Month: July 2014

#ilovelemondrops on Instagram

We’re excited to partner with Anna Maria Horner to celebrate the launch of her gorgeous, new Anna Maria KNITS plus the sweet and versatile Lemon Drop Sewing Pattern! We all want to get our hands on these beautiful new fabrics, and a Lemon Drop is the perfect way to jump in and play with the knits! You have TWO ways to play today: There is a TradeAway via Instagram, and a Giveaway here…

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Ultimate Free Fabric Friday!

Happy Friday! You can win lots of pretty, new fabric and more today from our generous sponsors. Visit each shop to see what they have to offer, then click on the link in each section to enter to win.

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Matching Bags for Kids + Dolls

Lori Burrow from Dolly Outfitters and the I Sew Cute shop specializes in designing and sewing doll clothing and patterns. Inspired by popular designs, this bag tutorial for both kid and doll versions is scaled down and includes a lining. It is an easier sewing pattern with no zippers, buttons or snaps to install. There’s also a great pattern giveaway!…

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Quilt Design A Day Interview: Michelle

We have two more interviews to share with members of the Quilt Design A Day group, a talented community of designers with a daily design practice! Next up is Michelle from Factotum of Arts with her thoughts on Quilt Design A Day and her design process…

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18-inch Doll Graphic Tee Tutorial

Learn how to use fabric paint to create graphic tees for 18-inch dolls, a technique that works for kid clothes too! Erin Hentzel from Avery Lane Designs, author of Sew in Style: Make Your Own Doll Clothes, shows you how easy it is to transform a basic tee into something special!

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How to Slipcover a Storage Ottoman

Cherie from Studio Cherie shows you how to sew slipcovers! Cherie’s new Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Chairs Craftsy class teaches you to create professional slipcovers to refresh your home. Learn more about the class and get a 50% off link as you learn how to slipcover an ottoman…

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Anna Crossbody Bag PDF Pattern

Art Gallery Fabric designer, Bari J. from Bari J. Designs has an exclusive PDF pattern for you! The Anna Crossbody is a “Keeping it Real” Sewing Pattern by Bari J. with step-by-step instructions for making your favorite new bag!

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Tennis Bag Tutorial

Teresa VanHatten-Granath, or the Green Bag Lady, shows you how to make a Tennis Bag (perfect for tennis OR your new summer tote!) in this free PDF tutorial. Plus, click over to Green Bag Lady to enter to win this bag or one of ten new shopping totes…

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Modern Quilt Making Excerpt: Principles of Color

Our weekly series from the Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making kicks off today with a look at Principles of Color in quilt design. Learn more about the book from Lucky Spool Media and learn all about color in today’s workshop excerpt from expert instructor Kari Vojtechovsky…

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Baby Doll Twirl Top Tutorial

Ericka and Jessica from Violette Field Threads Pattern Company designed this Baby Doll Twirl Top to utilize a fun, new product from Clover that you iron onto fabric to create perfect gathers! They show you how easy it is to make a sweet new top for sizes 2T through 10 years…

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Quilting Trends with Debbie

Are you involved in a block swap? Have you super-sized your sewing? Are there half rectangle triangles in your latest quilt? Take a look at some recent quilting trends with Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

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Playful Picnic Set

There is one thing guaranteed to make peanut butter sandwiches special, and that’s a beautiful picnic basket! Whether you want to head to the park and feed the whole family or send your little ones out into the garden for a special snack this tutorial will help you make some lovely up-cycled and easy to sew picnic gear…

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Swimsuit Sewing Tips

Swimsuits are often considered one of those “holy grails” of sewing. Sewists don’t want to tackle them because they’re worried about finding good patterns, or sewing with challenging fabric, or knowing the right construction techniques. But you can (and should!) stretch yourself to sew a swimsuit this summer. Here are some favorite tips for sewing swimsuits…

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Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns: Bombshell Swimsuit

July is the perfect time to freshen up our wardrobes with handmade garments. Whether we’re sewing for the heat or planning ahead, we find that the laid-back pace of the season is just right for trying new techniques, new fabrics and new patterns. Our new series features a favorite independent sewing pattern every day in July!…

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