elizabethmadethis

Elizabeth Farr is the writer behind the Elizabeth Made This blog where she shares helpful sewing tips, step by step sewing tutorials and videos to help you explore your creativity through sewing.  She has written sewing Eguides and patterns, been a featured teacher at Rebecca Page's Sewing Summit and Jennifer Maker's Holiday Maker Fest and her work has appeared in Seamwork and Altered Couture magazines.  She also created a line of refashioned garments for SEWN Denver.  When her sewing machine isn't humming, she's playing and teaching violin, and hanging around a good strategic board game with her husband and 4 kids.

finished silk pillowcase

How to sew a silk pillowcase from a scarf (+ DIY pillow forms!)

Today’s post is really two tutorials in one: how to sew a silk pillowcase from a scarf and how to make DIY pillow forms. I love me some silk scarves, and vintage linens in general and my walls back up that statement. Since I can’t wallpaper my whole house with silk scarves, I’ve been trying …

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belted cardigan into a zippered jacket

How to turn a belted cardigan into a zippered jacket and stay warm

Here’s an easy refashion: Today we’re turning a belted cardigan into a zippered jacket. I’ve never loved how you constantly have to tie and retie a belted cardigan when you wear it. When it’s cold outside, you need a sweater that stays closed on your body, am I right?   I’m going to show you …

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pattern fitting books

7 Pattern fitting books that’ll smash your sewing frustrations

Let’s chat pattern fitting books, but before that, I’m going to say something you need to hear. There is no perfect pattern. People search for it, buy 18 jeans patterns hoping for “the one” and turn up disappointed. Maybe you’ve heavily invested in pattern company P, Y or Q because of the promise of a …

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collection of woven mug and tea

7 DIY Christmas decor ideas you can sew up right now

Need some DIY Christmas decor ideas like yesterday? Today we’re chatting about 7 easy DIY Christmas decor projects. If you’re like me, handmade DIY Christmas decor ideas start popping in your head when my favorite eggnog hits the shelves. I love being able to create a cozy feeling for my family with all these sweet …

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leather painted with Angelus paints

Bagmaking supplies to help you make beautiful bags you’ll be proud of

I’m dishing all about bagmaking supplies. Sewing is a deep deep craft, and it’s one of those things where very often the devil is in the details. What makes a project go from meh to holy cats, that’s amazing can be in all the extras you add to your star fabric. Here is a list …

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DIY Christmas card with handmade ornament

How to make DIY Christmas cards with handmade ornaments {instant smile}

Today is DIY Christmas cards day, and these ones are going to tell a story. For a long while now I’ve loved vintage sewing patterns, and truth be told, I’m always looking for creative ways to use their illustrations. For this project, you’ll be pairing up handmade ornaments with a basic card that you sew. …

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DIY advent calendar finished

How to make a DIY advent calendar with handmade ornaments

DIY advent calendars are a fun way to count down to Christmas day. We’re going double handmade here with this handmade ornament DIY advent calendar. At the end of this project, you’ll have a simple way to display all of your favorite handmade ornaments that’ll catch everyone’s eye. The best part? As you count down …

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