Travel Handmade WIP

I'm traveling #handmade with this carry on sized duffle bag. The Sewing Loft

When you travel do you carry handmade?  Well, today, I am heading out the door on a quick trip and realized that many of the items packed are handmade. Here is a quick snapshot of what I am bringing. Pattern: Travel Duffle with Trolley Sleeve by Studio Cherie Fabric: Dowry by Anna Marie Horner for FreeSpirit This carry on duffle bag has to be one of my favorite things packed.  In order to … [Read more...]

100+ Free Skirt Patterns

100+ free skirt patterns. Easy sewing for any skill level. The Sewing Loft

Nothing says skirt season like warm weather!  They are easy to make, forgiving in fit and come in so many varieties! So, to help kick off my summer sewing, I have rounded up over 100 free skirt patterns to help get you started. 100+ Free Skirt Patterns This list is pretty AH-MAZ-ING and includes something for everyone on your list!     1. No Sew Shirt … [Read more...]

Kettle Dyeing Fabric or Yarn

Breathe new life into fabric or yarn with Kettle Dyeing Learn tips and tricks during the fabric dyeing series on The Sewing Loft

Kettle dyeing your fabric gives slightly less predictable results, but with a little practice it can be an excellent way to create beautiful, variegated designs onto your fabrics. This method will work best with an undyed fabric, such as unbleached muslin or undyed silk scarves.   Gather your materials: In order to kettle dye fabric at home, you will need: a stock pot a large wooden or … [Read more...]

Dip Dyeing Fabric

Dip Dyeing fabric is the perfect way to breathe new life into old fabric. Learn tips and tricks during the fabric dyeing series on The Sewing Loft

Similar to tie dyeing, dip dyeing fabric involves submerging your fabric into a bucket or vat of dye to make it a different color. Use dip dyeing if you want to dye an entire piece a new color or if you want to get a striped or ombre effect to your fabric.   Gather your materials: In order to dip dye fabric, you will need: fabric dyes fabric or a garment to dye a large bucket (one for … [Read more...]

How to Tie Dye Fabric – tips & techniques

Learn how to Tie Dye Fabric with simple tips and techniques. Part of a fabric dyeing mini series on The Sewing Loft.

If you want to change the entire color of a piece of fabric instead of just adding a design onto the existing background, then fabric dye will come to your aid! Whether you want to make your fabric into one solid color or use the dyes to create your own designs, there are plenty of options available. Today, it’s time to go back to your roots! If you ever made a tie-dyed T-shirt as a kid, then … [Read more...]

Dyeing Fabric at Home – Mini Series

Let's talk fabric dyeing tips and techniques. Mini series on The Sewing Loft

Get Ready for Painting & Dyeing Fabric at Home! Over the next few weeks we will explore different methods and techniques to help you transform fabric at home into a one of a kind masterpiece. Let's talk about fabric dyeing.   Let’s see if any of these fabric stash scenarios sound familiar to you: You got a REALLY great deal on a piece of fabric - maybe you found it at a yard sale, or … [Read more...]

Homemade to Handmade Sewing

Learn how to elevate your garments to a new level of handmade with these simple steps. The Sewing Loft

In my world, there is a difference between homemade and handmade.  When I think of homemade my mind lingers towards the negative.  I'm not sure why so please don't judge but I tend to think of a DIY gone bad.  But handmade on the other hand screams quality.  I think of the countless hours of attention to detail and love the project was made with.   When you wear a garment that you made for … [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...]

100+ Fat Quarter Projects

100 plus fat quarter projects. All patterns are free with step by step instructions. The Sewing Loft #sewing #fatquarter

Have you ever walked into a quilt shop and thought wow, I'll take one of everything?  Well, with the help of the fat quarter, you can!  This little gem of a fabric cut is the most economical way to shop but then what?  Here is a list of AH-MAZ-ING fat quarter projects to keep your needle moving!     Since some of you are taking part in the Sew My Stash sew along challenge and … [Read more...]