My name is Maureen. But you can call me Marzi. I’m kinda quirky and a lot crafty. And I’m so glad you’re here.

Have a question? I have an answer…


1) Can I share your project idea within my blog / website / magazine?

I love to have my projects featured! Yes, you may post information about the project along with a couple of photos. Please do not copy and paste the entire tutorial. I would appreciate a link back to MadeByMarzipan.com. And thanks so much for sharing… you just made my day!

2) Can I sell items I make from your free patterns?

The patterns and projects on my site are for personal use only. They may also be given as gifts, or sewn for non-profit, charitable purposes. However, if you have purchased a pattern from my Etsy or Craftsy shop, you have the right to sell items sewn from that pattern.

3) Are your posts sponsored?

Many of the posts and projects on MadeByMarzipan.com are sponsored by third-party companies. I may have been compensated via cash payment or free materials. I only promote products I love and use, and all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I’m often asked where I purchased a particular craft supply. For your convenience, I’ve included Amazon affiliate links to many of the items used, right in the supply list of each post. Happy shopping! (And when your significant other sees that brown box in the mail, feel free to blame Marzi.)

4) How can I advertise on MadeByMarzipan.com, or sponsor a video featuring my product?

I love working with companies that embrace creativity or promote the DIY lifestyle. For information about securing ad space, product placement, or reviews, please visit the Ads & Sponsorship page.

5) How can I contact you?

You can email me at madebymarzipan@gmail.com (yes, there’s a real person on the other end!), or message me via Made By Marzipan’s Facebook business page. Or just leave a question in the comments section and I’ll get back to you soon!

Still curious?

If you’d like a peek at my craft studio / sewing room, take a video tour here:
And finally, a video slideshow of some crafty goodness to get you started.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get crafting!

64 thoughts on “

  1. Fran says

    You have been busy.
    Cute site. cute kids too

  2. Laurie says

    Hi, I looked at your website. You are VERY talented! You will definitely inspire me to get moving on my scrapping!

  3. Christine says

    just checked out your site. I love it, very fresh and cute, easy to use. I think I might have to get crafty :)

  4. Leslie says

    Your site totally inspires me! Do you have anything that can make time stop too so that I’ll be able to get more crafting done? I love all your projects. Your cards are my favorite part. Thanks for sharing with us!

  5. Lolita says

    I love your site! I am a new to sewing and crafts and I am hooked. I hit the library every week in search of some book that will help me to learn the ends and outs of crafts, sewing, crocheting, and knitting (I’m trying to teach myself how to do it all). I am hoping to eventually have the knowledge and ability to make a variety of things with and without a pattern.
    Your website has been amazingly helpful so far. I made the tablecloth lunch bag and receive mondo compliments. I made the bag while sick, that is how easy it was to follow your tutorial. Keep up the good work!

  6. says

    Lolita, thanks so much for your kind comment, it made my day!

  7. Lolita says

    I nominated you on Babble for Top 50 craft sites. Hope that’s okay. You Rock!

  8. barbara johnson says

    Hello there, I’m a retired “funky lady” that spends WAY too much time on the computer…LOL.. I’ve been knitting, crocheting,quilting,sewing along with Machine Embroidery all my life (since 14yrs old, and trust me that was a LONG time ago)… I’ve taught crafting of all sorts, so for me this new world is fascinating….. I can’t get over the creative talent that is out here in cyberworld… you young women are all to be commended for such generosity of spirit and encouragement in the land of handwork…. I treasure every one of these ideas… make many of them to give away and want to thank you for making my days!!! Barbara/aka GrammaBabs:)

  9. says

    Thanks, Barbara! I bet you’re full of great project ideas… sometimes I think I came up with something new, only to find that one of my readers did it twenty years ago :)

  10. Alicia says

    Love your blog but I can’t find how to follow it

    • says

      Thanks, Alicia! I would recommend following MadeByMarzipan on Facebook, because every time I post a project, it shows up on my Facebook feed. Also, Facebook followers can see “sneak peeks,” give suggestions, and answer polls about what projects they’d like to see next! https://www.facebook.com/MadeByMarzipan

  11. Megan says

    I just pinned your anywhere chair onto Pinterest to spread word of your great work there. Thank you so much for all these wonderful ideas. I am tucking this anywhere chair in my stash of things to do when a grad baby arrives in our lives.Thanks!

    • Susan says

      Thank you so much for the pattern and instructions for your Anywhere Chair. I visited your site for the first time last night and have already made my first baby seat. Such clear instructions (even for me) and the end result looks so professional. I will recommend you to all my crafting friends <3

  12. Kelsie Leon says

    your crafts are amazing! im about to make the ipod case for my kindle tomorrow then im going to attempt the laptop case. thanks for putting up videos they help a ton!

  13. terri says

    Just made the “Any Where Chair.” Really easy and it was nice to finish a project after the kids’ bed time and before I am ready to drop. Tempted to wake the baby to try it out….
    Would clarify instructions a bit, specifically about where the velcro goes.
    Thanks for the great project!

  14. Mara says

    Marzi! I love your personality! Thanks so much for sharing. My mother’s church group sews baby items and gives them away to young needy moms. I’m going to give them this pillow idea. I think its great! Mara

  15. Jerry Newman says

    I love watching anyone who is very knowledgeable about what she does and at the same time clearly gets joy from doing it.

    Bless you!

  16. laura says

    Me encanto todo lo que haces por favor nececito saber como hiciste el sillon tan hermoso!!!!!!desde Argentina felicitaciones

  17. Stormy Reyes says

    Love the new layout!

  18. Shantia says

    Honey, I just found your site!
    Must say, you are awesome. Love you, your rockabilly look an your crafts very much! Tutorials are great too!
    Best wishes from Latvia.

  19. Tammy says

    Need to get you information on the lob Cabin pattern on how to make it!

  20. Lauren Templeton says

    I am trying to find your pattern for the toddlers sun hat? I can’t seem to find it. Can you point me in the direction?

  21. Tamara says

    Dear Maureen,
    I am a 7 years old girl. I love to craft !!
    My mom showed me your website today and I loooovveee it very much.
    I want to start crafting just like you!

    Tamara Helena

    • says

      Tamara, it makes me so happy to meet a fellow crafter! If you try any of the projects on here, you can post a picture at the bottom of the tutorial. We would love to see what you create!

  22. Carey says

    Thanks a lot for the post. Much obliged.

  23. roza says

    Hi Marzi, Great projects. Can I subscribe to your blog by email?
    Thank you.

  24. Kathleen says

    Marzi, I love your use of shapes, textures & color! I am a semi-retired, slightly physically-impaired, licensed counselor of 22 yrs., seeking to combine my love of creativity & fabric, w/ helping others to express, but haven’t figured-out what-all to include in my blog, or on my website, for this New Season of life!
    Thank you for sharing your precious ideas! I’m thinking about making the ‘Birdie Mobile for a special gift…How big is the ‘birdie’ template supposed to be? It looks pretty large @ 100%!! Also, how can I view your tutorial for the ‘scrappy’ chevron quilt? Simply lovely! Tks. again & TTFN!

  25. Lynne says

    Where can I find the triangle template for the Bye Bye Baby quilt? It’s so cute, I can’t wait to make it. Thanks.

  26. Twinkle says

    Loved your cute cute website. Nice fresh layout and i made a hardcover notebook shown in one of your tutorials and i LOVED it. Now people tell me to make books for them.
    Thanks and please add more on typography. I like your way of teaching.

  27. Noelle says

    So cute this cupcake.
    I made some for présent to my friends
    Thanks to you

    Noelle from

  28. Fantastic article post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  29. Marsha says

    Your work is amazing. I’ve been watching your videos and I love them. They are so easy to follow and even an amateur like me can figure them out.

  30. melissa says

    Love that tutorial!
    Can I follow by email?

  31. Liz says

    Hi Marzi,

    I love your website, I found you via you tube, your videos are very well made and easy to follow. I am making the baby quilt you have demonstrated. I was wondering if you have instructions on how to make a pillow case, or if you will be posting a video on this topic. Thank you!

    Liz :)

  32. Leilani says

    Hi Marzi,
    I just figured out about you while searching up some crafting videos. You’re amazing and really talented. I love doing crafts whether it be with my grandmother’s sewing machine or jewelery to give out. You really do inspire me with all your work! Thanks for being such a great influence on me!

  33. saffy says

    Hi Marzi, is there a way to subscribe to your lovely site for updates and also your blog? I often forget to visit sites ive added to favorites xx

    • says

      Not currently… but if you follow MadeByMarzipan on Facebook or Twitter, I post whenever there’s a new article. Thanks!

  34. Marsha says

    I am so inspired by your ideas. I had twin girls (Kara and Maggie) in November and have been sewing away since the day I discovered I was pregnant. I have found a store that has good quality fabric for very cheap and am able to save lots of money by doing things my self.

    You are a life saver
    Marsha, David, Kara and Maggie

  35. Tracy says

    GREAT stuff!!!
    Have you ever thought of making an iPad/iPhone/tablet “sack” that attaches to a crib or pack’n’play so that music can be played while baby is drifting off to sleep? It could hang on the outside of the crib so baby doesn’t mess with it….??? I think it’s a GREAT idea, but I’m not a sewing or crafty person. I desperately need one!!

    • says

      I hadn’t thought of that… interesting idea!

  36. Milissa says

    I’m looking for a thread catcher with a attached pin cushion pattern. I’ve seen them in quilt classes but no one seems to have a pattern. Can you help with this. Thank you

  37. Linda says

    I love drawing but drawing scary me
    but when I seeing you drawing in your video that such easy thing to do for you and so enjoyabl watch, maybe if I keeps watching your videos could help me take free the fear of drawing in me. I Will let you know if some good come out of me as a result of the inspiration you give out in your tutorial videos. Thank you for sharing.
    Best Regard Linda from Australia

  38. Peggy Cartwright says

    Ah Marzi…. I have just spent half my day looking at all you have done… it exhausted me! You are such a clever girl and make everything look so easy and fun. Wish I had your organizing skills… I am an artist and craftswoman who turned to writing and had a career in advertising copywriting, but maintained the craft part by teaching everything my grandmother taught me: knitting, crochet, and all the needlecrafts. I think I had about the earliest quilt classes in the country, which led to my starting a great craft store in Oak Park, IL, called The Oak Park Women’s Exchange — I still see some of the instructions I wrote for them in other’s classes. (I’m 90, so I taught my evening classes after work in the junior colleges in the Chicago area at the time of the beginning of the big craft boom). Now I’m making books from boxes and scrap paper… I cannot seem to stop my ‘crafting’ which began at my grandmother’s knee at about five. I guess I’m going for ‘the oldest craftswoman in the U.S. Thanks for passing on all your expertise and joy in crafting. You are an amazing girl!

    • says

      Your comment made my day! It’s so nice to meet a fellow crafter :)

  39. Amy F says

    Hi Marzi. I follow your YouTube channel. And I just wanted to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE your tutorials and videos! You make everything look so super easy! You inspire me so much and make me want to whip out my old beat up sewing machine and just keep trying after my many failed attempts as learning to sew! Keep doing what you’re doing because you are fantastic at it!

    • says

      Thank you so much!

    • says

      Thank you so much, Amy!

  40. Gladis says

    Hey Marzi, checked your website because of Youtube. Just wanted you to know I’m subscribed to your Youtube channel and I love all your tutorials. You’ve inspired me and keep up the good work!

  41. Allison J Croton says

    Hi! Marzi,
    I love your tutorials; especially the sewing and Letters. I have just gained my BA(Hons) Graphic Design and the ‘Letter’s will come in handy for future projects.
    Please could you do tutorials on how to make clothes for small dolls; I have a Pippa and need to make clothes for her but don’t where to start!! Thank you!!!

  42. Pat says

    I have a question regarding the reversible Frozen Cape tutorial — the dimensions of the pieces are 38 x 27 inches. Is the 38″ the length or width? Thank you.

  43. Hi, Marzi! I am a brazilian artist/designer and came to your work via Youtube. Amazing!

    • says

      Welcome and thank you!

  44. I m looking to buy red mesh decoder paper so I can send secret messages to our readers. Do you sell that type of paper?

    • says

      Grafix Arts makes a transparent red film, if that’s what you’re looking for. I don’t personally sell art supplies.

  45. Nancy says

    Hi Marzipan…
    Love your creations. I am trying so hard to access the perlerbeadssnapshots.com website so I can transform a photo of my special needs niece into a quilled creation for Christmas as seen done by yourself. I cannot access it and have tried a zillion times in many different way. Could you kindly help me?
    Thank you so much…Nancy

  46. Laurie Schuitema says

    I do i need to but the pattern for the mermaid Blanket have some problems cuz i had Brain cancer so i need a pattern to follow Thank You

  47. Rosie Lyn says

    Maureen, i am delighted to have discovered your website, and Utube videos on how to get started with lettering etc. In trying to get refocused for 2016 ( and a few days of escape to my coastal hide away), as I try to make room for some ‘gentler’ times that are peaceful and nourishing, your instructions on lettering is just perfect for me. Over the past several years, i have changed my focus from many awesome quilting projects ( most unfinished and waiting patiently), to starting down the path of machine quilting and embroidery (if only my thread collection equated to projects worked on), and then revisiting card making and making some beautiful cards. I want to go the next step in making my cards, planner and journal more personalized, and speaking from my heart. In trying to get some Work Life Balance, i have dabbled in Zentangles, looked at the new colouring book explosion, have many pins from Pinterest on related topics. Nothing seemed to be a 100% fit for me until I watched you Utubes on hand lettering. It will be great to have this simplier focus of learning, experiencing and creating beautiful lettering and embellisments.. You work is very inspiring . Best Wishes to you in 2016.. Rosie

  48. Ana says

    Wow! I have been looking for the way of how to make the boxy bag and I just learned how to make it with out seeing the seams.
    this is more then awesome!

  49. barb says

    CAn I use paint on the DIY Rustic wood sign and get same effect with letters?

  50. Barbara says

    I love your site every time i get a ping that you have a new post i cant wait to go to lunch or home to see it. Thanks so much.. you Rock.. but i have 1 question? The music you use who is that? You? What the song name? Today’s chip board and tape notebook. Thanks
    Barbara in Kissimmee Florida

  51. Kiki says

    Hi Marzi,
    I love your Blog. Thanks a lot! I’ll begin with my own Log Cabin Quilt Block today – thank you so much für the great Tutorial =) I’m thinking about how to sew one for weeeeeks. Now I know …. =) =) =) =)
    Love, Kiki from Germany =)

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