Book Bag: Smart like a Fox Pattern

Keep your child excited about reading with this easy to make Smart like a Fox Book bag. How to includes a free fox template. The Sewing Loft

Encourage your child to read with this easy to make Smart like a Fox book bag.  The fox applique can be sewn on by machine or ironed on for an easy no sew option in just minutes.  Smart like a Fox Pattern  This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Supplies: Fabric Plain tote bag or surface of your choice Paper backed fusible Embroidery floss Fox … [Read more...]

Mini Quilts: Helpful Sewing Tips & Tricks

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.

Hello, swappers! As you prepare to make your mini quilt, we thought it might help to round up some useful tutorials for you. Whether you want to make your sewing look its best or you want to try out a new technique on a mini-sized project, these tutorials will foot the bill! Mini Quilt: Helpful Sewing Tips & Tricks   Using your Sewing Machine: Brush up on your quilting foot … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Kettle Dyeing Fabric or Yarn

Breathe new life into fabric or yarn with Kettle Dyeing Learn tips and tricks during the fabric dyeing series on The Sewing Loft

Kettle dyeing your fabric gives slightly less predictable results, but with a little practice it can be an excellent way to create beautiful, variegated designs onto your fabrics. This method will work best with an undyed fabric, such as unbleached muslin or undyed silk scarves.   Gather your materials: In order to kettle dye fabric at home, you will need: a stock pot a large wooden or … [Read more...]

Ombre Dip Dye Effect on Fabric

Ombre Dip Dye Feature

Yesterday we chatted about dip dyeing our fabrics to achieve a new look and today I want to show you how to create a simple ombre dip dye effect with your fabric dye.  The technique is crazy simple and can be finished in an afternoon. Ombre Dip Dye   This project is for stitchers of all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button   Supplies: fabric dyes fabric or a garment to … [Read more...]