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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Simple Woven Plaid Fringe Scarf Tutorial

Image-1The holidays are just around the corner, and if you are anything like us here at Harts, you have planned a ton of handmade gifts! Sometimes you need a quick and easy project that you can make a bunch of, this is the tutorial for you! Scarves are always good gifts, but I’m sure all my friends are tired of all the infinity scarves I have made for them over the years! So I decided to try something a little different this year – fringe scarves! I am in love with all the mammoth flannels from Robert Kaufman! They are super soft and cozy, plus the plaid is woven not printed which is exactly what you will need for this project!

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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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Cute and Quick! Halloween Ghost Tutorial!

Tulle Halloween Ghost Tutorial FinishedEveryone at Harts is getting super excited for Halloween! Creative costumes, tasty treats, and of course fun decorations!! I just adore adorably spooky Halloween crafts! Some of my favorite motifs are ghost, bats, skulls, and pumpkins! Tulle is always a great choice for quick and easy decor and costumes – you just gotta love no-sew projects!

Ok! Let’s get started! You can bust these cute little guys out in about 30 minuets, so they are perfect for sprucing up your place right before your Halloween party!

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Safety Trick Or Treat Bag Tutorial!

finished trick or treat bag

With all of these kiddos running around in spooky costumes at the end of the month, knocking on your door for candy, you want to make sure that yours is visible even in the dark– especially if your little one is dressed in a dark costume! This is a simple tutorial on how to make a cute Trick or Treat Bag that will be visible to cars!

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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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Costume 101 – The Tabard

I’ve made some pretty fancy costumes over the years.  (They don’t call me Mother of Dragons for nothing!)  But sometimes that’s not what is called for. Sometimes you need something simple.  I love making costumes, but I don’t love dressing up.  So every year my friends try to come up with a theme that I can live with.  My favorite was Clue.  They all dressed up as Professor Plum and Miss Scarlett, et al. I put a toe tag and a black plastic bag on and went as the dead body.  No fuss, no muss.  You may need a little more than that.  In comes the Tabard.

The Tabard isn’t just for Knights you know.  It is the perfect piece of fabric that can turn anyone into a pumpkin, a greek philosopher, a robot, or even a furry little animal.  Most costumes just need to create the illusion of your character.  These can be just as convincing and creative as the perfect Elsa or Batman you buy at the store.  Plus, they allow for more freedom.  And, they are the perfect project for your first foray into costume making.

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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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Sew Your Hart Out September Week 2 Events!



Hey Gang! Make sure you take a deep breath and keep sewing! We haven’t even scraped the tip of the iceburg when it comes to fun stuff coming up! We love seeing all of your projects so keep them coming, we can’t tell you how impressed we are will all of your amazing sewing skills :) This week we have a super amazing sponsor: Freespirit Fabrics. We will be specifically focusing in on Tula Pink’s new collection Eden. This collection is classic Tula but has some awesome fun twists. We LOVE all of the Tiger Motifs that are really apparent or even hidden in the collection. You should check it out its really cool.

So here’s what we have scheduled this week:

detailTuesday (Tomorrow): I made a fun tutorial on how to make a Tula Pink Toddler Dress from 1 Yard of fabric. It’s pretty cute (If I do say so myself) so visit our blog for that. We will also be announcing the winner of the goodies that we will be giving away. We will show you all of that tomorrow.




tula pink showWednesday: We will be giving you a virtual tour of Freespirit Fabrics. From their house designer to new collections and fun things that are actually in our store from Tula Pink herself. You heard right… we have QUILTS IN THE STORE MADE BY TULA PINK! We are a just little bit excited about this. Make sure you stop by the store to see get you hands on some of her new collection and see these wonderful quilts (and other tidbits too) from her trunk show.


Thursday: Today we have a wonderful tutorial from our amazing embroidery expert Julie (Aka: French Knot.) She has put together a great video on how to do three simple embroidery stitches that will really take your sewing projects to the next level. These are easy stitches that anyone can do. Even Heather, our Noob to sewing, had no problem with these stitches. We will also be giving away some more fun goodies today so be sure to check our Facebook!



sara-lawson-sew-sweetness-bag-patternsFriday: We are introducing our new pattern line that we are carrying called Sew Sweetness. This is a great collection of patterns that are all very versatile hand bags and other kinds of cute things you carry (like camera bags and even lunch bags.) We also have some of these bags made up in the store out of the Eden collection that Sara Lawson (The designer of Sew Sweetness) sewed herself. They’re so freaking cute. I’m personally making the camera bag when I get the chance! Today we are giving away the $200 Gift Certificate to our shop generously donated by Freespirit! Check our Facebook page to see if you won!


11781850_10153240533514039_2090643976772756492_nSaturday: We will be showing off all of the great stuff you guys made and sent us pictures of! This is really our favorite day because we get to show case how talented you all are! (Seriously good job Ladies and Gentlemen!)




Sunday: Kiki will be teaching a FREE CLASS in our store on how to sew french seams. The class is from 11:00am-12:00pm and you must sign up in advance! Call 831-423-5434 to reserve your spot. (These fill up fast so don’t hesitate if you are interested!)



All in all its going to be a great week! We are so excited for all of the prizes and special surprises we have coming this week so stay tuned!!

Happy Sewing

-Dani X<3

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