“Button up” Kitchen Towel Tutorial

IMG_1162 I can’t believe it is only 30 more days till Christmas!  I’m kinda starting to freak out because if you are a true procrastinator like me you haven’t even started making any gifts yet!  No need to worry though, there is still time and I have the perfect quick and easy handmade gift idea for you.  Not only are these “button up” kitchen towels quick and easy to make, they are functional and pretty darn cute too!  You could pair these with matching pot holders or make some homemade treats to package with the towels if you are feeling extra festive and ambitious.  Ok, lets get started before we run out of time!


-1/2 yard toweling per towel ( I cut 1 & 1/2 yards of red toweling to make 3)

-1/4 yard canvas per towel top ( I cut 1/4 yard of 3 Cotton+Steel linen canvas: candle, apple and bandana)

-2 buttons per towel

-basic sewing tools; scissors, thread, sewing machine, button hole foot, seam ripper, etc…

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Give Thanks Apron Tutorial

Finished apron

Hey Gang! Today we are going to make an easy apron with a fun “Give Thanks” Applique. This is simple project that you can make for yourself or as a gift for your holiday Hostess. Alright lets get down to business with what you will need for supplies.

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Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Hello all you crafty peeps!  Fall is finally here and it’s getting dark early!  And you know what that means?!  Time to start decorating for Thanksgiving!  I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately and have found some really cute festive Thanksgiving decorations.  My only problem is deciding which ones to make!  Here is a collection of some of my favs this season….  Enjoy!

Easy Fall table decor idea using materials you already have on hand.:

Found on  http://www.ohsolovelyblog.com

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Alison Glass Knit Midi Length Circle Skirt

Finished Alison Glass Knit Circle Skirt

Hey gang! So today I’m going to show you a fun thing to do with the new Alison Glass Knit Fabrics. A Midi Length Circle Skirt! Midi length skirts are going to be big for fall and winter so here is a quick and easy project that will get you ready for fall. So lets get right to it with supplies: Continue Reading →

Cute Witch Capelet Tutorial

Cute Witch Caplet tutorial

Hey Gang! So today I’m going to show you a super easy tutorial on how to make a capelet that is really a versatile item for lots of Halloween costumes! You can make a version for an Anna from Frozen costume, a red one for Little Red Riding Hood or just accent the costume you already have going for some warmth on those chilly Halloween nights.

Alright let’s discuss supplies:

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Halloween Table Runner

Hi All,

Just a quick tutorial today.  I know you are looking for a way to jazz up your table for Halloween.  This table runner actually requires NO SEWING.  You’re just going to need your iron and scissors.

This is so easy because I used burlap.  We have some great colored burlap here at Harts.  I chose orange because, well duh, Halloween.  I have been eyeing this Alexander Henry Crafty Calaveras for a while thinking, “What can I use this for?”


I took 1/2 yard of the burlap and 1/2 yard of the Calaveras.  I wanted to make sure that I had enough of the cool jack o’ lanterns to be able to put on my table runner.

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Keeping It Classy for Halloween!

So, from my experience in the time I have been on this planet, I’ve noticed that the costumes for ladies have gotten a bit more… risqué every year. In my college days I worked for a company that sold packaged costumes and we were required to wear a costume that we sold to work every day in October.  The choices for ladies were, in my opinion, not work appropriate. I usually ended up wearing a men’s costume or a headband with ears. I feel like the options for ladies (and young girls) have just been limited to “Sexy” whatever: Sexy Nurse, Sexy Cheerleader, Sexy Coloring Crayon, Sexy Banana… You name it: there’s a “sexy” version. Now, just to be clear, if you can rock a “Sexy Carrot” costume, the more power to you! You go girl! It’s just that those costumes may not be appropriate for work or your child’s school costume carnival and here’s some ideas for a bit more modest costume.

Halloween Shopping for Girls

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Akita Pattern Hack From Haley at Colette Patterns



beauty-04I love patterns. This is a statement that is probably not a surprise coming from a sewing enthusiast, but it is true. Vintage and modern alike, some of my favorite things in my stash are patterns. I think this can be attributed to the fact that I learned to sew and make patterns simultaneously. I had been sewing for almost 5 years before I ever used a sewing pattern.

The day I first used a commercial sewing pattern the clouds parted and angels sang. Since then I have been hooked. I like to think of commercial sewing patterns as a really great pre-made template. I love choosing a silhouette or style that I like, and then making small adjustments until it feels crafted just for me. My favorite adjustment to make to any top is lengthening into a dress. It’s like I am getting two patterns for the price of one. When I laid eyes on the first sample of Seamwork’s Akita I knew instantly that an Akita Dress was in my near future.

The best part is, Akita is a one piece pattern, this makes it seriously easy to whip up in one hour. No joke, I made this sample in less than 60 minutes.

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Sew Your Hart Out September FINAL WEEK!!



Wow! Is it just me or has this month just flown by! Now we are all thinking about Halloween costumes and all of the fun fall flannel shirts we are going to make… but before we can even get into that we need to have our grand finally of September sponsored by Windham Fabric and Colette Patterns! So excited!! So here’s whats happening this week:

Tuesday: Amy is going to show us a fun pattern hack for the Laurel pattern from Colette Patterns. She added a fun button placket to the back of the top version giving it a fun new look! Great tutorial so be on the look out for that.




tuesday giveawayPlus a Give Away! Tuesday we are giving away 3 Colette patterns, 2 fat quarter packs from Lotta Jansdotter, One 10 pack of Aurifil thread and a lawn charm pack from Heather Ross’s Tiger Lily collection. (And a partridge in a pear treeeee… haha)




Image result for windham fabrics lotta jansdotter  Wednesday: We are going to give you a virtual tour of Windham Fabrics and tell you about their designers and how   they make their fabrics. Great post on the inside workings of a large fabrics manufacturer. 


beauty-05Thursday: We are so excited to share with you a pattern hack and tutorial directly from Haley at Colette Patterns. She will be showing you how to alter the  Akita from September’s issue of Seamwork into a cute dress! (A photo of the dress is on our homepage right now if you want a sneak peak!!)




thursday giveawayPlus a Give Away!! Thursday we are giving away 3 Colette patterns, 2 fat quarter packs from Lotta Jansdotter, One 10 pack of Aurifil thread and a lawn charm pack from Heather Ross’s Tiger Lily collection AND a 6 month subscription to Seamwork!! (That’s like 12 additional patterns!!)





Friday: On the blog there will be an awesome post about Colette Patterns, and basically why you need every one of their patterns in your wardrobe 😉




sew-your-hart-out-3Friday: We will give away a $200 Gift Card to the store and….. we will also be giving away the serger and the sewing machine from Janome today!! The drawing will happen at 3pm and the winners will be announced on our Facebook page!


customer-projectsSaturday: Our last Project Parade!! Be sure to check out all of the awesome projects that came through all September long! You can see them all on our Facebook page too!!




And That’s All FOLKS!! We hoped you enjoyed Sew Your Hart Out September, congratulations to the winners!!

-Dani X<3

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Altering the Grainline Studio Archer Shirt with Rochelle from Lucky Lucille



Hello! I’m Rochelle, here from LuckyLucille, and today I have a shirt dress modification to share using the Archer Button Up pattern by Grainline Studio. I’ve seen a lot of cute shirt dresses at Anthropologie lately, and when I saw their Tela Shirtdress in particular, I knew I had to recreate a similar dress.
Please note this is a pretty “lite” tutorial since the sewing construction will follow nearly the same steps as the original instructions. You’re basically just changing a few pattern pieces before you begin, and then sewing a cute ruffled skirt to the bottom of your shirt at the end. I’m here to help you through those pattern changes :)
The pattern pieces we’ll be modifying for this tutorial are the Front, the Back, the Button Band, and the Sleeve, plus we’ll be drafting our own pattern piece for the skirt. (Also note: my illustrations are for reference only and are not drawn to scale.


Pattern Used: Grainline Studio ArcherButton Up
Fabric Used: Robert Kaufman 4.5oz LightIndigo Chambray
Seam Allowances: 1/2” throughout as instructed by pattern, 2” on sleeve, and 4” on skirt hem.

Pattern Preparation Steps:
First we’re going to chop off a bit of length from the front, back, and button band. If you’d prefer not to re-trace and/or cut or pattern pieces, you can fold up the extra length to make your modifications. This shirt dress has a drop-waist, so I simply squared off the bottom at the point where the hip curve starts. Make sure your button band ends up the same length as your front, and your front and back pieces are the same length along the side seams from the armhole down.
Next we’re going to modify the sleeves. For the length of my sleeves I measured 10” down from the sleeve head and made my cut. You’ll need to add a bit of width to the sides to allow you to fold up your hem evenly. Cutting at this length will give you a 2” seam allowance, but if you prefer more or less you can cut accordingly.
Finally we’re going to draft our skirt pieces, which is essentially just a rectangle cut on the fold. A good rule of the thumb for the width is to measure the width of the bottom of your Back pattern piece, then add 6 inches (so that’s a total of 12” extra when unfolded). The length is all about personal preference. For my dress I cut a length of 16 inches, which includes a nice thick hem allowance of 4 inches. Remember this is a drop-waist style dress so your skirt piece will seem quite mini at first!
For reference, my final skirt piece measured 16.5 inches wide (on the fold) by 16 inches long (including a 4” hem allowance).
You will need to cut two skirt pieces.
Sewing Construction Steps:
(Again, this is a “lite” tutorial…) To construct your Archer Shirtdress, follow the original Archer pattern instructions as you assemble the front, back, collar, and sleeves. The shortened sleeves will be much quicker to sew because there are no plackets or cuffs! For a two inch sleeve hem like mine, simply fold up one inch, press, and then fold over one inch again.
Skip step 21 of the original instructions because we’ll be attaching a skirt instead of hemming the shirt.
You’ll probably find it easier to sew your buttonholes and buttons before attaching the skirt portion. I chose to save my buttonholes for the very last step after the skirt was attached and because of that, my bottom button has no actual buttonhole! I couldn’t maneuver my buttonhole foot around the button band with the skirt attached, so just be weary of that.
To assemble your skirt, sew the side seams and finish the raw edges inside. You can hem the skirt now if you choose. It took me just a bit longer to press around all the gathers after the skirt was attached since I was using a whopping 4” hem. For speedier pressing/pinning on a wide hem, consider doing that step first before you gather the skirt to attach it to the dress.
To gather the skirt I used two rows of basting stitches (one at 3/8ths and one at 5/8ths), leaving my long thread tails open at one of the side seams. I then aligned the side seams of my skirt piece with my shirt piece and gathered the front and back separately to fit.
Remember to match right sides together when attaching your skirt, and sew your final row of stitches with a 1/2” seam allowance.
Well that’s about it for that. I hope you found this post helpful for recreating your very own Archer Shirtdress!
Thanks for reading :)