New Video Tutorial: Sewing the Fabric Easter Egg

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This has been an enormously popular project and a lot of readers have asked for some extra help with the more challenging aspects of sewing the lining and zipper of the Fabric Easter Egg.  So here’s a complete video tutorial that shows the whole process, step-by-step for Sewing the Fabric Easter Egg. I’ve sped up the video in the tutorial, but it’s still a little long.  That’s because I really wanted to make sure you could see absolutely everything.  Don’t be afraid to skip ahead or pause and come back to sections to see exactly how the Fabric Easter Egg is sewn. I’ve added a link below to the free pattern on Craftsy as well as links to the full written tutorial on our website.  There are subsequent projects for making the Fabric Easter Bunny as well as making the … Continue reading

Easter Bunny Clothing: a Wardrobe for Daisy & Duke

Easter bunny clothing

This is the tutorial for the Easter bunny clothing I promised a week or so ago.   The outfits for this adorable pair are very easy to make. Both bunnies will fit perfectly inside the Easter Egg.  I hope you use your imagination and the scraps of fabric that you have laying around.  There is no need to use organza but you will need at least two layers of fabric to give the skirt the volume. As I mentioned on the post about Introducing Daisy, the size of the bunnies can change by just changing the seam allowance.  For the female bunny the seam allowance is 3/8″ and for the male 1/4″. Materials: scraps of fabric in quilting cotton, tulle, and organza. thread to match Tools pinking shears a candle if using organza (optional) sewing needle size 70 Pattern download … Continue reading

The High-Low T-Shirt: How to hide your panty line..

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The High-Low T-shirt is the perfect item to hide your panty line.  Let’s face it, girls, sometimes depending on the mood and “time of the month,” we feel like wearing an underwear that leaves us with the dreaded panty line.  We’re not always in the mood for a tiny g-string, a sports undergarment, or a sexy lacy number.  There’s nothing good about a panty line, but sometimes you just don’t care. I’ve recently taken up Pilates and I’m determined to tone my Gluteus maximus aka my butt.   Not for the reasons you might think, but simply because this muscle helps us keep a straight posture.  In other words, no more back pain.  If that isn’t reason enough, this is simply a great high-low t-shirt that is easily made and transformed into a great top. With this top, the back is … Continue reading

A Score of Skirt Styles: Be Sure to Take the Quiz

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The age old, immensely feminine, and ever evolving skirt is a staple in the wardrobe of anyone who’s proud to call herself a woman and it comes in more skirt styles than most of us can imagine or certainly name by memory. When building up your wardrobe and planning for your next sewing project, take a look at some of these timeless and unique skirt styles to see if you can find something you don’t already have –perhaps a skirt style to flatter your particular form or make a slightly different fashion statement. Rest assured, in one of these styles you ought to see something which gets that pedal foot jittering! A simple rule of thumb to keep in mind when skirting for a particular body type is this: Maxi skirts will lengthen, fitted skirts will show off a stunning … Continue reading

Sewing Viscose, or is it Rayon??: Fabric Tips

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Viscose (known in the US as Rayon) often elicits very strong feelings. Some sewists hate this material, while others see its benefits.  I remember back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when this fabric started to be popular and it was used for numerous garments that you would see on the racks in the store. The material does not crease much and was, therefore, a big draw for clothing stores. However, the first time the garment gets washed, it tends to shrink. This often meant a big waste of money, so after a while, viscose clothes went right back on the rack when the shopper saw a label saying viscose or rayon. Today, however, viscose standards are significantly different and many sewists are turning to viscose more often. While the fabric should always be pre-washed before you start a sewing … Continue reading

New $500 Giveaway from Fabric.com: Open Worldwide! (well almost..)

new worldwide giveaway

Well, you asked for it and we’ve worked with our friends at Fabric.com to deliver! This new $500 shopping spree giveaway sponsored by Fabric.com is open to entrants in every country where Fabric.com ships –which is a pretty long list and covers all our top markets and then some.  (However, we certainly realize there are still some readers in a few countries who will not be able to participate and for that, we apologize in advance.) If case you didn’t know… For those who don’t know, Fabric.com is the world’s leading online fabric store.  Founded in 1993, Fabric.com focuses on bringing you a wide range of cotton print, home décor and apparel fabrics along with crafts and notions.  At any time their warehouse holds millions of yards of fabric.  Whether your needs run from denim to silk, linen to faux fur, … Continue reading

Introducing Daisy-The fabric Easter bunny that will make you giggle

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I call her “Daisy” the fabric Easter bunny because the daisy flower she represents brings a smile when you stumble upon a hill full of them.  Now imagine the face of your child or grandchild when the Easter eggs open and here comes Daisy out ready to play.  That would be worth a good Easter egg hunt I’d say.  I don’t yet have a name for the male bunny, so feel free to come up with one. If you read my last post on how to make an Easter egg that doubles as a bag from fabric scraps then you will want to make this little toy and place it inside the egg to hide in the garden or in the house if the weather is not cooperating for the annual Easter egg hunt. I recommend using a fat quarter and … Continue reading

Sewing Machine History: The Road of Invention

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Hand sewing was not a choice but rather the norm in years long past. All home furnishings, clothing, and sacks used for agriculture or other storage purposes were all hand sewn. From that point to now, the road to the creation of the sewing machine has been a key thread in the fabric of our history and our society. The story of the inventors and their various contributions that culminated in the machine we recognize today as the sewing machine is complex. Today’s sewing machine is the physical manifestation of a dream, where sewing was made easier and the time spent creating was cut down significantly. An interesting fact about the creation of the sewing machine is that the inventor to first apply for a patent is thought to have never actually built a working sewing machine. In 1791, a … Continue reading

Sewing the Bralette: Video Tutorial Released

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It’s taken us a little while to release this video tutorial of sewing the bralette. We were trying a different format for our videos and we hope you like it. If you do, it would be great if you could leave a comment below or on the video. We really appreciate your support. In this video, we take you through all the steps involved in sewing this fun project. We look at the materials required, how to cut the pattern, sewing the lace and attaching the straps. This is a great first project for anyone who wants to start sewing lingerie. The garment itself is incredibly functional, particularly for spring and summer so now would be a great time to start getting your materials together if you want to be ready for those warmer months that are on the way. … Continue reading

St Patrick’s Day Sewing Ideas Roundup

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Wearing the Green St Patrick’s Day is nearly here and as you may know, it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories for the holiday.  This tradition is known as the “wearing of the green” and dates back hundreds of years.  We’ve decided to put together a collection of free St Patrick’s Day Sewing Projects to help you find your green this year! My Connection to St Patrick My husband’s family was originally from Ireland, so St. Patrick’s Day is always a fun holiday for us.  A few years ago, we were lucky enough to go and visit their ancestral home in Westport, County Mayo, on the beautiful west coast of Ireland.  We had a wonderful time there and Ireland should definitely be on your list of places to visit, especially if you can trace any ancestors there. … Continue reading

Fabric Easter Egg Made with Fabric Scraps

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You’ll love this tutorial if you’re looking for something different for this Easter.  It’s a kind of Fabric Easter Egg made with fabric scraps and it has a zipper, so you can put a surprise toy inside. This is a wonderful project for beginners but it would also be fun for more advanced sewists.  It allows you to use up some of your fabric scraps while affording an opportunity to practice skills like installing zippers, bias tape application, and pattern drafting in a low-stress and inexpensive project.  The end product will make a fantastic, and hopefully cherished, gift for your child or grandchild. Here’s the backstory for where this idea came from.  When my daughter was a little girl, she carried with her a small bathtub with a little baby inside.  I know it sounds strange, but we had purchased … Continue reading