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How to Sew a Split Hem with Mitered Corners - Heather Handmade

I’ve been on a cozy, winter sewing streak lately. I just want lots of cozy, warm, and comfortable clothes right now. I got this great mystery “quilted” knit this summer and knew it would make the perfect sweatshirt. When I got it out to work with I realized it was only half the width as regular knits so probably only 30″ wide. I knew I wouldn’t have enough of the fabric to make cuffs and bands so I looked in my ribbing stash to find a coordinating fabric.

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A couple of years ago I made some sweater stockings from thrifted sweaters, and I loved them. I loved the look and the colors, but I didn’t stabilize the sweater knit while I was sewing. They were stretched out and wonky, and I felt like I needed to put pieces of cardboard inside to make them look good.

I kept using those sweater stockings for a couple of years because I was having more kids and wasn’t ready to invest a lot of time into making new stockings yet.

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One of my first sewing loves is refashioning and upcycling. I used to refashion all the time in high school to make my clothing unique. I thought it was so fun to create something new by combining old things. I had new ideas all the time and couldn’t keep up with my inspiration. I still can’t keep up with my sewing list,

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Free Christmas Cut Files - Heather Handmade

I just love graphic tees. I have a pretty simple handmade style that is mostly made of solids, but I love wearing graphic tees to give interest to an outfit without being too loud. Since getting a Cricut Explore* this summer I’ve loved making graphic tees for myself and everyone in my family.

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10 Free Women's Sewing Patterns Perfect for GiftsDo you enjoy making gifts? I usually have dreams of all the things I could make for family and friends, but I never make the time to actually do it. I love making clothing for myself and others, but it’s tricky making clothing to give if you don’t know someone’s size. I know it’s possible to make clothing that can be “one size fits all” or clothing that you just need an estimate of their size to be able to create it.

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Three Blackwood Cardigans - Heather Handmade

I have had a crazy journey when it comes to sewing cardigans. It is the part of my wardrobe where I’ve had the most fails, but probably had the most needs. I probably had the most needs because I had so many sewing fails. I’ve always struggled with getting a nice looking neckband. I have tried the Jenna Cardi – three cardigans (this one is a great pattern but more dressy than I wear),

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Free Cardigan Pattern and Tutorial - Heather Handmade

Have you ever wanted to wrap yourself in a blanket? Or wear a blanket all day? Well this draped cardigan tutorial is for you. Not only is it a gorgeous draped cardigan, it’s a cardigan that will fit any woman in your life. It’s a one-size fits all cardigan. I also made the tutorial simple enough that anyone can make one. It only requires a sewing machine and no serger, and I share a trick for hemming the cardigan so there’s no wavy hem!

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How to Sew Bow Cuffs - Heather Handmade

I have a really fun tutorial for you today! I’m loving the statement sleeves trend right now: ruffle sleeves, bow sleeves, flared sleeves, etc. I need some that will work with casual mom life, lots of washings, and no worry of the sleeves being dragged through something. I came up with these simple bow cuffs that can be used on any cuffed sleeved pattern like sweatshirts or tees. It’s really easy to add to any cuff while you’re constructing it.

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me-made-winter-pajamas-heather-handmadeI decided to use some of my tried and true patterns to make myself some winter pajamas. I’ve never made myself a pajama set and actually haven’t had a legit pajama set since before I was married. I’ve finally gotten to the place in my handmade wardrobe that I could focus on the extras since I have a pretty good base. I still want to sew all.the.things. but I’m not desperate for basics.me-made-winter-pajamas-heather-handmade

One of my tried and true pants are the hudson pants by True Bias.

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Boy Sewing: Boy Lizard CoatOne of my favorite things to make for my children are animal inspired clothing and especially coats. (I’ve made a puppy coat and a wolf coat which both of my girls fit into this year!) I think they are just so fun and perfect for imagination and childhood. My kids love dressing up so it’s fun to make them something they can enjoy everyday. I was planning on making this outfit,

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