DIY oversized pattern storage

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DIY oversized pattern storage

How do you store your oversized patterns?

The majority of my patterns are stored in a standard filing cabinet.  I keep PDF patterns and patterns that I’ve traced in manila envelopes.  The patterns in the manila envelopes and patterns in their original pattern envelopes fit easily in the filing cabinet.  But there are those patterns that are too large to fit in the cabinet.  For me, that means my Jalie patterns.  I also don’t store my Burda and Ottobre pattern magazines in the cabinet because I use them too frequently to file them away.  Up until now, both the pattern magazines and the Jalie patterns have been stored in stacks on my bookcase, but it looks messy and unorganized, and often, the piles collapse all over my floor.  A solution was in order.

DIY oversized pattern storage

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Embroider your kids’ art

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embroider your kids' art

Kids’ art is awesome.  Bob Ross’ happy little trees had nothing on the silly people, wacky scenes, and candy colored skies that your kids create.  But if you’re like me, those enthusiastically crayoned pieces of joy get lost in a basket somewhere under a bed, never to be seen or displayed.

While there are great ways you can create places in your home to display your childrens’ artwork, here’s a fun, easy method for letting your kids wear their artwork.  Embroider your kids’ art on t-shirts!

You don’t need a fancy embroidery machine to embroider your kids’ art on t-shirts.  This project can easily be completed on a regular sewing machine without the need of  a hoop….

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Sew a Lace Robe

  Today I’m guest posting on the Sewcialist blog. I’m sharing a tutorial for how to sew a lace robe for Lingerie Sewing month.  Lace, the quintessential lingerie fabric makes a perfect robe for summer.  Light and airy with a touch of the romantic, I talk about how you can style this for fall as…

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Favorite sewing project

What was your first favorite sewing project? Was it a dress? Was it a special quilt? What’s the first thing that you made that you were really excited about? Maybe it wasn’t 100% perfect, but one way or another, something about that project just worked out really well. Today, while my sewing room is in…

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Swimsuit sewing

Have you taken the metaphorical plunge into swimsuit sewing?  How did it go? I have avoided sewing a swimsuit sewing the past several years for many reasons.  Chief among those reasons being that I don’t really swim, I sunburn easily, and before now, I’ve not been able to figure out how to keep tiny people safe…

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Summer pajamas and tees

Do you sew for the glamour of creativity or for very practical reasons? As creative as I like to be in the sewing room, there are times when I just need to get a job done.  There are times when a Bleached Marigold Dress, Blockprinted Catalina Dress, or a Bird Tessalation Dress are simply too…

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Bleached Marigold dress

After months of dreaming about shirtdresses, I think I finally made one that I am really really going to enjoy wearing. This Bleached Marigold Dress is another example of my love of taking a good pattern and mixing it up with a whole lot of DIY.   Bleached Marigold Dress I started with a cotton/linen…

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Mississippi Ave Dress

Of all of the challenges for The Monthly Stitch’s Indie Pattern Month, there’s nothing that strikes more fear in my heart more than this week’s theme–New to Me.  I’m very cautious about what patterns I choose outside of my Burda/Ottobre/Jalie bubble of warm comfort.  I check, double check, and triple check the measurements, other people’s…

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