20 Easy Back to School Projects

20 Easy Back to School Projects

Are you ready to send your kids back to school? I know I am! Here at The Sewing Loft, we’ve got a whole collection of tutorials to help you put your personal touches on your kiddo’s back-to-school experience. Whether your little one is in preschool or almost finished with high school, there’s something here for everyone! Click on the links below to head to the individual tutorial posts. Easy … [Read more...]

Binding 101: All about the binding

Binding 101. Learn how to make and calculate yardage needed to create binding for your next project.

Our mini quilt swap is in full swing and it's time to stitch on the binding!  (Okay, I really wanted to say: "Time to make the donuts" but that might have been weird.) Back to reality. Even though you have carefully cut, stitched and pressed together all of those little pieces the last step can really be a nail bitter. So, I thought now would be a great time to review different ways to bind a … [Read more...]

Snippety Doo Dah

Sewing Large Quilt Pieces

Hello Lofty Sewers!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here bringing you an update on my quilt project this fine first Friday in August. Snip, snip, snip.  I am so proud to report that all the sewing is done.  Snip, snip.  And now all I have to do is go around - snip, snip - with these clippers - snip, snip - and cut these little lines - snip, snip - around more than 300 of these squares!  Argh.  … [Read more...]

How to Hang Your Mini Quilt

Learn the different ways to hang your small wall quilt. The Sewing Loft

Since we’re swapping mini quilts that can be used as wall art, I thought it might be helpful to give you some tips about how to hang your quilt and get them ready to display. There are a few different ways to hang a quilt on the wall - depending on the size of the quilt, some are better than others. Some of these methods require you to do something special on the quilt back as you’re sewing … [Read more...]

Mini Quilts: Block Inspiration

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! In order to inspire your mini quilt creations, we’re rounding up our favorite tutorials on various quilting blocks, shapes, and styles. Click on through and see what inspiration YOU can find! Mini Quilts: Block Inspiration   Try out the reverse applique technique and incorporate some of your favorite shapes and patterns! Make perfect points with our Flying … [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...]

Fun-Size Quilts Book & Giveaway

Fun-Size Quilts by Martingale

I am excited to see one of my designs released in the new book Fun-Size Quilts, published by Martingale. I should start off by sharing that projects like this take forever! I actually designed and created this pattern over 1 year ago.  The design process was pretty scary for me since as you all know, I am not a seasoned quilter.  I mean sure, I have created quilts for others and love to sew … [Read more...]

Mini Quilt Inspiration

Inspirational project ideas for Mini Quilts. The Sewing Loft

Are you getting excited about your mini quilt? Have you decided what type of pattern you’d like to try, or are you waiting for inspiration to strike? Here at The Sewing Loft HQ, we’re getting pretty stoked to see all those mini quilt pictures in the Flickr Pool  in a few weeks. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up some mini quilt pattern resources to inspire your creativity! Mini Quilt … [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...]