How To Make a Simple Fabric Scrap Bookmark

Fabric Bookmark Tutorial

Looking for a quick way to use up fabric scraps? Bookmarks are a fun and easy way to use up precious small scraps – they make great gifts and stocking stuffers too. I’m sharing two more ways to make a simple fabric bookmark over at So Sew Easy today, go check them out for more ideas!

I worked on these right as my baby woke up out of her sleepy newborn phase and it was so satisfying to actually finish something, fast. I have several shirts I’ve been working on for days… in 30 minute increments. If you’ve sewn for very long, you don’t need a tutorial for these. But if you’re a beginner or don’t want to mess with guessing at measurements, read on!

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How to Make a Rainbow Baby Toy

DIY Rainbow Baby Rattle - Free Sewing Pattern

Spring has brought beautiful weather and I have rainbows on the brain! This is a free pattern for a rainbow baby rattle; it’s so simple to make but looks bright and fun. Handmade toys and softies are my favorite! I have four toy sewing patterns (two of them are free!) in my shop as well as several free tutorials.

This is a gift and I embroidered the baby’s name on the back for an extra personalized touch – my son was so disappointed this colorful noisemaker wasn’t for him. My baby is only 9 weeks old, so she was obliging to sit for modeled photos but can’t really pick things up yet. She definitely wanted to though!

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“Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go” by Laura Wilson

Sewing Project Book Review

This is the first sewing book that I actually made something from, a little whale softie with a hidden pocket/tummy, which I blogged about with awful pictures several years ago. Now I’m reviewing the whole book, “Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go” by Laura Wilson*
(affiliate link), and showing off the quirky little fish/cat I sewed from it!

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Grainline Studio’s Hemlock Tee – A Pattern Review

Grainline Hemlock Tee Pattern

I’m back! At 2 months postpartum and with a 2.5 year old running around, my free time to sew is limited. I’ve been itching to make myself something now that I am not enormously pregnant, so I took the opportunity to try out the free Hemlock Tee pattern from Grainline Studio. I used the Scout Tee pattern for an upcycle last year, and really liked it.

The last time I sewed something for myself and went outside like a yo-yo to take selfies was this leopard Union St. Tee, so I’m a little out of practice. A second child has changed my body physically, which I expected, but also changed my style. I think after my son was born I was still in the habit of buying clothes for how I used to dress, working in a casual office. After two years of staying at home, I have a pretty good handle on what I actually wear and enjoy. I am trying to avoid buying “fast fashion” (more details in this post) and am slowly trying to sew a handmade wardrobe I truly love.

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