8 Days a Week // by Pattern Anthology!




The new Pattern Anthology collection “8 Days a Week” is HERE! This collection has 4 brand new women’s patterns! A tee, a dress, a jacket and pants!

The collection is available at 40% off for a limited time only!

The Neptune Tee is my pattern, it is a basic tee with a twist! Add triangle insets at the front back and sleeves for interest! This shirt is great for the gym or dress it up for a night out!


The Go To Knit Pants is THREE patterns in one! Make leggings, slouchy pants or yoga pants to fill your comfy fall wardrobe!


The Marigold Dress pattern includes a top and skirt. It has an elastic waist and button placket at the front!


The McCartney Jacket is super fun! Keep warm this fall with a handmade jacket!




I’ll show you more tomorrow!

Boat Shoe Embellishment Tutorial

Written by Jessica of The Ladyette.

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I’ve had a pair of boat shoes for several years.  I wore them out in college and then even when they looked like they were on their last life line, I just couldn’t bear to throw them out.  So naturally, that means they need some sprucing up.  A little embellishment.  Some polka dot fabric, metallic ribbon, and an afternoon later these boat shoes had a second life.

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Boat Shoe Embellishment Tutorial

Supplies Needed: a pair of boat shoes, scrap fabric, Mod Podge, a sponge brush, scissors, a utility (or exacto) knife, and approximately 30-35″ of metallic ribbonboat shoes 03

Step 1: Using the scissors, cut your pieces of scrap fabric into a size and shape similar to the area of the boat shoe being covered.  This is as simple as laying the fabric over top of the shoe and cutting out a shape.  It doesn’t have to be perfect because it will be trimmed later.

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Step 2: Make sure the surface area of the shoe is clean and remove the laces.  Using the sponge brush, apply a thick layer of Mod Podge to the area of the shoe that will be covered in fabric.  For hard to reach areas like the tongue of the shoe, it can be easier to work in sections.  In this case, I covered the toe area in glue, moved on to step 3, then came back and started at step 2 again with the tongue.

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Step 3: Place the fabric over the area covered in glue.  Make sure to rub it down firmly and smooth out any bumps or bubbles.  Stick your hand into the shoe and apply pressure from both the top and bottom to be sure it the glue will hold.  It will need about ten minutes to dry enough to move on, so repeat step 2 in other areas at this time.

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Step 4: Trim the excess fabric around the glued area.  This can be done with the utility knife or the scissors, whichever you are more comfortable with.  If you notice edges not being fully glued down, go back and add more glue and hold them in place until it has begun to dry.

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Step 5: Using the sponge brush again, apply a moderate coat of Mod Podge to the top of the fabric.  Cover all the edges to prevent fraying.  The Mod Podge will dry clear and will act as a sealer for the fabric.  To work with the tongue area, I used the old laces to hold the flaps back by running the laces through the holes and tying them underneath the shoe.  Apply the Mod Podge to the back edges of the tongue so the fabric can be wrapped around behind for a finished look.  Apply some Mod Podge over top of all the fabric behind the tongue as well.boat shoes 09 boat shoes 10

Step 6: Allow about one hour for all of the Mod Podge to fully dry.  Once dry, remove the old laces holding the flaps back.  Cut the ribbon into two equal pieces and lace the shoes to your liking.

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Done!  Now these much loved boat shoes can take one last spin at life, and look quite a bit fancier!

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cotton + steel velcro wallet tutorial



I finally got my hands on some of the Cotton + Steel spring line! I had to sit and stare at it for a few days before deciding what to do with it, but this is the first project! I made velcro wallet cases that can be used for lots of different things. I made these as little gel pen cases.

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Want to make some too? It’s really easy!

Velcro Wallet Tutorial

-Bias Tape
-1/2″ Sew-in Velcro


First cut two rectangles, one from fabric and one from felt.

They should measure 5″ by 10″



Next, press 1/2″ under on both long edges of the fabric.


Pin the fabric to the felt centering it. Sew close to edge.

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Pin the bias tape over the short edges and tuck in the sides.


Sew it on. Then place velcro on flap. Fold up bottom of wallet case to find correct velcro placement for the other side. Sew the velcro in place.


Fold the bottom of the case back up and topstitch at 1/4″ with matching thread.


All done! Now make some more!


Pattern Anthology Giveaway!


Pattern Anthology is about to release a new collection, another women’s collection! We’re so excited that we are giving away a Just Add Jeans collection! Just enter below!

Bandana Bib Tutorial

Written by Vivian of Vivileen

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My little man is teething and constantly covered in slobber.  I hate putting him in a bib every day because they cover up his cute clothes.  Instead of putting him in a bib that covered his clothes I decided to make some drool bibs that were part of his outfit.  These bandana bibs are really cute and great for soaking up teething baby drool!

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Bandana Bib Tutorial


-two 12 by 12 in squares of fabric (at least one of the fabrics should be absorbent, like flannel or terrycloth)

-snaps or sew on velcro

1. Cut the fabric into 12″ squares.  This is enough fabric for two bandanas.


2. Cut diagonally from one corner of the square to the opposite corner making an isosceles triangle.


3. Fold the triangle in half along the long edge.


4. Along the top of the triangle (the long side when it’s not folded) cut from the corner down to the folded edge an inch from the top.  This makes the neck of the bib.



5. Unfold the triangle and cut an inch off each of the top corners.


6. Repeat steps 1-5 with the lining fabric.

7. Place fabric right sides together and pin.


8. Sew around the edge with a 1/4th inch seam allowance.  Create a curve when sewing the top corners.  This will make the bib look nicer when it’s turned out.  Leave a 2-3 inch opening for turning the bib.


9. Turn the bib right side out.


10. Iron the bib.


11. Top stitch around the bib with a 1/8th inch seam allowance.


12.  Add the snaps or velcro and put the bib on your drooling baby!