How to use the binding foot

Where has this been hiding all my life! With the binding foot I can get perfectly sewn binding front and back every time.

If you get frustrated putting on binding because you sometimes miss catching the back of the binding and get little gaps – you need this article!  Never miss the back again and get perfectly straight stitching – learn how to use the Binding Foot. Do you remember that lovely big box of sewing feet I bought? I’ve been gradually working my way through them a bit at a time, with varying degrees of success. I’m never one for worrying too much about the accuracy of my sewing so these are certainly helping me get a great finish on all of my test pieces. There is one in particular I wanted to share with you, the Binding Foot. This is a revelation! I now worship the binding foot and have been making up all sorts of little bits and pieces to add … Continue reading

50% off our most wishlisted classes at Craftsy – Sale Ends Thursday

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Hi everyone, our readers are great fans of Craftsy and their long list of high-quality online courses.  We try to keep everyone informed when there are special offers from Craftsy that are worth following up.  Here’s a new sale that fits that bill and is well worth shopping if you have a course that you’ve been wanting to take, but have been waiting for it to go on sale.  Now’s the time! To celebrate their 1,000th online class, Craftsy is giving you the chance to get 50% off the most commonly ‘wishlisted’ classes! That class you have had your eye on for a while might just be on sale. Why not see for yourself and browse these deals before they’re gone? Hurry, the offer ends Thursday!  Click on the image to shop the sale.  

Oriental sewing roundup for Chinese New Year

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Trying to avoid Valentines Day? So while everybody is busy planning for Valentines, I wondered what else was going on in February.  If I see much more pink I might be sick, and Valentines isn’t for everyone… right? (Like those of us who have been married for more than 5 minutes don’t get a look in!) Anyway, less moaning, more sewing… and inspired I was, as I consulted my teachers calendar and realized it is in fact Chinese New Year on February 8th, and it’s the year of the monkey. This got me thinking… Get inspired with Asian-styled projects in this oriental sewing roundup! New inspiration and ideas for sewing are always good, so why not find some oriental style sewing patterns for all of you?! Not only are there some fabulous dress designs, and cute little purses, but games, bags, decorations … Continue reading

Something sweet, something racy…..a free sexy dress pattern

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This Valentine’s Day, we have something special for you –something sweet or something racy– with a free sexy dress pattern and tutorial.  This dress comes with a warning!  Be careful.  You may struggle to keep your lover’s hands off you when wearing this.. This is an intermediate level project.  It will take some time to make, but once its done, you’ll be happy to spend time in it!  It is comfortable, but sexy and is a very flattering design.  I have designed it on a bias and simplified the construction as much as possible.  I have made it specially for the curvy girl in mind.  The smallest size will accommodate a bust and hips between 43″ and 45″.  I have not used fusible interfacing because I did not want any more support, and my fabric did not need it.  You … Continue reading

The Art of Sewing and Selling: More Tips to Help You Start

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Sewing and Selling Selling is as much an art as sewing is –and if you are willing to be creative and serious in both, then it may be time to showcase your work and earn some money too by practicing the art of sewing and selling. You can start stitching your way to success like others did. And one of the most amazing success stories in sewing is the Levi’s Jeans story when Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, patented a unique way of making pants by using rivets at points of strain to make them last longer. The rest, as we all know, is a multi-million dollar sewing history. You can see a terrific video about the Levi Strauss story below which might give you some inspiration: So, let’s say you finally decide to start a home sewing business. Here … Continue reading

February Mug Rug Tutorial – Swishes and Hearts

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Mug rugs have become so popular lately! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial.  For more holiday mug rug patterns, as well as everyday patterns, stop by my Craftsy Shop or Etsy Shop. Lets get started! What you will need for one mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 yard of light weight paper backed fusible webbing 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of fabric for background 6 1/2 x 10 inch … Continue reading

Easy trick to perfectly join quilt binding

I've always struggled to get the perfect join and fit when joining my binding but with this tip it was perfect first time - and every time!

I know that for many of us, sewing on binding is our least favorite part of a project.  It usually comes at the end after all the other hard work and investment, and is a very visible part of the end result. If it doesn’t look good, then it can leave you feeling let down   I’ve recently been practicing my binding skills and especially this week practicing on how to join the two ends of the binding at the start and finish, where they meet. I don’t know what I was doing wrong, but I just couldn’t get it right.  It was always wonky somehow, or I’d measure what I thought was the correct amount but then it would end up just that little bit too long and I’d get puckers trying to make it fit.  Arggh.  Frustrating.  Until … Continue reading

I Love You with All My Needles

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Sewing for Love It is believed that humans started sewing with a needle 25,000 years ago. Yes, the art of attaching objects together by using a needle and a thread dates back as early as the prehistoric age! Imagine a woman lovingly sewing together a hide or bark for clothing, to protect her husband and children from the harsh environment. Using needles made of animal bones or natural needles from the agave plant, she must have spent many hours hand sewing her family’s clothes with the very limited material available to her.  It is certainly different today with a quick search on Amazon showing over a million sewing items! The thimble, made from bone, wood or bark also made its appearance during this time, to give her the much needed help in pushing her needle through tough surfaces. For sewing … Continue reading

CreativeLive Flash Sale! Get 25% off all classes – 1 day only!

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CreativeLive is one of the better providers of online classes and tutorials.  We just wanted to let you all know that they are running a one day only sale for 25% off all classes.  This sale is ONLY ON JANUARY 31, 2016.  To shop the sale, please click HERE. Fast Start Your Sewing Business We’ve enjoyed quite a few of the classed provided by CreativeLive but one of the best and we thing potentially most interesting for our user base is a called “Fast Start Your Sewing Business” by Kari Chapin. Here’s a little excerpt on what you can expect to learn from the course: “This course will cover everything you need to know to turn your knack for making crafty accessories into a viable, vibrant business. You’ll take a behind-the-scenes look at a thriving sewn accessories business as you … Continue reading

Adorable Valentine’s Day Sewing Projects

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Are you feeling the love? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and love is in the air with these cute Valentines Day sewing projects. All these fun projects will help you and the loved ones enjoy this special holiday and you can even make some of these with your sweetie. Whether you need some decorations ideas or to make a gift, this cute collection has it all. Melt any heart with these free cute Valentines 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!

Simple drawstring bag with vinyl window

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Hi, Stephanie from Swoodson Says – a new year brings renewed organizing and decluttering energy so I have the perfect tutorial for you! The older my son gets, the more small toys we have building up, so I sewed up a drawstring bag with a vinyl window. I’ve found kids love seeing things peek out at them – the most played with toy in our house is this camera softie, it has a vinyl “view-finder” on the back! I put the drawstring on the outside so it is a little more durable, enclosed all the seams so it’s neat and pretty, and added a loop on the back so it can be hung up. The animal fabric I used goes perfectly with his log slice pouf – you can see more pictures of that project here. Are you ready to … Continue reading