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Do you drink enough water? Do you drink enough water? Here are a few easy ways to get enough water into your daily routine. You won't believe the benefits!

New spring / summer patterns! 2 patterns, 8 included variations! My friends I am thrilled to be able to share my summer pattern collection with you! These two patterns come with eight included variations and so much potential to add on to and make them your own. Together they've got you covered for the hot weather and anything summer throws at you ;).

Simple Binding Basics I'm excited to share with you my binding technique. Let's make binding fun for you once again! I will have a few tips and tricks that will make binding a lot easier, fresh and new in your eyes. Let's get started! First, let's go over how to calculate your binding.

Reusing and Thrifting Fabric Earth Day is a perfect time to talk about fabric thrifting and reuse. One of my favorite sources of fabric is houseware items like tablecloths and curtains, although I've used sheets, blankets and bedspreads too. They are often just big rectangles with plenty of useable fabric and few seams.

Night and Day Dress for the Dressmakers' Ball For the first Dressmakers' Ball, organised by the team at Crafty Sew and So in Leicester, back in 2017, I left making my dress until the very last minute and ended up sewing a knit dress the night before the ball.

New spring patterns are now available Our four new styles for Spring 2019 are available for you. You can place your order now for both the paper and digital versions of these styles. I can't wait to see what you make with them! Be sure to tag your photos on Instagram with #lieslandco and #oliverands so we can see them.

Sew a Handy Travel Case - Free Tutorial Sew together a cute pouch with a cross body strap that’s perfect for travel. There are 3 interior pockets in 3 different sizes - room for just what you need!

Sew Reporter - 21 April It's Sunday and that can only mean one thing, it's time to sit down with a cup of tea, Easter eggs enjoy this week's Sew Reporter! We hope you're enjoying the long weekend as much as us and getting some time to make.

Emerald Dress for Making Magazine It's always fun to reveal a project that's been in the works behind the scenes for a long time. This week, Making Magazine released its 7th issue, DESERT, a print magazine full of beautiful handmade projects, articles, stunning photography and artwork.

Supersoft Dimple Fleece Review I am back on MinervaCrafts blog with a review for their super-soft dimple fleece. I chose the mustard giraffe fabric to make an outfit to hangout at home. For this outfit I used the following patterns: 1) top: Frankie top from Stretch! By Tilly Walnes.

Feeling glam in the Amy Jumpsuit by Closet Case Ah, that feeling when your latest make coincides with the sunniest of weekends! This week I got started on the Amy jumpsuit from Closet Case Patterns. This pattern is a PDF only release from late last summer. It features a long wide legged trousers, a gentle V neck and wide straps with an optional waist tie.

Fold and Stitch Wallet The Fold and Stitch Wallet has two card slots and a money pocket on the inside. It's a great project for small piece of fabric, even scraps! And I was invited by It's Sew Easy TV to teach it in one of their episodes. You can see it here. It's a great way to use up scraps and the wallet is a super little gift.

Show Off Saturday… the #10 Caddy Video Course! Now sewing sturdy sewing room, kitchen, or crafty supply organizers is easier than ever with my #10 Caddy Video Course ! This has been my most popular PDF pattern for years, but until now there was only a written pattern. Well, thanks to all the readers who emailed me and sent me.

Pattern Review: Seamwork Natalie Is your Seamwork account full of credits, but you just don't know what to make? I recently found out that you can re-join for a month and swap around any patterns you never downloaded for different patterns. I've had a fun month poring over my choices.

Having fun with The Happy Zombie's poochie bag tutorial This past Saturday morning I woke up needing to sew a quick birthday present for my daughter's friend. Chloe was getting ready for a princess birthday party. We already had a small gift, but my daughter wanted me to make a personalized bag for her to bring that gift in.

Lettering Fun Pocket Pillow This project lead me on a fun adventure playing with all the changes that I could make to lettering and words sitting in front of the embroidery machine-no embroidery software required! With so many ways to change and manipulate lettering, it really gave me permission to play!

The Best Personal Dress Form EVER: Reviewing the Beatrice Dress Form Sometimes it feels like we're swimming in dress forms at the studio. We have our professional Alvanon form; this was a MAJOR investment for us a few years ago and it's what we use to test all of our samples since we use it as the basis for our block.

Introducing the oliver + s double dutch jacket + skirt sewing pattern The jacket is inspired by a knit cardigan tear sheet I carried around with me for several years. Sadly, I can't place my hands on it right now, but when it shows up I hope it will be with my knitting needles, which have been missing since we moved last May!

Sunfish Quilt Block - Blocks 2 Quilt Grab your scraps and stitch up the Sunfish Quilt Block! The block comes in 2 sizes and can be used in many different projects from home decor to quilts.

Friday Spotlight: Jeni B from In Color Order stitched up my #10 Caddy Pattern! Jeni from In Color Order has been whipping these sweet Mini Sewing Caddy’s up… check out her amazing work!

Wrist Strap Keychain Tutorial You'll need a medium to heavy sharp needle here, about a 90/14. Topstitch 1/8" from both edges on the side that you want to be the outside of your keychain. Trim both end of your strap to cut off any threads or uneven fabric. And here is what the two different sizes look like.

5 Outfits to Wear with a Baseball Cap Summer is right around the corner, and to ME that means messy hair and baseball caps. For as long as I can remember, I've been wearing baseball caps all over the place. When I posted a few weeks ago on ways to style a t-shirt, I asked what other articles of clothing you'd like help styling.

Sewist Spotlight: Blanca B For this month's Sewist Spotlight we are turning our eye to Blanca B. We have been stalking @BlakandBlanca for a.

The Eighties Called. They Want Their Clothes Back. I bought this book for £1.50 from a shop on the Isle of Wight. What's not to love? Liberty! Sewing patterns included! The Eighties! Not just a piece of history. There's some pretty detailed information in this book, plus basic pattern blocks can always be adapted.

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