I'm so fortunate to be having a very slow, relaxing January. Things are going to have to change pretty quickly, pretty soon (my first market for the year will be March 12 & 13) but in the meantime I have lots of time to read, dream and scheme! I thought I'd share with you some of the sewing blogs I like to read or go to when I'm looking for inspiration. All of these have lots of great sewing tutorials too so a great place to turn for inspiration when the sewing bug bites. In no particular order, here are some of my favourites...
Crazy Little Projects
Find Amber at crazylittleprojects.com
So Sew Easy
With heaps of free resources - patterns, tutorials - this is one to keep coming back to. From Sewing a Buttonhole with the Buttonhole Foot to How to Sew a Corset in a Day (!), you'll find it here. So Sew Easy was started by Deby and follows her journey learning to sew but has moved well beyond that now too.
Find Deby (and Mayra) at so-sew-easy.com
Melissa (Melly) designs and sells clothing patterns but she has a huge range of free patterns and tutorials on her blog. She has something for everyone, from beginner to advanced, and clothing patterns for kids and adults. Have a look at her tutorial on How to Draft and Sew a Skirt or the Poinsettia T-Shirt Refashion.
Find Melissa at mellysews.com
Curvy Sewing Collective
A recent discovery, The Curvy Sewing Collective contains loads of resources for making clothes for the fuller figure. It has lots of pattern reviews including a section for 'tried and true patterns' which suit plus-sized bodies, resources such as the Guide to Pattern Cup Sizes, and inspiration from the CSC community.
Find it at curvysewingcollective.com
Ros combines food and sewing on Sew Delicious - what's not to love! She provides lots of quilting inspiration - check out this Marimekko quilt, just gorgeous! Along with tutorials such as the Embroidery Hoop Storage Pockets and Quick & Easy Kids Pants, and a really lovely list of resources.
Find Ros at sewdelicious.com.au
Tilly and the Buttons
With maybe the cutest name of the bunch, Tilly and the Buttons is bright and clear and has some great tips to accompany the patterns she sells. With Five Ways to Kick-Start your Sewing Mojo and Making the Time to Sew, it might be just the thing you need to make 2016 your year of making!
Find Tilly at www.tillyandthebuttons.com
Sew Mama Sew
As you might expect from the name, Sew Mama Sew is all about sewing for kids and the home - and also sewing with kids. Led by mama, Kristen, this blog features all sorts of tutorials for bags, homewares, softies, clothing (and not just for kids). I love the gorgeous Baa Baa Black Sheep and the Reverse Appliqué Skirt.
Find Kristen and Beth at www.sewmamasew.com
And finally, a fabulous resource for sewing things for your home. With a mind-bogglingly large Project Index, if you need floor cushions or washing bags, you'll find something to fit the bill on Sew4Home.
Find it at www.sew4home.com
Bonus site: Stitch and Sew
Plus an extra bonus! Since publishing this blog post, another great site has come to my attention. Stitch and Sew not only has some great sewing tutorials but also reviews of sewing products. Maria's Guide to Beginners Sewing is a great place to go if you are looking to get started with sewing.
Find it at www.stitchandsew.net/beginners-sewing-guide
Let me know what you think of these blogs and websites. Do you have any others that are your favourites? I'd love to hear what they are. Add them in the comments below.