Sewing Machine Mat How To

Use shelf paper to create a sewing machine mat. The Sewing Loft

Many of us share a work surface to sew on. It could be the dining room table, a small desk or even the kitchen counter. (don't judge, I've done it!) I've tried a bunch of different things to prevent scratching the surface, including a bath towel. This helped prevent scratching but not reduce the noise or the shaking. To help solve my issue, bust through my scrap bucket and stitch something … [Read more...]

How to Create Scrap Binding

Turn leftover fabric scraps into quilt binding. How to make scrap binding. The Sewing Loft

When I have extra fabric pieces that are not quite large enough for a full project, I toss them into the scrap basket for another day. Well, today is that day! I'm going to turn most of them into scrap binding. This binding can be used for many things from a quilt, mug rug to piping. For me, I love the way the different patterns come together and play off each other.  How to Create Scrap … [Read more...]

Top 5 Sewing Tutorials and Tips for 2014

Top 5 Tutorials of 2014 on The Sewing Loft

It has been a big year here at The Sewing Loft! Of all the sewing tutorials and tips we've published recently, here were the Top 5 of 2014 (click on the image to go to the post):     5. Sew a Scrap Bucket - use up some scraps to make it, and then use it to store your other scraps when you're finished!   4. Improve your Sewing Skills - These simple steps are … [Read more...]

Holiday Mug Rug

Fussy Cut Mug Rug Hero

Holiday time is always so busy that sometimes, it is hard to start a new sewing project. Well, today's project is so simple that you can start and finish it in one quick session behind the machine. That's right, this holiday mug rug is that easy!     Holiday Mug Rug   This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Materials: fabric scraps cut into strips 7 … [Read more...]

Reindeer Candy Cane Holders

Reindeer Candy Cane Holder How To | The Sewing Loft

Happy December! Now, that all the Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales are over, it's time to settle down and work on the fun things.  These reindeer candy cane holders are perfect for the holidays. You can hang them on the tree, attach them to packages or hand them out as a quick thank you.  Reindeer Candy Cane Holders   This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 … [Read more...]

Embroidered Cuff

Embroidered Cuff Bracelet | The Sewing Loft

As promised, here is another fun project that I shared at fall quilt market. These embroidered cuff bracelets are super cool!   Embroidered Cuff Bracelet   This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Supplies: 8" fold over braid trim 7/16" snap fastener assorted embroidery floss Tools:  Scissors Awl Plier Kit Crewel Sewing Needle Basic … [Read more...]

Kitchen Mat Cover Up Tutorial

Kitchen Mat Cover Up DIY. The Sewing Loft

I like to update my kitchen mat from time to time.  It helps keep things fresh and makes me feel like I have redecorated.  (total fake out!) I originally shared this kitchen mat cover up project during National Serger Month with BabyLock but wanted to remind you that this project is perfect for clearing out smaller fabrics in your stash. Kitchen Mat Cover Up   This project is for all … [Read more...]

How to Make a TShirt Quilt: Finishing

Mini Series. Learn how to make a tshirt quilt on The Sewing Loft

We have gathered, prepped and stitched our favorite tees into this amazing story.... Now what? Well, it is time to add  the batting, some simple quilting stitches, and attach our backing fabric. Did you miss the beginning of this series? Click here for Part 1 - Materials & Cutting. Then click here for Part 2 - Assembling the Quilt Top. Then get ready come back here and put it all together … [Read more...]

How to Make a Tee Shirt Quilt: Materials & Cutting

Learn how to make a tee shirt quilt with these easy step by step instructions. The Sewing Loft

Over the years, I have made countless memory quilts for clients.  The materials range from baby clothes to concert shirts to full-blown 3-piece suits. The excitement and joy my clients express during the "big reveal" of their memory quilt is always truly touching.  The one question that I am always asked is, "How did you do that?" This "How To"  series will walk you through the basics of … [Read more...]