Holiday Mug Rug

Fussy Cut Mug Rug Hero

Holiday time is always so busy that sometimes, it is hard to start a new sewing project. Well, today's project is so simple that you can start and finish it in one quick session behind the machine. That's right, this holiday mug rug is that easy!     Holiday Mug Rug   This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Materials: fabric scraps cut into strips 7 … [Read more...]

Wrapping up the T-Shirt Quilt

T-shirt quilt WIP

Do not let the title of this post mislead you dear friends of First Fridays!!  It's your old friend TJ here from Studio Mailbox about to fill you in on the on-going saga of my quilting progress.  Last month I shared with you how I switched gears and started a T-Shirt quilt to practice my skills while getting a holiday gift ready.  I had fully expected to stroll in here and report how awesome it … [Read more...]

Embroidered Cuff

Embroidered Cuff Bracelet | The Sewing Loft

As promised, here is another fun project that I shared at fall quilt market. These embroidered cuff bracelets are super cool!   Embroidered Cuff Bracelet   This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Supplies: 8" fold over braid trim 7/16" snap fastener assorted embroidery floss Tools:  Scissors Awl Plier Kit Crewel Sewing Needle Basic … [Read more...]

Kitchen Mat Cover Up Tutorial

Kitchen Mat Cover Up DIY. The Sewing Loft

I like to update my kitchen mat from time to time.  It helps keep things fresh and makes me feel like I have redecorated.  (total fake out!) I originally shared this kitchen mat cover up project during National Serger Month with BabyLock but wanted to remind you that this project is perfect for clearing out smaller fabrics in your stash. Kitchen Mat Cover Up   This project is for all … [Read more...]

How to Make a Tee Shirt Quilt: Materials & Cutting

Learn how to make a tee shirt quilt with these easy step by step instructions. The Sewing Loft

Over the years, I have made countless memory quilts for clients.  The materials range from baby clothes to concert shirts to full-blown 3-piece suits. The excitement and joy my clients express during the "big reveal" of their memory quilt is always truly touching.  The one question that I am always asked is, "How did you do that?" This "How To"  series will walk you through the basics of … [Read more...]

Dritz Mystery Box Challenge

Dritz Mystery Box Challenge zipper bag with pattern. The Sewing Loft

Today's post combines a two of my favorite things- snail mail and sewing!  Our friends over at Dritz just launched their fantastic new site filled with all sorts of sewing goodness including projects, tips and you guessed it notions & tools!  To help celebrate, my friend Jennifer from Ellison Lane issued a challenge of sorts.... Use 5 items from a mystery filled box of happy mail from … [Read more...]

Hanging Scarf Organizer

This hanging scarf organizer will keep your favorite accessory ready when you are. Easy to make and includes a free pattern. The Sewing Loft

Cooler weather means scarf season in my world. This simple accessory can transform any basic outfit to fabulous in a flash but the biggest bonus is that I never have to worry about whether or not my pants fit. The problem I always have is how to store them. In my mind I think they would look good all folded up and stacked on a shelf but reality sets in and they wind up crumbled in a ball. Insert … [Read more...]

How To Install a Grommet

Learn how to install a grommet. The Sewing Loft

Have you ever used a grommet?  If the answer is no, my question to you is simple, Why not? Grommets are one of my favorite types of trims to add on a project.  I like to use them on everything from curtains to bags, heck even in home organizational projects.  One of my most popular projects is the Scrap Bucket Bag. Let's explore: Grommet noun an eyelet placed in a hole in a sheet or panel … [Read more...]

100+ Free Scarf Patterns

100+ Free Scarf Patterns Rounded Up in one place. The Sewing Loft

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...]