Pincushion Cottage Video Class

Learn how to use your edge joining foot while making this pincushion cottage house. This free video class is part of the BabyLock Sew at Home Series with Heather Valentine from The Sewing Loft.

Today's project combines a few of my favorite things- fun prints, free motion stitching and of course, pincushions! This little pincushion cottage is so cute that you will want to make a village. Oh and I almost forgot, thanks to Baby Lock and our Sew at Home video series, I get to walk you through the project step by step in class. During class I will show you how easy it is to add … [Read more...]

Add Dimension with Fusible Fleece: Quick Tip

Fusible Fleece Adds Dimension | The Sewing Loft

Layering fabric provides instant visual depth to any sewing project.  But today, I want to show you how to take layering to a whole different level. Let's talk about adding dimension with the help of our friend, fusible fleece. Adding Dimension with Fusible Fleece   I know, I know.  This is something you are used to layering on the inside of a project and not have it exposed.   Well, … [Read more...]

Half Square Triangles | Quilting Basics

Learn different techniques for making half square triangles. Some will have you stitching up many at a time. The Sewing Loft

Half square triangles are a quilt shape with a fairly transparent name: they’re triangles that are made from half a square each.   There are several ways to make half square triangles (commonly abbreviated HSTs in the quilting world), and every quilter tends to find her own preference for making them. Do you have a favorite method for making HSTs? If not, follow along with us as we … [Read more...]

Fabric Bowls Video Class

Learn how to make fabric bowls in this free video class with Heather from The Sewing Loft.

Everyone needs storage for those pretty little things in life and these fabric bowls are perfect. Join me today and learn how to make these pretty fabric bowls in the Baby Lock Sew at Home video series. During the class, I will be sharing easy tips on how to create these fabric bowls, adding stability with a secret supply and use the felling foot to showcase your … [Read more...]

Modern Placemats Video Class

Learn how to make these modern placements with The Sewing Loft in this video class on Sew at Home.

I'm excited to share my next project class in the Baby Lock Sew at Home series, Modern Placemats. In class we will be exploring how to evenly space our straight stitching with the aide of the quilting foot with 1/4" guide. This foot is pretty incredible and can be used on many different types of sewing projects. Let's take a quick peek at the foot in action. During the class, … [Read more...]

Square Quilt Shapes

The square quilt is a standard shape commonly found in many quilts. Learn tips on how to perfect the technique and see layout examples. The Sewing Loft

If you’re ready to start quilting, the easiest and most basic form of a quilt shape to make is the simple patchwork square pattern. With patchwork squares, you can make a random pattern or one with a graphic design to it, like these: In order to make the most professional-looking patchwork quilt, the key is to cut squares that are perfectly square in shape, and then to sew them into a quilt … [Read more...]

Add cross stitch to your sewing projects

Add a simple cross stitch detail to your next project. Learn the basics. The Sewing Loft

Cross stitching has gained popularity in the last few years - it's not just for samplers and handkerchiefs any more! If you've ever wanted to learn more about cross stitch and how to incorporate it into your regular sewing projects, read on! Let's get started with a basic definition: Cross Stitch noun. a stitch in which pairs of diagonal stitches of the same length cross each other … [Read more...]

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...]