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Make a needle-felted zipper heart

Needle-felted zipper heart by sewmccool.com

I don't need another hobby. I really don't. And I wasn't looking for one. But then... I saw some really cool things on Pinterest. (You know how that is, right?) These needle-felted zipper projects made their way onto my Pinterest feed and I couldn't resist. I had to make one and put my own twist on it. Since we're gearing up for Valentine's Day, I decided to create a needle-felted zipper heart, and I'll show you how to do it!   This post on how to make a ... [ Read More ]

Book review – “Just for You” selfish sewing

Just for You selfish sewing shrug on sewmccool.com

I'll confess  it here: When I began sewing garments, I pretty much got "stuck" on sewing for my two daughters. Fit was easier - there's less fabric - and they're easier to cut because the pattern pieces are smaller. I made all sorts of excuses for not sewing for myself, but this year is different. Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield of the blog SewCanShe invited me to be one of her "Sewlebrity Sewists" as she and co-author Sarah Markos launch their new book, "Just for You" Selfish Sewing ... [ Read More ]

The final reveal! Sewing room renovation

SewMcCool sewing room renovation. From all-purpose room to a sewing studio. On sewmccool.com

In October 2014 I finally realized that my sewing area was completely unworkable and needed a change. My sewing/crafting space took up half of a finished basement room, but had no cutting surface, so I had to cut fabric on the floor of my foyer upstairs. I couldn't cut fabric in the evenings there because I didn't have enough light. I was typing on my dining room table, and because I'm short and the setup wasn't correct for typing, I developed a repetitive stress injury in my elbow. So ... [ Read More ]

I’ve “copied.” And I bet you have too.

I've copied. And I bet you have, too. Analyzing copying in the creative field.

Last month I received a blog comment on a holiday ornament tutorial post I wrote a year earlier. It went like this: "Glad to see my video tutorial I posted back in October of this year is being put to good use! I like that you have used a styrofoam ball in place of a glass ball. At least you won’t burn your fingers that way!" The insinuation, of course, was that I copied off of her video. But initially her comment made me smile. As she said, her video posted in October 2014, and I ... [ Read More ]

SewMcCool Top posts of 2014

SewMcCool Top posts of 2014

Ahhhh...... ...back to work. I took a break from the blog and most work in general for two weeks, and it was the longest break from my crafting business I've had in 8 years. I thought it would re-charge my batteries as well as give me a chance to finish organizing my work space as well as my thoughts on my business direction for 2015. I was right! It did. I'll write more about my reflections on what I need to change for 2015 - and observations from my first year of blogging - in a ... [ Read More ]

Sew a faux fur collar


Hello, everyone! This is Nichole from Bluebird & the Boy again! I know we're in the middle of one of the busiest times of year...but I've got one more project that I think you're going to want to put on your To Do list! It's classic, versatile and best of all...a quick sew! I'm going to show you how to sew a faux fur collar.     I'm going to show you how to create a beautiful, vintage style faux fur collar. It's the perfect accessory to any outfit! (You may have ... [ Read More ]

Sew an invisible zipper in a skirt

How to sew an invisible zipper in a skirt. You don't even have to have an invisible zipper foot! On sewmccool.com.

Zippers used to scare me. Silly me. And without zippers, we would be forever in skirts and pants with elastic and yoga waistbands. There's a place for those....but..... You know what I mean. Zippers aren't hard to sew, and when you learn how to sew an invisible zipper in a skirt, you'll realize that you've avoided it for too long!     This post on how to sew an invisible zipper in a skirt is sponsored by Zipper Island. But the text, all photos, and any ... [ Read More ]

Sewing for home roundup

sew-for-home roundup on sewmccool.com

There's always a time when we need to create a few items for our home! The holidays is certainly one of those times. This month I participated with a few other bloggers in Andrea's Sewing for Home roundup on her blog, Andrea's notebook. Here are some of the tutorials we created! To visit these projects, please see (counter Clockwise from the bottom left): Prairie Point Yo-Yo ornaments by Chicken Scratch NY Table Runner Trivet by The Inspired Wren Ribbon Cockade Ornaments by Sew ... [ Read More ]

Time to Vote! The 12 Days of Christmas blogger challenge

12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge with sewmccool.com large

Voting time!!! It's voting time! I'm so excited that it's time to vote! The 12 days of Christmas blogger challenge has ended, and I've enjoyed celebrating both the holidays and my 1-year blogiversary at SewMcCool! Below are the 28 entries into the contest, with a poll at the bottom of the post. Please look at the projects carefully - because your vote will determine who wins $100 in the blogger challenge! And follow the links to get more information on how to create these great ... [ Read More ]

7 more holiday projects to craft or sew!

7 more holiday projects to sew for the holiday blogger challenge on SewMcCool

Wow, what a fabulous 12 days!!! I can't believe the challenge is almost over - the only thing left is for YOU to vote, and that will begin tomorrow! We've had 12 days of fabulous projects for the SewMcCool 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger challenge! Here's the fourth and final round-up for you. Here are 7 more holiday projects to craft or sew! Remember, you'll get a chance to vote on these - and the other 21 projects upcoming on the tour - beginning tomorrow, December 13. One blogger ... [ Read More ]