Sewing Tutorials


How to Sew a Half Square Triangle

Just recently, I set out on a quest to get back to the basics of sewing and quilting. I was having some trouble with points & seams lining up, and I wasn’t improving. My first task was perfecting my quarter inch seam allowance, but that is a story for another day. 🙂 (This pillow cover…

Hexagon Templates for Sewing a Hexie Quilt – 2 Inch, 2 1/2 Inch, and Three Inch Patterns

Hi friends! A few days ago, I published a post about sewing scrappy hexagons. To supplement that tutorial, I provided a few sizes of templates for you to easily print off. Click on the hexagon images at the bottom of this post for a two inch, two and a half inch, or three inch template.…

How to Sew a Scrappy Hexagon Block for Quilting

This is a major scrapbuster for fabric! Scrappy hexagons are a bit tedious, but they will use up your smallest scraps and strips that you can’t bear to just throw away. Plus, how great is it to have a sewing project you can work on while sitting with the family? I really enjoy have a…

How to Sew a Super Absorbent & Large Dish Drying Mat

About six years ago, a good friend gifted me a homemade oversized dish drying mat. We had no idea that mat would sit by our sink almost every day for year after year. Our drying mat has been looking quite disheveled, stained, and haphazard. It was time for a new one. (All the printed fabrics…

How to Sew a Quilt – Everything You Need to Know about Quilting Packed into a Simple Coaster Tutorial

We’re going to sew a five inch mini quilt together as a means to understand all the facets of putting a quilt together. Better yet, this mini quilt is the perfect size for a coaster. (Fabrics used: Blue Happy Trees  |  Yellow Katie Jump Rope) Both these fabrics are getting a bit hard to find.…

How to Sew a Binding on a Quilt

Sewing the binding on the quilt is the last step of the quilting process. It’s not a difficult process, but I’ve included over 20 pictures below in an attempt to be clear and thorough. 1. Cut three inch strips of fabric until you have enough to go around the perimeter of your quilt. (Click here…

How to Sew an Invisible Stitch

Sewing an invisible stitch (also known as a blind stitch) to finish out the binding on my quilts is my favorite part of the quilting process. After you get the hang of it, you can hand stitch the binding on a quilt in just a couple of hours. What I enjoy most is I can…

A Tutorial: How to Sew a Dresden Plate

Happy Monday, friends! I detoured from my Heading South quilt this weekend and finished up a couple Dresden plates I had been working on. I ran across this minty Dresden plate quilt on Pinterest a while back. It was a little inspiration that pushed me to try something new. I did a bit of research…

A Patchwork Story Blanket & Quilting with Multiple Fabric Types

I started quilting around 2008 when a friend sent me a link to Allison’s blog. My friend sent me a link to an old door turned head board DIY post Allison had put up. Almost immediately, though, I was sucked into the pictures of quilts I saw on her blog. Her blog was my first…

Ten Spring Inspired Sewing Projects

Flowers. Sunshine. Open windows. Sandboxes. Thunderstorms. Rainbows. Grilled food. I’ve mentioned to my husband time and time again that a beautiful day seems to make all my worries disappear. I love having the windows open during the days. Peter has caught on and leaves me a wide open window in the breakfast nook every morning.…

How to Sew a Zipper on Pillow Cover

Two posts in a row with vintage sheets! I’ve studied up lots on vintage sheets lately and have really grown an appreciation for some brands and patterns. I’ve learned a bit about how to identify a vintage sheet and a retro sheet, and how to use the tags to check for authenticity. Needless to say,…

Sewing with Vintage Sheets: A Few Tips I Learned Along the Way

Over two and half years ago, my mom and I were getting ready for our annual combined garage sale. She pulled out all her sheets from her high school, college, and early married years. She said she hadn’t used those sheets in years, and she was going to sell them. At that point two years…

A Throw Sized Quilt Made with Five Inch Squares

Even though this week is a bit gloomy here in the midwest, spring has still arrived! Azaleas and irises are in full bloom outside, and the peonies are next in line. I ordered this low volume bundle of fabric a few weeks ago with spring and summer in mind, and some of these fabrics have…

How to Sew a Patchwork Curtain

I purchased this low volume bundle a few weeks ago, and I’ve been eagerly waiting to cut into the stack of fabric. As I’ve progressed through this creative sewing and quilting endeavor these last few years, I have learned a lot and have really started to understand what draws me to quilts. For me, it’s…

How to Square up your Fabric and Cut Perfect Patchwork Squares

There is something beautiful to me that comes with the imperfections of a handmade project. A little bit of coloring outside the lines is a good thing. Aesthetically, I am often drawn to something with a bit of whimsy character. Think of an old farmhouse with some cracks in the paint. Or, hand stitching on…

A Scrappy Quilted Pillow Cover and a Few Tips I Learned Along the Way

Happy Monday all, and HAPPY EASTER!! I hope you were able to find some time to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior! What a beautiful way to start off the week.

A DIY Tutorial: How to Sew a Pillowcase

Happy Monday, friends! Owning a blog takes a bit of courage for me. It’s hard sometimes for me to put post after post out on the internet unsure of how people will respond. It’s hard to narrow down a niche. It takes lots of thought to define what ‘success’ looks like for our blog. I…

How to Sew Homemade Triangle Garland

Happy Monday, friends! What I thought was going to be a warm weekend for playing outside ended up to be chillier than expected. We were able to wrap up a few home projects instead and catch up on some needed sleep. If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you may have…

Scrappy Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

Like my birthday, I am just not really into Valentine’s Day either, but I’m trying to get better. Especially with kids and having a sister who does like to celebrate, I’m attempting to make those around me feel a bit more special. Ever since joining the blogging world, I have found myself getting a bit…

How to add Snaps to your Homemade Bibs or other Projects

Yesterday, I posted a tutorial. I showed you how to make some super absorbent homemade bibs for babies like mine that spit up everything you feed them. The bibs are a gift for my sister-in-law and her new little baby due in April. They are also doubling as shower decorations next month. This is a…