Month: April 2015

Giveaway Day is May 6!

Learn all about Giveaway Day, our biannual event featuring hundreds of giveaways! This year we’re starting on a Wednesday and continuing the fun through the weekend…

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Asymmetrical Color Block Totes Tutorial

Marni Weaver of Haberdashery Fun shows you how to make easy Asymmetrical Color Block Totes! Take a new bag on your spring adventures, or whip up several to organize summer gear (one for the market, one for the beach…).

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How To Print Your Own Recipe Tea Towels

This spring Lisa DiAntonio launched Green Park Studios, a new “print your own fabric” company. Lisa shows you how to prepare files to print your own Recipe Tea Towels. The Peach Margarita sounds great, and we think these would also be lots of fun with scanned recipe cards featuring traditional family favorites. A set would make a thoughtful wedding or Christmas gift!…

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Spring Sewing Trends with Kelley

This marks a year of Kelley Gilbert’s trend spotting posts for Sew Mama Sew! Kelley has a great eye for important trends in the online sewing world, and we really appreciate her updates each month. This time around it’s separates for spring… What have you been sewing?!

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Is It Ever Worthwhile to Work for Free?

Fiona Pullen, author of Craft a Creative Business, also runs the UK-based The Sewing Directory and Craft a Creative Business. She stopped by earlier this year with thoughts on how to cope with a sense of isolation when working from home, and now she’s back with a thorough discussion about whether it’s ever worthwhile to work for free.

What do you think? Do you ever work for free, and if so have you found it’s ever been worth your while? Or do you think working for free under any circumstances no matter how beneficial devalues the industry as a whole? Do you use any calculations to decide if it is worth taking an unpaid job?…

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Pattern Shops, Clubs + More: Online Pattern Sales

Deanna McCool of is back with lots of information about curated pattern sites, pattern bundles, pattern clubs and more. What are your experiences like when you purchase patterns online? Do you gravitate towards sites that curate the selection for you, or do you stick to a favorite designer? Do you rely on the recommendations of online sewists? Do you take a gamble and try new designs out for fun? Have you had good experiences with online pattern purchases?…

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Tic Tac Toe Pouch Free Pattern + Tutorial

Trixi Symonds from Coloured Buttons has a new eBook version of her Sew Together Grow Together book out via Amazon. To celebrate the release Trixi has a free PDF excerpt from the book for you to download! Learn how easy it is to make this Tic Tac Toe Pouch for games on the go…

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10 Big Picture Habits for Happy, Successful Sewing

Virginia Lindsay of Gingercake and Gingercake Patterns, is the author of Pretty Birds and Sewing to Sell. Virginia has given us free patterns, plus a thoughtful discussion about “The Balancing Act of Putting a Price on Handmade.” She’s back with 10 Big Picture Habits for Happy, Successful Sewing. What are some big, important things you can do to improve the quality of your sewing time?

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“Best Sewing Needle”: Needle Comparison Guide

Teresa Coates and her sewing friends compared a wide selection of needles to see if the price or brand corresponds to a difference in quality. Which brand of needle is the best for the job? Teresa and her crew hit the pub for a hard-hitting investigative comparison to try eight different needles from five different companies. Learn all about their results, and comment for one of ten chances to WIN all of the needles in a darling, handy needle book made by Teresa…

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Give Your Softie a Story + Dolphin Free Pattern

Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy is the author of Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love: 18 Toy Patterns for the Storytelling Sewist. She’s here to help you give your new softies a name, a history… A story! Kerry and F+W are also generously providing you with a free Casco the Dolphin PDF pattern for you to download from Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love.

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