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Easiest Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Last week on Instagram, I showcased one of the little drawstring bags that go home with each of the tiny dolls from my shop. They are super simple to make, with just one strip of fabric and one piece of ribbon. This is the perfect beginner project if you're new to sewing on a machine!
You'll need one piece of fabric that is twice as long as it is wide (halving a fat quarter is the easiest piece you can cut).

Fold in your seam twice, so there are no raw edges and sew both sides (vertical sides).

Do the same seams on the shorter ends.

Fold your fabric in half length-wise, right-sides together, pin and sew the sides. STOP sewing just under your short-side (top) seams. This will be the opening where you'll insert the ribbon for your drawstring.

Turn your bag right-sides out, and use a safety pin to run a ribbon through the top loop edges. Tie your ribbon, and voila!

If you're looking for a little more advanced version of a drawstring pouch, try my 
Cinderella Satchel Pattern!

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Stitching Fairy Mice and Rococo Quail

I have a plethora of different things on my work bench at the moment, and even more ideas stuffed inside my head! The forefront of which is tiny doll making. 6 inch mouse dolls of all personalities and a fancy quail tribute to my pet quail, Marie Antoinette, have me excited for spring!

The temperatures are beginning to warm up here. Wood sorrel is springing forth with lovely lilac flowers, my bed of purposely-transplanted wild onions is becoming a thick carpet of yumminess, and our prolific Mulberry tree is full of leaf buds and baby flower blooms. We'll likely have over 1,000 berries from her this spring (not bad, considering I only planted her 4 years ago as a two inch stick in the ground)!

Our two quail hens are beginning to lay on time again. Over the darkest times of winter--even with a heat lamp at night--their laying schedule was 2 AM, 3 PM, skipping a day altogether, or laying two back-to-back!



Yes, I raise backyard quail for eggs. They're quieter, cleaner, and better…

DIY Love Sachet or Miniature Pillow

Make this scented sachet for a little Valentine’s Day love charm or as a miniature pillow for one of your stuffed babies! The free sewing pattern can be found below, as well as ideas for stuffing and embellishment for your Valentine’s Day charm.
Oh my stars, I just can’t seem to get away from this upcycled linen fabric! You may recognize it being the same as my textile rose from this post. It’s just the perfect lovely shade of soft pink, so naturally the wheels are turning in my head with ideas to use it in the sweetest ways.
When it comes to seasonal and holiday decorations, I lean toward the handmade, naturally inclined—with lots of herbs and candles—so when thinking of a Valentine’s Day project to share with you, I reached into the Victorian-loving space in my heart for something antique-y and shabby.
Deciding at the last minute to make this a decorative sachet for my mantle shelves, I’ll likely make another one filled with natural, comfy wool as a pillow for Miss Tulip Rabbit, Miss M…

How to Sew a Fidget Sensory Quilt

I finally finished my fidget quilt for my grandpa! It's the perfect lap blanket to keep him warm, full of sensory activities to keep his hands busy while he's in his chair, and has pictures and reminders for him to enjoy familiar things. Keep reading for more details about how to make one!
***Update: After seeing the popularity of this post and several requests, I'm now offering handmade fidget quilts in my Etsy Shop! Thank you for all of your support and I hope your loved ones benefit from this tutorial and my creations 💝

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Above is his finished quilt! I'm so happy with how it turned out, and I really hope he likes it! My grandmother has been quilting and sewing all her li…

On Being an Autistic Creative and Textile Sewing

I have a confession to make. My creative inspirations have taken me for a wild ride lately. Less gentle winds and more riptides, I’ll settle on one creative medium, before being swept into something new.

Loving to learn coupled with the pervasive, almost pathological, need to please other people, finding my own “artist’s vision” has been difficult since I began Cinderella Sews and companion shop.
Not one to rest on my laurels, when something doesn’t sell well or viewership is low, I whip around to try something new—like a horse over-correcting at the slightest tug of the reins, I charge forward chasing the wings of my creativity flying above me, with little regard of who I am or what I want as a marginally creative person.
During these past few weeks since the holidays, my inspiration has been mostly from my garden and children and pets. Influenced by other artists I admire, with a dash of thrift store materials, I’ve always wanted to try my hand at textile art.
The difficulty is—I l…

How to Sew a Leaf Embroidery Stitch

Learn how to do my version of a leaf stitch that is majorly featured in my newest Cinderella Glass Slipper Embroidery pattern! Keep reading for tips and a video tutorial on my YouTube channel!

Hello my pretties! Have I been a busy little bee these last few weeks! After posting my free tiny doll skirt pattern, I've been putting the finishing touches on my newest pattern: Cinderella's Glass slipper

My version of the faceted glass shoe featured in my favorite live-action Disney movie to date, I wanted to recreate a similar look with a faceted crystal shoe that reflects light like the Swarovski wonder the actual props are!

After sketching the slipper, I tried deciding between words or doodles or something to frame the shoe. Cinderella very much enjoys the outdoors, and finds refuge in nature. She's often with her animals, in her garden, and of course the pumpkin patch offers her the means to attend the King's Royal Ball! This served as inspiration for the framework around t…