How to Sew a Neater Zig-Zag Finish (a part of the "Finish Seams without a Serger" series) stitchesandsunflowers.com

Finish Seams without a Serger: Sew a Neater Zig-Zag Finish


Finishing seams is a basic skill YOU can use to make your sewing professional without fancy equipment, or even a serger. This month I’m writing simple tutorials showing all my favorite ways to finish a seam without a serger.     So far in this series we’ve practiced 1) a French seam, 2) a false French seam, and 3) a clean…

How to Tailor a Pencil Skirt Sew Your Way to a Perfectly Fitted Wardrobe at stitchesandsunflowers.com

How to Tailor a Pencil Skirt


I’m trying to use sewing to create wardrobe basics that will be versatile and classy, and last a long time. Being able to tailor clothes that I already have to fit me better helps me do this with less expense and less waste. I was gifted this skirt, so I thought it would be a great basic addition to my…

How to Sew a Clean Finish (the third post in the _Finish Seams without a Serger_ series) stitchesandsu

Finish Seams without a Serger: Clean Finish


Welcome to my third post in the “Finish Seams without a Serger” series. In this series I’m teaching you how to make your sewing more professional even if you don’t own a Serger. So far I’ve already covered how to sew a French seam and a false French seam. Today, I’m showing you how to sew a clean finish. Clean Finish I…

How to Sew a False French Seam (A part of the _Finish Seams without a Serger._ series) stitchesandsunf (1)

Finish Seams without a Serger: False French Seam


Hello all! Welcome to my second post in the series that teaches you how to finish seams without a serger. This series is for those of us who want to learn to sew professionally but don’t have a Serger. It is possible! View the first post in the series about French seams here. The False French Seam This technique is…

Sew your own lace blouse with this free pattern and tutorial. stitchesandsunflowers.com

Lace Blouse Free Pattern and Tutorial


As I brainstormed essentials for a (kind-of) minimal wardrobe, a lace blouse was at the top of the list. I love how classy and neutral, yet feminine they are! I could shop for one, but I had some eyelet lace in my stash that was just enough for this blouse, so of course I had to add it to my…

Finishing Seams without a Serger_ How to Sew a French Seam

Finish Seams without a Serger: How to Sew a French Seam


Hello friends! This is the first post in a series that teaches you how to finish your seams without a serger. I know most beginners and some intermediate sewers don’t own a serger. In fact, I’ve never owned a serger (lately I’ve been using my M-I-L’s), so I’ve had to come up with ways to make my sewing look professional without a…

DIY Baby Moccasins: No sewing machine or fancy tools required! Free Pattern and Tutorial | stitchesandsunflowers.com

DIY Baby Moccasins


If you’re a mom (or even if you aren’t) I know you MUST have seen the adorable baby moccasin shoes that are trending now. Apparently made popular by one of the Kardashians? What? Oh well. They are really cute. AND we have a pair of baby moccasins passed down from Little’s grandpa, so obviously moccasins aren’t a new development in…

A Behind-the-Smile Look at Postpartum Depression_ Why I didn't See a Doctor, but I should have. stitches

A Behind-the-Smile Look at Postpartum Depression


Today, let’s get real about a struggle lots of women experience alone because of a ridiculous stigma: postpartum depression. I love to talk about the joyful and beautiful moments of motherhood, but the truth is, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies. If you read this blog and think, “Oh, Jessica has it all figured out,” think again. I DO NOT…

DIY Un-Paper Bag: Make your own alternative to paper bags | stitchesandsunflowers.com

DIY Un-Paper Bag Tutorial (A Project for Beginners)


In a follow up to Tuesday’s post about the paper bag trick, I’m going to teach you how to make a re-useable un-paper bag. This is a great tutorial for beginners! It may look complicated, but the shape of the bag comes from folding the fabric, not from complicated sewing. The paper bag trick helps to streamline your sewing process.…

The Paper Bag Trick: A Beginner's Sewing Tip to Streamline Your Sewing Process | stitchesandsunflowers.com

The Paper Bag Trick (a Beginner’s Sewing Tip)


I realize that lots of the sewing tutorials I post might seem scary or too intense for a lot of beginners out there. I want this blog to make sewing accessible to everyone, so I’m going to start a series of posts specifically for the beginners out there. We’ll start with a trick that streamlines the sewing process, but that…