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FREE sewing pattern! Get ready for school with this fully lined pencil-shaped pencil case tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com

Free Pattern! Pencil-shaped pencil case tutorial

FREE sewing pattern! Get ready for school with this fully lined pencil-shaped pencil case tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com

Well, it’s fall again. Back to school. Back to work. Back to the gazillion activities each family member has.

To celebrate this exciting time of year of beginnings, I’ve decided to offer my readers another FREE sewing pattern! Hooray! And even better, it’s part of my Learn to Machine Sew series, as the practice tutorial for the lesson on piecing curves together.

FREE sewing pattern! Get ready for school with this fully lined pencil-shaped pencil case tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com

Yes, I’m talking about a pencil-shaped pencil holder! Kids love these because they’re big enough to put all their school supplies (preferably labeled with the wonderful Sticker Kid labels) in, and also because hey– how fun is it to put pencils inside another pencil?

And as a cool optional extra, I’ll show you how to use freezer paper stencilling to customize the pencil case with a name or turn it into the classic #2 pencil that anyone who’s gone to school in the United States knows well!

FREE sewing pattern! Get ready for school with this fully lined pencil-shaped pencil case tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com

There’s nothing like a fully-lined zipper pouch, right? I love how clean it looks inside the zipper. I even show how to add little zipper tabs to hide the end of the zipper tape to let it blend in with the surrounding fabric.

So, what are we waiting for? On with the pencil shaped pencil case tutorial! Read more

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Sewing concave and convex curves together (or an enclosed circle) is easy once you know a little trick. Learn how with a free pattern for a curvy potholder! Part of the Learn to Machine Sew course on www.cucicucicoo.com!

Sewing concave and convex curves together

Sewing concave and convex curves together (or an enclosed circle) is easy once you know a little trick. Learn how with a free pattern for a curvy potholder! Part of the Learn to Machine Sew course on www.cucicucicoo.com!

Summer's over and it's back to school time, which means it's also back to sewing school time! (Did you know that I have a FREE beginner's sewing course?) Last week I mentioned that I have a new free pattern for a pencil-shaped pencil case to share with you, but first I want to explain an important technique that you need to know to sew it. I'm … Read more

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Sticker Kid personalized name labels – 10% discount!

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Two years ago I was contacted by Sticker Kid* to try out their personalized name labels for kids. I was initially skeptical but, upon trying out their products, I immediately realized that these were very special labels. Not only are they very cute and colorful, with lots of styles to choose from, but they are also incredibly resistant. They do not … Read more

Just Peachy, a free mesh crochet top pattern for summer by Drops Design with some tweaks by www.cucicucicoo.com

Just Peachy summer mesh crochet top pattern

Just Peachy, a free mesh crochet top pattern for summer by Drops Design with some tweaks by www.cucicucicoo.com

I really love all those feminine lace summer tops that are so in style these days. The problems is that a lot of the crochet patterns I see for them are for crop tops and/or tops with little stringies holding them on. And nobody wants to see me wearing something like that. So I looked around Ravelry for a very simple mesh crochet top pattern … Read more

Upcycle your glass bottles to create cool home décor! These DIY wine bottle vases are easy to make with glue and twine and are a great house warming gift! Tutorial on www.cucicucicoo.com

DIY wine bottle vases with colored twine

Upcycle your glass bottles to create cool home décor! These DIY wine bottle vases are easy to make with glue and twine and are a great house warming gift! Tutorial on www.cucicucicoo.com

I love having a drop or two of wine, a beer or perhaps a nice cocktail while preparing dinner. Heck, who doesn't? Sometimes the bottles have such a nice shape that it seems such a shame to just throw them out in the recycling. Or perhaps you drank a bottle of champagne to celebrate a special occasion and you would like to keep the bottle as a … Read more

Evening Breath: a summer shawl crochet pattern by DROPS, made by www.cucicucicoo.com

Evening Breath: summer shawl crochet pattern

Evening Breath: a summer shawl crochet pattern by DROPS, made by www.cucicucicoo.com

I've always loved to make things by hand, ever since I was a little girl. And as the years go by, I've added new techniques to my repertoire. One of the handmade techniques that I've learned most recently is crochet, and I've  fallen in love with its versatility. I love how you can work all sorts of materials and also work off of other totally … Read more