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11 ways to be more self-sufficient in the new year

Self-sufficient living is all about providing for your own needs— and the needs of your household— without resources or help from the outside. To become more self-sufficient, you need knowledge and skills, plus motivation and a spirit of independence. The reasons for living a self-sufficient lifestyle can be political, social or personal, but whatever the motivation may be, learning how to become self-sufficient can offer a feeling of security, even in the event of a disaster. There isn’t a han...
Tags: Food, Garden, Gardening, Design, Cook, Food Storage, Debt, Features, Plastic, Sewing, Bright Ideas, Green Living, Natural Cleaners, Emergency Kit, Clean Eating, Natural Materials


Make Your Own Bow Scrunchie!

For some of you, scrunchies may be the new trend. But for others of us, it’s a pretty big blast from the past. Scrunchies did double duty in my day as you could either wear it in your hair, or wear it on your arm as a bracelet, just waiting for that big moment when you might actually need it for your hair. It’s fun to see the trend come back in a new way and one of the things that I’ve loved seeing (which were maybe around in my day—I just don’t remember having one) are the bow scrunchies! You ...
Tags: Crafts, D.I.Y. Project, Accessories, Fashion, Diy, Style, Sewing, Diy Gifts, Homemade Gifts, Don, Laura Gummerman


Quilted Velvet Pillows Tutorial

It’s that time of year when I want to up the cozy factor of my space—whether that’s twinkle lights, a faux fur throw, or super soft velvet pillows—it all makes these longer evenings a bit more magical. Plus, adding new envelope pillow covers to your space is one of the quickest ways to give your couch or bed a mini makeover. You can slip them on and off with the seasons, but you might never want to put these velvet pillows away! If you’ve got access to a sewing machine and can stitch a straight-...
Tags: Crafts, D.I.Y. Project, Diy, Home Decor, Bedroom, Sewing, Living Room, Small Spaces, Renter Friendly, Rachel Credits Author, Rachel Denbow, Guest Room


The Feminist Power of Embroidery

When I pick up needle and thread, I join a long line of women who have turned the domestic arts into political expression.
Tags: News, Chicago, Sewing, Textiles, Judy, Women and Girls, Seoul (South Korea, Feminist Power of Embroidery


Baby Doll Stroller DIY

We are at that stage of toddlerhood where her main goal in life is to put an object in something, move that thing somewhere else, take it out again, and repeat this process basically forever! She loves the little wooden shopping cart we got for her to put things in, but it has fixed wheels that are large and the cart is a bit heavy, so it’s harder for her to turn and maneuver than I would like. Since her other great love right now are all her “babies,” (her little stuffed Lovie animals she slee...
Tags: D.I.Y. Project, Diy, Home Decor, Kiddo, Sewing, Wood Working, Kids Room, Diy Gifts, Homemade Gifts, Laura Gummerman, xo Laura Credits Author, Lovie, Collin DuPree Photos


Naturally Dyed Christmas Tree Skirt DIY

I love the patterns found in vintage indigo mud cloth textiles, but I’ll never be the girl with any dark blue in her Christmas decor. I decided to try out the same dyeing pattern using madder root on linen to create a tree skirt with a bit of a bohemian vibe. Madder root in different amounts can offer colors ranging from a blush pink to a brick red, so it’s a great natural dye to use if you enjoy a bit of pink or mauve. It plays well with candy cane stripes and brass accents! You can use this sa...
Tags: Crafts, D.I.Y. Project, Diy, Home Decor, Sewing, Living Room, Happy Holidays, Celebrate, Small Spaces, Renter Friendly, Rachel Denbow, Instagram Rachel Credits Author


Overlooked No More: Elizabeth Keckly, Dressmaker and Confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln

Keckly was born a slave but bought her freedom and began working for the first lady. Her memoir offered a rare look inside the Lincoln White House.
Tags: News, Sewing, Lincoln, Blacks, Mary Todd Lincoln, Mary Todd, Books and Literature, Slavery (Historical, First Ladies (US, Biographical Information, GenderAds, Elizabeth Keckly, Elizabeth Keckly Dressmaker, Keckly


#ohwowyes: DIY Sequin Maxi Skirt

Things are about to get festive, because the party just arrived with this DIY sequin maxi skirt. Who doesn’t love sequins?! We started our 5 Days of DIYS yesterday, and today we’re back for our second one! I adventured my way into sewing in the quest for my holiday sequin skirt even being a beginner a sewer and I’m happy to report that you can totally make one too – and hey, for a fraction of the cost you see anywhere. View full post
Tags: Wedding, Sewing, Skirts, Diy Projects, Fiskars, Sequins, Sequin Skirt


Want to Learn How to Sew? These Are the Best Youtube Sewing Channels to Teach You

They're 'sew' good! With New Year's coming up, there's no better time to start a new hobby. Why not try sewing? As you may know, I learned how to sew from Youtube, and there's no reason you couldn't do the same. But where should you start?Although there's a wealth of information out there, I've handpicked these five channels because to me, they stood out over the rest with their creativity, easy-to-follow teaching, focus of staying green, or overall style.Here are my top 5 best sewing channels ...
Tags: Topshop, Japan, Diy, Youtube, College, Sewing, College Life, Wendy Wendy, Angela Clayton Angela Clayton, Annika Victoria Annika


linen love

I did a fair bit of gift knitting this weekend, but I also snuck in some sewing. I couldn't help myself - with a stash of linen freshly washed and folded on my sewing table, the temptation was just too... [Author: SouleMama]
Tags: Crafts, Sewing, SouleMama


The Annals of Flannel

Told that the cozy shirting fabric could no longer be made in America, one man began a yearlong quest.
Tags: Shirts, News, America, Sewing, Textiles, Winthrop, Bayard, Fashion and apparel, Flannel, Factories and Manufacturing, Labor and Jobs, American Giant (AG


Heirloom Advent Calendar DIY

I am so so so excited to share today’s post! Our mom had an advent calendar when we were little kids (with one candy per day) and it is such a sweet and special holiday memory for me. I knew I wanted to make an advent for Nova’s second first Christmas (last year we returned home from China the week before Christmas and she doesn’t remember it, so we call this her second first Christmas—kind of fun to get a redo!). Anyway! I knew I wanted to do something we could keep for a long time and use ever...
Tags: Crafts, D.I.Y. Project, Pinterest, Home Decor, China, Sewing, Happy Holidays, Wall Art, Celebrate, Elsie Larson


Reversible Tree Skirt DIY

If you think of a Christmas tree in clothing terms, I feel like the tree skirt is the shoes of the tree—it’s a nice little pop of color or pattern that can dress up or dress down a tree just by changing the pattern to suit your mood. We partnered with Spoonflower on this post, and they’re offering 15% off your next order through 1/31/19 with promo code ABMW15. They have all kinds of color/pattern options, and we’ll share what we picked for this project below! If you’re like me and you always wa...
Tags: Crafts, Sponsored, D.I.Y. Project, Home Decor, Sewing, Happy Holidays, Celebrate, Laura Gummerman, Spoonflower, xo Laura Credits Author, Celosia Velvet


Travel Sewing Kit

Looking for quick, pretty, and practical gifts to make for Christmas? Our Travel Sewing Kit is a handy kit for sewists, travellers, or to carry in your handbag for wardrobe malfunctions. It can also be used as a small pouch to hold coins, ear buds, USB sticks, or other small items. It is a fun scrap buster pattern and can be easily made in under 1 hour. Today I spent and enjoyable morning in my sewing room, making Travel Sewing Kits. After the sewing,  I enjoyed searching through my vintage ha...
Tags: Travel, Food, Etsy, Sewing, Sewing & Quilting Patterns, Craftsy, Atsuko Matsuyama, Pdf Patterns, Yuwa Fabrics


While I Yet Live

A close-knit group of rural African-American women have perfected the distinctive art of quilting.
Tags: News, Alabama, Sewing, Quilts, Boykin (Ala


Why I Started Sewing & How Sewing Has Changed My View of Fashion

Let the revolution begin!Having been sewing my own clothes for a few years now, I'm used to getting the same responses when I tell someone I've made the clothes I'm wearing. It's usually surprise, followed by some sort of compliment. Yet sometimes, someone will ask "Why?" And that’s a perfectly understandable response. While home sewing used to be the norm not even fifty years ago, the rise of fast fashion has made it practically obsolete. Making your own clothing can be time consuming, stressfu...
Tags: Diy, College, Sewing, College Life, Fashion Industry Sewing


5 Sewing Tips For Beginners

Being able to sew is such a good skill to possess. You can start with simple craft projects and when you get better, you can even start making clothes. If you are interested in learning how to sew, here are some tips which can help you in your journey. 1. Choose a good sewing machine If you want to be a good sewer, then you need a good sewing machine. This will be your best friend for the years that you will be sewing, so you want to make sure that you buy one that will truly be an inv...
Tags: Fashion, Diy, Sewing, Fabric, Diy & Crafts, Sew, Sewing Machine, Sewing Leather


Why I Started Sewing

Editor's Note: In lieu of the typical tutorial, our resident DIY writer, Seleste, is sharing the reasons behind her passion for sewing. From designing dresses for dolls to delving into DIY in the digital age, we hope you enjoy reading about her personal journey. My first foray into the world of sewing began with little dolls made out of fabric scraps, tissues, and even flowers. With cotton wool for a head, and overly wide felt tip smiles, they probably resembled ghosts more than people. In the ...
Tags: Diy, College, Sewing, Pokemon, Fashion Tips, Seleste


Turn A Flannel Shirt Into A Dress!

We all love a good transformation story (Cinderella becomes belle of the ball, etc.), so this may be the fashion DIY version of that scenario. I love cozy flannel fabrics in the fall season, and this is a great way to upcycle a thrift store find or a hand-me-down from a family member. With just a few tweaks, you can take a flannel shirt from a drab oversized top to a fun fall dress and I’ll show you how! Supplies: -flannel shirt -sewing machine –3/4″ elastic -fabric scissors or rotary cutter -...
Tags: Crafts, D.I.Y. Project, Fashion, Diy, Style, Sewing, Cinderella, Laura Gummerman


Christmas Placemat

This Christmas our decorating will feature the colours of eucalyptus green, white, and silver. We will be incorporating metal and wood accents to create an Australiana theme. I have made a start on my Christmas sewing with this Christmas placemat. This Hexie Holiday Placemat features a foundation paper pieced tree with a pieced border. These Christmas placemats can be easily constructed using the Hexie Holiday PDF Sewing Pattern that is available in our Etsy and Craftsy stores.  The fabric use...
Tags: Food, Etsy, Christmas, Sewing, Sewing & Quilting Patterns, Craftsy, Lecien Fabrics, Hexies


with sleeves

(Oh this girl and her teeth! Or lack thereof!) I made a new dress for Ani this weekend. She has so many summery dresses that still work great this time of year and into the winter by being layered, but... [Author: SouleMama]
Tags: Crafts, Sewing, Family Life, Ani, SouleMama


Make Your Own Festive Bat Dress

Hey, friends! Long time no … DIY. It’s Katie here! I know I’ve been MIA for a bit, but I’m here to share a DIY for the most wonderful time of the year! In my closet, the saying goes “the more festive, the better.” I don’t balk at pumpkin earrings or a skeleton sweater or say, a bat dress. (!!) This dress puts me in the happiest of Halloween season moods and I’m here to show you how to make your own! Plus, it’s a super simple DIY, which you KNOW is my favorite! Supplies: -black wool felt -bat tem...
Tags: Crafts, D.I.Y. Project, Halloween, Fashion, Diy, Style, Mod Podge, Sewing, Celebrate, Katie, Katie Shelton


3 Quick Ways to Update Your Winter Wardrobe

Maybe it’s the monotony of wearing the same coat every day, or the drabness of cloudy gray skies, but something about winter always makes me fall into a style rut. So here are three quick DIY fashion revamps to shake things up in preparation for the coming winter season. Hopefully they'll infuse a bit more creativity and color into your winter wardrobe, without having to spend a fortune. Easy Embroidery View the original article to see embedded media. Embroidered patches are a quick and easy wa...
Tags: Diy, Etsy, College, Sewing, Fashion Tips


with sleeves

(Oh this girl and her teeth! Or lack thereof!) I made a new dress for Ani this weekend. She has so many summery dresses that still work great this time of year and into the winter by being layered, but... [Author: SouleMama]
Tags: Crafts, Sewing, Family Life, Ani, SouleMama


Felted Wool Cactus Pincushion DIY

I love a good novelty pincushion. We’ve done lots of fun ones over the years, but I’ve never gotten to try my hand at felted wool until this project! Wool felting is one of those things that sounds and looks like a magic trick because it’s so crazy to watch something take shape and come to life simply by poking a special needle in and out of it. Basically, I’m saying that it’s as fun as it looks! I thought for my first adventure into wool felting I would try a barrel cactus pincushion so I coul...
Tags: Crafts, D.I.Y. Project, Diy, Sewing, Diy Gifts, Homemade Gifts, Laura Gummerman


Reupholster Your Bed Frame in One Afternoon (with a no-sew option too)!

You may think that title sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! I had been eyeing this beautiful pink bed for a few months, but it was too expensive to ever actually pull the trigger on. The reason I liked the bed so much was that while I love the midcentury shape of the platform bed that we’ve had for over eight years now, I wanted something much lighter in color. We have a pretty small bedroom and having large dark pieces of furniture doesn’t help the room feel its largest/brightest, but w...
Tags: D.I.Y. Project, Diy, Home Decor, Bedroom, Sewing, Before/After, Project ReStyle, Laura Gummerman, xo Laura Credits Author, Collin DuPree Photos


(school) duds

Goodness, that was a productive weekend! We kicked it off with the first cross-country race of the season, followed by hosting a team dinner at our house for, gosh, I think 45? I didn't count. It was a lot of... [Author: SouleMama]
Tags: Crafts, Sewing, SouleMama


reaching for the familiar

This little gap-toothed firecracker of a kiddo starts first grade next week. We've always approached homeschooling/unschooling/schooling in general on a year by year and child by child basis, starting (oh gosh) twelve years ago now. With a few family members... [Author: SouleMama]
Tags: Crafts, Sewing, SouleMama


How to Buy and Look After Craft Scissors

Scissors are a crafting essential and are used in most crafting projects. Buying the right crafting scissors and looking after them correctly is essential to ensure top quality results. I’ve researched how to buy and look after craft scissors. Craft Scissors While a pair of general scissors will be useful for a wide variety of […] The post How to Buy and Look After Craft Scissors appeared first on I Like It Frantic.
Tags: Blogging, Sewing, Crafting


Tips for Sewing Without a Pattern

When sewing without a pattern most times you are mending garments or doing alterations. Mending and alterations are needed frequently by people on the go. They often take their mending and alterations jobs to tailors and dressmakers. You can, however, do your own mending and alterations, if you have learned how to sew. Here are […] The post Tips for Sewing Without a Pattern appeared first on I Like It Frantic.
Tags: Blogging, Sewing, Crafting