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

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

DIY Inspo: Soft storage bags

As you know, I love to upcycle. Naturally, I need to make these super cute storage bags by Style at Home! Looks like you could make them from old denim or any thicker decor fabric you have on hand if you’re a bit more experienced with your sewing machine. Click on the image above to find out how to make ’em! Have you made any soft storage bags? What’s your favourite material to use? Let’s talk in the comments! Share the post “DIY Inspo: Soft storage bags” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

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: Plastic bag holder

Plastic bag holder/dispenser

Hi! I’m here! It took 3 weeks, but we now have internet. It’s cellular and has upload and download limits from 2002 but, luckily, Bell Fibe internet is coming to our street. We’ll be kissing these cellular butts goodbye soon, with any luck, and for a ridiculous cancellation fee that — unfortunately — will be totally worth it. Yesterday morning after the husband and son headed off to the farmer’s market, I had some strange inspiration. Since moving in, plastic bags have had no place. (This is true in our environment, too, which is why … Continue reading

DIY: Crib Rail Cover

I recently learned that I am raising a gerbil: I’m open-minded and an animal lover so this would have been fine, until I read one comment on a forum where someone said her kid chipped his tooth gnawing a crib rail. That and I don’t like my young boy eating paint. I needed a cover! I decided to use fleece (it’s cushy on the chompers) but wasn’t sure on just tying it on. Could he pull it up with his little bunny teeth (switching rodents), … Continue reading

DIY: Easy upcycled knotted baby hats!

DIY knotted baby hats

Nope, he’s still not out yet. So until he is, I’ve decided to make use of our time effectively. A lunch date here, a sewn diaper there… Going to make a plush toy or two in the next couple of days, but first! I made these today: I first saw these hipster kid-looking hats on Miss j Handmade and I really, really wanted to make some for our boy. I didn’t have any cute chevron, deer or otherwise trendily printed shirts, but we have lots … Continue reading

Important tips to learn before you make DIY cloth diapers

So I’m on this everything-baby kick (I guess that would make sense since my life is about to go from everything us and dogs to most-everything baby) as you might have seen yesterday or the day before. After I posted my cloth diaper result yesterday, a couple of people asked me some important questions which made me realize I should explain a few things I’ve learned.   On buying materials: You won’t find PUL, polyfleece, microfleece, organic cotton velour or hemp at Fabricland or a … Continue reading

DIY: Make a cloth diaper!

Yesterday in the burp cloth tutorial, you may have noticed someone cute in the background wearing a prototype sewn earlier this week. Who was this dashing gentleman? No, not our child. He hasn’t arrived just yet. He’s our tester monkey! This time he was testing…   If you’re someone who tries to be as green as they can, and you haven’t read about how much waste one child produces in terms of wipes and diapers, here are a few interesting stats. Of course, there are environmental … Continue reading