Skip to content


Welcome! I’m Sherri Sylvester. I’ve been writing about sewing at Thread Riding Hood since 2012 and I can’t imagine ever doing anything else! I grew up with a mom who sewed, like her mother before her. It was something I did on occasion until my oldest daughter was born – then it proceeded to get a bit out of control, in a good way! The many DIY bloggers fed my obsession and I was hooked.

I spend my days surrounded by fabric, my camera, computer and sewing machine. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t touch something handmade – bags, clothing, home decor, quilts and lots of things for my kids. Most of it ends up on the blog – many of them with a tutorial, so much so that the tutorial list contains 100+ free projects and patterns.

I am so fortunate to be able to be there for my girls when they are home from school. And I get to work at home everyday alongside my husband, who also owns his own business. I love Smarties, plain wavy chips with dip and warm homemade chocolate chip cookies. I also love the smell of my local quilt shops, and the feel of newly purchased fabric along with the possibility it brings.

I hope you can find lots of tips, tricks and inspiration as you find your way around Thread Riding Hood. (Here’s a great place to start exploring!)

Thanks so much for visiting,

P.S. I’d love to hear from you.  Please email comments and questions to sherri (at) threadridinghood (dot) com and please follow along so you don’t miss more great tutorials and posts:


43 Responses leave one →
  1. March 7, 2013

    Hi Sherri I can’t get your email button to work for me,,,but I have lots of Cdn. fabric sites for you. Shoot me an email,,and I’ll get you a list together if you’d like. And please,please add !! An amazing Canadian fabric store with terrific service & selection! (and lots of sales too!)

    • March 12, 2013

      I think this is a Windows 8 and Chrome glitch. I’m looking into it. In the meantime – my email address is at the bottom of the last “about” paragraph. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Kate permalink
    September 17, 2013


    I am loving your site.

    Sorry if you have been asked a million times but where do you get your little labels made? I would love to have my own made to sew onto my finished projects..
    Many Thanks

    • September 18, 2013

      Hi Kate – I make my own right now – not very often though, because it is a long process. I have avoided buying them so far because I like to have lots of styles – and I also have a lot of colours in my logo, so it is trickier to get good labels that don’t break the bank. The process I use is here: But instead of twill tape I use grosgrain ribbon. Hope that helps!

  3. Joanelle Swan permalink
    July 19, 2014

    I’m looking for cotton strap available in Canada. Any ideas?

  4. November 3, 2014

    Hi Sherri: Would love to hear back from you! Helena

    • November 3, 2014

      Hi Helena, looks like you have a good selection of apparel fabric. Nice to hear from you :) Sherri

  5. April 7, 2015

    Hi We would like to make an appoinment for a meeting to our own version of shweshwe styled rolls… please email me.
    Thanks Rene (Graphic Artist_African Nature Company)

    • April 9, 2015

      Hi Rene. Please email me – sherri at threadridinghood dot com with more details. Thank you!

  6. TerriSue permalink
    April 21, 2015

    Can I subscribe to you by email? I never remember to look at rss feeds. I just found your site yesterday and love your style. I don’t want to is a post. You are so wonderfully creative. Your patterns just have something extra.

    • April 24, 2015

      Hi TerriSue. I don’t have it set up yet – but I’m working on it! I’ll be sure to let everyone know when it’s up. Thanks so much for asking! I’m glad you like reading :)

  7. Kathy permalink
    April 28, 2015

    Hi, I just found your website tonite and I don’t blame you for liking your name. It is cute. First I would like to know where you got that color in fabric. I have 5 grand children and most of them love to color or create their own dessign. My mother is a Artist, and so was my grand father. I did machine embroidery since 1991, and gave it up the end of 2014 when I sold all 4 of my machines. I still have the designs as people don’t want to pay for all your hard work in making the designs. Anyway, my new journey is learning how to sew. I had no interest in learning all these years as my mother sews, my grand mother sewed, and both my aunts, and older sister, but I never was interested in learning. now sewing or learning to sew is so much easier today. I watch all types of turtorial videos and I have learned so much. Now I just need to start making stuff. I am afraid once I start there is no stopping me.
    But please tell me where I can get the coloring fabric, or the fabric where the kids can color in. You made a quick pencil case, and I would like to make some for my grand kids. Thanks for sharing

  8. May 25, 2015

    Hi isaw onmy phone today sewing with a round hem but now i cant find it in could you tell me where it is on the site thanks kay

  9. Regina permalink
    October 3, 2015

    I just found your Sew Along for making a quiet book. thank you!! I have been struggling for a year to begin my first quiet book but have not yet started because of lack of directions. Looking at all of the examples on the web is overwhelming!!! There are lots of directions for making felt books but like you, I don’t think they will last. Thank you again for posting this even though the Sew Along has ended.

    • October 3, 2015

      Hooray! So glad you like it Regina! Let me know if you have any questions :)

  10. Brenda Thibeault permalink
    November 26, 2015

    Hi Sherri, we are still reminiscing about Jamaica! Like your new look! It was truly our pleasure to have met you and Matt! I am not a sewer but I will check in on you occasionally!P.S.You really do have such a lovely smile! Brenda and Andre from Winnipeg

    • November 27, 2015

      Awww, thanks Brenda! I’m so glad you found me :) We are talking about it the trip too. Such fun memories! It was wonderful meeting you both as well! I’m so glad we could connect! Talk soon then :)

  11. Bev permalink
    December 22, 2015

    I love the Quiet book. Did you ever start a sew along group learning how to make it. I would love to make one.

    • December 24, 2015

      I’m so glad Bev! If you click on the Sew Along link in the menu bar most of the tutorials are available. I’m working on the last one hopefully up next week. Let me know of you have any questions.

  12. Carol permalink
    February 3, 2016

    I downloaded your flower bag tutorial but how do I print it off without having to print 29 pages and all the advertisements.

    • February 5, 2016

      Hi Carol. Unfortunately I don’t have a pdf download of it yet. Best to copy and paste the text into a word processing document and then print it after deleting the ads. It is in the works right now, so should be available soon! :)

  13. Tove permalink
    May 28, 2016

    Just found the most wonderful quiet book tutorial. The ideas are just wonderful,
    Although I’m not planning on making a quiet book, I would love to use these ideas to incorporate in a huge volunteer project I have started.
    My 95 year old mother is a nursing home resident where the majority of the 3 floors of residents are afflicted with dementia/Alzheimers. The home has very little quiet entertainment for the many and varied levels of the cognitive minds.
    The new activity director asked if I would make a series of 25″ x 25″ fiddle quilts. These quilts would be Velcro mounted on the walls for the residents to remove them if they want or use them right there.
    Many of your quiet book ideas are perfect to incorporate in these quilts – and I need as many ideas as possible because the hope is that I will be able to make 20 – 30 quilts in total

    • June 8, 2016

      Wow Tove! That is an amazing goal! I’m so glad you can use these ideas. I love to hear how these tutorials make their way to helping so many people! I’m so glad you let me know :)

  14. May 28, 2016

    I have a new grandson and hope to make the Quiet Book for him. Thanks for the wonderful tuts. I heard about this from SewCanShe. I am now following with Feedly.

    • June 8, 2016

      Thank you so much for following along LJ. I really appreciate it! SewCanShe is an amazing resource – Caroline has done a great job of curating her emails. So inspiring. Congratulations on the grandson! I am sure he will love it. :)

  15. Maureen Kirkland permalink
    February 16, 2017

    Love love love this! I’m constructing a quiet book right now for my grandsons and I’m using your method here. Just one question…I can’t seem to figure out what the material is for the “loops” you refer to in your instructions. These are the loops that the rings slide into when hooking the pages to the cover of the book. You refer to them as loops, but don’t explain what they are made of. I’ve searched and can’t find anything just like it in the fabric store. Could you please give me some info on what this material is, and where I can find it? Thanks for any info you can give me :)

  16. November 28, 2017


    I would like to do a make and take of your cat eye zip pouch at my shop. I would like to have some printed copies of the pattern there for people as well as the link to your website. Could I get your permission to do this?

    Thank you

  17. Gail Nelson permalink
    December 5, 2017

    I am looking for good quality cotton/lycra sweatshirting. I am living in BC. Any recommendations for online shopping?

  18. Debbie permalink
    June 24, 2018

    I’m anxious and excited to get going on a couple of quiet books so. I need to know how to receive the patterns and tutorial on how to make.
    Please let me know what I need to do next to receive or purchase a quiet book.
    Thank you in advance and have a blessed and safe week.

  19. Glen Roachelle permalink
    August 28, 2018

    Sherri, we have a friend who loves to sew. My wife and I would LOVE to purchase one of these undercover maker mats already made.

    Do you sell them, or do you know anyone who does? We would appreciate any guidance about this.

    Glen Roachelle

    • September 4, 2018

      Hi Glen. So sorry, I do not have them for sale. If you search Undercover Mat on Etsy or Facebook you may find a seller. Hope that helps!

  20. August 18, 2019

    Only one of the shops listed is still in business, and they no longer have daGama fabrics listed on their website. Perhaps it is time for an update

  21. March 1, 2020

    Hi Sherri. I’m having trouble locating your free superhero cape pattern. Can you please send me the PDF or link. We are making them for toddler preschool.

  22. June 29, 2020

    I am wondering if the scalloped edge basket pattern is still available. It was cute and a friend saw it in my sewing room but I have lost track of the original pattern I downloaded years ago.
    Thank you!

Trackbacks and Pingbacks

  1. WeAllSew «

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

CommentLuv badge