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Four tips for Sewing with Denim | stitchesandsunflowers.com

Tips for sewing with Denim


I recently finished a fun sewing project I made for a friend using recycled jeans (tutorial here). Let me just say, sewing with denim can be super tough! Especially when you are using recycled denim and you may be sewing through lots of layers. During this project I was able to test out denim-sewing tips I learned in my college sewing classes, and…
Baby PJ Set From an Adult Tee Free Pattern and Tutorial | stitchesandsunflowers.com

Twelve Month PJ Set From an Adult Tee (Free Pattern and Tutorial)


I've mentioned this before, but living on a small island, my only options for baby clothes shopping are a small Wal-mart and a tiny thrift store. The selection at both is...not my favorite. Also, I have to admit, I have a slight problem where I don’t want to buy something I know I can make. A PJ set falls in…
Outdated Skirt Refashion: Give New Life to Something Old |stitchesandsunflowers.

Outdated Skirt Refashion: Give New Life to Something Old


Today I'm giving you a tutorial for an outdated skirt refashion. While you may not have or be able to find exactly the same kind of skirt, this tutorial is meant to get your creative juices flowing, and teach you techniques you could apply to multiple types of skirts. In the 1960s, my great-grandma was the mom to multiple teenage…

How to Size Down a Button Up


One of the best ways to have an elegant and polished wardrobe with minimal and not-so-expensive pieces is to have clothes tailored to your body. Currently, my wardrobe does not fit that description. But, like a good, cheap frugal diyer, rather than throw everything away and start fresh I am taking the clothes that I still like and altering them…
The worst dressmaking mistake I've ever made, and how you can learn from it. stitchesandsunflowers.com

The Worst Dressmaking Mistake I’ve Ever Made


A tragedy has just occurred. I made a super silly dressmaking mistake. One that I knew I should have avoided. Here's how it happened. A few years ago... I took a pattern-making class and a sewing techniques class from an experienced professor who had working in both construction and pattern drafting for upwards of thirty years. It was so exciting…
Baby Tee from an Adult Tee (Free Pattern and Tutorial) |stitchesandsunflowers.com

Baby Tee from an Adult Tee (Free Pattern and Tutorial)


If you have old tee shirts lying around the house and you’d like to make a free baby tee, this post is for you. All the “payment” you need is a little over an hour of time and some thread. Oh, and this free pattern. As I’ve mentioned, we live on an island in Alaska with not many options for…
DIY Baby Snap Booties--Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free Pattern and Tutorial. | stitchesandsunflowers.com

DIY Baby Booties


When Littles was a few months old my mother-in-law bought him some magical fleece baby booties that STAYED on his feet! Even when he was three months old those twelve month size shoes would stay on his feet, due to the ankle elastic and handy adjustable snaps. He recently lost one bootie, so I set out on  a quest to…