Summer Beach Tote: Free Pattern

Get ready for a day at the beach! This roomy and sturdy tote bag, complete with large rope handles, is a modern take on nautical accessories. Just grab and go with this perfect carryall you can fill with snacks, sunscreen, and beach towels for a relaxing getaway with family or friends. Beginning sewists need not […]

Tips And Tricks For Keeping Your Craft Business Alive During Tough Times

There’s no doubt that the last 18 months have been a challenge for business. First we had supply chain issues in the Far East. And then since March 2020, we’ve had rolling lockdowns and restrictions on business. Keeping any outfit running under conditions like these is difficult. But for crafters like us, it’s been just […]

4 Creative Ways To Stay Productive Working From Home

Although working from home is enjoyable, it is always challenging to stay on top of your game. As a creative business owner and freelance writer for over a decade, I can attest to this! Due to the various distractions at your disposal (children, refrigerator, your spouse, the mailman, television), you can often fall behind schedule […]

5 Ways to Protect Your Handmade Craft Business

If you’ve got a talent for arts and crafts and would like to make money from it, starting a handmade business is a great idea. Selling your own products is incredibly rewarding. Your designs are unique and precious, however. It’s important to protect your handmade craft business from copyright infringement, theft, or fraud. Many people […]

Tips for Working as Your Own Boss as a Creative Entrepreneur

Being your own boss has its perks and it’s something that in an ideal world, everyone dreams of doing. However, the reality isn’t as perfect as one would hope. Being your own boss (especially in the creative industry!) takes a certain type of person and it also means that you have a lot of responsibility […]

Heart Quilt: An Epilepsy Story

My latest quilt finish comes with a story that I’ve been nervous to tell. But with vulnerability comes community, so here goes… A couple months after sending our little guy off to kindergarten, my husband and I knew that something was wrong. We’d noticed it off and on for the greater part of 2019, but […]

How To Encourage Your Kids To Try More Creative Crafts

When kids are super young, they have all kinds of hobbies. They see something they like and immediately, impulsively rush to it. It’s at this stage that their brains are developing and they begin to understand the kinds of things they like. They’ll by no means pursue passions, but their minds will learn what makes […]

3 Common Craft Injuries To Avoid

If you run your own DIY or craft business, you will know that injuries while working can be a nightmare to deal with. Not only can they be painful, but they can also force you to take time off work, putting your whole operation out of whack. Most small business owners operate with a small […]

My Latest Winter Woods Quilt Finish!

We’ve just turned back our clocks for Daylight Savings Time, but I already have Christmas on the brain . . . This finished quilt was made with my new Winter Woods quilt pattern! If you’d like to purchase the pattern, use the discount code WINTERWOODS at checkout for 20% off all PDF patterns in my […]

Elegant DIY Gift Bags with kraft-tex

Who is ready for gift giving? This month, I’m sharing a tutorial for how to sew this elegant gift bag from kraft-tex! This heavyweight present bag can be used over and over again. It would even make a nice mini tote. The snowflake applique makes it a great holiday tote, but you can customize it […]