Sewing projects, tips and tutorials for beginning sewers.

Back to school

Get ready for back to school with a quick and easy DIY Locker Tote to help keep your kid’s academic belongings from overflowing.  Small handles on each side are perfect for looping over the hooks on each side and the boxed bottom helps keep it wide open. I’m Jenn[…]

Pull out your sewing machine this summer and make your kids easy to sew pajama shorts.     Every year for Christmas I sew my kids a few pairs of pajama pants.  Pajama pants are a surprisingly easy sewing project and they are great for beginning sewers –[…]

Trick or Treat Bags

I had so much fun making these easy to sew trick or treat bags!  When I was a kid the local businesses handed out plastic trick or treat bags every year, but they never lasted long with the weight of the candy.  I wanted to make my kids[…]

Learn how to make sleeve scrunchies to keep your child’s sleeves up while they play sports.  This easy to sew tutorial can be personalized to make a sleeve scrunchie with your favorite sport or team. Back when I was kid, when the days got hot and we were[…]


Make a festive bandana tablecloth in about 30 minutes using dollar store bandanas! I’ve been spending a lot of time perusing Pinterest looking for pins for my Red, White, and Blue board.  I’m slightly obsessed with all things red, white and blue at the moment. We’ll blame it[…]


You won’t believe how easy it is to sew a valance! If you can cut, iron and sew a straight line, then you can make this valance! Thank you to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring this tutorial. Did you know that September is National Sewing Month?[…]

How to make placemats

I have been wanting to figure out how to make placemats for a few years.  When my husband and I got married nearly a decade ago I registered for and received a set of eight black placemats.  I love them, but they aren’t very colorful! So when Jo-Anns[…]

Easy Reversible Handbag

I’m trying to give as many handmade Christmas gifts as I can this year.   This purse or handbag is perfect for the tween or teen or in your life.  Use any cute fabric to turn just four simple pieces  into a reversible handbag.   After I finished making[…]

Handmade Christmas Gifts: Child Apron

This year I am making as many handmade Christmas gifts as I can manage.  These child aprons are simple beginning sewing projects that can be used in the kitchen, at the craft table or even in the garden.  The aprons are no tie so they are easy for[…]

My sewing escapades continue.  Last week I decided to attempt this Fat Quarter Skirt Tutorial, which I found on Pinterest, of course! I didn’t really do anything differently; I followed her directions.  I forgot to change my thread to a purple, as you can see in the hem[…]