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Quilting, $3.5 billion industry, seeing bolder colors, bling and recycled-bottle batting

Gone are the days when quilting was only a cottage industry!

By Carma Wadley

"Quilting is certainly an art — an art, a craft, a hobby, a pastime, an outlet for creativity, even a form of therapy. But in today's world it is also an industry..."

To read the rest of this article and see more beautiful photos please…


Added by Susan on May 26, 2017 at 8:25am — No Comments

Add Flounces to a T-Shirt for a Super Tunic


T Transformed to Tunic

Flounces dress up most anything!

See how flounces added to the hemline and sleeves transform this T-Shirt?  It was a wonderful T for my sewing buddy at Christmas, but I knew I wanted to ‘take it up a notch’.  She found this GREAT plaid…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 25, 2017 at 1:39pm — No Comments

How to Use a Twin Needle | Free Sewing Tutorial from Domenica Tootell

This week I've been been busy redoing my tutorial for how to use a twin needle (also know as a double needle).

I've got a full video twin needle tutorial as well as a photo tutorial with clear photos so I am hoping to be as clear as possible with the instructions and help others be successful with using a twin needle on their sewing machine. …


Added by Dommy T on May 18, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

How to do a Ladder Stitch - Free Sewing Tutorial from Domenica Tootell

Hi everyone. This is my first post here so I hope I'm doing this correctly!

I wanted to share with you all one of my recent tutorials that has been very popular. It's a video tutorial all about how to do a ladder stitch, which is also know as an invisible stitch or hidden stitch. 

This has been a very valuable stitch to me as it has enabled…


Added by Dommy T on May 10, 2017 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Totes Ma Tote Nautical Beach Bag ⛵

I've got a couple of commissions to sew for people going on holiday, this is the first one, a beach bag for May, using the …


Added by Karen on May 1, 2017 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Floral Applique Cushions

A new florist opened up locally (Flowers at the Forge ) and supplied a lovely basket arrangement for MIL's Mother's Day present.  We got talking and I showed her…


Added by Karen on April 20, 2017 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Tiger Lily Appliqued Cushion Cover - Embroidery, Patchwork, and the Frill of Gathering!

For the last couple of years I have made an embroidered cushion for my MIL's birthday present. The first one was a pattern I bought from but had problems with the sizing both the pattern and…


Added by Karen on April 9, 2017 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Easter Bunting Tutorial and Downloads



Added by Karen on April 2, 2017 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

My Seaside Epiphany Bag

The Epiphany (chriswdesigns)…


Added by Karen on March 26, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Help needed re Newlook Pattern 6339

Hello all,  

It has been years since I have looked into this site and I must apologize for not visiting more often.  Looks like I'll have to update my photo too!

I am trying to sew together Newlook pattern 6339 but the instruction are not clear and was wondering if anyone can give me a little advise/help?

When I put the pattern parts 1 and 2 together the center fronts do not line up - the same for parts 3 and 4 - which is the back of A or B..This should be easy…


Added by Chris McDonald on March 23, 2017 at 6:26pm — 5 Comments

Slouchy Recycled Denim Sewing Machine Cover & Accessory Storage

Back in 2012 I made these covers for my sewing machine and …


Added by Karen on March 12, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Oliso Smart Iron Products - Comments on the Oliso® TG1600 Pro


As modern and traditional quilters and garment sewers, we at Sew What's New prefer to use Oliso Smart Irons for pressing our sewing and quilting projects every day.  In…


Added by Susan on March 7, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Hot and Spicy Block - Quilt as You Go with Joel Dewberry Fabric

Modern Quilt Block on Vintage Brother Sewing Machine

I intend to use this block as the front of a bag. What kind of bag - I have no idea yet. The fabrics are from Joel Dewberry, and I think there is an orphan strip from a Spring Zing Batiks strip pack in there. I used a scrap of …


Added by Susan on March 1, 2017 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Vintage Silk Memories Cushions

I've had another request for some Memory Cushions, using a vintage silk Wedding Dress, and a satin and lace Christening Gown.  The dress was made by the bride (now aged 100) from parachute silk after World War II.  The Christening Gown she made out of her daughter's Wedding Dress for her…


Added by Karen on February 21, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

My Pattern Tester Bag for ChrisWDesigns "Ellen's Esplanade"

I was moaning about the dreary weather when I got an e-mail that brightened my day. Christine asked me to be a tester for her latest Easy Street Pattern "Ellen's Esplanade". It can be sewn from quilt weight cottons or combined with…


Added by Karen on February 16, 2017 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Sewing Envelope Scatter Cushions

hoveton hall estate…


Added by Karen on January 12, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Fashionable Stitch + Trouser Sewing and Alterations

Image from Pants for Real People

Sunni of "A Fashionable Stitch" hosted a trouser Sew-Along.  Armed with…


Added by Susan on January 8, 2017 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Christmas Present for a Teenager - The Urban Bucket Bag (Little Moo Designs)

I liked the look of this bag as soon as I saw the one Bobbin Girl girl made on her Instagram page, and bought the epattern.  When my niece wanted…


Added by Karen on December 2, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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