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...]

Fabric Painting Techniques

Learn how to transform fabric with simple tips and techniques. Part of a fabric dyeing mini series on The Sewing Loft.

Welcome to the first post in our series on fabric painting and dyeing! Are you ready to transform that old fabric in your stash? Perhaps the easiest method for changing the look of your fabric is to paint it. This method also works really well if you have a piece of fabric or a garment that has a stain on it - paint over the stain and add a little more paint to the rest of the item and- voila!- no … [Read more...]

Quilt Box Organization & Giveaway

Keep projects organized with these simple tips and this quilt box giveaway. The Sewing Loft

Things have been crazy here and this quilt box collection is just what I needed!  Sometimes you have to stop and organize. Today's work in progress is something that I struggle with.  That's right, the task of organizing my space always puts me in a tail spin.  Chewie gets to see my space in all its creative glory (umm, I mean mess!) on the average day but today, I am excited and somewhat … [Read more...]