Random Acts of Sewing Kindness

Hello friends of first Fridays!  It's your old pal TJ from Studio Mailbox, here to roll out our plans for 2016.  I texted Heather while I was formulating this post and she suggested coming up with a theme for the year.  My heart sank like a dude who thinks he's getting trapped into a committed relationship.  A whole theme? I thought, Well, I suppose if I'm going to be spending the first Friday of … [Read more...]

Sister Sampler Quilts Review & Giveaway

This post may contain affiliate links  to products I love and use.  I am pretty excited to share a new book hitting the market with you today! One of my sewing buddies AnneMarie Chany has just released a new book and I am in love! For those of you just starting out, AnneMarie walks you through each block step by step with both full color illustrations and photo images. I found this … [Read more...]

How to Measure Your Body

Let's face it, no one wants to think about how to measure your body but it is SO important! The truth is, no sewist wants is to go through the long process of sewing a garment, only to find out that it doesn't fit. Not only is it disappointing but it's extremely frustrating. How to Measure Your Body   There are a few ways we can try to avoid this problem, and the biggest solution is … [Read more...]

Top 5 Avoided Sewing Projects

Facebook Discussion- What's your "must avoid" project? It all started off so innocent. It was Sunday afternoon and dear hubby just asked me to do my least favorite sewing project..... Hem pants. https://www.facebook.com/TheSewingLoftFB/posts/652544264798313 What started off as just a simple post update on Facebook one Sunday afternoon turned into an explosion of comments on worst sewing … [Read more...]

My Sewing Plan for 2016

Each year I vow to spend more time with my girls, laugh a little louder and smile more often but this year, I'm adding something new. Well correction, I am actually determined to take something off my plate.... My computer! Welcome to my Sewing Plan My motto for 2016 will be - What that means in a nutshell is less time sitting in front of my computer and more time here. Sitting … [Read more...]

Simmer & Sew | Carving out Time

This post contains affiliate links to products I own, use and love. Carving out time to sew is always tough for me. I tend to feel guilty that I'm not doing things around the house like laundry, leaves, listening and more. At times I really feel like I should be in the Michael Keaton movie Multiplicity with the clones giving me a hand... But that is all about to change! As of this … [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...]

Totally Tulle Tutu

Do you ever use tulle when sewing? From time to time I have used it in bunches! Really by the truck load.  I once bought over 500 yards to make batches and batches of tutus. Now, you would think that would take up a boatload of room in the work space but when wrapped up on the roll, tulle is really compact. It's when you layer, fold and scrunch the tulle together that the start to see the … [Read more...]

Easy Skirt Tutorial- Picture Perfect

There is nothing sweeter than some instant satisfaction when sewing. I think that's one of the reasons why I love sharing easy skirt tutorials. But today's  project has even more meaning. You see, each year the girls over at Simple Simon & Co collect skirts to donate to girls in foster care. Isn't that just awesome!  You can find out more about Skirting the Issue and stitch up a few to share … [Read more...]