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...]

Mastering Zipper Techniques: Craftsy Class Review

Learn how to master zipper techniques with this free class on Craftsy.

It is no secret that I am a big fan of Craftsy. Not only are they a huge supporter of Indie Makers (like me) but they offer a huge selection of instructional videos. These videos offer amazing instructors and can be watched over and over, at anytime of day.  Even in your pj's! (total bonus)  So, when Craftsy approached me about writing a series and sharing a few giveaways with all of you, I had to … [Read more...]

Ways to use Freezer Paper in the Workroom

Learn how to use freezer paper in sewing. The Sewing Loft

Did you know that one of the most useful tools for your sewing room can actually be found in your local grocery storer kitchen drawer? That’s right - freezer paper has a variety of uses in the world of sewing, and once you learn to use it properly you’ll want to keep a box handy all the time! Tips for Using Freezer Paper in Your Sewing Projects: Use freezer paper to help you cut … [Read more...]

Binding: Bias vs. Straight Grain

Learn the difference between straight-grain and bias binding. The article also shares how, when and where to use them.

We all know that binding has a variety of uses in the sewing room - from finishing the edges of quilted items to hemming garments. In general, the term “binding” just applies to a folded piece of fabric that goes over or around the edge of something, but there are two main types of binding - bias and straight grain - and there’s a good bit of debate about which type is better for certain … [Read more...]

Printing PDF Patterns at home

Learn how to assemble printed pdf patterns. The Sewing Loft

These days, if you get inspired to start a sewing project, you don’t have to make a trip to the fabric shop to sort through binders and drawers full of patterns. There are several resources available to download sewing patterns online - from sites like Etsy or Craftsy, online fabric retailers, and even sewing designers’ web sites. Just click to buy and print, and the pattern is ready to … [Read more...]