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DIY Baby Triangle Quilts

baby girl triangle quilt

We’re getting really close to little miss Saar making her appearance. She’s been showing signs of being done cooking and my hubby will arrive tomorrow, so hopefully, I’ll have something extra special to share next week.

I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks immersed in sewing and knitting baby blankets including 2 quilts, a double flannel swaddle blanket, a knitted blanket and a warm car seat blanket I whipped up today from the material I’d left over from previous projects.

This baby is all set with blankets, I’d say!

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This is the quilt I made for our baby girl. I used the free pattern by See Kate Sew, but did the sandwitching a bit differently. I’m not sure if I calculated the measurements of the triangle wrong or what it was, but the proportions on the quilt were a little off for me, so I decided to add a little border to the narrow side of the blanket to even it out.

Basically, what I did was to cut the backing a bit wider than the front (about 10cm for the blue quilt and 15cm for the orange quilt) and then connected the backing to the front, creating a tube. Then I inserted the batting inside the tube, made sure that the quilt part of the front was centred, and finally closed off the short sides with bias binding.

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I actually made 2 quilts while I was at it. A friend of my brother’s was also having their first baby  and so I made a boy’s quilt as well for my brother to give to his friend’s baby.

I love both of these quilts! I used all vintage fabrics, so I didn’t buy any new fabric for these projects. And that’s an aspect I really love about them. I always get a thrill out of using up old fabrics instead of buying new. #stashbusting

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baby boy triangle quilt

I love the colour combination on this blanket. I’m using the word “love” a lot in this post, but I truly LOVE how these quilts turned out! In fact, I even toyed with the idea of making a couple quilts for sale, but I was way too pregnant to go through with that plan. But, if anyone is interested in buying a quilt’s worth of vintage fabrics, let me know. Maybe I’ll put together a few options from my stash.

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Hopefully, I can share the other blankets with a baby on them. Wish me luck!

xo. Hanna

Mother’s Day Sale!!

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We’re celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend and this year, I’m almost a Mom myself on that day. We have less than 2 weeks left, so you bet I’m getting really anxious to meet little miss.

I wanted to give all Moms and future Moms a little treat for Mother’s Day, so I’m having a big SALE on all my sewing courses this weekend.

You can get 30% off on any and all sewing courses with the coupon code “MOMSALE” (just enter at checkout to get the discount!)

If you’ve wanted to start sewing your own clothes, why not start now? These courses are the perfect introduction with video tutorials, checklists and troubleshooting guides to help you through the process. Honestly, it’s not as hard as you think.

Plus, the course projects are a perfect addition to a summer wardrobe, so this really is the best time to get going.

Sending you lots of love for Mother’s Day and I hope to see you inside the courses ;)!

xo. Hanna

DIY Maternity Tank Top (from any tank top pattern)

How to draft a maternity tank top form any tank top pattern

Hey lovelies! Didn’t think you’d see me again so soon, did you? Haha! In all seriousness, though, this is a post I planned on posting in December (!), but alas, here we are, at the end of April, and I’m slowly getting back into the game of posting here.

I made a grand total of 2 maternity sewing projects for myself. I know, it’s shocking even for me. When I once imagined being pregnant, I had these visions of having a handmade pregnancy wardrobe and what not. But, when the time came, I had a hard time investing time and fabric into something I would only get to wear for a couple of months. So, I resorted to mostly clothes I already had, could borrow from friends or thrifted.

diy maternity tank top

Pretty early on in the pregnancy I realised how important it was to have a set of comfy tank tops. They’re perfect for loungewear and layering, so I knew I had to make a couple maternity-friendly tanks.

The process of turning a regular stretchy tank top pattern into a maternity one that I share in this post is something you can replicate with any tank top pattern you might have. And if you don’t have any, here are a few options: Zoe has a free camisole pattern, or you could try this or this pattern. I used one from an old Burda magazine that I’ve used countless times before.

You can also adjust this process to any other knit top pattern whether it’s a snug t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt.

Step 1

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First, lay your front pattern piece on a new sheet of paper. I used this parchment paper that I got from a lovely reader (thank you, Geli!).

Step 2

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Basically, what we’re going to do is add 5cm to the height of the pattern piece.

To do that, make 2 marks on the original pattern piece every 10cm from the armpit down. Then, trace the upper part of the pattern piece onto the parchment paper up to the first 10cm mark.

After that, remove the original pattern piece and measure about 15cm down from the 10cm mark (I measure 18cm down, but that was a bit too much) on the parchment (new) pattern and make a mark there.

Then, place the original pattern piece onto the parchment again, so that the 2nd mark on the original pattern piece aligns with the 15cm mark on the parchment. Makes sense? And trace the lower part of the original pattern piece.

Step 3

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I used my french curve ruler to curve the hem of the new pattern piece slightly more than the original hem. All for better belly coverage.

Step 4

finished maternity tank top pattern

Finally, connect the 2 marks on the new pattern piece. Now you have a new front pattern piece.

All you need to do in the sewing process, is to gather the middle part of the new pattern piece that is now 15cm wide into 10cm (like it was) before you sew together the side seams.

I hope this makes sense to you. I really need to write these tutorials right after making the item, so I can better remember the whole process.

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The one thing I’d do differently would be to go a size up with the pattern. I used a size 34 as my base, but I should have gone with 36. Fortunately, both fabrics I used (I made one in black as well) had a good amount of stretch in it, so they both still fit me now that I’m 36 weeks along.

DIY maternity tank top pattern

This is definitely one of the maternity sewing projects that is worth investing your time in. I’ve worn these almost every day for the past 4 months, and I’ve missed them a lot when they were both in the wash.

What did you sew during pregnancy and do you think it was worth it in hindsight?

xo. Hanna

The Start Sewing Club is Back! (with an awesome discount)

I have exciting news for you today, sewing buddies! I’m bringing back the Start Sewing Club. Some of you might remember the awesome live sewing courses we had in the spring. Well, all the original courses are now available as separate courses, and an awesome all-inclusive bundle with all the courses packed into one as well.

But, that’s not all the excitement.

I’m offering all the courses at 30% off from today through Monday (12/30/15) with the code “SEWCRAZY”!

This is the only opportunity to get these courses at such a low price. They are packed with useful information, video lessons, and worksheets!

I first created the sewing courses specifically with beginner seamstresses in mind. I’d constantly hear from readers who wanted to start sewing that they were confused by patterns, and overwhelmed by all the techniques. Not to mention the fear of not fitting into what they sewed.

These courses are designed to keep it simple, and give you an enjoyable experience while you sew your first self-stitched garments. There are no patterns to follow and no zippers to attach! No fuzz, ladies, just pure sewing fun!

That being said, there were some intermediate sewers among the firs clubbers and they enjoyed the course just as much as the beginners. There’s something for everyone to learn!

I had a group of amazing students in the spring and saw them finish beautiful garments. I’d love for you to join us!

Did I mention that the courses are self-paced and come with life-time access as well as continuous support from you loving and patient instructor? (that’s moi, by the way)

If you’ve been thinking about (finally) learning how to sew, or you’d like to just learn how to draft your own simple patterns, treat yourself to a course this holidays season. Better yet, get one for yourself and one for a friend, because really, sewing is so much more fun when done together.

Click here to shop courses! (and don’t forget to enter “SEWCRAZY” at checkout!!)

If you’re still on the fence about getting one of the courses, let me know what’s holding you back in the comments! I’d love to help you off the fence (doesn’t matter on which side you land).

Last, but not least, I’d like to thank you all for still sticking around, and for being the most awesome blog readers a gal could wish for. Hugs all around!

xo. Hanna


Simple Sewing Project // DIY Sewn Scarf

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Sometimes, the hardest part about sewing, is starting. And, I don’t mean learning the basics of sewing, although that’s mostly also about just starting. What I mean is the times when you procrastinate about sewing – you browse through patterns to select your next make, then you diligently pick out the fabric for it, and then… You stop.

I don’t know about you, but tracing patterns and cutting out pattern pieces is the worst part about sewing for me, and unluckily, this is what needs to be done first. I guess that’s why I love refashioning so much. I can just skip the cutting and pattern part.

Lately, I’ve felt sort of stuck with my sewing projects. I have huge dreams and goals, and new fabrics all lined up, but I somehow just can’t bring myself to start something. So, I decided to pick out a started project. Something that would be super easy and quick to make, and wouldn’t need a pattern. Tadaa! A simple scarf was made.

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I used a lightweight cotton fabric I picked up at the fabric market in the spring. My piece was about 1.5mx1.5m, and it’s the perfect size for me.

All I did with it was to straighten the raw edges and the hemmed them. I was done in 20 minutes, but I still got to sit down at my sewing station and make something. I needed that. If you do, too, I highly recommend giving this super simple project a try.

diy sewn scarf

I might take on another quilt next. I sewed two toddler quilts for new family members in the summer, and I really loved the simple straight lines and mindless sewing in involved. Or maybe I’ll whip up a few t-shirts from my tried and true pattern.

What’s on your sewing table?


I’m Sew Crazy DIY Slogan T-shirt

i'm sew crazy t-shirt

I don’t know about you, but this T-shirt was long overdue in my closet. I mean, it says “I’m sew crazy”! Need I go on? I think not. It’s me in a nutshell (with both possible interpretations being true). The project really started with a plain old black T-shirt I had and thought I’d get more wear out of if it wasn’t so boring. Plus, I picked up some silver fabric paint on my last trip to the craft store, and I really wanted to try it out.

Love it, by the way! Fabric paint wins all the craft supply awards in my mind, because it’s so easy to use, and perfect for quick makeover projects.


  • Plain T-shirt
  • Fabric paint (I use Dylon)
  • small paint brush
  • cardboard, or a plastic bag
  • ruler and tailor’s chalk
  • baking paper
  • iron


It’s a very straight forward and easy process. Start with a clean shirt. First, place a layer of cardboard or a plastic bag inside the t-shirt. Then, mark the section you want the text to be in with tailor’s chalk and a ruler.

Before starting to paint the text on the T-shirt, I suggest making a couple of drafts on paper, so you get the feel for the lettering and the size of the text. Once you’re happy with your lettering, start painting it on your T-shirt. It’s daunting at first, but remember, you can still wash off the paint when you haven’t ironed over it.

When you’re done with the text, let it all dry and then iron over it for a few minutes through a sheet of baking paper.

Wear with pride! (I know I am)

I’m loving this new addition to my fall capsule wardrobe, and it’s already in heavy rotation. Sometimes, all an old T-shirt needs is some personality!

For more ideas for using fabric paint in your refashions, check out this crop top project, this paint splatter T-shirt, this tribal-inspired jacket, and this dotty clutch. (This list makes me wonder why no-one at Dylon has contacted me about a collaboration yet. LOL)

Happy crafting!

xo. Hanna

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