Vintage Thread Spools DIY Project

Know that we know thread has a shelf life, let's explore creative uses for our vintage spool collection! Vintage Thread Spools   Not only are these ideas creatively cool but they are so easy to achieve. Be prepared to think beyond your sewing space. Vintage spools make the perfect place cards for any special occasion.   2.  Thread spool turned pincushion. 3. … [Read more...]

Putting the On Back in Apron

Hello friend's of first Fridays!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here in an attempt to bring you a few laughs.  Last month I joined in with my project for scrappy journal book covers but this month I'm back on track with our regularly scheduled monthly dose of sewing humor. Was it just me or was September cray-cray?  Over here it was the kind of busy where every aspect of my life felt like it was … [Read more...]

T Shirt Quilt Journey with Lady A

This summer my oldest daughter dove into sewing in a whole new way. One of her biggest projects was a t shirt quilt and today, she is here sharing her story. Please give a warm welcome to my oldest, Lady A. I started out by picking out all of my shirts and cutting them up to all around the average size (13”x13”) making sure to include the logos on them.*  Once you have them all nice and cut … [Read more...]

Ruffle Flag Pillow How To

Last week, I shared a sewing technique for creating a Reverse Applique.  Today, is all about finishing the project.  This ruffle flag pillow is the perfect way to freshen up my outdoor space and summer naps in the sun! Ruffle Flag Pillow This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Materials: scrap fabric pillow insert Tools: sewing machine thread Basic … [Read more...]

100 Ways to Upcycle your clothing

If you've got a closet full of clothing that doesn't fit or isn't flattering, you don't have to dump it all at the thrift store drop-off. There's another solution: upcycle it! That old clothing is actually like having an extra stash of fabric, ready to be sewn! Whether you convert it into something more wearable for you or turn it into something completely different, the possibilities are … [Read more...]

Wrapping up the T-Shirt Quilt

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...]

Memory Quilts: Not Just for T-Shirts!

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...]

How to Make a TShirt Quilt: Finishing

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

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...]