Like Sewing Water

Minky, Soft and Cuddly fabric cutting

Hello Friends of First Fridays and a Happy 4th of July to my US peeps!  It's your old friend TJ from Studio Mailbox here to share with you where I'm at on my quilt project.  Can you believe it's July and officially more than half way through the year?  *Gulp* Last month I posted about the backside of the quilt and how I chose the softest cuddliest fabric imaginable to finish this baby off.  As … [Read more...]

The Backside Story

Sewing Cartoon

Hello friends of First Friday's!  It's your friend TJ here to fill you in on the what's been happening with my quilt project. Last month we left off with my layout decisions made and my rows neatly stacked like proud soldiers.  I strutted around completely and utterly proud of myself until one tiny nagging detail crept in: the backside. OMG this thing needs a backside. Susan had suggested … [Read more...]

100+ Free Skirt Patterns

100+ free skirt patterns. Easy sewing for any skill level. The Sewing Loft

Nothing says skirt season like warm weather!  They are easy to make, forgiving in fit and come in so many varieties! So, to help kick off my summer sewing, I have rounded up over 100 free skirt patterns to help get you started. 100+ Free Skirt Patterns This list is pretty AH-MAZ-ING and includes something for everyone on your list!     1. No Sew Shirt … [Read more...]

Ombre Dip Dye Effect on Fabric

Ombre Dip Dye Feature

Yesterday we chatted about dip dyeing our fabrics to achieve a new look and today I want to show you how to create a simple ombre dip dye effect with your fabric dye.  The technique is crazy simple and can be finished in an afternoon. Ombre Dip Dye   This project is for stitchers of all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button   Supplies: fabric dyes fabric or a garment to … [Read more...]

Dip Dyeing Fabric

Dip Dyeing fabric is the perfect way to breathe new life into old fabric. Learn tips and tricks during the fabric dyeing series on The Sewing Loft

Similar to tie dyeing, dip dyeing fabric involves submerging your fabric into a bucket or vat of dye to make it a different color. Use dip dyeing if you want to dye an entire piece a new color or if you want to get a striped or ombre effect to your fabric.   Gather your materials: In order to dip dye fabric, you will need: fabric dyes fabric or a garment to dye a large bucket (one for … [Read more...]

Quilt Puzzle

This denim quilt puzzle needs a layout.

Hello friends of first Fridays!  It's your old pal TJ here to update you on my Quilt project. Last month we left off as I was trying to figure out which colors to use.  I need to start out by saying how much I appreciate all the advice, help and feedback.  You guys have offered up so many good tips that my head's been spinning.   The latest idea that I just can't shake came from Heidi who … [Read more...]

Quilt of Many Colors

Vintage Denim

Hello Friends of First Friday!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here to share with you where I'm at on my denim quilt project.  Thanks to everybody who piped up and took the time to comment on this project sew far.  *cymbal crash* Now that I'm finally working through my hoarded stash I have quickly realized a few key things: 1) Some of this stuff is O-L-D (can you say acid wash?) 2) Some of … [Read more...]

Leather Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

Don't be afraid of alternative fabrics. This leather cuff bracelet is easy to make. The Sewing Loft

It is no secret that I love me a good leather cuff bracelet!  I wear them all the time to the point of excess.  Anyway, since we have been chatting about some simple leather sewing techniques, I thought it would be fun to share an easy tutorial. Leather Cuff Bracelet This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Supplies: leather scraps scrap fabric button or … [Read more...]

Start with a Clean Slate

Start with a clean slate. Studio Mailbox via The Sewing Loft

Hello faithful friends of First Fridays at The Sewing Loft! Last month I popped in to announce that I would be sharing the story of my denim quilt project.  And during this process something funny happened that made me realize I needed to come clean and be honest about the way any big project gets undertaken around here. It usually starts with a mass cleanup. It struck home when I took in … [Read more...]