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Easy Christmas Ornament Bunting

Get ready for the holidays with this easy to make ornament bunting.

It's July and here in the south the weather is crazy warm but I am starting to think about Christmas.  I know, crazy right?!  Well, it is only 6 months away and I really want to avoid that Holy Cr*p moment when the panic sets in that I have so many things to do.  So, this year I thought it would be best to start small and early.  To make this happen, I team up with a few talented designers for a … [Read more...]

Scrap Bundles Abound in the shop

Fabric Scrap Bundle Destash Sale. The Sewing Loft

When buying fabric I tend to error on the side of excess.  I would rather have extra fabric than not enough.  But sometimes, these extra bits become too much for me to stitch through.  This is one of those times. I have realized that my fabric collection is out of control and I need some assistance.  So, I spent the better part of Wednesday sorting my fabric and noticing a major theme, … [Read more...]

Mini Quilt Swap: Time to Sign Up!

It's time to swap! Mini quilts can be mega fun. These smaller projects are perfect for trying out new techniques. Join us for the swap.

Mini Quilt Swap: Time to Sign Up! The sign up form is ready for you to join our Mini Quilt Swap! Simply click HERE and fill out the form, and you’ll be all set.   A few reminders: Please read over Monday’s post for a full description of the swap, so you know what you’re getting into! You will get your swap recipient’s name and other relevant information by July 30. By signing up, … [Read more...]

Giveaway: 40 Techniques with Gail Yellen

40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know Class Review and giveaway from Craftsy.

It's pretty clear that I love to share sewing tips and easy tricks to keep our projects looking professional but today, I get to take it a step further and giveaway a Craftsy class dedicated to sewing tips.  That's right Gail Yellen has teamed up with Craftsy to create this class demonstrating 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know. WIN THIS CLASS!!   Craftsy has generously offered … [Read more...]

Binding your quilt with school supplies

Binding your quilts with ease - quick tip on The Sewing Loft

Need an extra hand when binding your quilt?  Consider raiding your junk drawer! That's right, most junk drawers contain a TON of loose office and school supplies that can be used in our workrooms.  These binder clips are perfect for holding your binding in place or even a quilt sandwich. Binding Your Quilt   Just fold over your binding and clip in place.   Remove the clips as you … [Read more...]

Mini Quilt Swap- Mega Fun! Let’s get ready to swap

It's time to swap! Mini quilts can be mega fun. These smaller projects are perfect for trying out new techniques. Join us for the swap.

Let’s Get Ready to Swap!  Mini Quilts, Mega Fun I don’t know about you, but I love to complete smaller-scale sewing projects during these busy days of summer. A small project helps me beat the heat and keep my mind occupied without taking up too much of what little time I have. (Plus, this isn’t the time of year when I want to be snuggled under a bed-sized quilt, hand stitching the … [Read more...]

Like Sewing Water

Minky, Soft and Cuddly fabric cutting

Hello Friends of First Fridays and a Happy 4th of July to my US peeps!  It's your old friend TJ from Studio Mailbox here to share with you where I'm at on my quilt project.  Can you believe it's July and officially more than half way through the year?  *Gulp* Last month I posted about the backside of the quilt and how I chose the softest cuddliest fabric imaginable to finish this baby off.  As … [Read more...]

Wednesday WIP

Bust through your scraps with these easy triangles. The Sewing Loft

Today's WIP is totally random.   It was late Monday night and for some strange reason I could not sleep.  I just kept rehashing a few crazy things that happened during the day and could not find peace.  After tossing and turning and listening to the dog snore for about an hour, I finally decided to get up. (Ever have one of these nights?) Well, I was determined not to waste the insomnia. … [Read more...]

How to Make Straight Grain Binding

Straight grain binding is perfect for quilts, mug rugs and pillows. Learn how to make and calculate yardage needed to create binding for your next project.

Now that we’ve discussed the debate between bias binding and straight grain binding, it’s time to round-up our Binding Basics series with a tutorial on making your own straight-grain binding. As a bonus, this “cheater binding” method will have seams that are angled to resemble bias binding.  This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Ready to get started?   Step 1: … [Read more...]