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Beginner Quilting: How to Make a Hexie

If you follow any other sewing blogs or have been stalking the sewing community of Instagram, you may have seen some adorable designs made from hexagonal tiles of fabric. These are known as hexies in the quilting word and they are absolutely addictive to make! 

 I’ve been working on my first ever hexie project featuring 4 hexie “flowers” to go in the corners of a mini quilt, centering around my Cinderella Glass Slipper Embroidery Pattern. They have been sew fun to make—especially while joining the #sipteaandepp party on Insta! 

For those who don’t know “epp” stands for “English paper piecing.” This quilting technique involves cutting and sewing blocks and tiles of fabric around small paper (or more modernly, acrylic) tiles to create exact edges in quilting together shaped designs. 

It’s a fun technique and very relaxing, since it’s repetitive, small, and can be taken anywhere (I’m going to plug right here, that my Cinderella Satchels are perfect for carrying a small sewing kit, precut fa…

Tiny Homage to Notre Dame from the BEST Embroidery and Cross Stitch Book

Oh. My. Goodness. Reviews dedicated to a single product are not something I do on the norm—and no I didn’t receive this book for free. I bought it fair and square and loved it SO much, that I just had to share it with you!
I’m guilty of not buying many crafting, nor sewing books—individual patterns? Absolutely! So many wonderful artists and fellow small business owners on social media give me the chance to create adorable things, but most sewing and crafting books have only a handful or projects or patterns I like—and lets face it—fabric choice plays a huge roll in whether I spend hard-earned money on these products.
As someone who sews every day and has for years, I only have 5? No 6 crafting books in my arsenal.
Well, now I have 7!
I came across “A Rainbow of Stitches: Embroidery and Cross-Stitch Basics Plus More Than 1,000 Motifs and 80 Project Ideas” at a local bookstore and could NOT put it down. Minimal wording featuring almost exclusively patterns and pictures for both cross stitch…

Beginner Needle-Felting Tutorial: DIY Earth Day Dryer Balls

For Earth Day, I was tossing around some eco-friendly craft ideas to do with or without kids. DIY dryer balls that LOOK like Earth, made from renewable wool, and cuts down electrical usage in a dryer seemed like the perfect Earth Day fiber craft!

Dryer balls are 100% wool spheres that are thrown into the dryer with your wet clothes and can cut down drying time by 30-50%! They also help reduce static, and when essential oils are added, make your clothes smell amazing! Now, it is of course more eco-friendly to unplug your dryer and string up a clothesline or use drying racks, but that can be difficult in areas with deed restrictions and HOAs, so dryer balls are a way to do our parts! Since living in France, I can't quite shake the habit of hang-drying clothes, but the few times we've used a dryer, I've always made sure to use dryer balls to help offset those heating costs!

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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…