Crafts in Peru

For our 25th anniversary this year, my husband and I decided to cross something off our bucket list and visit Machu Picchu and Peru. Peru must be one of the largest producers of alpaca fiber. That is all you hear about from the moment you get off the plane. “Alpaca’ is being hawked everywhere you turn!


How To Create Fabric Fortune Cookies

These adorable fabric fortune cookies make unique hand made gifts in medium to large quantities. Whether it is for weddings, showers, birthday or a hostess gift, they are a great idea for any occasion where you need an inexpensive and quick little present.


How to Make a Removable Monogrammed Boot Cuff

Bring a punch of personality and versatility to your closet by creating a removable faux leather boot cuff. This easy to make accent can transform your favorite boots to create a two toned look perfect for walking through the rest of winter and straight into spring.


How To Add Pleats To A Bodice

Pleats add a nice textured element to your wardrobe, especially when using solids. Learn how easy it is to add pleats to a dress pattern bodice.


How to Sew A Faced Waistband

Making a waistband is an integral skill within your library of sewing knowledge. Learn tips and tricks, master your new technique and look fab in your custom wardrobe.


Art in Peru

Crafts in Peru

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For our 25th anniversary this year, my husband and I decided to cross something off our bucket list and visit Machu Picchu and Peru. Peru must be one of the largest producers of alpaca fiber. That is all you hear about from the moment you get off the plane. “Alpaca’ is being hawked everywhere you turn!


QuiltCon 2015 Recap

QuiltCon 2015 Recap

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I attended QuiltCon 2015 as a member of my local Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, and it was amazing! Here are a few highlights!


Fabric Fortune Cookies

How To Create Fabric Fortune Cookies

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These adorable fabric fortune cookies make unique hand made gifts in medium to large quantities. Whether it is for weddings, showers, birthday or a hostess gift, they are a great idea for any occasion where you need an inexpensive and quick little present.


Embroidered Boot Cuffs

How to Make a Removable Monogrammed Boot Cuff

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Bring a punch of personality and versatility to your closet by creating a removable faux leather boot cuff. This easy to make accent can transform your favorite boots to create a two toned look perfect for walking through the rest of winter and straight into spring.


pleated bodice sewing tip

How To Add Pleats To A Bodice

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Pleats add a nice textured element to your wardrobe, especially when using solids. Learn how easy it is to add pleats to a dress pattern bodice.


nute DIY Valentine's Brooch

20 Minute DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Brooch

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Do you know what to wear on Valentine’s Day? Add the final touches to your wardrobe by stitching up this cute DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Brooch. This easy to sew project takes only 20 minutes!


How to sew a skirt waistband

How to Sew A Faced Waistband

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Making a waistband is an integral skill within your library of sewing knowledge. Learn tips and tricks, master your new technique and look fab in your custom wardrobe.


Melissa Mortenson sewing on a BERNINA 710

Business Secrets from Successful Sewpreneur Melissa Mortenson

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Our BERNINA Ambassador Melissa Mortenson shares tips to be a successful sewpreneur.


BERNINA Brand Ambassador Madalynne

Meet BERNINA Brand Ambassador Maddie Flanigan

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Meet BERNINA’s newest Ambassador, Madalynne Flanigan.


BERNINA Brand Ambassador Shauna Wightman

Meet New BERNINA Brand Ambassador Shauna Wightman

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Hi! My Name is Shauna and I have a little corner of the Internet over at Shwin&Shwin where I share many of my sewing adventures.