SMS Tutorial Contest Entries

on April 21 | in Contests & Giveaways, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 167 Comments

Enjoy our latest round of Tutorial Contest entries. Learn how to enter your own project here, then be sure to enter your tutorial by midnight on April 26th, 2008. Four winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew! We’ll post more entries tomorrow… See you then!

Hand Embroidery Floss Bobbins ~ Lorissa

How to Cover a Lampshade ~ Karyn

Eco-Friendly Shopping Totes ~ Suzan

Tag Making ~ Toni

Clever Little Cape ~ Molly

Crafty Tool Belt ~ Kerri

The Angel Bag ~ Jana

The “Mary” Apron ~ Joanna

Rug or Floor Cloth ~ Nanette

Mermaid Skirt ~ Beth

Clothespin Bag ~ Christy

Quilted Fabric Crib Rail Guard Protector ~ Amy

Fold Over Pouch ~ Christy

Nursing Cover Up blog entry & pattern ~ Christina

Birthday Banner ~ Kristin


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*If you don’t see a tutorial here that you submitted, please check back tomorrow for more entry links.

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167 Responses to SMS Tutorial Contest Entries

  1. liza says:

    i love that you have a tute for a clothespin bag! i am a rabid fan of line-drying and have just poured concrete footing for the mother of all clotheslines! it is quite deserving of a fancy-schmantzy clothespin bag and searching for a tutorial was on my to-do list! this is a great contest.

  2. Anna says:

    on the to make list mermaid tail and cape once someone is walking.

  3. Alma-Momma says:

    Love the little thread bobbins, great way to recycle!!

  4. rachel hayes says:

    thank you for the nursing cover-up tutorial! i just made one for my friend who is expecting next month. you saved me $40 dollars and i was able to make a draw-string pouch for it with the left over fabric! great!

  5. Renee says:

    As always, I’m blown away by the talent out there and the generosity to share your tutorials! Love the tag tut and the angel bag…thanks!

  6. susan says:

    I am making the stamped tags! Thank you for all the great and varied tutorials.

  7. susan says:

    love having all these tuts in one place! thanks so much!!

  8. amelia dofelmier says:

    How creative. I love to look at all the great ideas.

  9. natalie says:

    What a fantastic collection of projects – this is so inspiring! I have made a list of all the projects I want to accomplish this summer and lemme tell ya – it’s gonna be one busy summer! Thanks for all the posts – what a great community!

  10. Lisa says:

    I’m loving all these tutorials…thanks for posting them!

  11. KicsiKato says:

    Dear Editors, thanks for all of your work! I’ve discovered this site just a few weeks ago and I’ve learnt a lot!! Thank you:)))

  12. LisaW says:

    Cool stuff. I can’t wait to try the cape for my twin boys and their cousins.

  13. Susan in SC says:

    What great tutorials! I’ve always wanted to make my own tags! Susan in SC

  14. AmyB says:

    Love everything!

  15. TallGirl says:

    Wow! Can’t wait to try one of these!

  16. AmyB says:

    This is great! Love the bags, love the cape! Fantastic ideas!

  17. Red says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful craftiness! I’m gonna have to try those fabric tags!

  18. Astrid says:

    I LOVE Toni’s tag making! I haven’t quite finished going through the others, but so far, that one would be my favourite!

  19. Leah says:

    I love the birthday banner! I can’t wait to make one so I have something to reuse year after year.
    Thanks!

  20. Sandy says:

    You know the The “Mary” Apron ~ Joanna could also double as a cozy to sit a sewing machine … those pockets would come in handy. It gets my vote.

  21. MIchelle says:

    Those shopping totes are so so useful!!

  22. Alexandra says:

    Love the rug!

  23. Billie says:

    These are great. I love the tagmaking, but I’m still reading others …. thanks!!

  24. Amy L says:

    I’ve begun sewing again, quilting was the first project and I didn’t think I would ever sew clothes again (I kept telling myself it was cheaper to buy clothes) but after happening upon this blog, my desires to sew clothes can no longer be denied. I’m currently on my second shirt – and now I’m feeling a burning desire to make purses. I like the Angel bag and will keep this in mind.

  25. Sonja says:

    I Love, love, love, love the Angel bag !! It’s so cool

  26. Beth says:

    So many fun things to do.

  27. Dona says:

    The clothespin tutorial is great. I am wanting to put in a clothesline this summer. I remember those clothespin bags from my childhood. Every significant woman in my life had one and they were all different in some way.

  28. Anja says:

    These ideas are just briliant!!! You girls are so clever and hardworking!

  29. Trina says:

    I ‘m grateful for all the mamma-related sewing projects I find here! I’ve bookmarked the nursing cover-up – thanks for all the patterns!

  30. Stephanie says:

    Nanette’s floor cloth is awesome and unique. She gets my vote!

  31. Amy says:

    Would have loved to make the quilted crib railing cover when we still had babies in the house.

  32. Claire says:

    I love all of these tutorials, I think they are great. Especially the crib rail guard, what a good idea

  33. emily says:

    love the tags, and wish I still had my stampin stuff!

  34. Susan says:

    I’m definitely going to make one of those shopping bags!

  35. Ruth says:

    The quilted rail guard tutorial comes at just the right time! My little one is getting awfully close to being able to stand.

  36. Anne says:

    I have GOT to try making the tags! What a wonderful idea! :)

  37. Dianna says:

    I can’t wait to try the Angela bag!!! :)

  38. momawake says:

    That floor cloth is a fun idea!

  39. Kittee says:

    These ideas are fabulous !

  40. Emily says:

    Oh – I HAVE to do a clothespin bag ASAP! I love the crib rail guard too! Great ideas!

  41. Ursa says:

    Here are some awesome ideas. Bumper for the crib, cape for the little boy,… Now I just need to convince my little boy he needs a cape.

  42. Deb says:

    Thank you for the link to the birthday banner!

  43. Libby says:

    The clever little cape reminds me of when my boys were young and I made capes for them. They had hours of fun with them.

  44. Tanya says:

    Lots of great ideas/tutorials!

  45. bessie says:

    i really liked the clothespin bag!

  46. Fern says:

    The birthday banner is awesome!

  47. susan says:

    the “crafty tool belt” is genius! finally a project i can make for MYSELF!

  48. Toni says:

    I love the birthday banner. Reusable and unique. Perfect!!

  49. Jordan Durbin says:

    Hey! I just covered a lampshade like this a couple weeks ago!

  50. Yohandy says:

    These are great projects too. I will probably try the nursing cover-up since I have some cousins and friends who are currently pregnant. Great job, ladies!

  51. Liz Reese says:

    wow! what great ideas. i’ve been on vacation for most of this event and felt to behind to really check anything out. i’ll have to go look at the other tutorials. there are so many brilliant crafters out there!

  52. jo ebisujima says:

    I have sent my entry three times but haven’t seen it posted or heard anything, have you received it? You can find it here
    http://jojoebi.blogspot.com/2008/04/kids-art-to-kids-t-shirt.html

  53. wendy says:

    I’m going to make a cape for my daughter – what a great tute!
    And the angel bag… love it!

  54. autismtymz2_4life says:

    Love the Mermaid skirt :) This will be a great project for this weekend. Thank you :)

    Have a beautiful day,
    Lesley

  55. Wendy says:

    Wow. I love the crib rail guard idea!

  56. EmmyLizzy says:

    What great ideas! Can’t wait to try them!

  57. Cindy says:

    I need a clothespin bag–mine fell apart–so thanks for the help!!!
    all of these are great ideas

  58. Sara says:

    Love all of these!! thanks everyone!!

  59. Valerie says:

    The tag tutorial is awesome! I’ll have to look for a nice stamp for my own tags!

  60. sarah miller says:

    I could be reading these all day! How will I ever have time to do them all? Must I work for a living? Couldn’t I just sew??

  61. Amy says:

    I’m a bag-aholic, and I can’t wait to make either Suzan’s shopping bag, or the Angel Bag. I love them both!

  62. Lizzie says:

    Oh, that cape pattern is perfect! I have three boys who would love some superhero capes to play with.

  63. sarah says:

    i’m commenting in hopes of winning some of that FAB fabric. i’ve skimmed your site and there is some pretty great stuff! now if only i had the time or skill….

  64. Elizabeth says:

    I am loving the lampshade. What a great way to change up a room!

  65. Mary C says:

    All of these are great! How I wish there were more hours in the day to create.

  66. kristen says:

    I love the crib rail cover! how clever.

  67. amanda says:

    love the angel purse! reminds my a little bit of amy butler’s swing bag. but this is more feminine and cute! it’s next on my sewing list.

  68. Melissa says:

    The crib rail protector is exactly what I need! Thanks!

  69. Kathy says:

    I love the apron ideas. So great that so many people shared ideas and all the photos give you a very good impression of what the project is. The aprons I checked out had very clear instructions with plenty of photos also. Nice job by everyone.

  70. Courtney says:

    Can’t wait to try the eco-friendly shopping tote!

  71. i love the eco friendly shopping totes!

  72. Amber says:

    Terrific ideas – the clothespin bag is really great!

  73. Meredith says:

    I can’t wait to make that cape for my daughter. She’s going to love it! Thanks Molly!!

  74. ariana says:

    I like the clothespin bag. I would love to get a line sometime before that, though!

  75. kim says:

    I love the tag making tutorial! looks really good.

  76. Adding a custom tag is such an easy way to increase glamor and professionalism… I’m definitely going to follow that tutorial. Thanks!

  77. froghair says:

    love the birthday banner — and I think I’ll make that tote this weekend!

  78. Holly says:

    Such great projects! Thanks!

  79. molly m says:

    I can’t wait to try the clothespin bag — my mom got me one in Scotland, and (sadly) it has met its demise.

  80. Katie says:

    My niece would adore that mermaid tale! She loves playing Ariel!

  81. Erin says:

    Some great ideas here! My 3 year old would love the mermaid tail!

  82. Stephanie says:

    These are fun :)

  83. Mary says:

    I LOVE THE THE CRIB PROTECTOR CONCEPT! I have a 12 month old teether. Maybe i should just cover the whole house in them!!!! This morning i discovered the arm of one of our dinindg room chairs has been eaten….sigh….It’s a good thing I love that boy more than anything!

  84. Sharon says:

    Wow! These are great ideas! I am so impressed at everyone’s creativity!

  85. Wendy says:

    The tags look like a fun project as does the birthday banner. And I’ve been wanting to make some shopping totes.

  86. Jennifer Gardner says:

    It never even occured to me to make my own embroidery floss bobbins! What a great idea, I love that you can make them personalized.

  87. Heather says:

    what little girl wouldn’t love a mermaid tail?!

  88. Kathryn says:

    That angel bag is so lovely. Do I really need to make myself another bag? Now that’s a silly question. Love the quilted floor mat too. I see one of those in my near future.

  89. Ellen B says:

    I’ve been inspired to use my versacraft stamp pads after seeing the tag tutorial. Great ideas once again.

  90. Andrea says:

    I love that crib rail protector. But darn those pesky buttonholes!

  91. alicia says:

    I love the lampshade idea–imagine the decorating possibilities!

  92. Sarah says:

    Love the lampshade one….. Thanks!

  93. melissa says:

    i love the cape!! i am going to make this for all of my son’s classmates.

  94. Collins says:

    i love everyone of these! i want to try the eco- friendly tote.

  95. Champ says:

    I love love LOVE the tag tutorial

  96. Jen says:

    That crib rail protector is very clever! Much better than the plastic stuff I keep finding! Thanks!

  97. Rachel says:

    I can think of so many uses for the Birthday Banner–most definitely not just birthdays.

  98. Megan says:

    Those tags are super cute! What a good idea!

  99. Kelly G. says:

    I have an almost 7 year old and a 5 year old who have been longing for mermaid costumes. Perfect!

  100. Annika says:

    I don’t know what to make first!

  101. Emma says:

    Great tag tutorial. Those little touches can help turn a finished item into a polished item.

  102. Sarah says:

    Love the tag tutorial–and the tip for where to get custom stamps made. Thanks!

  103. Terri says:

    I really like the crib rail guard, but all of these tutorials are great!

  104. alissa says:

    I am going to pick out fabric today to try and make a diaper bag based on the angel bag, which is so cute! The tutorial was easy to follow and I LOVED that she included a pattern! Thanks!

  105. Stephanie says:

    Great tutorials! I want to use the lampshade tut soon.

  106. Anne says:

    I love the tag-making tutorial, and the quilted crib rail cover is a great idea too!

  107. Amanda says:

    I’m all about the crib rail protector. My baby is all about using this as a teething toy. Yuck!

  108. Lisa says:

    I’m going to spend my weekend working on a birthday banner and a matching birthday pillowcase!

  109. Amber Graham says:

    Love the angel bag!

  110. Janice says:

    Great set of tutorials!!!!

  111. Sarah S says:

    The birthday banner and crib rail cover are to on my to-do list! Love this contest. I can’t get enough tutorials.

  112. Kari says:

    I want to make the nursing cover first. Then it will be a hard choice what I would pick next. Thanks for creating and sharing all the great tutorials!

  113. Toni says:

    The bobbins, the mermaid skirt and the banner are my favorite entries. Good job everyone! Good luck to the entrants… wow!

  114. Charlene says:

    love the lampshade! I need some fabric to do that to one of mine!

  115. Tammy says:

    I like the banner and the clothespin bag. Have to add those to my list of things I just have to make!

  116. I just love the Angel Bag!! I am defitely making one of those!!

  117. Ly Lan Dill says:

    Sew Mama Sew has been on my Feeder list forever and I read all the news with such pleasure but am a little scared of launching into any actual projects. My son’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to make a banner but what should be simple math seemed a bit much to think through. When lo and behold, thanks to your call for tutorials, there is a wonderful tutorial for exactly what I am looking for with a wealth of hints and tips that make it all seem so much less daunting. Thanks for existing Sew Mama Sew and thank you Kristin for the great tutorial!
    Ly Lan

  118. Janelle Evans says:

    I’m so thankful for inspired and creative people. Thank you for you tutorials for us not so inclined.

  119. Leah says:

    Mermaid skirt is too adorable!

  120. kristena says:

    I’m loving the rug and the nursing cover-up. Thanks for all the great tutorials, everyone!

  121. Each one of these tutorials brings a little of something to mind and I’d just like to say they are all great! Thanks for Sharing!

  122. Caitlin W says:

    I really like the birthday banner. It reminds me of the banner that my parents always put up on each of our birthdays. It would be fun to update it using the sewing pattern so that it would last a lot longer.

  123. Miss Sassy says:

    Ooh – a clothespin bag. Awesome. I love buntings/banners in any form, too.

  124. Alisha says:

    More bags and totes to add to my list of bags and totes to make. :)

    Thanks for all the links to great tutorials.

  125. Solveig says:

    I will definitely make some embroidery floss bobbins, and that tag tutorial was also great.

  126. Helen Gillis says:

    Thanks for all the great tutorials – even simple things like the fold over pouch make cute gifts!!

    Helen in Malden, MA

  127. Chantel says:

    I love the bday banners! I think just plain they would be cute too! Maybe with some sort of removable lettering they could be multi purpose? velcro maybe?
    Very cute!

  128. Lil' d says:

    Thanks – I’m looking forward to trying them out

  129. Michelle says:

    Great little tutes, here, thank you all. I want to go and make a million tags now, combining some of my favorite things… rubber stamps and fabric!

  130. Kim B. says:

    The quilted crib rail cover is ingenious! I will have to give that a go when baby #2 makes his/her appearance.

  131. Megan VS says:

    Nursing cover! Awesome!

  132. Chassie says:

    The cape tutorial is awesome! I made my girls a batgirl/supergirl cape and they love it!

  133. Laurie says:

    I love the eco-friendly totes. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  134. Amy says:

    The cape is adorable.

  135. Laura says:

    Love that floor rug, although I can’t imagine stepping on anything so pretty!

  136. Jill T says:

    Great tutorials…. I can’t decide where to start!

  137. Carrie Chilton says:

    I love the clever little cape. The details are fantastic. Can’t wait to try it out. My 2 year old is definitely in a super hero phase.

  138. Arizona says:

    Great tutorials!

    I wanna win FFF!

  139. Sarah Lisle says:

    All great ideas! How do I choose one to begin with?!

  140. hb says:

    Wowwww! So many lovely entries! FFF?

  141. Bobbi says:

    that Happy Birthday sign is adorable!

  142. Liz says:

    I vote for the angel bag — perfect for a cute spring look!

  143. Samantha says:

    I’ve been meaning to make some shopping bags for a while, so that tutorial is definitely inspiring me to get on it. The clothespin bag is also a must have! What great projects.

  144. Sarah says:

    The tag-making tutorial is perfect! Now I just need my friend to finish redesigning my website, and I’ll be able to get one of those custom stamps made!

  145. Annette says:

    loving that tag tutorial. what a fabulous idea.

  146. Debra says:

    So many more cute things to make. First on my list will be the crib rail pad since I discovered my little one teething on hers yesterday!! We will also be making the mermaid tail :) Who can resist a little mermaid princess!

  147. Hannah says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! All of these tutorials look fabulous. I can’t wait to try them!!! Thanks everyone for posting them!

  148. sara says:

    I think the tag making tutorial is great!

  149. skmparis says:

    cool ideas well done! :-)

  150. Tanja says:

    Ooh, all sorts of crafty goodness in these tutes. Thanks again for all the wonderful contributions from the SMS readership! :D

  151. BethieB says:

    I’m in love with the quilted floor cloth idea! I just bought all new kitchen towels but some of my old ones would make such cute scraps for the top of the rug…yay for more ideas! :0)

  152. Amy says:

    Love the clever little cape and the mermaid skirt!

  153. Collette says:

    Oh man, that crib rail guard is timely! My son just got 2 new teeth. He tried to eat my face today!

  154. Andi says:

    I agree with Ellen! If only I had time to make them all….

  155. tammie says:

    these are all cool, but my favorites are the birthday banner & the angel bag!

  156. Carolyn says:

    This contest is a great idea! Thanks for hosting it. I’m going to learn A LOT!

  157. Liz says:

    These are all great!

  158. Courtney says:

    I’ve added two new craft projects for me to start. Thanks!

  159. Lilia says:

    Wow! You’ve got some great tutorials this week. I love the Cape, the tags, the mermaid skirt (where was this 3 years ago when my kid was a mermaid for Halloween?), the rug/floor cloth, the crib rail protector (why didn’t I think of that?). Great stuff.

  160. Andrea says:

    Another round of great tutorials! :)

  161. Emily says:

    The hand-stamped tags and the mermaid tail are going on my list right away. Thanks for the great tutorials, ladies!

  162. Amy W says:

    I love the clothespin bag! I’ve been wanting one of these but was too lazy to make a pattern! My daughter loves the mermaid skirt! Wow! So many great things to add to my to do list!

  163. Suzanne says:

    I love the crib rail guard, ingenious…

  164. Shelly says:

    thanks for all great craftyness!

  165. Laura says:

    Fantastic! I can’t wait to try most of these!

  166. Ellen says:

    I really need to win the lottery so I can quit my job and just spend my time crafting. There are so many great inspirations here and not enough time in my life to make them all! :)

  167. min says:

    The clothespin hanger is the one I’m looking at. The middle is a bit tricky, but hopefully I’ll figure it out. My daughter could use a trinket holder on her doorknob! I think I’ll add a piece of mesh on the front for pins and whatnot too. She’s got more “jewelry” than I do!

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