The ONE kit you need if you love to sew

32 piece presser foot set for sewing machines

Recently a friend of mine asked me what he should know in order to take up sewing. Well, that’s a can of worms. It got me thinking of all the stuff I wish I’d known when I first began sewing. Things like: Do not try sewing Velcro onto your very first project without the right needles, or they’ll turn to shrapnel and you could lose an eye Do not attempt to start and finish your first project halfway through the evening before you plan to … Continue reading

Easy Totem Poles Cotton & Flannel Crib Sized Quilt

Totem poles and buffalo plaid cotton and flannel quilt

Scrolling through Instagram lately, I’ve become fascinated with the world of quilting. It’s such a creative and almost always one-of-a-kind sort of thing — for someone who sews and who has a multitude of scraps, the things others are able to do (with much more experience than I have) are wonderfully inspiring. I’m starting out small, so I found this great tutorial for a flannel quilt from Cloud9 Fabrics and decided to run with it, using cotton front pieces for the quilt topper and a flannel plaid backing/accent. … Continue reading

Check it out: Handmade Hour & Crafty Saturday

Cedar Bee Handmade infinity scarves for kids

Every Wednesday I take part in #HandmadeHour and #HandmadeHourUSA (7 to 8 pm ET) on Twitter. There, I share items I’ve made most recently for my Cedar Bee shop, and retweet my favourite items others have shared with the same hashtag. (See, hashtags bring people together!) The amount of talent and unique items people share is awe-inspiring and the community is wonderful. If you’re someone who makes stuff, I strongly recommend both #HandmadeHour and #HandmadeHourUSA. You’ll have a good time, get some extra views, and maybe … Continue reading

Journal: New endeavour!

Christmas bibs

As I sit here on my big yellow couch watching Home Alone 2 a little too early in the season with a Gumby wedged into my ribcage apparently, I feel an update is needed. Our small boy is growing, and so fast. This week he learned the word “moonlight” because he is a sweet, silly boy and that’s what makes sense to him to learn at 19 months old. He loves his cats and dogs and has learned how to be gentle with them, and knows … Continue reading

DIY: Upcycle regular jeans into skinny jeans!

Upcycle old jeans into skinny jeans

If you have access to a sewing machine, you can turn some spent old jeans into skinnies. I mean, it’ll probably turn out better if you have some sewing experience, but given that I did this as one of my second or third sewing experiments ever, I’m proof positive that it can be done. Background: I don’t mind jeans with a wider leg, but in the dead of winter, I love to wear my boots. Wider jeans + boots just don’t work together very well. … Continue reading