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Where Have You Been?

Or more accurately, where have I been?

It’s been kind of a doozy of a year, honestly. 

First, I had surgery earlier this year to remove a cantaloupe-sized cyst from my ovary. It was actually — shockingly — not as traumatic as it sounds. I got to come home the same day of the surgery, and I was back on my feet within the week. But it was still a stressful time, and I had about a million effing doctor’s appointments and lab tests leading up to the surgery, and it was a giant time-suck. I was also diagnosed with endometriosis during the surgery, so there’s been some adjusting (mostly emotional) to the idea of having a chronic illness. (Mostly it goes something like this: AHA! I knew there was something wrong with me! And then: But wait… I just have this disease now… like… forever??? THIS BLOWS BIG TIME.)

Next, I had full video and photos for a new tutorial I was really excited about that just vanished without a trace. POOF! Gone. I don’t know if I accidentally deleted the files or maybe my camera ate them, but it really bummed me out. It was literally hours of work down the drain. Then hours searching for the files. And I hate to admit that it kind of sapped my enthusiasm for making new tutorials for a while. Because I am a big baby.

Lastly, there was a career change. After running SmarmyClothes as my full-time gig since 2005, I’ve been gradually transitioning the sewing into a side-gig over the past few years to make time for my new passion: writing. My boyfriend and I started publishing in 2013, and things kind of took off from there. We’ve now written and published 20 novels and novellas since then.  Read more ›

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How to Sew an Armband Pouch for a Cell Phone – DiY Sewing Tutorial

This step-by-step tutorial is the perfect way to go hands-free with your phone. Whether you’re walking, jogging, or going to town on a half-gallon of ice cream, I’m not judging. (Especially not if you share some of that ice cream with me.)

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Because I know people will ask, the answer is: YES. I really must *insist* that you use a spandex/lycra fabric. Other knit/stretch fabrics lose some of their elasticity after wearing, and that will lead to Droopy Phone Pouch Syndrome. You don’t want a droopy phone pouch, believe me.

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How to Sew an Infinity Scarf – DiY Fashion Tutorial

Happy New Year, sewing mofos!

This step-by-step tutorial is perfect for both beginners and seasoned seamsters, and it makes an especially good project for that new serger Santa brought you. (But a regular sewing machine is also perfectly suitable.) 

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It’s a scarf, and it goes on and on and on to infinity and beyond! Try out different sizes (little scarf, big scarf, fat scarf, skinny scarf!) or different fabrics (knit! chiffon! fleece!). There are no wrong answers here. Dare I say it? GET WACKY.

The green scarf above is made using a slinky rayon knit. Here are some more fabric examples:

Skull scarf in polyester organza

Starry Night scarf in heavy cotton interlock knit

Only wrap it halfway, and you’ve got a hood + scarf in one! A Scood! A Harf! A Scahoof?

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How to Make a Christmas Tree in a Vase – Holiday Decorating Tutorial

Deck the halls with random evergreen branches from that mystery bush in your yard! This Christmas-tree-in-a-vase is perfect for small spaces. Add some lights and some shiny balls, and you’re in business.

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How to Plant an Amaryllis PLUS Faux Aged Terra Cotta Pots – DiY Holiday Gift Tutorial

Who doesn’t love pretty flowers? NO ONE, that’s who. That’s why this tutorial for a faux aged pot planted with an amaryllis bulb would make an excellent holiday gift! Not too spendy, either:


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1 amaryllis bulb … $10-15
1 bag of potting mix … $4
terra cotta pot with saucer … $3
craft paint … $1

TOTAL … $18-23

Big honkin’ pretty flowers that bloom for weeks when it’s all gross and wintery outside … PRICELESS

(P.S. I always get my bulbs from easytogrowbulbs.com.)

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