Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

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...

Flowers (June 2018 Monthly Designs)

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 embroidered garden or stitch them separately. The multi-colored designs...

The Perfect Mix: All the Techniques!

Our Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge, Embellish online licensing is happening now and we’d love to have you join us for all the fun! You may have heard about the 20+ projects included in this course curriculum, but today we’d like to tell you more about another great aspect of this online licensing...

Stitch a Sweet Boat Design for Summer

When our Martha Pullen Internet Embroidery team designed the 2014 “Heirloom Baby Designs” collection, we knew we had to share a hand-stitched version of this darling little boat with our readers, too. In this tutorial, also featured in our June/July 2014 issue of Sew Beautiful magazine, Cyndi Manson May shows you...

Sewing Cuddle Fabric with Connie Palmer

Want to enjoy sewing with the softest of fabrics and have lots of fun while doing so? Join Martha Pullen instructor Connie Palmer for her Cuddle® Blanket Workshop at any of our Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO events. You’ll make a baby-sized blanket in class as you explore Connie’s tried-and-true methods...

How to Make an Embroidered Book Cover

Create a custom book cover for yourself or someone you love! This Sew Beautiful project designed by Ashley Warren makes a quick, heartfelt gift for Mother’s Day or any day of the year (bonus points if you include a book inside!). The tutorial will show you how to create the cover and...

You’re Invited to The Perfect Mix!

Our new online licensing course, The Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge, Embellish, is here! We would love to have you join us for all the fun. This curriculum is designed to truly include the “perfect mix” of projects and techniques. There are more than 20 projects total, ranging from elegant heirlooms to...

May IEC: Liberty Floral Butterflies

Embroider special springtime projects with our Liberty Floral Butterfly designs! This collection includes two multi-colored butterfly designs. Use these designs alone or with letters from the coordinating Liberty Alphabet to make beautiful home decor projects, garments, accessories and gifts. You could also pair the butterflies with the Liberty Floral MOM designs...