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Beginner Sewing: Round Drawstring Pouch (and Easter Basket!)

I'm so very excited to present to you the cutest bag pattern I've had finished for a while, but haven't officially announced on the blog: the Cinderella Satchel. A round, drawstring pouch meant to resemble a little pumpkin shape is the perfect bag for carrying small craft and sewing projects, cosmetics, small travel items, toys, Easter eggs, and a number of other small trinkets!

The shape offers a true bottom for the satchel to sit up tall without the use of interfacing (I really hate working with that stuff)! The drawstrings can be safely short for children or made much longer for a true satchel length.

The multi-panel pattern offers a way for you to show off any embroidery or patchwork pretties you have in your fabric stash, and the small nature of them also allows a bag to be entirely made from scraps. Only basic skills with a sewing machine are needed (plus access to an iron 😉)

Perfect Pouch for KidsWhether they are hunting Easter or Spring celebration eggs, need to take…

5 Pretty Ways to Mend Clothes

Mending and fixing clothes—or anything—doesn’t have to be seamless, nor ugly! So many people think that if they don’t have seamstress-professional-level skills, they can’t fix their clothes, and this is just NOT true! Here are 5 fun examples of how to fix holes in shirts, ripped collars, and other issue-laden clothing.

Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.” We lived by these words when I was little. Most of my family (with the exception of one Southern Debutante great-grandmother) had very humble beginnings. No matter how well-off they are now, many grew up during the Great Depression—and I personally was trying to work myself through college during the Great Recession (I literally graduated high school two months before the housing market collapse).

I’ve known my share of having to make-do and it’s such a normal part of how I operate now, that—in the interest of saving the planet and saving money—these habits have stuck around without too much effort.

Without going full-on Ear…