Sewing

Mother’s Day DIY

What’s better for a little heart-felt (pun intended :-)) gift than something you made yourself. And this sweet little flower brooch is an easy way to do that. Plus you can personalize the colors that your mom, or other special chick in your life, like best. I used 3 different rough circles (making them a bit uneven adds to the quirkiness of the flower), a leaf shaped piece in the back, a cute button, and a pin back from a craft store. That’s it! I layered them together and stitched through all layers with embroidery thread to add even a bit more color. With the same thread, I stitched on the pin back. Viola! A sweet little gift that’s really good for anytime of the year.

My preference for materials is always natural or recycled so for this I used wool felt (poly felt will work too but wool is softer and doesn’t have that machined look) and a button that I’ve had in my stash – I probably picked up at a garage sale.

The other great thing about this simple little brooch is that it has a dual purpose. It is great to just pep up an outfit but, because it’s wool, it can double as a diffuser. Drip a drop or two of Stress Away or Lavender on this little pin for a relaxing scent all day! I love it when things I make are functional too.

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Make Mending Creative

Oh, the joy of kids and how hard they are on clothes. This has been an ongoing issue for us with a son that loves to cut fabric (I guess he’s trying to be like mom…) and loves to rough-house. I decided that throwing these away was just not an option so I had to come up with a creative way to mend them. Several years ago I came across Sashiko stitching and knew that was my answer. It is an easy and creative way to make these clothes last as long as possible.

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Sewing for the Schoolhouse

This is such a great sewing project – The Schoolhouse Tunic from Sew Liberated. I want to make more longer ones (great with leggings) and this will be cute in a shorter shirt length too! It is an straightforward and fun pattern that is explained very well. I made this one in a linen cotton blend that I’ve had in my stash for years. With the weather in South Texas already warming up, it is a perfect spring top. What have you been sewing lately?