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Sewing
Make an easy fleece messenger bag
Posted by Chica on August 25, 2013

Make a quick and easy messenger bag for kids out of fleece.

Custom seat cushions
Posted by Chica on May 7, 2012

Sew a custom seat cushion to make a hard chair more comfortable, and match your decor by choosing your own fabric.

Car seat covers
Posted by Chica on April 23, 2012

Protect your car seats from water, sand, dirt, or sweat with these easy-sew seat covers.

Make an iPad cover
Posted by Chica on March 3, 2012

Make a custom iPad cover that protects your device and serves as a stand for easy viewing.

Retro rotary phone purse
Posted by Chica on January 4, 2012

Recycle the parts from an old rotary phone into a charming new purse

Lottery ticket Advent calendar
Posted by Chica on November 23, 2011

Create a unique Advent calendar that’s filled with lottery tickets to make the countdown to Christmas extra fun for adults and kids alike.

Recycled beach ball tote
Posted by Chica on August 11, 2011

Turn an old beach ball into a cute, waterproof tote bag for wet beach items.

Survivor buffs and tribe flags
Posted by Chica on May 27, 2011

Make your own Survivor gear with our logo and tutorials for buffs and tribe flags.

Sleeping bag tote from an old tent
Posted by Chica on May 19, 2011

Upcycle a damaged tent by using the material to create a tote for your sleeping bag.

Wedding program holder
Posted by Jo on May 18, 2011

Sew a simple pouch to hold your wedding programs at a rustic, outdoor wedding.

Fabric silhouette art for Mother’s Day
Posted by Chica on May 2, 2011

Use colorful fabrics to create a silhouette of the kids for a touching Mother’s Day gift.

Fabric-covered Easter basket
Posted by Chica on April 15, 2011

Cover an old Easter basket with fabric and ribbon to make it pretty and stylish once again.

Personalized tote bag
Posted by Chica on April 11, 2011

Personalize an ordinary canvas tote with cross stitch designs and ribbon using a quick, no-sew technique.

Flip-Pal carrying case
Posted by Chica on March 15, 2011

Make a cute carrying case for your Flip-Pal mobile scanner so you can easily take it with you wherever you go!

Make your own iPhone gloves
Posted by Chica on January 13, 2011

Keep your hands warm and use your iPhone at the same time with this simple technique for making your existing gloves touch screen compatible!

Mod Podge sewing case
Posted by Jo on January 6, 2011

Turn your boring sewing machine case into a one-of-a-kind eye catcher with some fabric and Mod Podge.

Postage stamp holder
Posted by Chica on December 10, 2010

Sew a simple pouch to hold postage stamps that’s not only handy for yourself, but also makes a perfect quick gift for someone who has everything.

Feature Friday – Casserole dish carrier
Posted by Jo on November 12, 2010

Check out this great tutorial for making a custom casserole carrier to tote to your next potluck.

Sewing 101: Lesson 10 – Slip Stitch
Posted by Chica on November 11, 2010

Watch Lesson 10 in our Sewing 101 video series to learn how to use a slip stitch to close a seam when finishing up a project.

Candy corn costume
Posted by Chica on October 18, 2010

Make an easy candy corn corn costume for Halloween using soft fleece.

Microwave baked potato pouch
Posted by Chica on September 28, 2010

Sew simple cotton pouches to make the best microwaved baked potatoes ever.

Sewing 101: Lesson 9 – Fasteners
Posted by Chica on September 14, 2010

Watch Lesson 9 in our Sewing 101 video series to learn how to use simple fasteners like elastic, snaps, and Velcro.

Sewing 101: Lesson 8 – Straps
Posted by Chica on August 19, 2010

Watch Lesson 8 in our Sewing 101 video series to learn how to make basic straps.

Sewing 101: Lesson 7 – Measuring fabric
Posted by Jo on July 8, 2010

Watch Lesson 7 in our Sewing 101 video series to learn how to measure fabric for your projects.

Cupcake baby bib pattern
Posted by Chica on June 28, 2010

Make an adorable, no-sew, cupcake-shaped baby bib with our free downloadable pattern and easy instructions.

How to make a drawstring bag
Posted by Chica on May 3, 2010

Learn how to make a simple, lined drawstring bag that’s great for a party goodie bag, purse, or basic catch-all bag.

Sewing 101: Lesson 6 — Decorative stitches
Posted by Jo on April 27, 2010

Watch Lesson 6 in our Sewing 101 video series to learn how to use the decorative stitch options on your sewing machine.

Sewing 101: Lesson 5 — Creating a ruffle
Posted by Jo on March 18, 2010

Watch Lesson 5 in our Sewing 101 video series to learn how to create a ruffle.

Sewing 101: Lesson 4 — Sewing a hem
Posted by Jo on February 22, 2010

Watch Lesson 4 in our Sewing 101 series to learn how to make a basic hem.

Fused plastic sandwich wraps
Posted by Chica on February 1, 2010

Save plastic from the landfill by using old shopping bags to create fused plastic linings for reusable sandwich wrappers. Then personalize them with cute phrases!

Sewing 101: Lesson 3 — Sewing a straight line
Posted by Jo on January 11, 2010

Watch Lesson 3 in our Sewing 101 series for instruction and encouragement to help you get you get started sewing some basic, straight lines.

Santa’s velvet drawstring pouch
Posted by Chica on December 10, 2009

Learn how to make mini velvet Santa bags that are trimmed with fur and ready to be stuffed with goodies.

Fall leaf table runner and napkin rings
Posted by Chica on November 12, 2009

Try this super simple sewing project to make a table runner adorned with fall leaves that’s perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Then make easy napkin rings to match!

Sewing 101: Lesson 2 — Tools of the trade
Posted by Chica on November 10, 2009

Watch Lesson 2 in our Sewing 101 video series to see some recommended sewing tools and supplies and learn how to use them.

Sewing 101: Lesson 1 — Finding your way around the machine
Posted by Jo on October 20, 2009

Watch Lesson 1 in our Sewing 101 video series to find your way around the machine and get comfortable with all the buttons and dials.

Make a custom Kindle cover
Posted by Chica on September 3, 2009

Learn how to make a custom cover for your Kindle to protect it, while allowing it to be hand-held or propped up on a table. Use any patterned fabric you like to make it truly yours.

Fear of the machine
Posted by Jo on September 2, 2009

Get ready to follow along as Jo tries to conquer her fear of the sewing machine.

How to sew a button-closure pouch
Posted by Chica on August 10, 2009

Learn how to sew a cute buttoned pouch with almost limitless uses.

Make a bean bag toss game
Posted by Chica on June 25, 2009

Learn how to make a fun bean bag toss game out of old jean pockets and terra cotta saucers.

Quick Tip – How to thread yarn through a needle
Posted by Chica on June 11, 2009

Learn our trick for threading yarn through the eye of a needle.

How to sew a tiered, ruffled skirt
Posted by Chica on May 28, 2009

Learn to sew a tiered, ruffled skirt for your from several different, coordinating fabrics. Your little girl will love it!

Make a trash bag for the car
Posted by Chica on May 14, 2009

Learn how to make a cute trash bag for the car that’s easy to use, easy to empty, and easy to clean.

How to make a drawstring backpack
Posted by Chica on April 27, 2009

Learn how to sew an easy drawstring backpack that’s suitable for kids or adults alike. Our design used giraffe print fabric and were made to match a zoo themed party.

Welcome Spring with a daisy-filled topiary
Posted by Chica on March 19, 2009

Use colorful fabric and fresh flowers to decorate a topiary. Our design makes a great decoration or centerpiece for Spring or Easter, but can be easily customized to any season or holiday.

Sew an easy felt heart sachet
Posted by Chica on January 27, 2009

Sew a cute little heart out of felt and use it to store love notes, candy, or other goodies on Valentine’s Day.

Recycle a leotard into a new dance tote bag
Posted by Chica on October 20, 2008

Learn how to convert an old dance leotard that your daughter has outgrown into a new tote bag to carry her dance gear to class.

Make a denim apron with fun pockets
Posted by Chica on September 4, 2008

Recycle the back pockets from old jeans into new pockets on a fun craft apron.

Make your own burp cloths
Posted by Chica on August 13, 2008

Learn to sew easy and useful handmade burp cloths. Made of soft and gentle micro-fleece, these become indispensable to parents and make great shower gifts.

Ribbon-embellished blankets
Posted by Chica on July 22, 2008

Follow our simple sewing instructions to learn how to make a custom, ribbon-embellished blanket for your child. They make great baby shower gifts, too!

Quick Tip – Use a safety pin to thread a drawstring
Posted by Chica on June 20, 2008

Learn a simple technique for using a safety pin to help re-thread a drawstring in your pants or jacket.

Please visit Chica and Jo at http://www.chicaandjo.com for even more clever ideas!