https://youtu.be/Yit_9wuxETU Cactus-Hand-Sewing-PatternDownload Learn how to hand sew your very own felt cactus stuffie using Old Spool's pattern and my helpful Youtube tutorial! The materials you'll need for this project are: -Wool or Wool Blend Felt (better for the environment than plastic/polyester felt!) -A hand sewing needle -Thread or embroidery floss -Scissors -Pins or safety pins… Continue reading Felt Cactus Stuffie: Handsewing 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!
A few weeks ago I was scrolling through the 'gram and saw that a Hilarie Dayton of Little Stitch Studio in Norfolk VA had a sewing book published and I was totally overcome with excitement for her! I've always been a fan of creative books, my shelves have been lined with sewing and craft books… Continue reading Sew Bags by Hilarie Dayton Project & Book Review
After our first sold out adult craft workshop back in November, I invited my friend Jacki of the local handmade brand Tripsy Shop back to teach another dreamcatcher workshop! This past weekend we hosted a Valentines themed Sunday Brunch, complete with mimosas, home baked treats (all by Jacki, I'm far too busy these days too… Continue reading Galentines Dreamcatcher Workshop Recap
Just earlier today, I was listening to a new favorite podcast "Wardrobe Crisis with Clare Press" which is all about sustainability in the fashion industry and other intersecting industries and movements. If you haven't heard of it, it's amaze-balls. Clare Press is the Australian Vogue Sustainability Editor -at-large (and is a reformed shopaholic, which makes… Continue reading A Heartwarming and Simple Sweater Upcycle
I love fabric shopping. Wait, let me rephrase that: I love fabric petting. Why petting? Well, without getting preachy about it ( there’s a time and place for that, Jul, and now is not the time. Save it for a preachy blog post) I’m not too big into mindless consumerism and shopping as a pastime… Continue reading Online fabric stores when you’re in need of a fabric-fix