Holiday Mug Rug

Fussy Cut Mug Rug Hero

Holiday time is always so busy that sometimes, it is hard to start a new sewing project. Well, today's project is so simple that you can start and finish it in one quick session behind the machine. That's right, this holiday mug rug is that easy!     Holiday Mug Rug   This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Materials: fabric scraps cut into strips 7 … [Read more...]

Wrapping up the T-Shirt Quilt

T-shirt quilt WIP

Do not let the title of this post mislead you dear friends of First Fridays!!  It's your old friend TJ here from Studio Mailbox about to fill you in on the on-going saga of my quilting progress.  Last month I shared with you how I switched gears and started a T-Shirt quilt to practice my skills while getting a holiday gift ready.  I had fully expected to stroll in here and report how awesome it … [Read more...]

30+ Tips for Making Quilts

30 Ways to improve your quilts

Have you been wanting to make your first quilt, but you're not sure where to start? Or maybe you've dabbled with quilting here and there, but you're not getting the results you want, and you'd like to refine your skills. No matter your experience level, we've rounded up enough tips and tutorials to suit your needs. Read on for over 30 of them! Tips for Making Quilts, Part 1: Planning, … [Read more...]

Memory Quilts: Not Just for T-Shirts!

Learn how to turn those out worn clothing items into a one of a kind memory quilt. The Sewing Loft

Recently I posted a How-To on making your own T-shirt quilt. (You can find the first tutorial in that series here.) But maybe you don't have a lot of T-shirts lying around, waiting to be cut up for a quilt? That's okay! A memory quilt can be made out of so much more than just T-shirts! Now that you've mastered the basics with our free T-Shirt quilt tutorial, let's expand our horizons and think … [Read more...]

Kitchen Mat Cover Up Tutorial

Kitchen Mat Cover Up DIY. The Sewing Loft

I like to update my kitchen mat from time to time.  It helps keep things fresh and makes me feel like I have redecorated.  (total fake out!) I originally shared this kitchen mat cover up project during National Serger Month with BabyLock but wanted to remind you that this project is perfect for clearing out smaller fabrics in your stash. Kitchen Mat Cover Up   This project is for all … [Read more...]

How to Make a TShirt Quilt: Finishing

Mini Series. Learn how to make a tshirt quilt on The Sewing Loft

We have gathered, prepped and stitched our favorite tees into this amazing story.... Now what? Well, it is time to add  the batting, some simple quilting stitches, and attach our backing fabric. Did you miss the beginning of this series? Click here for Part 1 - Materials & Cutting. Then click here for Part 2 - Assembling the Quilt Top. Then get ready come back here and put it all together … [Read more...]

How to Make a Tee Shirt Quilt: Materials & Cutting

Learn how to make a tee shirt quilt with these easy step by step instructions. The Sewing Loft

Over the years, I have made countless memory quilts for clients.  The materials range from baby clothes to concert shirts to full-blown 3-piece suits. The excitement and joy my clients express during the "big reveal" of their memory quilt is always truly touching.  The one question that I am always asked is, "How did you do that?" This "How To"  series will walk you through the basics of … [Read more...]

Halloween Tote Bag Pattern| Bag O Bones

Halloween Tote Bag Pattern by The Sewing Loft

Halloween is right around the corner and it's a big day in my world. The girls just love dressing up and knocking on doors but safety is always my number one concern. Let's face it, the best time to go trick or treating in their eyes is at night.  Factor in the excitement level and darting across the street to see a friend and you can understand my concerns. (Sorry, it's just the mom in me!) So … [Read more...]

Sewing Differences

Sewing is so much more than just a needle and thread. Let's explore during National Sewing Month on The Sewing Loft.

Wasn't that sewing quiz fun!  It has really become clear to me that the simple act of sewing requires more than just a needle and thread. In fact, over the past few years I have dabbled and admired so many forms of sewing that I thought it would be fun to explore a few different areas during National Sewing Month. For anyone just joining our little sewing circle, National Sewing Month is a … [Read more...]