Author: Kristin

Our 2017 Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers for Quilters, Stitchers, and Sewists

Stuffing stockings for my family is my absolute favorite part of the holiday. A few years ago I made king size stockings for everyone, just to accommodate my obsession. I love little, thoughtful things that I don’t have to wrap. These sewing and quilting supplies are personal favorites, some are based on powerful endorsements from friends, and some have been on my own wish list for ages. If you know someone who sews, you’re sure to find something they’ll love. If you sew, I’m sure you’ll be able to drop some great hints to Santa. *All Amazon links in...

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We Missed Handmade Holidays This Year, but Here are Hundreds of Great Ideas!

We can’t believe it’s December already! 2017 was quite a year, full of plenty of ups and downs, including a broken website. We’re absolutely thrilled to be back in business, but regret that our website wasn’t fully ready for our November Handmade Holiday series. Luckily, we have 10 years of Handmade Holidays content to inspire you to make, make, make this month! Here are links to all the posts for the past 3 years. Links to previous years are at the bottom of the page. We look forward to seeing what you create! Gifts for Students Gifts for Playtime...

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8th Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser: Donate now to a great cause (and maybe even win a prize!)

Action Kivu Fundraiser It’s time for the annual Action Kivu Fundraiser! Every year since inception, we’ve been honored to help promote this great cause, organized and supported by the sewing and quilting community. Action Kivu is a very small non-profit that Alissa Haight Carlton (Executive Director of the Modern Quilt Guild) and her sister Kate Haight became involved with in 2010. The program helps women and children who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo. The conflict in Congo has taken the lives of over 5.4 million people since 1998. Rape is used as a weapon of war, with estimates...

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Black Friday through Cyber Monday Sewing Sales!

It’s time to gather your supplies and make, make, make! Rev up your sewing machine, turn on your creativity, and get ready for a wonderful handmade holiday season! These 31 shops have all the supplies you need to sew gifts, quilts, tree skirts, and holiday outfits. Plus, you can pick up some great tools and bundles for crafty friends! Some of these deals and coupons are exclusive to this newsletter, so be sure to look for the code in the text. Sew Knit Love 20% off adult sewing patterns Code: sewknitlove20% Ends Friday, 12/1 Red Beauty Textiles Big discounts...

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Busy Kid Bib T-Shirt Free Pattern + Tutorial

This awesome Busy Kid Bib T-Shirt Pattern was written by Elles of Misusu Patterns. Misusu specializes in cute and functional patterns for babies and toddlers, with a strong focus on knit fabrics. This free t-shirt pattern is a great example of the excellent quality and style of all their designs.

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Introducing: Elles of Misusu Patterns

The next project up is a wonderful free pattern for a bib t-shirt by Elles of Misusu Patterns. Elles has Dutch roots but her English pattern procedures are excellent, as you can see in the free pattern. Learn more about Misusu here, then download the free bib t-shirt pattern, and check out all the wonderful Misusu patterns on their site!

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Crossroads Embroidery Series: Stem Stitch

Every month Amy Barickmon of Indygo Junctions shares with us an amazing free project and video tutorial to demonstrate a new embroidery technique. This month’s free celery/tomato cross stitch embroidery pattern is just retro enough to be modern, plus it’s a great skill builder, with clear instruction on how to do the Stem Stitch.

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Owl Tote Bag Free Pattern + Tutorial

Stephanie from the Crafty Kitty designed this adorable tote that subtlely yet cleverly looks like an owl. Perfect for back-to-work or back-to-school. Print the free pattern and make your own Owl Tote today!

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Introducing Jenny Blair

Our next tutorial is by Jenny Blair, a very talented textile artist and designer who lives in rural Scotland with her 2 girls and Mr Right. Inspired by her surroundings and an undeniable urge to sew, Jenny spends her days creating colourful embroidery kits and stitchery projects and patterns.

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#LoveWins Quilt Auction for The Trevor Project

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States determined that states may not deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples and must recognize their existing marriages. For the LGBTQ community, as well as advocates and allies, it was a huge cause for celebration. The next day, 37 quilters organized to express their joy and sense of optimism by creating the #LoveWins Quilt. One year later we’re acknowledging the fact that the fight for equality and acceptance continues, by auctioning this quilt to benefit The Trevor Project.

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FINAL Reflections + Predictions: Kristin Link

To wrap up our Reflections + Predictions, I’m talking about the contributors to this series–they are what we loved most about 2015! Plus, they inspire us to be the best crafters, entrepreneurs, and people we can be. Also, I share the two things from 2015 I’m most proud of.

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Sewing Merit Badge Challenge: Make a Quilt!

Are you teaching a friend to sew this month? Are you learning to sew? The challenge for this week is to make a quilt (or a mug rug or a mini quilt.) Show us your photo for another chance to win a Pfaff sewing machine or a fabric shop gift certificate.

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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 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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Support Shops with Sustainable Business Models

More and more “gray market” and non-traditional fabric sellers are competing with online as well as brick & mortar businesses for sewing and quilting industry dollars. We might be getting a great deal on products, but at what cost? Both consumers and manufacturers need to do a better job of weeding out the sellers who threaten the viability of shops with strong business models–those who are growing the industry, contributing to a healthy economy, and providing customers with great products and service .

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Do What You Love And the Money Will Follow

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk and Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps for Abby’s regular podcast. In it Kathy and I talk about running and closing our fabric shops, reinventing our businesses, and more. One of the things I brought up toward the end of the podcast was a bit of a ramble about following your passion to a point. I think it would be great to keep the conversation about doing what you love going here. Take a look and share your thoughts.

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Results of Our Instagram Marketing Survey

Instagram can be a powerful and rewarding marketing tool for small business owners, designers, authors, pro bloggers, and anyone trying to grow their brand. It is, however, hard to figure out what helps increase your following without alienating your biggest fans and the community you’ve built. A few days ago we posted a short survey to try to get a sense of how our readers feel about Instagram marketing. Here are the results.

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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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Quilt Market Snapshots: Cloud9 Fabrics

The Cloud9 booth at Quilt Market was full of gorgeous samples of current and coming-soon collections. Michelle also gave me a peek at what’s on the way in the next 6 months. In addition to their already impressive array of organic substrates–quilt-weight cotton, sheeting, flannel, broadcloth, canvas, and voile, they’ll be adding a wonderful barkcloth, which will be perfect for home dec projects. Be sure to take a close look at the Cirrus solids. They’re yarn-dyed in beautiful colors that coordinate with many of the Cloud9 collections.

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Quilt Market Snapshots: Art Gallery Fabrics

Art Gallery Fabrics has become a more significant presence at Quilt Market every season. At the Pittsburgh show, the big news was the three new lines of Limited Edition Fabrics by Caroline Hulse, Sara Lawson and April Rhodes. They were also welcoming Katarina Rocella to the design team. All of the collections are beautiful and the new faces are excellent additions to Art Gallery’s impressive lineup of designers. Take a look at some of the beautiful samples in the Art Gallery booth…

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Quilt Market Snapshots: Cotton + Steel

Over the past week, I’ve been trying to think of a good way to describe the atmosphere of the Pittsburgh Quilt Market. There were new credential requirements, so there were fewer people on the floor, but the thing I noticed most was the feeling of buoyancy that the presence of Cotton + Steel brought to the floor…

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Spring Equinox Grow Box: Paperboard Cross Stitch

Learn to make these fun stitched paperboard boxes. They’re a fun gift to give a child, and the cross stitch technique can be applied to any kind of paperboard boxes commonly found at craft stores. It takes less than an hour to stitch a child’s name on the box to make an extra special gift. It would also make a great alternative to an Easter basket!…

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Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 38th annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. This amazing event is sponsored and organized by the infamous Stitchin’ Post Quilt Shop, owned and operated by Jean and Valori Wells. Although the quilt show itself is only one day (the 2nd Saturday in July), the week leading up to the show if full of quilting classes and social activities. This year 1,300 quilts were on display…

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The Super Online Sewing Match: Pattern Designers

Round 1 of The Super Online Sewing Match is about to start and we can’t wait to reveal the first challenge. The participating pattern designers are among the very best in the business and we’re absolutely thrilled that they’re part of this contest! Drumroll, please…

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The Super Online Sewing Match

Do you have what it takes to compete against the best online sewists? We’ll be selecting 10 contestants to sew 5 projects over the next two months. One of them will win a Janome Horizon Memory Craft worth $5000! Take a look at the criteria and learn how you can throw your name in the hat!

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Craft Business Tips: 20 Proven Types of Blog Posts

While writing for your blog, you need to keep two audiences in mind: your readers who already know and love you, and search engines who will help direct more readers your way. Luckily they both thrive off the same thing–unique quality content. Need some ideas for great content? Below are 20 proven types of blog posts that you can use once a year or every week. Fill up your calendar, stick to your deadlines and publish a blog you can be proud of.

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Sew,Mama,Sew! shop closing

This is a bittersweet post, which requires some background and explanation. When my oldest daughter was born, I left my job as an instructional designer at a software company, dusted off my sewing machine, learned everything I could about screen printing, and launched my own line of baby clothes called, Go,Goose,Go! After a couple of years I was working with contract seamstresses and selling to small boutiques. I was also buying fabric by the bolt, which was one of my favorite parts. Go,Goose,Go! 2005 On a couple of occasions I decided not to use some of the fabric I...

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Front Zip Pouch in Four Sizes

Check out my new set of front-zip travel pouches, which are constructed exactly the same as the zipper pouch in my Craftsy class! I’ve provided the dimensions for all four bags.

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Giveaway Day is December 3! Mark your Calendars!

Giveaway DayOur bi-annual Giveaway Day is coming up! It’s one of our favorite days of the year as we’re always so impressed with the skill and generosity of the crafting community. We hope you’ll join us by giving away something handmade or sewing/craft supplies on your blog. Mark your calendars for December 3rd and watch this space for more details.

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Free Fabric Friday ~ What’s Your Sewing Passion?

We’re lining up posts for May and beyond, but we’d love to know what kind of sewing tips, tutorials and projects you’re interested in. What floats your boat right now? Traditional quilt blocks? Paper piecing? Summer clothes? Needlework? It could be any of these or something completely different. We actively seek out talented and knowledgeable contributors, and compensate them for their work, so you know you can count on us for quality content. Let us know how you’d like us to focus our attention. Comment for a chance to win one of 6 yards of free fabric! Winners announced on Monday. Have a great weekend!

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Handmade Holidays Prizes ~ Week #1

We have a truly astonishing amount of prizes in our Handmade Holidays series this year! This list today, in fact, only includes prizes for the first week. Yep, we know. Amazing! Visit and comment each day this week for a chance to win one of these prizes, and be sure to add favorites to your holiday wish list…

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Sew-Along Materials Requirements

Several people have mentioned that they would like to use the current newsletter coupon to get their supplies for the sew-alongs that start this week. Here are the requirements from each of the designers. More detail will be provided in the first post for each sew-along this week.

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{No Excuses} Holiday Sew-Alongs–The Details

We’re very excited to share with you the details of our {No Excuses} Holiday Sew-Alongs! Every year we hear from dozens of people who tell us that November is simply too late to start sewing tree skirts, advent calendars and table linens. We can totally relate. By November we’re heavily involved in gift making, with no time to think about starting home decor projects. That’s why this year we are starting in October (thus the “No Excuses” aspect — all meant in good fun, of course.) Check out the details of each of these fabulous projects…

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Green Grocery Bag Challenge

We have an opportunity to change our wasteful holiday wrapping traditions by sewing a gift that everyone on our holiday lists can appreciate, including Mother Earth. Join us in our commitment to wrap holiday gifts in reusable cloth bags this year.

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Free Fabric Friday

We’ve received Dream On by Urban Chiks, plus three fantastic Japanese collections. Help us with our Handmade Holidays list for your chance to win a free yard.

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Free Fabric Friday

Here’s a little glimpse of what to expect from the Westminster/Free Spirit designers in the coming months. Tell us which group you love the most for a chance to win a free yard.

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FFF Winners

Following your links was incredibly distracting but fun!  Lots of wonderful clothing out there and several sites I’d never visited.  If you haven’t already, you should bookmark that post for all the sewing and shopping inspiration in the comments! The winners of one yard of free fabric are Cate, Rebecca T, Katie B, Eric C and bec. Congratulations! Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are craftytammie, AmyB, Tepary, SusanW, Lisabee, Evababedesigns. Look for an email from us soon!

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Free Fabric Friday


This week we’re going to give away 9 prizes! One Colette pattern, one charm pack and one yard to 7 people. For your chance to win, you can do one of three things…

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FFF Winners

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful links!  You pointed us to many amazing blogs and posts that we hadn’t seen before.  Blogland is great, isn’t it? The winners of one yard of fabric are Kristy, Lindsey F, Steph J, Leigh and Denise.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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Free Fabric Friday

Tell us about something amazing you’ve seen on a blog lately. You can include a link in your comment. We’ll randomly select 5 people to win one yard of fabric on Monday.

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Sewing Industry–Best of the Decade

I’ve been reading and disagreeing with top ten lists all week–on topics ranging from best movies to best political quotes, everyone has an opinion about something. Still, all the “best of the decade” lists really got me thinking about how much the sewing industry has changed in the past 10 years. So, for better or worse, I thought I’d throw my own opinions out there as fodder. Here are some of the things that I found notable…

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are Sade, Emilee, Jenny, Shelley C and Leslie.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us in the next couple of...

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Free Fabric and Book Friday Winners

My husband often helps me moderate the comments.  He had to ask, “what’s Twilight?”  LOL!  I took over after that because he clearly couldn’t appreciate the makings of the ultimate summer reading list.  It’s fun to see what you’re all reading and I’m glad so many of you have joined us on Goodreads. The winner of the book, Quilts, Baby! is Laurel Groh. The winners of one yard of free fabric from SMS are Cynthia, Jenni, Karen and Melissa.  Congratulations to everyone.  Look for an email from us later...

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Husqvarna Emerald 183 Winner

The winner of the Husqvarna Emerald 183 sewing machine is Dorothy Hall.  Congratulations, you lucky duck!   We’ll be in touch.  Thanks to all for completing our survey.  Our Sewing Machine Month wrap-up is on the...

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FFF/Giveaway Day Winners

It was so fun to read your enthusiastic responses to Giveaway Day!  I think Hilary said it so well–“It makes the world a smaller and warmer place.”   I have to give all the credit to Beth, who has the best organizational skills of anyone I know.  She manages all the entries and questions with skill and grace. The winners of the SMS remnant and scrap bags are  Amber, Dot, Jules, Lorajean and Kandra. Look for an email from us today.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the rest of you as you wait to find out if you...

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Free Fabric Friday

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks! So, are you having a marvelous time perusing the 400+ blogs participating in Giveaway Day?!  Wow, there are some amazing, generous, talented people out there!  If you’re having a giveaway on your own blog, we hope you’re enjoying some new visitors.  Please remember to keep your giveaways open until May 31–that way people have time to get through all the blogs and find yours.  And please ship your giveaway by June 3. As we mentioned, we had comments off earlier this week to make sure the blog was responding as efficiently as possible....

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The Kitchen Linens Book winner

Thank you for sharing all your warm kitcheny memories. The winner of The Kitchen Linens Book is Hope! Congratulations, we sent you an email.

We have lots of great prizes to give away in April, so stick around!

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FFF Winners

Thanks for telling us about all of your sewing projects. We love keeping in touch with what you’re doing and what you’re interested in sewing. It really helps us plan the blog to meet you where you are and where you want to be.

The winners of one yard of fabric are caitlinsmom, Lisa, Jackie, Christine and Katie. Congratulations! Look for an email from us today.

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FFF Winners

Thanks for all your great fat quarter ideas!  We look forward to bringing you some wonderful projects in February. The winners are Kakrueger, teaginny, Teresa and Ashley D.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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Give-Aways, Sew-Alongs and Other Announcements

We get a lot of email from people who want us to help them promote their give-aways, contests and sew-alongs.  We love to help when we can, but our blog calendar is usually planned well in advance.  We thought we’d try Twitter for these updates though.  See the new Twitter link in the sidebar?  You’ll see new Tweets there, plus you can follow them on Twitter.  If you have an announcement you’d like us to include, here’s what to do: Send an email to kristin@sewmamasew.com Subject line Tweet Write a very brief announcement.  Try to use the third person so we can just copy and paste.  Don’t forget to include a link.  (For example, “The Rusty Stitcher is having an apron sew-along starting February 1.  Sign up at wwv.rustysticher.com/post267.”)  We have a maximum 140 characters to work with. We look forward to helping you promote your projects! Sew,Mama,Sew! shop Sew,Mama,Sew! blog Sew,Mama,Sew!...

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Free Fabric Friday

We’ll make this short and sweet today. Either hop on over to the Forum and post in one of the many informative threads there (or start your own), or say hello on our new Facebook page. Four people will be randomly selected on Monday to win one yard of free fabric.

PS–Thanks for telling us about your favorite patterns. We’ll round up some of those images and reviews for you next week.

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FFF Winners

It was wonderful to read about your handmade gifts.  Such fantastic ideas!  Thank you for sharing your stories.  We will certainly refer to the comments to this post next year when we’re planning our Handmade Holidays.  The randomly selected winners of one yard of fabric are Kangaroo, Annette, Jennifer N and  Sandra.  Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are Andi, Karen, Ruthie, Chris and Amy.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us today. Thank you to all for your feedback regarding Give-Away Day.  We’ll definitely do it again–but we’ll be better...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are Abbi, Emily, Cara, Lauren and Lynne. Congratulations! Expect an email from us today.

Thank you, everyone, for sharing your favorite holiday foods. I am now in the mood for Christmas and it’s not even Halloween! Handmade Holidays coming at you in just a few days.

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FFF Winners

The forum participants who win one yard each of free fabric from SMS are jordanelise, Deanna, clothedinpurple, Alison an glittergirl94. Congratulations! Look for an email from us...

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Huge Fabric Sale–25% off!

We’ve reduced many of our fabrics by 25%.  You can find prints from Amy Butler, Jennifer Paganelli, Anna Maria Horner, Kaffe Fassett, Sandi Henderson, Denyse Schmidt, Heather Ross and many others in our SALE section.  We won’t be restocking these designs, so grab them at this great price while they...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric from Sew,Mama,Sew! are Kristen L, Angie H, Terri, Elizabeth and Annie.  Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of fabric are bethvanduzer, ambimom, sugarscrap and wondermommy.  Look for an email from us today.  Thank you all for your participation in the...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are Michelle, Molly, Stefanie and Liz.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric from Sew,Mama,Sew! are Jodi, Heather B, Marsel and Angela.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

We hope you enjoyed reading through some of the many informative posts in the forum.  It’s wonderful to see a community of sewists helping and inspiring each other. The winners of one yard of free fabric are Ginger, byritz, Cathe and seemommysew.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are Ellen, Jennifer, Melissa and Sarah.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are Breanna, Renee, Tracey and Min.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric from Sew,Mama,Sew! are Deana, Beverly, Jen and Cheryl.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric from Sew,Mama,Sew! are Lori, Sue, Michelle and Wendy.  Look for an email from us today. ...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric from Sew,Mama,Sew! are Margie, Donna, Laura and Beth.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric from Sew,Mama,Sew! are Jenny, Shelley, Jennifer and Kerry.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are Sara, Amy, Kalina and Julia.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric from Sew,Mama,Sew! are Melynda, Kate, Ayumills and Kathy.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from us...

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Free Fabric Friday

Let’s get right down to business. If you’d like to qualify to win one yard of free fabric from the shop, simply comment in any of these posts:

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are Christine, Brooke, Wendy and Tina. Congratulations! Look for an email from us today.

Coming up…more fabulous SMS Tutorial Contest entries!

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FFF Winners + Zipper Tutorials

Thank you all for telling us about your sewing goals.  I know many of you will be happy to hear that we are currently planning Women’s Clothing Month, which begins May 1!    Those of you (about half) who need some zipper help get more immediate gratification.  Did you know that we already have two fantastic zipper tutorials on our site?  Michelle from Green Kitchen wrote the first zipper tutorial last year for our Skirt Month theme.  If you are struggling with zippers, I hope you’ll take a look.  (Michelle uses a secret tool that you might have to borrow from your kids...

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FFF Winners plus new Amy Butler

I’m happy to let you know that we now have the new Amy Butler collection, Midwest Modern, in the shop! It is gorgeous quilt-weight, 44″ fabric. Some of these prints are going to fly out of here, so take a look today!

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Secret Pocket Easter Eggs

A couple of years ago I started sewing fabric eggs. I love the feel of them and so do kids. When you get some in your hands you can’t help but toss, catch, throw and juggle. Every year I try to replace a few more of the plastic eggs that we use for Easter Egg hunts with cloth eggs. The thing is, you can’t put goodies in a fabric egg…..

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FFF Winners

Well, well, well.  I’d say y’all like to talk about your sewing machines!  Can you believe not only the quantity, but the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of the comments to our Free Fabric Friday post?  I have to admit that I haven’t digested them all, but I promise I will consider each and every opinion before I choose my next sewing machine! I hope that those of you who are also preparing for a new machine purchase will find all the information helpful. The winners of one yard of fabric from Sew,Mama, Sew! are Ashley, Anita, Emily and Sarah.  (Please look...

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Free Fabric Friday

Happy Friday!  Last night I was helping my 5 yo daughter use her Hello Kitty Janome and thought, “this is better than my sewing machine.”  I realized that maybe the fall off the kitchen table to the cement floor did a little more damage to my machine than I had originally thought!  Time to shop for a new model. We often get emails from people asking for sewing machine recommendations and there is usually a running thread in the photo pool discussion, so let’s talk sewing machines today.  (We’ve done this before, but it has been a very long...

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FFF Winners

It was so much fun to follow all your links to “Wow” projects!  I already spent several hours at that and I’m still not through them all.  We’ll have to do that more often. The winners of one yard of fabric are Kristena, Becky, Lori and Carrie.  (You should have an email from us.) ...

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SMS Block-Along Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Sew,Mama,Sew! Block-Along! Last week week we encouraged you to try one of three 9-patch variations (including two with a modern twist), but we’re not done with 9-Patch yet. This week we’d like you to consider a few traditional 9-Patch blocks.

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Teaching Quilting History to Kids

I usually don’t blog about myself or my experiences. I’m as shy online as I am in real life, so I sometimes break a sweat when I have to reveal. On rare occasions, however, I do like to go on about things I find important. Despite my current career of luxury in which I putz around on the internet and buy fabric by the bolt, I still consider myself an educator at heart and learning and teaching are a couple of things that I like to talk about. Quilts are another…

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SMS Quilting Month and Block-Along Kickoff!

At last, it’s February! We’ve been planning Quilting Month for a long time and have so much to look forward to. We hope you’ll check in often, because we’ll be posting at least once, if not 2 or 3 times every single day! We hope to encourage you to think about quilting (perhaps in different ways) and try your hand at some new skills…

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FFF Winners

The winners of 1 yard of free fabric are Terri, Sheila, Debra and Erin. Congratulations!

Thank you, everyone, for telling us about your heirloom linens. I was green with envy as I was reading them all weekend. Check back often this week, as we have lots of great ideas and inspiration on the schedule.

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Free Fabric Friday

Take a look at some of our wonderful new products. On Monday we’ll choose 4 people at random from among the comments to win 1 yard of fabric ($9.10 or less.).

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FFF Winners

Over 800 comments!  Well, that was a surprise–our first FFF post 11 months ago had 9 comments 🙂  Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your projects.  It’s fun to read what everyone is working on (albeit a little overwhelming at that rate!) The winners of one yard of fabric from the store are Amanda H, Gail, Rachel and Allison.  Congratulations!  (Emails were sent.  If you don’t see it, please check your spam folder.  We land there sometimes,...

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Free Fabric Friday

You read that right, it is the return of Free Fabric Friday! For those of you new here, we often give away fabric on Fridays, selecting the winners at random from that day’s comments. Before we get to that though, many of you have asked about what we have in store for the coming months.

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Wellness Bag

My poor mom was sick most of the year before they realized her office walls were filled with mold. Needless to say, her health has been on my mind a lot so this “Wellness Bag” is for her…

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Fantastic new fabric for your projects!

AH just released a new collection, Fashion for the Home. As the name implies, it is home-dec weight cotton, which they are calling “oxford” but feels to me more like denim. It is 8.7 oz per square yard, which is nice and sturdy, but not too, too heavy. It is 45″ wide. This fabric would be absolutely perfect for grocery totes!

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Rice Heat Therapy Bag Tutorial

Lauren and I both wanted to make heat therapy rice bags for gifts this year, but we couldn’t find any tutorials for bags with washable covers. I figured it out and whipped up a couple of pretty, easy bags, for both hot and cold therapy.

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are Heather, Risa, Valerie, Missy and Diana.  Congratulations!  Look for an email from...

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FFF Winners Plus More Craft Blogs!

The winners of one yard of fabric are Celeste, Jean, Michelle, Kathleen and Camille.  Congratulations!  Look for your email from us soon.   Here are some more fun craft blogs to visit. http://uklassinus.blogspot.com/ http://www.supamb.com/supafine/ http://blaskkids.blogspot.com/ http://www.charamichele.com/blog/ http://saidosdaconcha.blogspot.com/ http://www.polkadotcreations.com/blog/ http://www.wingsofwhimzy.blogspot.com/ http://craftmonkey.typepad.com/craftmonkey/ http://www.aldersmama.blogspot.com/ http://www.onehappytree.blogspot.com/ http://amatricis.wordpress.com/ http://www.mobyclick.blogspot.com/ http://theknittinggalaxy.blogspot.com/...

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Free Fabric Friday

Handmade Halloween Photo Pool We’d love to see what you’ve made for Halloween. If you’re still looking for ideas, stop by our Halloween photo pool to see some wonderful creations. Create & Celebrate We’re getting ready for another Create & Celebrate post. If you have any swaps, contests, accomplishments or news that you’d like us to announce, please email beth@sewmamasew.com. Lucky Stitches Profile Did you see Beth’s profile of Zanne and her Lucky Stitches sewing studio?  Like many readers, I am green with envy.  Zanne is such an inspiration! November Handmade Holidays We’ve been busy, busy bees preparing for...

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FFF Winners and More Craft Blogs to Visit!

The winners of Free Fabric Friday are Charli, Lesley, Kayla, Kris and Becca.  Congratulations!  Look for your email from us today.  (Check your spam folder–our emails get sucked in sometimes.) Here are some more lovely blogs that might not be on your radar.  They are all members of our SMS Photo Pool.  Grab a cup of tea and pay a visit. http://kate1976.wordpress.com/ http://chikngirl.typepad.com/ http://www.wifemommyinc.blogspot.com/ http://www.naptimemusings.blogspot.com/ http://www.sweetjessie.com/ http://www.notyetthedodo.blogspot.com/ http://junie-moon.blogspot.com/ http://www.sallad.net/blog/ http://qdpatooties.blogspot.com/ http://shopdragonflydesigns.com/blog/blogger.html http://www.raeshadrz.blogspot.com/ http://www.hydrangeasarepretty.blogspot.com/ http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/...

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Free Fabric Friday

True confessions time.  I am a complete sucker for ’30s and ’40s reproduction fabrics.  I always have to control my urge to buy mountains of bolts of wee little duck and shepherd girl prints because a) not everyone (most sane people) love them as much as I do; b) they are usually such small prints that they don’t translate well online and c) they are usually such small prints that they don’t make much of an impact on bags, clothing, etc.  Imagine my glee when Marcus Brothers came out with Aunt Grace Ties One On–problems b and c solved!  These...

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Free Fabric Friday

Before we get to the free stuff, there are some exciting things going on here! New Fabric We received the new collection by Sandy Klop of American Jane, Look n’ Learn. If you enjoyed the bright colors and whimsical patterns of Building Blocks, you’ll love this new group. What’s more, they look great together, so if you still have some Ovals or Numbers, consider these coordinates! Last week Beth, Lauren and I went to a fabric show in Seattle. While we were there we met Robin Mynatt, the designer of Paris Bebe Fabrics. She has put together some pretty,...

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FFF Winners

The winners of 1 yard of fabric are Alice, Emily, Tamara, Alisa and Stacy.  Congratulations!  Look for your email from...

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Modifying Pants Patterns for Babies and Kids

For a few years, I made baby and toddler pants for a living. I’ve also made and modified lots of pants for my daughter and her friends. I find that baby and kid pants patterns often need a little tweaking. Once you get it right though, you can use the same pattern over and over. Here are some tips for modifying commercial pants patterns: You probably won’t really know how well the pattern works until you try it out at least once. If you don’t want to waste nice fabric on a trial run, use inexpensive muslin. Once you’ve...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are Elea, Nikko, Paula, Barbara and Regina.  Congratulations!  Look for your emails...

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FFF Winners

Thank you for the scarf love!  We can’t wait to see the scarves you whip up! The winners of one yard of fabric are Anne, Kacy, Wendy, Laura and Chelsea.  Congratulations!  Stay tuned for another terrific pattern...

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Free Fabric Friday and Scarf

Did you see Beth’s excellent patchwork scarf tutorial? We do hope you’ll sew along with us. Here is my version. My girly girl has been in love with the Barefoot Roses group since it came into the shop, so I used this for her scarf. patchwork side of scarf As others have mentioned, this would be a great stash-busting project. We hope you use it as an opportunity to try out embroidery, applique, quilting, gocco, or any other skills you’d like to practice. When you’re done, please share it with our photo pool. (There are already a few beauties...

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FFF Winners and Kids’ Clothes Month

Hey, it’s September!  That means it’s finally Kids’ Clothes Month!  Have you joined the photo pool yet?  We’re going to kick off the festivities with a great pattern review.  Then on Wednesday, Beth is going to post a tutorial for a really fun and easy project and we hope you’ll sew along with us.  The winners of one yard of free fabric are Liz, Jen, Christine, Bridget and Vickie. ...

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Free Fabric Friday

Happy Friday!  I hope you all have a fun weekend lined up.  It has been a great summer, but I’m looking forward to settling in to a fall routine, aren’t you?  (Much more time for sewing!) Let me show you something new in the shop.  The brilliant Lauren is making these lovely fabric necklaces.  They are double-sided, hang long, come in a cute little tin, are very affordable, and would make a wonderful gift! I hope you didn’t miss Beth’s terrific interview with Jennifer McMullen.  She is such an inspiration!  We also featured two talented Flickr group contributors, Cherie and Sarah.   Take...

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Free Fabric Friday

Happy Friday, everyone!  This week there are several ways to enter yourself into the pool from which we’ll randomly select 5 winners to win one yard of fabric of their choice ($9.10 or less) from the store: When I announced our September theme, I mentioned that we’d love to feature and link to your tutorials.  If you have written a tutorial for a baby jacket, little girl dress, reversible pants or anything else related to kids clothes, we want to know about it!  Please comment here with the link and we’ll email you next week. If you know of a...

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FFF Winners and Theme Months

Apparently you have to say something like “it’s been quiet out there” to get a record-breaking number of people to comment 😉  Welcome, to all you first-time visitors!  And to those of you who have been sharing your sewing aspirations with us for weeks or months, we want you to know that you’ve been heard.  We’ve already revealed our September theme, but you should know that we’ve begun planning other themes based on your feedback, so here is the schedule through the Spring: September–Kids’ Clothes November/December–Gifts to Sew February–Quilts of all Sizes April–Women’s Clothes We hope you’ll join in the...

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Free Fabric Friday

It’s been quiet out there.  I hope you’re enjoying the rest of your summer.   We have some beautiful new fabric in stock.  Some new and some classic designs from Kaufman… the latest from Kaffe Fassett… more Barefoot Roses… and Nigella in new colors. This week we’ll give away 1 yard of fabric ($9.10 or less) to 5 people.  Tell us about a sewing goal you have.  Want to learn how to line a jacket?  Draft your own patterns?  Make all new pillows for the sofa?  Whatever it is, we want to hear about it.  All comments here will put...

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FFF Winners

  Hey, thanks for all the great sources of inspiration for kids’ clothes!  So many of you mentioned lack of patterns and coolness for little boys, so I want to let you know that we’ll try to cover boys and girls equally during Kids’ Clothes Month.  Also, do you know Knuckleheads?  I wish I had a boy just so I could get these Grease Monkey Coveralls!  I love all the clothes on that site.  The winners of one yard of fabric are Mandy, Jessi, Dawn, Amber, Sarah and Korie. Congratulations! Check your email...

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SMS Shopping Directory and Free Fabric Friday

Occasionally we get emails from people who don’t sew, but love the fabric we carry. They want to know where they can buy things that are made with our beautiful prints. I’ve pointed them to shops that I know, but it would be so much better to have a list of stores they could visit. That’s why we’re starting the SMS Shopping Directory. It will have a prominent place on our blog and our store side navigation. If you are a customer of SMS and you make and sell things with the fabric you buy from us, send and email...

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September Theme

  Our readers had so many wonderful ideas for blog themes ! We went over all the suggestions and came up with a rough plan for the next year. We’re pleased to announce that the September theme is Kids’ Clothes! For a variety of reasons (back-to-school, a change in the seasons, and lightning-fast growth), little wardrobes are at the forefront of our sewing plans. We hope you’ll sew along with us!  We’re still in the early planning stages, but if you’re interested in participating, here are a few things you can do: Pattern Reviewers It goes without saying that we’ll have pattern reviews, right? If you’d like to review a pattern, send an email to beth@sewmamasew.com. (Edited.  This said kristin@, but we changed it.  If you sent it to Kristin, that is fine.  I’ve forwarded to Beth.) Please include this information: Your name The age of your child(ren) The kind of thing you’d like to sew (dress for older girl, baby pants, etc.) Your blog address (if any) We usually have many more volunteers than we have patterns to review, so please understand that we’ll be trying to find a good balance of projects for kids of a variety of ages. EDITED  Thank you!  We have plenty of reviewers!  Tutorials Rather than post just two or three tutorials on our blog, we’re going to put together a directory of tutorials...

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FFF Winners

Wow!  So many new visitors!  Welcome, everyone.  Thank you all for your kind words about the blog, my vacation and Bag Month.  For those of you on the edge of your computer chairs, anxiously awaiting the announcement of our next theme, we’ll be announcing this week.   It’s going to be a lot of fun. The winners of one yard of fabric are Jessica D, Cici, Kathy, Meredith and Julia.  Check your email. ...

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Free Fabric Friday

Before we get into the free fabric, I have to publicly thank Beth and Lauren for allowing me to go on vacation.  If you are a small business owner, or know one, you will understand that sometimes vacations just aren’t worth the stress.  You have to prepare to be gone, you worry while you’re away, and you put out fires when you get back.  Well, for the first time in 4 years, none of that!  Beth did an amazing job of handling the blog, including the awesome challenge of coordinating the Bag Month Contest.  Tallying the votes, notifying the contestants,...

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Interfacing Guide from Amy Butler

We are so pleased to bring you this post! When we started planning bag month, we knew we had to talk about interfacing, but to be honest, we’re a little in the dark ourselves. It never hurts to ask, so we went to Amy Butler for some help. After all, each and every Amy Butler bag pattern requires at least one type of interfacing, if not more. Thankfully, Amy is as nice as she is brilliant, and with the help of her colleagues Kim and Dianne, she put together this Interfacing Guide for you. In addition, Amy says, “we...

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Sew,Mama,Sew! Staff Bags

We want you to know that Beth, Lauren and I have been loving Bag Month too!  It has definitely been motivating.  We enjoyed trying out new patterns, using some beautiful fabric, and taking advantage of the great tutorials from Lisa and Autum.  Without any intention at all, we each made two bags–one a little playful and the other slightly more sophisticated.  Ta da! Lauren’s Gnome Bag Made without a pattern.  Check out the fabric-covered buttons! Beth’s Pink Tote Also a self-drafted pattern.  Lisa straps 😉 Kristin’s Matrioshka Bag A gift for my daughter’s 5th birthday. (I found the perfect set of 9 nesting dolls to go along with it on ebay!)  I used the Amy Butler Mr. Bedbug’s Ditty Bag pattern and Heather Ross fabric. Lauren’s Damask Bag Made using the Flea Market Bag pattern and Joel Dewberry fabric. Beth’s Daisy Bag Made using the Amy Butler In-Town Bags pattern and Katie Jump Rope fabric.  (Beth notes that skipping pockets, she used only a quarter yard of each fabric!)  See her review of this pattern from an earlier post. Kristin’s Tablecloth Girls Everyday Bag I’ve had this vintage tablecloth in my fabric stash for at least 10 years.  I finally found the perfect fabrics to go with it–Patsy from Mod Girls and Karen from Girlfriends (thank you Jennifer P!)  I like the Everyday Bag pattern–especially for the nice pockets on the sides.  Finally, I wanted to call your attention to Beth’s awesome Martha Stewart...

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Thank you and FFF Winners

Wow!  Thank you so much for the amazing suggestions!  Some repeated themes: Aprons Quilts (Bed, Baby, Doll) Sewing for Men Sewing for Boys Toys/Softies Japanese Style Sewing for Babies and Kids Sewing for the Home (kitchen, pillows, dining, curtains, bedroom, etc.) Heirloom Sewing Gifts (for weddings, birthdays and holidays) Holiday Sewing (costumes and decor) Tips for Beginners Organizing Your Sewing Space Hats Pajamas (and Slippers) Clothes for Women Accessories Sewing/Altering Vintage Sewing with Knit Fabric Advanced Techniques/Finishing Touches Needlework Book Reviews Working with/Drafting Patterns Color-Focus Themes Maternity Sewing for Charity Recycling Fabric/ Altering Garments We’ll announce our September theme from...

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Book Review and Free Fabric Friday

Happy Friday!  First, I’d like to tell you about this great book I received.  It is Simple Gifts to Stich: 30 Elegant and Easy Projects by Jocelyn Worrall.  If you love to make and give fabric gifts, you’ll appreciate this book.  If you are just learning to sew there are some great projects and tips for you.  Take, for example, the tri-pocket tote on the cover.  An easy project, with clear instructions and great results! My sewing machine has been around the block a few times, but I still found a lot of new information.  There is a good glossary...

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FFF Winners

Thanks for sharing all your online sewing resources.  There were a lot of great ideas!  The winners of one yard of fabric are Christie, Susan Christine, Shannon, Jessi and Jill.  Check your email, ladies. ...

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New & Encore Prints ~ Free Fabric Friday

It was a delightful blog week.  Weren’t those tutorials (1 and 2) perfect?  Thank you, Lisa! And I hope you didn’t miss Rachel’s excellent pattern review.  How are your bags coming along?  We’re receiving some fantastic contest entries and the Bag Month Flickr group wows us every day!  The UPS guy made a number of visits to the shop and Lauren and I rejoiced at the surprises we found inside the boxes.  We received many new prints, but we also saw the return of some of our very favorites.  Take for example a large box of Heather Ross prints.  Some...

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FFF Winners

It was a delight to read about your rule bending.  We should start a Naughty Stitcher’s Club.  I’m not much of a prewasher myself–I do enough laundry as it is.  For those of you who hate trimming and ironing seams, you would love a serger.  It definitely changed my life! The winners of one-yard of fabric of their choice are Keri, Jessica, Stephanie, Jennifer and Daphne.  Congratulations!  Stick around–we have a very full week, full of lots of great Bag Month...

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Bend the Rules Sewing and Free Fabric Friday

Do you have your copy of Bend the Rules Sewing yet?  The amazingly talented Amy Karol has written a must-have book for anyone who enjoys sewing.  I love Amy’s Angry Chicken blog, so when I got my copy of the book last week, I dug right in.  This is a terrific book if you’re just learning to sew.  I think Amy has a way of writing that is almost like she’s channeling the wisdom of previous generations.  She has the kind of confidence about what she’s doing that my grandmother had when she taught me to do needlework.  Amy is certainly a modern...

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FFF Winners

The winners of two half yards of new Joel Dewberry prints are Stephanie, Sam, Julie and Kat.  Congratulations!  BTW, the Joel Dewberry fabrics have been trickling in, rather than coming all at once.  We just received 3 more prints, which we’ll be adding later today.  Two in the pink colorway and one of those fabulous Lily prints in bright...

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Free Fabric Friday

This week we’re giving away 2 half yards of any of the new Joel Dewberry prints to four people.  In the spirit of bag month, tell us about your current bag.  Spiffy and new?  Tried and...

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Free PATTERN Friday

In anticipation of Bag Month, we’re giving away an Amy Butler bag sewing pattern to three people–winner’s choice!  Let’s talk about sewing purses and bags.  Have you done it?  Do you love it?  Are you intimidated by it?  Do you have any great resources for us?  We look forward to reading about your thoughts and experiences.  Any comment here or in the Bag Month post will put you in the pool from which we randomly select the winners.  Have a great...

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Bag Month ~ July, 2007

    Guess what?  July is Bag Month here at Sew,Mama,Sew!  We have lots of things planned and we hope you’ll join in the fun.  If you’ve been meaning to make a tote, a purse, a handbag or a messenger bag now is the time.  We’ll give you a few tips, some inspiration, lots of encouragment and even a little motivation in the form of prizes.  Here is what we have in store: Bag Month Flickr Group (join anytime) Five pattern reviews Two tutorials (Autum is going to give us some tips on linings and pockets, and Lisa is going to show us how to make those beautiful handles we’ve all been in awe of.) Links to resources and inspiration A guide to interfacing And last but not least, a contest! Are you in?  If you’d like, feel free to take the little Bag Month badge above and spread the word. The more the merrier.  It will be a bag...

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Introduction ~ Lauren

From Kristin:  Have you received an order from us recently and noticed the fabric folded just so and tied with a pretty bow?  Maybe you saw our new postcard with “50 Things to Sew”?  Perhaps you were impressed by the “Now Available” graphics on our home page?  Things have been changing here at SMS, in large part due to the arrival of Lauren. Lauren started working with me in May.  She has a great eye for pattern and is completely taken with fabric.  She’s learning to sew and will soon be teaching me a few things, I’m sure.  She’s doing a little bit of everything around here, from packing orders to updating the website, to designing our new buttons and ads.   Lauren has been following the work of our customers and friends through Flickr and the blogosphere and has learned that we are incredibly lucky to be working among such creative, interesting and nice people.  If you get a chance, I hope you’ll say “hi”. From Lauren:  I recently graduated college with a major in Graphic Design. My boyfriend and I are pursuing our own Design Business (Squid37), while both holding other part-time jobs. Lucky for me, my other part-time job is working for Kristin at Sew,Mama,Sew! Since I began at SMS I have fallen madly in love with fabric, taught myself how to sew, and am eager to explore new fabric-related projects! So...

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FFF Winners

Wow!  I’m glad to see you all love the new West Hill collection as much as I do.  I can’t wait to see what it inspires.  Be sure to share your creations with our photo pool.  The winners of 2 half-yards are Ahava Jora, Bethany, Hope and Michal. ...

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Free Fabric Friday

Happy Friday!  Look what just arrived this week!  The new Heather Ross collection, West Hill, is in stock and ready to ship.  I think I like it even better than Lightning Bugs, which says a lot because I loved Lightning Bugs (especially those Gnomes. )  In case you didn’t know, Heather Ross is the brilliant designer behind the brand, Munki Munki.  I love her style–cute without being cutesie. Because this fabric looks so great paired up, we’ll give away 2 half-yards to 4 winners this week.    Comment anywhere in the blog between now and Monday and we’ll put you in the...

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Free Fabric Friday

Good grief, is it really this late?  Sorry about that.  Last day of preschool party and I signed on to do more than I should have.  Food, flowers, cards, gift certificates…. I also gave the teachers some pretty splat mats from Beth’s shop, which they totally loved.   The fabric or your choice incentive seemed to be a big hit last week.  Let’s do that again.  Four winners.  Let’s talk about finding the time to do crafts.  How do you squeeze your creative time into your schedule?  If I can remember, I’ll announce the winners Monday...

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Free Fabric Friday & Skirt Month

Well, Skirt Month was fun, wasn’t it?  I don’t know about you, but I still have a stack of items that are cut but not sewn.  Skirt Month was a wee bit short for me 😉  Well, we’ll keep the Flickr group open, so share your skirts anytime. We met with our reps last week and you won’t believe the bundle of goodies we have on the way! (Just imagine if your fabric addiction had you buying bolts instead of fat quarters.) We ordered some Amy Butler Nigella, lots of Alexander Henry and Robert Kaufman, Kaffe Fasset’s new line, and two gorgeous...

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FFF Winners

We took advantage of the no-shipping holiday and stayed out of the shop yesterday.  So, a day late, I bring you the winners of one yard of Mod Girls:  Carol, Jana, Sara and Christina.  Ladies, check your email. Congratulations! PS–If you enter the contest, you must have a real email address.  You don’t have to have a blog, but we do have to be able to reach...

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Wrap Skirt Praise and Yardage Info

  First, I have to thank Bethany for the excellent wrap skirt tutorials–pattern drafting and construction.  I whipped it up the other night, with great results. I love it and got oodles of compliments on it.  Ten reasons you should try this: Custom fit the way you like it.  Fit it to your hips or your waist, make it long or short. 2 skirts in one! No hemming.  I didn’t really catch that part until I was making it.  You get a full skirt and you don’t have to hem it!  The 2 layers are sewn together at the bottom. No...

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Free Fabric Friday

Have you see the new Mod Girls collection by Jennifer Paganelli? This is Jennifer’s follow-up to the popular Girlfriends group, and it is beautiful, bold and eclectic! We’ll give away one yard to four people–winner’s choice. This week, we’ll keep track of all comments on any posts from Skirt Month and randomly select 4 winners. Take a look around and enjoy some of the fabulous contributions our talented friends have made. In case you missed anything, take a look at these: Megan’s review of the Cute Skirts pattern from Favorite Things Tiffaney’s review of It’s a Wrap skirt pattern...

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Wrap Skirt Pattern Draft Tutorial

From Kristin: This fantastic tutorial and the next were written by Bethany. You can read her introduction here, and see more of her New Vintage Wardrobe creations on her blog, Bitter Betty Blogs. Supplies You will need: Wrapping paper. 5th grade math skills or a calculator. Pen or pencil Measuring tape. Straight edge. The courage to face your measurements. To draft this pattern which you will need you waist measurement and the total length that you would like the skirt to be. Also take your hip measurement to check against the pattern to make sure the skirt will give...

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Wrap Skirt Construction Tutorial

From Kristin: This is the construction part of Bethany’s Wrap Skirt Tutorial. To get to this point, see the Pattern Drafting Tutorial. Always wash and iron your fabrics. Now fold on the straight grain of the fabric making sure you center your pattern if necessary.Place on freshly drafted pattern (flat front edge on the fold) and cut ‘er out. Cut one for the front and one for the back from each fabric.Cut 3 4.5 inch strips from the fabric you chose for your waistband.Place the skirt pieces: same fabrics together- right sides facing. Pin and seam down one side....

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Free Fabric Friday

Have you checked out the Dandy Damask collection from Michael Miller? It’s incredibly versatile and works well with retro and modern, casual and formal styles. This week we’ll give away one yard of Dandy Damask (winner’s choice of color) to four people. This week in the comments tell us about a “Wow!” project you’ve seen lately. It could be one of yours or something you saw on someone’s blog. Tell us where to look so we can be...

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Introduction ~ Michelle

From Kristin:  Michelle is one of those people that hardly needs an introduction–so many of you know her well from her wonderful blog, Green Kitchen.  She is one of those people that makes the crafting blogosphere feel like a true community, always responding with a kind comment, a follow-up email, or a link to a blog post somewhere else that is just the information you were looking for.   For awhile now she’s been whipping up beautiful skirts for herself and her family, so I asked her if she’d give us a little lesson.  Coming right up is her great tutorial on how to set a zipper in a skirt.  You should also visit her Flickr set for images and tips of the entire skirt construction process.  From Michelle:  A crafty childhood, an art degree, a career in graphic design, and intermittent small bits of time all add up to my current crafty, at-home-mom self. I live in coastal California with two active boy children, my husband, and my mom. Our three-generation household is packed with crap — I mean craft. I try to keep the stacks from blocking the windows completely so we can still see...

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of fabric are Jennifer, Cindy, Suzanne, LeeAnn, Kathleen and Laura.  Congratulations!  We have a great pattern review coming up so check back...

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Free Fabric Friday

Have you seen it yet?  We have Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt!  This week we’ll give away 1 yard of Ribbon Flower to 4 people.  We also want to tell you about a gorgeous new Moda group called Chez Moi.  We’ll give away 1 yard from this group to 2 lucky people.  Six winners this week!  Tell us one of your favorite craft...

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Free Pattern Friday

How are your skirts coming along?  Anyone need some inspiration?  How about a Barcelona Skirts pattern? We’ll pick 2 winners from the comments.  This week, a request comes from a reader.  Tell us about the sewing machine that you have, that you love, or that you want.  Some information about good brands/ models is what we’re looking for here, so if you hate your machine, let us know that too. Have you read Sew What! Skirts?  If so, head down to the previous post and tell us what you thought. PS–Look at us on the Adorn Blog today!  Wow, how...

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Sew What! Skirts ~ Group Review

We’re going to try something new today–a group review.  How this works is I’ll give a little information about the book, and then if you have read the book, you rate the book and explain your ratings in the comments.  Hopefully over time we’ll have enough ratings and reviews to give readers some meaningful information about books and patterns.   Obviously you can see some ratings on Amazon, but this should be easier than creating an Amazon account, plus you might be able to recognize some of the reviewers as crafters you know and trust. In honor of Skirt Month, our first review: Book:  Sew What! Skirts Author:  Francesca DenHartog Publisher:  Storey Publishing, LLC; Spiral edition (September 1, 2006) Description from the Publisher: Sewing is back! Young, crafty women are discovering the fun and creativity of working with fabric, needle, and thread to create simple, colorful skirts, suitable for showing off as wearable art. Sew What! Skirts assumes no prior sewing experience (and no home ec. class or mother with sewing skills!), and doesn’t get bogged down with overly complicated instructions or patterns. Author Francesca DenHartog, a fabric fanatic and sewing instructor, has stripped skirts down to the basics: 15 styles, ranging from an A-line to a circle, wraparound, gored panel, tiered “hippie,” layered, and more. All it takes to get started is basic body measurements (no need to go...

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FFF Winners

This week’s winners are Kristine, Emily, Anne and Autum.  They have been emailed. Thanks for playing along, everyone!  (Please remember, if you want to win, you have to leave a real email address so I can contact you 😉 Next week we’re giving away a new Amy Butler BARCELONA SKIRTS pattern, so you won’t want to miss that...

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Free Fabric Friday

I got wrapped up in Skirt Month this morning and forgot Free Fabric Friday!  This week we’ll give away 4 grab bags of fabric totalling 1.5  yards.  It might be one yard and 2 fat quarters, maybe 3 half yards…It’s a surprise.  You do like surprises, right?  We’ll keep track of all posts between now and Monday morning anywhere in the blog.  Have a great...

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Skirt Month ~ May, 2007

With the return of blue skies and warm weather, we think a wardrobe boost is in order.  This is why we’re declaring May, 2007 Skirt Month! We’re going to dedicate all the blog posts in May to skirt patterns, skirt fabric, skirt sewing, skirt books and your skirts! Here are a few of the exciting things we have planned: 4 skirt pattern reviews from our blogging friends Megan, Linda, Tiffaney and Beth 2 skirt tutorials from the super-talented Michelle and Bethany 1 book review Flickr Group Sew-Along Contests and give-aways! Doesn’t that sound like fun?  Who’s in?  Comment here, then head on over to Skirt Month Flickr Group to join that.  If you’d like, you can take the little badge above to display on your blog.    Whether you’re a pro at sewing apparel, or you’ve never sewn a garment in your life, we think there is nothing more satisfying than whipping up a little skirt for yourself, so we do hope you’ll sew along with...

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FFF Winners

The randomly-selected winners of the Summer In the City pack of fat quarters are Tammy, Mindy, Karyn and Zoe.  They have been emailed.  Thank you for all your great ideas for gifts to sew!  I’m sure we’ll revisit this topic.  Don’t you just love it that so many people are hand-crafting their gifts these days?  This topic reminded me of a pdf that was making the blog rounds during the holidays.  The Japanese government issued this handy little guide for wrapping gifts in fabric.  A great way to reuse fabric and a beautiful way to wrap a gift! (Although it looks like these are designed...

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Free Fabric Friday

You thought I forgot, didn’t you? 😉  No, just needed a little break from #?!#% WordPress.  Beth and I fight with the formatting on these posts every single time. I even take a post into Dreamweaver and clean up the html, and when I bring it back, I still have random tags. Any WordPress users out there have some tips for us?    On to the good stuff.  Have you seen the Summer in the City collection yet?  No?  Well, I just finished entering the products at midnight, so they are very fresh and nice and pretty and still wrapped in plastic.  We’re...

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FFF Winners

The winners of 1/2 yard of Bird Seed by Alexander Henry are Stephanie, Colleen, India, Kelly and Meegan.  They have been emailed.  Thanks everyone, for the amazing book suggestions.  Definitely worth a compilation list, so check...

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Pretty Little Pinafore

I’m putting off the unenviable task of deleting all those pesky little cyrillic letters seen throughout the blog, so I thought I’d share The Easter Pinafore.  I finished it at about 3 pm on Easter, just in time for the dinner guests to arrive.  The Easter Dress was not finished, and will now simply be The Spring Dress. (Or The Summer Dress, depending on how long the editing takes.) It’s hard to tell, but the bottom of the pinny is embroidered with designs inspired by (okay, lifted from) this Japanese Embroidery book.  It is ISBN4-8347-2421-2. I did find that the scale...

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Free Fabric Friday

Bird Seed, anyone?  Special fabric love coming at you this week.  I know how much some of you adore the Alexander Henry Bird Seed  (see the three bird prints in the sidebar on the left). At first it hurt me just to ship it out of here, because I also love it so much I want to cover my walls with it.  I know, however, that it will be well cared for in your creative hands.  We’ll send a half yard to 5 people.  Tell us about your favorite craft or sewing book.  We’ll announce the winners Monday morning.  PS–As soon...

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Pattern Review ~ Amy Butler Swing Bag

From Kristin: This marvelous pattern review was written by Nora. You can read her introduction here, and see more of her work on her blog, La Cantatrice Chauve. Pattern The Swing Bag — Amy Butler Midwest Modern Description Reversible shoulder bag and scarf/sash. Materials Exterior Fabric: 5/8 yard Reversible Side Fabric (optional): 5/8 yard 5/8 yard of cotton Canvas Overall Design This is a cute bag with a nice size and shape. It is quite large and may be a little overwhelming in size on a smaller person (I am 5’8″) but it easily fits books, wallet, cell phone, water bottle, etc. There is a layer of cotton canvas sewn between the interior and exterior fabrics, which makes the bag nice and stiff, and gives it some weight. I particularly like the way that the straps incorporate a little pleat at the base of each- I think this adds nicely to the style, although it was a little tricky and mine didn’t turn out perfect.  The main reason that I wanted to make this bag is that it has a coordinating scarf, and I am a huge scarf person. The scarf is cut on the bias, which makes for a lot of extra fabric, so I would caution anyone making this to buy a fabric for the scarf that they will want to use for another project! I found...

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Introduction…Nora

From Kristin:  Nora wrote and excellent review of the Amy Butler Swing Bag pattern, which is coming up next! From Nora:  I grew up with a mother and two grandmothers who all knew how to sew very well, but hated it! My experiences with sewing in childhood were very stressful, and I never associated sewing with enjoyment. As an adult, though, I have been drawn to sewing more as a creative endeavor than a necessity. It’s been really fun for me to learn that sewing can be a fun and inventive process. I don’t work much from storebought patterns, because I take draping classes at a local community college. We work on mannequins and create our own designs, translating them into patterns and then, finally, sewing. I do enjoy sewing from other people’s patterns, though, and learn a lot of techniques that I can incorporate into my own work. Fabrics are my primary inspiration for the work that I do, and I love to take a beautiful fabric and try to envision the dress that would show it off to its best advantage. I love the fabrics that are available at Sew Mama Sew, and am happy for the opportunity to contribute to this website with my pattern review!...

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FFF Winners

The winners of the Amy Butler Lotus fabric are Viagra, Cialis, and Free Insurance Quotes!  Just kidding, of course.  My strategy for picking the winner has been to put all the comment emails into a folder and randomly click on an email to pick the winner (they all say the same thing in the subject line and come from “WordPress” as the sender.)  Well, I’ve been getting a heck of a lot of spam comments lately and I was laughing outloud this morning when I’d hit a Cialis comment every time!  I moved down the list until I hit some real...

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Free Fabric Friday

This week we’re giving away 1 yard of Amy Butler’s Tree Peony print from the Lotus collection to four different people.  This time, take a look around the blog and leave a comment. Â Everyone who comments anywhere on the site between now and Monday morning is eligible.  Happy Easter!   PS–We hope the new website will be up Monday!  So sorry to keep you...

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Free Fabric Friday Winners

Wow, what a lot of wonderful sewing tips you all came up with! Â Beth is going to put them together for you in a handy printable. (One tip that I thought of that didn’t come up is that you should top-stitch the elastic casing of waistbands.  Make your casing, then do another stitch just about 1/16th in down from the very top {making sure to leave enough room for your elastic.}  This helps the waistband lay flat and looks very professional.) The winners of Free Fabric Friday this week are Ana, Julie, and Joyce.  (They have been emailed.) ...

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Free Fabric Friday

It is Friday, right?  My daughter has been on Spring Break for 2 weeks, and I’ve lost track of…well, just about everything.     This week we have a Surprise Bag for three people.  It will include 6 different fat quarters.  It’s all lovely, trust me.  Please comment with a sewing tip that really helped you.  How to turn a tube, anchor a button or mend a tear.  It doesn’t matter if they are tried and true methods that your Grandma taught you, or if you just made it up yourself.  We’ll take comments through the weekend and post the winners...

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March Flickr Pool Winner

Yesterday was the drawing for the winner of this month’s SMS Flickr group prize.  We put the names in the hat and drew Samantha, know as dwelldeep on Flickr. Â  Samantha posted some lovely photos, included a picture of this cool dress. You can read Samantha’s Dwell Deep blog and see some of her handmade things (including some very charming drawings) in her etsy shop. Â  Samantha wins a $25 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!  Congratulations! For your chance to win a gift certificate, simply share a photo of one of your sewing projects with our Flickr pool some time in the next month.  We only enter each name once, so whether you share 1 photo or 20, you have the same chance of winning.  (I just happened to notice that we also hit 100 members yesterday!  Check it out–some very inspiring...

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Lucky Number 14

Well, that was a lot of fun.  Thanks to everyone who commented about the book and their parenting values. Â The winner this week is Mo.  Congratulations–I hope you love the...

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Free BOOK Friday

Instead of the usual free fabric, this week I’d like to give away an amazing book to one lucky person.  This book has absolutely nothing to do with sewing, but it does have to do with being a Mama (which, as you can tell from the name of the business, is a huge part of my life.)  I don’t usually write about myself, but I feel I should give a little background about why I’m giving this book away and how truly great I think it is. My husband and I are lucky enough to be sending our daughter to a wonderful school...

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Pattern Review ~ Betty Shopper

From Kristin: This pattern review was written by Bethany. You can read her introduction here.   Pattern Betty Shopper by Amy Butler Description Extra-large tote style handbag Materials Main Fabric: 1.5 yards Lining fabric: 2.5 yards 1 1/8 cotton canvas 1 3/4 yards Timtex( or in my case similar extra heavy duty sewn in stabilizer Finishing: 4 extra large eyelets or grommets, 1 Spool coordinating thread. Overall Design I made the smaller Betty which is still a sizable 25 inches across the bottom.The bag is just darling in it’s shape and I felt it would make a perfect tote for summer for the mags, handcrafts, and sunscreen.. ( Also it would be a really cute knitting bag.) I made mine using the quilting cotton recommendations and it is as light as a summer breeze. The main draw back design-wise is the small top opening, and lack of smaller interior pockets to corral smaller items. Both are pretty easy to fix. The best thing about the bag is it will hold my water, magazine lunch, embroidery, and suncreen and probably even a light sweater in impeccable style.. and I didn’t even make the big version !! Written Instructions The written instructions for this pattern are very clear and detailed. Obviously written to keep even a novice out of trouble on their project. Diagrams / Images There were lots of nice diagrams...

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Introduction…Bethany, aka “Bitter Betty”

From Kristin:  Bethany wrote a review for the Amy Butler Betty Shopper sewing pattern, which is coming up next.  You absolutely have to check out Bethany’s blog, Bitter Betty Blogs. She makes amazing things, takes great photos, and always makes me laugh. Some of her beautiful handmade goods are for sale in her shop. From Bethany: Previous to my rather delux gig as a full time crafter and  adolecent’s chauffer, I was a fashion stylist and display trimmer for an upscale department store. I am happily living in the woods in California and currently devoting  my craft time to using vintage patterns to create a new...

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FFF Winners

I asked my daugther to choose two numbers between 1 and 20. That means the winners are Meg and Joanna.   Thanks, everyone.  I have a very special surprise for this Friday.  It has nothing to do with sewing, but it does have to do with being a Mama, so please stop by....

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Free Fabric Friday

If you haven’t heard yet, the third installment of Sandy Klop’s Building Blocks group is being shipped to stores.  I just love the way the three collections–Building Blocks, Basic Building Blocks, and Peas & Carrots–have complimented each other.  It has been so fun to see all the different ways these prints are being put to use.  We just received some of the Peas and Carrots prints, as well as a few more Basic Building Blocks.  We’ve put together a cheerful pack of six red and orange fat quarters, which we’ll give to two lucky winners.  Random drawing this week,...

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Free Fabric Friday winners

Wow! What a lot of fantastic tutorials you’ve found out there! We’ll compile them into a user-friendly format and post them later this week. In the mean time, here are the winners of one yard of fabric: Melissa, Megan, Ali and...

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Pattern Review ~ Kitchen Kouture

This great review was written by Kelly (Modern June.). Check out Kelly’s Modern June blog and Modern June shop for beautiful totes, aprons, bibs and other fun stuff. Pattern Kitchen Kouture by Linda Flake Description Indygo Junction, Inc. IJ734 One size fits most Materials View 2 3/4 yard of 44″-45″ fabric for apron 2/3 yard of 44″-45″ fabric for accent 7/8 yard of ric rac (I did not use the ric rac this time) Overall Design The over all design is great. I only gave it 4 starts because of the pockets. I just did not like the look of the finished pockets. They are too high and too small for my tastes. I have two young children and I am constantly picking up Legos, Magnetix and trash. I could not do my regular collection of household junk in this apron! I also think that if the pockets did not overlap the waistband the apron would look more polished. It would create a nice slim waist. When I make this apron again I will reshape the pocket making it bigger and then I will drop it down into the main body of the apron.   Another thing I would change would be the length. I feel it is a bit long for me. But if your tall this would be perfect. I am 5’4″ and it goes to mid knee...

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Introduction…Kelly, aka Modern June

Note from Kristin: Kelly is one of our pattern reviewers. Check out Kelly’s Modern June blog and Modern June shop for beautiful totes, aprons, bibs and other fun stuff. From Kelly: After a career in Costuming for Film and Theatre I began to play around with working for my self at home when I had our first child. Today I am a stay-at-home-homeschooling momma of two great kids. I have a great old home and a cute husband. In an effort to organize my creative energy I started Modern June. I love all things vintage, ric-rac and the word “housewife”! I say: Always be Creative. Updated to add: Kelly now has an Oilcloth Addict shop and blog, for all things...

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Free Fabric Friday

First, the prize:  We’re giving away one yard of fabric of your liking to four people.  That’s right, you can choose anything in the shop!  Oilcloth, cotton, minkee or chenille–your choice! To qualify, please comment with a link to your favorite online sewing tutorial or free sewing pattern.  The winners will be the four people who submit tutorials that knock our socks off! (In the event of multiple submissions of the same link, we’ll draw the names from a hat.) Â We’ll take comments all weekend and announce the winners on Monday.  A little peek at a corner of the shop. [tags]free fabric, fabric contest, sewing tutorials,...

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Pattern Review ~ Bias Cut 1-Yard Apron

Pattern Bias Cut One-Yard Apron ~ Decades of Style Description Flapper style bias cut apron with reversible option in one adult size and one child size. Materials Main Fabric: 1 yard Contrast Fabric (optional): 1 yard Finishing: 7 1/2 yds. Bias trim or 1/4 to 1/3 yard fabric to make bias tape Overall Design and Fit I made the single layer apron with bias trim edging. This is a very fashionable and beautiful apron with good drape. The pattern is very difficult to size before it is cut because of the bias cut. I ended up giving it to my friend who is 5’11” and if fits her very well (as you can see in the pictures!). I am only 5’1″ and the apron did not fit me. The only place to size the pattern is in the neck area, which I did do after I had cut the pattern. This did not help enough and the only other instruction on sizing it down was to fold the apron at the waist and tie it as such. This made the apron all bunchy, so I gave up and tried it on a much taller person. Additionally, the pattern mentions that if your waist is smaller than 30″ you may not need the ties at all and might prefer using a button to secure the apron instead. I am pregnant...

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Introduction ~ Georgia

Updated 6/09: I’m Georgia from Puking Pastilles! I am a homeschooling, stay at home mom of four little ones (7, 5, 3, and 2) with one more on the way in August. We’ve been calling him “Cinco” because we can’t decide on a name. Any help would in that department would be greatly appreciated! After discovering that sewing things for a profit took all the fun out of it, I decided to start putting my sewing patterns in digital format so I could sell those instead. My PDF patterns can be found in my shop on Etsy. I love geography and have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Muse. At any given time, at least one of my children is usually wearing an item of clothing I made (generally made for some ridiculously small amount of money) and that makes me very...

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And the gift certificate goes too…

We took all the names of our Flickr group contributors and threw them into a hat. This month’s winner of a $25 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew! is Carolyn of Laughing Duck. Just look at some of her beautiful quilts! She has a very lovely blog and an etsy shop too. Congratulations, Carolyn! Carolyn’s Gee’s Bend- inspired Quilts If you’d like to be eligible for the next gift certificate, simply share some of your favorite sewing projects with our Flickr Group. Everyone who contributes in the next 30 days has a chance to...

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And the fat quarters go to….

Chosing the winners of our fat quarter packs is harder than imagined.  This week we’ve picked the altruistic crafters.  The first is Kay who makes quilts and stockings for Ronald McDonald house.  She was nominated by her friend Sonja. The second is Naomi who also quilts for charity. She was nominated by her sister Georgia. Congratulations to these generous women! For those of you trying to build your own stash, it’s all about you this week!  We’re compiling a list of great online sewing tutorials.  We’ll ask for your favorites during our Free Fabric Friday contest, then award the prizes to the people who direct us to the best. Â And the prize?  Fabulous fabric, of...

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Free Fabric Friday

This week we’re giving away two packs of 8 fat quarters from our black and white selection of fabrics.  There’s an Alexander Henry Your Numbers, some Follow Your Imagination, a couple of Michael Miller black and whites, and a few others.     If you want one of these packs, tell us what you’d do with them.  If you want someone else to have them, simply tell us why.  We’ll announce the winners on Monday.  We’re off to the Northwest Fabric Show to shop!  Have a great...

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Sewing Resource–Martha Pullen discussion

I have a whole folder full of online sewing resources I’ll share with you.  I’ll pull out the gem first.  Do you know Martha Pullen? She does the heirloom sewing show on PBS and also puts out Sew Beautiful magazine.  Now these kinds of projects are not really my thing, but let me tell you, the women who participate in the Martha Pullen discussion boards can sew! You can ask them anything and you’ll get great answers.  Fixing a zipper, sewing a circle skirt, buttonholes….anything!  Really, if you’re ever stuck on something complicated and you want an answer right away, go there...

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SMS Sewing Tip #2–Pressing NOT Ironing

This has been an issue that has come up a few times in my interactions this week, so I thought I’d mention it here….If you really pay attention to your pattern instructions, you know that you should (often not always) press open your seams. Â Pressing means that you should put your iron down and lift it up.  Do not move it back and forth, as this can push your fabric out of shape.  Steaming will make it even worse.  So, turn off the steam and gently press the iron...

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Free Fabric Friday

We’ll see who’s out there this weekend… We’re giving away 2 packs of seven fat quarters from Moda’s Uptown collection to 2 deserving crafters.  Tell us who it should be!  You?  A friend?  A favorite blogger?  Leave us a comment. This completely subjective contest will close Sunday night and we’ll announce the winners on Monday.  Have a great weekend!  ...

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Pattern Review ~ Busy Bias Apron

Pattern Busy Bias Apron Pattern from Paisley Pincushion Description Reversible bias cut apron in 2 sizes for women and 2 sizes for children Materials (Women’s Size B 8–12) Main Fabric: 1 5/8 yds. Contrast Fabric: 1 5/8 yds. Trim: 7 1/2 yds. (I used Wright’s Jumbo Rick Rack) 4 Buttons I also used about 1/3 yd. of a different print for the pockets.    (Links to the fabrics that I used.) Overall Design The end result is great. It looks good and it’s like having 2 different aprons in one. I made this apron for a friend’s birthday, but ended up giving it to her at her Super Bowl party, so she got to wear it that day. I think it was fun for her and good for my crafty ego, since we both got oodles of compliments. She even switched to the reverse side of the apron at halftime;-) Functionally, I think this is a wonderful apron because the half back and the buttons at the side really keep this one in place. You don’t have to keep tying the strings, adjusting the neck, or straightening out the body. The pockets are in a good position and the sides wrap around for excellent coverage of your hips. The only downside is that getting the buttons done up when the apron is on your body takes some flexibility. Written Instructions...

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SMS Sewing Tip #1 — Auditory Learners

Well, here it is–the first installment of SMS Sewing Tips!  There have been a lot of tips on my mind lately, but this first one is fresh because I used it just yesterday.  I am a former educator, so I still find myself thinking a lot about how people learn and process information.  If you have a hard time with sewing patterns, it might be a matter of your learning style and not just lack or skill or experience.  Most patterns are really written for people who learn best by reading the written word.  That’s not all of us–some learn best by doing, some by seeing pictures or other visual images, and some of us need to hear something said. (Of course we’re all a little of everything, but many people have a way they learn best.) I am an auditory learner (just tell me how!)  When I get stuck on a particular procedure on a sewing pattern, I read the step out loud.  Sometimes just hearing myself allows things to click. If I still don’t get it, I call my mom and read it to her and have her tell me what it means.  Really, I do.  This usually works (and not just because my mom knows so much more about sewing–although she...

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Introduction…

I’m Kristin, a mother of two wonderful daughters and lover of fabric.  I run Sew,Mama,Sew! out of a small shop in Beaverton, OR with the help of some fabulous employees. 

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Win a $25 Gift Certificate!

We just started a new Flickr Group for showing off your fabulous sewing photos.  Share your toys, bags, clothes, quilts, aprons, or anything else you’ve been working on.  Every month we’ll pick one photo contributor at random to win a $25 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew! We only ask that you post a photo of something you’ve made yourself (that should be obvious,...

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Oilcloth Tips

Our selection of oilcloth is always growing and changing.  We’re no longer carrying oilcloth, but we hope you’ll be able to use these tips. Oilcloth, Chalk Cloth or Vinyl-Coated Fabric? To be accurate, none of the products we sell is actually oilcloth. Oilcloth used to be made by treating canvas fabric with multiple coats of linseed oil. Although the companies manufacturing “oilcloth” today are using many original designs, the material is very different. Oilcloth (what we call it today anyway) is vinyl on a cotton mesh base. The design is printed on the top of the vinyl. The back is...

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What happened to our blog?!

Ok, so what we meant to do was bring you the new and improved Sew,Mama,Sew! blog, but it looks like we’ll be bringing you the ENTIRELY NEW blog, as we have lost every little bit of the old.  We did a backup before we started messing around with our WordPress files, but when we tried to restrore there were errors in the file. Â Ã‚ Please check back...

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