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Felt Gift Bag: A New One Minute Video and a Giveaway

When it comes to holiday get togethers, there’s nothing quite like showing up at your gathering with a nice bottle of wine. Bring your gift-giving game up a notch when you present your vino in this felt gift bag featuring … Continue reading

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Felt Gift Bag: A New One Minute Video and a Giveaway

When it comes to holiday get togethers, there’s nothing quite like showing up at your gathering with a nice bottle of wine. Bring your gift-giving game up a notch when you present your vino in this felt gift bag featuring … Continue reading

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DIY Natural Air Fresheners

Hey y’all, today’s project is a quick gift tutorial – how to make natural air fresheners. You can fill these with so many things, and half the fun for me was finding things to put in them and choosing which scraps to use to sew them. …

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Basic Macramé Knots (HLK + HRK)

The basic building blocks of most macramé projects, like friendship bracelets, are just two simple knots:…

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Sew a Pencil Roll – DIY Crayon Roll

Sew a Pencil Roll - DIY Crayon Roll - Tutorial by Melly SewsHey y’all, the theme for December is gifts, and I’m kicking off the month with a gift I made for myself. Today’s tutorial is how to sew a pencil roll, which can also be a crayon roll, a holder for knitting needles, a brush roll for paint…lots of creative tools can be stored this way! Read the Rest…

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Sew a Pencil Roll – DIY Crayon Roll

Sew a Pencil Roll - DIY Crayon Roll - Tutorial by Melly SewsHey y’all, the theme for December is gifts, and I’m kicking off the month with a gift I made for myself. Today’s tutorial is how to sew a pencil roll, which can also be a crayon roll, a holder for knitting needles, a brush roll for paint…lots of creative tools can be stored this way! Read the Rest…

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Two Gift Ideas for the Seamstress (Or the Wannabe Seamstress) in Your Life

If you’ve already purchased The Refashion Handbook and would like another gift idea for those seamstresses or seamsters in your life, you can get my class Learn to Upcycle & Refashion Sweaters from Annie’s Crafts. You can purchase it as … Continue reading

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Magic Loop

Magic Loop is a technique for working in the round that avoids the use of…

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Fixed Knot

A Fixed Knot is a basic beading technique used to put a knot exactly where…

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Beading Knot

A Beading Knot is a very basic, but critical, technique used to put a knot…

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Invisible Zipper Pillow Covers

How to Sew a Pillow with an Invisible Zipper - Pillow Cover with Zipper - Video tutorial by Melly SewsHey y’all, today’s project may not look particularly holiday themed, but sewing an invisible zipper pillow cover fits because it’s the EASIEST way to update your decor any time, particularly for holidays. You can make this in about 20 minutes and if you used fabric in the holiday colors, voila, holiday decor! Now I chose Read the Rest…

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Quilt as You Go – Sew a Pot Holder

Sew a quilt as you go pot holder - great scrapbuster - easy to make gift - DIY tutorial by Melly SewsWith all the cooking coming up this week for Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share this quilt as you go pot holder tutorial. It’s and easy way to sew a pot holder, a great way to use scraps, and a perfect gift for the cook. To make one, you’ll need: 1/2” wide double fold bias tape, Read the Rest…

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Quilt as You Go – Sew a Pot Holder

Sew a quilt as you go pot holder - great scrapbuster - easy to make gift - DIY tutorial by Melly SewsWith all the cooking coming up this week for Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share this quilt as you go pot holder tutorial. It’s and easy way to sew a pot holder, a great way to use scraps, and a perfect gift for the cook. To make one, you’ll need: 1/2” wide double fold bias tape, Read the Rest…

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Sew Pajamas

How to sew pajamas - make kid's pajamas in any size for a whole crowd - tutorial with video by Melly SewsHey y’all, it’s that time of year again, when I sew pajamas for all the cousins. And since we added a cousin this year, it was 5 sets to sew. Luckily the newest cousin is stinking adorable! This year I used prints from the Neverland collection that Riley Blake kindly sent to me. I just Read the Rest…

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Some video tutorials – Machine Tension for FMQ and Feature Zippers

I’ve been making videos again, this time I created one about the happy accident when I made the hole for the zip too big on an internal pocket. If you want to recreate this, I’ll show you how to do that without raw edges causing problems. It’s best to choose a solid or a small […]

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Sew a Travel Size Tissue Holder

Make a Travel Size Tissue Holder - Great gift for teachers, neighbors, family and co-workers - Video and Tutorial by Melly SewsHey y’all – welcome to November where the theme here is Holidays! In keeping with that theme, I’ve got a scrapbuster type gift that’s practical and useful too – a tutorial to sew a travel size tissue holder. These are super easy to make, and you only need these supplies: 6 1/4 inch by 7 Read the Rest…

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how to do a full sleeve adjustment

Have you ever found when you are sewing for yourself that a sleeve is a little too tight for your arm or for your fit preference? If so, this is a tutorial for you. Liesl demonstrates how to alter the sleeve pattern piece to add some extra room or to make it narrower.

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Football Costumes – Football Player Costume, Cheerleader Costume and more

DIY Football Costumes - How to Make a Football Player Costume, How to Make a Cheerleader Costume, How to Make a Dance Squad Costume - Melly Sews Group Halloween CostumeHey y’all, Happy Halloween! I’m sharing this year’s costumes today, and this may be the last group costume this bunch agrees to do. But after a lot of negotiation, they did agree to go as a football crew – costumes a lot like real every day life in the fall for us. I appreciated this Read the Rest…

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Mini Herringbone

This is a beautiful stitch pattern with an all-over texture that alludes to a classic…

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Video: Selvage Zipper Pouch

Here’s a free video tutorial on how to make a Selvage Zipper Pouch. Zipper pouches are really easy to make and are a great start into bag-making for all of you potential bag ladies out there! And who doesn’t have selvages! Before you start the video, please download the cutting instructions and template here: (video […]

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Video: Selvage Zipper Pouch

Here’s a free video tutorial on how to make a Selvage Zipper Pouch. Zipper pouches are really easy to make and are a great start into bag-making for all of you potential bag ladies out there! And who doesn’t have selvages! Before you start the video, please download the cutting instructions and template here: (video […]

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Video: How to Make and Attach Piping to a Bag

Check out the method that I use for utilizing fusible interfacing to make and attach piping to a bag. It makes the process quick and easy, and your piping will look crisp and professional! Enjoy this free video! If you enjoyed this video, don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, where you can watch future videos […]

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Video: How to Use a Rivet Press

Rivet presses are confusing! What size dies do I get? Which rivets and grommets go with those dies? So many numbers and so many options. I’m levelling the playing field with this free video, showing you my rivet press, what dies I own, and how they work. I purchased my rivet press and dies from […]

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henley t-shirt tutorial

Thanks to Elisabeth we have a great tutorial for you today. She got clever by hacking the School Bus T-shirt with the placket from the Parachute Polo in order to create a henley t-shirt.

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Lifted Increases (RLI + LLI)

The Lifted Increase method is also known as a Raised Increase, and even sometimes as…

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Basic Hand Embroidery Stitches

How to Embroider - Basic Hand Embroidery Stitches - How to Back Stitch - How to Sew a French Knot - How to Sew a Satin Stitch - Melly SewsHey y’all – today we’re going to talk about how to embroider by hand, and how to do 3 very basic embroidery stitches: the back stitch, the French knot and the satin stitch. Last week when I posted my embroidered Valetta top I realized I didn’t have a good guide for the 3 stitches used in Read the Rest…

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Braided Ribbing

Braided Ribbing Stitch is a beautiful cable stitch that you work right on the needles,…

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How to Make a Fabric Print – Print Repeat

How to Make Pattern Repeats - Tutorial for Making Fabric Prints - Melly SewsHey y’all – we’re wrapping up Prints Month today and I wanted to leave you with the fleshed out tutorial of something I did in my Instagram Stories a while back that got a lot of interest – how to make fabric prints and how to make a print repeat, aka pattern repeat. It’s pretty easy Read the Rest…

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LANDER SEWALONG DAY 5 – WAISTBAND / BUTTONS / HEM

Welcome back for the last day of the Lander sewalong. I am so excited to finish these up and see all of your versions. Let’s get started.   Step 20 – First thing we are going to do is baste the side seams and check for fit. To create a basting stitch, all you need to do is lengthen your stitch length as far as it goes so that it’s easy to unpick if need be. Flip the back pant around so that the right side of the back and right side of the front are touching. Line up the side seams and pin. Baste at a 1” seam allowance. The 1″ seam allowance gives you lots of wiggle room in case you need to let it out a bit around the hip etc… Try the pants on, and adjust as necessary. Make sure that you pin the fly closed when you try them on to get an accurate idea of fit once the buttons are on. You may also want to try them on inside out so that you can easily pin the areas you want to adjust. (The seam allowance at the waist must stay at 1” so […]

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