Author: Beth

Goodbye from Beth!

When I started as editor at Sew Mama Sew, blogs were mostly online “diaries,” my son was toddling around and I was in love with all of the beautiful fabric Kristin had in her Sew Mama Sew shop! Now my son is ten, my daughter is beginning kindergarten in the fall and I am heading back to the classroom to teach…

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Woven Rag Beach Bag Tutorial

Meriel from create3.5 loves to sew clothes, and she also throws a bunch of quilting and hand embroidery in the mix. Here she shows you an interesting fabric technique with her new bag tutorial…

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How to Finish a Bias Binding

Michelle Stoffel from Style Maker Fabrics shows you how to finish a bias binding, especially when working with a garment. Great finishing techniques can take your clothing sewing to a whole new level!

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The Lucille Top Tutorial

Aimee Cook is the owner and designer behind Aimee’s Victorian Armoire and the Aimee’s Victorian Armoire shop. She recently published a book with nine vintage-inspired patterns. Vintage Pattern Book features fashion from the 1940’s and 1950’s, inspired by vintage pieces. Aimee has a free excerpt from the book for you, with one of the nine patterns in the book. There’s a giveaway too!

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Springtime Patchwork Purse Free Pattern + Tutorial

Charise Randell from Charise Creates has your next project all ready for you. Learn how to sew this roomy Springtime Patchwork Purse! Charise’s latest design is pieced with bright fabrics, with a linen border and strap. There’s also a handy magnetic closure and inside pocket…

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Sew Good: The Coffee Creek Quilters

Allison Evans is a regular here with our monthly Sew Good series. This month she focuses on The Coffee Creek Quilters, a sewing program in a women’s correctional facility. Participants learn to sew and they donate lots of quilts too! Learn about the constraints of sewing in a correctional facility and hear from instructors; it’s a powerful program…

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Call Me Maybe Mug Rug Tutorial

Lara Buccella from BuzzinBumble has a new book out, Crafted Appliqué – New Possibilities. She designed the “Call Me, Maybe” Mug Rug exclusively for Sew Mama Sew readers, to celebrate the release of her new book…

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Triangle Pocket Tote Tutorial

Michelle from Falafel and the Bee shows you how to make a Triangle Pocket Tote, one of her favorite bags. It’s roomy enough to fit all of your summer essentials, for the beach, pool and farmer’s markets…

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Fabric Bin Tutorial

We’re pleased to collaborate with an industry favorite! Nancy Zieman shows you how to make a custom fabric bin tutorial from her Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares book (also demonstrated in the famous Sewing With Nancy TV show). There are fabric and cutting requirements for three sizes of bins, plus detailed written instructions and the video how-to…

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Ink & Arrow Kitchen Linens Challenge: Bethany

Bethany from Sew Not Perfect created several free kitchen-themed, free motion appliqué designs for you to download, plus a tutorial for a simple reversible apron, a framed appliqué design for the kitchen wall and kitchen-themed magnets! Check out her creative collection of items for the Ink & Arrow Whip It Up Kitchen Linens Challenge…

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Fresh Air Pillow Tutorial

Debbie Grifka from Esch House Quilts is the author of Lines by Design Quilts. Debbie’s book includes 17 projects designed to feature lines, and it features both piecing and appliqué techniques (fusible and bias). Learn how to make Debbie’s exclusive Fresh Air Pillow with her free tutorial, plus comment for a chance to win a copy of the book!

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How to Fussy Cut a Quilt Binding

Deborah Fisher from Fish Museum and Circus has a new book, Quilt Giving. The season of graduations, baby showers, weddings and teacher gifts is upon us! Comment for a chance to win the book, and learn how Deborah makes the fussy cut quilt bindings featured on many of the quilts in Quilt Giving!

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Ink & Arrow Kitchen Linens Challenge: Dena

We asked a new set of challengers to show us what they could create with new fabric from Ink & Arrow! The Whip It Up collection lends itself perfectly to a Kitchen Linens Challenge, and our six sewists really showed the versatility and fun of the fabric in their work…

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How to Create a Modern Broderie Perse Mini Quilt

Mallory Hill loves the vintage art of Broderie Perse (French for “Persian embroidery”). In Broderie Perse, printed fabric is artfully arranged and embroidered or sewn to create a unique background. Learn all about this technique that swept Europe in the 1600s, including ideas for using modern fabrics to create your own designs…

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Quilt Photography Tips with Bill Volckening

Bill Volckening, author of New York Beauty, Quilts from the Volckening Collection and the upcoming Modern Roots – Today’s Quilts from Yesterday’s Inspiration, does all of his own quilt photography. Learn all about his process and read about his best tips for successful quilt photography in your own home…

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Introducing Cheri Paxton from Living DIY Style

Cheri Paxton from Living DIY Style has a video tutorial for a cross-body bag for you, coming up next. Take a look at Cheri’s site and her YouTube channel too. Cheri has a passion for sewing and design, with a special talent for creating custom shoes for women and children…

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Dancing Diamonds Mini Quilt Tutorial

Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl shows you how to make her Dancing Diamonds mini quilt with HSTs (half square triangles). This is an easy beginner quilting project, and has great impact with shades of fabric in same color palette. There is a giveaway for Yvonne’s latest pattern release too!…

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Charming Plus Quilt Tutorial

Tisha from Quilty Therapy created her Charming Plus Quilt with the Avant Garde fabric collection. The basic nine patch block gets a little something extra in Tisha’s design, making it a satisfying project new quilters and experienced pros!

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Fat Quarter Shop Fabric Bundle

We have a BIG giveaway for you this weekend. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Fat Quarter Bundle of Hometown Girl, designed by Pat Sloan for Moda Fabrics! The bundle has a retail value of $89, so click in and comment for a chance to WIN!…

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How To Design + Sew a Custom Seat-Back Slipcover

Lisa DiAntonio is founder and owner of Green Park Studios, a custom fabric printer. She showed us How to Print Your Own Recipe Tea Towels, and now she’s back with another sweet and easy project. Lisa shows you how to design and create a simple seat-back slipcover with ties on the sides. They’re a fun addition to birthday celebrations, weddings, outdoor parties or they can be an everyday addition to your home decor!

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Cross Blocks Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Sandra Clemons, author of the new Scrap Patchwork, is here to share a little about the book and give you a free Cross Blocks Zipper Pouch tutorial! Sandra and C&T Publishing are also giving you a chance to WIN a copy of the book…

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Madweave Foldover Clutch Tutorial

Tara J. Curtis uses special weaving techniques and the tool she created, the Tjaye Fabric Weaving Needle, to create beautiful items with fabric. Tara showed us how to make the Woven Chevron Pillow earlier this month, and now she has her original design for the Madweave Foldover Clutch featuring a classic tumbling blocks design. The weaving gives this bag such a lovely, unique look!…

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Sew Easy Sunglasses Case

Laura Hensley of The Sewing Class recently shared her experiences and knowledge about How to Run a Successful Sewing Camp for Kids. Her Sew Easy Sunglasses Case is one of the first projects her campers tackle, and it’s a useful sewing project for any beginning sewist. Learn how easy it is to make the case, and don’t miss Laura’s very helpful how to if you’re thinking about starting a sewing camp of your own!…

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Chick + Bunny Softie Free Pattern + Tutorial

Elissa sells PDF patterns for soft toys and “whimsical wearables” in her Lambkin Creative shop. We like all of her fleece food patterns so we were extra-excited when she showed us how to make her adorable Fleece Veggies Set (link in post). Now she’s back with a Spring Chick + Bunny, just in time for Easter baskets or seasonal play!…

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Squeezy Potholder Video Tutorial

Donna Thornal of Olivia & Marie Create shows you how to make her easy Squeezy Potholders in a two-part video series. These would be lovely paired with a kitchen towel as a hostess gift, or the potholder could be a fun refresh for your own kitchen this spring!

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Woven Chevron Pillow Tutorial

Tara J. Curtis creates stunning fabric art pieces with special weaving techniques. She’s the inventor of the Tjaye Fabric Weaving Needle, the only needle made by a weaver designed specifically for use with fabric strips and bias strips. Learn how to make her Woven Chevron Pillow!…

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Chromascope Quilt Block Tutorial

Alexandra Ledgerwood of Teaginny Designs shows you how to make this modern, paper pieced variation of the traditional kaleidoscope block. She has the full PDF Chromascope Quilt Pattern for sale with lots of additional details, but her tutorial provides you with everything you need to make one quilt block (including the paper foundation templates!)…

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Introducing Amy DeCesare from Amy Made That!

Amy DeCesare from Amy Made That! loves to create beautiful things from fabric, buttons, ribbon and ric rac. She enjoys quilting, but her best-loved projects take up less time and space… Pillows, pincushions, mug rugs and purses. She’s up next with some sewing tips for you!

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So Sweet Love Candy Cutie Tutorial

Susan Cousineau from Sweet Chic Design designed the So Sweet Love fabric collection for Marcus Fabrics. She also made this So Sweet Love Candy Cutie tutorial, with free PDF templates so you can whip up your own candy cuties before Valentine’s Day! So Sweet Love is a fresh and modern, love-inspired collection with hearts, florals and polka dot coordinates, just right for adding a bit of love to your projects year-round…

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Round Robin Bee Starter Tips + Troubleshooting

Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit is a quilter, teacher, blogger and lecturer. We asked her back to tell us all about Round Robin Bees. Jessica shares everything you need to know to start a round robin quilting bee, plus her best tips for troubleshooting issues before they arise…

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Free Discotech Clutch Pattern

Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness celebrates her new Windy-city Bags book and Building Better Bags Craftsy class with a GIVEAWAY! She also has a free Discotech Clutch PDF Pattern for everyone to download and sew. Sara is such a generous, talented designer and instructor… Lucky us!

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Sew Good: “do. Good Stitches”

Allison Evans, an art historian home with her darling toddler, joins us each month with our Sew Good series. We love to learn about people who use their sewing skills and creativity to help others! This time Allison explores online sewing bee options like “do. Good Stitches,” where you can sew at home but still connect with a larger group and effort…

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Reflections + Predictions: Bari Ackerman

We’re wrapping up our Reflections + Predictions with sewing industry leaders with Bari Ackerman from Bari J. Designs. Bari Ackerman is the popular fabric designer who also lends her beautiful artistry to wall art, home decor, stationery, cards, wall murals, wall paper, stencils and more. We asked Bari to join us with what she noticed in 2015 and what’s next for her in the new year. Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew will have a wrap up post tomorrow with her thoughts…

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Reflections + Predictions: Sara Lawson

We asked a big group of sewing industry leaders to fill us in on their reflections for 2015 and their predictions for the year ahead. Looking back helps us celebrate the beauty, the surprises, the fun and the big sewing moments. 2016 predictions get us all excited about what’s to come! First up is one of our favorite designers (bags, fabric and more!) and an all-around lovely person. Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness tells us what she noticed and what she’s excited about…

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Urban Scandinavian Winter Runner Tutorial

Learn how to make this pretty, minimal Urban Scandinavian Winter Runner for your bed or table. Kirstyn Cogan, author of Urban Scandinavian Sewing and the designer behind P&B Textile’s Urban Scandinavian Basics fabric collection, shows you how to spruce your home up for winter with this easy tutorial. Plus there’s a giveaway!

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Handmade Holidays Nov. 30: Wrap it Up

November just zoomed right on by! We hope our 9th annual series has been inspiring and helpful for you, as you plan your own Handmade Holidays. We’ll have a wrap-up post tomorrow, but first we help you wrap your presents all up with the help of Cindy Guch from Raspberry Sunshine.

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Teach a Friend to Sew Winners

It’s finally time to announce our Teach a Friend to Sew Winners! Thanks to everyone who participated in the series; it was such fun to see you earn your badges with tool kits, pillows, garments and more. We have one lucky winner of a new Pfaff Passport 3.0 Sewing Machine, and three fabric shop gift certificate winners…

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Introducing Jacquelynne from The Art of Home

Jacquelynne is an artist/illustrator, quilt designer, fabric designer and author. She loves to “make stuff” in her 160 year old farmhouse studio, and to encourage others to pursue whatever creative ideas their heart whispers… Jacquelynne is up next with a new holiday quilting project!

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Block Print Holiday Gift Wrap

We hope you’re enjoying our daily Handmade Holidays series, all November long! Pretty soon you’ll need to wrap up all of those handcrafted gifts… We asked expert Krista Fleckenstein, author of the new book Beyond Cotton: Making by Hand, to show us how to block print holiday gift wrap. These same techniques and designs could be easily applied to fabric too…

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Handmade Holidays Nov. 15: Quilted Gifts

If you love to quilt you know there’s always time to stitch some favorite fabrics together! Here’s a nice selection of quilted gifts you can sew in the month ahead; we have coasters, runners, pillows and more! You’ll find paper piecing, appliqué, traditional quilting, plus ways to use up your scraps.

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Handmade Holidays 2015

It’s almost time for our 9th Annual Handmade Holidays series. Look for daily round-ups full of tutorials, recipes, printables and giveaways. We will help you prepare for a happy handmade holiday season!

#handmadeholidays Grab the image and help us spread the word. The fun starts November 1… (Kristin’s talented daughter created this illustration for us!)

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Thanksgiving Album Blocks

Owner, pattern designer and author Natalie Barnes from beyond the reef is back with Thanksgiving Album Blocks. You have plenty of time to prepare the blocks for your Thanksgiving visitors this year! Natalie is also giving away pattern sets and copies of her book, A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin.

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5 Tips to Accurate, Consistent Seam Allowances

Stephanie Palmer, the Late Night Quilter, created the The Quilter’s Planner 2016. Learn all about it, plus Stephanie’s 5 Tips for Achieving an Accurate, Consistent Seam Allowance. She shows us her favorite tools, discusses important considerations for your sewing machine and Stephanie even has a video showing her favorite seam gauge/seam guide combination in action!

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Introducing Mary Abreu

Mary Abreu from Confessions of a Craft Addict has been crafting most of her life. She is the author of two books: Little Girls, Big Style (November 2010) and Modern Style for Girls (October 2015), both from Stash Books. Learn all about Mary, plus don’t miss the links to her informative series on costuming…

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Buying a Sewing Machine: School of Sewing Excerpt

Chances are, if you’re learning to sew, you’re going to want a functional (and fantastic!) sewing machine to match your new skills. Shea Henderson and Lucky Spool Media have a handy How to Buy a Sewing Machine PDF excerpt for you from School of Sewing: Learn It, Teach It, Sew Together. Learn about must-have features, where to buy your machine, why that $80 big-box store machine might not be the best idea, plus find info about test-driving various models and more…

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Moose Fusible Appliqué Free Pattern

Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World shows you how to make the free Moose Fusible Appliqué from her Woodland Critters Quilt. The quilt is from her new Fusible Applique Made Easy Craftsy class! Get your free pattern and tutorial for the moose, then use our link for 50% off Wendi’s Craftsy class…

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Flamenco Quilt Pattern

Geta Grama from the Romanian Quilt Studio shop and blog recently showed us How to Make a Drawstring Bag. This tutorial shows off some of Geta’s intricate quilting skills. Learn to make her 15″ x 15″ mini-quilt (or turn it into a fabulous pillow!)…

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10 Beginner Bag Tutorials

Are you learning to sew or participating in our Teach a Friend to Sew series? You could win a Pfaff Passport 3.0 sewing machine or a fabric shop gift certificate!. Find links to every post in the series here, plus 10 Beginner Bag Tutorials. You can do this!

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How to Make a Drawstring Bag Tutorial

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

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Citronille Pattern Challenge

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

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Ghost Quilting Tutorial

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

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The Story of Darning + Darning Sampler

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

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

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Teach a Friend to Sew: Series Kick-off

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

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Oakshott Scandinavia Challenge: Casey

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

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Introducing Sara from The Sara Project

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

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Introducing Irene from Sugaridoo

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

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Connection Block Tutorial + Pattern

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

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Flower Shower Tea Cozy Tutorial

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

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Party Pony Free Pattern + Tutorial

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

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Introducing Rena Dearden from Rustic Horseshoe

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

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Tile Blocks Tutorial

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

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Color Theory for Quilting

Deanna McCool from sewmccool.com showed us how to choose thread, organize our sewing spaces and she designed the handy “Goin’ to Camp” Duffel Bag too. Deanna’s here again, this time with some easy color theory tips to help you select prints for quilting. Learn how concepts like light vs. dark, saturation, complementary colors and proportion impact how effective your color selection may be in a quilt project…

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Back to School Pillow Tutorial

Natalie Barnes, owner and pattern designer of beyond the reef and author of A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin, showed us how to make Easy Quilted Coasters + Table Toppers earlier this summer. Now she’s back with a Back to School Pillow; this pillow is a lovely gift for just about anyone, but Natalie had older kids in mind. Send kids to college (or their other independent adventures in the world) with a reminder of home and love!…

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How to Sew a Cuff Placket

Marina Brumpton from Frocks & Frolics shows you how to sew a cuff placket, in a video tutorial with a free PDF Cuff Placket Pattern for you to download. The short video clearly explains how easy it is to create a professional-looking placket, adding extra detail to any shirt pattern with a cuff…

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Action Kivu Fundraiser

Every year we are honored to help spread the word about the annual Action Kivu Fundraiser. Alissa Haight Carlton coordinates this important fundraiser to benefit Action Kivu, an organization that helps empower and educate women and children in eastern Congo. Learn how you can donate, and win fabric, sewing machines, quilts and more!

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Dreaming Away Pet Bed Tutorial

Ali and Courtney’s Dreaming Away pattern from Wives of Whitewood is a fun and useful pet bed that rolls up for easy transport and storage. It’s easy to tuck this in the car for pets on the go, and it’s a free PDF for you to download…

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Introducing Ali + Courtney

Ali and Courtney from Wives of Whitewood (W.O.W.) produce collections of patterns, specializing in bag designs. Their patterns are available on Etsy, Craftsy and here, with a new pet bed project available for you to download. Learn more about these talented friends and neighbors, then be on the lookout for your free PDF pattern next…

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Super Online Sewing Match Round FIVE: Duffle Coat

Round Five is the FINAL round in our Super Online Sewing Match II! Although the kids put their hands over their ears and say, “La, La, La!” if we mention it, fall is right around the corner. We’re looking forward to welcoming some cooler weather with fall sewing, and the Cascade Duffle Coat pattern from Grainline Studio fits the bill!…

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Rnd FIVE Contestants

Round Four in our Super Online Sewing Match was the toughest round yet for our judges. They had to eliminate one contestant, allowing three final contestants to move onto the fifth round. The sewists are each competing on such a high level, with top notch sewing skills and beautiful finished items. Find out who moves closer to the Grand Prize Package!…

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Round FOUR Wrap-Up

Our challengers completed Round Four in our Super Online Sewing Match. We have just one round to go to determine who will win the Grand Prize Package, a Janome Skyline S5 Sewing Machine and the Janome 1110DX Pro Serger! Take a look at the sewing and see who you think should move onto the final round of the match…

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#lovewinshearts Quilt Block Pattern + Tutorial

The Supreme Court ruling in June recognized same-sex marriages throughout the United States, and inspired #lovewins happiness throughout social media. We’re still smiling! Amy from Badskirt designed the #lovewinshearts block to celebrate this victory for equality. We have a free pattern and tutorial, and we hope you make a block (or an entire quilt) to celebrate with us!

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Crafter’s Utility Belt Tutorial

The Crafter’s Utility Belt from Ashley Lotecki is a must for craft shows or intense, creative sewing sessions! Ashley shows you how to make her easy, reversible belt and she also has a PDF pattern for you to download. It’s a fun and functional project!…

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How to Sew Piping

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

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Doll + Toy Carrycot Tutorial

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

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Introducing Glenis Ebbett from Gee’s Projects

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

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Super Online Sewing Match Rnd FOUR: Carolyn Pajamas

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

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Round Three Wrap-Up

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

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How to Make Your Own Paper Pieced Designs

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

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How to Sew Ruffles into a Neckline

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

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How to Pass Quilting Traditions to Millennials

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

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How to Install Rivets

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

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How to Modify a Basic Bodice to a Yoke

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

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Super Online Sewing COMMUNITY Match Update

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

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How to Gather Fabric

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

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

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Boho Leather Fringe Bag Tutorial

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

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How to Use Vintage Patterns for Inspiration

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

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Round ONE Wrap-Up

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

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10 Ways to Make Your Patchwork More Meaningful

Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock, is the quilt designer, instructor and author of For Keeps: Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living. A seasoned Craftsy instructor, Amy is perhaps most well known for hosting the very first– and very popular– Craftsy Block of the Month series. Amy is here with 10 Ways to Incorporate More Meaning into Your Patchwork, plus a few glimpses of the projects in her book. What about you? How do you incorporate meaning into your quilt making? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments…

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Challenger Question Round ONE

We have ten challengers in our Super Online Sewing Match II, busily sewing away on their Sutton Blouses. It’s fun to get to know the contestants as the challenges progress, so we ask them a question during each round. First we want to know: How did you learn to sew? (Let’s hear it for the moms, grandmas and aunts out there, plus 4-H and home economics classes!…)

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Easy Quilted Coasters + Table Topper Tutorial

Natalie Barnes is the owner and pattern designer of beyond the reef, and author of the new A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin (with quilter Angela Walters). Natalie has a free Quilted Coaster + Table Topper Tutorial for you, plus a chance to win one of FIVE copies of her book. (International winners A-OK!)

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How to Create a Side Seam Slit (on any garment!)

Our challengers are sewing away on their first Super Online Sewing Match II challenge, the Sutton Blouse! Kelli from True Bias was our Grand Prize Winner in the first Super Online Sewing Match, and now she has a thriving business with popular garment patterns for women and children. Kelli’s Sutton Blouse design features side seam slits, a nice detail that can elevate garments from standard to special. Kelli shows you how to create a side seam slit below; follow her lead and the Sutton Blouse will sew up in a breeze!

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Rosabelle Hat Free Pattern + Tutorial

Wendy Talené from Elsewhen designed this pretty Rosabelle Cloche, an elegant hat with handmade roses for sizes 19” – 25” (Toddler – Adult Large). You can download the free pattern and follow Wendy’s step-by-step instructions in her tutorial below! All of your friends will want their own Rosabelle…

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Introducing Wendy Talené of Elsewhen

Wendy Talené is the designer behind Elsewhen, your source for hat patterns, hats or custom millinery requests. Wendy is up next with a beautiful, free Cloche Pattern! First learn more about her start and about the things that make her patterns and designs so special.

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Join the Super Online Sewing Match

Even though you can’t be one of the ten challengers, we want you to join the  Super Online Sewing Match! If you want to sew along with the challengers, join our Community Match!  We have a great list of prizes, and this year you can sew along with any pattern that is the same time of garment. For example, our Round One Challenge is the Sutton Blouse. You can sew your own Sutton Blouse, or you can sew and enter any blouse/top in the Community Match! You also have an extended time period to sew. Instead of completing everything in a week to ten days as the challenger do, you can sew from now through the end of the entire Super Online Sewing Match…

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Meet the Contestants! Super Online Sewing Match II

We are so excited! The match is ON. With nearly 100 entries, we had some very difficult decisions to make. We read every audition email, perused every blog, wowed over all of the beautiful, creative sewing links, attachments and stories… In the end we selected ten sewists we feel have both the style and skills to do well in the competition.

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All Season Tote Bag Tutorial

Fabric and pattern designer Mo Bedell Mo is back with a lovely, roomy Summer Tote Bag PDF Tutorial. This could be your perfect new bag for the summer! (Or maybe fall?!… We love the plaid version too.) Don’t let the piping scare you away; Mo shows you how easy it is to get this professional look…

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Meet the Judges: Novita Estiti of Very Purple Person

We’re introducing you to the judges for our Super Online Sewing Match! Novita Estiti from Very Purple Person has been blogging about what she makes consistently, with great photos and engaging commentary for years. She does it honestly and informatively, never afraid to post her failures as well as her successes. If ever there was a fearless sewist, it is Novita!…

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Meet the Judges: Michelle Morris

We’re introducing you to our esteemed Super Online Sewing Match judges over the next few days. It’s a spectacular line-up of talented and skilled sewists! First up is Michelle Morris, creator of the popular DIY and fashion blog, ThatBlackChic.com

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How to Sew Professional-Looking Pillows

Teresa Coates of crinkledreams.com and Fabric Depot recently gave us the hard-hitting results of her Sewing Needle Comparison. She’s back with top tips for sewing professional-looking pillows! Use these easy tips to take your pillows from “blah” to beautiful…

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The Super Online Sewing Match II Contest

You asked and we are delivering! Two years ago we held the first Super Online Sewing Match (SOSM), our in-it-to-win-it garment sewing contest in which 10 exceptional sewists competed to win a wonderful Janome sewing machine. The first SOSM was one of our favorite events. Not only was it nail-bitingly close, but we were incredibly inspired by our challengers– all women with great skills plus the ability to take a pattern and make it flatter their body and reflect their personality at the same time. This summer we’re kicking off The Super Online Sewing Match II! Learn all about how to “audition” and get a little hint about the Grand Prize package…

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Geese Migration Quilt Free Quilt Pattern

Mary Fons of PaperGirl is a writer and quilter. She combines both of these talents beautifully in Dear Quilty: 12 Easy Patchwork Quilts + Great Quilting Advice, a book geared toward the beginning quilter. Download your free Geese Migration Quilt PDF Tutorial, and comment for a chance to WIN a copy of the book…

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Hanging Gardens Mobile Tutorial

Mo Bedell is a fabric and pattern designer, and an all-around wonderful person to be around! Mo originally made this mobile for her award-winning booth at Quilt Market in Portland a couple of years ago, featuring her Full Moon Lagoon collection. The mobile was a huge hit and lots of people have asked her for a tutorial. Here it is! Mo is also giving away a free kit with everything you’ll need to make the mobile; check out the post for more details.

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How to Find the Best Thimble

Jake Finch, publisher of Generation Q Magazine, stops by with a comparison of various thimbles. Learn all about the important characteristics of thimbles and discover which thimbles were popular with the Generation Q testers. Find your best thimble!

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The Fabric Design + Printing Process

Becca Jubie, co-owner of the online fabric store Quilt Sandwich Fabrics, fills you in on the fabric design and printing process. Becca interviewed industry leaders to give you insight into every step in the process of traditional fabric manufacturing. Quilt Sandwich Fabrics is also giving away fat quarters from Lotta Jansdotter’s Follie collection!

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By the Block Quilt Tutorial

Siobhan Rogers, author of By the Block: 18 Surprisingly Simple Quilts, shows how you can mix and match certain aspects of patterns, taking basic designs up a notch with just a few changes. Siobhan’s tutorial pulls from two different patterns in her book, with a little extra twist. If you love the look, you’ll love By the Block!

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Scrappy Flower Coaster Tutorial

Diane Gilleland of CraftyPod has a new book out next week! All Points Patchwork takes you beyond hexies to English paper piecing with diamonds, triangles, octagons, pentagons, curved-edge shapes and more. Download your free PDF excerpt from the book about basic EPP sewing techniques, then have fun with Diane’s Scrappy Flower Coaster Tutorial. You can also comment for a chance to WIN All Points Patchwork

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Home Quilting Tips: Free Motion + Straight Lines

Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit is an accomplished quilter and has lots of important Home Machine Quilting Tips for Free Motion + Straight Lines. She covers everything from making a practice quilt sandwich to sharing specific designs with corresponding resources you can try right away. Read her advice and practice, practice, practice! You’ll be a free motion pro in no time…

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Horseshoe Pillow Free Pattern + Tutorial

Shelly Morgan and her best friend Jennie work together at Coral & Co., sharing some of their favorite tutorials and great southern style. Shelly grew up with horses, her dad is a jockey and she was born in Lexington, Kentucky! She made this Horseshoe Pillow Pattern and Tutorial so you can make one for your favorite horse fan…

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Top 10 Reasons to Sew Ruler Free

Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously presents a new approach to modern quilting. Ten frameworks or “scores” guide quilters to create innovative, improvised modern quilts. Check out Sherri Lynn’s Top 10 Reasons to Sew Ruler Free, peek at an exclusive gallery of some of the test quilts for the book and comment for a chance to win a copy of the book!…

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Giveaway Day is May 6!

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

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Asymmetrical Color Block Totes Tutorial

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

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How To Print Your Own Recipe Tea Towels

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

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Spring Sewing Trends with Kelley

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

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Is It Ever Worthwhile to Work for Free?

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

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

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Pattern Shops, Clubs + More: Online Pattern Sales

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

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Tic Tac Toe Pouch Free Pattern + Tutorial

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

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10 Big Picture Habits for Happy, Successful Sewing

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

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“Best Sewing Needle”: Needle Comparison Guide

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

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Give Your Softie a Story + Dolphin Free Pattern

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

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Sleepy Dollie Free Pattern + Tutorial

Christina Platt’s Bamboletta Dolls are one-of-a-kind, treasured friends for children all across the world. Each doll is a work of art, made with the highest quality materials, lots of love and plenty of important details to make them extra special. We’re honored to have Christina share her Sleepy Dollie pattern and tutorial as part of our Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies

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Softie Du Jour: Samantha

Here’s another favorite we just had to remind you about from our Toys + Softies tutorials. The free Tooth Fairy Doll pattern was designed by Samantha Liz for Sew Mama Sew readers. This happy doll is big, loveable and always ready for the next lost tooth!…

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Sewing Softies + Dolls for Charity

Sarah from Dolls And Daydreams® knows all about sewing for charity. Her campaign to sew dolls for children in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake was a tremendous success. We hope Sarah inspires you sew dolls and softies for charity, and perhaps to participate in our Soft Toy Drive to Benefit Children in Foster Care.

Pictured: Mayan Families Doll Drive distribution for the children of Guatemala.

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Softie Du Jour: Drygoods Design

These awesome stuffed blue and sperm whales are from a free tutorial created by the talented folks at Drygoods Design, a lovely fabric and goods shop in Seattle and online everywhere at www.drygoodsdesignonline.com. Details like zippers and selvedge edges add extra whimsy to these magnificent stuffies!

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Tagalong Teddy Free Pattern + Tutorial

Designer and author Betz White is here with a free Tagalong Teddy Pattern from her book, Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow. We thought this teddy was an essential accompaniment to the growing cast of characters in our Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies series!

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Softie Du Jour: Sarah

This Little Red and Wolf Sewing Pattern is an eBook and pattern play set. Sarah Hanson of Dolls and Daydreams has a vast collection of doll patterns and stuffies too. (You’ll love all of the fairy tale characters!)…

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Monogram Zip Pouch Tutorial

Melissa Mortenson from Polka Dot Chair is author of Project Teen: Handmade Gifts your Teens will Actually Love. The book is full of projects you can sew for your tween or teen, because Melissa strongly feels you don’t need to stop sewing for your children just because they are getting older! Melissa shows you how to make this cute, Monogram Zip Pouch. It’s perfect for your favorite tween, teen or for you!

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How to Appliqué with Plush Fabrics

Myra Harder and her daughter launched their latest venture, Robinson Pattern Company. Lately their company patterns focus on fun pillows using soft plush fabrics for appliqué. To introduce you to the Robinson Pattern Company and provide you with some tips for plush appliqué, Myra and her daughter created a free PDF Tutorial, full of tips for using plush fabrics to appliqué your own designs. There’s a giveaway too!

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Do You Have What it Takes to Run a Business?

Fiona Pullen, author of Craft a Creative Business, runs the UK-based The Sewing Directory. She gave us some excellent ideas for How to Cope with the Sense of Isolation When Working from Home earlier this year, and now she’s back to get you thinking about whether you are ready to run your own business and if you have what it takes to succeed…

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Introducing Mimi Kirchner

Mimi Kirchner is a Boston-based artist who makes fabric art toys for grown-ups. Her original, one-of-a-kind artwork represent a range of characters from sweet babies to buff, tattooed men. Each one is a mix of reclaimed, new, vintage and over-dyed fabrics and trims; they are meticulously crafted with hand-embroidery and applique details.

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Softie Du Jour: Jodie

Jodie Carleton of Ric-Rac recently added to the fun of our Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies series with Fig the Mouse, a free pattern. It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite from the impressive selection in Jodie’s amazing softies repertoire, but we absolutely love her robots…

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10 Expert Tips for Sewing Softies

We asked Mariska Vos-Bolman of the Fluffles and DIY Fluffies soft toy brands to give us her top 10 Expert Tips for Sewing Softies. Mariska is also the author of Sew Cute to Cuddle, a new book with twelve original patterns for you to sew…

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“Trunk Up” Elephant Free Pattern + Tutorial

Pauline designs soft toy patterns and creates original softies at Funky Friends Factory. She has a tutorial coming up next, but first we want to share the darling Trunk Up Elephant Pattern Pauline designed for our Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies series. This is a free pattern for you to download, sew and perhaps even enter in our Spectacular Softies Contest!

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Softie Du Jour: Lisa

Lisa sells delightful dolls in her Phoebe & Egg shop, plus she has free patterns and tutorials for you to learn to sew the dolls and clothes on her blog. For every doll Lisa sells she donates one doll to a child in the foster care system…

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Essential Techniques for Knit Clothing

Learn important information about sewing with knits on any machine, including tips for various necklines and hemming techniques. Karen LePage, founder of Gentle Clothing, is a “sewing with knits”-expert. Gentle Clothing is your source for artisan garments made from sustainable textiles, and Karen is your source for information on sewing knit clothing!

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Introducing Jodie Carleton of Ric-Rac

When she’s not working at her library job, Jodie Carleton of Ric-Rac spends as much time as she can making toys, designing toys, thinking about toys and playing with toys. Take a look at some of her work and learn more in her introduction…

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Introducing Lisa from Cucicucicoo

Lisa from Cucicucicoo has a new felt food sewing tutorial for you next, complete with an extra prop or two to take the project to the next level! Lisa specializes in upcycling and refashioned items, and is about to open her new pattern shop. Learn more in her introduction…

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Easy Felt Breakfast Food Tutorial

Allegra, a talented and very professional 16 year old sewist, may just be our youngest contributor yet here at Sew Mama Sew. Allegra blogs at Skirt Fixation with her mom and sisters, and she loves making felt food! Learn how to make Allegra’s Easy Felt Food Breakfast Set…

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Introducing Helen from Bustle & Sew

Helen from Bustle & Sew designs softie, embroidery, appliqué and quilting patterns. She also produces the monthly Bustle & Sew Magazine, shares free tutorials and runs a blog, with lots of updates on her work and life in her small town in the UK…

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Wool Felt for Softies + Plush Toys: Tips + Tricks

Annette from Oliver Rabbit designs soft sculpture/art toys and plush and sells original plush toy PDF sewing patterns. We asked her to tell us a little about sewing softies and plus with pure wool to help kick off our 6 Weeks of LOVE for Softies. Annette covers everything from the advantages of using pure wool felt for making softies and plush toys, to tips for how to cut, stitch and clean the fabric.

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Softie Du Jour: Jen Gubicza

Every day throughout our 6 Weeks of LOVE for Softies we’ll share a favorite softie. These talented plush and doll artists design and sew beautiful, whimsical, cute or quirky softies, and inspire us with their creativity. First up is Jen Gubicza of Zooguu Handmade Plush Toys!

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6 Weeks of LOVE for Softies

Welcome to 6 Weeks of Love for Softies! For the next month and a half we’ll be focusing on the art of making soft toys and cloth dolls. Join us for daily inspiration, free patterns, tutorials and tips from some of the best softies experts in the business. Enter our Spectacular Softies Contest (with spectacular prizes!), and contribute to our soft toy drive to benefit foster children. It’s going to be an informative and joyful six weeks!

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Free Fabric WEDNESDAY

QuiltCon attendees are hopping on planes across the country today and we’re celebrating with a special Free Fabric WEDNESDAY! (We’ll keep giveaways open through Sunday.) Last QuiltCon social media was full of #quiltnon wistfulness… Lots of people wished they could be at QuiltCon but couldn’t make it. If that’s you this year, we have a little bonus gift; many of our generous sponsors have special #quiltnon coupons for discounts on fabric and more, good through February 22 at midnight PDT (unless otherwise noted). Whether you’re at QuiltCon or home, there’s lots of sewing fun to go around…

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Modern Marsala

Adrianne from On the Windy Side is co-hosting the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala. We asked Adrianne to share some of her favorite, current Marsala fabrics to inspire you to integrate this Color of the Year into your sewing…

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How to Print PDF Patterns at a Copy Shop

Beth Byrge from 110 Creations loves to sew clothing for herself and her daughter. She is the author of the book, 110 Creations: A Sewist’s Notebook and 110 Creations for Kids, a handy guide for all garment sewists to help plan and track their beautiful creations. Beth showed us her 10 Tips to Build a Better T-Shirt last year, and she’s back with How to Print PDF Patterns at a Copy Shop. You will love this! Print easily and efficiently, and know what to do before you even set foot in the shop. Let us know if you try this…

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Autumn Chain Block

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts and The Bee Hive monthly block series shows you how to make the Autumn Chain Block. Multiple Autumn Chains bring out the diamonds, stars and pluses in this block, another option perfect for your next quilting bee…

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Day Out Purse Free Pattern + Tutorial

Virginia Lindsay, owner and designer of Gingercake Patterns, has a free tutorial for you similar to the patterns included in her book, Sewing to Sell. Learn how to make a simple cross body Day Out Purse and you might just have your start at the next local craft fair or your new online shop! Virginia includes lots of examples for customizing the look of this bag too…

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Hand-Embroidered Valentine Heart

Anita LeHay from Daydreams of Quilts has a quick embroidery project for you to stitch in a quiet hour or two before Valentine’s Day! This is a good way to work on your embroidery, or to try out something new. Your stitched hearts can be framed, used as a focal-piece in a small drawstring bag or turned into a special Valentine card. You can decide how to make it unique and special!

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Trends with Kelley: Winter Sewing

What are you sewing this winter? Trend-spotter Kelley Gilbert from Casa Crafty joins us each month with a few themes that jump out at her from the online sewing community. Are you sewing spring dresses, lingerie or incorporating metallics in your latest looks?

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14 Sewing Projects to Get You Organized!

The new year inspires us to tidy up and get organized! Here are some of our favorite sewing projects to ensure everything has a place. We’ll help you tuck away everything from cosmetics to art supplies, and we’ll show you how to take your sewing on the go too. Trays, baskets and cubes can be sized for your custom organizational needs. Have fun!

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Best of 2014 Results: Sewing + Quilting Industry

Thousands of you voted for your favorites in 2014 in our recent polls. Thank you! We asked our social media followers and fabric shop sponsors to nominate their favorites for our initial lists and we had some strong write-in votes as well. It was an exciting year for indie garment patterns, unique quilt patterns, inspiring new sewing and quilting books and beautiful new fabric collections. Here are the results…

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Sewing Resolutions: Creative Business Bookkeeping

Abby Glassenberg is a sewing pattern designer, craft book author and teacher. She writes about small business and the sewing industry on her While She Naps blog. We appreciate Abby’s upfront discussions about the online sewing and craft industry, and we asked her to participate in our Sewing Resolutions series to help give us all a fresh start to the new year. If you own a creative business you may be setting work goals right now, and Abby’s tips for bookkeeping will likely come in handy!

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Design to Reality: Trapped

Here’s the latest Design to Reality quilt block from Michelle of Factotum of Arts. Michelle’s minimalist “Trapped” design looks great framed, as an easy update for your office or living space…

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Top 25 Sew Mama Sew Posts in 2014

We strive share a wide variety of excellent tutorials and posts from the most talented sewists and designers in the online sewing community! 2014 was a big year for us here at Sew Mama Sew and we’re looking forward to lots of excitement in the new year. Thank you for joining us! Here, based on number of readers, are our Top 25 Sew Mama Sew posts for 2014. Which one is your favorite?!…

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Icicle Star Paper Pieced Block

To celebrate her new Start Foundation Paper Piecing class and to get you excited about paper piecing Elizabeth designed this Icicle Star, a festive foundation paper pieced block with both 6” and 12” finished block templates. You can download the PDF and use the block for any size project, from table runners and pillows to quilts!…

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Winter Grove Pillow

Casey York stops by with a new Winter Grove Pillow project, a modification of one of the pretty designs in her new book, Modern Appliqué Illusions. Plus, enter to win a copy of the book!…

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