tutorials

perfect zippers, part 2: perfect corners

10 September 2014 sewing

The last thing you want after you’ve installed a perfect zipper in a bag or pouch is to botch sewing the thing together! Good news, friends! It’s super easy to make sure the sides of your zip pouches and handbags don’t collapse in on themselves. But first: let’s chat about cutting your fabric correctly. There’s […]

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perfect zippers, every time: part 1

20 August 2014 sewing

Friends, you’ve been lied to. Inserting zippers is not hard. You hear a lot of noise about how challenging zippers are. You hear dramatic horror stories of epic zipper failure. Of course the process gets built up in your head as some horrible huge thing you need tons of experience or natural talent to conquer. […]

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DIY bow tie five different ways

5 June 2014 the syndicate

It’s a fact: bow ties are cool. I’ve been teaching students how to make neckties, bow ties, and pocket squares at Bits of Thread for about a year now, and the bow ties are always a favorite. The good news is my bow tie pattern is now available for sale, and it includes the traditional […]

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make a mini jewelry roll with an expandable pocket

6 May 2014 the syndicate

Good news sewing friends…I’m going to be introducing each of the ten patterns from my 2yards 10gifts e-book individually! First up, the mini jewelry roll. This tutorial is a variation on the pattern, and shows you how to add a deep expandable pocket, to accommodate jewelry like wide, cuff-style bracelets. Check it out: The jewelry […]

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DIY utensil roll for brown bag lunches

14 January 2014 tutorials

I don’t mind telling you I failed spectacularly at keeping my 2013 resolutions, especially the ones about healthy eating. Oops! But I shall persevere for 2014 nevertheless. Thus, I have vowed to commit to brown bag lunches on the days I teach at the studio. As with all things in my life, my new resolutions […]

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in bloom year round

22 November 2013 crafting

Fabric flowers are so great – they are fun to make, easy to wear, and add color and interest to your outfit. I’ve used them on several handbags from my main collections, including the zaria envelope clutch, the oasis wristlet, and the idyllic envelope clutch: They are also, of course, awesome to wear on your […]

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the easy way to sew a narrow hem

14 November 2013 tutorials

Be honest now…how many sewing projects do you have that are nearly finished…except for the hem? Yeah, hemming is a pain. Especially when you need a really tiny one. Well guess what friends, I’m going to show you an easy way to do a tiny, narrow hem (without needing a fancy presser foot)! I’ll use […]

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tired turtleneck transformed

30 October 2013 refashion

Too much alliteration? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Anywho, check out my latest refashion: Many years ago, I went through an inexplicable turtleneck-loving stage, which ended suddenly and with even less explanation.  These days I can’t stand wearing turtlenecks, but I hate being cold even more. The obvious solution is to turn those turtlenecks into something […]

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wear it this weekend: nautical cardi refashion

11 September 2012 refashion

Although September is well under way, around here it’s still a little warm for long sleeves and jackets. It’s the perfect weather for layers, like a nice lightweight cardigan. You can make this cute nautical style cardigan from a t-shirt, and wear it this weekend! This tutorial is very easily adapted to different weight shirts […]

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wear it this weekend: the easiest t-shirt skirt in the world

23 May 2012 refashion

So, it’s Wednesday. Whether you’re going to the beach for Memorial Day weekend, or planning on settling in for a staycation, you’re going to need something cute to wear. Something fun and summery, yes? When it’s too hot for jeans, a loose fitting summer skirt is your best friend. I’m going to show you a […]

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