Totally Tulle Tutu

Do you ever use tulle when sewing? From time to time I have used it in bunches! Really by the truck load.  I once bought over 500 yards to make batches and batches of tutus. Now, you would think that would take up a boatload of room in the work space but when wrapped up on the roll, tulle is really compact. It's when you layer, fold and scrunch the tulle together that the start to see the … [Read more...]

20+ Free Mini Skirt Patterns

Summer is almost here and it's time to gear up. That means mini skirts and tee shirts in my book! Here are 20 fun mini skirt patterns to add to your wardrobe today. Many are so easy that you can make them today and wear them tonight! 20+ Free Mini Skirt Patterns   1.  15 Minute Skirt (any size) 2. Boardwalk Skirt (6 months to 14 years old) 3. Chalk Lines 4. Easy Elastic … [Read more...]

20+ Tips for Sewing Garments

Whether you’re ready to sew your first-ever garment, or you’ve been sewing them for a while and you’d like to refine your technique - The Sewing Loft has your back! We’ve rounded up the best of our sewing tips to make garment construction a little bit easier, and to help your handmade garments look like they came from a boutique specialty store instead of something you whipped up in your … [Read more...]

100+ Free Scarf Patterns

Cool crisp weather is on the way and before you know it we will be pulling out our scarves from last year. This simple accessory is easy to make and always fits no matter what size is written on your label.  To kick start the season, I have rounded up over 100+ free scarf patterns to get you inspired. 100+ Free Scarf Patterns   This list is pretty AWESOME! I never realized that there … [Read more...]

Indygo Junction Dimensional Denim

I'm excited to share the news about Amy Barickman's new book Dimensional Denim.  The book shares creative ideas for fabric manipulation techniques and easy projects for home and fashion. I mean come on - just look at those images!  You know this book is gonna be good.  Here are a few of my favorite projects. Personally, I have always been inspired by the simplicity of solids.  Something about the … [Read more...]

Travel Handmade WIP

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

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

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

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...]