DIY Pillow Case Tutorial

DIY Pillow Case Tutorial

I’m going to share a fun and quick DIY Pillow Case Tutorial using my favorite tool, the Circular Rotary Cutting tool.  This puppy is so handy to have if you cut a lot of circles!!  It cuts perfect circles and can handle multiple layers easily!  No more sitting there with your scissors trying to cut the perfect circle shape!! We’re going to make a creative applique of colorful flowers and will utilize the free motion stitch on the sewing machine!! Ready? You'll need: Circular Rotary Cutting Tool Rotary Cutting Tool Long ruler Various fabric scraps for circles and leaves Sewing machine Free Motion machine foot Colorful thread (or white) Fabric rectangles for main pillow case (38" … [Read more...]

Memory Quilt

Make a Memory Quilt

I was so honored to be asked to create this memory quilt of a former colleague's friend who lost her Grandpa. She sent the box of Grandpa's shirts for me to use and I could've sworn I was opening a box of my very own Grampa's shirts.  The western button/snap up plaid shirts that I'm sure you've seen.  Bestill my beating heart. I looked and looked at them making sure I got the perfect inspiration so I didn't mess this up. What did I do? I cut them in 12.5" squares. BUT, the BEST part about some of those squares ... I made sure to get the left side of the fronts of the shirts. I wanted to have the pocket that layed over his heart all over the quilt. Memory quilts are so emotional … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Applique Towels

Easy DIY Christmas sewing decoration tutorial

In keeping with the Christmas crafting, here's an easy Christmas Applique Towel tutorial for you to make for gifts or for your own home. Christmas up your guest bath with these pretties! You'll need: Hand towel and/or washcloth Fabric scraps RicRac or Fun Yarn Wonder Under or Heatbond Sewing machine Scissors Iron Non stick Pressing cloth {teflon or Applique pressing sheet} ***** First, you'll want to choose some fun fabric scraps from your stash. Place them on top of the Wonder Under with right side up.  Iron to adhere. NOTE:  If your piece is smaller than the wonder under, you may want to use a {teflon} ironing sheet to protect your iron.  Once the iron hits the wonder … [Read more...]

I’m a CoverGirl + Sew News Magazine Giveaway

Taradara is a CoverGirl!

Hey all!!! This has been such a great week!!!!  Life is pretty good, but it was certainly made GREAT when I received these in the mail. My design made the cover!!! {want one?  read on....} I'm sew excited to announce that the new winter edition of the Sew News Magazine is on the newsstands!!! So life is certainly great, but then it got even more AMAZING when I walked in to JoAnn's and saw it on the actual stand as a FEATURED TITLE!!! Then it opens up, the article goes on for pages ... and then ... the last page has an advertisement. An ad for Daily Craft TV.  The applique tutorial that I did is advertised! Would you like to win one?  You can just by entering below... a … [Read more...]

Taradara is on the Cover (of Sew News!!)

Taradara on the cover of Sew News magazine with 3 of a kind Christmas stockings

How exciting is this???!!!  My 3 of a Kind Christmas stocking design is on the cover of Sew News!! Sew exciting!! I keep thinking in my crazy little head, "I'm on the cover of the Rolling Stone!!!" LOL! What a surprise and a true honor to be right there!!!! I can imagine now what's like for new artists to hear their song on the radio for the very first time!  {this isn't quite near as exciting but it's pretty close for a small town girl like me!} Go to Sew and you can see all the creative articles in this edition set to be on newsstands this week. Here's a full picture of the lovelies.... Be sure to go to my Holiday Bake, Craft, Sew-Along Giveaway post where we're giving … [Read more...]

Over at The Sewing Loft

The Sewing Loft has an amazing Sewing Series in honor of National Sewing Month

Hey friends! I'm so pleased to be sharing a sewing tutorial in honor of National Sewing Month over at The Sewing Loft.  For those visiting from The Sewing Loft, welcome!!! My friend, Heather, has a whole month long series introducing new tools and/or tutorials that her sewing and creative friends are sharing.  I'm learning a lot already! Please go check out the line up of crazy talent she has in store for you! You can also learn how to make this fun pillowcase and use a tool that might be new to you! {it may look like an owl to you ... it does to me.  However, I thought it was cute as it ties in with Heather's new Owl backpack pattern that was recently released by Simplicity} xo … [Read more...]

The Sewing Loft’s first Simplicity Pattern!

The Sewing Loft Simplicity Giveaway

Being a fiber artist and handmade business owner, I love seeing other talented seamstresses excel and do well. My friend, Heather of The Sewing Loft, has JUST released her FIRST sewing pattern with Simplicity!  Can you believe that?!  How amazing is this? I am so proud of her!! She is a wealth of information and her blog has a LOT of sewing advice for all sewing levels. It's a fun backpack pattern! She also has an Etsy shop where she sells pdf patterns for all sorts of FUN projects!  I really encourage you to take a look at what she has! I'm looking forward to making one of these cute backpacks for a special little girl, or a couple of very special little girls in my life.  I also … [Read more...]

Win a Copy of Amy Barickman’s Fabric Flowers Book

Sweater flower and scarf by

Lately, I've taken an interest in upcycling sweaters and making them in to skirts, for those who follow me on instagram, facebook, and twitter, you would have watched as my first skirt was assembled.  What I love about it is the fact that you can take a beautiful angora or wool sweater and make it into wearable art.  I love to cut them up in to pieces and assemble them in to a statement piece and what I would wear. Amy Barickman has released this amazing book called Fabric Flowers. It has 25 different 'patterns' for these phenomenal flowers that you can make out of you scrap fabric, jeans, and sweaters.  I cannot wait to make more, not only for me put for my girlfriends and family! … [Read more...]

A New Product Line at Taradara is HERE!

New product line in Taradara's shop, Hanging Hearts collection, purchase them at

I'm SEW excited to finally have this announcement! There is a new "Hanging Hearts" collection in my Etsy shop!! They're funky, fresh, and I love the versatility of them!  You can use them in your bathroom, your guest bedroom, YOUR bedroom, your office ... You can give them as a housewarming gift ... You can use them as Wedding Decorations ... You can use them to funktify your mantle or your shelves.  They don't have to hang, you can simply set them somewhere ON a shelf or amongst an arrangement.  I love the 'handle' I used on them, it's a sturdy yarn triple sewn in, that can fall to the back and not be noticed if you decide that you don't want to hang the heart. {click here to take … [Read more...]

Got Stains? Cover them up!

Cover your stained tshirt with ruffles!

You read that right. Stains? COVER THEM UP! I've given up trying to get stains out, so I've just decided that I'm going to just cover them ALL up with ruffles {don't tell the boys!} I've started on my favorite tank top here... I took strips from my fabric stash and laid them out just to get a visual. Posted on Instagram, asked for opinions and got a few suggestions, so I changed up the color selection a bit and started pinning. I continued to sew my ruffles on line by line.  I didn't have much of a plan, just went to it.  Random and imperfect is pretty much my middle name, so these ruffles are perfect in my eyes.... What do you think? I love it! I love that I can wear my … [Read more...]