Pineapple Crush- Free Pineapple Applique

Pineapple Applique Template

The latest and greatest trend in crafts and casual fashion is...you'll never guess...Pineapples! People are applying them to clothes and shoes, using them in home decor projects, and slapping a pineapple on just about anything that doesn't move.  Want to have fun with this Summery trend in your sewing? Well, mix up a pina-colada and let's get creative!  I've teamed with our friends at Craft … [Read more...]

Make a Mosaic on Flickr

Learn how to make a mosaic table on Flickr with this easy tutorial. Step by step photos will help walk you through the process.

Make a Mosaic on Flickr In preparation for our mini quilt swap, we’re asking swap participants to make a mosaic on Flickr to showcase some of their favorite quilting styles, colors, and more. Even if you’re not participating in the swap, a Flickr mosaic is a great way to put together some of your favorite images - so follow along with this tutorial! Note: if you are swapping with us, … [Read more...]

Label Your Work with hand-made labels

Label your work with fabric sheets. Quick Tip on The Sewing Loft

Don't forget to sign your work!  That's right you should label your work. Fabric labels are easy to create and a great way to label your projects. Labels don't have to be fancy or expensive.  For instance, the label above was created on my computer with just a few clicks.  Your imagination is your only limitation!  Label your work with fabric sheets   Printable fabric sheets … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]