How to sew your own padded fabric bag handles

How to make your own padded fabric bag handles.

Are you a a keen bag maker? Ready to take you bags to the next level? Wondering how to create your own professional handles which tone perfectly with your bag? Its so easy to make your own handles, have a go:) You will need: 2″ by 28″ times two of fusible fleece 2″ by 29″ times two of the handle fabric Adjust as necessary for the length of the handles you need for your particular bag pattern. To make padded fabric bag handles Attach the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the fabric following the manufacturers instructions, centering the fusible fleece Turn in the end of the fabric handles to the wrong side, press. Adhere into place with fabric glue, bondaweb or similar. Fold in the sides to the centre and adhere into place Fold both long sides into … Continue reading

An introduction to corsets, patterns and fitting

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The corset-theme is widely popular all over the world today, and it’s a pity that not everyone can attend my classes in person. And that is why I have created this website – the Corset Academy. Here you will receive the knowledge and skills required for the creation of wedding dresses, evening gowns and high class haute-couture dresses. These skills and know-how’s will enable you to stand out among others. But remember that you should not focus only on one particular technique of corset garment production. There are plenty of varying techniques for the creation of wedding and evening dresses and I commit myself to teach you to use them. Please don’t forget that theory should be backed up by practice. Without the practice any knowledge soon tends to melt away. You can download my video tutorials to your computer … Continue reading

Vintage sewing pattern printable fabric purse

I HAVE to make me one of these. Print your own fabric with a sewing pattern envelope and make your own sewing pattern zipper pouch. NEED IT!

I may be here on the site today with a new project, and sending you the weekly newsletter, but actually I’m not here.  I’m on my way back today from Sewing Holiday in Sioux City, where I’ve been rubbing shoulders this week with some great sewing instructors.  Hopefully I’ll pick up some great tips I can share with you, meet some great people and be able to share some photos of the event. I’m actually really nervous.  I had been reading comments prior from some of the attendees and they all had SO much sewing knowledge and experience – I was worried I was going to embarress myself in their company.  I’m a slapdash sewer for sure, never do things the ‘right’ way and just get the job done. What should I take with me?  What supplies, tools and equipment would … Continue reading

My evil gathered quilt top – was she defeated?

A completely gathered and pleated quilt - how would the long-arm quilter manage with this and how would it look in the end? Gorgeous or a disaster?

It’s been a while since I told you about my ‘evil’ gathered quilt top and my plans to challenge a long-arm quilter with the ‘worst’ quilt top ever made.  In the original article about this quilt, I referenced a discussion on our sewing chat group about some ladies warning about poor long-arm quilting services, and some long-arm quilters coming back in defense to say that sometimes what they were sent to quilt was so bad that they simply couldn’t make a good job of it. Go check out the earlier article for links to the discussion, the blog article they were talking about and some pictures of what bad quilting looks like – yup, that’s pretty darned bad! The complaint from those receiving the tops for quilting was: Complaints about bad quilt tops referred mostly to mis-shaped tops, uneven seams, lumps … Continue reading

Learning to sew with knit fabrics – offer

Learn to sew with knit and stretch fabrics. Exclusive discounts off all the knits classes on Craftsy.

Did you take advantage of the Craftsy pattern drafting class offers?  I hope you got all the classes you were interested in and are starting to build up a great library of sewing resources. If you missed it, some of those classes are still on special, so its not too late to make some savings on the pattern drafting classes too. I love to bargain hard with suppliers to try to get you all discounts and specials or prizes for giveaways.  This month, I’ve been working on one of our favorite sewing sites, Craftsy and have come up with a very special exclusive deal I think you will LOVE. I asked the members of our sewing chat group to vote on what classes they were most interested in taking next and reported this list to the Craftsy team, to see what offers … Continue reading

How To Make Your Own Reversible Quilted Fabric

How to make your own reversible quilted fabric for use in bags and home decor. Love that I can have two different fabrics front and back with this.

Hi everyone!  I’m Jann from Newton Custom Interiors.  A few weeks ago, I shared here on Deby’s site, a tutorial about how to sew a quilted tablet cover with zippered pocket.  In the tutorial, I explained that I couldn’t find reversible quilted fabric in my local fabric stores that I liked, so I decided to make my own.  There were some questions about how I made it, so today I’m going to be explaining how to make your own reversible quilted fabric. Reversible quilted fabric is two fabrics that have a layer of batting between them, and then they are quilted together. This kind of fabric is great for bags, like my tablet cover, because you can have two fabrics – one for the outside and one for the inside of the bag, and the quilting keeps all of the … Continue reading

How a sewing machine works – video

Video animation of how a sewing machine works and how the stitches are formed. Shows why 'timing' is so important.

Today, just a quick snippet. Have you ever wondered how your sewing machine works when it has the two threads and only one needle? How is the stitch actually formed? This cool video shows you exactly how that works. And now you know why the ‘timing’ on your sewing machine is so important. If the timing is off, due to damage somewhere, then the stitches won’t form correctly or you may get skipped stitches.  Same if you have a slightly bent needle.    

Lilly Shift Dress pattern – POTM

Sew your own designer dress using the simple Lilly Shift Dress pattern. Ideas for designer style embellishments.

There is a certain designer store which is really popular here in Cayman, full of simple shift dresses in fun tropical prints – with exotic price tags to match!  As much as I admired the style, they simply weren’t within my budget. So as people who love to sew, what do we do about that?  We make our own designer dresses! Sometimes a simple shift is all you need to look elegant.  Pick the right fabrics and trims, change up the length, and you can create a wardrobe of your own designer dresses in every possible style to suit your lifestyle.  Check out designer fabrics and trims for inspiration, and recreate the designer look for yourself at a fraction of the cost. Mix and match your shoes and jewelry and take this dress from beach, to shopping, to work, to … Continue reading

30+ Free Jelly Roll Quilt patterns you will love

The best free jelly roll quilt patterns. From beginner to advanced and everything in between. Love that rainbow one!

  If you have been thinking about quilting you have come to the right place. All that cutting and matching might seem daunting but help is at hand… and it’s in the form of the most fabulous ‘jelly roll’; pre-cut strips in various colors from a single print collection. With strips measuring 2.5″ by 42″, these compact rolls put all the right colors and patterns together to help you make the most beautiful quilt. Now you’ve got the perfect jelly roll, what are you going to do with it? That’s where we step in, by bringing you a fabulous selection of free jelly roll quilt patterns and tutorials. These tutorials will guide you as you arrange the pattern and construct the quilt, from start to finish. So why should you make a quilt? Why not!! Really, they make wonderful gifts … Continue reading

Neat way to fold and organise fabric

Fabric envy! How to fold and organise your fabric stash. Makes things so much easier to find and match. I'm doing it!

I’m lucky or unlucky depending on what way you look at it.  My local fabric store only has about a dozen bolts of quilting cotton, and many of those feature vegetables, so I’m never tempted to buy too much.  That means compared to many, I have quite a modest stash of fabric.  Still, it is easy for it to get out of hand, as I rummage about in the crate, make a mess, and the fabrics get creased and just well, messy. An example of what I mean.  Hmm, messy. That annoys me a lot so I sought advice in our sewing chat group and found the perfect solution.  You can buy these ‘magazine boards’ from Amazon.  They are basically designed for people who collect comics and things like that I think.  It’s a thin but stiff cardboard board, glossy … Continue reading

You’ll love these patterns and a giveaway

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You know how sometimes you are just looking for something and then quite by chance you come across something else that catches your eye.  Happens to me all the time – short attention span.  Etsy can be the worst for that and it was while browsing for some trim, that I came across the store for Maria Palito – she makes the most amazing felt toys, patterns and kits. Check out The Pattern Hub on Etsy. You know me well enough by now that when I find something I think you might like, I try to do us a deal.  So I asked Maria if she would create a pattern just for us, and give you the chance to win something from her store.  She said YES to both – what a star!  So enjoy below as she shares with … Continue reading

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