Category: Garment & Bag Making

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to Sew a Simple Knit Edge Finish

Rachael Gander from imagine gnats has spotted trends for us and shared embroidery designs. She’s back with a quick tutorial for using knit fabric as a simple edge finish on necklines. The easy technique also works for armbands and hemlines, and with other fabrics (from cotton lawn to quilting cotton and more)…

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Insulated Lunch Sack

Sherri from Thread Riding Hood is back with a pretty Insulated Lunch Sack tutorial. These lunch sacks would be great for work, gifts or (Shhhh… Don’t say this out loud if you have kiddos in the house…) you could start now and make new sacks for school in September!…

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Lattice Smocked Balmy Breezes Top

Ajaire from Call Ajaire loves to create things for her three year old daughter, and this Lattice Smocked Balmy Breezes Top was inspired by her. Download a 3T size and adjust the pattern for smaller or larger sizes, or use the lattice smocking for a different project. We hope you really enjoy learning this technique!

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Tips for a Professional Finish

Nicole Mallalieu from You Sew, Girl! shares tips and tricks for a professional finish from her latest sewing book, The Better Bag Maker. Nicole’s new book focuses on bags but these tips apply to all types of sewing; her advice ranges from important info about cutting and seams, to a focus on machine features, topstitching tips and more.

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