Month: July 2015

How to Sew Piping

Heather Lou of Closet Case Files designs chic, modern sewing patterns and writes about sewing, personal style and creative entrepreneurship. She designed the Carolyn Pajamas, our Round Four Challenge in the Super Online Sewing Match. We asked Heather for some Carolyn Pajamas tips, and she came through in a big way. Here is a detailed how-to for adding piping to your sewing. Piping adds extra interest to bags, clothing, home dec items and more, plus it’s actually really easy to make and sew!…

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Doll + Toy Carrycot Tutorial

Glenis from Gee’s Projects designed this carrycot to fit her toys and dolls. It’s easy to make a comfy spot for your next softie; the carrycot and doll together would make a special gift! Children appreciate having a special place to tuck their dolls and softies in, and parents love the extra play value. Have fun with the free tutorial, and explore the Gee’s Projects shop for more from Glenis. We’re partial to the Timi Tabby Kitty Cat and Kerah Rabbit…

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Introducing Glenis Ebbett from Gee’s Projects

Glenis Ebbett from Gee’s Projects is based in New Zealand and designs sweet doll and softie patterns, each named after one of her grandchildren. Glenis sells her PDF patterns in the Gee’s Projects shop, and she’s up next with a carrycot tutorial so you can tuck all of her dolls and softies into a cozy spot! First learn a little more about Glenis…

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Super Online Sewing Match Rnd FOUR: Carolyn Pajamas

We’re down to FOUR contestants for our Round Four Challenge in the Super Online Sewing Match II! This time our challengers will sew the Carolyn Pajamas from Closet Case Files, a tailored pattern with lots of variations, designed for chic lounging! We’re looking forward to seeing how each of our four sewists interprets this pattern. Which details will they will incorporate?– Piping? Shorts? Cuffs? Learn more about the pattern…

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Round Three Wrap-Up

Here are all of the Round Three Caravan Totes for our Super Online Sewing Match II! It’s exciting to see different personalities and styles reflected in each contestant’s choice of fabrics, details and more. A bag thrown in the mix after two garment patterns was a fun surprise, and we’re interested to hear what our judges think after their weekend deliberations…

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How to Make Your Own Paper Pieced Designs

Carley Biblin from Making It Up as I Sew Along is back to show you how to make your own paper pieced designs! Start with a geometric coloring book or look online for easy geometric shapes. All you need are a few simple tools, Carley’s easy how-to and an adventurous, creative spirit!

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How to Sew Ruffles into a Neckline

Dana Egbert from The Freckled Pear specializes in digital patterns for babies and children, all inspired by her role as a grandma. She’s here with an easy how-to for adding ruffles into the neckline of any pattern, and she has the full tutorial as a free PDF download too. Add something extra to your next top or dress with feminine, fun ruffles! Dana is also hosting a giveaway; enter to win two patterns from The Freckled Pear

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How to Pass Quilting Traditions to Millennials

Felice from Sew Scatterbrained has lots of ideas for how to introduce sewing to a whole new generation of quilters. We’re also interested in your thoughts… Are you new to quilting too? Have you passed your love of quilting on to someone younger? Is your local guild, quilt group and/or fabric shop open and welcoming to all? What are effective and positive ways to invite everyone to share creative expression through sewing?…

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How to Install Rivets

Anna Graham from Noodlehead is the designer behind our Round Three Challenge in the Super Online Sewing Match II, the pretty Caravan Tote! Anna has an intuition for just the right bag hardware picks and placement in her bag designs. She shows you how easy it is to install rivets so you can use them in your next bag! Rivets are a nice way to “up your game” as you sew accessories, and you can use relatively inexpensive tools to get the job done…

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How to Modify a Basic Bodice to a Yoke

Tanya Whelan of Grand Revival Designs has a new book out, Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time: The Ultimate Dressmaking Guide. Learn all about the book (with pattern combinations so you can make over 200 different dresses!) and check out Tanya’s tutorial for modifying a basic bodice into a yoke…

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Super Online Sewing COMMUNITY Match Update

We want to see photos of the tops, dresses and more you’re sewing for the Super Online Sewing COMMUNITY Match! We added a link-up tool to make it easy to add a photo of your latest entry, and to encourage everyone to hop over to your site for more details. Remember, you can sew through August 28th and enter to win lots of different prizes. You don’t need to sew the same pattern as our challengers; so far we’ve had both a top and a dress challenge, so you can sew any top or any dress to participate…

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How to Gather Fabric

Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing is working on a series of pattern booklets with Alison Glass, set to publish later this summer. One of the patterns in the series is the blouse below, all sewn up in Anna Maria Horner’s new Loominous fabric. Loominous is yarn-dyed with a big of sparkle and Anna Maria’s signature rich, vibrant colors.

Karen shows you how to gather fabric “almost perfectly, almost every time,” using her new blouse design in Loominous to demonstrate the easy technique. Karen’s Loominous is from Harts Fabric; they carry the full, gorgeous collection!

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Boho Leather Fringe Bag Tutorial

Samantha from Handmade by Mrs. H is an independent pattern designer, living in Wales, UK. Samantha specializes in bag sewing patterns and also runs the Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H Etsy shop. She designed this Leather Fringe Bag to take you through all of your summer adventures on into fall. You can use leather or “pleather,” and pop a favorite print in for the lining. Add a little Boho/Coachella vibe to your summer look!…

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How to Use Vintage Patterns for Inspiration

Christine Haynes designed the Marianne Dress, our Round Two Challenge for the Super Online Sewing Match. Christine is based in Los Angeles where she writes and teaches about sewing, and designs patterns “perfect for the vintage-loving modern seamstress.” We asked Christine to tell us a little about how to use vintage patterns as inspiration. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to select details from various patterns in your next project, or to venture into the wide world of vintage patterns!…

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Round ONE Wrap-Up

Round One is complete! The ten challengers in our Super Online Sewing Match II are done with their True Bias Sutton Blouses, and now present them to you and to our judges. Our judges are tasked some very difficult decisions. In the next two days they will evaluate submissions based on sewing quality, fit and style, and they must (gulp!) eliminate two challengers in this round. See what our challengers made!…

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