How to hem a skirt – Easy pleated skirt sew-along: Part 3

hem a skirt

This is the third part of our Easy Pleated Skirt sew-along. This article will show you how to hem a skirt and make a blind hem by hand. As well as how to iron the pleats on this skirt. You will need the first and second parts of this series if you’re just seeing this episode for the first time. If you missed the first two parts you can click the links to our previous articles below. Part One:  Print, cut and sew the skirt and pleats. Part Two:  How to sew a skirt lining with an invisible zipper. Part Three:  How to make pleats and hem a pleated skirt. (YOU ARE HERE) Part Four:  How to fit and alter the pattern to make the skirt bigger or smaller. Pattern Download: I love pleats!  They are slimming and make the illusion … Continue reading

Shorts for Women and Girls: Huge New Roundup

shorts for women

Get Ready for Summer! Summer is coming and nothing prepares you better for summer than having the right shorts to wear for those hot days and warm nights. We put together a huge new collection of free shorts for women and girls sewing patterns and projects that will almost certainly have a fit and style that is right for you. You can find a style that is short or long.  Tight or loose.  Simple or relatively complicated.  I’m confident you’ll find something right here. I hope you enjoy and happy summer! Need More Warm Weather Sewing Ideas? If you’re still not satisfied with this selection of free Mother’s Day sewing ideas, please check out our selections from previous years where you’ll find many more terrific options. Shorts for Women & Girls Sewing Roundup Hover over the picture to show the … Continue reading

7 Types of Scissors for Sewing That You Must Have

Different Types of Scissors

Are you wondering why there are so many scissors of various sizes and sharps at your local craft or sewing store? Do you ask yourself which ones you really need and which ones you can live without?  Is buying an expensive pair a good choice or is having lots of cheaper ones a better option? I have made a list of my most-loved scissors that were part of my sewing journey for many, many years.  Here are the seven types of scissors that every sewist must have.  I’ve tried to order them in order of relative importance to the sewing task. We re-posted a contributor article recently that talked about how to sharpen scissors.  The topic sparked a lot of comment and even controversy so I thought it would be useful to write a bit more about sewing scissors and … Continue reading

Running belt, travel belt or money belt with pouch- FREE pattern & tutorial

running belt

Here’s a pattern for a running belt with pockets and an elasticized adjustable strap so you can tailor it to any waist size.  This pouch could also be called a money belt, travel belt or sports belt.  Place the pouch on your front or back and cover it with a T-shirt and no one will know it is there.  There is enough room for a big phone, money, keys and even coins.  Keep your valuables safe while at the gym, jogging or traveling. I have come up with a new scheme for making excuses not to exercise.  My gym wear does not have enough pockets.  That’s it!  When I am in the gym, I worry about my phone, the locker key, the earphones, and money.  The thing is that all these items plus the towel leave me with the annoying … Continue reading

Sewing the skirt lining – Easy pleated skirt sew-along: Part 2

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We will be continuing with sewing the skirt lining, the second part of our Easy Pleated Skirt Pattern sew-along.  You will need the first part of this series if you’re just seeing this episode for the first time.  You can download the FREE pattern below if you missed it but you will still need the instructions from Part 1. Part One:  Print, cut and sew the skirt and pleats. Part Two:  How to sew a skirt lining with an invisible zipper. (YOU ARE HERE) Part Three:  How to make pleats and hem a pleated skirt. Part Four:  How to fit and alter the pattern to make the skirt bigger or smaller. Pattern Download: I have received a few questions and on why and should you add a lining to a skirt.  I am going to be straight with you, ultimately it’s your … Continue reading

“Learn to Quilt” Craftsy Class on Sale Only $10!

Get “Learn to Quilt” for only $10!  Save 75%. I just wanted to bring to your attention a special little Memorial Day sale that Craftsy just announced.  There are only a couple of sewing-rated classes on sale now, but I think one may really interest you if you’ve ever wanted to “Learn to Quilt“.  You can now save 75% on this class but only for this Memorial Day weekend. This class is rated 5-star and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with over 2 hours across 7 full HD instructional videos by Amy Gibson.  Go ahead and watch the free intro video linked below before you buy.  I think you’ll really like her presentation style as much as I do. As everyone knows, Craftsy sales do come around pretty often, but you’ll probably never find any classes at more than … Continue reading

Easy pleated skirt pattern, FREE sew-along: Part 1

easy pleated skirt pattern

I have a new, easy pleated skirt pattern to share with you that will help streamline your figure and look great.  This A-line shaped skirt style is so easy to sew that you’ll want to make a few skirts and they should last you for many years. Warning:  This is a sew along where you will learn how to handle this pattern to fit it to any waist size, how to shorten and lengthen the skirt.  Therefore, sizes are limited. Made of linen, cotton, light wool or other fabrics with a bit of body, this skirt will give you an effortless classy and elegant look.  This skirt has three pleats in the front and three in the back.  Lately, I have had a few requests and since there are a few that relate to each other I thought a sew-along showing … Continue reading

More Neckline Styles Than You’ll Ever Need

neckline styles

Just like the waistline, the neckline style is a defining factor when it comes to the overall look and feel of your outfit.  Your choice of neckline styles defines whether your outfit is formal or casual, feminine and playful or sophisticated and stylish. There are a few factors to consider when choosing the right neckline style for your garment; including body shape, bust size, décolleté line, shoulder size, neck length/thickness and face shape. Conventional wisdom might suggest that large breasted gals opt for higher necklines but this is actually a bad idea…the higher the neckline, the lower set it will make you lovely ladies appear so you should be going for medium cuts. Also, the wider the cut of the neckline, the broader your shoulders will appear –so you can offset a wide hip with the illusion of balance in … Continue reading

How to choose the correct sewing thread

choose correct sewing thread

Do you pick up just any matching thread that you come across and sew your fabric? Or do you examine the thread closely before using it for a project? If you are like me and sometimes pick up any thread lying on the stash, then it’s time to change the rule. The quality of the thread used has a direct bearing on the final outcome of your sewing project. To get the best possible outcome, you need to get a clear understanding of the various types of threads available and when to use them.  To help you with this important process, we’ve put together a short list of guidelines on how to choose the correct sewing thread. Types of thread Cotton thread: These are threads that are used for natural fabric like cotton. Most of the cotton thread has a lustrous … Continue reading

Free Chemo Headwear Pattern and Tutorial-Special Request

chemo headwear pattern

Here’s an easy chemo headwear pattern and tutorial so you can make that essential accessory to help her feel more beautiful during recovery. Today is Mother’s Day in most parts of the world, so Happy Mothers Day!  To all of you that have experienced the privilege of raising children and the immense love and fear of being responsible for a little one, I salute you and my wish for you is that you are remembered today. Today is also the beginning of a few styles I will be dedicating to the woman that I admire the most.  I should start with my mother and grandmother, but this is not in a particular order.  These are the woman that for some reason or another have touched my heart because their resilience, strength, dedication, sacrifice and love for the people around them … Continue reading

Ultimate Mother’s Day Sewing Roundup: Free & Fun

mothers day sewing roundup

Happy Mother’s Day! We celebrate Mother’s Day every year as a way to honor the mothers in the family, motherhood, maternal bonds and the overall contribution and influence of mother’s in our societies.  Mother’s Day is observed in over 40 countries around the world.  In the US the holiday is celebrated in May although the dates vary in other countries. In the US, Mother’s Day is a relatively modern holiday with the first official celebration being held in 1908 in Grafton, West Virgina after years of campaigning by a tenacious woman named Anna Jarvis. Anna began her efforts to recognize Mother’s Day in 1905 and by 1911, all US states observed the holiday. In celebration, we put together this fun and free Mothers Day Sewing Roundup filled with interesting projects that every mother would love.  Please enjoy and don’t forget to share … Continue reading