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Sew a child-sized tool belt for your handychild

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Hello, everyone! This is Nichole from Bluebird & the Boy. Today I'd like to share with you a tutorial for a Junior Tool Belt...perfect for the little handyboy (or handygirl) in your house!   I created this easy-on belt for my son, who has recently taken an interest in all things TOOL. I wanted him to have his own special place to store his gear, and I wanted him to have complete control over all of it...from loading it up, to putting it on and taking it off again. This tool ... [ Read More ]

Making Money Blogging: SewMcCool September 2014 Blog Earnings

SewMcCool September 2014 blog earnings

The end of the second quarter of 2014 "jump started" me into a period of reflection about the future of my blog and my overall business plans. Heavy stuff, I know. Though the SewMcCool September 2014 blog earnings were comparable to those in August, I "crunched" some numbers and realized that I need to start diversifying in order to bring a healthy part- or full-time income home to my family. The blog will continue, of course. I love it! But after doing the math, I realized I need to ... [ Read More ]

How to sew a chip bag costume

How to sew a chip bag costume - Sew a Dorito bag costume! On sewmccool.com

For several months my youngest daughter told me (with a devious grin) that she wanted to be a Doritos bag for Halloween. I was in denial for awhile...and then realized she was serious. Ugh. I like to sew and didn't want to make something I thought would be just a simple art project out of paper. And Doritos aren't my favorite snack (sorry, Frito Lay)! But after seeing a photo online from someone who made a costume out of vinyl - I realized I that was the perfect fabric for the task, and ... [ Read More ]

Blog hop – sewing for your home!

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This month I was honored to participate in a blog hop on Andrea's Notebook, where a few of us linked up some home-sewing projects. I enjoyed participating in this blog hop - sewing for your home! I shared my tutorial for sewing simple cloth napkins with your serger.   And isn't this a cute project, from Irene of Serger Pepper? I absolutely adore the cute tooth fairy cushion she made from baby tights. Seriously! I would never have thought of this. She's so ... [ Read More ]

5 sewing hacks for T-shirt patterns

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Hi Everyone! Jonie here, from Knot Sew Normal. I am so happy to be back here today. The weather is changing here and it is time for long-sleeves.   5 sewing hacks for T-shirt patterns Miss G wanted some cute, fun, "COOL" shirts now that she is in Kindergarten. I wanted to share with you my 5 sewing hacks for T-shirt patterns.  I used these methods to customize each shirt and give each a distinctive look. I used my go-to shirt pattern, the Grandslam Tee from Peek-a-Boo Patterns ... [ Read More ]

How to sew cloth napkins

How to sew cloth napkins. This is a great first project to do with your serger! On sewmccool.com

Maybe you've just purchased your first serger. And you want to do something other than just serge seams. You want to show off! Learn how to sew cloth napkins, and you'll always have great gifts for family and friends, and you'll always be able to color-coordinate your napkins with your table service.   What you'll need * 1 yd of fabric for 4 napkins * Serger and thread that coordinates with fabric * Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat * Seam sealant How to sew cloth ... [ Read More ]

How competition is changing the PDF pattern design business

How competition is changing the PDF pattern design business

Transport yourself back to the mid-2000s. When paper patterns were almost all we had to choose from. When instant gratification for obtaining a pattern wasn't an option. When people who created PDFs were few and far between, and some even called the practice (gasp!) desktop publishing. I purchased an early PDF pattern off eBay that was actually hand-drawn, not formatted vertically, and was hard to tape together because there weren't any guides. I later found others that were much ... [ Read More ]

How to sew a fleece beret

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Hello Sew McCool Readers!! It's Addie from Addiek.com again and I am excited to show you how to sew a fleece beret today. I originally designed this pattern for my daughter in order to sew her a black beret to complete her artist ensemble.   I came across that beret a few days ago and decided to make her a new one that she can wear this winter. The beret is easy and quick to sew. I have included a beret printable pattern that will fit most children aged 4-8. I hope you ... [ Read More ]

Call for 2015 SewMcCool contributors – and changes

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I've enjoyed the past 9 months of blogging here on SewMcCool! It's been challenging, energizing, and exciting. I love the blend of sewing, crafting, and writing/taking photos. It's a lot of fun to share posts and tutorials with you. I've also enjoyed working with a number of contributors in 2014, and would love to continue this format in 2015! While I love posting articles and writing tutorials, it's also exciting to introduce others to you - others who have different sewing expertise and ... [ Read More ]

5 seam finishes for garment sewing

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Hi! This is Chelsea from GYCT Designs! One of the questions I get all the time is "How do I finish a seam?" or "What is a seam finish?" Today, I'll be able to enlighten you!     5 seam finishes for garment sewing A seam finish is applied to the outside edge of the seam allowance. It can be cut, covered or sewn to prevent the seam allowance from fraying. We often think of seam finishes as being used on woven fabrics because they fray easily. However, seam finishes can ... [ Read More ]