Top Stitch | Sewing Term

Top Stitch-  verb A standard straight stitch found on the top of garments. Topstitching can provide a design element as well as structural support. The best way to achieve professional looking topstitching is to use a slightly longer stitch length compared to a standard joining seam. 3 to 3 ½ will provide the best outlook. Topstitching can be made in a matching color or contrast thread to … [Read more...]

Scrappy Journal Book Covers

Hey y'all!   It's TJ  from Studio Mailbox. Normally I'm here on first Fridays but since it's National Sewing Month I'm doing something special and sharing something fun with you.  The word on the street is that it's all about scraps so I think this project will be right up your alley. As a mixed media artist I have been keeping journals for nine years now.  That's right.  When I look back at my … [Read more...]

Scrap Patchwork with Mrs. H

I'm super excited about today's special guest Samantha aka Mrs. H. She is reminding us just how easy it is to add a focal point to our work with a strategically placed section of scrap patchwork. Hi there, I'm Samantha, aka Mrs H! I'm here today to show you how I use my scraps in my handbags. I'll be using my Reversible Hobo bag pattern today to demonstrate. Scrap Patchwork We'll … [Read more...]

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...]

Reverse Applique Totems

Hello friends of first Fridays!  It's your old pal TJ of Studio Mailbox here reporting to you for my monthly post.  I have recently finished the best thing I've sewn since my killer T-shirt quilt and I came running right here to share it with you. Check out my reverse applique wall totems: Last winter I had marbled some large pieces of canvas.  Although I was really pleased with the results … [Read more...]

Sewing with Tulle – Easy Tips

Tulle fabric is a light and airy, netting like fabric that was named after the city of Tulle in France where it was first manufactured. It is commonly used for making wedding dresses and bridal veils. " alt="alt description." /> There are different variations and quality of tulle. Some are thick and stiff, while others are soft and flowy. Each has a purpose in sewing, so … [Read more...]

Easy Skirt Tutorial- Picture Perfect

There is nothing sweeter than some instant satisfaction when sewing. I think that's one of the reasons why I love sharing easy skirt tutorials. But today's  project has even more meaning. You see, each year the girls over at Simple Simon & Co collect skirts to donate to girls in foster care. Isn't that just awesome!  You can find out more about Skirting the Issue and stitch up a few to share … [Read more...]

Mannequin Bookends DIY

Decorating in the studio can sometimes be a challenge. With open shelves and books all over the place, decorating can be a challenge. So, allow me to introduce the mannequin bookends. Not only are these bookends super easy to make but they can double as door stops.   Mannequin Bookends DIY This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Supplies: fat quarter for … [Read more...]

Lace Boot Cuffs DIY Video

Last month I shared my It's Sew Easy secret and now, I'm excited to say that the 900 series; The New Century Begins- The 1900's is about to air on your local PBS station. I have joined an incredible line up of talented designers from around the sewing community for the It's Sew Easy 900 Series. This series will highlight fashion and style throughout the 20th century. Each designer will … [Read more...]