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Favorite thing lately?


Receiving emails and comments explaining that more and more of you are going out and buying sewing machines. (Or even scissors and Mod Podge.)

Love that.

Just keep on creating. It’s such a good thing.

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!


  1. Sherlin says:

    I just went and got one today!! Im gushing over all youre repurposing stuff and about to raid the closets!!

  2. NightAngelRose says:

    Everybody should have a sewing machine! Just don't buy a super cheap one, they're more trouble than they're worth. For those of you who like Viking brand sewing machines and sergers, they're discontinuing their current Huskylock serger series to make way for the newer and better. Hustle on over to your Husqvarna Viking sewing gallery and score a great machine at a close out price. I'm not saying they're cheap, just less expensive than they were. I got the 936 model (the best) for about $1000 when the original price was $1800. Worth it? I think so!

  3. Michelle says:

    I love your site so much! I'm itching to try something new all the time and your are my inspiration! Thank you! Only problem, is my husband is getting annoyed with all my crafting! Oh well!

  4. Leanna says:

    A sewing machine is also at the top of my list for Christmas. Who knows? Maybe I can find a great bargain on Black Friday IF I'm brave enough to brave the crowds. =D Thanks for all your inspiration!

  5. Kayla says:

    I just recently found your blog and I love it. I'm alway wanting to do crafty things but can't come up with the ideas on my own. I saw your peter pan and tinker bell costumes and made them the same day, My daughter won't take her's off. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  6. Zimms Zoo says:

    We (my 3 girls and I) have made several thing from here. Thanks for all the good ideas.

  7. JONESIES says:

    How can I purchase the booty pattern? Please email

  8. Jill says:

    My mother taught me to sew and knit when I was in elementary school. That is one of my favorite things to do . . . well when I have time of course.

  9. Carol B says:

    WOW! how cool is that! what an inspiration you've been to so many of us! Keep it up :-)

  10. Jill says:

    Thanks for inspiring me! I knit and crochet, but have not used my sewing machine for YEARS. you have lead me to take it out again!

  11. Raeven says:

    OMG, I LOVE LOVE your site!!!

    I found it trough this site and etsy.

    Love everything here, I'm going to be a frequent blog stalker. lol

  12. Mod Podge Amy says:

    Love the sewing machine thing – especially love the scissors and Mod Podge part. :D

    Yes, keep on creating!

  13. Love Lorri says:

    Picked up one today from a find on craigslist! $25 for a brand new machine! your my inspiration…thanks

  14. Jen says:

    Is there anyway you could post reviews or suggestions for good starter sewing machines for beginners?

  15. The Murray Family says:

    I've had a sewing machine for 4 years and have only pulled it out to sew a straight line here or there. I have always had the desire to create fun things for my kids but was totally intimidated. You have helped me see that a sewing project doesn't have to be complicated. I love your simple and fun ideas. Thanks for inspiring me.

  16. Kristin Dyer says:

    You inspired me to get a sewing machine too. Thank you so much. I just need to make time to create!

  17. The Fifth Street Mama says:

    I started sewing lessons last Thursday and I am so excited to try out some of your ideas!

  18. Rowanmayfairs says:

    My husband bought me a new machine for Christmas 2008 .. I've been finding all kinds of blogs lately that inspire me to learn more and more !

    I have an etsy store nowdays and LOVE to sew !

    I want an embrodiery machine but have learned to applique until the day I can afford the machine :)

  19. cannwin says:

    my daughters teacher said "I just love all these little things you make that she comes to school wearing."

    If it weren't for make it and love it my stack of hand me downs wouldn't be sitting in a pile next to my sewing machine… and I wouldn't grab free shirts that say 'vodka' across the front. But with you I know I can make something out of it all!

    Your blog rocks!

  20. Tiffany says:

    I'm hoping to get one for Christmas…mine is an antique & doesn't work very well!

  21. Lynn from For Love or Funny says:

    Thanks for inspiring us!

  22. Mom's Place says:

    I LOVE sewing and crafting!!! I bought a serger about 7 months ago and use it for everything! And seriously, how great is Mod Podge?!?!

  23. dsouth20 says:

    Yeah mine broke but since finding your site I now want to buy a new one!

  24. Rose says:

    Well, it's cuz you're so inspiring!!!

  25. Desiree and Lars says:

    Question…I'm new to the sewing thing, and my sewing machine has some really dark oil/liquid stuff coming out. Is that normal? I don't want it on my fabric…so I'm thinking it needs fixed. Any ideas?! Thanks!

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