Category: Sewing

I’ve gone full von Trapp

It started with a set of curtains.  I sewed them a couple of years ago for my sister’s living room, back when I made that custom upholstered headboard for her bedroom.  (I couldn’t resist doing the living room as well, with some simple curtains…

How to knit a hat on a loom

How to knit a hat on a loom: Full tutorial {Heather's Handmade Life}

Yesterday I chatted about how EASY and fun it is to knit hats on a loom with your child … … so today I’m sharing the detailed instructions that couldn’t fit in my newspaper story. (That’s the nice thing about blogs — unlimited space…

Why your child needs a knitting loom

Our six-year-old son had tried knitting in the past. We’d bought him knitting needles and the turquoise yarn* he wanted. I’d YouTubed how to ‘cast on’ and vaguely remembered my grandmother’s instructions from a long, long time ago. I think the plan was to…

Do you really need ALL of those "meaningful" baby clothes?

You can never have too many nicely-organized storage bins, right? Especially when they’re storing the most precious thing of all — memories! What about those bins of baby clothes, though? I’d limited myself to one bin per child, but they were really big bins….

DIY stage backdrop for our little performer

Now, a good blogger would refrain from posting photos until AFTER Christmas so they could stage it nicely with their child.  But (I’m impatient) I couldn’t wait to show you this easy-to-build DIY stage backdrop, in case you’re still thinking about making a handmade…

How to make your jeans fit perfectly (when you have a big butt)

I’ve been big-butted my whole life. In my mom’s side of the family we lovingly call it the Watson Rear. I used to be embarrassed about my big butt, especially when I think about all of the REALLY UNFLATTERING high-waisted mom jeans I wore…

DIY tablet holders for the car

As much as I’d like to claim our kids are little angels on long car trips … they’re not. Even on the hour-long drive to Halifax, they whine and ask how much longer and decide they need to use the bathroom (they don’t) because…

No-sew Canadiana fabric art

The crushing U.S. election results — and the angst that’s continued ever since — have me feeling pretty grateful to be a Canadian these days. So I thought I’d experiment with making some true patriot love fabric art for our son’s bedroom. I’d seen…

The (almost) no-sew sweater pillow

‘Tis the season when you dig out the winterwear, and we’ve learned from Marie Kondo that we probably don’t need ALL of those sweater, right? Today I’m sharing a quickie DIY that takes an old wool sweater and gives it a new (way more…

How to make a too-big shirt fit perfectly

Sometimes when a shirt is REALLY popular, all of the good sizes (for me, that’s medium or large depending on how it fits) sell out quickly and there’s nothing left but XXL or extra-small. Not in my life have I *ever* been an extra-small…

DIY quilt made from old jeans

DIY jean quilt {Heather's Handmade Life}

This is one of those projects I’d been meaning to do for YEARS and when I finally did it, I wondered what had taken me so long. My mother-in-law had been talking for years about a jean quilt once gifted to my nephew. I…

DIY printed burlap throw pillows

I don’t normally do seasonal throw pillows for the living room, but I was smitten with all of the subtle autumn-themed ones I kept spotting on Pinterest. A mason jar pillow? I needed it! And, of course, I wasn’t paying $20 or $30 for…