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Featured Blog Posts – January 2011 Archive (20)

Spot Fusing vs. Block Fusing Interfacing, a Modern Tailor's Method {TUTORIAL}

Block fusing is a method that many modern tailors and home-sewists use to apply interfacing to fashion fabric yardage before the pattern pieces are cut out. Have you ever struggled keeping the interfacing layer from…


Added by Susan on January 31, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

10 Easy Steps to Applique {Tutorial}

Does the word "applique" intimidate you with it's French origin and the thought of ... well, whatever might be involved? Fear not, SWN members!  Here is her awesome crash course in applique.…


Added by Susan on January 18, 2011 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Instructions for making a mock roman valance

This is a very popular style valance, that works with any size window.  I like to hang mine about 4" above the window and make it aproximately 4" wider than the window (including frame). If you have curtains, you will want to adjust the width of the valance to accomodate them.  The finished length can be anywhere from 10-16", depending on the height of the window.  A good rule of thumb is to have your valance aprox 1/5th the total length.

These instructions are for a…


Added by Nicolette MacCallum on January 17, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Denim Applique: Unique Jean Pant Legs Tutorial

The design was so easy to put together, Jenny of "Wildcards" thought someone else might like to try. And if you’re like her when it comes to your feet, you just might like…


Added by Susan on January 17, 2011 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Free Pieced Hearts Table Runner {Tutorial}


Free Pieced Hearts are easy. Here's a little tutorial by "Pleasant Home" to help you along.




Added by Susan on January 16, 2011 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Sew a Yoga Mat Bag {Tutorial}

Andie Johnson loves yoga. She finds it soothing and energizing at the same time - something she finds she needs quite a bit.  And now, she has a good reason to go to class more often - to show off her lovely handmade yoga mat bag!  
what you need to make a yoga bag:
  • 1/2 yard…

Added by Susan on January 15, 2011 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

Slip Cover Totes

I call these slip cover totes because the process feels like a slipcover. I have made many of these for myself and as girlfriend gifts.  This is the first one I made.



Added by Michele P on January 14, 2011 at 8:39am — 2 Comments

Sew Funky Snow Gaiters {Tutorial}


With all of the snow so many of us have received over the past few weeks I thought a tutorial on gaiters would be helpful. From Wikipedia: "Gaiters are garments worn over the shoe and lower pant leg, and used primarily as personal protective equipment; similar garments used primarily for display are spats. Originally, gaiters were made of leather. Today, gaiters for walking are commonly made of…


Added by Susan on January 13, 2011 at 6:14am — 3 Comments

How to Sew Bias Tape Around Corners

Maggie of Smashed Peas and Carrots developed a great tutorial teaching how to attach bias tape to corners. She uses lots of photos to demonstrate her technique while binding a mug rug.

You can…


Added by Susan on January 12, 2011 at 7:02am — No Comments

Portable Quilt Wall

So I have…


Added by Shannon on January 11, 2011 at 7:14am — No Comments

Turn a Shower Curtain Into a Waterproof Zippered Pouch


When I saw the title, I wondered how big this "pouch" would be?  As I read with interest further, I realized that the pouch can actually be as big as a diaper bag.  This pouch is perfect for carrying wet or dirty clothes such as swimwear or that little waddler “accident.”  I'll admit I never really considered a shower curtain as sewable fabric before... but…


Added by Susan on January 10, 2011 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Add a "Maternity Band" to jeans {Tutorial}

I really wish I had been able to do this with my jeans when I was pregnant.  Alas I was not even willing to get close to a sewing machine at that time - and so, I suffered with a copper button jabbing into my stomach for most of my pregnancy.  However, Jessica of "Running With Scissors" was a lot smarter than I was and she figured out a way to alter her regular jeans and turn them into some really comfy maternity jeans with some 2" elastic, and some…


Added by Susan on January 10, 2011 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Children's Colouring Books for Applique Ideas

I expect you're thinking "Children's colouring books" what ever is she rabbiting on about!! 

I have been borrowing a lot of books from the library to increase my knowledge on everything about quilting, patchwork and sewing for freeeee!!  and one of the tips I picked up was use the pictures from children's colouring books to use as patterns for applique ideas. 

Great if you're doing a child related item and want to get inspiration and the drawings in the books are simplified so…


Added by Judith Mercer on January 8, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

Welcome to my Pillowcase Dress Tutorial


This will be one of the easiest dresses you ever make.


A pillowcase dress can be made from any size pillowcase.  There are three different sizes shown here:  Full (standard), Queen and…


Added by Angee Barbe on January 7, 2011 at 8:21pm — 23 Comments

How to Miter Corners

Mitering corners occurs where two hems overlap at a corner, often within a quilt, or something like a napkin.  It is often desirable to remove some of the extra thicknesses of material.  A mitered corner eliminates bulk.


Gwen from Gwenny Penny offers two methods to…


Added by Susan on January 7, 2011 at 6:32am — No Comments

Sew a Hot Drink Cup Sleeve


During these cold winter months a lot of us like to enjoy our coffee on the go.  I know I do while chauffering one or more of the five kids back and forth from their many activities.  I also like to have a cup of hot chocolate when the boys are playing a game at the rink.  The problem is, my cocoa gets cold very quickly at the rink and I end up with this…


Added by Susan on January 6, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Simple Gathered to Waistband Skirt Tutorial


Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking put together a quick and simple skirt…


Added by Susan on January 5, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

How to sew your own unique cording/piping

by Vanessa Smith

If you read my custom fabric button article, I showed you how to change the buttons on a plain black jacket. The buttons were a good start, but it needed more work. So I decided to add another fast and easy technique. I made my own colorful and unique cording to embellish the jacket. Not only is this cording technique great for embellishing clothing, it can be used for purse straps, to make jewelry, and to embellish other projects.…


Added by Susan on January 4, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Make Roman Shades Out of Mini Blinds

Do you love the look of modern fabric shades but don't want to spend the cash?  If you have the following supplies, you'll be able to make some of these shades in a snap:

  • Tape measure Scissors
  • Fabritac (or comparable fabric glue - NOT HOT GLUE!)
  • Mini blinds (like the $3 Target mini blinds)…

Added by Susan on January 3, 2011 at 6:36am — 6 Comments

Happy New Year!!

I have given the Irish Themed Quilt to the person who asked for it.  I now have an order for a 70th Wedding Anniversary bed -end throw.  I am making 2011 my year to fulfil my creative instinct that has been latent for too long.  I am going to sew and create and practise and sell and think about ditching my job so i can do this stuff full time.  Well , maybe =)

Hi to all fellow sew-ers, good luck xxxx

Added by Judith Mercer on January 1, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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