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‘Sew Place Like Home’ Gift Idea for Sewists

Are you looking for a gift for your best sewing friend? Something to warm her heart this holiday season?

I’m excited to share with you a brand new book filled with sewing-related stories, essays, tutorials, recipes and more! The e-book can be downloaded instantly to your Kindle, or a free Kindle reading app on your smartphone or computer.

Sew Place Like Home

Sew Place Like Home: A Collection of Essays and Projects for People Who Love to Sew is edited by my sewing friends Jessica Abbott and Melissa Mora, and includes contributions from Stacey Byrne, Elizabeth Evans and Liz Evans, Shannon Clarke, Deborah Moebes, Jenny Rushmore and me!

To give you a little taste of what’s inside, I’m sharing a free excerpt of one of my favorite essays from the book. As I grow into motherhood myself, I am drawn to Jess’s story about sewing for her daughter:

Sew Place Like Home eBook

Excerpt from “She’ll Thank Me For This Someday,” by Jessica Abbott

It’s 1a.m., and here I sit. In front of my sewing machine, trying to desperately finish up the dress needed for tomorrow’s big school recital. The quiet whir of the machine, the feel of the satin as it slips through my fingers, a silent house, it almost has a dream like quality as my eyes start to blur from sleepiness. I stopped saying ‘5 more minutes’ hours ago.

You see, the thing is, the dress is not desperately needed. Truth be told, I could have easily gone to our local department store and picked up something similar for under $30. It would have saved me hours of time, and probably sanity.

But I am a seamstress. Do I really need to say any more than that?

My love for sewing is in my bones. And the thought of my daughter up on that stage in anything other than a handmade dress keeps me up at night…sewing.

Tomorrow morning I might wake up bleary eyed, regretting my life decisions as I reach for my third cup of coffee. But for now, all I can think of is the joy I will feel as I watch my daughter up on that stage. Walking down the center aisle, knowing that she draped in love.


Sew Place Like Home Kindle

I can’t wait for you to read the rest of her story, and the other wonderful pieces in the Sew Place Like Home e-book! I’ve downloaded it to a Kindle app on my phone for late-night reading.

There is so much to be thankful for in this life, and I’m very proud to be this book because it shares some of life’s simply beautiful moments. Sewists will appreciate it the most, but it’s also great for those who love to bake, craft or create in their own ways. In addition to the essays, there are several holiday gift tutorials and recipes that are perfect for giving! I can’t wait to try the Quilt-As-You-Go Pot Holder project and the Spiced Hot Chocolate recipe mix.

Get the book

Disclaimer: Affiliate ads are included in this post, but all opinions are my own. Happy reading!

Nix Bath Toy Clutter with DIY Shower Pockets

I was invited to create a Crafted Experience to make my bathroom a more clean, inviting space! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CraftedExperience #CollectiveBias

Sew DIY Shower Curtain Pockets - Craft Buds

Are you tired of tub toys taking over your bathroom? My son loves to play with all of the trains and all of his bath books at the end of the day. But trying to clean up a sudsy tub full of toys after each bath was not very fun.

Bathroom Curtain

I like to keep my bathroom kind of tranquil and clutter-free! We keep extra rolls of toilet paper in my favorite basket so company doesn’t have to go searching. Other than that, we like to keep the counter surfaces clean. Ideally, I wanted to keep all of the kiddie toys inside that pretty shower curtain.

Bath Toys in Mixing Bowl

Our previous toy storage system was a kitchen mixing bowl. Not only did it not hold all of the toys, but my son would inevitably dump it from the ledge of the tub onto the floor, dripping leftover toy water all over the rug. Gross!

I needed to come up with an easy way to drain the bath toys and a larger place to store them. I sometimes have a hard time getting suction cups to stay put on our tub and tile, so the typical bath toy holders were out.

If you’d like to try my toy storage solution, I think you’ll enjoy the possibilities! I know I am going to love using these DIY shower pockets for a long, long time. It’s an inexpensive project, and you can customize the pocket size to fit your needs.

Shower Curtain Pockets Supplies


  • Mesh laundry bag (I picked mine up on clearance for $0.99.)
  • Heavy duty shower curtain (mine was $8)
  • Glue stick (optional)
  • Wrights X-wide double fold bias tape – 3 yards, 1/2″ wide ($2.49)
    • Note: One pack will make 2 pockets, and you’ll have a bit leftover. Pick up another pack or make your own. You’ll need about 42″ of 1/2″-wide bias tape for each pocket.

Shower Curtain Pockets Tutorial

How to Sew the Shower Curtain Pockets:

  1. Cut a rectangle 11″ wide x 16″ tall from the mesh laundry bag. Sandwich just one 11″ edge of the mesh between the double-fold bias tape and stitch close to the edge to secure. Check out this tutorial to learn how to make your own bias tape.
  2. If you’d like, you can unfold the bias tape, then press your raw edges of the bias tape under for a smoother finish. If not, just skip this step! This project is meant to be quick and functional… I’m sure you won’t mind any raw edges once it’s sewn up. (Note: The edges from step 1 won’t need this treatment anyway, since they’ll be covered up.)
  3. Fold the short finished edge up by 6″ to form the shape of the pocket.
  4. Sew bias tape on the left and right sides of the pocket, making sure the pocket placement does not shift. Pins or a glue stick works great here!
  5. Sew bias tape along the top edge of the pocket. The finished pocket measures 11″ wide x 10″ tall.

Shower Curtain Pockets Tutorial

6. Place the pockets on the shower curtain liner in the position you desire. To determine placement, I held up the shower curtain to my tub, and noted the natural folds of the curtain. Use a dab of glue stick or small pencil mark to note where the top corners of each pocket will be sewn.

Shower Curtain Pockets Tutorial

7. Take the curtain to your sewing machine, and use a wide zig-zag stitch to sew the top border only to the shower curtain. The rest of the pocket will hang loosely from the shower curtain liner.

DIY Shower Curtain Pockets - Craft Buds

The next time you change your shower curtain liner, simply use a seam ripper and remove the zig zag stitches. Your pockets are ready to place on the next liner!

Quilted Northern

I had so much fun sewing this project, thanks to the challenge from Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong! I love that it’s sewer and septic safe, and I can always pick it up for a good price at my local Wal-Mart.

Keep an eye out for more crafted bathroom experiences inspired by Quilted Northern! I’d love to know… What’s your favorite organizational tip to get rid of toy clutter?

Free Pattern Feature: 1 Hour Sewing Projects!

With a baby at home, I always appreciate a sewing project I can start and finish during my son’s nap time. These 1-hour sewing projects include quick gifts, quilted items for your home and more fresh sewing ideas to get you inspired when you only have a little bit of time to sew.

Download the free patterns now, or Pin them for later! Happy sewing!

1. Easy Lined Zipper Pouch

Once you get the hang of sewing zippers, this pretty lined pouch will take you less than 1 hour to sew… maybe even 30 minutes! Make one for a friend, yourself or a child. This pouch is great to help keep small items organized inside your purse (like gum, mints, lipstick, etc.).

Get the Easy Lined Zipper Pouch tutorial here!

Hour Basket: 1 Hour Sewing Patterns

2. The Hour Basket

Do you have 1 hour to sew? If so, you can make this pretty, lined storage basket with fabric handles! Use it to store your prettiest fabrics, your child’s books or even Easter eggs. This basket took me just around 40 minutes to sew, and I’ve made two more in different sizes using Kelly’s fast and fabulous tutorial.

Get the 1-Hour Basket Sewing Pattern here.



3. Quilted Pot Holder

Do you love to cook (or know someone who does)? Treat yourself to an extra-large, pocketed pot holder for the kitchen, or pair it with a set of wooden spoons (affiliate link) for a cute little housewarming gift! This easy hot pad pattern takes only 2-3 fat quarters, depending on how scrappy you’d like to make it. You can make your own bias binding to add an extra dose of cuteness, or used packaged binding to make the project even quicker!

Get the FREE Quilted Pot Holder pattern.


The Incredible 1-Hour Tote Bag (Easy Sewing Pattern)

4. Tote Bags

If you love reusable grocery totes, but don’t love the look of the ones you get from the store, you can sew your own with this quick and easy tutorial! Make two sizes (big or small), and you’ll happily carry books, clothes and other belongings wherever you go.

Get the 1-Hour Tote Bag tutorial.


5. Charity Smocks

Here’s a sewing project that will bring warmth to a family in need! These teeny, tiny NICU smocks are designed to fit babies weighing 3 to 5 pounds. When babies are in the NICU, it can really be a gift to the parents to see their little ones wearing some sort of clothing. (With all the monitors & wires, clothing is difficult to get on.) Make one to donate to your hospital’s neonatal unit.

Download the free NICU smock pattern here.

1 Hour Sewing Project: Number Bean Bags

6. Number Bean Bags

We love quick sewing projects, and this kid’s toy offers you a chance to use all of those fun fabric scraps in your collection! Make some easy applique bean bags with this free sewing pattern. If you’d rather not sew your own, you can pick up this number beanbag set on Amazon (affiliate link).

Get the Number Bean Bags tutorial.

Easy Car Trash Bag Tutorial

7. Car Trash Bag / Reusable Lunch Bag

Does your car collect clutter? Receipts and gum wrappers be gone (poof!) with this easy, 1-hour car trash bag sewing tutorial. As a bonus, you can make another one to carry your lunch to work.

Get the Lunch Bag / Car Trash Bag tutorial.

Reversible Table Runner: 1- Hour Sewing Pattern!

8. Reversible Table Runner

This is the perfect beginner-friendly sewing pattern to add a little bit of color and livelihood to your dining table. Choose a home decor fabric, quilting cotton, linen or satin, depending on how formal you’d like your table decor.

Download the free 1-Hour Reversible Table Runner Pattern here.

1-Hour Easy Headband Sewing Pattern

9. Summer Headbands

Do you want to do some summertime sewing? These two headbands are simple to sew, and they will help you look great this summer for all of your outdoor adventures. Best of all, they only take an hour to make!

Get the Easy 1-Hour Headbands tutorial.


10. Boxy Quilted Pouch

Using just two fat quarters (one for the lining and one for the zipper), this free boxy pouch pattern is easy to sew (even for beginners)! With no lining to sew, the quick pouch is great for storing cosmetics, pencils, sewing supplies and more.

Get the FREE Boxy Quilted Pouch pattern.

Mitered Corner Napkins

11. Rainbow Dinner Napkins

How fun would it be to set the dinner table with these beauties?! Whip up a set of coordinating dinner napkins with professional mitered corners for your next dinner party. This pattern is easy and fat-quarter friendly!

Get the FREE DIY Mitered Corner Dinner Napkins pattern here.

15-Minute "Burrito" Pillowcase Tutorial

12. 15-Minute “Burrito” Pillowcase

What’s the burrito method? You’ll just need about 1 yard total of fabric and 15 minutes to sew a pretty pillowcase for your bed with this magic sewing trick! Learn how to finish the seams with a sewing machine or serger with this free pillowcase pattern.

Get the FREE 15-Minute Pillowcase pattern here.


What are your favorite 1-hour sewing projects?

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