Sew + Show #30

Hi everyone! Thank you for linking up to last week’s Sew + Show link party. The most clicked creation was a very sweet blouse by Maybe Say Yes:   Next up was a stunning wrap dress, by Fröbelina: And finally a beautiful floral dress by Peaches and Bees: Okay, on to the next party! Let’s throw in a prize! The […]

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Free Embroidery Project – Patriotic Coaster

Free Embroidery Project – Patriotic Coaster

Free Patriotic Coaster SKU: HEF0001P Using Homeembroidery.com’s Free HEF0001 – Patriotic Collage – America we’ve designed this Coaster. PDF instructions along with the embroidery design are included in this download. Download Now

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Free Embroidery Design – Applique Flower w/ Vinyl Window

Applique Flower w/ Vinyl Window Be the first to review this product SKU: HEF0002 Enjoy our very unique Applique flower with our new vinyl window technique. It will truly be a one of a kind in your sewout collection. Insert small items into …

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Free Project – american flag mason jar votive holders

Brighten your home or patio with these patriotic American Flag Mason Jar Votive Holders. Download Now

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Free Embroidery Design – Dog

Free Embroidery Design – Dog

Dog Design #: 863702 Size (in): 3.86″(w) x 3.90″(h) Size (mm): 98 x 99 Stitches: 6600 Colors: 6 Color Chart: View | Print $3.00  FREE Free Today Only Download Now

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Free Sewing Pattern – luggage tag pattern and tutorial

Free Sewing Pattern – luggage tag pattern and tutorial

Basic Skills Necessary: You will need to be able to control the speed of your sewing machine detailed cutting Sewing on a curve creating a buttonhole Pattern Description: Pattern and tutorial to make this modern luggage tag. Fun and different. This is a great pattern to practice and learn how to sew curves. Once you […]

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what we learned from your feedback: part II, how you stay in touch with us

Here is Part II of our series on what we learned from your responses to our recent survey. Today’s topic is how you stay in touch with us.

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Boho Trousers and Shorts Pattern Release

Introducing the newest E&E Pattern: the Boho Trousers & Shorts!  Available in sizes 6 months through 9 years, these loose-fitting, elastic-waisted trousers and shorts with side seam pockets are the epitome of comfort.  The leg opening…

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Free Emobroidery Design – Mouse 7

Free Emobroidery Design – Mouse 7

Mouse 7 Design #: 1133 Size (in): 3.66″(w) x 2.76″(h) Size (mm): 93 x 70 Stitches: 9280 Colors: 15 Color Chart: View | Print $1.00  FREE Free Today Only D0wnload Now

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Free Project – Panda Chinese Take Out Box

Free Project – Panda Chinese Take Out Box

This project, is in the style of a Chinese take out box. It combines the box from Cricut Projects Sweet Tooth Boxes, with the panda detail from Cricut Create A Critter. I used 2 contrasting pieces of red card, which really bring out the panda on the side of the box. This project is quick […]

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Free Embroidery Design – Prayer

Free Embroidery Design – Prayer

Today’s Free embroidery design from Embroidery Machine Design Free Today Only Download Now  

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Color Selection

Originally posted 2008-10-04 07:12:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter After my recent posting about selecting threads based on a choice of Watercolours, my friend Jan Fitzpatrick send me an email about her method of choosing thread colors along with this picture of a glorious Jean Hilton piece, French Perfume (available from Stitches from the Heart). […]

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May 2015 New Products

With the next TNNA market coming up in less than two weeks, there will be lots of new products coming out. Today and tomorrow I thought I’d give you a peek at some of them. JulieMar has several delightful new designs from the artist Kamala. One is a series of fashionable purses with either puppies […]

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Free Quilt Pattern – Tranquility

Free Quilt Pattern – Tranquility

  Advanced Level Quilt Quilt Size 60″ x 84″ Click below, scroll down the page and select “Tranquility Quilt” Click Here

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A Profile of Spoonflower’s Top Seller

In 2010 printmaker Andrea Lauren was putting her artwork on mirrors, calendars, buttons, and rings and selling them on Etsy. While browsing the Etsy forums one afternoon, a comment about the print-on-demand fabric company Spoonflower piqued her interest. She’d been searching for a way to print her art on fabric, and this seemed like the… 

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Spicy Red Pepper Dip

If you’ve ever had food restrictions in your diet for health or allergy reasons, you know that frustrating feeling of trying to find alternatives for some of your favorite snacks and meals. I did a pretty intense diet change a few years ago to try and correct some health issues I was having at the time, and the list of things that I could eat was so teeny tiny that…

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Dress Up Party – Pattern Review – Kzjo Studio Genavieve Dress

  This post is part of Dress Up Party. For contest rules, full details, and schedule, please click here! Today’s post is from Priscilla of Fashion and Fishing. Hey everyone! This is Priscilla of Fashion and Fishing writing to you today from the very hot but always beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina. My blog is mostly a… Read More

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Jocole Peplum Top Review

In my last post, I mentioned the Summer Capsule Wardrobe.  This event is being hosted by Becca over at Free Notion.  The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to have a small number of clothing items that you love and wear often.  No more closet stuffed full of clothing and feeling like you have nothing […]

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Pant Epiphany

A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger van Oech is all about being more creative by thinking differently. Among the many things he suggests doing are asking what if, looking for the second right answer, and viewing the situation from a backward persp…

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Giveaway: She Wears the Pants

A long time ago, when this blog was just a gleam in my eye, I had coffee with a writer Continue Reading →

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· Pink 1770s Round Gown ·

Well, it’s been far too long without an installment in the 18th c. category, don’t you agree??

About 7 years ago, I made this pink linen/cotton round gown.  It’s been well-loved since then, and it’s a fun one to change up with accessories!

This dress was an early creation, but it’s benefited from several updates over the years.  After a few years, I decided to dress it up a bit with self-fabric trim and I’m SO glad I did.  I was ready to call it “quits” with this dress, but that renewed my love for it. 🙂

The dress went through another stage of almost-neglect, until I discovered how much I loved it when paired with my ruffly apron and silk sash. 🙂
Pink is one of my favorite colors (although it’s been strikingly lacking of late!), so I’m glad I could restore this one to the “love” pile. 🙂

American Duchess “Kensington” shoes, embroidered clocked stockings from Colonial Williamsburg.

It is funny how you notice things more in pictures- I feel like these sleeves really need to be lengthened, so I guess that will be an update before the next wearing!  Also, I think I really need a new shift with shorter sleeves. 😛

En fourreau pleats are so fun, but shockingly this is my only garment to have them!
The en fourreau pleats release into the skirt, while the rest of the skirt is pleated into the waist seam.

I used JP Ryan’s pattern for this one- pretty much without alterations, I think!

Pleated trim and ruffles around the sleeve edges.
My miniature is a favorite, and I’ve almost discovered a way to keep it from flipping to the wrong side all. day. long!
Almost. ;-P
· Photos by Kathryn ·
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When The Family Picture Goes Awry

pictures went awryFamily photos are a required part of being a mom, but often the product reflects more of real life than we plan! I think we need to embrace reality!  They tell the story and are among my favorite pictures to look back on and giggle. Now that doesn’t mean we don’t keep trying for that […]

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Pimp My Sewing Room! How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

Do you like the cover that came with your ironing board? Is it still clean, or has it got interfacing gunk stuck all over it like ours did (ssshhh!)? Vanessa here today – I recently recovered the ironing board at T&TB HQ in a gorgeous yellow fabric, and thought I’d share with you how to go about it. A nice and easy project that will make you smile whenever you press those seams!

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

You will need:

  • Ironing board
  • Enough fabric to cover it – medium weight cotton is ideal (the fabric I used is from Ray Stitch)
  • Matching thread
  • Heat protective wadding – or reuse the stuff that’s already on your ironing board, like I did
  • Bias binding – a bit longer than the circumference of your ironing board
  • String – a bit longer than the circumference of your ironing board
  • Medium-large safety pin
  • Sewing machine and basic tools, including a chalk pencil or washable pen
  • Optional: Pattern paper
  • Optional: About 40cm (15in) of 1cm (3/8in) wide elastic

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

Remove your current ironing board cover. Lay your ironing board onto your fabric (or pattern paper if you want to make another one for later) and draw around it, 5cm (2in) away from the edge.

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

Cut your marked shape out of the fabric. If you’re adding new wadding, cut it to the exact size of the ironing board (I’m just going to add the stuff that’s already on the board).

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

Open out the bias binding and press one of the short ends under about 1cm (3/8in), wrong sides together.

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

With one of the long sides of the binding opened out, pin it to the raw edge of the fabric, right sides together. With the short end still pressed under, start stitching the binding to the fabric together along the fold nearest the raw edge…

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

When you are about 2cm (1in) from where you began, stop stitching and cut your binding with about 4cm (1½in) to spare. Fold this end under, pin and press with your fingers, then stitch over the folded edge, guiding it under the needle carefully.

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

Press the binding away from the fabric, then press it towards the wrong side of the fabric, rolling the seam under slightly. Pin the binding to the fabric, then edgestitch approximately 2mm (1/8in) from the folded edge.

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

You should now have a little self enclosed tube running around the underside of your fabric. Attach a safety pin to one end of the string. Post it into the tube and using both hands to push and pull, guide it right the way around the casing until it pops out the other side – make sure the end of the string doesn’t vanish inside the tube!

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

And now you will now have something resembling a shower cap ☺

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

Again making sure neither end of the string vanishes back into the casing, distribute the gathers out until it takes the shape of your ironing board. Remember – more gathering = more curves. Position your ironing board inside the cover, with the wadding in between, then tighten the string until it fits snuggly around the base. Tie a double bow as tight as you can to secure.

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

For extra security, you can stitch a piece of elastic to either side of the cover to secure it – not essential, I added this as an afterthought.

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

Give your new ironing board an iron (not something I ever thought I would be suggesting people do, but as zen a task as any). You now have a beautiful, clean and un-scorched ironing board!

This project has given us the bug for tarting up more stuff around the studio, so look out for more posts in our ‘Pimp Your Sewing Room’ series!

PS. Have you seen we’ve got new dates for our sewing workshops? Come and brush up your skills at our studio in South London. (You can use this ironing board if you like!)

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flounce

Top: Kaelen (on sale here). Shoes: Vince (on sale). Denim: Frame. Bag: Cuyana. Sunglasses: Karen Walker ‘Super Duper’. Also the Nordstrom Sale starts today – shop some of my picks below.

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STYLO magazine: issue 04

The latest issue of STYLO magazine has just been released and it’s jam packed full of inspiration for spring and summer. STYLO is a kids fashion magazine where every single item shown has been sewn by the contributors. There are … Continue reading

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Tried and True Pattern: Decades Everyday E.S.P. Dress

Hello, dear readers! I’m happy to share one of my favorite patterns — the Decades Everyday E.S.P. Dress! Decades Everyday is a “microline of patterns by Decades of Style.”  These are quick and easy patterns influenced by vintage designs.  They are super quick makes that live up to their slogan:  “Sew in a day and […]

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All Black Everything

 The second I bought this pair of heels online at Nordstrom, it immediately jumped to the top of the “Sexiest Pair of Sandals I Own” list. Love that they’ll dress up any pair of jeans in my closet. If you’re looking for an instant wardrobe update – nothing beats a very “now” pair of lace-up or gladiator style sandals. I’m sharing […]

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Work In Progress :: My Craft Hour

I love how we are all a work in progress.  I am slowly learning what works for me, and what does not.  One thing I have always known is I am not a night owl.  I never have been.  I remember at sleep overs as a kid I would always be the first to fall […]

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Pineapple Pocket Tutorial

This dress (and tons of amazing examples of artful sewing) can be found in Issue 4 of Stylo Magazine.  When the editors of Stylo Magazine contacted me a few months ago to sew some looks with fruit as an inspiration, I had no idea just how on point this request was going to be.  Now that summer clothes have arrived in stores and I’m seeing fruit everywhere I see that […]

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An odd pattern

There’s nothing like listing your sewing plans to remember other plans… I won’t tire you with additions to the list. My mental to-sew list could stretch on forever. I’m now working on something which was and wasn’t on my summer sewing list. Thes…

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