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Re-sizing PDF Patterns Part 2

Most PDF patterns for non-clothing items make 1 size of the project. This post is part 2 of 2 about re-sizing PDF patterns to create custom-sized projects. I’m using the So-Sew-Easy Cosmetics Bag With Fold Over Brush Roll (Ankes Brushes Bag Free Pattern) as the example for this tutorial. Click here to read part 1. …

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Re-sizing PDF Patterns Part 1

My favourite makeup bag and brush roll have seen better days. A few years ago (before I had a blog) I sewed a new makeup bag with attached brush roll using a pattern by So-Sew-Easy (Cosmetics Bag And Brush Roll). It’s a great pattern and I’m excited to be using it again. One caveat… I …

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No-Webbing Yoga Strap

Want to make your own yoga strap? Don’t have 1.5” cotton webbing? In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a yoga strap using cotton canvas instead of cotton webbing. It’s a no-webbing yoga strap! I’ve been making lots of scrapbuster projects lately. I have several pieces of unbleached 100% cotton canvas in my …

Project reviews

Pattern Weights Project Review

In 2015 one of my mom’s friends loaned me her pattern weights. They were a mix of store-bought washer style (encased in yellow plastic) and plain washers. Previously I been using lots of pins to secure my patterns to my fabric, and whatever weighty items were handy to hold my fabrics in place while cutting. …

Project reviews

Glorified Scrap Basket Review

In my previous post (Scrap Bucket Basket Review) I mentioned that I was turning some of my fabric scraps into storage containers. This tackles of issues of having too many scraps and too little storage space by both reducing that scrap pile and creating a new storage container. Effectively, killing two birds with one stone. …

Project reviews

Scrap Bucket Basket Review

After a recent fabric purchase, I realized I was running low on storage space. Turning some of my fabric scraps into storage containers seemed like a great way to kill two birds with one stone. In this post I’m reviewing the Scrap Bucket Basket by The Sewing Loft Blog. The online tutorial and a link …

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Yoga Mat Sling Review

While I was researching how to make a yoga strap, I found some posts on yoga mat slings. At least two of those posts mentioned that a yoga mat sling made with heavy cotton can be used as a yoga strap. I was intrigued. In this post I’m reviewing the Adjustable/Universal Fit Yoga Mat Carrier …

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DIY Yoga Strap Review

Now that my parents have resumed their yoga classes, three people sharing two yoga straps (while living in two different cities) isn’t working out. It became a much bigger inconvenience after I last visited them. I brought a black-with-white-accents yoga strap home with me thinking it was my white-with-black-accents yoga strap. For a while I …

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Sew A Fabric Can Cover

Despite having a place for everything in my sewing space, my marking pens and pencils always go missing. In my office my highlighters and the pens that write also seem to go missing. Recently I’ve een using empty food cans as improvised storage containers. While it’s much easier to find my pens, pencils and highlighters, …

Sewing tips

Bias Tape Foot

Since becoming serious about my sewing, I have purchased a number of specialty presser feet. A bias tape presser foot is specifically designed to sew double fold bias tape in a single sewing step. If you’ve sewn double fold bias tape with a universal presser foot (aka zig zag presser foot), you’re likely familiar with …