Wednesday, December 7, 2016

How to Restore a Vintage Sewing Machine

Hello there! Let's get right to it, shall we?

From Palindrome Dry Goods: How to Restore a Vintage Sewing Machine

Easy DIY Pinecone Ornaments

Hello! A while back I made these gift toppers, and after rereading that post, I was inspired to make a Christmas project! Today I'm going to show you how to turn pinecones into beautiful Christmas tree ornaments. I scoured the forests here in Charleston for pinecones and came back mostly empty-handed. On a run one day, I stepped on a beautiful pinecone and nearly shouted with excitement. My neighbors have a beautiful evergreen that produces lovely cones. Thanks neighbors! These ornaments are great because not only are pinecones free, but they come in hundreds of different varieties and are a blank canvas for all holiday decorating. They can be used for wreaths, garlands, ornaments, gift toppers, table settings, mantle additions, the list goes on and on.

Easy DIY Pinecone Ornaments from Palindrome Dry Goods

Monday, November 28, 2016

How to Make an Envelope Style Pillow Sham

Hello there! I recently wrote a blog post for So Sew Easy on how to make appliques and now I'd like to show you how to make an adorable, and simple, envelope style pillow sham to adhere those appliques to! These adorable shams are a great way to decorate on a dime for all holidays. You can make shams for your existing pillows, or buy (or make!) new pillows to cover. The possibilities here are endless because you can choose any word or shape that you want. Hearts, bows and lips for Valentines day. Snowflakes, Christmas trees, holly and more for Christmas. Turkeys, leaves, cornucopias and pumpkins for Thanksgiving. The list goes on and on!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

How to Sew a Buttonhole Without a Special Foot!

Hello everyone!

Today let's talk about a basic, but intimidating, sewing skill: buttonholes. Buttons are such a beautiful closure method for garments, and let's be real, who doesn't love jars and jars full of adorable, colorful buttons? When I used to mention the word 'buttonholes' in my sewing classes, students would look at my wide-eyed and terrified. I'm not sure what it is about these little openings that evoke such fear from newbie sewists, but I'm here today to quell those fears.

Let's learn, step-by-step, how to sew buttonholes on a sewing machine, without any special feet or attachments.