Author Archives: MPC Staff

Flip-Flop Ribbon Trim

Cute, cute, cute… I’m in love with Kathy B’s cool flip-flop ribbon trim. It’s perfect for adding a fun touch of grosgrain ribbon to a casual summer dress made with fun prints, like this halter-style from our Summer Separates pattern: With spring and summer quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking...

Tag Binky Directions

Cut two 17″ squares of fleece. Cut 28 different pieces of trim or ribbon 4″ long. On one square, mark the center and embroider as desired. Be sure to top with a tear-away or dissolving stabilizer so threads don’t sink into the pile. Fold over each piece of 4″ ribbon to...

Tag Binky

Whenever a friend is expecting a baby, I whip up one of these tag binkies. Babies love them. They’re a great way to use up small pieces of trim and ribbons; just make sure everything is washable, and avoid any trims with beads or sequins or those that could come apart,...

Sew Beautiful presents…

Sew Beautiful is excited to announce that we are now the official sponsors of the biannual Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion! Join us for our upcoming 2010 summer School, which takes place locally here in Huntsville, Alabama, July 19th – 25th. SOAF registration information is now available on the Martha Pullen Company...

Amelia’s Sewing Office Utopia

I just have to share my new office/sewing space, eight years in the making. I started in our extra bedroom. When I had to turn that space into a nursery, my office got split between my husband’s unfinished workroom and the kitchen desk. Finally, when my high school son needed to...

Gown Restoration and Preservation

Remember our article on Preserving your Family Heirlooms, written by our own Betsy Iler, that we published in Issue #124? (Click here to download the PDF article for free!) Reader Joan Kwasiborski came across the article on our website and sent us a great recommendation for the Imperial Gown Restoration Company,...

Love Vintage Periodicals

Ok, so I know this isn’t nearly as exciting as our Threads debut, but while Kathy was flipping though her modern sewing magazine, I was flipping through one from 1905. I just love the vintage inspriation you can glean from them. Here’s a question posed by one reader to the editorial...

Kathy and Amelia’s Threads Magazine Debut

We are so excited to announce Kathy and Amelia’s debut in Threads Magazine! Check out page 74 of the April/May 2010 issue to see their Master Class article on Mirror-Image Appliqué. As soon as our copy arrived the other day, we started looking over the issue page-by-page; here is a picture...

March Designer of the Month: Ivey Crenshaw

Welcome to the premier post of our first blog series: Designer of the Month. On (or near) the first of each month, we will be sharing a spotlight interview with a featured designer whose work we love. We hope you enjoy the behind-the-designs insight to be gained! Our first featured designer...

Fabric 101 with Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S

If you don’t yet know about Oliver + S, you’re definitely out of the loop when it comes to great children’s clothing patterns. Designer Liesl Gibson, the founder and designer behind Oliver + S, is a true talent in our eyes when it comes to fresh styles for kids. With a...