Easy Christmas Ornament Bunting

Get ready for the holidays with this easy to make ornament bunting.

It's July and here in the south the weather is crazy warm but I am starting to think about Christmas.  I know, crazy right?!  Well, it is only 6 months away and I really want to avoid that Holy Cr*p moment when the panic sets in that I have so many things to do.  So, this year I thought it would be best to start small and early.  To make this happen, I team up with a few talented designers for a … [Read more...]

Scrap Bundles Abound in the shop

Fabric Scrap Bundle Destash Sale. The Sewing Loft

When buying fabric I tend to error on the side of excess.  I would rather have extra fabric than not enough.  But sometimes, these extra bits become too much for me to stitch through.  This is one of those times. I have realized that my fabric collection is out of control and I need some assistance.  So, I spent the better part of Wednesday sorting my fabric and noticing a major theme, … [Read more...]

Mini Quilt Swap- Mega Fun! Let’s get ready to swap

It's time to swap! Mini quilts can be mega fun. These smaller projects are perfect for trying out new techniques. Join us for the swap.

Let’s Get Ready to Swap!  Mini Quilts, Mega Fun I don’t know about you, but I love to complete smaller-scale sewing projects during these busy days of summer. A small project helps me beat the heat and keep my mind occupied without taking up too much of what little time I have. (Plus, this isn’t the time of year when I want to be snuggled under a bed-sized quilt, hand stitching the … [Read more...]

Wednesday WIP

Bust through your scraps with these easy triangles. The Sewing Loft

Today's WIP is totally random.   It was late Monday night and for some strange reason I could not sleep.  I just kept rehashing a few crazy things that happened during the day and could not find peace.  After tossing and turning and listening to the dog snore for about an hour, I finally decided to get up. (Ever have one of these nights?) Well, I was determined not to waste the insomnia. … [Read more...]

Mini Wallets – Scrap style

Mini wallets are easy to make and perfect for using up smaller scraps. This free pattern template explores adding personal touches and details. The Sewing Loft

It's no secret that I love my scraps.  Well, today I'm gonna show you how to turn a few basic scraps into something useful, mini wallets.  That's right, I took a few small scraps and turned them into a major focal point on these minis.   Since I have made this pattern hundreds of times, I thought it would be fun to switch things up. So, after printing out the template I randomly … [Read more...]

Binding: Bias vs. Straight Grain

Learn the difference between straight-grain and bias binding. The article also shares how, when and where to use them.

We all know that binding has a variety of uses in the sewing room - from finishing the edges of quilted items to hemming garments. In general, the term “binding” just applies to a folded piece of fabric that goes over or around the edge of something, but there are two main types of binding - bias and straight grain - and there’s a good bit of debate about which type is better for certain … [Read more...]

Schools Out! Kids Crafts

Kids Crafts Hero

WOW, there are only a few more days of school and then summer is official!  That means, the girls will be looking to me for fun things to do every waking minute of the day!  (insert panic button here) Do you ever feel like that?  Sometimes the pressure is really tough but not this year, I've put together a list of summer projects that any school age child can handle and the best part is they … [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...]

Stitch Card Reference Guide

Create an easy stitch card reference book for a quick visual guide. The Sewing Loft

These days our sewing machines can do so much more than the basic straight stitch.  To help keep stitches straight, I suggest create an easy stitch card reference guide.  This guide can provide an instant visual reference for your next project.  I especially love these cards for my serger machine.   They are simple to make and can be created with leftover fabric scraps.   Create a Stitch Card … [Read more...]