Make Your Own Reusable Produce Bags

In this post, I’ll show you how to make your own reusable handmade produce bags or vegetable storage bags. These are an easy and quick DIY project that even a beginner can make. This will help you reduce your use of disposable plastic bags at the grocery store and adopt a zero waste lifestyle. I adapted this pattern from the drawstring lingerie bags I recently made to help wash delicate items in the laundry. These produce bags are also washable, in case you ever need to clean them.

Sewing Gift Guide for Amazon

In this post, I'll show you the best last minute sewing gifts to get on Amazon. With Amazon's two day shipping, you can easily get these gifts delivered before the holidays. I buy most of my sewing supplies online, and I've personally tested out everything I'm recommending here. I use all of these items regularly, and in many cases, I've spent a lot of time finding just the right tool.

Fiber Arts Gift Guide

Do you need help figuring out what to buy for the fiber artist in your life? In this post, I’ll go over my favorite fiber arts sellers on Etsy. Recently I’ve gotten into spinning and weaving, to go along with my previous hobbies of knitting, crocheting, and sewing. I’ve been buying a lot of stuff on Etsy lately—there are some amazing sellers who either make their own products, sell unusual products you wont’t find elsewhere, or have good deals on major brands. I’ve gone down the Etsy rabbit hole, and I’ll be your guide for the best finds!

Sew a Quick and Easy Lingerie Bag

In this post, I’ll show you how to make a lingerie bag in which to wash delicate or easily damaged items. I bought one of these, and it fell apart after a couple of washes—it just disintegrated and the zipper ripped out. So I decided to sew a sturdier one, while still making it pretty, of course! I made this one out of lace fabric, cord, and a drawstring toggle, since the zipper on the store-bought one caused problems. Read on for the free tutorial and pattern.

Make Your Own Petticoat from a Prom Dress

In this post, I’ll show you how to refashion a thrifted prom dress to make your own petticoat or crinoline. If you have a circle skirt or a full skirt with lots of fabric, a petticoat is helpful to give it some shape. This is a quick and easy project, and most thrift stores have a selection of old prom dresses, so it’s easy to find the materials. I bought a dress that was several sizes too small for me, but the tulle part of the skirt, which started further down from the waist, was just right for my petticoat. You could also buy a dress that was too big and just gather the tulle fabric more or cut out some of the excess fabric.

DIY Fiber Blending Board

In this post, I’ll show you how to make your own blending board for spinning fibers. You can make your own rolags with this blending board. You can also pull your own combed top or roving off of the board, so you have a long, continuous length of fiber from which to spin.

Easy DIY Poodle Skirt Tutorial

In this post, I’ll show you how to make your own poodle skirt using materials you likely have around the house or can find at a thrift shop. You can make a more traditional poodle skirt, or create a silhouette of your own dog to use instead! All this takes is a tablecloth, elastic, and some felt. You could easily finish it in an evening and wear it the next day. This is great for a last minute Halloween costume or just for fun!

Make a Padded Carry Case for Reusable Glass Straws

In this post, I'll show you how to make a padded carry case with dividers to hold reusable glass straws. Everyone has been trying to get away from un-recyclable, disposable plastics lately, and glass straws are an eco-friendly solution to using plastic straws. I wanted to make sure that my glass straws were well-protected when carrying them in my purse, so I made this cute case out of a couple of fat quarters and some fusible foam.

Weaving for Beginners on a Leclerc Artisat Floor Loom

In this post, I'll go over how to use a Leclerc Artisat floor loom, and give some tips for buying a second-hand floor loom, setting it up, and starting to weave. Ever since I got my Schacht Flip Loom, I've been keeping an eye out for something bigger. I like my rigid heddle loom, but I wanted to be able to make bigger things, and to weave more complex patterns. I set up an alert on Craigslist for looms, so I had an idea of what used floor looms tend to sell for. I found this one in a local antique shop, along with a bunch of accessories, so I decided to go for it. 

Vintage Singer Hand Crank Pinker

In this post, I'll go over how Singer's hand crank pinking machine works and how to troubleshoot some of the most common problems with it. I love mechanical sewing attachments and accessories. I've mentioned before that I'm a sucker for vintage sewing machines with cams, which are discs that you can use to create various stitch patterns. Vintage sewing machines were able to do so many of the things that modern sewing machines can do, and it's fascinating to see how they were engineered mechanically before computers came along.