DIY Heart Brooch

Time: 20 minutes
Materials: fabric, matching thread, scissors, pen, stuffing, E-6000 glue, pin backs, sewing machine (I use the BERNINA 380)

DIY Heart BroochAt Craftcation last year, I quickly fell in love with Bernina sewing machines while making my first dress (see it here). One of my goals for this year was to teach myself to sew which is why I’m so excited to announce that I’m now a brand ambassador for Bernina!

Throughout the year, I’ll be bringing you easy sewing projects that just about anyone can do. Since I’m learning as I go, these projects will be perfect for anyone learning as well. I hope you’ll join along, especially if you’ve put this off for as long as I have!

My first project is a golden heart brooch that you can make in about twenty minutes– perfect for Valentine’s Day this weekend. Click here to see the full tutorial!

DIY Heart Brooch


How to Sew a Button

Time: 3-5 minutes
Materials: thread, needle, shank button, scissors, fabric

Before jumping into a 4 day make-a-thon known as Craftcation, I decided to brush up on the little sewing skills I have. While glitter dipping will always be my craft of choice, it’s nice to have a base of practical skills. I’ll be sharing a DIY using this technique next week, so stay tuned!

How to Sew a Button | The Crafted Life

1. Measure out your thread then tie a knot at the end. For a more durable hold, double layer your thread.

2. Thread your needle.

3. Pull your threaded needle through your fabric once. The knot should be on the back of the fabric so the button faces outward.

4. Pass your needle through the button shank then pull button down until it’s touching the fabric. The needle should then go back into the fabric near the original stitch.

5. Hold the button in place with your thumb and continue the process of passing the needle up through the fabric, through the shank, then back down until button is secure. It should take about 10 times, but you can always do more to be safe.

6. Tie your finishing knot in the back when done.

Today my dear friend Mere and I are heading south to Venture, CA for Craftcation. In case you haven’t heard of the conference, it’s a crafters DREAM! While there, I’ll be attending lectures on how to run a creative biz plus taking workshops like dressmaking 101, fresh flower accessories, gift wrapping and more. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you when I return, but in the meantime, you can follow along on my Instagram feed.