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 change the color of your metal charms and beads

How to change the color of your metal charms and beads

If you're anything like me you never seem to have metal charms, beads, buttons or embellishments in the right color when you need them. I always seem to have more silver than gold or copper. Here's a quick and easy way to change the color of your metal embellishments....

Spring Needles

Spring Needles

Sewing Tips & Tricks Ever have visibility problems when doing free motion stitching? Then a spring needle might be your solution. You can use this type of needle without any sewing machine foot at all because the spring acts like a flexible presser foot, lowering and...

21 of the Best Free Messenger Bag Patterns & Tutorials

21 of the Best Free Messenger Bag Patterns & Tutorials

If you love the function and versatility of messenger style bags, pick your favorite from these free messenger bag patterns and tutorials and get sewing! Messenger bags are one of the most versatile styles of bags and are similar in function to backpacks. They can be...

Wonder Tape is Wonderful

Wonder Tape is Wonderful

Sewing Tips & Tricks If you have trouble pinning zippers into position when making bags and purses, or even clothing, Wonder Tape may be the solution for you. Wonder Tape is a double-sided, repositionable tape that can be used in place of pins. It can be used for all...

New in the Store: Phoebe Handbag Pattern

New in the Store: Phoebe Handbag Pattern

I'm so excited to let you know that my latest bag pattern - the Phoebe Handbag - is now available! You can find the pattern here in my online store. Phoebe is an elegant looking bag with lots of room and lots of pockets. It's perfect for showcasing your favorite...

Cute and easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

Cute and easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

While browsing around the internet looking for some last minute gift ideas to sew (yes I know - last minute - of course), I stumbled across this tutorial that shows how to make a bookmark with flower embellishments. I didn't like that it used soft, mooshy batting for...

How to make simple three dimensional fabric leaf embellishments

How to make simple three dimensional fabric leaf embellishments

I love to embellish! Especially using three dimensional fabric embellishments that I make myself. I normally like to finish the edges on my fabric embellishments using a satin stitch like these fabric leaves. But when you're in a hurry, or need a whole bunch of...

The “Creative Sewing” Gift Guide

The “Creative Sewing” Gift Guide

There's no getting around the fact that gift-giving season is almost upon us! I don't know about you, but since I spend so much of my time sewing, dyeing and working with surface design, I always love getting gifts that are creative and sewing or surface-design...

How to make crinkled fabric texture

How to make crinkled fabric texture

Crinkled fabric can be used for any type of sewing project including garments, and of course bags and purses, and adds interesting surface texture and dimension. Making crinkled fabric texture is an easy technique and works particularly well for soft and sheer fabrics...

The Phoebe Handbag Pattern: The Final Design

The Phoebe Handbag Pattern: The Final Design

The new Phoebe Handbag pattern is almost ready! After a few more changes to the overall design, and some major changes to the way the bag is sewn and assembled, this is the final design. You can see how the design has progressed from version 1 here and version 2 here....

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