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One last thing….

I forgot to mention a stinkin’ huge thanks for responding to my sewing machine question. What a huge help to sewers of all stages.

And great…..thanks a lot. Now I want a new machine. Like, more than I want chocolates for Valentine’s day. (Have we met? Do you know how much I love chocolate?)

So thank you. I will now be linking that post in my FAQ section.

And it also gave me a teeny peek into your lives.

And I really like that.

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. Larsens says:

    Bernina Activa 131
    Love all the options of stiches. LOVE bernina.
    Wish it had a needle down button.
    cost $850.00

  2. Anissa says:

    Is it considered obsessive if I feel compelled to by some of every print they have? YIKES this stuff is cute.

  3. Katie says:

    Ashley- I love all your tips and tutorials especially the current boy lines. However I tend to hoard my fabric instead of using it so ultimately I just BUY fabric all the time. My next passion though is sharing a fabric secret with a friend who doesn't know about it yet. I am so glad you like the site. Just wait until you see the quality of the fabric. It is amazing. We buy clothes and fabric from them and are always happy. Plus all the knits are 60+ inches wide…
    WOW.. you will never need Hancocks knits again …he he.

    Anissa- They have a fabric sale going on right now – I think through tonight which is half off plus they have 3.50 a yard on clearance fabrics. great prices to build your stash. If you really want to become a fan join them on facebook. They are giving away a fabric gift set this Friday…..I hope I win. Happy Shopping…at Chez Ami.

  4. Anissa says:

    Thank you all for your great comments and recommendations. I will be using all your tips to try and increase my knit fabric stash. And I'm excited to spend way too much money at Chez Ami… You guys are the best! :)

  5. Ashley says:

    Oh my word…….I just checked out Chez Ami. Wow, wow, wow! Perfect for so many reasons. What a great secret you have both shared! Oh great… I have another fabric store addiction……Knit!

  6. Steph says:

    Katie beat me to it.

    Chez Ami, Chez Ami, Chez Ami..

    Nirvana awaits. :)

  7. Katie says:

    Anissa, I LOVE the knits offered by Chez Ami/ Patsy Aiken Designs. They offer great deals and the quality is out of this world. If I would just bite the bullet and get a serger my possibilities would be endless. They have a great selection for boys and girls. You can follow them on Facebook or here is there site… Happy Shopping. Would love to know if you find anything you like.

  8. Ashley says:

    Janie…..curly brown hair? In the same ward? I'm pretty sure I know just who are…..but send me an email. I'd love to catch up.

    Haha….how funny. I love this teeny little world we live in. :)


  9. Three Men and a Janie says:

    Hi Ashley! I'm pretty sure I know you from college – I think we both lived at the Riv. Anyway, I love your blog. So many cute ideas! It is forever feeding my already huge sewing appetite. Thanks!


  10. Ashley says:

    Hey Anissa….great question. When I made those little boy shirts, I just used old clothes that were in my re-purpose pile (example: shirts from our closets that were too small, stained or ruined somehow). I always have a stash of knits that I can use to embellish things. However, if you're looking for yards of knit… really is SO TRICKY to find it. I had to dig in the clearance pile at Hancock's to find that jersey knit that I used to make that knit scarf. But they do have other knit in their store….just not much. You're right, it's weird. But knit is kind of hard to sew with, so I guess it's not very popular for purchase.

    However, has some knits that I have bought before. Look for jersey knit while on their site. It is just an easier knit to work with and is thin and can be used for many things.

    But seriously, most of my knit projects come from re-purposing outgrown clothes. So if you don't have anything to get rid of in your own closet, head to your closest thrift store. There's a ton there to use too. And often times in great shape!

    Hope that helped!

  11. Anissa says:

    Hi – This comment isn't related to this post, but I figured since it didn't have about a hundred comments that maybe, just maybe, it won't get lost in the mix. :)

    A lot the things you make (kids clothes in particular) are made with cotton knit fabrics. This makes total sense, since most of the shirts we wear and most of the kids clothing out there are made with knit or knit jersey. My question is, WHERE do you buy this stuff? I go to my major fabric chain stored (Hancock, JoAnns) and they have a small section of solid color knits and a few ugly pattern ones. Do you have any recommended online stores to shop for knits? It's just a really big mystery to me that there aren't a bigger selection of knits in fabric stores…

    Anyway, if you have any light to shed on the subject I'd LOVE to hear it. :) Thanks for having such an amazing blog. I love everything you make and your insights are always much appreciated!

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