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...]

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...]

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...]

Indygo Junction Dimensional Denim

Take a look at Indygo Junction's new book Dimensional Denim. It shares creative ideas for fabric manipulation techniques and easy projects for home and fashion.

I'm excited to share the news about Amy Barickman's new book Dimensional Denim.  The book shares creative ideas for fabric manipulation techniques and easy projects for home and fashion. I mean come on - just look at those images!  You know this book is gonna be good.  Here are a few of my favorite projects. Personally, I have always been inspired by the simplicity of solids.  Something about the … [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...]

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...]

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...]