Featured Posts

Spool Ornament
Witches Brew Pillow with Blend Fabric | The Sewing Loft
studio spotlight series | The Sewing Loft
Learn tips and tricks for the basic double fold hem. The Sewing Loft

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...]

100+ Free Tote Bag Patterns

100+ Free Tote Bag Patterns Rounded Up in one place. The Sewing Loft

Are you a bag lady like me?  (don't laugh but I have bags for almost everything under the sun!)  If you answered YES, this tote bag post is for you!  I have rounded up a list of over 100 free tote bag patterns from around the web.  Just click on the link, grab your materials and start sewing!  100+ Free Tote Bag Patterns       1. Mini Quilted Tote 2. Betsy … [Read more...]

Mastering Zipper Techniques: Craftsy Class Review

Learn how to master zipper techniques with this free class on Craftsy.

It is no secret that I am a big fan of Craftsy. Not only are they a huge supporter of Indie Makers (like me) but they offer a huge selection of instructional videos. These videos offer amazing instructors and can be watched over and over, at anytime of day.  Even in your pj's! (total bonus)  So, when Craftsy approached me about writing a series and sharing a few giveaways with all of you, I had to … [Read more...]

Ways to use Freezer Paper in the Workroom

Learn how to use freezer paper in sewing. The Sewing Loft

Did you know that one of the most useful tools for your sewing room can actually be found in your local grocery storer kitchen drawer? That’s right - freezer paper has a variety of uses in the world of sewing, and once you learn to use it properly you’ll want to keep a box handy all the time! Tips for Using Freezer Paper in Your Sewing Projects: Use freezer paper to help you cut … [Read more...]

Mini Wallets – Scrap style

Mini wallets are easy to make and perfect for using up smaller scraps. This free pattern template explores adding personal touches and details. The Sewing Loft

It's no secret that I love my scraps.  Well, today I'm gonna show you how to turn a few basic scraps into something useful, mini wallets.  That's right, I took a few small scraps and turned them into a major focal point on these minis.   Since I have made this pattern hundreds of times, I thought it would be fun to switch things up. So, after printing out the template I randomly … [Read more...]