Author Archives: oldspoolsewing

A Scrappy Holiday Light Garland/Necklace (Tutorial & Free Sewing Pattern)

In the endless journey that is using the massive amounts of scraps generated by our daily sewing classes here at the studio, we’re always trying to come up with little projects that are simple to make, quick to finish and fun for our students! Patrick was getting in the holiday spirit this past week and […]

How to Buy a Sewing Machine for a Beginner (focused on kids, but works for adults too!)

Ahh, the Holidays.  The air gets crisp, the Halloween decor gets tucked away again (“how did I fit this &*%#@ skeleton in this box last year?!”) and a certain Mariah Carey song begins it’s endless repeat cycle for the next 1.5 months. Everyone casually forgets about Thanksgiving until we have to figure out how big […]

Free Halloween Pattern: Rest in Peas Baby Bib

Halloween is the holiday that is probably the most full of possibilities when it comes to creative sewing projects. When I was a kiddo and beginning to have some interest in learning to sew it was because I watched my mom get absolutely sucked into creatively solving how to make a headless ghoul costume for […]

Narwhal Softie: Hand Sewing for Beginners

I’m so excited to participate in this year’s Sew A Softie Blog Hop! Trixie is the Australian based sewing instructor and blogger who created the Sew a Softie virtual event back in 2015, when it was just a day to celebrate fun, beginner friendly hand sewing projects to entice kids and adults to get sewing. […]

Snuggly Owl Pillow Sewing Pattern and Video Tutorial

Kids love animals. It’s a simple fact! So, naturally, kids love animal themed sewing projects. Enter this super sweet owl pillow! I can’t take credit for this idea, it’s one I’ve seen in many different incarnations on Pinterest, but here’s my simple take and video tutorial for new sewists to follow along and make their […]

Super Sweet Mama and Baby Sloth Hand Sewing Video Tutorial

I love craft and sewing books, my overflowing library at the studio is obvious proof of that! Just before Christmas a fellow sewing studio owner out in Brooklyn, Alexa Ward of Brooklyn Sewcial, had her first book published called “Sewing for Kids” with 30 different machine and hand sewing projects focused on teaching the absolute […]

Hand sewing Tutorial for Beginners: Make Tropical Pineapple and Flamingo Stuffies

This week on Old Spool’s Youtube Channel is another beginner friendly hand sewing tutorial to make some cute flamingo and pineapple felt stuffies. This project is a bit more advanced that my other hand sewing tutorials because of the shapes we’re sewing, but in the end, we’re doing the same simple combination of a whipstitch […]

Felt Donut (or Doughnut!) Stuffie: Hand Sewing for Beginners!

This week I’ve got another new hand sewing project for beginners…. and it’s quite tasty! We’re making donuts! Or is it doughnuts? I don’t really know! But I do know that I made a video tutorial for the whole process, over on my YouTube. Be sure to like the video and subscribe while you’re there, […]

Felt Cactus Stuffie: Hand sewing for Beginners

Learn how to hand sew your very own felt cactus stuffie using Old Spool’s pattern and my helpful Youtube tutorial! Make sure to like the video and subscribe to my channel while you’re there- and let me know in the comments if there are any projects you’d like to see! The materials you’ll need for […]

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