DIY your super-guy a tie | Last-minute Father’s Day gift sewing project

Sew up a tie for Father’s Day.


No. Not when the tie is an indie-designed organic cotton voile that’s been hand-sewn by you. Not even close to cliché. This Daddy? He’s not so cliché, either. Read on to see why we’re substituting a tie for a cape this year.

DIY tie for a wedding or Father's Day in organic Cloud9 Fabric #quick #project

the pattern

The father in this house wears a tie 3 or 4 days a week, he needs ’em, guys. And my penchant for thrifting is handy in so many ways but finding a handsome tie at Goodwill? Close to never. I found Molly’s Sketchbook: Father’s Day Tie tutorial at The Purl Bee. Lovely instructions, step-by-step photos and a decent pattern. Note: you’ll want to add about 4-5″ to the middle pattern piece for a traditional length tie. As the current version results in a very handsome, but too-short tie. (slice it in the center and tape in a bit of paper to increase length)  Also, I only used iron-on interfacing and didn’t include the second slip-in piece. (I made one exactly following that tutorial last year, trust me) This year, it is the perfect length and not so stiff. Minimal sewing required, just two short lines on the machine, precise ironing and a bit of hand-stitching. Easy to do while catching up on the Hulu backlog.

purl bee DIY tie for a wedding or Father's Day in organic Cloud9 Fabric #quick #project

the fabric

Swoony, isn’t it? Organic cotton voile from the Koi collection designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud9 Fabrics. It has a fine hand and gives the suggested Tana Lawn decent competition. With a tiny bit of a ‘lining’ fabric at each tip, the suggested white seemed boring so I went with Speckle | Sky also from Cloud9. It makes for a modern, handsome spring-summer sort of tie with fantastic pops of pink and mustard. Personality all around, folks.

Last minute DIY tie for a wedding or Father's Day in organic Cloud9 Fabric #quick #project

We hope Daddy likes it.

And we’re betting he will.

Want to make one? Go for it! It’s a quick project, you only need to devote an hour or two at most. The tricky part is getting him distracted so you can work your magic, no? Peruse your stash for a handsome print, madras even. Find the pattern and tutorial here. And don’t forget to add 4-5 inches in the middle section.

You can do this.

Maine People's Alliance's director, Jesse Graham speaks about Mercury Clean Up on the Penobscot River in Maine

Here’s last year’s tie in action.

What’s Daddy up to?

Trying to get some scroogey chemical company to clean up the mercury they left behind in the Penobscot river. Pretty sweet.

He’s a tie-wearing environmental champion, right?

We’re pretty proud of this Daddy. You can read more about him, the court case and long-standing clean-up efforts here. See? The tie works waaaay better than a cape in this case. ;-)


Wuv. Well, that and a few good Valentine’s Day sewing puns.

And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva…

Do you think Princess Buttercup liked to sew?

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I’m getting off-track here with the Princess Bride reference. Ahem. So! I’ve got a whole bunch of spoolishness coming your way in the form of a printable download.

Wait. You didn’t get enough sewing puns in my last post?

Well, have no fear, my dears.

worthygoods textile spoolish valentines day sayings

Just click all that pun-i-liciousness and print it out. Grab your scissors, cut out the ribbon ‘strips’,  then wrap each around a wooden spool and secure for a most unique (and waaaay too simple to be this cute) Valentine.

Valentine DIY quick printable with sewing punsEasy quick DIY sewing ValentineValentine's Day sewing inspiration

Looking for some of those wooden spools? Find them here, in the shop.

Camp Waya-awi


Where lazy mornings drift into afternoons punctuated with shrill big-girl cousin giggles, wading and bug bites.






Those are best left for s’mores.




We wake up and do it all over again.
Nice work if you can get it. Thanks Nana & Grampa Charlie!

Summery Tsuru | iPad & iPhone cases tucked in a fold-over clutch

Inspiration often comes from necessity.

In this case, I needed to sew with Tsuru.

iPad case using Tsuru from Cloud9 Fabrics  and

I’m sure you can understand. This collection, Tsuru {cranes in Japanese} by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud9 Fabrics is so lovely and light. Sewing with it is a proactive way to look forward to summer. It incorporates elements of blue skies, light clouds soaring cranes, blossoms and the crisp white that I get to indulge in all. summer. long. I can already see myself out on the grass with the kiddos, listening to Pandora and well, basking. In fact, I could use some basking right now. How about you?

Tsuru ipad case

Initially I intended to just make up a case for my iPad,

but then my phone got a little put out.

So a case had to be made for the phone. And since that all went together so quickly, I made them a coordinating padded clutch, too.

Tsuru clutch and iphone casetsuru clutch, ipad case and iphone casetsuru clutch back and iphone case

And now?

Things are looking a little brighter around here.

Like to purchase a little summer for yourself? Find Tsuru at the shop.

Just in: Fabric Scrap Bundles | Scrap buster projects ’cause it’s Mud Season

I’m not here to give you a project.

Just to inspire.

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Should you be looking for some sewing inspiration, some new scrap fabric bundles have been added to the shop. A result of some studio spring cleaning that desperately needs to be done, whether Spring decides to show up this year, or not. Two sure seasons in Maine, on this side of July, are Mud and Summer.

We are currently in the thick of mud season.

Let there be no doubt.


Come on, Summer.

Till then, find some fun scrap buster sewing projects to use up those fun bundles here.