Posts by Andrea Brown

Andrea learned to sew when she was 10-years-old, but developed a true passion for it after graduating college and moving into her own apartment where she could spread out her mess of fabric scraps and pattern tissue. Andrea now lives in Philadelphia, PA, and sews the majority of her personal wardrobe, which she blogs about at Four Square Walls. She won second place in Season 1 of the online sewing competition Project Sewn, and has served as a judge in the 2013 Super Online Sewing Match and a pattern tester for several independent companies. After five years working in non-profit fund development, Andrea decided to leave the formal office environment and pursue a career as a seamstress. She currently (and very happily!) works in a local studio helping with commissioned sewing work, including alterations, custom garments and home decor.

How to Sew a Wool Hat from a Sweater

how to sew a wool beanie hat

You don't have to know how to knit in order to make a hat! Follow this free and easy tutorial on how to sew a fitted beanie from an old wool sweater in no time.

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Cozy Sewing: How to Sew a Duvet Cover

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A quick way to give your bedding an affordable makeover for the fall season is to sew your own cozy duvet cover out of two bedsheets. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to create your own removable duvet cover that closes with buttons for easy washing. It only takes an afternoon of sewing and will leave your sleeping space feeling refreshed!

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Sew Smarter: How to Gather Fabric With a Serger

How to gather fabric with a serger on the Craftsy Blog!

The traditional method for gathering fabric can be time consuming, especially when treads snap — forcing you start all over again. But, if you have a serger, you're in luck. Read on to find out how to cut your gathering time in half, without sacrificing an ounce of quality.

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