Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mermaid blanket sewing pattern review: Boyz II Mermen

This mermaid blanket sewing pattern review covers tips for sewing a mermaid blanket for kids. It's a simple and speedy sewing project that would be great for beginner sewists.
Did you know that when you Google "merman tail blanket," you get a boatload of results for MERMAID tail blanket? True fact.

Where is the gender equity? Or can we at least call them fishtail blankets?

OK, I'm joking — not about the importance of gender equity, but about being worked up about a blanket with a fin.

I used a free mermaid blanket sewing pattern to stitch snuggly blankies for my sons, ages 5 and 22 months, for Christmas. (Santa brought the boys these blankets, so if you know me IRL, please don't spill the beans!)

This mermaid blanket sewing pattern was speedy and simple to sew — I stitched both blankets in about 75 minutes. If you'd like to make a fishtail blanket for the small fry in your life, keep reading for mermaid blanket how-to tips!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

7 sewing goals to crush in 2017

It's the dawn of a new year and a perfect time to set sewing goals! Check out my seven sewing goals for 2017, including sewing jeans and reading Claire Schaeffer's "High-Fashion Sewing Secrets."
I don't know about you, but publicly declaring goals helps me GSD. That's why I'm sharing my 2017 sewing goals.

It'll light a fire under my keister, because I hate not following through on something I've said I'll do.

I've ID'd seven sewing goals I want to crush in 2017, from sewing patterns to boning up on sewing knowledge. I think seven is a realistic number — not too many and not too few.

Following are my 2017 sewing goals, in no particular order. I also included how I can start to attack each goal (in case I'm feeling procrastinate-y). Here we go!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The year in review: Sie macht's top 9 posts of 2016

Check out Sie macht's top nine blog posts of 2016!
This year was exceptionally hard for me.

My mom was diagnosed with cancer. I left a job that was, in spite of how hard I tried, a poor fit. My favorite artist, David Bowie, died.

But there were many bright spots, too. I became a stay-at-home parent and had a fun summer with my sons. Our family made awesome memories on vacation.

As I look back, though, my favorite part of 2016 has been the resurrection of this blog, Sie macht.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The over-researched sewing table buying guide for the Type A sewist

Sewing table buying guide: How to discover your ideal sewing table
If you've thought about upgrading your sewing table situation but didn't know where to start — and you're a Type A personality who loves to do research and make lists — this sewing table buying guide is especially for you.

(If you're a Type B personality who's a more laid back, you probably won't get as psyched about this exhaustive guide. But it'll probably still be just as useful in your relaxed search for the ideal sewing table.)

No matter who you are, in this sewing table buying guide, you will discover:

  • The three basic questions to ask yourself BEFORE you start shopping
  • How to evaluate sewing table/cabinet options in four different categories
  • Mini reviews of sewing cabinets and tables from eight popular brands

Whether you're thinking about a massive sewing table or a petite rolling sewing cabinet, this sewing table buying guide will help you think critically about a big decision for your sewing practice!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Sewing DIY ebook: How to make a flying geese block pillow

Free sewing pattern! Sew a flying geese block pillow! The free ebook shows you how to make the Spiegel flying geese block pillow — a great sewing DIY project for beginning sewists or anyone interested in quilt-style piecing.
I am obsessed with the flying geese block. It's so simple: only three triangles and two seams.

In spite of its simplicity (or maybe because of it?), the flying geese block offers myriad opportunities for bold designs.

That's why I came up with a Sie macht sewing DIY: my first ebook, a pattern for a flying geese block pillow.

The Spiegel flying geese block pillow is just the project for beginner sewists or sewists who'd like to try quilt-style piecing. Keep reading to discover more about your next favorite pillow DIY!