Is your home full of extra chocolate eggs and bunnies? Making this chocolate banana bread recipe is a perfect way to use up leftover Easter chocolate! Check it out on www.cucicucicoo.com

Use up Leftover Easter Chocolate: Chocolate Banana Bread

As you know, Easter was this past weekend. And, if you have kids (or perhaps even if you don’t), you probably have ridiculous amounts of chocolate sitting around in your kitchen. And dining room. And living room. Hopefully not in your bathroom. And if you’re in the northern hemisphere, it will start getting pretty warm […]

Sew dozens of versions of bibs and burp cloths with the Super Bib Pack pattern! Variations include newborn or toddler sizes; tie, snap or velcro closures; pocket, waterproof, wipeable and double face options; bias binding or simple turn/topstitch methods. Hints included for repurposing materials that you already have around your home! Pattern by Cucicucicoo Patterns at www.cucicucicoo.com

Newborn and toddler bib pattern with pocket and other variations

Do you have a young child? Sick of him or her making a mess everywhere? Sick of going out just to realize that your shirt is all dirty? Yeah, I hear your pain. I went through that, too. Or perhaps a good friend or loved relative is having a baby and you just don’t know […]

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Free bib and burp cloth pattern (with/without bias tape)

Welcome back to the bias tape series here on Cucicucicoo! I took a little break from bias tutorials and projects to work on some other things, and I never ended up publishing a tutorial to practice binding with bias tape! (You can find my lesson on how to bind edges with double fold bias tape […]

Freezer paper stenciling is so much fun, but tracing designs can be a drag. However it's easy and quick when you learn how to print on freezer paper! There’s even a special trick to print with a laser printer instead of an inkjet, or on A4 paper! Find out how on www.cucicucicoo.com!

How to print on freezer paper with a laser or inkjet printer

Are you freezer paper addicted? Yeah, I am too. I use freezer paper ALL the time to stencil on clothing, costumes and all other fabric items. It’s a really simple way to paint designs onto fabric, even if you are far from being an artist. I really love how perfectly crisp and clean the lines […]

Make sewing appliqué as easy as can be with your home printer! Learn how to print on Heat N Bond to transfer applique designs quickly without any annoying tracing! www.cucicucicoo.com

How to print on Heat N Bond for fast and easy appliqué!

I love embellishing clothing and other fabric items. And one of the ways I love the most is with appliqué. I’ve written a lot about how to machine appliqué, including a trick to appliqué perfectly on stretchy fabric. I sometimes freehand draw my designs, but usually I either copy them from images found on Google […]

Be fashionable and warm in the blink of an eye with a pair of scissors and a T-shirt! You can make a matching infinity scarf and headband set in less than 30 seconds with just 4 cuts! Super easy no-sew tutorial on www.cucicucicoo.com

How to make a 30 second infinity scarf and headband!

I am a total infinity scarf junkie. I am also a junkie of upcycling old T-shirts. And, even if I know perfectly well how to sew, I also love super quick projects that require no sewing. Last year I published a great tutorial on making infinity scarves from T-shirts by sewing together strips of the […]

Does just the thought of hemming a curved edge scare you? It doesn’t have to! This is the easy way to hem a circle skirt in just 15 minutes with the help of bias tape! www.cucicucicoo.com

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 […]

Do you hate measuring, pinning and ironing every time you sew a hem? Check out this wonderfully simple and quick alternative! Learn how to hem with bias tape to save time and frustration! www.cucicucicoo.com

How to hem with bias tape – Easy and fast!

I don’t know about you, but my least favorite part of a sewing project is usually hemming. I’m not sure why, because it’s really not difficult (and I even shared a great trick for sewing perfect hems here). But I know that I’m not alone here because I’ve heard lots of other sewists say the […]

Everyone loves a bright and happy homemade costume, especially if it’s covered in flowers! The new Field of Flowers costume has body, hat and neck piece in 11 sizes, so everyone in the family can dress up!

New pattern! Field of Flowers costume for kids & adults

I’m super excited to announce that my first costume pattern is ready for the world! Come meet the Field of Flowers costume for both kids AND adults! Back in 2008, when my daughter was two years old, my husband had the idea to dress her up for Carnival as a bunch of flowers or some […]

The best way to bind edges! This tutorial shows how to sew bias tape on curves and also on straight lines with an easy trick for perfectly even stitching!

How to sew bias tape on curves or straight edges

Welcome back to Bias Month here on Cucicucicoo! This month I’m writing a bunch of lessons and tutorials on how to use bias for better sewing. Besides this lesson, be sure to also check out these other posts: What is bias? How to make bias tape with a bias tape maker How to sew a […]

Learn to make bias tape with fabrics in your stash with a bias tape maker! With homemade bias tape your binding will always match your project perfectly!

How to make bias tape with a bias tape maker

Welcome back to Bias Month here on Cucicucicoo! This month I’m writing a bunch of lessons and tutorials on how to use bias for better sewing. Besides this lesson, be sure to also check out these other posts: What is bias? How to sew bias tape to an edge (coming soon) How to sew a […]

What's the difference between fabric grain and fabric bias? Learn all about them, when it's useful to cut on the bias, and how to cut a bias strip on www.cucicucicoo.com!

What is bias? Fabric bias vs. grain

Welcome to February 2017, which I am unofficially dubbing “Bias Month”! I was inspired to create a whole series of lessons and tutorials all about bias for my Learn to Machine Sew course by my newest sewing pattern in the works, which uses bias strips in two different ways. Besides this lesson on fabric bias […]

This reversible heart-shaped Valentine’s Day bag is perfect for little girls to carry all their valentines, candy or other treasures in! FREE sewing pattern and tutorial by Cucicucicoo Patterns!

Free Pattern! Valentine’s Day bag tutorial

The day that some people absolutely love and others absolutely despise is coming up. Yep. I’m talking about Valentine’s Day! I’ve always fallen into the second category because I am ideologically against the consumerism of this day and I don’t like the idea of being told when I need to celebrate my love for the […]

A fantastically fun and easy game for kids to practice reading without it feeling like work! Five levels of vocabulary to get your child to immediately recognize sight words! Try not to get the rotten banana! (in English or Italian)

Rotten Banana: a fun early reading game

My little boy just turned six and is in first grade this year, which means that he’s learning to read and write. While my daughter had no problems learning written Italian in school and didn’t really need any outside help to pick up written English on her own, it hasn’t been quite as easy for […]

Need a last minute gift? Give the gift of tasty breakfast! This pancake mix in a jar is for four batches of 12 pancakes and there are even printable adhesive or cut-out labels! www.cucicucicoo.com

Last minute gift: pancake mix in a jar (with label!)

I was born and raised in the United States, but have been living in Italy for the past 15 years, where I started my own family. Having a bi-cultural family is really enriching because you get twice as many traditions for holidays, traditions, languages and… food! While my American friends and family always say how […]

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The best sewing tools for happy sewing (part 2)

This is part two of the Best Sewing Tools post in the Cucicucicoo Recommends series. To read why I created this series and all about measuring, marking, cutting and pinning tools, please read the first part here. Please note that many of the items are affiliate links, meaning that I earn a small commission on […]

The key to fantastic sewing is not only knowing all the techniques, but also using the right supplies. These are the best sewing tools for working faster with more professional results! Love them! www.cucicucicoo.com

The best sewing tools for happy sewing (part 1)

My readers frequently ask me for recommendations about sewing machines, fabric and sewing tools. I could talk on and on, day after day, about my favorite products, but alas, that’s not very practical. So instead I’ve decided to create a series of posts called Cucicucicoo Recommends to answer these questions. Be sure to check out […]

Make a cool and snuggly accessory from your family’s old T-shirts, even if they’re ripped or stained! This tutorial shows how to cut up shirts and piece them together to create a colorful and unique infinity scarf! www.cucicucicoo.com

Refashion Tutorial: Make a T-shirt Infinity Scarf

Some people are obsessed with clothes and have overflowing closets. Other people obsessively buy shoes and have dozens and dozens of them. I, myself, have a thing for neckwear. Except for the hottest, most humid summer months, when I can’t bear to have anything on my skin, I love the feeling of having something around […]

Having trouble with wavy seams, snapped thread and holes in your homemade knit garments? These 10 tips will help you overcome problems and you'll be sewing knits perfectly in no time! Check it out at www.cucicucicoo.com

10 tips for sewing knits perfectly

When a person learns to sew, the first projects are always with woven fabric. When you go to a fabric shop, you’ll notice that most fabrics are woven. And when you browse sewing projects on Pinterest, nearly all of them use woven fabric. But take a look at your own wardrobe, or that of your […]

Learn how to make homemade pick up sticks (Mikado) from skewers, with a DIY pouch to hold them. Printable playing instructions included! A perfect gift for kids and adults! Tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com

Make homemade pick up sticks (with carry bag)

Toys are too complicated these days. I sometimes hear parents saying that their kids get bored if their toys don’t make sounds or light up, or aren’t animated or interactive games. And of course all these electronic toys and games cost more and break really easily. I sometimes feel like an old fogey, but seriously, […]

Upcycle umbrellas to protect your backpack during bad weather! These DIY backpack rain covers are quick and easy and perfect for kids and adults alike! www.cucicucicoo.com

DIY backpack rain cover from umbrellas!

Last week, I got caught in a torrential downpour when walking my kids home from school. And even though all three of us had umbrellas and the school is about a two minute walk from our home, we got totally drenched. When we got home, we had to spread the kids’ wet books and notebooks […]

Make pants for kids in a flash from sleeves! No pattern necessary! Refashion tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com

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 […]

Learn to sew the easiest elastic waistband ever- with no casing or twisting! www.cucicucicoo.com

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 […]

Make your own easy woven paper baskets from repurposed cereal boxes with this easy tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com. So fun and colorful!

DIY woven paper baskets from cereal boxes

Oh, how I love cereal boxes. I love their stability, yet ease of cutting. I love their bright colors. I love their cost… nothing! I rarely throw cereal boxes into the recycling. I use them to back small pattern pieces to make them more rigid and to make them last longer (and I suggest that […]

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

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 […]

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

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 (update: here’s the info on the pencil […]

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

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 […]

Turn pants into a skirt in just 15 minutes with this easy refashion tutorial by www.cucicucicoo.com!

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 […]

Stay healthy and cool with this SUGAR-FREE lemonade recipe! It's sooo good and refreshing, the best way to stay cool in the hot summer months! www.cucicucicoo.com

Healthy Sugar-Free Lemonade Recipe

There’s no denying it: summer is suddenly here! Our family is doing everything we can to stay cool. The kids have started using the bathtub as a swimming pool, our ice cream machine* is back in business, we’ve been making all sorts of homemade popsicles, and we’ve been doing everything else that I’ve written about […]

Got some old tees? Turn them into these super easy no-sew t-shirt bracelets! The tutorial shows you how to in less than two minutes! www.cucicucicoo.com

Easy no-sew T-shirt bracelets tutorial

In the years that I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve collaborated with lots of other blogs and websites. And today I’m so pleased to announce that I’m starting a new collaboration with the Italian handmade learning website Make It Land! I will contribute an eco-friendly refashioning tutorial every month for my special column of sorts […]

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