Author: Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby

Crafted Spaces DIY Christmas Wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath

I absolutely love Christmas wreaths. The holidays would not be as festive without a wreath. Over the years I have made both natural and artificial wreaths. However, my favourite is always a natural Christmas wreath with a mix of fresh evergreens. After a bit of looking around for materials, I purchased a mini evergreen swag […]

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Handmade Soap Making

6 Reasons I Started Making Handmade Soap

My family and I have always loved using handmade soaps. About five years ago, I started making cold processed soap and since then we have not looked back. We benefit from the wonderful properties handmade soaps have to offer. I teach monthly soap making workshops and I am often asked; why I started making soap? […]

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Sewing Essentials

20 Beginner Sewing Essentials

Students often ask what they should have in their sewing kit. This post will share some essential items that I believe should be included in any beginner sewing kit. As your sewing skills develop and your projects become more complex, you may find it necessary to expand your sewing kit and to add specialty tools […]

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McCall's Pattern Review

Pattern Review: McCall’s M6659

This is a review of the McCall’s M6659 sewing pattern. The pattern package includes seven views in total; two pajama tops, two pajama bottoms, two robes and a pair of boxer shorts. We used this pattern in a Beginner Sewing class, where we sewed the pajama pants view G. I recently revisited this pattern to […]

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Tips for Buying a Sewing Machine

Tips for Buying a Sewing Machine

I have been machine sewing since I was eleven years old and it is something that I am passionate about. Over the years the most common questions I am asked are: what type of sewing machine I have and what manufacturer I prefer. My sewing students also ask for advise on choosing a sewing machine, […]

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Crafted Spaces Studio - Creative Business

New Sewing and Craft Blog

Since 2010, Crafted Spaces has shared sewing and craft tutorials along with other crafty information on its’ blog. Over the years it has been a fun¬†experience developing content and connecting with our students, blog followers and other creatives. This year we continue to develop Crafted Spaces and have redesigned our website, added new classes and […]

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