DIY Faux Fur Keyhole Scarf and Cuffs

Kicking off Fashion Week with this versatile Faux Fur Key Hole Scarf and cuff set. I love that I can add these accessories to a simple coat for some additional glamour or with a blouse and dress. The cuffs can even be worn around low cut booties or shoes. Get the details on the Brother Sews Blog to make your own here


DIY Bow Handbag

I like to start February with all things sweet, pretty, and PINK (or blush). Everybody loves a cute zipper pouch to sew so I thought I'd bring it up a notch by adding a knotted bow to the front. This simple tutorial will glam up a basic zipper pouch to an evening handbag.  A perfect accessory to add to an upcoming Valentines Day look. Get the details below with Coats & Clark...



Let's Get Organized

 January is a cold month for most so I like to use the indoor time to get a head start on "Spring Cleaning." Because come Spring I want to be outside! This is a good time to go through the studio (house in general) and de-clutter, donate unwanted items, and organize. This can be a lot when I have a studio full of supplies and not that large of a space to work with. It's all about getting creative with how you store and organize your materials. Here are a few of my go-to products, projects, and hacks that instantly make it easy and visually appealing to keep studio supplies organized!


Sew your own "faux leather" leggings

 I wanted to kick off the New Year (Happy New Year all) with something futuristic and FUN for 2020. I've been eyeing the recent trend of faux leather leggings lately so I went ahead and bought some. After trying on a couple of brands I felt all of them were too restrictive and uncomfortable to actually wear. I assumed they must all be like this and they weren't for me. Then I got this Metallic Foil material from Stylish Fabric that had the shiny appearance of a faux leather legging in all sorts of colors with 4-way stretch for movement. Once I got the material I knew it would work for these leggings with the weight and coverage of the fabric. I made a sample pair and ended up making another pair. I compiled this blog post to share the steps and tips to sew your own "faux leather leggings" you will actually want to wear. Using Coats & Clark Eloflex Stretchable Thread for the waistline and seams was essential to a comfortable yet fitted legging. I like that they work for casual to dressy, and even athletic wear. I made a gold and black pair for our family's "Resolution Run" we do every New Year's Day (photo below). Get the details below and sew your own. 



Sew a "Gaming Robe"

One gift I planned to sew my kids this year for Christmas was their own robes. My boys like to take mine and wear them on the weekends. I typically find them snuggled up in them while playing their various weekend video games. A "gaming robe" will be a perfect gift for Christmas break. For the pattern I went with this Indygo Junction's Kimono robe as the base.  I also wanted to add a hoody and pockets for their snacks and controllers when they get in the "gaming mode." I used Dritz Fold-Over Elastic for the belt loops and it can also be used as a binding for the interior and exterior edges. I wanted a quality fabric that was soft and cuddly and the pro's in this field is Shannon Fabrics. Since I was in the "mode" I made one for myself as well...I call it the "But First, Coffee Robe." Get the details below to make your own. 



DIY Christmas Skirt

I've always wanted to make a Christmas skirt and I'm not talking about the one around the bottom of the tree, although very similar in design. So when my mom gave me boxes of my late Grandma's sewing patterns I found this Simplicity 2654 circle skirt and couldn't wait to sew it. I loved that she had it cut out and pinned to a striped taffeta fabric my mom said she was "suppose to make her for a Christmas skirt..."(I'm going to finish that one next). When I think of a Christmas look I think jewel toned colors in fabrics like taffeta, velvet, or satin. I went with this lovely Ruby Taffeta from Stylish Fabric. I also wanted to add embroidery using Coats and Clark Metallic Embroidery Thread. I initially had plans to embroider around the bottom hem but silly me forgot how large a circle skirt circumference.  I've made Free Standing Lace (FSL) many times but never in a metallic thread so I thought why not for a sash to wrap around the waist. This metallic thread went through my machine like a dream. If you sew with metallic thread you know it can be tricky at times. I love these FSL accessories from Mo's Art Design Studio. Get the details below for tips and tutorials on how to sew your own Christmas Skirt.




DIY Embroidered Hanging Towels.

Tis the season for making your loved ones smile! The way I enjoy doing that is making handmade gifts. These embroidered towels are a perfect example. I love to find cute and funny embroidery patterns from Embroidery Online and ScissorTail Stitches to embroider. There are so many patterns to choose from to fit anyone in your life. Not only are they kitchen towels easy to make they're also (somewhat) practical. Now I typically don't use them to wipe off my hands, but to each there own. Get the details below and make your own.