Shoe Repair and Waterproofing

Do you have a favorite pair of shoes that is falling apart? Soles coming off, water leaking through, scuffs and scratches? In this post, I’ll show you how to repair your shoes with shoe glue and also an easy way to waterproof your shoes. The shoe glue can fix soles that are coming away from the shoe, and the waterproofing shoe grease can keep your feet from getting wet. This is an easy, cost-effective way to make your shoes or boots last a little bit longer and give them new life.

Free Embroidery Pattern and Embroidery Tutorial

Do you want a free daffodil embroidery pattern? Scroll down to the end of the post for a free pdf embroidery pattern to download. I digitized a vintage embroidery pattern that I found, and I have a few more that I’m working on, so keep an eye out for future posts if you like free embroidery patterns. The top of the post will cover some tips for free motion embroidery on a sewing machine. You can sew this pattern by hand as well.

Easy DIY Zero Waste Handkerchief

Do you want to reduce your spending and make something environmentally friendly? In this post, I’ll show you how to make some easy zero waste handkerchiefs that will help you stop buying disposable paper tissues. It’s a quick, no-sew project (with a sewing option provided if you prefer to hem them).

The Easiest Way to Thread a Needle by Hand

In this post, I'll show you the best sewing hack I've ever discovered to help you easily thread a needle by hand. You don't need any special tools or extras—just your thread, needle, and hands. You'll learn how to thread a needle quickly and easily every time. This works for all kinds of hand sewing: mending, embroidery, bead weaving, needlework, etc. This post has a video tutorial as well as a step-by-step written tutorial with photos.

Simplicity Easy Lock Serger SL800

In this post, I’ll show you how to clean, oil, troubleshoot, repair, and use a vintage Simplicity Easy Lock Serger SL800. I’ve seen vintage sergers in other people’s collections, and I always felt a little jealous, but I had never come across one until recently, and then I found two in a row! While I have a modern serger, many people swear by vintage sergers, which were built to last, with all metal parts, as opposed to the plastic used in and on most modern sergers. I paid $5 for this one, which is much cheaper than the hundreds you’ll pay for a brand new serger.

How to Remove Fused Residue from Your Iron

In this post, I’ll share one of my favorite tools for easily cleaning any sticky, fused residue off of your iron. Fusible fabric, interfacing, and hem tape make sewing so much easier, but they come with the downside of sometimes accidentally sticking to your iron. No one wants to have a gunky iron with melted interfacing, foam, felt, wonder tape, or webbing on it. Here’s how to remove it!

How to Reupholster an Office Chair

In this post, I'll show you how to reupholster an office chair with tufted cushions, so that it looks brand new. Many office chair tutorials only cover flat cushions, so this one will help you give your cushions some shape. The method I’m showing you involves a little bit of sewing, but you could skip the sewing and have the fabric slightly less fitted. I’ve added an update at the end of this post to show how the reupholstered chair has held up over the last two years of everyday use.

Easy Woven Zipper Bag from Handspun Yarn

In this post, I’ll show you how to make an easy zipper bag out of handwoven fabric. You could also use regular fabric, but if you’re looking for sewing projects that use handwoven fabric, this one’s for you. When I started weaving, I knew I wanted to be able to incorporate my handwoven fabric into my sewing projects. This is a simple sewing project to get started with. Handwoven fabric is a little trickier to work with than store-bought fabric, but it’s worth it to be able to create your own unique fabric.

How to Find Cheap Fabric for Sewing Projects

Here's a guide to finding cheap fabric for your sewing projects. Sometimes you'll find cheap fabric that's just as nice as full price fabric, and sometimes you'll find pieces that you can experiment on without feeling guilty if you mess up. I've seen a few posts on finding cheap fabric, so I'll try to add to what's out there without repeating too much, and I've included a list of other fabric-buying guides at the end of this post.