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… Continue reading Snuggly Owl Pillow Sewing Pattern and 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… Continue reading Super Sweet Mama and Baby Sloth Hand Sewing Video Tutorial
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… Continue reading Hand sewing Tutorial for Beginners: Make Tropical Pineapple and Flamingo Stuffies
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,… Continue reading Felt Donut (or Doughnut!) Stuffie: Hand Sewing for Beginners!
https://youtu.be/Yit_9wuxETU 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… Continue reading Felt Cactus Stuffie: Hand sewing for Beginners
Ahh, the Holidays. Who doesn't love the faux snow covered window displays at retail outlets and the 20 song Holiday themed playlist the radio stations tune in this time of year? Doesn't the idea of peppermint everything really get you excited about spending time with extended family and having to buy a gift for your… Continue reading Christmas Sewing Gift Guide for Kids!
Earlier this month, Brigitte and I published an introductory video to the how's and why's of rotary cutters! If you don't use this fabulous (but slightly dangerous) tool already in your sewing practice... prepare for your mind to be blown! Make sure to like, leave a comment and subscribe to our channel for more educational… Continue reading A Sharp Look at Rotary Cutters (on the Notch & Swatch YT Channel)
What's the most popular project at my sewing studio the past year? Scrunchies! Learn how to make your own scrunchie in this easy to follow video tutorial! And make sure while you're over on Youtube that you like, subscribe and comment on our videos so we can reach more budding sewists!
Today I want to introduce you to the absolutely amazing, life affirming and whimsical world of photographer Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Style Blog. If you haven't heard of Advanced Style, it is a fashion and street style blog focused on men and women of a certain age, if you will. Ari was inspired by his… Continue reading Advanced Style Inspiration
It's a long time coming- OK, maybe more like 8 months or so- but the Notch & Swatch Youtube Channel is finally live! Last Fall the Universe dropped the beautiful soul that is Brigitte Byrne on my Studio's door step and we became instant friends. Sewing does that to people, ya know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63-C7PLF5XA&t=153s After we… Continue reading The Notch & Swatch Youtube Channel is here!