Author Archives: MPC Staff

An Interview with Martha Pullen + GIVEAWAY!

Today we are getting an intimate look into the life of Martha Pullen, the woman who started it all.  We had the privilege to sit down with Martha and ask her a few questions. Sew Beautiful: Why are people drawn to heirloom sewing, and by “heirloom” we mean French sewing techniques, smocking, fine embroidery...

FREE Design Daily

In celebration of National Sewing Month, Sew Beautiful is giving away a FREE design every day. Just visit our blog daily after 3pm CST and there will be a new design posted for you!

Free Daily Design: Vintage Floral Embroidery Design

In celebration of National Sewing Month, Sew Beautiful is giving away a free design every day. Here is today’s design, a vintage floral embroidery template. Enjoy! Note: This is a line art design. To save it to your computer, simply right click and choose “Save As” from the menu; or on...

Design-It-Yourself Giveaway Challenge

Today is our first  Design-It-Yourself  Giveaway Challenge!   Here is how it works:  Below is a supply list and FREE instructions on how to make a project.  We want YOU to tell us what products from the Martha Pullen Online Store you would use on your supply list to create this piece....

Announcing: National Sewing Month!

Did you know that September is National Sewing Month? We’re excited to announce that, starting today, September 1, our favorite month will be filled with pattern giveaways, sewing celebrity interviews, exclusive book excerpts, great store discounts and lots of sewing fun! Check back every day to discover lots of new ways...

September is National Sewing Month!

Tomorrow is the beginning of September, which is… STAY TUNED for tomorrow we will lay out the list of all the exciting things we have planned!   We cannot wait for you to see what we have in store for you for our favorite month of the year! And remember to...

BOO-tiful Trick or Treat Bags!

DIY Trick or Treat Bags: How to make custom machine appliquéd felt tote bags.  Create and customize a trick or treat tote bag using felt and one of three free downloadable appliqué designs from Sew Beautiful magazine. BOO BAGS By Joy Welsh and Nicki Hill Appliqué Designs are available as a...

Guest Blogger: Janet Gilbert

Today’s guest blogger is Janet Gilbert!  She is an active member of Smocking Arts Guild of America (SAGA), and lives on a farm in southern Illinois.  Janet and her husband have two adult sons and a 12 year-old daughter.  Janet’s daughter and new granddaughter are the inspiration behind her smocking designs...

Guest Blog: Michie’ Mooney

We are happy to have a guest blogger today, Michie’ Mooney!  Most of you will recognize her from our Sew Beautiful magazine, as she has a column each issue entitled “Just for the Boys.”  In our latest issue, #144, she gives a smocking lesson featuring a favorite Halloween treat, candy corn!...

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Basic math is all you need to create this easy elastic waist pleated school skirt featured in  Sew Beautiful magazine Issue 144, Sept/Oct 2012. “No Pattern” School Girl Skirt Instructions Pleated Math Skirt By Sivje Parish Materials Shown • Red velveteen from Martha Pullen Company • 8 yards of black spaghetti bias...