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...]

Sew Inspiring: Scrap Buster Projects

This board is jam packed with some of the most amazing scrap buster projects I have found. Be sure to follow along and keep all those small bits of fabric goodness!

We all know that I am a total scrap hoarder and that I am always on the hunt for creative ideas for these little bits of goodness but did you know that I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to scrap buster projects and ideas?  Well if the answer is a big fat no, this is one board that you will want to follow and check often!   Do you have a favorite scrap project? Leave me a … [Read more...]

Bag Making Basics: Free Craftsy Class

Bag Making Basics Free Craftsy Class

Does your outfit for tomorrow need a new bag? This may seem like a silly question but it's one that my inner voice asks all the time and I'm not really sure why. Maybe it's because bags are the easy accessory that can be made in a flash, come in too many colors/shapes to count and never make me feel self-conscious about my weight. (Don't eye roll me, we've all been there!) Whether you are … [Read more...]

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...]