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Vintage Made Modern: Scrappy The Clown

Vintage Made Modern: Scrappy The Clown

Yo-Yo sewing projects are a favorite vintage find of mine. I love seeing the inspiring combination of fabrics, which were likely made from the scrap bin and can be a great snapshot of vintage fabrics. One of my favorite yo-yo patterns that we updated is Scrappy the...

5 Fun Ideas for Monogramming + Free Download!

5 Fun Ideas for Monogramming + Free Download!

I'm mad about monograms lately. With so many possibilities, this letter-perfect technique lends personal flair to handmade or store bought fabric gifts. Think garments, pillowcases, cloth napkins, tea towels, and tote bags. Whether embroidered, cross stitched,...

Upcycled Apron with Crafty Gemini Creates!

Upcycled Apron with Crafty Gemini Creates!

I'm so excited to share with you my new tutorial with Vanessa from Crafty Gemini Creates! I recently traveled up to Hamilton, Missouri to film with Vanessa at Missouri Star Quilt Company (more about that story here). Enjoy this project, which is from my book Vintage...

Vintage Made Modern: Dapper Dan

Vintage Made Modern: Dapper Dan

Did you (or your parents) keep any of your toys from when you were little? Most everyone has one or two special items that they just can't part with. One of my favorite childhood toys was Dapper Dan. He was a good friend to me when I was young and to my kids when they...

Vintage Made Modern: Timeless Toys

Vintage Made Modern: Timeless Toys

There is something special about creating a stuffed toy. You make something with a distinct personality that will enrich someone’s life.  Also, making a stuffed toy requires different sewing skills than we normally use while sewing a quilt or garment. This makes...

Vintage Image Ideas: Decoupaged Clip Board

Vintage Image Ideas: Decoupaged Clip Board

Do you love our vintage images, but are unsure what to do with them? Well, here is an idea for you! Add some pizzazz to your office supply by decoupaging your brown, boring clipboard. For this project we used pages from The Language of Fashion Dictionary eBook. The...

Vintage Notions Book Club: The Fine Art of Giving

Vintage Notions Book Club: The Fine Art of Giving

It seems like just a moment ago, I wrote the first post for the Vintage Notions Book Club, and in just a blink of the eye, here I am writing the December post. As I reread  Vintage Notions over the last year, one thing that I was struck by was Mary Brooks Pickens...

Vintage Notions Book Club: Gratitude

Vintage Notions Book Club: Gratitude

  The month of November heralds the beginning of the Holiday Season. For most of us, this is a whirlwind of decorating, planning, gift purchasing, child entertaining and eating. It is both exhilarating and exhausting! It is a time of making memories and...

Teaching Kids to Sew

Teaching Kids to Sew

Who taught you to sew? Chances are, it was a parent or grandparent.  When I was a child, my mother and grandmother shared with me their love for handcrafting.  I enjoyed that special bonding time and learned many tricks and techniques that I use today. ...

Gifts That Live Forever

Gifts That Live Forever

Christmas is just around the corner. Soon we will be gathered around the tree, celebrating with our families and giving gifts wrapped in shiny paper and ribbon. Of course, gifts can come in many different packages or no package at all. When we exchange presents with...

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