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Pajama pants tutorial – How to sew PJ pants

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI have a soft spot for PJ pants because they’re so comfortable and they’re easy to sew. And, because you wear them to lounge around the house, it doesn’t matter if they’re not absolutely perfect, so it’s a fabulous first garment …

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Pajama pants tutorial – How to sew PJ pants

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI have a soft spot for PJ pants because they’re so comfortable and they’re easy to sew. And, because you wear them to lounge around the house, it doesn’t matter if they’re not absolutely perfect, so it’s a fabulous first garment …

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DIY Pajama Pants Pattern (draft your own in 10 minutes!)

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI always say that the best project for a beginner sewist after learning some of the basics are PJ pants. But even more advanced sewists love sewing them because they’re easy, comfortable and useful! I have a great PJ pants pattern …

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Welcome to the new Cucicucicoo for 2021!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoGuys, I know I’ve been away from the blog for a while, but I’ll explain in a moment. Because I just can’t wait to show you the brand new Cucicucicoo for 2021! Quite a few people had written to me about …

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21 Handmade Christmas Gifts to Sew and Give in 2020

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoEveryone knows two things: sewing is super fun and DIY gifts are always better than store-bought! So check out this awesome list of the 21 best handmade Christmas gifts to sew and give to your loved ones for Christmas 2020! This …

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DIY Christmas Face Mask Pattern to Sew for FREE!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoEverything about 2020 has been unusual, and Christmas is no exception. But I’m determined to make this holiday season as joyous as possible, which is why I decided to create this festive DIY Christmas face mask! This project adds a super …

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How to Sew a Santa Hat (FREE Pattern!)

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWe’re now halfway through November which means that we can start getting into the holiday spirit! So let’s start off the Christmas season with an easy tutorial on how to sew a Santa hat, along with a brand new FREE pattern …

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How to Make a Fur Pom Pom – Easy Hand Sewing Tutorial

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoPompoms just make me happy. They’re so fun and colorful! But when I started seeing faux fur pompoms everywhere a few years ago, I was in love. So soft. So fluffy. I decided that I had to learn how to make …

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64 Creative DIY Ideas for the Home and Clothes Patterns

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI always love a good bargain. I mean, how can I say no to sewing patterns, fabric or other supplies for next to nothing? I know you feel the same, which is why I am so excited to tell you that …

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How to Insert a Bobbin in a Front-Loading or Top-Loading Sewing Machine

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoA lot of people write to me to ask me technical questions about sewing and probably the most common one I get asked is, “Why is the thread tangling up under the fabric when I sew?” Most of the time it’s …

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Winding a Bobbin on a Sewing Machine

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoSome people buy a sewing machine on a whim, and others after months or even years of toying with the idea, but there’s one thing that often confuses beginner sewists right from the start: winding a bobbin and then inserting it …

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Top 16 Felted Sweater DIY Tutorials for Sewing and Crafting

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoMost people get upset when they accidentally shrink a sweater in the washing machine. I, on the other hand, celebrate! The gorgeous, thick fabric from felted wool sweaters is one of my favorite materials to sew and craft with, and it’s …

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DIY Contoured Face Mask Pattern – 3 sizes, adjustable elastic, straps, nose bridge

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoMonths ago, when the Coronavirus pandemic broke out here in Italy, I decided against sharing a face mask pattern because there was so much confusion and so many people were saying that reusable cloth face masks didn’t work and therefore were …

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Kid Embroidery Project: Sew a Backpack Tag

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoDuring the lockdown in past months, quite a few of my friends have told me that their bored children have expressed an interest in learning to sew and have asked me for suggestions for beginner projects. Everyone knows that kids love …

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60 Best Easy Beginner Sewing Projects for Learning to Sew!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoThese days, that we are all stuck at home for weeks and months at a time for the COVID 19 pandemic, there have been a lot of people finally dedicating themselves to things that they normally don’t have time for. And …

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DIY Fringe Cloth Napkins (beginner’s sewing, no mitered corners!)

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoAnyone who reads this blog knows how much I love washable products that substitute disposables. I know that cloth menstrual pads and cloth toilet paper aren’t for everyone, but some reusable items are really simple to use and take care of. …

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DIY Beaded Napkin Rings with Elastic Cord

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI do my best to avoid using disposable products, which is sometimes easy and sometimes complicated. One of the easiest to use, though, are cloth napkins, which I’ve used for about 12 years now. And what better way to keep your …

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How to Make DIY Cloth Toilet Paper – Easy and Zero Waste!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI started working on this post about ten days ago, when we started locking down here in Italy for the health emergency, and people were starting to get worried in other parts of the world. My friends in the United States …

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How to Blanket Stitch on Felt and Other Fabric

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoOver the past few years I’ve been hand sewing much more. Machine sewing is fast and professional-looking, but these days I often prefer sewing by hand for its slow, meditative quality. It’s relaxing and also portable, meaning I can work on …

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20+ Easy Valentine Sewing Projects for Beginners

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWhat better way to celebrate the holiday of love by making some easy Valentine sewing projects?! These tutorials and free patterns are perfect for beginners, but great even for more advanced sewists who can really personalize them! The following list of …

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Conversation Heart Valentine’s Day Keychain Sewing Tutorial

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoV-Day is coming up soon, so it’s time for all DIY projects to start featuring hearts and pink and the word “LOVE.” And, seeing as love is indeed what makes the world go round, today I have a fun Valentine’s Day …

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How to use a seam ripper correctly (and fast!)

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI’ve never taken a poll, but I’m willing to bet that most sewists would choose a seam ripper as her favorite, must-have sewing tool. However a surprising number of people who sew don’t know to how to use a seam ripper …

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Perler Bead Christmas Patterns for DIY Ornaments

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoIf you have kids, you probably know all about hama beads. Or perler beads, melty beads, Pyssla beads, fuse beads or any of the other names for them. Those little plastic cylinders that you arrange into shapes and fuse with an …

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12 Easy Holiday Decorations to Sew in Under an Hour

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoEvery year it’s the same thing. We rush around during the holidays, wishing we had the time to make some fabulous handmade Christmas projects! But have no fear because today I’m sharing with you 12 fabulous easy holiday decorations to sew …

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DIY Snowflake Embroidered Felt Christmas Ornaments

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoEvery autumn, when it starts getting cool, I dig in to my massive felted wool sweater collection and let the colors and textures inspire me. This year I was inspired to embroider snowflakes (like I already showed with my DIY felted …

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40+ Best Stocking Stuffers for Crafty Kids who Create!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoDo you hate how much junk food and junk toys your children get at every holiday? Would you rather give them something really useful that will stimulate their creativity? Of course you would! So today I’m sharing with you the absolute …

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12 DIY Christmas Stocking Sewing Tutorials

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoOne of the most beloved holiday traditions is the Christmas stocking. Kids love waking up early on December 25th to discover what is waiting inside their stocking, and adults often remember those moments, as well as their childhood stocking, fondly. Make …

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DIY Felted Wool Sweater Stocking Pattern with Embroidery

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWhere I live in Italy, Santa doesn’t leave gifts in a stocking on Christmas Eve, but a friendly old witch does during the night before Epiphany (January 6). So I decided to create a pattern for a general winter-themed stocking, instead …

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How to Embroider Snowflakes Three Simple Ways

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI love the warm days and cool nights of fall, but I am actually looking forward to cold winter days, drinking hot tea, cozying up on the couch under a blanket to read or watch a movie with the kids. So, …

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60 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Teens and Kids in 2019

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoHalloween is a lot of people’s favorite holiday because 1) it’s super fun, 2) it lets you act crazy and 3) you can go wild with your creativity, even if you aren’t a crafty person. Which is why today I’m sharing …

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How to Make a Vampire Cape with a Stand Up Collar

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI love a good cape for Halloween. They’re so fun to swing around in and they can be used for loads of different costumes. But this year we decided to go for a Dracula look, requiring a rigid collar. So today …

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Easy Jack O Lantern Softie Tutorial – Great for Kids!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI’m really excited to share this brand new Halloween craft for kids because this easy Jack O Lantern softie tutorial was created by a kid: my daughter, Sofia! Sofia had been sewing project after project from the Sewing School box set* …

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Best Magnifying Floor Lamp for Sewing and Crafting – LightView XL

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoBrightech, the online lighting specialists, contacted me recently to ask if they could send me one of their lamps in exchange for an honest review. I had heard that the LightView XL is absolutely the best magnifying floor lamp for sewing, …

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Easy Cat Neck Pillow Pattern for Kids and Adults

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Years ago I created a cat neck pillow pattern for my children, and it was a huge success. Today I’m sharing with you my updated version of the pattern and tutorial, along with a video tutorial! This cat neck pillow …

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DIY Neck Pillow Template PDF Download + Tutorial

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoGuys, it’s once again Sew a Softie Month, and I’m so excited! Every year Trixi from Coloured Buttons organizes a month-long extravaganza during which sewing bloggers publish tutorials for stuffed projects that kids can sew. How amazing is that? Learning to …

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How to Hand Sew a Scrunchie for your Hair

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoRaise your hand if you’re an 80’s child! Or an 80’s teenager or an 80’s adult! If you were alive in the 80’s you know all about fashion staples of that decade: massively oversized T-shirts, legwarmers, pegged jeans and  puffy and …

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The Best Leggings Sewing Patterns for Girls and Women

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoGuys, I can’t deny it; I’m leggings-obsessed. I love leggings so, SO much, as does my daughter and over the past few months I’ve been working my tail off to create the best leggings sewing patterns for girls and women. And …

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How to sew splash balls from an old bathing suit

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoOh MAN, is it HOT!! When we have hot, steamy summer weather, the kids and I love any and every way we can possibly stay cool. Which means we drink and eat a lot of really cold things (check out my …

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Threading Elna Lotus sewing machine – Tutorial

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI often get asked for suggestions for buying a new sewing machine. In a nutshell, my answer is to go to at least one sewing machine dealer or sewing shop to test out some machines and find out more about their …

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How to pull up the bobbin thread on a sewing machine

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoHooray! You have a new sewing machine! This is such an important time, and you have so much fun and creativity to look forward to! But hold your horses; before you jump into sewing, make sure you read the manual to …

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Clara Wrap Crop Top sewing pattern

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI wrote the other day about the fantastic Sew Fab pattern bundle that my Hyacinth Moto Leggings pattern is part of. The bundle includes nine patterns in all, and I’ve really been looking to sewing a few of them in particular. …

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Sew Fab 2019 spring sewing pattern bundle

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I am super excited to give you some really cool news! My latest pattern, the Hyacinth Moto Leggings for women, is part of the brand new Sew Fab spring sewing pattern bundle! Eee! The Spring 2019 Sew Fab Bundle features 9 …

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Tutorial: How to sew knits with a twin needle

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWelcome back to another lesson in the free Cucicucicoo Learn how to Machine Sew course for beginners! I’ve already shared some essential tips and instructions for sewing knit fabrics, but I didn’t get into detail about one of the best tools …

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Pattern alterations: How to adjust the crotch in pants

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoOver the past couple of months I’ve been working on a series of leggings patterns for girls and women (you can find them in the Cucicucicoo Patterns shop!). An interesting thing about pattern testing clothing is seeing how differently a pattern …

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DIY Beaded Crochet Earrings Tutorial

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI have this thing about beads and yarn. It’s just a winning combination. You might remember years ago that I made about a gazillion beaded knit necklaces for me and pretty much every woman that I know. Which is why, when …

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8 Easy Homemade Recycled Cat Toys in under 5 Minutes!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI am, and have always been, a cat person. I love cats and have always had at least one since I was a little girl who begged her mother for a “kitty that goes meow all by itself.” About a year …

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Hand sewn plush heart pillow with pocket

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI always say that ANYONE can sew, and that goes for kids, too. This is why I love Sew a Softie, the wonderful recurring event created by Trixi from Coloured Buttons. My children and I participated in Sew a Softie last summer with …

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How to Sew a Fabric Valentine’s Day Banner

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoYep, you might’ve noticed that I’ve been ever-so-slightly obsessed with banners these days. I just can’t help it! Ever since I created my “Celebrate! Banner” pattern last year, I’ve been making every possible type of bunting, both for me and to …

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How to make a 1-minute DIY jean hem bracelet

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI love refashioning and repurposing jeans. We all have jeans and when they become unusable for one reason or another, the fabric is wonderful for using in so many ways. I love the different shades of blue and the fraying of …

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How to make a neck pillow from a sweatshirt

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoIt’s funny how we can get super attached to an article of clothing, isn’t it? Sometimes you know that you can’t wear it anymore, but you just can’t bear to get rid of it. This was the case with my son …

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FREE Doll Mermaid Costume Sewing Pattern

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoMermaids, unicorns, rainbows… these protagonists of fun fantasy are all the rage these days, especially if they have glitter and shine! So when asked for a guest post for the website Fleece Fun, I decided to share my FREE doll mermaid costume …

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DIY Christmas Tree Banner Template and Tutorial

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoThe other day my kids and I put up our Christmas tree. Something about it still gets me excited every year. I love looking at all our ornaments, as we remember people who gave them to us or when we made …

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Easy no sew felt snowflake ornaments from sweaters

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWhat is it about snow that is so magical?! Is it the soft ting of cold as it hits your skin? Or the bright twinkle snowflakes make in the sun? The muted sounds right after snow has fallen? The sensation of catching …

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DIY Greetings: Free Printable Holiday Cards with Cutouts

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoLast year I spent many agonizing months suffering through acute anxiety disorder and recurring panic attacks. It was a really, really bad time for me, and one part of my path to healing was communicating with people more and connecting with …

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How to sew fabric bunting with the Celebrate! Banner pattern

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoLast week I published a tutorial showing how to sew fabric bunting banners, either with or without my newest PDF pattern, the Celebrate! Banner. I had a pretty big group of pattern testers to try the pattern out to make sure …

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How to Sew a Pennant Banner with Letters and Words

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoEveryone loves celebrating, right?! And if you love decorations to add happiness and festivity to your home, holiday or party, learn how to sew a pennant banner so that you can customize it to your personal needs! These banners are easy and …

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DIY Christmas Ornament Kits for Children – Great Holiday Gift!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoLast year my kids and I cut up a few old felted wool sweaters in my collection to make handmade felt Christmas tree ornaments to give to our loved ones at Christmas. But partway through, I realized that an even better …

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Sew a mermaid tail blanket: Sea Snuggler Pattern Release

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoHave you noticed all those cool mermaid tail blankets on Pinterest these days? You can buy them everywhere, or you can take your pick of loads of crochet patterns to make them. But what if you want to learn how to …

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How to sew with a bias binding foot – adjustable for all widths

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoIt’s no secret that I love bias tape: making it, hemming with it, binding edges with it, decorating with it. I love it so much that I’ve dedicated a whole series of lessons and tutorials on bias tape! And today’s lesson …

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Colette Sorbetto: a free loose tank top pattern

Leggi questo post in: Italiano A few months ago, my husband and I went to a fancy wedding, the type where women wear crazy sparkly dresses and heels at least 10 inches high. I, however, never wear heels (I can’t even stand in them, never …

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DIY Doll Diapers – Free Pattern + Tutorial!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI started sewing regularly around the time my daughter was born, 12 years ago, and for years most of what I sewed was for her, between reusable cloth diapers and wipes, bibs, bassinet and crib bedding, toys, and so on. I …

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DIY Chair Felt Pads in 10 Seconds with Upcycling

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI don’t know about you, but I cannot STAND the sound of chairs scratching on the floor. I used to buy tons of those self-adhesive felt pieces to stick on the bottom of chairs, then I finally smartened up when I …

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Free Template! How to make a circle skirt with directional fabric

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoMy daughter and I LOVE circle skirts. We have a bunch between the two of us because they’re comfortable, pretty and just fun to wear. They can be casual, like most of ours, or elegant if using silk or other fancy …

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DIY Printable Travel Game Book for hours of fun!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoIt’s summer, which means that there’s a lot of family travel which, in turn, means that there are a lot of bored kids on long trips. When my children are bored silly on plane or train rides, or waiting for adults …

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Kids can sew! Stuffed animal dog bone – free pattern

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoMy daughter was obsessed with Clifford the Big Red Dog when she was little, so I started making a bunch of little accessories for her toy Cliffords. I made him clothes and I made him toy leashes. And finally, I made …

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How to make a toy dog leash and collar for stuffed animals

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoMy kids love accessorizing their toys. So when they were younger, they would constantly ask me for this or that thing for this or that stuffed animal. It was during this time that I figured out how to make a toy dog …

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Quick 30-second fix for flaking headphone pads

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoA few years ago my husband got sick of me always borrowing his headphones, so he gave me my own pair. Even though we were quite happy with these earphones, over the past year or so the cheap material covering the …

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How to get free sewing patterns from Cucicucicoo!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I have some exciting news for you! I have moved ALL of my free downloadable materials into a new exclusive members-only area of Cucicucicoo! So, if you’ve been wondering how to get free sewing patterns and a bunch of other great …

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Jalie 3134: a flattering racerback swimsuit pattern

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoA few weeks ago I wrote a review of a bikini pattern that my daughter and I used for our swimwear last summer. However we are a family of swimmers and I needed an appropriate one-piece bathing suit for my year-round …

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How to make continuous bias tape in one long strip

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI LOOOOVE bias tape. Sure, there are lots of types of bias tape that you can buy in a shop, but making your own is so cool because you can use perfectly matching fabrics with the exact width that you prefer. …

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Jalie 2446 bikini pattern for women and girls in 9 styles

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoLast summer I finally started sewing something that tends to terrify sewists: bathing suits. (You can check out my 10 tips on sewing swimsuit fabric perfectly here!) I purchased various fabrics and two Jalie patterns, one for a racerback one-piece and …

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Easy and Free DIY No-Scratch Rock Doorstop

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoSpring is here, which means windows are open, letting in fresh air, flowery scents and bird songs! Oh, and it also means that the cross breezes make our doors slam shut way too often. Our doors have frosted glass centers, and …

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Yo Mango handmade magic bag for shoplifting

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoA couple of years ago I was cleaning out a room and made a pile of random brochures and entrance tickets from our honeymoon for my husband to look through and give the ok to throw away. And thankfully he realized …

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How to use bias tape: tips, tricks and projects

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoIn February 2017 I started “Bias Month,” in which I shared a bunch of sewing lessons on what bias is and how to use bias tape in various ways. I also included included some practical tutorials and a free sewing pattern. …

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How to color code keys in 2 minutes with nail polish!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoHow jingly is your key ring? Do you have a TON of keys that you carry around with you? Are you ALWAYS getting them confused and end up trying multiple keys for each door? I am. Which is why, a few …

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Best tomato soup recipe ever (with secret ingredients!)

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoIt’s cold and dark, rainy and snowy, stormy and windy. It’s winter, folks, which means that we all need some serious comfort food. And that means: hot soup. So today I’m sharing with you my all-time, most-loved winter comfort food that …

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StickerYeti custom logo stickers for any surface + DISCOUNT!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoThe following is a sponsored post, however all opinions expressed are 100% my own. More than a year ago, I was contacted by StickerYeti, a company that makes custom logo stickers, to test out their products and offer an exclusive discount …

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The One Square Tote: an easy tote bag sewing tutorial

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoOh boy, guys, I’m excited because FINALLY I’ve gotten back to the beloved Learn to Machine Sew course for beginners! I left off back in September with a lesson on how to sew French seams, which is my favorite way to …

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DIY embroidered sunflower blanket from a ruana poncho

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoHave you noticed that embroidery has been making a huge comeback over the past few years? I have been seeing a ton of it used in all sorts of ways, from embellishing home goods, to simple hangable embroidery art, to visible …

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How to Make DIY Vintage Tile Coasters (no scratch!)

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWhat could possibly be more comforting and peaceful than a nice, hot cup of tea on a cold winter day? As far as I’m concerned, snuggling up under blankets with a good book and some good tea is pretty much the …

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DIY felt Christmas tree ornaments for kids from repurposed sweaters

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI am a strong believer that children should give gifts to others. No, I’m not saying that they have to save up their pocket money to purchase gifts, but that they should make something with love and care that can be …

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Make a no sew felt poinsettia from felted sweaters

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWell, Thanksgiving is over, it’s starting to get pretty dang chilly out, the days are shorter, and my family is starting to get excited for the holiday season! One of my favorite holiday crafting materials is felt because it’s just so …

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How to make a Christmas tree skirt from a tablecloth

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoIt’s the holiday season again, so today I have a brand new sewing and repurposing tutorial for you: how to make a Christmas tree skirt from a tablecloth! When I was growing up, my mother had a very festive knit Christmas …

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Introducing the new Cucicucicoo sewing and craft website!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoHello all, and welcome back to the new and improved Cucicucicoo sewing and craft website! I’d been thinking about creating a new design for Cucicucicoo for a while, with the intention of making it easier for readers to find what they’re …

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Kombinasi Poker online & Teknik dasar QQ

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoSudah tidak aneh lagi kalau member mendengar apa tersebut Poke Online. Bola tangkas Online adalah satu diantara Game judi yang sangat populer di semua kalangan. dengan keseruan dan kesederhanaan yang dimiliki dalam Game ini tentunya pasti memberikan kesenangan bagi para pemain. …

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How to sew French seams for perfectly finished seams

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome back for a new technical lesson in the Learn to Machine Sew series! One thing that makes the difference between projects that look homemade and those that look professionally-made is how well they are finished inside. There are quite …

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Easy and unique summer recipe: Zucchini Mint Pesto

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Everyone knows and loves eating fragrant basil pesto in the summer (and you can find my foolproof recipe for it here), but today I want to show you a variation on this classic recipe that my entire family LOVES eating: …

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Tutorial + FREE Swim Cap Pattern for Kids & Adults

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoMy family is a swimming family. We swim year round in pools and swim in the summer wherever we can. I’ve recently started sewing my own one piece bathing suits and bikinis, so I decided that it was time to create …

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How to sew bathing suit fabric – 10 best tips & tricks

Leggi questo post in: Italiano There are a few things that tend to terrify sewists. When they start out, sewing stretchy fabrics seems outright impossible. (If this is your case, make sure you read my post on how to sew knits and other stretch fabrics …

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Crochet Reusable Water Balloons – Summer Fun with No Mess!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoEarlier this year, I saw the coolest thing on Pinterest. I wanted so badly to try it out. I was so curious and I knew my kids would love it. Because who in the world wouldn’t want to try their hand …

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Homemade wild fennel liqueur recipe (finocchietto digestif)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano As my readers know, I was born and raised in the United States, but moved to Italy years ago and married into a Neapolitan family. Which means that I’ve learned a lot of my husband’s family’s culinary recipes and secrets, …

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Tutorial: Handmade felt cactus party favor with cards & box

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Whenever there is a special event in your life, it’s natural to want to celebrate it with the people who matter the most to you. And this is why we have party favors, to thank the people who celebrated with …

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Five DIY cactus party favors: free templates and printables!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano There are so many reasons to celebrate life’s milestones with the people that we love the most. And this is why party favors are so important, to help remember those important moments spent with important people. Today I’m sharing a …

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Foolproof Basil Pesto Recipe and 15 Ways to Use it!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I live in southern Italy, aka the capital of Basil-land. Nearly every home has at least one basil plant and those plants can easily grow into thick masses of fragrant green leaves. I am no exception to the rule. Every …

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Refashion shorts into a DIY skirt with godets

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I love skirts so much! They are fun to mix and match with different tops, I feel free to move around without any leg restriction, and even very casual skirts look nicer than jeans. They are SO FAST to sew …

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Gemini free knit tee pattern review (reversible top)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I am a sewing addict, but I always have at least one knitting or crochet project in the works. I find it a fantastic way to relax and also to bring along with me to work on when I’m not …

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Refashioning for kids: turn old pants into shorts

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Kids grow so quickly. Sometimes it feels like I’ve just sewn or otherwise procured a garment for my kids and it is already small for them. Or stained. Or ripped. That’s why I love quick refashioning sewing hacks to make …

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DIY books and notepads: Reuse leftover notebook paper

Leggi questo post in: Italiano What is it that’s so appealing about a nice, new and never-before-touched blank book or notebook? I suppose it’s the anticipation and excitement about all the things that it can become. You can write a book in it. Draw pictures. …

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

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI love knitting, but I am a really slow at it. So I love it when I can create with sweater fabrics without having to actually do the knitting myself! So today I’ll show you my super easy tutorial to refashion a …

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How to grow basil year after year (without spending!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I live in Italy, and everyone knows how much Italians love their basil. Even in the families with the worse black thumb imaginable, there is at least one pot of basil sitting on a balcony or windowsill. It gets thrown …

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Super quick upcycled DIY tulle flowers

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I love flowers. Heck, who doesn’t? I think pretty much every lady does. I love how they smell. I love the colors. I love the beauty and joy a vase of fresh cut flowers gives a home. What I don’t …

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What is a free arm on a sewing machine (and how to use it!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Nearly three years ago, I published my first lesson in the Learn to Machine Sew course for beginners here on Cucicucicoo, which was about the anatomy of a sewing machine. In this lesson I mentioned the free arm, though I …

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

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Use up Leftover Easter Chocolate: Chocolate Banana Bread

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Growing Up Handmade – sewing clothes for tweens

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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. …

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Super Bib Pattern Pack – testers’ versions!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Last week I released my latest sewing pattern, the Super Bib Pack, which has all sorts of styles, sizes, variations and sewing options, meaning that there are dozens of ways to personalize your bibs and burp cloths! Just to give …

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Newborn and toddler bib pattern with pocket and other variations

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWelcome back to the bias tape series here on Cucicucicoo! Today I have a tutorial to practice binding with bias tape with a free bib and burp cloth pattern! (You can find my lesson on how to bind edges with double …

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

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to make a 30 second infinity scarf and headband!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to hem with bias tape – Easy and fast!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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New pattern! Field of Flowers costume for kids & adults

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to sew bias tape on curves or straight edges

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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. Here is the full list of the Bias Month technical lessons and practical tutorials …

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How to make bias tape with a bias tape maker

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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. Last time I showed you what bias is and how to make short bias strips …

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What is bias? Fabric bias vs. grain

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome to February 2017, which I am unofficially dubbing “Bias Month”! I was inspired by my newest sewing pattern to create a whole series of lessons and tutorials all about fabric bias for my Learn to Machine Sew course. For a …

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How to grow an avocado plant from a pit

Leggi questo post in: Italiano My kids and I love growing plants from seeds we’ve collected and cuttings. And every so often we try to grown some plant or other from our vegetables. But alas, this usually fails. My pineapple plant rotted away before it …

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Free Pattern! Valentine’s Day bag tutorial

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Gigantic Stuffed Dinosaur Pattern – Pintastic!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Last week I unveiled my latest project, “Pintastic!” In this series I test out cool-looking tutorials found on Pinterest and give a Pass or Fail verdict. The first project that I just had to try out was this fantastic, yet …

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Pintastic! Tested Pinterest tutorials for no-fail DIY

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI love Pinterest. I think most anyone could spend hours and hours on it every day. So many amazing ideas, techniques, inspiration and help for DIY and life in general. But sometimes there is a slight problem with Pinterest: your version …

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Rotten Banana: a fun early reading game

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Lessons from a hat: 5 reasons why making mistakes is ok

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Imagine this: you’re poking around Pinterest, Ravely or an online forum somewhere and you find a DIY project that you fall in love with immediately. You procure the materials and get to work. Except at some point you realize that …

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Pancake mix in a jar with free labels (last minute gift)

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoChristmas is really close at hand, but let’s face it: most of us need last minute gifts throughout the year. So today I’m going to show you one of my absolute favorites which everyone loves getting: homemade pancake mix in a …

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The best sewing tools for happy sewing (part 2)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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The best sewing tools for happy sewing (part 1)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Refashion Tutorial: Make a T-shirt Infinity Scarf

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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17 Non-Electronic Games for Young Children

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Nearly all parents I know these days complain about trying to limit their kids’ screen time. They’re always on their tablet, or gaming device, or smartphone. If not, they’re using the computer or zoning out in front of a TV. …

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10 tips for sewing knits perfectly

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Make homemade pick up sticks (with carry bag)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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10 Reasons to make your own costume

Leggi questo post in: Italiano The one question that I get asked in every interview I’ve ever had is what or who my creative inspirations are. I usually give a different answer every time because I am inspired by so many people, places and things. …

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DIY backpack rain cover from umbrellas!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Refashion tutorial: make pants from sleeves

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Attach elastic to a waistband – no casing or twisting!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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DIY woven paper baskets from cereal boxes

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Pencil shaped pencil case tutorial and FREE pattern

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWell, it’s fall again. Back to work. Back to the gazillion activities each family member has. Back to school. Which means that it’s time for a brand new back to school project, but one that you’ll want even if you’re not …

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Sewing concave and convex curves together

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Sticker Kid personalized name labels – 10% discount!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Just Peachy summer mesh crochet top pattern

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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DIY wine bottle vases with colored twine

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Sometimes the bottles of our drinks have such a nice shape that it seems such a shame to just throw them out in the recycling. Other times I like to hold on to the bottle that we drank on a …

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Evening Breath: free summer shawl crochet pattern

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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, …

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Refashion tutorial: Turn pants into a skirt

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Healthy Sugar-Free Lemonade Recipe

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Health update and how the menstrual cup helped

Leggi questo post in: Italiano This was the view outside the balcony where I spent four nights a couple of weeks ago. Pretty, right? The bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, the classic Mediterranean pine tree. Except I didn’t really get to enjoy it very much …

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Easy no-sew T-shirt bracelets tutorial

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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! …

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Basico: a knitting pattern for summer sweater

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Last summer I knit my very first sweater. I know that summer is generally not the preferred season for knitting, but I had the opportunity to take a course last June by my friend Maria, a designer and expert knitter …

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Wine bottle crafts: 2 upcycled vases with materials you already have

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Mother’s Day is creeping up and will be here before you know it. Have you started preparing gifts for the most important women in your life? Most mothers (at least the ones I know) are happiest to receive something small, …

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DIY Scrap Fabric Butterfly FREE Pattern + Tutorial

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoSpring is here! My favorite season of all, the advent of Spring makes me so happy. I love blooming trees, the scent of flowers and cut grass, the birds singing outside my windows, the warm sun…. So today I’m showing how …

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Make a bag from a T shirt: No-Sew Tutorial!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano My name’s Lisa and I’m a T-shirt hoarder. Seriously, I have a problem. Come to my home, and you’ll find numerous containers full of t-shirts. I love them because they’re so easy to embellish or repurpose into other clothing and …

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Make homemade nettle powder from your weeds

Leggi questo post in: Italiano For the first time in my life, I am on a diet. When I was little, I was super thin, and as a young adult, I could eat anything and never gain weight. But not all of my pregnancy weight …

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Saturn Sweater: crochet sweater pattern review

Leggi questo post in: Italiano It was love at first sight. I love bright colors, but sometimes I don’t want to be dressed too brightly. That’s why the Saturn Sweater, a pattern by Linda Permann, with its charcoal grey body with colorful accents, immediately caught …

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The best sewing machine for beginners – 10 things to know

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to sew a circle skirt – free pattern!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWelcome 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! Today we’re learning how …

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Why fabric drape is so important in your sewing

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoOne 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 …

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Repairing holes in sweaters: darning and crochet

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to Sew an Exposed Elastic Waistband in 5 steps

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Perfectly Imperfect: a fabric doll pattern review

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Finally I’m ready to show off my Perfectly Imperfect cloth dolls. I’d been working on these dolls and posting in-progress pictures on Instagram for months. My original plan was to make a bunch for Christmas presents and the kids’ various …

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How to make homemade garlic powder

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I’m not always a big fan of cooking, at least not the regular day-to-day cooking necessary for survival. I like to cook special things when I actually want to, not just because my stomach’s growling. And when I do cook, …

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Lemon salt recipe from salt preserved lemons

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I’ve been experimenting with the radiators and food processors in my kitchen again these days. Yes, because once again, it’s lemon season in southern Italy. This means that I’ve been making my beloved salt-preserved lemons again. We love using these …

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Tepore knit wrist warmers

Leggi questo post in: Italiano My friend Maria of Maria Modeo Handmade in Italy is an amazing knitter, designer and teacher. She’s helped me numerous times with my knitting issues and is incredibly knowledgeable about all things yarn-related. I already posted last year about her …

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How to Sew an Infinity Scarf in one or two fabrics

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Three DIY flower brooches – no sew!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Have you gotten stung by the homemade flower brooch bug? I certainly have! I love making fabric flowers because a) they’re easy and usually fast to make, and b) they’re so versatile! You can sew them directly to clothing as …

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How to ladder stitch (invisible stitch)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Birkin Flares jeans pattern by Baste + Gather

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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DIY Paper Poinsettias from Upcycled Egg Cartons

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWhen my daughter’s teacher invited me to come into the class to make crafts with the kids that could be sold at the school’s charity Christmas market (a couple of years ago I did the same thing with these yarn Hopi …

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Skip Skirt #22101: Girl Skirt Pattern

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Tutorial: Crochet Carry Bags from Fruit Nets

Leggi questo post in: Italiano It all started with this. My son found some fruit nets in my collection of recycling-for-crafting and decided to use one to hang up his toys. Total genius right? And so, I came up with these: Oh yes! I took …

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How to sew reusable produce bags

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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DIY Necklace Hanger from Driftwood or a Giant Cane Root

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoMy family just loves the beach and we always pick up some sort of natural treasure when we go. I am always drawn to driftwood, but usually don’t know how to use it. But when I found one particularly large giant cane …

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Glove animal tutorial: Upcycled Glovosaurs

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoToday I’m so happy to back with my Cucicucicoo’s Eco Crafters and Sewing series with the one and only Allison from Sweater Doll! Allison is a US expat, like me, living in Australia and creates the best fabric dolls and softies …

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Evening Primrose Pajama Pants Pattern (for women)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to cut mirrored pattern pieces

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to reuse existing hems with a pattern

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Sewing lesson: How to sew a buttonhole

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to lengthen or shorten a sewing pattern

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Kreativ and Eppela supporters

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoThank you everyone for your moral and financial support in getting Sandra and me to the Kreativ fair in Bozano this past weekend! It was a really interesting experience, although I unfortunately ended up getting some sort of stomach bug or …

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Refashion tutorial: Turn a dress into a skirt

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to sew an elastic waistband casing

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Memperoleh Kemenangan Bermain BandarQQ

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoPada bermain judi online hal lumrah apabila kalah dan unggul, yang tidak natural bila anggota wajar kalah dalam tampil serta sebaliknya. Itu hal yang pantas di mencuriga pada dalam bermain betting online. Terdapat beberapa hal yang bisa mengakibatkan kekalahan tersebut yang …

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Ariel Lassiter join Houston Dynamo Henrikh Mkhitaryan ke Roma

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoHari Senin yang terlena untuk Houston Dynamo. Setelah membeli membawa Wilfried Zahibo awal ini, Dynamo sudah menambah daftar itu, mengumumkan penandatanganan striker Kosta Rika Ariel Lassiter pada Ariel Lassiter Loan secara opsi untuk berbuat transfer permanen. Lassiter bergabung dengan Dynamo dari …

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How to make striped popsicles (and fruit popsicles)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Last week, as part of the Beat the summer heat series, I started talking about one of our favorite – and most delicious – ways to cool off during the summer: making homemade popsicles! The wonderful thing is that you …

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How to make healthy DIY popsicles

Leggi questo post in: Italiano In last week’s post on refreshing activities to do with kids inside the house in the summer, part of the Beating the Summer Heat series, I mentioned that I had another fun activity to do with kids. But even more …

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Refreshing summer activities for kids in the house

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoHello, all! I just got back home a few days ago from a 3-week trip to the States to visit family and friends. We had a great time, which is why- despite my best intentions- I didn’t do ANY of the …

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DIY Flower pots from tin cans

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoA wonderful thing about summer is being able to spend time gardening gorgeous flowers, delicious veggies and flavorful herbs. Well, at least you can if you have a garden! For those of us who live in an apartment, a few pots …

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How to make homemade iced tea (sun-brewed or boiled!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Today, for the first post in the Beating the Summer Heat series, I want to share one of my absolute favorite things to drink when it’s hot out: iced tea! Have you ever had real iced tea? I mean the …

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How to beat the summer heat!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI love the summer and I love hot weather… but I hate humidity. I hate sticky skin that mosquitos get stuck on. I hate that sluggish feeling that doesn’t let you do anything. I hate air conditioning. And there’s nothing I …

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How to Hide Sizes in PDF Patterns

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoAbout 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 …

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Support Sustainable Sewing!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Good morning, everyone! As you’ve probably already noticed if you’ve followed me at all, I truly love sewing and teaching others how to in my tutorials and my free Learn to Machine Sew beginner’s course. I know that my lessons …

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How to sew a refashioned DIY lace t-shirt top

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWelcome 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, …

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How to Sew a Felted Wool Pillow with Leaf Appliqué

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoToday’s sewing project combines four of my favorite things: felted wool sweaters, DIY pillows, applique and free sewing patterns! Yes, get ready to sew your own felted wool pillow with a free pattern for leaf appliqué! This sewing tutorial and pattern …

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How to shorten a zipper in less than 1 minute

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to sew a clutch bag from repurposed jeans

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoToday’s guest for the Cucicucicoo’s Eco Crafters and Sewers series is the lovely Laura from Le Pecionate! I love the tireless spirit and sense of humor with with she approaches her projects, which, as the name in Roman dialect (from pecione, …

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Me-Made-May 2015: May 17-31

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoAnd yet another Me-Made-May is over. My pledge this year had two parts: to wear at least one garment per day that I had made or modified in some way, shape or form, and to finish all season-appropriate clothing works in …

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Suzuran no-waste kimono jacket pattern review

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Cecilia Puff Tee free pattern by OUSM

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Tutorial: upcycle egg cartons into Flower Fairies

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoFor our third guest post in the Cucicucicoo’s Eco Crafters and Sewers series, I’m thrilled to have Silvia from Mammabook! I’ve known this Italian mom living in Germany for years now, and it’s amazing how close you can feel to a …

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Me-Made-May 2015: May 1-16

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoThe first half of May is over, meaning I am halfway through my Me-Made-May 2015 challenge. My pledge this year had two parts: to wear at least one garment per day that I had made or modified in some way, shape …

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How to felt wool sweaters in the washing machine

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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18 Mother’s Day DIY gift ideas with upcycling

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Mother’s Day is right around the corner and, if you’re anything like I am, you want to make something for your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, best friend who is also a mother, etc, but you haven’t even started yet and you …

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DIY Chain necklaces for spring

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoThere are a lot of really cool ideas floating around the web for jewelry made with chains. Last year I made two  necklaces with nice bright spring colors both made of chains, but in completely different ways. With Mother’s Day coming …

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Making Good: Creative patches for jeans

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Me Made May 2015: my pledge

Leggi questo post in: Italiano It’s that time of the year again… Me Made May! For the past I-don’t-know-how-many years, Zoe from So Zo has hosted this awesome challenge to actually wear your self-made clothing. It’s meant to push yourself to appreciate and use your …

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Upcycle yogurt cups: Primrose flowers

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoHere we are for the second guest post for my Cucicucicoo’s Eco Crafters and Sewers series! Last time we had a refashion, and this time an upcycle with my friend Silvia Brentegani from Tocco di Lìllà! I’ve known Silvia in the …

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Practice tutorial: How to sew a zippered pouch

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to sew an exposed zipper

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to applique a t shirt to cover logos

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Tutorial: Make Easy Recycled Crowns for Kids

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Happy Easter Monday! Hope you had a lovely day yesterday! And if you have children, I’m sure you now have insane amounts of candy and chocolate in your home. Here in Italy there’s no Easter Bunny, but kids get these …

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A Flowy and Flowery T-Shirt Dress Refashion

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI’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 …

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Cucicucicoo’s Eco Crafters and Sewers!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I’m super excited to announce my new series, Cucicucicoo’s Eco Crafters and Sewers! Every other week, I will host a crafty blogger who takes environmental issues to heart, and will take us through a brand spanking new tutorial on creative …

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Ball & Chain: a free crochet necklace pattern

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Last fall I posted this picture on Instagram. What was it? My very first crochet pattern, which I’m now ready to share with you! Here it is: the Ball & Chain crochet necklace pattern! (Suggested musical accompaniment: They Might Be …

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Grown Up Thumbs Up pattern by OUSM

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to Applique (with a sewing machine)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Today, as part of the Learn to Machine Sew series, I’m going to finally show you all how to do one of my very favorite sewing techniques: appliqué! This is so fun and easy to do, you will soon be …

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Crochet T Shirt Yarn Baskets: Four Styles

Leggi questo post in: Italiano So, what do you do when you’ve accumulated way too many old, ugly, worn-out, stained or otherwise ruined t-shirts and other jersey clothing items? Easy! You cut them up into strips and wind up your lovely new balls of t …

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Knit capelet and bandana neckwarmer

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Well, another edition of the biggest Italian handmade arts fair, Abilmente, has come and gone. Alas, I was unable to make it to Vicenza, in northern Italy, for this edition but I figured that perhaps it was about time to …

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DIY felt bowtie pasta tutorial…WITH BOX!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano A couple of months ago, I wrote on my Facebook page that I was working on a project that just made me laugh… over and over again, the whole time I was making it. I’m certainly not the first person …

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Baby Changing Mat Tutorial (PUL or Oilcloth)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Earlier this week I published a nice, long post for my Learn to Machine Sew series all about PUL fabric: how to prepare it and tips for sewing it without going totally bonkers! So now that you know everything there …

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How to sew PUL fabric (for waterproof layers)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano This week on the Learn to Machine Sew series, I’ll be focusing one of the very few specialty fabrics that I use: PUL. PUL (which I always pronounce “pull” even though it’s actually pronounced as the acronym that it is: …

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Sweater refashion tutorial: cardigan slim down

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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Learn to Sew: How to use a walking foot

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome back to the Learn to Sew series! At this point I’ve covered most of the absolute basics of sewing, so I’m going to start jumping around with various techniques and tools. What I’m showing you today is not something …

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Pattern review: One Cardigan by Serger Pepper

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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! …

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Free Pattern: Carry Everywhere Shopping Bag

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Big news, guys! My pattern shop, Cucicucicoo Patterns, is just about ready to officially open! I’m just waiting on a few tax-related bureaucratic things before I can put items up for sale, but my first three PDF sewing patterns are …

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How to cut fabric from a pattern

Leggi questo post in: Italiano More times than not when sewing, you’ll have to cut your fabric out using a pattern. Whether your pattern is from a downloadable PDF pattern (this post describes how to print and assemble a PDF pattern) or a traditional large …

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How to Print PDF Patterns and Assemble Them

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Well, it’s been a while since first announcing that I would open up an online PDF pattern shop (and started accepting pattern testers), and I’ve discovered that it takes a lot longer to draft, write, illustrate, photograph, layout, send through …

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Sew a bathroom rug… from towels and sheets!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I just love making my own bathroom rugs! They’re small so they’re generally fast to make and I just love the feeling of a squishy bathmat under my feet when I get out of the shower! So we have quite …

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Learn to Sew: How to Zig Zag Stitch

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome back to our Learn to Machine Sew series for beginner sewers! So far we’ve only worked on the straight stitch (and backstitch) and I think it’s way past time we start branching out into the other important stitch: the …

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“I didn’t throw it away” blog train

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Do you know Agy, the wonderful eco-conscious creator behind Green Issues by Agy? I love the twist she puts on her sewing and other crafty projects. This December and January she has been trying to get behind the reasons why …

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Three DIY street toys for kids who love cars!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Both of my kids love playing with cars, but my little guy in particular goes nuts with his toy cars. Seriously, there is really something in some boys’ DNA that draws them to cars because I am sure that none …

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Ayer’s Rock and other crochet hats

Leggi questo post in: Italiano How is your holiday season going? I, myself, am feeling pretty burnt out with all the Christmas and other craziness that for some reason always seems to get piled up at Christmas, even if it has nothing to do with …

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Easy DIY Gift Bags with boxed corners

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoRemember when I said that we would use our practice pieces from the boxed corners lesson earlier this week for something useful for Christmas? I guess it wasn’t particularly difficult to figure out what I was getting at: DIY gift bags! …

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How to Sew Boxed Corners (two ways!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome back to our Learn to Machine Sew series, a free online sewing course for beginners! If you haven’t been following the course from the start, take a look at the course syllabus so you can brush up on any …

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How to sew an envelope pillow cover (tutorial)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano G’day, folks! In my Learn to Machine Sew series for beginners, I pair up a practical tutorial with every techinical lesson. Earlier this week we covered hemming, so today I’ll show you how to sew an envelope pillow cover! These …

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Learn to Sew: How to Sew a Perfect Hem

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome back to our Learn to Machine Sew course for beginners! In our last lesson we talked about how to turn and topstitch, which is a technique in which we sew two pieces of fabric together with a clean finish …

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How to sew a Waterproof Picnic Blanket from upcycled umbrellas

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Ever since getting Betz White’s fantastic book Sewing Green* a few years ago, I’ve been on the lookout for a vinyl tablecloth to upcycle into a waterproof picnic blanket as she did. Betz claims that you can find these tableclothes …

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Easy Pot Holder Pattern (Turn and Topstitch)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome back to the Learn to Machine Sew series here on Cucicucicoo! As promised, today we have the practice tutorial for last week’s lesson on how to turn and topstitch. If you need to brush up on that technique or …

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Turning and Topstitching (clipping & notching)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome back to the Learn to Machine Sew course for beginners, in which I teach the basics of machine sewing, with a technical lesson and a useful tutorial for each technique. It’s been a few months since our last lesson, …

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Finger Pocket Fish: a toy fish pattern review

Leggi questo post in: Italiano As much as I love sewing, I really don’t have a ton of experience sewing softie toys, otherwise known as stuffed animals. I sewed a little boy doll a few years back as a remembrance to a miscarried baby and …

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Serger Pepper’s Everyday Tank Top + giveaway

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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A little Halloween story

Leggi questo post in: Italiano So Halloween 2014 has come and gone. Halloween is a pretty recent import in Italy, where I live, so it’s much less of a big deal than it is in the States. Here some kids (but definitely not all) dress …

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Leggings sewing fail… saved!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI 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. (And you can also purchase my women’s leggings pattern here or my girl’s leggings …

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Tutorial: How to remove fabric from umbrellas

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome to the fall! Now that we’re starting up with rainy season, I’m starting to see a lot of this. And this. It drives me nuts. As you can see, I live in an area where people have no scruples …

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Pattern news and Verona Tessile competition

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Yes, I’ve been missing more than usual from this dear-to-me blog but, as I’ve already briefly explained on Facebook, it’s because I’ve been working on some pretty cool things. And what will be the most interesting to you is that …

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How to make Homemade Bread Crumbs

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Don’t you just hate it when your bread gets stale long before you’ve had time to finish the loaf? Luckily there are ways to use stale bread, such as making meatballs or meatloaf, or the classic Tuscan bread salad panzanella. …

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Tutorial: Make a box pleated skirt from jeans and sheets

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to embellish with slashed t-shirt reverse applique

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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, …

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How to cover up logos on clothes with applique stripes

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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How to keep playing at the beach… away from the beach

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Well, we’re now in September, it keeps raining, everything around is about back to school. The summer’s officially over. This is always one of the most depressing times of the year for me. But even if you can’t stay on …

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How to peel prickly pears (cactus fruit without pain!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Something I love about living in a different country, language and culture is knowing a food or animal in my second language, years later finally looking it up in the dictionary to find out what to call it in my …

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Tutorial: How to make easy letter magnets with kids

Leggi questo post in: Italiano My kids, like pretty much every other kid I know, just love drawing and coloring. We just got back the other day from a fantastic visit with family and friends in the United States. Before we left, a friend of …

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How to make quick and easy sun dried lemon peels

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Living in Southern Italy, I have access to lemons. A LOT of lemons. And luckily most of them are organic, so I make sure to take advantage of the fragrant peels. One of the things I love to do with …

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

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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 …

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DIY Mesh Drawstring Bags for the beach from old shirts

Leggi questo post in: Italiano One thing I love about upcycling and refashioning is the challenge of figuring out what to do with, well… trash. I mean, just look at this horrifyingly ugly mesh shirt I found in a pile of used clothing at a …

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Tutorial: Sew your own Beach Umbrella Carry Bag

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I just love the beach. I grew up about a block away from the Atlantic Ocean but I started really loving long days at the beach after moving to Naples. I’m now totally spoiled, living near the Amalfi and Sorrentine …

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Become a Cucicucicoo Pattern Tester!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoIf you love the sewing projects on Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting, you’ll love the sewing patterns at Cucicucicoo Patterns even more! And now you can become part of the pattern design process by becoming a Cucicucicoo pattern tester! How does …

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Simple Felt Coasters DIY

Leggi questo post in: Italiano A few days ago I showed you how to sew while considering seam allowances. I’d say that most things are actually sewn inside out and then turned right side out in different ways. We still haven’t gotten to those techniques, …

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Learn to Machine Sew: Sewing with Seam Allowance + Pins

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome back to Lesson #5 of the How to Machine Sew series for beginner sewers! I asked on Facebook if you’d prefer another week of sewing lessons or some beach-related tutorials, and I got a unanimous “BEACH!!” Except I didn’t …

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Backstitch Practice Tutorial: How to Darn Jeans

Leggi questo post in: Italiano 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, …

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Learn to Machine Sew: How to Backstitch (or Staystich)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I took a week off from the Beginner’s Sewing Course here on Cucicucicoo because I wanted to share some other things, too. Our last lesson was about how to use the straight stitch (and we then used it to some …

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Big Girl Briefs: sew underwear from t-shirts!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I sometimes feel like I talk about underwear a lot! At first I just used underwear to make things, like my stain-covering ruffle shirt and quick lavender sachets. Then I moved on to making underwear from old t-shirts, first with …

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Balcony Foraging – How to eat your weeds!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano On Sunday a friend took us on a quick trip to her family’s olive grove to go foraging for St. John’s Wort. (You might have seen the picture on Instagram.) She dries this wild flower for making herbal infusions to …

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Sticker Kid custom name tags – Exclusive discount code!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I was recently contacted by Sticker Kid, a Swiss-based company working in countries all over the world, about their personalized custom name tags. They are extremely high quality adhesive stickers available in various formats as well as iron-on labels for …

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Straight Stitch Practice Tutorial: Simple Quilting

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome to our first practice tutorial as part of Cucicucicoo’s Learn to Machine Sew series! On Monday we practiced the straight stitch and how to adjust stitch length and tension, as well as tacking down the beginning and end of …

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How to Straight Stitch – Learn to Machine Sew

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoLast week we did a lot of theory and discussion about materials, but I know you want to start *using* your machine, so let’s get sewing! Today we’ll start with the most basic, but most important, stitch and learn how to …

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All about fabric: types of fabric and how to use them

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Welcome to lesson # 2 of our Learn to Machine Sew series! On Monday I took you through the anatomy of the sewing machine, your most important sewing tool, and today I will talk about the next most important component: …

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The Anatomy of the Sewing Machine: Learn to Sew

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I’m thrilled at all the positive messages I’ve received upon announcing this Learn to Machine Sew course! It sounds like my intuition was right on, and that a lot of people out there really want step-by-step instructions on how to …

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Learn to Machine Sew: free sewing course for beginners

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWelcome to the Learn to Machine Sew course for beginners! I created this free sewing course in 2014 after receiving loads of comments from readers saying that they love my projects, but that they don’t feel proficient enough with their sewing …

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Me-Made-May 2014: What I wore May 24 – 31

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI did it! Today is the last day of week four, and therefore the entire month, of Me-Made-May 2014 and I successfully followed through with my pledge to at least one garment that I’ve made, refashioned or embellished each day of …

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Sew pajamas from T-shirts: Creative Recycling for Kids

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I’m really excited to be participating in Silvia from Mammabook’s Creative Recycling for Kids initiative again this year! Being one of the few Italian refashioning bloggers, Silvia asked me to participate with a refashioning for children project. Last year I …

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Oval Shawl Collar Sweater: Ideas, please?!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano A year or so ago I saw this cool “shawl collar sweater” which is very simple in its construction: an oval of felted wool with two arm holes cut into it and a button to keep it closed in front. …

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Me-Made-May 2014: What I wore May 17-23

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWeek three of Me-Made-May 2014 is now over and I’m thrilled to report that the weather is now finally acting like May in southern Italy! As per my pledge, I am wearing at least one garment that I’ve made, refashioned or …

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Hands free asymmetrical bag: a Serger Pepper pattern

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I was really excited to be one of the testers of my friend Irene from Serger Pepper‘s latest pattern, the hands-free asymmetrical bag.* I’ve been using this Colombian mochila for nearly five years and it’s starting to fall apart. Plus …

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Easy knit rainbow beaded necklaces (beginner knitting)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Is your part of the world suffering from un-May-like dreary weather? Clouds, rain, wind? What we all need is a nice cheery rainbow of colors to perk us all up! The other day, inspired by the crummy weather, I posted …

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Me-Made-May 2014: What I wore May 10-16

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoAnd here we are at the end of the second week of Me-Made-Me 2014, halfway through. As per my pledge, I am wearing at least one garment that I’ve made, refashioned or embellished each day of this month. You can see …

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Layered reverse applique t-shirts: covering stains

Leggi questo post in: Italiano A while back I saw this awesome layered t-shirt. I really like layering a long-sleeved t-shirt under a short-sleeved one, but what I really loved about this project is how it covered up little holes in the short-sleeved t-shirt with …

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Me-Made-May 2014: What I wore May 1-9

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoAnd here we are with the first installment of what I wore as part of my Me-Made-May 2014 pledge. To remind you, I challenged myself to wear at least one me-made (sewn, refashioned, embellished, knit, crocheted) garment per day. Last year’s …

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Butterfly sleeve flower girl dress: McCall’s M6690

Leggi questo post in: Italiano On Monday a good friend of ours got married and we were honored to participate as a family in the civil ceremony. Italian weddings don’t have the same traditional roles for other people to participate in. My husband and I …

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The Perfect Shrug free pattern with easy fabric flowers

Leggi questo post in: Italiano In preparation for Me Made May 2014, I’m going to try to catch up on some older projects which I never got around to posting, but that I will most probably be wearing over the month (hopefully with less crazy …

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The Homemade Play Doh Competition (a.k.a. Easter 2014)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Yes, I am a bit late, but let me tell you about our Easter this year. We of course had our usual Easter egg hunt (my daughter had been talking about it for weeks before). Besides little odds and ends …

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One-minute tutorial: How to make an upcycled yarn holder

Leggi questo post in: Italiano When I joined Pinterest a couple of years ago, one of my first pins was this ArtBin Yarn Drum yarn holder. Not because I had any intention of buying it, but because I had a freebie bag that I knew …

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Me-Made-May ’14

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Spring is starting to make itself felt, and this means that I’m thoroughly enjoying the warm sun and amazingly fragrant budding flowers. It also means that I’m getting ready for Me-Made-May ’14. Oh yes! This will be my second time …

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Make your own Natural Homemade Tooth Powder: 3 recipes

Leggi questo post in: Italiano A couple of years ago I started getting really interested in making my own body products so as to avoid chemicals, reduce packaging and save money. I stopped posting on my experiments because I honestly got a little stuck on …

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Voyages Beanie and Simple and Sweet Beret: hat patterns

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I mentioned in my pom pom yarn scarf post a couple of months ago that I was participating in a Facebook knit along/crochet along to create two hats. The event was created by Italians to better learn how to read …

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Tutorial: How to refashion a short scarf into a shrug

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoAre you an expert refashioner or just starting to get interesting in it? If you’re interested in hearing my thoughts about refashioning, how I got started and some of my past messups, take a look at my interview as part of …

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How to make Lemon Rosemary flavored salt: an easy recipe

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I know we here in the northern hemisphere are thrilled that winter is on its way out, but before it’s completely gone, let’s use the last of this season’s lemons. Last month I wrote about how to make salt-preserved lemons, …

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Green Cat, eco-friendly cat litter that works: a review

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoThe following is a sponsored post, but all opinions expressed are fully mine. I’ve always had at least one cat at a time since I was little, but most of the time they were outside and didn’t really use much cat …

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Jar of Hearts for special Daddies: DIY Father’s Day gift

Leggi questo post in: Italiano This year we nearly missed Father’s Day (March 19th in Italy) completely. It had sort of slipped my mind to make something with the kids for my husband until that very morning, so I quickly racked my brain for a …

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Testers, affiliate links and other news at Cucicucicoo

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoHello there! I’ve been a bit less active on the blog these days but actually more active behind the scenes. I wanted to give you guys a little heads up about some new things going on here at Cucicucicoo. First off, …

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Serger Pepper’s Basic Leggings: Pattern Review

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Any of you who know me in real life and have seen me any time since high school will know that I just love tights. The more colorful, the better. I love wearing them under skirts, matching colors and designs …

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Despicable Me costumes: make a DIY Stuart Minion costume

Leggi questo post in: Italiano A few days have gone by since Carnival and I’m only now publishing the tutorial for Nicky’s costume going along with this year’s theme of Despicable Me 2: the Minion Stuart. Sofia and I thought that he should be Dave …

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Carnevale 2014: Despicable Me 2 Carnival costumes

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Here we are on the day of Carnival, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras… and it’s raining. Doh! So now celebrating in the streets with the wonderful festivities planned in many towns in the area for us. Some of the celebrations have …

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Despicable Me costumes: Lucy Wilde’s scarf and coat

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Back to our Carnival costumes! To recap, my kids are dressing up as Despicable Me characters and I’ve already written about the wig and accessories of Agent Lucy Wilde. But the costume is just not complete without her scarf and, …

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Despicable Me costumes: Lucy Wilde’s wig and accessories

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoOh yes, my kids just love Despicable Me. (Evidence of this can be seen here, here and here.) And yes, this year my kids are dressing up as Despicable Me characters for Carnival. And yes, I’m making the costumes. Sofia decided …

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How to make super simple sticker magnets

Leggi questo post in: Italiano It all started with this Minion sticker. My daughter has a Despicable Me album with stickers that you collect and trade, then she plays with any extras that she has. Her little brother stuck this Stuart sticker onto a cabinet. …

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How to make a crinkle taggie baby toy with recycling

Leggi questo post in: Italiano It’s become a bit of a tradition that when one of my friends has a first baby, I make a couple of these crinkly taggie baby toys. It’s a known fact that babies frequently prefer playing with non-playthings, so you’ll …

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Eat lemons all year: How to make salt preserved lemons

Leggi questo post in: Italiano It’s citrus season for those of us living in southern Italy. While it’s great to get loads of organic lemons, oranges, mandarin oranges, clementines, grapefruit and citron from our tree-owning friends, we tend to get so many that we don’t …

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How to make a hat and scarf set from a hooded towel

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Kids just love hooded towels, especially when they’re shaped like some fun animal or creature. So my mother thought that a couple of adorable hooded towels would make a great gift for my kids. But I had a little surprise …

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Portable cardboard windows, a.k.a. House on the go

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I recently got a new computer and have been transferring all my files to it and doing  a bit of cleaning up and organizing. And I realized that I have loads of old projects (old as in when I still …

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Sewing winter hats from old wool sweaters

Leggi questo post in: Italiano A few days ago I mentioned how I donated my first ever knitted hat to a friend who is collecting hats and scarves for a group helping the homeless. I also mentioned that, in order to help more, I decided …

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Knitting a pom pom scarf

Leggi questo post in: Italiano I’ve been working more than usual lately on my knitting technique and also been learning the basics of crochet. From the little that I know of each, I feel like crochet is much more versatile and I’m having fun using …

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Tutorial: How to make your own Play Doh picture mats

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Remember how my kids had the chicken pox last October, one right after another? Having them home for such a long time without being able to go out got old pretty quickly. Thank goodness for homemade Play Doh! To pizzazz …

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Picture Frame Earring Display with a Repurposed Burlap Bag

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI love earrings and I’ve got 9 earring holes so I have a pretty vast collection. A collection that was kept in a mess inside a jewelry box. It took a while to find matching earrings. The little ones slipped to …

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Tutorial: Super easy no-sew t shirt sleeve necklace

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Now that Christmas is over and I’m done (for now) with my ecological gift wrapping guide, let’s get back to regular refashioning business with a super quick project. I’d actually planned on publishing this tutorial as a last-minute gift idea, …

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Happy Holidays from Cucicucicoo (and the Minions!!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano My kids and their cousin are totally obsessed with Minions. We let our kids (and guests) draw on the walls. The natural result? Lots of pictures of Minions on our walls. (Some of which resemble my little guy when he’s …

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Tutorial: How to make gift bags from cereal boxes

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoPanic time! If you’re anything like me, you have a last few gifts hanging around waiting to be wrapped (or perhaps all of them), so today I want to show you the last idea for this season of my eco-friendly gift …

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Cereal Box Gift Boxes with Produce Net Bag Bows

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI just love cereal boxes. We always have loads of them and I use them for everything. I glue small pattern pieces onto them for stability. I use them as a backing for product tags. I’ve started making shipping envelopes out …

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Pine Cone Christmas Trees: a tutorial for kids

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoA couple of weeks ago I published a tutorial for a children’s activity, making woven Hopi Eye Christmas ornaments, for the advent calendar countdown at the blog Creare per r’ESISTERE (in Italian, while the English version can be found here on …

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Tutorial: Reusable fabric gift bags from freebie bags

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWelcome back to my eco gift wrapping guide! Today’s tutorial requires a tiny bit more effort to make than the other projects in this series (though being far from difficult) but is probably the easiest one to use afterwards, and will …

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Furoshiki: Japanese reusable fabric gift wrap

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoToday’s project is my absolute favorite one that is part of my Ecological Gift Wrapping series: furoshiki. This Japanese technique is a super simple form of reusable fabric gift wrap, although it’s also used to carry bundles in Japan. I’ve been …

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Tutorial: Make recycled gift tags from old cards

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWelcome to the first installment of my Eco Gift Wrapping Guide! In my introduction to this series I mentioned my thrifty mother and how she would get the most out of any wrapping paper or materials that came her way. But …

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Ecological Gift Wrapping Guide: reusable gift wrap ideas

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWhen I was a little girl, I loved getting gifts on Christmas, my birthday, or any other occasion. But I hated how my thrifty mother would insist I be careful not to wrip the wrapping paper so that she could reuse …

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Woven Hopi Eye Yarn Christmas Ornaments – for kids!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoDid you see the project I did with my daughter’s 2nd grade class the other day? They just loved weaving these Hopi Eye yarn Christmas ornaments, even when they didn’t come out exactly as planned. But who cares? They were all …

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Coming soon on Cucicucicoo…

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoJust look at these. Seriously, just look at them. A class of 7-year-olds made those Hopi Eye Christmas ornaments. And pretty much by themselves. Sure, I needed to help the kids making knots and showing them how to wind the yarn …

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A tour of the new Cucicucicoo

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Happy Thanksgiving, folks! It has taken me the time from one American holiday to another four months later to get around to giving you all a virtual tour of my blog on its new platform. On July 4th, I posted …

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Tutorial: Turn little kid pants into big kid pants

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI recently wrote a post on the upcycled t-shirt underwear I sewed for my little boy when he was potty trained. One of the nice things about children wearing underwear (besides the obvious plus of not having to deal with diapers …

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What to do with old records: bowls and jewelry

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI love that records are coming back into style. Besides the fact that their sound is just so full and amazing and the cover and insert art is often so elaborate (and the larger format makes it much easier to appreciate …

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Make your own DIY soap pocket from a towel

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI saw a cute tutorial for a DIY soap pouch made from a towel a while back and after receiving Stefania’s amazing handmade soaps back in June I decided to make myself one of them to use in the shower after …

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Turn Old T Shirts into Boys’ Underwear

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoIn Italy young children can start public preschool if they will have turned three by the following May. Which means that some kids start when they are only 2 1/2, like my little Nicky did (toting along with his special backpack, …

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All Natural Chicken Pox Itching Relief

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI have not had much of a chance to write much the past few weeks for various reasons, such as my mother visiting and repairmen in and out for various broken appliances and whatnot. But also the fact that we’ve gone …

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Tutorial: Applique to cover rips in clothes

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoLast July the daughter of a good friend of ours was getting ready to head to the Galapagos (lucky thing, her!). While her mother was ironing her things for the trip she accidentally melted a bit of her versatile polyester pants …

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Tie dyed bedsheets: Fixing a botched-up dye job

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoWell, we have had an eventful few weeks. First we had to take my little boy to the ER twice, first because of a bad fall right on his face on asphalt strewn with gravel (much of which got lodged up …

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Make DIY Minions from Upcycled Materials: Tutorial

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoToday the movie Despicable Me 2 is coming out in the theaters in Italy. (Yes, considerably later than in the States.) My daughter and her cousin are besides themselves with joy. They’ve been waiting and waiting to see the Minions on …

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How to make pants from a shorts pattern

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoAnd here we have the third and last post about the MADE kid shorts pattern. (If you haven’t yet, read about making shorts from duvet cover scraps and making shorts from a thrifted t shirt, reusing the original hem.) This time …

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Upcycled T Shirt Shorts: how to reuse the original hem

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Here’s the second part of the series on shorts and pants made with the MADE pattern. (Did you read the first part about my shorts made from scraps of a duvet cover?) I’m really happy with how these shorts came …

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How to make the ultimate Quince Jam

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Living in a place with a different language than the one you grew up with can be funny. I’d heard of the fruit quince before, but never knew what it was. In Italy I heard of the fruit mela cotogna …

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Make shorts from bed sheet scraps

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoOne of my favorite blogs is MADE. Dana makes beautiful and professional-looking clothes and other things. Her photographs are gorgeous and her tutorials and very detailed and easy to follow. I’ve already written about how to make your own leggings or …

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Add a name tag to a backpack (or other bag)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Yesterday my little 2 year, 8 month old boy had his first day of public nursery school. And two days before that, I suddenly remembered that he needed a little backpack for school. I didn’t want to buy another because …

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Super quick DIY zipper earrings + two freebies!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Last year, when my little girl was getting ready to start 1st grade, I realized that her pen/pencil/marker case from kindergarten just was too massacred to use again. I couldn’t throw it away, though, with those three cheerful bright red …

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Shorten those necklace chains!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano  Almost a year ago, I received these fantastic pendants as part of a wonderful swap. The chains I had to wear them on, though, were just too long. They’re nice sterling silver chains that I took from some horribly ugly …

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The Super Simple Dress-Skirt

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoI bought this cute dress used for €1 at my local market in April. I wasn’t able to try it on but I figured that if it didn’t fit, I could always use the fabric for something else. Well, come the …

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Clown overalls to clown pants

Leggi questo post in: Italiano A couple of years ago my daughter received these very cute Yo Soy Feliz pants/overalls. We called them “clown pants.” They were like pants with a long torso going all the way up to under the armpits. It stayed in …

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Welcome to cucicucicoo.com!

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoYes, you are in the right place! This is my new website and my old blogspot blog is now being redirected here. However I still have a lot of work to do with the layout, so just be patient and I …

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Simple rectangle vest

Leggi questo post in: Italiano Ok, raise your hand if you’re on Pinterest and haven’t yet seen this pin. [Silence.] I think everyone’s seen it. Last fall I gave this very simple vest made from a rectangle of cotton jersey with two slits for arms. …

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Cicciluzz’, Haircut, Birthday, Instagram

Leggi questo post in: Italiano We made a new friend on June 1st. We found him on the street near our home. Knowing it wouldn’t have survived long there, we picked it up and brought it home, asking my father-in-law for help, seeing as he’s …

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Mala and T-shirt Necklace

Leggi questo post in: Italiano   I’d had these wooden beads in a glass jar for nearly 10 years. I’d saved them from… are you ready?… a pair of flip-flops. Yes, that rubber part that keeps them on your feet? They were covered in these …

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Me-Made-May ’13: what I wore May 27 – 31

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoThe last week of my Me-Made-May ’13 challenge! I managed to wear, as I’d pledged,  at least one of my own handmade (whether from scratch or refashioning somehow) articles of clothing or accessories each day. I must say that I’m pretty …

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I’m on Mammabook

Leggi questo post in: Italiano   Have you seen Mammabook’s collection of guest posts this year? The theme is “Creative Recycling for Children” so you can immagine how many cool ideas there are and how happy I was to be able to participate as well! …

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Me-Made-May ’13: what I wore May 20 – 26

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoThe fourth week of my challenge! (Here are weeks number one, two and three.) The weather has gotten very chilly again and I had to take out some warmer clothing from the winter stuff I’d already packed away. May 20: Windy …

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High waters no more!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano    Sorry, Italians, but I just can’t translate this post. For those of you who don’t know the term, “highwaters” are pants/trousers that are too short. The idea is that, if you’re in high water, your pants won’t get wet …

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Skirt with double ruffle

Leggi questo post in: Italiano   You might remember this photo from the 9th day of my Me-Made-May ’13 challenge. I brought the kids to school in the morning wearing the skirt as it had been when my sister gave it to me a few …

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Me-Made-May ’13: what I wore May 13 – 19

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoAnd here’s the continuation of my Me-Made-May challenge. (And here are the first week and the second week.) This week was the first to present some difficulties, which I’ll write about below. May 13: A day spent at home doing housework …

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Tutorial: Turn a shirt into leggings

Leggi questo post in: Italiano   And here we have the third and last leggings tutorial! You’ll need a pattern (tutorial here) and a long-sleeved shirt in some sort of stretchy fabric and you’ll sew them in a similar way to how you sew leggings …

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Me-Made-May ’13: what I wore May 8 – 12

Leggi questo post in: ItalianoAnd here’s the continuation of my challenge to wear at least one garment and/or accessory that I’ve made/refashioned per day of May. (Click here to see the first week.) There are a few projects here which I haven’t been able to …

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How to sew leggings (Tutorial)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano   Last week I showed you how to draft a leggings pattern from a pair you already have. Now I’ll show you how to use that pattern to sew your fabulous leggings. As with the pattern, I’m making them for …

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Me-Made-May ’13: what I wore May 1-7

Leggi questo post in: Italianook, i didn’t have any issues this first week of my challenge to wear at least one garment/accessory made/refashioned by yours truly every day. my official photographer is my daughter, which explains both the viewpoint and quality of the photos, which …

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how to draft a leggings pattern (tutorial)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano   to start off me-made-may 2013 nicely, i’m preparing a series of three posts on how to sew comfy and versatile leggings perfectly your size at home. it’s really easy, so don’t get scared off by the many pictures here! …

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Me-Made-May 2013: my pledge

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i’m in! i’ve pledged in So, Zo…‘s challenge for the first time. it’s called Me-Made-May and it takes place each year. every participant pledges to wear homemade (sewn, refashioned, knitted, crocheted, etc.) clothing as often as possible throughout the month, …

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homemade upcycled peppa pig magnets

Leggi questo post in: Italiano my kids just love peppa pig. so they were pretty lucky to have gotten the joy of 3 peppa pig mega easter eggs this year. it seemed a shame to throw out the outer papers with their favorite characters (as …

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make new leggings out of old tights

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i’ve always liked thick, colorful tights. sure, lots of people have made fun of me over the years, but i feel very me dressed with colored legs. i love that my daughter also likes them and i’ve been very lucky …

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reposting my bottle-houses

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i had a nasty little surprise when i found out that one of my photos (which you can see here, among other places), taken from this post of mine, is getting passed around the internet without any reference whatsoever to …

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happy daddy’s day!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano considerably late, let me show you what my kids made for their daddy for father’s day this year (march 19). (this year i didn’t make him anything myself. last year i made him a sort of family portrait t-shirt and …

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plastic and chocolate eggs

Leggi questo post in: Italiano last year i showed you our traditional easter egg hunt. this year we did a similar one, but with the main difference that WE prepared the eggs, not me on my own, as has always happened until now, because my …

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garlic salt

Leggi questo post in: Italiano in the united states it’s pretty common to buy little jars of garlic salt like you buy other dried herbs. but they don’t even compare to the homemade garlic salt that my grandmother always made. it is a bit a …

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personalized pool accessories: the footmat

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i’ve already written about my first personalized pool accessory. now the second. most women in the locker room have a sort of synthetic mat they stand on as they get dried off and dressed. (edit: some readers asked me what …

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scarf shawl

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i fell in love when i saw this scarf cardigan. amazing!! and i also had a couple of pashmina-type scarves that i didn’t use anymore and wanted to use them to recreate it. except there’s no tutorial (i even wrote …

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accessori personalizzati in piscina: l’accappatoio – personalized pool accessories: the bathrobe

Leggi questo post in: Italianomy daughter and i have been going to the pool since october. this is what happened: she was afraid of the water and i was afraid that she’d never learn to swim enough to be safe near it. in order to …

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criss cross scarf

Leggi questo post in: Italiano a few years back i received this scarf from alessia as part of a swap. i really liked the color, the yarn and how it’s worked, but i couldn’t figure out how to wear it properly. perhaps it’s supposed to …

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a heart that has touched many

Leggi questo post in: Italiano it’s taking me a while to write the post. the subject has caused me many different emotions, all of which have been quite intense. when i started writing , i was very sad and angry, also for other personal things …

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how to dress a monkey

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i’m sure that all mothers who know how to sew get requests every so often for clothes and/or accessories for toys. at least that’s how it is for me. (some examples: dog bones and collars/leashes and mermaid costumes for dolls) …

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mini-beds

Leggi questo post in: Italiano it all started when i saw these little mice in little beds made from altoids mint tins (the type i used for my travel watercolors) on facebook. i immediately thought, “are you kidding me?! my little girl would go wild …

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DIY bath cuddles

Leggi questo post in: Italiano as always, this past year i tried to make as many christmas gifts as possible. i made these knitted necklaces for a few people and gave them along with bags of homemade bath products. first of all, i made these …

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mini-sweater-skirt

Leggi questo post in: Italiano this is a refashioning classic: transforming a sweater into a skirt and legwarmers. i started off with this sweater that i liked, but whose shape looked awful on me and also whose sleeves were too short. and the metallic threat …

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living in 5 with 5 euros per day

Leggi questo post in: Italiano no, i’m not talking about myself, but the book by stefania rossini, aka stefy of naturalmente stefy. i had the pleasure of meeting her virtually a couple of months ago and i was immediately drawn to her book, which is …

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powders in the kitchen

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i’ve kidnapped my father-in-law’s mini food processor and i’ve been using it a ton in the kitchen! let me start by telling you about something i’ve already been doing for a few years (learned from my father-in-law): powdered chili pepper. …

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portable pillow floor beds

Leggi questo post in: Italiano we have a bunch of pillows in our living room (including a couple of my 100% upcycled ones) and the kids often play with them. and they often put them on the floor to sit or lie down on. (ha! …

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non-leather biker

Leggi questo post in: Italiano today i’m mixing two types of bikers: making something that goes along with the image of a motorcycle biker (leather cuff) from a bicycle biker’s waste: inner tubes! a couple of years ago i made my husband a bag from …

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a bit o’ plastic

Leggi questo post in: Italiano today i have a couple of useful projects that require plastic objects that would normally get tossed in the plastic recycling bin (or even worse, in the trash!). let’s start with a well-washed plastic bottle (this one was a body …

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bard breeches

Leggi questo post in: Italiano a few months ago i saw this tutorial by my dear sheri on how to recuperate a child’s pants that fit in the waist but are too short and make these very stylish breeches! in the tutorial she uses, besides …

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Last minute befana solution

Leggi questo post in: Italiano in campania, the region of italy where we live, a witch called la befana comes the night before epiphany and leaves candy and gifts for kids. these days everyone just buys those prepackaged stockings in the supermarket. within our own …

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Wooly accessories from scraps

Leggi questo post in: Italiano remember those eco-sponges that i made from wool clothes that i’d inadvertently felted?  i wrote about how i’d done something with the remainders of those clothes, but then three months went by without my writing the post. but, you know …

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Jeans + red wine

Leggi questo post in: Italiano happy 2013! i decided to start off the new year with one of my favorite recente projects. flying back from boston last summer, my little charmer sent my dinner tray, complete with red wine, flying in the air (and all …

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advent calendar countdown: dec 20 -24

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i already wrote last time that it’s been exhausting doing some sort of interesting activity every day with my daughter, take pictures and blog it. so these last few days were considerably more lazy! except december 20th, when my little …

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advent calendar countdown: december 17-19 (play!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i’ll admit it… it’s really tiring doing a new activity every day (and blogging them all). even my little girl sometimes would rather just play on her own or watch tv instead of putting in the energy after school and …

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advent calendar countdown: dec 11, 13, 14 (be artists!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano my daughter loves being an artist, so we frequently do projects to stimulate her artistic creativity. her advent calendar activity on december 11th was to make little books out of a single sheet of white paper. it’s really easy to …

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advent calendar countdown: dec 6, 15, 16 (eat it again!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano bet that caught your attention, huh? this is the dessert that we were going to do december 6th for the advent calendar, but we weren’t able to do it. you can find the recipe here. below is before i let …

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advent calendar countdown: dec. 9 – 10 (decorate it!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i’m not crazy about christmas decorations, but in our home there are four types of them, two of which you’ve already seen (the advent calendar and the christmas tree). my daughter loves putting these decorations up, so all four became …

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advent calendar countdown: december 12 (tree it!)

Leggi questo post in: Italianobefore starting: i am still speechless over what happened yesterday in Newtown. it brought tears to my eyes and a great pain to my heart. if you are concerned about just how easy it is to obtain a gun, consider signing …

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snowflake skirt

Leggi questo post in: Italiano yes, i’m taking a little break from the advent calendar countdown. i can’t post every day and then i was also having internet problems. so today i’ll show you a very, very easy refashioning project… the snowflake skirt. i found …

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advent calendar countdown: december 6 – 8 (eat it!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i proposed yummy activities for these three days of activities. on december 6, i proposed making these chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow cookies that you don’t bake. except it was a pretty busy day and in the end we didn’t …

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advent countdown: december 4-5 (lamination!)

Leggi questo post in: Italiano …??? this is what my daughter found in her advent calendar yesterday morning. do you have any idea what it means? you’ll have to keep on reading to find out. but first, i have something to tell you: my sister …

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advent countdown: december 1-3

Leggi questo post in: Italiano and here we are with the countdown! if you follow me on facebook, you might have already seen the first days of my advent calendar countdown with activities to do with kids. unfortunately i just can’t manage to post here …

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confessions of a refashionista + t(ie)-shirt cardigan

Leggi questo post in: Italiano  alternate title: “good things come to those who wait.” that’s how it went with the book “confessions of a refashionista: life on the zig zag.” i’d wanted to read it since discovering sheri from awesomesauce & asshattery, but she was …

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advent calendar countdown!

Leggi questo post in: Italiano and here we are again, nearly the beginning of december, otherwise known as 24 days of trying to think of something nifty to put inside the advent calendar every day! a lot of bloggers talk about this and wonder what …

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“new” crayons from old ones

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i’d seen the idea of recuperating all those little broken pieces of crayons, melting them in molds, making new crayons with all different colors in them. what fun! then i found another version of this project, but putting the molds …

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grilled veggies

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i have a new obsession in the kitchen: grilled veggies. we’ve had an electric grill (similar to this one) for years, but after a few ill-fated attempts to use it with meat and fish, we let it collect dust. then …

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Ecological Creativity from Elisa Nicoli

Leggi questo post in: Italianowhen elisa nicoli let me know that one of her books could be of interest to me, i immediately went looking for it and found that there are also two other of her books (published by altreconomia) that also look very …

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shoebox housing

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i just love cardboard, and even more cardboard boxes. (here are some ideas to use them) but shoeboxes aren’t so bad, either! (and can you by any chance tell that we like superga shoes?) how did i use them this …

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Anti-Ikea

Leggi questo post in: Italiano ok, so i’m not really against ikea, but sometimes i just can’t stand buying something, no matter how inexpensive it may be, if i can make it myself (like my cat neck pillow). it happened one day about a year …

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Eco Sponges

Leggi questo post in: Italiano i consider myself a pretty ecological person that uses pretty much everything re-usable instead of disposable as possible. but every so often i find some new idea. that’s how it was when i read about sibia’s recycled sponges. she made …

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Ruffly Petticoat from T-Shirts

Leggi questo post in: Italiano premise: i have never been a “ruffle” person in my life. NEVER!! my mother and sister were both pretty surprised when i told them that  i was working on a project made entirely of ruffles. but this is what happens: …

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