How to Naturally Soften Linen (save yourself time and money!) >> MaddieMadeThis.com

How To Naturally Soften Linen

I love linen — it’s breathable, light, and so classic!  But my skin can also be sensitive to fabrics sometimes.  Even though I prewash it, linen often leaves me feeling a little itchy and uncomfortable until it’s softened up in the wash a few times.  When I lived with my parents it was easy enough

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Lengthened Driftless Cardigan >> MaddieMadeThis.com

A Lengthened Driftless Cardigan

Hi friends!  I honestly cannot believe we’re more than halfway through May — where did this month go?!  It definitely feels like summer here in St. Louis: most of this month has been in the 80s/low 90s (high 20s/low 30s).  I have so many amazing plans for this summer, sewing and activities alike, and I

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Asana for Bloggers

Between work and this blog, I often feel like there’s a lot to keep track of in my life.  Meetings, to-dos, WIPs, things to buy, plans with friends,,, and I’m just one person!  I can’t imagine having to manage all the things that go along with families and kids.  Having a good organizational system is

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those chic dolman top blouses with gathered sleeves are so easy to do yourself! check out my DIY tutorial to make this easy blouse in one afternoon. >> MaddieMadeThis.com

DIY Gathered Sleeve Dolman Blouse

There may be a more technical term for this make, but I see gathered sleeve dolman blouses everywhere this winter.  Can you call it a bishop sleeve if it’s gathered and attached to a dolman shoulder?  Who knows.  Not me, obviously.  Regardless of what it’s called, I wanted one!  And I didn’t want to buy it,

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DIY Wall Hangings >> MaddieMadeThis.com

DIY Yarn Wall Hangings

I’m kind of on a wall hanging kick over here.  It’s taken me a long time to really set up my living room.  Just as I finished unpacking all the boxes in it, our service elevator broke.  After a few weeks, it was finally fixed, so I finally ordered my sofa and had it delivered! 

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DIY Phases of the Moon Shirt >> MaddieMadeThis.com

DIY Phases of the Moon Shirt

We’re fully into summer here — the students have emptied out of the library at work, my brothers are out of school, and the AC is on most days. One summer staple for me is fun graphic tee shirts.  I love a good library joke shirt, a “rosé all day,” or an “I’m just here

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Beginner's Guide to Hand Embroidery >> MaddieMadeThis.com

Beginner Hand Embroidery: Stitches and a Sampler!

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to my quick and dirty beginner’s guide to hand embroidery!  Lots of folks asked me about the embroidery on my Easter dress and how I learned to embroider.  Like I said yesterday, I’m basically just self-taught.  If I can learn it, so can you!  Yesterday, we talked about the supplies you’ll

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Beginner's Guide to Hand Embroidery >> MaddieMadeThis.com

Beginner Hand Embroidery: Tools and Prep

Happy Thursday, folks!  I got so much love throughout the process of embroidering my Easter dress — thank you!  A lot of you have asked me how I learned embroidery.  I really can’t say I ~learned~ it.  I’ve kind of been making things up as I go along.  But so far, I haven’t made anything,

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Five-Step DIY Moto Patches for Your Clothes

Okay, I admit it.  I’m not a super tough looking person.  I might have some resting bitch face going on, but I’m definitely no scary-looking biker chick.  (Not that all biker chicks are scary, of course!)  But all the same, I love moto accents on clothing.  I’m a sucker for leather jackets and I’ve always

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