Yes! You CAN make professional looking custom sewing labels!

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There are so many nice label shops out there, especially on Etsy.  I’ve been wanting to get some custom sewing labels for myself for some time now, but for wanting so many different styles, it would cost me a fortune.  Now that I know how to make them for next to nothing, I can make them more personal like “Made for Paige by Nana”, “Made Specially for You”, or “Love Mom”. You get the idea. I’ve tried this a couple of ways to see what would work best and quite honestly, I like them all. Let’s get started. What you will need: Sewing machine Iron Ink Jet printer A word processing program, or design program Scissors or a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat (preferred) Thread to match label Sewing machine needle Sewing machine foot you can see through I LOVE … 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

Broken Needle: best practices to prevent it happening to you

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A broken needle flying into the eye is a fear that seamstresses share all over the world.  Something like walking into a spider web and not knowing whether the spider is stuck on your hair or lurking on the floor ready to strike –but potentially much, much worse.  Those that have experienced the consequences of a broken needle often wear eye protection in the form of safety goggles or spectacles.  To avoid this unfortunate incident, here are the main reasons why this happens and some best practice tips to prevent it happening to you. Avoid pulling the fabric This is a mistake made mostly by seasoned home sewers, because they are experienced and get distracted by music, internet or tv and cannot hear when the machines complains.  The sound of the machine always tells you when it is working too hard or … Continue reading

Christmas Hats to Sew for Kids and Adults

Christmas Hats to Sew for Kids and Adults. From the traditional elf and santa hats, to all sorts of fun and keep-warm ideas.

Hi! Alicia from Felt With Love Designs here again to share some fun (and warm!) Christmas-y hats to sew this winter. Christmas is coming soon. Get in the spirit with some of these cheery free patterns! Elf hats seem to be the most popular DIY but I think I am going to whip up a few of those adorable Santa hats this year. If you’re looking for a few more free patterns to help you bundle up, check out the collection of free winter wear sewing patterns too! And, after you’re done sewing up your gear, our twelve days of Christmas felt finger puppets make a quick and festive project to entertain the little ones (or sew them as ornaments to give as gifts!) Free patterns for Christmas hats you can sew

R2D2 style apron pattern – sew your own droid!

Squeal! A chance to show my geeky side and my love of Sci-Fi with this free apron pattern. Running to the fabric shop right now!

So there are probably two scenarios.  Either you have seen this and are squealing and jumping around with glee, or you just don’t get it and think I’ve lost my senses at last. Probably the latter. It’s not exactly my usual style. For those of you excited and already running to your stash for the right fabrics – May the Force Be With You. The rest of you need a Jedi mind-trick – these ARE the droids you are looking for! Or I guarantee that someone you know wants one of these, you just might not know about their secret Star Wars obsession. Did you notice I’m a secret Sci-Fan fan?  Yup, ever since I was a little girl.  The original Star Wars film came out in 1977, when I was 8 years old so I basically grew up with … Continue reading

Hats, gloves and scarves to sew for winter

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Stephanie from Swoodson Says, it’s starting to get brisk in the States which makes for perfect timing to sew cozy winter projects. Free patterns are so much fun – I actually tested 4 kid’s free beanie hat patterns that are perfect for fall! Now that it’s getting a little colder, I’ve started looking for winter gear – warm hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, cowls, and even a fun hand muff. Accessories make such great presents because sizing isn’t as much of an issue, and it’s easy to upcycle sweaters or use inexpensive fleece. I know I’ll be whipping up a few more upcycled heart hand warmers in addition to some of these scarves, my tutorial is here if you want to check it out! Lots of these patterns would be fun to incorporate applique or patchwork for a personal touch, too.   … Continue reading

Come on Pattern Designers – be more ‘friendly’

Latest in a series of articles discussing sewing to sell, copyright on patterns and the law. Very interesting reading. What do you think?

We’ve looked at sewing to sell just recently, and last week I published an article about sewing pattern copyright law, and the mis-information that is spread around to try and  restrict your freedom to use those patterns for your own enjoyment or profit. I feared it might be rather controversial and attract a lot of attention! So now this week, I thought I should write more about why I think that pattern companies and designers seek to put these restrictions on their work and what they are afraid of. I’ll try to look at it from their point of view, which I suppose is in a way my point of view too as a blogger who creates sewing patterns myself. So why do designers try to protect their patterns? The answer is simple.  We all have bills to pay. We … Continue reading

How to sew a corset in a day

How to sew a corset. Full photo step by step, pattern download and 2 videos.

How to sew a corset – the basics of corset sewing In this tutorial I’ll show you how to sew a basic simple corset. If you are a beginner in corset tailoring, this lessons will be perfect for you to understand the basics and dive deeper into the world of corset creation! This are the video tutorials, and also for the first time I publish a workbook of the process. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful! If so, don’t just keep it to yourself – share it with your friends!  Visit me at the Corset Academy for more, I’ve got SO much more to show you there. Part 1: Part 2: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FREE CORSET PATTERNS: Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Tools and Materials Required for Corset Tailoring. You will need the following: – strong fabric, for … Continue reading

What You Need To Make A Bra

What you need to sew a bra. Start of a new lingerie sewing series - looking at machine and stitches needed, patterns, basic supplies and other equipment.

Are you thinking of sewing a bra for yourself? Are you wondering what you will need to even start something like this?  Well, here’s what you’ll need to start, and a few things you don’t absolutely need, but are awfully useful and quite enjoyable. What machine and stitches do you need? First, you need a sewing machine. You don’t need a specialty machine that does 50 different stitches. In fact, all you’ll need to sew a bra are three stitches. This is my sewing machine, and it just happens to have 50 stitches. The first stitch your sewing machine will need to do is a Straight stitch, both forward and backward. Here’s what the icon for the Straight stitch looks like on my machine – it’s the first stitch, 01, and the most basic stitch you’ll use for almost all sewing and on … Continue reading

Interview with the Dragon Charmer !

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Our sewing chat group has been so inspiring to me.  From time to time I see things there I would never have discovered otherwise, different aspects of sewing I’ve never tried.  Many times I’m just so impressed with all of the design, sewing and fitting skills from the members, but then other times I’m just blown away! We have one member, Sabine, who is fairly new to sewing and only recently started to use a sewing machine, so when she showed us photos of her first doll she made – well, the internet went crazy!  Since then she has been taking our breath away regularly with her gorgeous sewn creatures and dolls of all sorts, so naturally we were all clamoring to know where she got the patterns from. Etsy comes up trumps again and she pointed us to the … Continue reading

Design your dream dress with the Corset Academy

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An introduction to what you can learn with the Corset Academy     Have you ever wanted to create amazing Haute Couture evening or wedding dresses? But you never found any information about the secret technology behind their design and construction? My name is Tatiana and I know how you feel! That’s why I founded Corset Academy – online Haute Couture classes. 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 … Continue reading