Pineapple Crush- Free Pineapple Applique

Pineapple Applique Template

The latest and greatest trend in crafts and casual fashion is...you'll never guess...Pineapples! People are applying them to clothes and shoes, using them in home decor projects, and slapping a pineapple on just about anything that doesn't move.  Want to have fun with this Summery trend in your sewing? Well, mix up a pina-colada and let's get creative!  I've teamed with our friends at Craft … [Read more...]

Make a Mosaic on Flickr

Learn how to make a mosaic table on Flickr with this easy tutorial. Step by step photos will help walk you through the process.

Make a Mosaic on Flickr In preparation for our mini quilt swap, we’re asking swap participants to make a mosaic on Flickr to showcase some of their favorite quilting styles, colors, and more. Even if you’re not participating in the swap, a Flickr mosaic is a great way to put together some of your favorite images - so follow along with this tutorial! Note: if you are swapping with us, … [Read more...]

Label Your Work with hand-made labels

Label your work with fabric sheets. Quick Tip on The Sewing Loft

Don't forget to sign your work!  That's right you should label your work. Fabric labels are easy to create and a great way to label your projects. Labels don't have to be fancy or expensive.  For instance, the label above was created on my computer with just a few clicks.  Your imagination is your only limitation!  Label your work with fabric sheets   Printable fabric sheets … [Read more...]

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...]

Giveaway: 40 Techniques with Gail Yellen

40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know Class Review and giveaway from Craftsy.

It's pretty clear that I love to share sewing tips and easy tricks to keep our projects looking professional but today, I get to take it a step further and giveaway a Craftsy class dedicated to sewing tips.  That's right Gail Yellen has teamed up with Craftsy to create this class demonstrating 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know. WIN THIS CLASS!!   Craftsy has generously offered … [Read more...]

Binding your quilt with school supplies

Binding your quilts with ease - quick tip on The Sewing Loft

Need an extra hand when binding your quilt?  Consider raiding your junk drawer! That's right, most junk drawers contain a TON of loose office and school supplies that can be used in our workrooms.  These binder clips are perfect for holding your binding in place or even a quilt sandwich. Binding Your Quilt   Just fold over your binding and clip in place.   Remove the clips as you … [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...]

How to Make Straight Grain Binding

Straight grain binding is perfect for quilts, mug rugs and pillows. Learn how to make and calculate yardage needed to create binding for your next project.

Now that we’ve discussed the debate between bias binding and straight grain binding, it’s time to round-up our Binding Basics series with a tutorial on making your own straight-grain binding. As a bonus, this “cheater binding” method will have seams that are angled to resemble bias binding.  This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Ready to get started?   Step 1: … [Read more...]

Mastering Zipper Techniques: Craftsy Class Review

Learn how to master zipper techniques with this free class on Craftsy.

It is no secret that I am a big fan of Craftsy. Not only are they a huge supporter of Indie Makers (like me) but they offer a huge selection of instructional videos. These videos offer amazing instructors and can be watched over and over, at anytime of day.  Even in your pj's! (total bonus)  So, when Craftsy approached me about writing a series and sharing a few giveaways with all of you, I had to … [Read more...]