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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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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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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Re-Sizing the ESP Dress with Mrs. Hughes



Hello! I’m Tanya from the sewing blog Mrs. Hughes, a NorCal gal who has an undying love for the ESP dress! The ESP dress is such a simple and satisfying make from Decades of Style Patterns and their microline of patterns – Decades Everyday. This dress has an early 1960’s vibe and can be made in so many different fabrics. I’ve made so many ESP dresses that I’m probably borderline obsessed with it and once you make one, you’ll probably want to sew up another! My favorite fabrics to use for this pattern are quilting cottons with vibrant colors and kitschy prints. I really can’t get enough of them to tell you the truth! I was certainly excited to choose this gorgeous print from the Art Gallery Succulence collection by Bonnie Christine.


In this tutorial, I’m going to share a simple method I use to resize a sewing pattern using the ESP dress, so let’s jump in!

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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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Cotton + Steel… Let’s Make a Quilt out of Lawn!


Cotton and Steel Lawn Quilt

Hi everyone!  Tina here again to show you all how I made a really fun quilt made from Cotton + Steel lawn fabrics.  For those unfamiliar with what cotton lawn is, the feel is light and crisp.  Compared with a voile, it has more body, but is similar in its fine smoothness.  Lawn has a high thread count and is very soft.  Traditionally, lawn is used in garment construction, and makes lovely lightweight dresses and blouses.  Compared with a quilting cotton, it is thinner and smoother.

Here are some of the fabrics I used:

Cotton and Steel Kim Kight Lucky Strikes 9 Pin Lawn Black Cotton and Steel Melody Miller Picnic Sunday Dress Lawn Pink Cotton & Steel Rashida Coleman-Hale Mochi Floral Cotton Purple

Melody Miller Playful Vintage Floral Lawn Aqua Cotton & Steel Homebody Kim Kight Philately Lawn Silver Cotton & Steel Sarah Watts Tokyo Train Ride Mystery Food Lawn Pink


So, I decided to gather up as many beautiful Cotton + Steel lawns as I could find in the store and started cutting wide strips measuring 4.5″x20.5″  and I made several large blocks using 5 strips pieced together, and one horizontal strip, across the top.  photo 2

What’s so nice about piecing with lawn is how crisp and flat the fabric stays.  In piecing a quilt, it’s always good to have your seams lie flat and stay flat, which results in a square and flat quilt.  Also, I press open my seams to keep the block flat.  Here’s a picture of the back…

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The seams just stay put, which is what you want.

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Here’s the layout of the block – 5 across and one on top, horizontal.  For my quilt, I made 5 blocks and twisted and rotated them up until I liked how it looked and then filled in with single strips.  There are an infinite number of ways you could make this quilt.


What I didn’t expect was the overall feel of the quilt – it’s dreamier than I thought possible!  The quilting has made this quilt incredibly luxe – like a duvet!! I also used Aurifil thread to sew together the entire project, from piecing to the actual quilting. Aurifil thread in the long run is actually more cost effective than buying regular spools of thread. It has almost 4 times the amount of thread on a regular spool and it sews so smoothly in the machine. What I’m trying to say is that Aurifil is awesome and you should defiantly try sewing with it if you haven’t already!


I made a loopy quilting design within each strip – simple but staying with the whimsical nature of the prints.  I also used bamboo batting  which has only added to the lovely drape of this quilt.  I wish you all could feel it!  I make many quilts throughout the year, but none of my quilts have the feel of this one.

Cotton + Steel are thoughtful in their selection of substrates – not only do they make all their fun and original quilting cottons and lightweight canvas, but they also make great rayons which are perfect for garment sewing and their lawns – perfect for garments AND quilts!  And like all their designs, the prints go together beautifully.  Here at Harts, we have a large selection of Cotton + Steel lawns for you to turn into your own beautiful creations!

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Thanks for reading my tutorial!



Undies Laundry Bag Tutorial

Finished bag

Hey Gang, Dani here!

So today we are going to make a simple unmentionables laundry bag. Now I know what you’re thinking… “That’s not something I need.” I have the correction for that…. it’s not something you KNEW you needed! If you’re like me I have a tendency to wash all of  my clothes together… colors…. whites… darks… change… pens… You know, EVERYTHING. I’m trying to be better about that since I totally realized my jeans were literally destroying my bras and underwear.

So here is a simple bag that I started using to keep my dirty undies, bras, undershirts, tights and (ahem) “shapewear” in so I can do them all in one delicate load. This way I figure I’ll save a fortune by not having to re-buy all of these things so often! It’s also great for traveling as a bag to keep all of your dirty clothes in! Oh, and kids going away to college would probably appreciate one too! What I’m saying is that it really is something you NEED! Really! Continue Reading →

The Caturday Bag Tutorial

The Caturday Bag Tutorial

Hey Gang! So today we are going to make the “Caturday” tote bag. This is a fun simple project that shows you how to do simple applique using the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. This is a great project for an advanced beginner. So I have made up a free pattern for this bag, so hopefully this will make your life a little easier. You can print out the pattern here: caturday bag pattern 1 caturday bag pattern 2. Print out the pages and tape them to match up the knots. You can trace the eyes, nose, ear and bow tie from the pattern. Cut 2 eyes, and cut the nose and bow tie on the fold. Continue Reading →