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New Sewing Pattern Releases - March Hello gang, what a month it has been! We hope you are faring up OK and feeling ready to take on a project or two. This month has been a little quiet on the release front but I've picked some of my favourites to chat over with you.

Show Off Saturday… cute square baskets! After sewing a bunch more face masks today, I took a break to sew baskets. I guess I had totally forgotten that Easter is next Sunday. I really need some Easter in my life right about now. So glad it is coming!

Simple Step By Step Tutorial for the Olson Mask Pattern In addition, I have put together a list of U.S. hospitals and medical facilities asking for homemade face masks. I also encourage you to check the website of your local hospital because there is probably a need right in your own community. Stay healthy and safe!

Sewing small talk: how do you store your sewing stash? Since we're all home sewing or cleaning or cooking or organizing or staring out the window, tell us: how do you store your sewing stash? My own stash lives on shelves in my tiny bedroom. It's the only space I have for it at present, and it's the only thing besides my bed that fits into my bedroom.

"Why isn't my PDF pattern working?!" A Sewing Checklist Depending on your internet connection, that could be a matter of seconds or minutes, but if a long period of time passes and you're still seeing the temporary file, try downloading your pattern again, as something may have gone wrong in the download process.

A Quick & Easy Sewing Project If you're anything like me, home cooking has suddenly become a THING - even if it wasn't before. With that, came a realisation that my oven glove wasn't that great. But here I was, a Sewist who:. So, off I went! I delved into my stash for:.

Spring Tulips Quilt - Blocks 2 Quilt Transform your fabric scraps into a garden of your own with the Spring Tulips Quilt Block from The Sewing Loft. Easy to make and available in 2 sizes.

Big news! Darling Ranges is now in extended sizes! Oh my friends I can't even tell you how long I have been waiting to write this blog post! Actually I can, it's been over three years. That's how long we've been working on updating the sizing for Darling Ranges and drafting Darling Ranges Curve.

Friday Spotlight: Adorable Chick Drawstring Treat Bag! Today’s Friday Spotlight is cute and fun! Whip up these easy drawstring bunny bags for a little Easter surprise for the kids. They are just the right size for a few goodies and to be carried around by cute little hands all day.

Easy Peasy Sewing Machine Cover and Mat Sew up a sewing machine cover that doubles as a handy mat with pockets! Free tutorial and pattern here in this post.

How to Sew a Kids Busy Book, Part 2: Piggy Bank It's a fun way to teach numbers and fine motor skills. Throughout this post, we'll learn buttonholes, how to add a zipper to felt, and use our machine embroidery to create a design. Materials for Every Page. Additional Materials for Piggy Bank. BERNINA Machine and Feet.

More montauk trousers from the advisors circle Here are my Montauk Trousers! I decided to make mine from a mid-weight army green cotton twill for casual everyday wear. This twill wasn't as thick and had more drape than some other twills I've sewn with, so it was perfect for these pants. I made view A with the patch pockets and then also added a self-drafted cargo pocket.

How to Get Started Sewing: It's a Make it Work Moment! In these crazy times, we just keep saying how grateful we all are at Closet Case to have a hobby. I've found there is only so much news and distracting tv you can engage in before you start to feel a little less than human. Enter: the haptic senses.

Easy Peasy Drawstring Backpack When I first sketched these drawstring backpacks in my little notebook, I wanted to design them entirely out of fabric. Because sometimes I really want to make something without going to the store for special notions. The casings, loops, and drawstrings are all made of fabric.

Muslining a Vintage Swimsuit, New Shoes, + More Movie Links! When I'm self-isolating I indulge myself in ways I otherwise might not. In normal times, I probably would have talked myself out of purchasing these second-hand Allen Edmonds wing-tip spectators. I mean, how practical are they? But these are not normal times to say the least.

Wrap Blouse I am glad that as the world around me seems to be changing at an alarming rate, I have my sewing hobby that helps me keep some sort of normal routine to keep me sane. As such I am back on the Minerva Blogger Netwok with another project. This month I made a wrap blouse from Simplicty.

Tutorial: How To Adjust the Waistband of Your Jeans I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy during these strange times. I think most of us are firmly in the "stay home and self isolate" camp.

Hygienic steam: a natural way to kill germs Did you know that you can sanitize surfaces throughout your home with steam? Steamers that reach temperatures greater than 265°F can sanitize a variety of different surfaces. Steam away germs, bacteria and more from the surfaces in your home to provide a healthier environment for your family.

The Pinnacle top from Papercut Patterns I love interestingly cut patterns - the ones that look like weird puzzle pieces that somehow magically come together to make a shape you understand! The Pinnacle top and sweater from Papercut Patterns is one of those! The pattern, if you're making the V neck version, is just two pattern pieces plus a neck facing.

How to print PDF patterns using a copyshop Printing your PDF patterns at a copyshop removes a bit of the instant gratification and adds a bit to the cost, but there are may benefits to printing your patterns at a copyshop. We're going to get into all that in just a bit, but let's start at the beginning.

Our testers' photos of the montauk trousers Have you seen the new Montauk Trousers pattern yet? Yesterday, Liesl also posted some fabric and styling inspiration to sew up this versatile pattern. We know that it is also very helpful to see a pattern on different bodies and sewn up in different fabrics.

Tilly's Gold Potato-Printed Safiya Dungarees What do you get if you cross a crafter with linen fabric, gold paint and a potato? Harking back to more carefree times, I made these Safiya dungarees to wear to the launch of my new book Make It Simple. The pattern, which is included in the book, is a variation on the Safiya wide-legged trousers.

Sunday Sevens #ISEWLATED wk 1 Well it doesn't really matter that I'm late with my Sunday Sevens as no one really knows what day it is as the moment! I thought I'd change the title and add #isewlated too as there will definitely be a different feel to my Sunday Sevens for the foreseeable future.

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