How to change a Rotary Blade

Replace your rotary blade in just a few easy steps. The Sewing Loft

The rotary cutter is one of my favorite tools in the sewing bin.  It helps me slice through layers of fabric with lightning speed in one clean motion.  But after too many turns around the mat it starts to dull and leave sections slightly attached.  This is when it's time to change the blade. Since the rotary cutter is super sharp and I am totally clumsy, I was extremely reluctant to switch … [Read more...]

20 Easy Back to School Projects

20 Easy Back to School Projects

Are you ready to send your kids back to school? I know I am! Here at The Sewing Loft, we’ve got a whole collection of tutorials to help you put your personal touches on your kiddo’s back-to-school experience. Whether your little one is in preschool or almost finished with high school, there’s something here for everyone! Click on the links below to head to the individual tutorial posts. Easy … [Read more...]

Back to School Easy Bookmark DIY

Easy Bookmark DIY. Perfect for Back To School or any time of year. The Sewing Loft

To help encourage my girls to read, I am sending them back to school with new bookmarks.  These bookmarks are super easy to make and take less than 15 minutes to put together.  Easy Bookmark DIY This project is for sewers all levels, especially children! Skill Level- 1 Button Materials: felt and scraps 6" piece of ribbon Along with your basic sewing supplies you will need a … [Read more...]

Binding 101: All about the binding

Binding 101. Learn how to make and calculate yardage needed to create binding for your next project.

Our mini quilt swap is in full swing and it's time to stitch on the binding!  (Okay, I really wanted to say: "Time to make the donuts" but that might have been weird.) Back to reality. Even though you have carefully cut, stitched and pressed together all of those little pieces the last step can really be a nail bitter. So, I thought now would be a great time to review different ways to bind a … [Read more...]

Book Bag: Smart like a Fox Pattern

Keep your child excited about reading with this easy to make Smart like a Fox Book bag. How to includes a free fox template. The Sewing Loft

Encourage your child to read with this easy to make Smart like a Fox book bag.  The fox applique can be sewn on by machine or ironed on for an easy no sew option in just minutes.  Smart like a Fox Pattern  This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Supplies: Fabric Plain tote bag or surface of your choice Paper backed fusible Embroidery floss Fox … [Read more...]

How to Hang Your Mini Quilt

Learn the different ways to hang your small wall quilt. The Sewing Loft

Since we’re swapping mini quilts that can be used as wall art, I thought it might be helpful to give you some tips about how to hang your quilt and get them ready to display. There are a few different ways to hang a quilt on the wall - depending on the size of the quilt, some are better than others. Some of these methods require you to do something special on the quilt back as you’re sewing … [Read more...]

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...]