How to replace a zipper

Don't toss your favorite jeans, learn how to replace the zipper instead. The Sewing Loft

When a garment zipper breaks, it can be tempting to toss the whole garment into the trash (or to salvage the materials for your sewing stash, which isn’t always a bad thing!). The next time you think about tossing a favorite item, take a minute to try replacing the zipper first. You’ll save your wardrobe AND your wallet at the same time! We’ve got instructions for replacing a zipper in the … [Read more...]

20+ Free Mini Skirt Patterns

Update your wardrobe with over 20 free mini skirt patterns. Many are so easy you can make them today and wear them tonight. The Sewing Loft

Summer is almost here and it's time to gear up. That means mini skirts and tee shirts in my book! Here are 20 fun mini skirt patterns to add to your wardrobe today. Many are so easy that you can make them today and wear them tonight! 20+ Free Mini Skirt Patterns   1.  15 Minute Skirt (any size) 2. Boardwalk Skirt (6 months to 14 years old) 3. Chalk Lines 4. Easy Elastic … [Read more...]

Pincushion Wall Art Video Class

Learn how to make this applique pincushion wall art in this free video class with Heather from The Sewing Loft.

I’m excited to share my next project class in the Baby Lock Sew at Home series, Pincushion Wall Art. During the class, I'll be sharing easy tips on how to transform simple artwork into an applique template, demonstrate how to use the braiding foot to add dimension to a project and outline your design with some free motion stitching. Here is a quick clip from class to give you an idea … [Read more...]

29 Free eBooks Just for You!

Learn something new with one of these 29 free ebooks from Craftsy.

Last week I shared 16 free online sewing classes from Craftsy and today, I thought it would be fun to follow-up with this sweet list of 22 free ebooks. They offer a wide range of topics from cake decorating to scrapbooking. Heck, there are even books on gardening and wood-turning!   29 Free eBooks   Really, there is something for everyone. So, take a look below and click the … [Read more...]

Pintuck Mini Wallet Video Class

Learn how to create pin tucks and make this mini wallet in my free video class with Sew at Home. The Sewing Loft

Learn how to create a simple pintuck in my new free video class with Baby Lock on Sew at Home. Pintucks are such an easy way to add small details on any project, including the simple ones. In today's addition of the Sew at Home Baby Lock series, I'll be demonstrating just how easy it is create pin tucks to any project, add stability to your fabric and clean finish a seam without stitching. … [Read more...]

100 Ways to Upcycle your clothing

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If you've got a closet full of clothing that doesn't fit or isn't flattering, you don't have to dump it all at the thrift store drop-off. There's another solution: upcycle it! That old clothing is actually like having an extra stash of fabric, ready to be sewn! Whether you convert it into something more wearable for you or turn it into something completely different, the possibilities are … [Read more...]

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...]