Making a Waist Pouch from a Pocket

Making a waist pouch from a pocket - upcycling DIY project

This is a tutorial on how to make a waist pouch from a pocket. The finished waist pouch is a practical and fun accessory.  You can use it to carry around small essentials, such as keys, coins and cell phones. This project is also a great way to upcycle an old pair of pants. They […]

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Repairing Leather Straps

Repairing Leather Bag Straps

Even the highest quality bags experience wear and tear with use.  But some are so well made and loved that they are worth mending many times over.  In this post, I want to share how I repaired the leather straps of one of my favorite backpacks. If your bag or backpack has a leather strap […]

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New Arrival: A Little Felt Spider

Little Felt Spider - Muumade's sewing pattern & tutorial

The Little Felt Spider just joined the Muumade clan!  Its sewing pattern & tutorial is now available from my online shop, Muumade.etsy.com. Please also visit my blog page for more hauntingly cute images of the Little Felt Spider, as well as some curiosities about these creepy and yet beautiful crawlers. There is still time for […]

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How to Cut Out Detailed Designs from Felt

Cutting out detailed designs from felt - Grease Pink Ladies

  Cutting out detailed designs from felt is not easy.  But with a few simple tricks, this daunting task becomes quite doable. I made the Grease-inspired Pink Ladies applique shown above by cutting out the black letters from felt. These instructions describe the process I used, and the same tricks can be used to cut […]

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Fixing a Cardigan with Rips around Snap Fasteners

Fixing a Cardigan with Rips around Snap Fasteners

  Repairing a cardigan or any knitwear with rips around snap fasteners may seem daunting, but here is an easy solution to this problem – remove the snaps! Snap fasteners (sometimes also called press studs) are convenient interlocking disks that snap together.  But because they pull the fabric or knitwear around them whenever they are […]

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Flat Needle Felting

Flat needle felting - needle felted white flower on pale orange felt

  Flat needle felting is a very easy way to create 2D designs on textiles. My daughter created the above flower design on wool felt, and then framed it with an old embroidery hoop! Above is a wool sweater that I shrank (by mistake!).  But, since it fit my daughter in its new size, we […]

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