Knitty Bitties 2012 Sewing Round-Up & Survey


Happy 2013 30days readers! 2012 was such a fun year for me here at Thirty Handmade Days! When I looked back at the year I had forgotten several of the fun tutorials I had written for ya’ll … and if I forgot, well I thought just maybe a few of you forgot {or never saw them the first time} too. So, I’m going to do a quick round up of [Read More…]

Hot Chocolate Station


Happy Holidays 30days readers!! I hope that each of you are up to your ears in frosting, wrapping and merriment. I wanted to share a little corner of our kitchen today that is bringing a whole lot of warm delight to our winter evenings … our hot chocolate bar/station.     Now, I am NOT the first person to think of this. Just one quick search in Pinterest and you’ll [Read More…]

Handmade Holiday Round-Up

Did you guys realize that today marks TWO MONTHS until Christmas?!? Crazy, right? Well cover your eyes and put your head in the sand if you want to … but, if you have any inklings of making this year a handmade holiday, you’re going to need to get going. I put together a list of handmade ideas that I’ve made {or plan on making} for gifts … to help inspire [Read More…]

Modern Quilting for the Home


Hi guys!  I recently {as in last week, tee-hee} hosted a blog collaboration with a wonderful group of ‘sewing/quilting’ bloggers.  You can read the full details of the collaboration here, but I’ll sum it up by saying it was a creative challenge to work with a small amount of supplies and create a project with a modern twist using a classic pattern … FOR THE HOME.   The reason I [Read More…]

Basic Baby Quilt Tutorial


Here’s a quilt that is as simple as sewing a straight line. That’s right … no intricate piecing or quilting, just lots and lots of straight lines. This is a wonderful beginner project and a great way to get practice while actually sewing something wonderful! I didn’t invent this style of quilting and the idea of sewing a bunch of strips together is nothing new either. It just happens to [Read More…]

Basket Liner / How-To

Hello friends! How is your summer going?  Ours has been WONDERFUL and I’m so happy it’s only half over. We’ll be making the most of these last 3 weeks of fun! One thing we’ve been doing a lot of this summer is bike riding. My parents bought me a bike for my 35th birthday in May. Isn’t that the best? I felt 10 years old again! I was quick to add [Read More…]

Summer Sewing Inspiration

Happy summer break to all of you!! Maybe you’re already in the thick of it, but for us, we just started summer break this week and our weather has yet to really make us think it’s summer {not that I’m complaining … those 100 degree days can take their sweet time getting here}. I’m calling this the ‘summer of freedom’ and I’m really hoping to fully embrace this time home [Read More…]

Patchwork Placemats Tutorial

Hi guys! I’m back this week with the tutorial on how to make the patchwork placemats I showed you 2 weeks ago. Like I said before, I love this project. I love it’s simplicity for a beginner, but the versatility and speediness for a more seasoned seamstress. I’ll even give you a few ideas at the end of the post on just what else you can create with this basic [Read More…]

Patchwork Placemats {Intro}

Hi guys! I recently did a custom order inspired by my patchwork mug rugs… patchwork placemats. I thought these would make a wonderful beginner project. So … I’m going to give you a quick introduction to the full DIY post I’ll be sharing later this month {May 30}. As with my previous posts, my goal is to give you the confidence to give sewing a try and ENJOY it. Or [Read More…]

Fabric: How to pick it & where to buy it


One of the compliments I receive the most, about my products, is my fabric combination. I love this {not because I’m being complimented, that makes me blush} because this is also one of my favorite pieces of the ‘creating a product’ puzzle. Picking fabric seems to come naturally to me. I’m sure it’s similar to a musician being in tune {haha} with music {which I know NOTHING about} … an [Read More…]