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How to sew an envelope cushion cover

Sew a simple Envelope Cushion Cover

Hi all, it’s Lauren here from Molly and Mama and it’s great to be back at SewMcCool again! I’ve really been enjoying bringing you the Little Girl’s Bedroom Makeover series. We’ve completed a number of practical and easy projects that you can create to jazz up your little one’s room. Today, we’re going to learn how to sew an envelope cushion cover that’s perfect for a ‘beginner’. It's really quick to make. It also has a very simple envelope opening at the back. This means no button holes, no ... [ Read More ]

How to sew a zipper for a pillow

How to sew zippers for pillows on sewmccool.com

The pillows I purchased a few years ago are looking, well.... Shabby. It's time to replace them with something new and fresh. The old pillow had a zipper, which I liked. Envelope pillows are great, too, but it's always nice to learn a couple of different ways to sew pillows. I'll unveil my new pillow design within a week, but for now... Let's get over the biggest hurdle. How to sew a zipper for a pillow. This post on how to sew a zipper for a pillow is sponsored by the ... [ Read More ]

How to add a safe cape to any shirt pattern


I'm so excited to be adding some boy-love to Sew McCool! I'm Amy, half of Friends Stitched Together, and today I have a tutorial for how to add a safe cape to any shirt pattern! My son loves to play outside, and since our yard is fenced, he spends a good amount of time out there by himself (I check on him often, don't worry!). He also loves pretending to be an Anything-Man (Super, Bat, what boy doesn't?). I have made him caped tees in the past where the cape is sewn into the neckline, but ... [ Read More ]

How to sew a scooter buddy pouch

scooter buddy cover

Hi everyone! I'm Nat from Sew outnumbered and I'm so excited to be sharing my very first guest post here today. I love to sew for myself and the boys who outnumber me in my house - who said sewing for boys is boring?!? I came up with the idea to teach you how to sew a scooter buddy pouch because my 4-year-old boy LOVES riding his scooter but we're forever getting to the playground and then... "Muuuummmm, I'm thirsty!"     Of course us Mums are supposed to be able to ... [ Read More ]

How to sew a high-low tank top from woven fabric

How to sew a high-low sunshine tank

Hello, everyone! I'm Nichole from Bluebird & The Boy. I'm a new contributor to SewMcCool and happy to share my first post with you. Today I'll be sharing how to sew a high-low tank top. The Sunshine Tank is a sweet and breezy high-low sleeveless top. Using a light cotton, it's the perfect woven top for warm, sunny days!     I'll show you how I drafted my pattern from an existing shirt in my daughter's wardrobe, and the steps I took to sew the tank up. So let's ... [ Read More ]

Sew an owl hot pad and potholder

Sew an owl hot pad and potholder by knotsewnormal on sewmccool.com

Hi Everyone! I am Jonie from Knot Sew Normal, where I share my family's crafty adventures, and I am so excited to be here at SewMcCool to share how to sew an owl hot pad and potholder! I have been dreaming of a ceramic top stove for a really long time. (I really hated cleaning those little pans out on my old stove. It seemed like they were never clean.) A few months ago our oven went out and my dreams came true. With our old stove I would just sit stuff on top of the eyes when I took it ... [ Read More ]

Is it time to add sponsored posts to your blog?

Should bloggers accept sponsors by sewmccool.com

Blogging is a tough business. That is, if you want to make it, well, "a business." Spending the past 7 months on a new blog has taught me so much.... And among those lessons.... ...I realized I was really spoiled when I was a newspaper reporter. In that job, I had to develop sources and interview people and come up with story ideas. Then I had to write them on a deadline and make judgment calls about many different issues. It used to pain me when I had to think of "art" for the ... [ Read More ]

Make a reusable fabric notebook for kids

Make a reusable fabric notebook for kids

Hello Sew McCool readers! I am Addie from Addiek.com and I am a new contributor here on Sew McCool. Today, I would like to share with you a fun tutorial for a reusable fabric notebook. I first made this project for my daughter years ago. She is constantly drawing and I found myself overwhelmed with the amount of drawings/paper we were accumulating. We tried those dry erase pads but were not satisfied with how easily they rubbed off on everything. Now, we have a solution that is ... [ Read More ]

How to sew ring tabs for straps – and a cutting guide!

How to sew ring tabs for straps by sewmccool.com

When sewing purses or bags, it's pretty common to sew tabs that will connect to d-rings or other rings. Most of the time there are instructions on how to cut and sew the straps - but usually for only one size of ring. But what if you don't have that size handy? And you have another size instead? For example, in the tutorial on how to sew a crossbody purse, I used 1in-wide D-rings...but you can use another size if you prefer. And you'll need to know how wide to cut the strips for the ... [ Read More ]

Making money blogging: SewMcCool June 2014 blog earnings

SewMcCool June 2014 blog earnings

Ah, a crossroads. When I began my blogging journey in December 2013, I knew there would be ups and downs, and have been so thankful that there have been mostly "ups!" But June represented my first month of a drop in page views, from more than 57,000 in May to 49,538 in June.   This isn't all bad, really - May was one of those months where several posts went a little viral, and were featured a lot on different aggregator blogs (such as Craftgossip). June had just a couple of ... [ Read More ]