Month: September 2015

How to Make a Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Geta Grama from Romanian Quilt Studio shows you how to make an easy, professional drawstring bag. This basic design is great for favor bags or gift bags! You can get to work now to stock up for the holiday gift giving season, and you can also share a photo of your bag for a chance to win a new sewing machine in our Teach a Friend to Sew series!

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Citronille Pattern Challenge

Michelle Morris of That Black Chic, Diane Reafsnyder from Gator Bunny and Sherri Sylvester of thread riding hood are our first featured sewists in the Citronille Pattern Challenge! They each sewed one of the Citronille women’s clothing patterns from this French designer, with patterns now translated into English! We also have a giveaway…

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Ghost Quilting Tutorial

Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts shows you her technique for Ghost Quilting, adding depth and interest to your quilting with subtle shapes and forms. Learn how easy it is to add these extra elements to the negative space in your next quilt!

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The Story of Darning + Darning Sampler

Allison Dey Malacaria from the SweaterDoll shop and blog designs toy and doll sewing patterns. She is a multi-talented sewist who loves upcycling, fixing and the “magical landscape of play.” Allison shows you how to make a Pattern Darning Sampler so you can learn this important skill and art.

Here’s to utility, art and the lasting power of stitching! (There’s a giveaway too…)

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10 Pillow Tutorials + Sewing Merit Badge: Pillow

The weekly sewing challenge in our Teach a Friend to Sew series is to make a pillow! If you’re teaching someone, we encourage you to use one of our favorite tutorials to help your friend learn some essential tasks (straight lines, sharp corners, turning something right-side out, etc.) Once you’re done, take a photo and enter it in our drawing for a Pfaff sewing machine and fabric shop gift certificates! (Sewing teachers can enter too.)

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Participate in our Teach a Friend to Sew Series

Throughout our Teach a Friend to Sew series we’ll have a different topic each week that represents a stepping stone to becoming a better sewist. Each time you achieve one the goals, you earn a virtual sewing merit badge and gain an entry into a drawing for a fabulous sewing machine or a gift certificate to a fabric shop of your choice! Keep reading to learn about the Pfaff Passport 3.0 sewing machine and how you can enter the drawing!

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Teach a Friend to Sew: Series Kick-off

First up in our Teach a Friend to Sew series is an excerpt from School of Sewing: Learn It, Teach It, Sew Together by Shea Henderson. Shea shows you how to begin, whether you want to learn to sew yourself or you want to teach a group to learn together…

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Oakshott Scandinavia Challenge: Casey

The Scandinavia collection is the newest palette of colors from Oakshott, makers of gorgeous shot cottons loved by sewists around the world. We asked six talented contributors to show us what they could make with the new collection, plus we have TWO fat quarter packs to give away…

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Teach a Friend to Sew: Series Introduction

Part of our mission at Sew Mama Sew is to spread the love of sewing far and wide, so we reached out to Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio and Susanne Woods of Lucky Spool Media about collaborating on a series that encourages our readers to TEACH A FRIEND TO SEW! Chances are you know someone who has expressed an interest in sewing, but doesn’t know where to start. Maybe you’ve thought about teaching them, but don’t know where to start. That’s where this series comes in–we’ll help you start! Please join us–grab a friend and help them learn to sew!

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Introducing Sara from The Sara Project

Sara from The Sara Project has a cute, Anthropologie-insired pattern for you next. It’s a great design for your favorite print, and comfortable too with a loose and flowy fit. First take a look at The Sara Project for lots of fun, free tutorials, DIY ideas and more…

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Introducing Irene from Sugaridoo

Learn all about Irene from Sugaridoo. We were over the moon when Irene contacted us with her latest design, a fall-inspired mini quilt! We’re sure you’ll love the project just as much as we do. First click through each of the links to Irene’s Sugaridoo sites and learn about her quilting, crochet and more…

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Connection Block Tutorial + Pattern

Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is passionate about quilts and quilt pattern design. She believes the secret to success is to show up, try, learn, modify and repeat, so Yvonne recently set out to conquer her fear of curved piecing. The resulting design is this versatile Connection Block, a free pattern and tutorial for you!

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Flower Shower Tea Cozy Tutorial

Debbie von Grabler-Crozier from Pretty Things showed us how to make the Summer Flowers Mat and now she has a Flower Shower Tea Cozy to carry you through fall and winter! This easy project would make a thoughtful gift (paired with your favorite tea) or a bright bit of color for your kitchen…

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Party Pony Free Pattern + Tutorial

The free Party Pony PDF Tutorial + Pattern from Rena Dearden from Rustic Horseshoe is a clever, beginner-level project with lots of possible variations. This mini-version of the traditional stick horse can utilize a bubble wand, glitter wand, jumbo glow stick or dowel as the stick. It’s perfect for party favors, gift baskets or stocking stuffers!

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Introducing Rena Dearden from Rustic Horseshoe

Rena Dearden from Rustic Horseshoe has a project coming up next perfect for kid parties and for anyone who loves horses! Rustic Horseshoe sells ready made stick horses and ponies, plush horses, patterns and kits, costumes and more. Learn all about Rena and her designs, plus find a link for a gift certificate giveaway…

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Tile Blocks Tutorial

We love seeing Hillary Goodwin’s latest via Instagram @entropyalwayswins, and we were totally wow-ed by an image she shared of a quilt commission in progress. We asked Hillary to break the blocks down a bit more so we can make this Tile Blocks Quilt too!

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