New! Beginning Sewing Program for Kids

I’m very excited to announce my Beginning Sewing Program is now available for purchase in a 13-class format. It’s back from the printer and shipping! It’s basically a sewing program in a box (just add students!)–taking all the planning and work out of teaching kids sewing classes. With the DIY movement in full force, there […]

Best Sewing Products Ever

Sewers and Quilters love tools and gadgets, especially when it makes sewing easier, faster, and lessens frustration. Sometimes I become aware of a tool and think, “I wish I had this a long time ago!” It’s hard to know about all the great tools and gadgets, resources and books, that are out there unless someone […]

Felt Animals for Kids to Sew

I designed these felt animals for my hand sewing class and the pdf sewing patterns are available in my Avery Lane Etsy shop and Craftsy shop. We had a full house and all the kids loved sewing their animals! The kids were as young as 6 and as old as 11, with some in between […]

New! Hand Sewing Projects

It’s time for handmade gifts. I love working with soft wool felt and hand sewing. I’ve been preparing for a class I’m teaching to young children. Felt stuffies 🙂 I love how the sketches turned into really cute animals. Here are 2 finished projects. A cute little turtle… An owl I’m not quite finished with […]

Kids Sewing for American Girl Dolls

The summer just seems to be cruising along. Last week’s winning entry was Ingrid…she sent in a photo of her doll’s Simple Top she sewed using her copy of Sew in Style. Congratulations, Ingrid! Your doll’s top looks awesome. Ingrid also made the skirt–super cute!! Though things were slow last week with just the one […]

Sew in Style Sew n Share – for Kids + Prizes

Welcome to the 3rd annual Summer Sew in Style Sew n Share event…going on throughout July. Kids sew, share their project with me, and get entered into a weekly prize drawing. Prize packages will be free fabric and free trims, like this one.Get sewing and share your projects, cause I have lots of free fabric […]

Youth Quilt Guild Sews some Hearts

As usually, it’s pretty busy around here. Sewing classes and the Youth Quilt Guild have been stitching away! At the February meeting, the kids made heart blocks! I donated fabric for the blocks that I had received from EE Schenck Company. The Maywood Studio fabrics were perfect for the hearts and kids really loved them. […]

Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

We had such a fun meeting yesterday with my Youth Quilt Guild: the Willamette Piece Makers! We had a great “field trip” within the quilt shop -searching for quilt blocks that we have made so far. We talked more about finding the quilt block within the quilt, the value of color and how contrast can […]

More from the Youth Quilt Guild

We held our November meeting last week and it went really well. We voted on a name. We saw some kid-made projects. We talked about the Value of fabric (not how much it costs).  We made quilt blocks. We had a lot of fun. I wish I had taken more pictures and remembered to take […]

Youth Quilt Guild

We had our first youth quilt guild meeting last week and a great time was had by all! It was a great turnout -14 kids! It was a little touch and go as I talked through the “business” portion–they seriously looked panicked, as if they were thinking to themselves, “Oh, no. Is this going to […]

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