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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thinking about learning to sew? Here are 10 things that you need to know to choose the best sewing machine for beginners (and why there isn’t just one!) www.cucicucicoo.com

The best sewing machine for beginners – 10 things to know

Have you decided to learn to sew? Congratulations! Sewing is an amazingly versatile art that can be used in loads of different ways! Unless you plan on exclusively sewing by hand, you will probably be asking yourself what the best sewing machine for beginners is. A lot of my readers, especially those following my Learn […]

Free sewing pattern! How to sew a circle skirt in one or two layers. www.cucicucicoo.com

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 […]

The importance of fabric drape and why you need to understand it in your sewing. A sewing lesson in the free Learn to Machine Sew course for beginners on www.cucicucicoo.com

Why fabric drape is so important in your sewing

One of the most visited artistic tourist attractions in Naples, my adopted city, is the Veiled Christ in the Sansevero Chapel. This statue represented a life-sized Jesus after his death, covered in a death shroud, and is celebrated for its realistic and masterful sculpting of the body as seen beneath the fabric. But this masterpiece […]

How to Sew an Exposed Elastic Waistband in 5 steps: an easy alternative to fussy zippers and elastic casings! Learn how on www.cucicucicoo.com

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 […]

How to sew an infinity scarf in one or two fabrics: a Cucicucicoo Learn to Machine Sew tutorial | www.cucicucicoo.com

How to Sew an Infinity Scarf in one or two fabrics

I get sort of obsessive every so often with certain projects of mine, and just can’t stop making them. And this is definitely one of those situations, because ever since May 30, 2015, when I made three springtime infinity scarves from refashioned clothes as part of my Me-Made-May challenge, I haven’t been able to stop […]

How to ladder stitch (or invisible stitch). This hand sewing technique is essential to closing up the openings in sewn projects without any visible threads. Photo and video tutorial on www.cucicucicoo.com

How to ladder stitch (invisible stitch)

Today’s sewing lesson for the Cucicucicoo Learn to Machine Sew series a little exception because it’s actually hand sewing, not machine sewing. I wasn’t sure whether or not to include it in the course, but in the end decided to because it’s one of those skills that you really do need to know because it’s […]

Never use a plastic bag for your fruit and veggies again! Here's how to sew reusable produce bags in two different ways! www.cucicucicoo.com

How to sew reusable produce bags

I hate plastic bags. I really do. I hate the smell of them, how hard they are to open up the first time you use them, how easily they rip. I hate knowing what they’re made of and how long it takes for them to decompose. I hate how quickly they accumulate and I hate […]

How to cut mirrored pattern pieces when preparing fabric for sewing... two ways! www.cucicucicoo.com

How to cut mirrored pattern pieces

When cutting pattern pieces out, it’s very important to read the instructions to find out how many of each to cut out of what fabric and in what way. And in some cases pattern instructions tell you to cut out mirrored pieces. As the name suggests, mirrored pieces are pieces of the same exact shape, […]

Save time and effort when repurposing fabric: how to reuse existing hems with a sewing pattern. www.cucicucicoo.com

How to reuse existing hems with a pattern

Everyone knows that I’m an eco-friendly geek and that I love taking previously used items and giving them a new lease on life. And being a sewing geek as well means that I refashion and in general repurpose sewn items as much as I can. This is great because by doing this I save money […]

Sewing lesson: How to sew a buttonhole with or without a buttonhole foot on a sewing machine - www.cucicucicoo.com

Sewing lesson: How to sew a buttonhole

A few months ago I published a sewing lesson for the Learn to Machine Sew series on one of the techniques that scares a lot of beginner sewers: sewing zippers. I got a lot of comments at the time along the lines of “I’d much rather sew a zipper than sew buttonholes!” It’s true– buttonholes […]

How to lengthen or shorten a sewing pattern for a perfect fit - www.cucicucicoo.com

How to lengthen or shorten a sewing pattern

Guess what, folks? My online pattern shop is open! It is not all perfect-looking quite yet, however it is perfectly functional! Right now there are four patterns available, and my first multi-sized clothing pattern is also all ready, however I will add it next week because there are still a couple of tutorials on techniques […]

Refashion tutorial: Turn a dress into a skirt with a comfortable elastic waistband - www.cucicucicoo.com

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 an elastic waistband with a casing. Part of the Learn to Machine Sew series on www.cucicucicoo.com!

How to sew an elastic waistband casing

It’s been a long eventful and vacation-ful summer for me, so I didn’t post as frequently as usual and also didn’t publish much in the way of sewing tutorials. But I’m really excited because I have a whole bunch of new sewing lessons and tutorials for the Learn to Machine Sew series! And we’re going […]

How to hide sizes you don't need in PDF patterns: no more confusion with extra unnecessary lines! www.cucicucicoo.com

How to Hide Sizes in PDF Patterns

About six months ago I posted a tutorial on how to print and assemble PDF patterns as extra material for the Learn to Machine Sew course. Today I want to show you an easy little trick that is one of the things that I just love about PDF patterns: how to hide sizes that you […]

Tutorial: How to sew a felted wool cover with a leaf appliqué from old sweaters. Free template included! www.cucicucicoo.com

How to sew a Felted Wool Pillow with leaf appliqué

Today I finally have the new Learn to Machine Sew tutorial to go along with the lesson on felting wool sweaters! We’ll be making a variation on one of my favorite things to make: pillow covers! But this tutorial is very special because it puts together the skills learned in several of my sewing lessons […]

How to shorten a zipper in less than one minute! A mini-tutorial on www.cucicucicoo.com

How to shorten a zipper in less than 1 minute

After a bit of a break, welcome back to the Learn to Machine Sew series for beginners! Bet you thought I forgot about publishing the tutorial paired with the lesson on how to felt wool sweaters, huh?! No chance of that! It’s just that, with posts on Me-Made-May 2015, patterns I tested for other designers, […]

How to felt wool sweaters in the washing machine: make your own boiled wool for crafting or sewing from old sweaters, cardigans, jumpers, blankets or any other thrifted wool items! www.cucicucicoo.com

How to felt wool sweaters in the washing machine

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to pack away all those warm woolies and bring out light hot-weather clothing. So what do you do with those sweaters with little moth holes or stains, or with the ones that are stretched out or a bit shrunken? Put them in a big pile and get […]

Learn to Machine Sew practice tutorial: How to sew an easy zippered pouch for storing pencils, crochet hooks, makeup or whatever else! You can also change the dimensions and make an easy zippered pillow cover! www.cucicucicoo.com

Practice tutorial: How to sew a zippered pouch

A few days ago I published the latest lesson for the Learn to Machine Sew series on how to sew a simple exposed zipper. A lot of people are afraid of sewing zippers, but they’re actually really easy to insert once you know how to do it properly! Nobody likes to waste a zipper, so […]

How to sew an exposed zipper: use a zipper foot to perfectly insert and topstitch a zipper. www.cucicucicoo.com

How to sew an exposed zipper

A lot of people are nervous, scared or downright terrified when they need to insert a zipper in their sewn item. But guess what? It doesn’t have to be difficult and knowing how to sew a zipper is a very useful skill, and opens your work up to all sorts of new possibilities! There are […]