Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

10 Ways to Improve Your Applique

Adorable appliquéd children’s garments are as popular as ever. Whether you’re looking to try appliqué for the first time or simply improve your technique, we have the perfect article for you. “10 Ways to Improve Your Applique” from designer Debbie Glenn appeared in our July/August 2005 issue of Sew Beautiful magazine....

A Glimpse at Our Take on the Royal Christening Gown

Learn how to sew a wide gathered netting ruffle The “Royal Netting Christening Gown,” designed by Connie Palmer and featured in our book Sewing for a Royal Baby, was inspired by the famous christening gown worn by generations of British royal babies. The gown has been back in the spotlight this week with...

Sew a No-Pattern Sundress with Smocking

As much as we love to sew, we don’t necessarily want to be glued to the sewing machine 24/7 during the sunshiny summer months. Still, we love seeing our little ones twirling in the green grass or hiding their toes in the sand dressed in our handiwork. Smock this colorful fish...

July IEC: Sewing Motifs and Needle Book Project

Celebrate your love of sewing with our July 2018 monthly embroidery designs. This collection includes two single-colored sewing motifs: a vintage-inspired spool and a companion pincushion. Both designs fit 4×4-inch hoops and coordinate with the Filigree collection from our 2017 Internet Embroidery Club. We’ll also show you how to use these new...

Sewing Motifs and Needle Book (July 2018 Monthly Designs)

Celebrate your love of sewing with our July 2018 monthly embroidery designs. This collection includes two single-colored sewing motifs: a vintage-inspired spool and a companion pincushion. Both designs fit 4×4-inch hoops and coordinate with the Filigree collection from our 2017 Internet Embroidery Club. We’ll also show you how to use these new...

Behind the Scenes with Joe Vecchiarelli

Our team was back in the studio last week taping new online courses with a special guest: Joe Vecchiarelli! Joe has worked in the fashion industry for over four decades, and many of you have enjoyed his classes at our live Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO events. His upcoming online courses will include...

Sewing Entredeux: 3 Techniques to Know

This vintage-inspired top designed by Sue Stewart is one of our favorite summer patterns for women. Victorian eyelet and lace insertions create a textured fabric for the design, and the classic cut pairs perfectly with pants or a skirt. To make the top, you’ll need to know a few beginning heirloom...

Tips and Tricks for Making Elastic Casings

Elastic makes an easy, quick and comfortable finish for waistbands on pants and skirts for children and adults, legs on baby bloomers, and puffed sleeves on girls’ dresses and tops. Here are some helpful techniques and hints from designer Sue Stewart for making perfect elastic casings. This article first appeared in...

Smocking Tutorial: How to Stitch Cable Picots

Beautiful smocking can add so much detail and interest to a sewing project, and we have a fantastic stitch technique to share with you today: cable picots. Using the basic cable stitch as a base, cable picots create a pretty, dainty line. They can be worked in the same or contrasting...

June IEC: Flower Embroidery Designs

Our June 2018 Internet Embroidery Club designs have arrived! Floral embroidery never goes out of style, and these three flower designs are sure to become some of your favorites! The versatile designs will add the perfect touch to garments, gifts, home decor projects and more. Combine the designs to create an...