Tutorial: Machine Wrapped Cording

Tutorial: Machine Wrapped Cording

Using cording to finish the edges of your sewing projects definitely adds a professional quality, however it isn’t readily available in a wide variety of types or finishes which tends to limit its uses. Making your own cording is not only fun, but it can be made...
How to Sew Beads onto Fabric so they don’t fall off

How to Sew Beads onto Fabric so they don’t fall off

Beading on fabric is one of my favorite fabric embellishment techniques, although I have to admit I’m a little addicted to it. I love to bead all sorts of different types of textile art, and sewing projects. I sometimes like to sew beads on individually …...
Embellishing with Fabric Yo-Yos

Embellishing with Fabric Yo-Yos

Fabric yo-yos are one of the most under-rated embellishments there is. They are really quite simple to make, but then they can be dressed up in all sorts of fabulous ways to create embellishments for all your sewing projects. I remember when I was young that my...
Making Fabric Postcards – Finishing the Edges

Making Fabric Postcards – Finishing the Edges

I love to make my own fabric postcards by creating photo art designs in Photoshop Elements, and then printing the designs onto fabric. Making fabric postcards this way is not only fun but it’s the perfect way to personalize your cards. My favorite technique for...
Hand embroidery thread – how to blend custom thread colors

Hand embroidery thread – how to blend custom thread colors

If you do a lot (or even a little) hand embroidery, over time you can accumulate quite a collection of embroidery floss and yarn. But doesn’t it always seem that you simply never have the right color hand embroidery thread to finish off a sewing project? The...
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,...
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...
How to make bead dangles

How to make bead dangles

Beading is one of my favorite methods of embellishing my art quilts and other sewing projects, and I like to use lots of bead dangles which are made using several strands of beads which are strung onto lengths of thread and allowed to hang and well … dangle. I...
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...
Tutorial: How to attach Handbag Feet

Tutorial: How to attach Handbag Feet

Handbag feet are often overlooked when you are in the process of making a bag or purse, but they are the perfect way to finish off any bag or purse that has a firm base. They look good and give your bag a professional finish, PLUS they’re also functional and can...
Flip Flap Shoulder Purse – A very quick tutorial

Flip Flap Shoulder Purse – A very quick tutorial

I whipped up this cute little shoulder purse from some leftover scraps I had lying around. I used the flip’n’sew technique to piece together some coordinating fabric scraps down the right side of the purse, and added some fabric flaps to the left side. The...
Fun with the Flower Stitch Foot

Fun with the Flower Stitch Foot

Have you ever heard of a flower stitch foot? It’s one of my very favorite specialty sewing machine feet. It looks kind of funny and clunky, but you can do some truly amazing magical stitching with it. As you can see from the photo, the foot is bulky so...
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