How to Give Imperfect Handmade Gifts

How to give an imperfect handmade gift.What do you do when your handmade gift doesn’t turn out as nice as you thought it would?

This weekend, I found the BEST idea for a friend of mine, and knew I had just enough time to whip it up and present it to her before Christmas.  It was not a complicated project– in fact, it should have come together pretty quick.  Nonetheless, hours later, things just weren’t fitting together the way I’d hoped.  I’d used the wrong materials, the instructions didn’t seem to be working, I suddenly lost my ability to sew in a straight line…  I put it together the best I could, but it just wasn’t what I envisioned–and I didn’t have a backup plan.
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I Wish I Had Time to Sew


“I wish I had time to sew.”  I’ve certainly said that before, and it’s not just sewing.  “I wish I had time to blog.”  “I wish I had time to craft.”  “I wish I had time to bake.”  It’s totally a thing moms, in particular, say to each other about our creative endeavors.  Sometimes, it’s a little offensive… I’ll think, “Does that mean she thinks I’m not busy?  That I have nothing better to do?”  But, let’s be honest.  That’s just insecurity talking.  No one ever means to say that.  Truth be told, it’s just our way of saying, “I have that inclination, too, even if I don’t think I can follow through on it right now…”

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How to Add Long Sleeves to a T-Shirt


Today, I’m going to teach you how to add long sleeves to a t-shirt! This DIY shouldn’t take much time, and should cost you almost nothing!  It’s a great way to stretch those summer favorites into winter time, especially for young kids who won’t likely fit in the same shirts next summer.  Also, if you’re particularly interested in sewing clothing, this is a great way to dip your toe in the water.

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Let’s Talk About Sacks, Baby!

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I just spent the evening whipping up these cute reusable gift sacks for Christmas.  The idea?  We leave some of these for Santa to fill every year instead of wasteful gift wrap.

I have to admit, however, there was some confusion when I tried to explain this to my husband.
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DEAL ALERT! Brother XL26001 on SALE!


Just thought I’d let you know that my baby, the Brother XL2600I Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine (affiliate link) is down from $149.99 to just $69.97 on Amazon right now!!!  I LOVE this machine.  It’s Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in sewing machines.  I know that if you’re interested in sewing and saving money, you’ll be pleased with her, too.  I’ve never seen her at this low of a price, so get it while it’s hot!

UPDATE:  The deep discount is over but it’s still marked down to $104 with free shipping.  Not quite as exciting, but still a good price for a machine you’re sure to love.