SEPTEMBER: National Sewing Month

National Sewing Month is the recognition of a creative form of self-expression that we celebrate in September, but enjoy all year. The month-long Open House of retailers, bloggers, online stores, schools, organizations, individuals and more is a great time to renew interest, share ideas, be inspired, expand your knowledge and express your creativity. Happy sewing!

Felted Stuffed Animals

These petite stuffed animals — a Fair Isle lamb, a cable-knit chicken, and an argyle pig — are so cuddly and simple to make, you’ll want a menagerie. The toys, which range in height from 5 to 8 inches, are each assembled from a few basic felt pieces and plumped up with batting.

Scarf Face Mask

This 2-3 layer face mask with an optional filter pocket is intended to prevent or slow community transmission and fulfill public mask-wearing requirements. Learn more about face masks in DIY Face Mask Guide.

Scrappy Adjustable Summer Drink Wrap 

If you’ve never used them before they are a fantastic way to keep your drink cold on a hot day while keeping your hand from freezing all at the same time. And a fabulous way to use up a pile of fabric scraps that you can’t bear to part with! Click here.

Fabric Pumpkins from a Halloween Bandana

This upcycling idea for Halloween decor is coming just in time! The bandana fabric is just divine, and you can get at least two fabric pumpkins out of each one. That makes this a really affordable Halloween craft project, as well.

Sashiko Bookmark

This bookmark is made with sashiko, a Japanese embroidery technique that uses the running stitch to create geometric patterns. Once used for repairs and reinforcements, sashiko originated as a practical method for mending clothes.

Knotted Seat Cushions

If you have the itch to stitch, but not from scratch, take this artisanal shortcut. Start with basic tufted cushions, and give them a bohemian upgrade with fluffy accents that mimic the look of quilt knots (the hand-tied bows that make our baby blanket so precious). See the instructions here.

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This post was written by Rumana Jabeen

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