Ah, the wonders of bias tape! Perfectly coordinated clean edges flowing smoothly around curves and adding that perfect finished touch. What is it that makes bias tape such an ideal alternative to a turned hem, and how can you make your own so that it is truly a perfect pairing with your project? Read on, my sewing friend, because homemade bias tape may just become one of your new favorite things!
With all the pattern updates I have done so far over the last year, this is one that I have been most anticipating. Originally released in the fall of 2015 and called Alexander Casey, this pattern is re-releasing today with the new name, Malpeque Bay. This update includes completely re-drafted pattern pieces for a slimmer fitting leg, more tailored fit, and a new pocket and shorts length.
One of the things I enjoy about designing is the ability to take inspiration from something you see and figure out a way to use it for your own vision of a pattern. I was recently inspired to use color-blocking and buttons to create a new Muskoka tunic. I wanted to give you a closer look and share some tips on how you might do something similar.
The first pattern update of 2019 has been released, and it's with perfect timing for those of us in the North who were hit over the weekend by a snowy winter storm. Designed specifically for fleece, this pattern is another cozy addition for your Pollywoggles Collection!
Sometimes a quick craft is just the thing to get you in a festive mood. I wanted to add something new to our Christmas tree this year, and stumbled across a few different ideas for using cinnamon sticks (of which I have a lot) to make Christmas ornaments. While my first few attempts resulted in utter failure (apparently I am not particularly good at cutting cinnamon sticks without breaking them... nor at making a star that looks star-shaped), I finally found a triangle ornament by Tag & Tibby that I thought was simple and charming.
As soon as I glued my first cinnamon sticks into the triangle shape... my eye fell onto the remnants of my failed attempts to cut cinnamon sticks into tiers, and INSPIRATION struck! All my triangle needed was a "trunk", and it was a perfect Christmas tree.
Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the digital world. When I'm not designing (or, more likely, attempting to keep up with housework or schooling my three rug rats!) you'll probably find me with my nose in a book, escaping for a few precious moments into a world of fiction or learning with single-minded focus about my latest interest. Here, I'd like to share with you some of the things that I'm currently working on and a bit about all the ways I like to keep my creative juices flowing!
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