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Quilt Binding Made Simple

Quilt binding does not have to be stressful. Let's learn the basics at The Sewing Loft.

You've spent hours piecing together that quilt or special project and now what?  The edges need to be finished with binding…. Sometimes, this can be a daunting task.  Let's break quilt binding down into bite size steps and take the "stress" out of the task! This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Quilt Binding Basics   You will need to start with a long continuous … [Read more...]

Quilting Podcast Interview

Quilting Podcast with Pat Sloan. American Patchwork and Quilting Radio

Do you listen to tunes while you sew or maybe you are super productive and listen to podcasts?  On the normal day I rock out to tunes but lately, I am starting to really dig into the podcasts.  So, when I got an email from Pat Sloan to join her live, I was super excited!  Actually, it kinda blew me out of the water.  This is Pat Sloan people!  She is like the traveling "fun-ster" of … [Read more...]

Quilt of Many Colors

Vintage Denim

Hello Friends of First Friday!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here to share with you where I'm at on my denim quilt project.  Thanks to everybody who piped up and took the time to comment on this project sew far.  *cymbal crash* Now that I'm finally working through my hoarded stash I have quickly realized a few key things: 1) Some of this stuff is O-L-D (can you say acid wash?) 2) Some of … [Read more...]

Stackable Scrap Bucket Pattern

This easy to make bucket pattern is perfect for storing all your scrap bits and so much more! The Sewing Loft

It is no secret that I love my scraps.  Well today, I am going to share a fun project that will not only use your scraps but help you store them going forward.  Allow me to introduce the Scrap Bucket Pattern. This baby made its debut at Sew South last weekend and I was so excited to see all the variations everyone created.  The pattern is easy to make and totally limitless! Scrap Bucket … [Read more...]

Leather Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

Don't be afraid of alternative fabrics. This leather cuff bracelet is easy to make. The Sewing Loft

It is no secret that I love me a good leather cuff bracelet!  I wear them all the time to the point of excess.  Anyway, since we have been chatting about some simple leather sewing techniques, I thought it would be fun to share an easy tutorial. Leather Cuff Bracelet This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Supplies: leather scraps scrap fabric button or … [Read more...]

Teflon Presser Foot – Secret Weapon of Leather

The Teflon Coated Foot will make sewing on leather, vinyl and suede a dream. The Sewing Loft

Using alternative fabrics such as leather, vinyl and plastic are sometimes scary.  We often worry about putting holes in the fabric, getting it "stuck" or even worse, chewed up by our machine.  Another big hurdle is how to pin it.  Well, I'm here to share my secret weapon and take the "scary" out of these speciality fabrics.  Behold, the Teflon Presser Foot.  (*Insert sounds of praise in the … [Read more...]

Double Fold Hem Basics

Learn tips and tricks for the basic double fold hem. The Sewing Loft

The double fold hem is the most basic hem out there, which also makes it one of the most useful hems you can learn. As the name indicates, a double-fold hem is made when you fold the fabric over on itself to the wrong side two times, to hide the raw edges and create a neat, finished hemline. Uses for the double fold hem: Hemming garments - use a double fold hem on the bottom edge of a … [Read more...]