Category: Sewing

FALL DECOR: Embroidery hoop wreath

FALL DECOR: Embroidery hoop wreath {Heather's Handmade Life}

As much as I love my sewing machine, I also like having hand-sewing projects to do while I’m watching TV. I go through periods of quilting — especially in the winter when it’s snuggly to be sitting underneath my “work” — or sometimes I’ll…

How I sew button-up shirts

How I sew button-up shirts {Heather's Handmade Life}

I talk a lot about the clothes I sew for our daughter — we all know she’s my life-sized Barbie baby — so today I thought I’d share some details about the button-up shirts I sew for our son. While I have quite a…

What Charlotte wore …

What Charlotte wore ... {Heather's Handmade Life}

It’s that time of year when I get *really* into dressing the kids for school in the cute new outfits I spent July and August sewing for them! I try to take a picture most mornings before school, at least of Charlotte (Dexter isn’t…

How to replace sleeves

How to replace sleeves {Heather's Handmade Life}

I actually did this project back in the spring and forgot to turn it into a post! So I had a Silver jean jacket that I loved, BUT … there was a bit of buyer’s remorse happening. I’d bought a medium because it was…

DIY patio cushion covers

DIY patio cushion covers {Heather's Handmade Life}

Longtime readers may remember that a few years back, I was complaining about wrestling patio cushions into submission on a sweaty summer’s day. Well, much like childbirth, I forgot the pain and agreed to do it all over again. Recovering patio cushions is a…

DIY crib bedding

DIY crib bedding {Heather's Handmade Life}

My friend is expecting her third baby, and we’re all so excited for her. She wanted a rustic, woodsy feel for the nursery to go with the rest of her farmhouse, and didn’t want to reuse the old brown and green bedding from her…

Canvas grocery bag hack

Canvas grocery bag hack {Heather's Handmade Life}

Yesterday’s post was all about how we packed our carry-on luggage, and today’s is about the kids’ “airplane activity bags” they also carried onboard (since each person is allowed two carry-ons). Instead of hefting around backpacks (which they would invariably load with way too…

The backwards fabric hack

If you find a paint swatch you like, look for a more greyed-out version and it’s probably going to be even nicer. Strangely enough, you can almost do the same thing with fabric, all by turning it over and using the other side! I…

Super easy quilt top for beginners

Whenever I share pictures of a quilt I’ve sewn, I hear a lot of “OMG I could never do that!” or questions about HOW I EVER LEARNED how to make quilts. They are a project that seems to baffle most people who have never…

Converting an awkward space to a cozy reading nook

Converting an awkward nook to a cozy reading space {Heather's Handmade Life}

Some of the split-level houses on our street share the same cool feature: a strange nook set into the walls of one of the bedrooms. I’ve noticed it in a few friends’ houses and I’m always intrigued by it. (Our house has a disappointing…

Modern rainbow baby quilt

Rainbow quilt with appliqued baby name {Heather's Handmade Life}

This bright and cheerful rainbow baby quilt is easy to sew and personalize with a name.

Making new living room curtains

I’m always telling people that curtains are easy. “Just buy some fabric, hem around the edges and slap it up with some curtain clips!” I’ll say casually. “It’s super quick, and much cheaper than buying ready-made curtains.” I’ve sewn curtains for every room in…