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...]

Like Sewing Water

Minky, Soft and Cuddly fabric cutting

Hello Friends of First Fridays and a Happy 4th of July to my US peeps!  It's your old friend TJ from Studio Mailbox here to share with you where I'm at on my quilt project.  Can you believe it's July and officially more than half way through the year?  *Gulp* Last month I posted about the backside of the quilt and how I chose the softest cuddliest fabric imaginable to finish this baby off.  As … [Read more...]

The Backside Story

Sewing Cartoon

Hello friends of First Friday's!  It's your friend TJ here to fill you in on the what's been happening with my quilt project. Last month we left off with my layout decisions made and my rows neatly stacked like proud soldiers.  I strutted around completely and utterly proud of myself until one tiny nagging detail crept in: the backside. OMG this thing needs a backside. Susan had suggested … [Read more...]

Dye Painting Fabric Tips & Tricks

Dye Painting on fabric is an easy and fun way to add color and design to your project. Learn tips and techniques. The Sewing Loft

Did you know that you can actually use fabric dyes as paint in order to create a dyed design on your fabric pieces? This method is like a combination of the techniques used for fabric painting and fabric dyeing.   Gather your materials: fabric dyes squirt bottles (the kind you can buy for salad dressing or ketchup at retail/grocery stores) paint or sponge brushes protective materials … [Read more...]

100+ Free Skirt Patterns

100+ free skirt patterns. Easy sewing for any skill level. The Sewing Loft

Nothing says skirt season like warm weather!  They are easy to make, forgiving in fit and come in so many varieties! So, to help kick off my summer sewing, I have rounded up over 100 free skirt patterns to help get you started. 100+ Free Skirt Patterns This list is pretty AH-MAZ-ING and includes something for everyone on your list!     1. No Sew Shirt … [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...]

Dip Dyeing Fabric

Dip Dyeing fabric is the perfect way to breathe new life into old fabric. Learn tips and tricks during the fabric dyeing series on The Sewing Loft

Similar to tie dyeing, dip dyeing fabric involves submerging your fabric into a bucket or vat of dye to make it a different color. Use dip dyeing if you want to dye an entire piece a new color or if you want to get a striped or ombre effect to your fabric.   Gather your materials: In order to dip dye fabric, you will need: fabric dyes fabric or a garment to dye a large bucket (one for … [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...]