My favorite tips for using decorative stitches
My favorite tips for using decorative stitches
Tutorial: Machine Wrapped Cording
Tutorial: Machine Wrapped Cording
Free Tutorial – How to make a Fabric Tray
Free Tutorial – How to make a Fabric Tray
How to Sew Beads onto Fabric so they don’t fall off
How to Sew Beads onto Fabric so they don’t fall off
Create One-of-a-Kind Bags and Purses using Digital PhotoArt
Create One-of-a-Kind Bags and Purses using Digital PhotoArt
Conversations with my grandmother
Conversations with my grandmother
Embellishing with Fabric Yo-Yos
Embellishing with Fabric Yo-Yos
An alternative to pinking shears – pinking rotary blades
An alternative to pinking shears – pinking rotary blades
Need a quick weekend project? Try Some Fabric Beads
Need a quick weekend project? Try Some Fabric Beads
Make a Temporary Teflon Sewing Foot
Make a Temporary Teflon Sewing Foot

How to Make a Rigid Bottom Insert for your Bag

How to Make a Rigid Bottom Insert for your Bag

Adding a rigid bottom to a bag adds shape to the bag and helps to strengthen and stabilize the base. Items can then be arranged more easily, and heavy items can be carried without putting too much stress on the bottom or side seams. Adding a rigid bottom to a bag is...

10 Free Tote Bag Patterns

10 Free Tote Bag Patterns

What better way to celebrate bags and purses than to share some of my favorite free sewing patterns and tutorials from around the internet. Here's ten of my favorite free tote bag patterns. Click through, grab your favorite fabric and get sewing! 1. Organizing Tote...

How to Sew Box Corners on a Bag … then make them Creative!

How to Sew Box Corners on a Bag … then make them Creative!

Adding box corners to a bag creates a bag that has a flat bottom and which gives it shape and provides dimensional space for holding items without the sides bulging out of shape. It also allows the bag to stand up depending on the type of fabric used. This tutorial...

Simple Tie-Dye Technique for the Super Simple Tote Bag

Simple Tie-Dye Technique for the Super Simple Tote Bag

Simple styles of fabric bags offer the perfect canvas for adding embellishments and surface design, and today I'm showing you one of my favorite ways to create color and visual texture on fabric using a circular tie-dyeing technique and a pre-made fabric bag! Supplies...

Super Simple Thirty Minute Tote Bag Tutorial

Super Simple Thirty Minute Tote Bag Tutorial

This very simple and basic beginner tote bag is one I use often when I'm in need of a new basic tote bag. You only need 1/2 yard of fabric and it can be made in only half an hour or less. This is the easiest bag you will ever sew and it's a great beginner sewing...

Creative sewing in shades of purple: machine quilting and emroidery

Creative sewing in shades of purple: machine quilting and emroidery

This week I decided to have a play with some of my hand-dyed fabrics in shades of purple. I chose a piece of purple fabric that was a little dull in color like antiqued or aged fabric and I've quilted it all over so that there is a lovely texture. Around the edges of...

The origami bag and some tricky sewing

The origami bag and some tricky sewing

You can see part 1 here and part 2 here. I've done some tricky sewing over the years, but sewing this bag together nearly scrambled my brain. If you can imagine taking this ... folding it, and then twisting and sewing the side seams so that it turns into this ... Even...

Making faux batik fabric – stencilling the design: Part 2

Making faux batik fabric – stencilling the design: Part 2

You can see part 1 here. After finishing the faux batik process, I'm now ready to finish the piece of cloth by adding a stencilled flower design. I chose a flower design that looked kind of batik-like and cut the stencil using using my new Silhouette Cameo. I *love*...

Making faux batik fabric using flour paste resist: Part 1

Making faux batik fabric using flour paste resist: Part 1

Every Spring and Autumn I usually add a few new pieces of clothing to my wardrobe. I do have some dressmaking skills having spent half my life sewing and designing for others, but time is short when you have a business run and buying clothes rather than making them is...

How to make simple and perfectly shaped fabric beads

How to make simple and perfectly shaped fabric beads

Fabric beads ... mmmmmm .... Usually I like em kinda chunky like this ... ... but every now and then I need a bead that's perfect and plain like these. There are a number of ways to get a perfectly round fabric bead, but this tip is too good to keep to myself. My...

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