Special Gift for You: FREE Pattern Today Only (Normal Price $5.95)

The last time we did this sort of surprise giveaway, it was super popular with our regular readers.  I hope it will be this time too.  To explain, we’ve been working very hard recently on a new set of videos for our Youtube channel.  The first of these should be out soon so I hope you’ll check it out.  In any case, I’ll admit that this has put me a little behind in my pattern drafting.  I like to try to have a fresh new project ready for our readers every Sunday.  I almost got there with an exciting new top for the Workout Wardrobe, but that will have to wait for next week. In it’s place and to thank you all for your patience, we’re going to do something special in giving away one of our very popular paid … Continue reading

Detachable collar: the easy way to bling your outfit. Part 1

detachable collar

A detachable collar is perhaps the easiest way to “bling” an outfit and make it more elegant without having to go and spend a whole bunch of money on jewelry.   A removable collar is also a great alternative to the current trend of chokers that are in every jewelry store these days –at least in my corner of the world. Here is a super easy way to make one that will take you only a short time, few supplies and little money to make. When making this collar, you should take into consideration the venerable Fibonacci sequence which is a pillar of design and even architecture.  This sequence of numbers is found all around nature and using it in your designs will make them really stand out.  We are more in tune with nature than you think and our brain recognizes … Continue reading

New Video Tutorial – Sewing the Small Backpack

There was quite a lot so show in this full video tutorial of Sewing the Small Backpack.  It took a while to edit it down, but this video will show you each and every aspect of sewing this project. Don’t be afraid to skip ahead or pause and come back to sections to see exactly how the Small Backpack is sewn. Here’s a recap of the whole sew-along. Small Backpack Pattern Download: Part 1: Small Backpack Pattern, for Small Budgets Part 2: Tutorial on sewing backpack straps, Small Backpack Part 3: How to sew the outside applied pocket & final assembly, Small Backpack

How to sew the outside applied pocket & final assembly, Small Backpack: Part 3

applied pocket

In this third and final part of the Small Backpack Pattern sew along, we’re going to be sewing the applied pocket and doing the final assembly of the bag.  Hopefully, everyone has been following along from Part 1, where we cut the small backpack pattern, attached the outside zipper, added the lateral small pockets and made the small inner pocket.  Then in Part 2, we sewed the outside zipper, sewed the backpack straps and attached the backpack strap hardware. Additional Materials for this Section: Bias tape 1 3/4″ x 28″ (shorter side) Bias tape 1 3/4″ x 29″ (longer side) Bias tape 1 3/4″ x 30″ (bottom) I would highly encourage you to try to make your own bias tape.  You can find a great tutorial on just how to do this here:  Making Continuous Bias Binding Tape. Video Tutorial … Continue reading

Bad Sewing Habits: It’s Time For a Change

bad sewing habits

Everyone has bad habits. Whether you aren’t the best housekeeper, you cut corners on your work projects or you eat unhealthy foods while you are supposed to be dieting, everyone has bad habits. If those bad habits are part of your sewing experience, however, it may be time to say goodbye to them. Hopefully, you also have some good sewing habits that are helpful to your efforts. Below is a list of some bad sewing habits that people who sew tend to develop. If you have one or more of these habits, it may be a good idea to work toward changing the habit into a good one instead. Thread Storage: Is Your Thread Out in Plain Sight? Many novice sewers tend to leave thread out on the table. Even if you opt for a basket or small box that … Continue reading

Tutorial on sewing backpack straps, Small Backpack: Part 2

sewing backpack straps

This is a tutorial on sewing backpack straps and it’s the second part of the Small Backpack Pattern sew along.  If you landed here directly without seeing the first part of this sew along tutorial, you may want to go back and start the project from the beginning with Part 1: Small Backpack Pattern, for Small Budgets. This is a technique of sewing backpack straps.  It’s especially useful when you do not have enough fabric to make the handles in the same fabric as the bag.  You can use these straps on totes, backpacks and cross body bags in leather, vinyl, Kraft-Tex, and fabric.   The first thing you may notice is that I’m not using D-rings as specified in the materials list for the tutorial.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get normal rectangular-style D-rings with the rounded sides and I could only … Continue reading

Small Backpack Pattern, for Small Budgets: Part 1

small backpack pattern

If you have been watching the size and style of bags lately, you’ve probably noticed all those impossibly cute little backpacks everyone is carrying.  Along those lines, I’ve made this small backpack pattern to be small (and cute) but still big enough to be practical. You can also use this small backpack as a cross-over or cross body bag as well.  I made that way because I like to have options and truth-be-told, I am a bit paranoid with a backpack.  I guess having grown up in Panama where, as the saying goes, “pickpockets can remove your socks without even taking off your shoes” I have had my share of missing money and wallets.  This is why I’ve added a pocket in the back with a zipper.  There’s an internal pocket, also with a zipper, and even the outside pocket … Continue reading

Winner Announced for the $500 Shopping Spree!

We’re delighted to announce the winner of the $500 Fabric.com Shopping Spree Giveaway today. As always, we truly wish we could have more that one winner so we could spread the joy a bit more.  Next time we promise to include our many international readers.  I know it was frustrating to follow the competition but not be able to participate. We loved reading the many (3,000+) comments that the contest participants left on the blog.  Some of the comments were very practical, some were funny, and some even inspiring.  Many people had great ideas of what they could make with the beautiful prints we showcased. A reader kindly suggested that we change the print to make it more interesting for those returning more than once, so late in the contest, we highlighted this fantastic Michael Miller print:   From one reader: I have … Continue reading

50+ Easy Valentine’s Day Sewing Projects for 2017

valentine's day sewing projects

Has Cupid’s arrow struck yet? Well, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love is most definitely in the air with these cute Valentine’s Day sewing projects. Here are more than 50 fun projects that will help you and the loved ones enjoy this special holiday.   Maybe you can even make some of these with your sweetie. Whether you need some decorations ideas, something fun to wear, or to make a gift, this cute collection has it all. Melt any heart with these free, cute and easy Valentine’s Day sewing projects! Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too. And don’t forget to pin so everyone can enjoy! Valentine’s Day Sewing Roundup

How to transform a sweater into a cardigan: free video tutorial

transform sweater into cardigan

This is a tutorial on how to refashion and transform a sweater into a cardigan.  Just in case you got a sweater stashed away in the closet that’s been unused for many years or even decades.  Or maybe someone close to you gave you one Christmas but you are not the sweater type and prefer cardigans –this simple procedure to transform a sweater into a cardigan will help you along. We have been talking a lot about ways to save money and reuse or refashion clothing in many of our recent posts, so it’s about time we start getting to work and using the things we have around the house instead of buying more fabric or, even worse, more clothes. I will be using this sweater I was given for Christmas this year.  While I love it, I also live in the … Continue reading

Maintaining Your Sewing Machine

maintaining your sewing machine

By Linda Ann Nickerson In today’s marketplace, the sewing enthusiast may spend hundreds, or even thousands, for a brand-new sewing machine. From a basic appliance to fully-computerized system, this is a capital investment. How can you keep yours humming along in good form? Notions Count Sewing machines can be costly, particularly if you opted for extra stitches, attachments, or embroidery capabilities. You will want to protect your investment by purchasing and using high-quality notions. 1) Thread Be sure to buy quality threads. Cheap thread is no bargain, as it can destroy your machine from within with fraying, knots, and uneven fibers. Those spools in the close-out bins at the fabric store are usually not a good deal at all. 2) Needles Sewing machine needles must be replaced regularly. If your needle accidentally hits a button, snap, zipper, or straight pin, … Continue reading