Category: Tutorials

How to Sew a Simple Cat Costume Tail

In all honesty, I do not love Halloween.  I try not to squash my children’s joy and imagination as they dream about characters costumes, but I dread executing their vision. Especially when I feel like the costumes have limited use.  But thank goodness for 4 year olds!  This year Nut-Nut wants to be a black cat!  Hallelujah-I’m on board with that!  I’ve got black pants, a black shirt, and a headband with black cate ears from the dollar store.  All I need is to make a cat tail.  Bless you child for being so easy to please!  So here’s...

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How to Sew a Ladder Stitch

Today I’m sharing a technique that I love.  I use it all. the. time!  My mom called it a ‘ladder stitch’ but it’s know by other names.  Like invisible stitch which makes sense because the stitch disappears!  Or at least hides.  A ladder stitch is perfect for closing up holes when you don’t want to see the stitches.  Like when a beloved stuffed animal sprouts a hole.  Or closing up the opening in my infinity scarf tutorial. So, on to the instructions.  We call this a ladder stitch because it kind of looks like a ladder as you sew....

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Color Blocked Deer Creek and Sleeve Cuff Hack

Since testing the girl’s Deer Creek Dress on my daughter a year and a half ago, I have made tons of Deer Creek Dresses and tunics.  For me, my daughter, my friends, and even people who become my friends because of this dress.  (yes, I’m talking about you Miranda!)  But this color/stripe blocked Deer Creek Dress with a sleeve cuff hack is hands down my absolute favorite! I absolutely love how it plays with the stripes and I took great care to make my stripes match well along the shoulder and side seams.  Seriously-getting stripes to match like this...

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How to Sew an Elastic Bookmark

When I’m not sewing, I love to read.  And I’ve come to realize regular bookmarks don’t cut it with kids around.  Kids open up  books and move bookmarks around for fun.  Or drop books and let them fall out.  Or turn bookmarks into origami.  My favorite bookmark is an elastic bookmark because the elastic keeps the book closed while marking my spot!  Kids can still mess it up, but the accidental ones don’t happen as much. So as part of the Sewing by Ti Birthday Blog Tour, I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make elastic bookmarks.  Because these...

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Reef Walker Pocket Hack

Comfy shorts have been on my to-sew list for months.  Spring and summer sneak up on me so fast even as I can’t wait for the warm weather to arrive.  Plus, we live in a really warm place and pretty much wear shorts all the time these days.  After weeks of requests, I finally got these new shorts made and even make a pocket hack for some extra variety.  They were an immediate win with the kids, which makes me happy! I decided to make Reef Walker shorts since we live 20 minutes from the beach (yes I am...

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