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...]

No Sew Seam Closure

Easy No Sew Seam Closure | The Sewing Loft

Can I share a secret? Sometimes, when I have a small opening to close, I cheat! That's right, I break out the Steam A Seam and iron that baby shut.  I know that might be a real shocker but it's true and I don't sweat it - not one little bit.   For those who have never used Steam A Seam before let me explain. This little sewing notion comes in a pre packaged box (pictured above), is … [Read more...]

Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z

Sewing Machine Feet A to Z Craftsy Free Class Review The Sewing Loft

Did you know that some of the most amazing sewing details are created by the change of a presser foot?  I know what you're thinking.... how can a simple piece of metal improve my sewing? Isn't it my skill set that's driving the bus?  Well, that is partly true. Your skills are super important but the tools.... sometimes the tools make all the difference! Now, we have already chatted … [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...]

Label Your Work with hand-made labels

Label your work with fabric sheets. Quick Tip on The Sewing Loft

Don't forget to sign your work!  That's right you should label your work. Fabric labels are easy to create and a great way to label your projects. Labels don't have to be fancy or expensive.  For instance, the label above was created on my computer with just a few clicks.  Your imagination is your only limitation!  Label your work with fabric sheets   Printable fabric sheets … [Read more...]

Giveaway: 40 Techniques with Gail Yellen

40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know Class Review and giveaway from Craftsy.

It's pretty clear that I love to share sewing tips and easy tricks to keep our projects looking professional but today, I get to take it a step further and giveaway a Craftsy class dedicated to sewing tips.  That's right Gail Yellen has teamed up with Craftsy to create this class demonstrating 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know. WIN THIS CLASS!!   Craftsy has generously offered … [Read more...]

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...]

Wednesday WIP

Bust through your scraps with these easy triangles. The Sewing Loft

Today's WIP is totally random.   It was late Monday night and for some strange reason I could not sleep.  I just kept rehashing a few crazy things that happened during the day and could not find peace.  After tossing and turning and listening to the dog snore for about an hour, I finally decided to get up. (Ever have one of these nights?) Well, I was determined not to waste the insomnia. … [Read more...]

How to Make Straight Grain Binding

Straight grain binding is perfect for quilts, mug rugs and pillows. Learn how to make and calculate yardage needed to create binding for your next project.

Now that we’ve discussed the debate between bias binding and straight grain binding, it’s time to round-up our Binding Basics series with a tutorial on making your own straight-grain binding. As a bonus, this “cheater binding” method will have seams that are angled to resemble bias binding.  This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Ready to get started?   Step 1: … [Read more...]