Tutorial: Refashion a sweater into a cardigan in 10 minutes!

I really love cotton sweaters. I do some knitting, so I should love wool like most knitters do, but I just love the way a cotton sweater feels (that is, not itchy), and also how much easier it is to wash them (that is, toss it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with […]

Ruby women’s wrap skirt pattern by Daydream Patterns (review)

I am a total skirt junkie. I LOVE wearing skirts! I’ve never been a girly girl, but skirts are femmine without necessarily overdoing it. Even if you’re wearing a simple and casual outfit, a skirt makes it look more put together. And, unless it’s a tight pencil skirt (banned from my wardrobe), skirts are also […]

Growing Up Handmade – sewing clothes for tweens

There’s no denying it. Mothers who sew clothes just LOVE sewing clothes for their little girls. It takes considerably less fabric to sew a child’s garment. It’s an awesome feeling when your kid is happy to wear something you made. And you feel way cool when the other parents at school ask you where you […]

The easy way to hem a circle skirt in 15 min. with bias tape!

How many circle skirts do you have in your wardrobe? If you have only one or- gasp!- none, it’s time to start sewing them! As I showed last year in my tutorial on how to sew a circle skirt (with free pattern!), it’s actually very easy to sew them and they are so much fun […]

Refashion tutorial: make pants from sleeves

It’s fall again and I’m having the same problem I have every. Single. Year. My kids have no pants that fit them correctly. Both of my children are average height, but are very thin. This doesn’t create many problems in the summer because shorts and skirts don’t have to be long. However, when it’s time […]

Attach elastic to a waistband – no casing or twisting!

Can you imagine what it must’ve been like to wear clothes long ago, before there was any elastic? Sure, there were buttons and laces to tie up, but my favorite garment fasteners, elastic and zippers, are relatively new inventions. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it must’ve been to get children dressed… and […]

Refashion tutorial: Turn pants into a skirt

It’s such a clichè, but it’s also totally true: how fast kids grow! And that of course means that they grow out of their clothes so quickly. But what a shame to get rid of clothes that still fit them in the waist. And that’s why every spring I go through their wardrobe and turn […]

How to sew a circle skirt – free pattern!

Welcome back to the Learn to Machine Sew series on Cucicucicoo! I promised a cool practical tutorial to go along with my last lesson on how to sew an exposed elastic waistband, and boy, is it cool! Too often people think that you need fancy patterns and techniques to sew your own beautiful clothing, but […]

Repairing holes in sweaters: darning and crochet

Have you ever noticed that, when you’re a crafty person, people seem to think that you’re capable of doing and fixing anything with your hands? A couple of months ago a friend of mine gave me a bag with a couple of sweaters that she’d just gotten at the thrift shop and hadn’t had the […]

How to Sew an Exposed Elastic Waistband in 5 steps

Sure, you may know how to sew an elastic casing or how to install a zipper, but do you WANT to? Sometimes you just want to do things the fastest and easiest way. And sometimes you just don’t have enough fabric to do so. This is when you can resort to the easiest waistband method […]

Birkin Flares jeans pattern by Baste + Gather

Sewing your own clothing is always amazing, but there are a few garments that many home sewists are afraid of attempting. Like bathing suits (which I hope to do soon with this pattern by Jalie that I bought this past summer). And bras (I’d love to learn with the Sewing Bras: Construction & Fit course* […]

Skip Skirt #22101: Girl Skirt Pattern

I recently tested the Skip Skirt pattern for girls by Sew By Pattern Pieces. I was drawn to the adorable knee-length skirts in seven different styles, with matching leggings. My daughter would live in leggings if she could, and she also adores this style of skirt, so I knew that I wanted to sew some […]

Evening Primrose Pajama Pants Pattern (for women)

I am thrilled to present to you my very first multi-size clothing sewing pattern: the Evening Primrose Pajama Pants for women! Yah! I’m so thrilled, that I’m offering a discount on all of my patterns! (But more about that in a moment…!) (update 05/02/16: this pattern was originally called “Oenothera Biennis Pajama Pants,” which is […]

Refashion tutorial: Turn a dress into a skirt

Earlier this week, as part of the Learn to Machine Sew series, I taught how to sew a casing for an elastic waistband, and also how to calculate the seam allowance for the casing and the elastic length. So for today’s practice tutorial, I’m going to show you one of the most common refashioning techniques: […]

How to sew a refashioned DIY lace t-shirt top

Welcome back to the newest tutorial in the Cucicucicoo’s Eco Crafters and Sewers series! If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen my notice that, due to the transfer of my website’s hosting and domain to a better, FASTER, service, I wasn’t able to publish earlier this week. But now everything is back […]

Suzuran no-waste kimono jacket pattern review

You may have noticed in my Me-Made-May 2015 documentation last week that there was one day that I was dressed considerably more fancy than usual, and that the me-made item had still not been blogged about. It was a special pattern that I had tested for a fellow designer, Julia from Tites Mains, and that […]

Cecilia Puff Tee free pattern by OUSM

A couple of weeks ago I had the fun experience of testing Once Upon a Sewing Machine’s new pattern, the Cecilia Puff Tee. A few months ago I sewed OUSM’s Grown Up Thumbs Up shirt/dress, and I loved the pattern so much that I made three (and have received an order for another from my […]

Making Good: Creative patches for jeans

In January I participated in Green Issues by Agy’s blog train “I didn’t throw it away,” which was all about why you keep certain items for decades. It was really interesting to read what was important to the participants and most of us tended to keep things embedded with emotional value. So I was really […]

How to applique a t shirt to cover logos

My last lesson for the Learn to Sew series was about how to machine appliqué. Normally I publish a practical tutorial for each technique in the series a few days after the lesson, but life got in the way and almost a month went by. Whoops! In the lesson, I showed you how to use […]

A Flowy and Flowery T-Shirt Dress Refashion

I’m super excited because today is the first guest post for my Cucicucicoo’s Eco Crafters and Sewers series! And who better to start off with, than my blogging BFF Irene, from Serger Pepper with a super cute refashion! Irene and I share a passion for refashioning, sewing with upcycled clothing and other fabrics, and using […]

Grown Up Thumbs Up pattern by OUSM

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might remember this picture. I was so excited while sewing these cuffs with thumbholes, that I couldn’t resist taking a hand-selfie. This amazing bit of sewing origami made no sense at all to me, yet they came out perfectly. This awesomeness was part of a pattern […]

Sweater refashion tutorial: cardigan slim down

When I was last in Bologna, a bit over a year ago, I couldn’t resist stopping by a higher-end used clothing stand in an open air market. And I grabbed up a gorgeous wool maxi-cardigan… …that was WAY too big for me! It was obviously supposed to be very long, but it was too wide […]

Pattern review: One Cardigan by Serger Pepper

My friend Irene from Serger Pepper is at it again with a wonderful versatile and upcycling-friendly pattern: the One Cardigan for girls*! Just look at how adorable this cardigan is! I love how easy it is to personalize Irene’s patterns! With a pattern with so many possible variations, it’s no surprise that every single one […]

Serger Pepper’s Everyday Tank Top + giveaway

I recently had the fun time of participating in a sew-along of my friend Irene’s (from Serger Pepper) newest pattern, the Everyday Tank Top and Dress*. This pattern (which you can now get at with a 40% discount or even for free! Read down at the bottom of this post for details!) is really so […]

Leggings sewing fail… saved!

I just love leggings, and my posts on how to draft your own leggings pattern and how to sew leggings are two of my most visited tutorials. In September I realized that I needed lots of leggings for my new job in a school (which I am no longer doing, but let’s not go into […]

Tutorial: Make a box pleated skirt from jeans and sheets

About a year and a half ago, I came across this pin on Pinterest on making a long prairie skirt using the top of a pair of jeans as a yoke and attaching a big rectangle of fabric. I fell in love at once and decided that I just had to make one for myself. […]

How to embellish with slashed t-shirt reverse applique

Working with t-shirts is so much fun. They don’t ravel and, depending on the fabric content, the edges roll up, which can be interesting for your projects. In the summer you can see loads ladies walking around with slashed t-shirts, with the strands of fabric rolling into something like cords. But two or three years […]

How to cover up logos on clothes with applique stripes

It’s that time of the year again. You know, when your Facebook feed is full of first day of school pictures? Yes, back to school! Where we live, kids up through 5th grade have to wear these hideous smocks, but in the hotter months they’re allowed to wear a white t-shirt. I, of course, find […]

Girlify a men’s t-shirt: making t-shirts more femminine

We all know how fantastic refashioning is, right? But in my book, the best refashioning is making minimal changes to an unloved garment so that it once again becomes loved. So how awesome is it when you can take a couple of men’s t-shirts forgotten in the depths of your husband’s bureau… …and recut the […]

Backstitch Practice Tutorial: How to Darn Jeans

Ok, are you guys ready for a life-changing event? I know you have a favorite pair of jeans. And I know the pain when they eventually rip open at the knees, butt, crotch or wherever else. But do not fear, you are not destined to have a dresser full of cut-off jean shorts because today […]

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