Coco’s night fury costume is complete and there’s still some of the faux croc material left. I cut out rectangles from the odd shaped edges to create tissue holders. These go to a boy scout’s fundraiser this weekend. Hope whoever buys it, likes it! They are easy to make, especially with a material that doesn’t…

Coco’s night fury costume

This year, Coco’s going to be Toothless, the night fury, for Halloween. This is the process of making her costume. Why so early? We need to get her used to it… First, off to Walmart for some fabric. Found something that looks scaly, is waterproof, and doesn’t fray. $10/yard. I bought a yard and there’s…

McCalls M9872 contrast dress

I don’t typically buy patterns as i have been getting by with DIYing. However, this pattern called to me at Walmart. I traced out the top pieces on packing paper that came with handbags so i don’t feel bad about poking holes and slowly destroying the original pattern pieces. Anyone else does that? Since i…

Faux wraparound dress

While organizing my fabric stash, i stumbled upon 2 remnants from previous projects – the end of a skirt that i had chopped off to shorten a store-bought piece, and a skirt lining of a previous early project that hadn’t worked out. The skirt fabric is hardy yet stretchy and would make a great bodice.…

Peacock vest from remnant fabric

My aunt gets remnant fabric from her seamstress and she gave me some of her stash. This is a beautiful flowy fabric that i’ve made into a vest. I used a self drafted pattern from a blouse i own and like. Since the remnants were not wide, i had to cut out bodice top and…

Tutorial: Furry open cardigan

This fabric has been in my stash a while and it’s time to make something season appropriate. I used a capped sleeve shrug pattern for the main piece. You might have seen variations of this pattern before. Since it’s winter,  sleeves are absolutely necessary for me.  I measured the diameter of the arm hole, length…

Tutorial: Batwing top worn sleeves up or down

This is an easy batwing top that took 3 hours to complete. Start with measuring two squares that would adequately cover torso length and widest width of upper body. Add a few inches to each number so that the non stretchy fabric can be pulled on when completed. Lay squares right sides facing and then…

Tutorial: Cowl neck square top

Happy 2016! How did you spend the first day of the new year? I spent a few hours sewing and it was delightful. Remember square tops and how easy those are? Here’s a little twist to the square top by lengthening it into a tunic and then adding a cowl neck and  a thick sheer…

Reversible dog jacket

Some time back, we bought Coco a winter coat from Wal-Mart. It is pink, fits really well, and even has a hood. That means the winter coat can double up as a raincoat. It finally occurred to me to use that as a template. Well, it was the husband’s idea actually. So I grabbed some…

Tutorial: Men’s Tie

It’s been a while since I made anything for the Mr. and it just so happens that I’ve been looking at Pinterest ideas on men’s ties. So this is my first attempt at tie-making! First, I got an old (really old…) tie out from the closet that hasn’t been worn since the 90s (a friend…

Tutorial: Peek-a-boo Xmas Dress

So I got really busy yesterday, started work on a project with a very Christmassy looking fabric. This was a birthday present and is called America The Beautiful, CRK-70295-3. It’s 100% cotton, not something I usually work with, or experiment on. I have found that knits are more forgiving for an experimenter who doesn’t follow…

Sheer layering piece with cross-over bust

I’m in the process of making a jumpsuit for a friend and that involves prototype pieces. In the first prototype, I made a whole piece without measurements and actually didn’t get too far off! It was a wee bit snug for my friend’s tastes but the test showed that straight cut for the pants would…

Upcycle toilet rolls to mini lanterns

I’ve been collecting toilet rolls for a friend who uses them in church craft activities for children. The stash got pretty big and I decided to craft with some of them for the harvest moon festival. First, flatten the rolls, bend them in half, then make cuts on the welded edge. Push the slits outwards…

Tutorial: toilet roll hat

Having a pile of fabric scraps forces me to think of ways to use them. Here’s how to make mini hats out of fabric scraps, chip board, and toilet rolls with glue gun, needle, and thread. First, collect toilet rolls. The cardboard is soft enough to fold and hard enough to keep its shape. Also,…

Coco in her fancy lace dress

Tutorial: Dog lace fancy dress

Here’s Coco in her new fancy lace dress. It’s super easy to make and is a great way for using up scrap fabric. I bought black lace with elastic from hobby lobby years ago to lengthen a short black dress and had quite a bit left over. The red lace is left over from another…

Tutorial: Simple skirt with pockets

Looking at my stash today, I realized I still had some floral fabric left from this dress. Enough to make a skirt with pockets. so here’s what I did. Measure the widest part of my lower torso and added a few inches to allow movement and seam allowance. Fold the material lengthwise so it becomes…

Tutorial: chiffon circle skirt

Lovely friends of mine got married on May the 25th of this year and they had a beautiful pergola draped with soft flowing white chiffon. After the wedding, the bride washed the chiffon and presented the many yards to me to add to my stash! I couldn’t take all that fabric without paying so I…

Tutorial: corduroy halter vest

Years ago, my sisters gave me this green halter vest and I’ve been loving it. It’s great for layering over white tees and for preventing getting pinched on St Patty’s day. (I’m serious!) So I decided to make more of these for myself. I was thinking of making this from an old t-shirt, the hub’s…

Doggy summer tank top

I was practicing sewing some sleeping shorts with this orange mesh and had some relatively large pieces of scraps left. So I combined them into a doggy summer tank for my little Coco. I started with two rectangles and sewed them together lengthwise so they’d form a wider cover for the back of the tank.…

Heated eye pad with removable Velour cover

Simple half hour project that makes a thoughtful gift. I used remnants of an old white pillow case to make the shell that holds the uncooked rice. Making the insert 1. start with a long strip of white fabric. Fold it in half lengthwise to increase the durability of the cover. Straight stitch all around…

Purple Velour Dress

I’ve not been doing much sewing for me and it’s been hard. Really hard. It’s like the sewing machine calls to me when i walk by. “Use me! Pick up some thread! Let’s sew!” Anyway, it totally broke down my resistance. So i present to you… my new purple velour dress. 🙂 This was material…

Refashion: Dog Beanie Sweater with Sleeves

While rummaging through my closet, I chanced upon an old beanie that I haven’t worn in the longest time (The beanie-flattened hair look just isn’t for me) so I refashioned it into a sweater for Coco. 30-45 minutes is all you need, especially if your furry little model is cooperative. Coco loved her new sweater.…

Dog cheerleading dress

Made a dress for Coco with 4 pieces of fabric using this pattern and then added my own spin on it. Doesn’t she look like a cheerleader? Here’s what you will need: Two #1. I used 2 different colored fabrics, one for each side. Two #2 in white stretchy fabric One rectangular strip in red…

Square top: frills down the front and sleeve ties

I’m loving square tops! Just made a square top and ruched skirt dress. (Will post a tutorial of that soon.) I think mine are generally rectangular tops since i like them longer than wider. How to make a square/rectangular top? Check out this tutorial.  My mum saw the dress and said she wanted a top…

Jeans Refashion Part I- Shorts

Hello Readers, I am Sharon’s friend, Ella, and I would like to share with you how one could refashion a long, old pair of jeans into a cute pair of shorts that you could wear this summer! Two winters ago, I was given 2 pairs of jeans from my twin sister who got them from…

A version of the Batwing top

Batwing top with wide sleeves and faux front cowl made in a thin knit. Didn’t take process pics but here’s a good tutorial for batwing tops. Mine is different in that the sleeves are wide and do not taper. I used excess material that was cut out from under the sleeve to create a front…

Ballet tulle skirt

This was my first attempt at sewing tulle and it was more challenging than i had thought it would be. Gathering with basting stitches was a challenge so i did my own gathering (bunching of the fabric) as i sewed. I started by cutting 6 strips of fabric of the same length. I did about…

Circle top with open sleeve

These are called circle tops but i didn’t make mine entirely circular. Start with 2 rectangular pieces. Measure yourself from the end of one shoulder to the other end and then add on x inches for however long you want the sleeves to be. Write that measurement down as the width. Next, measure from the…