Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

February 2015 IEC Designs are Live

Celebrate your love of sewing with our February 2015 Internet Embroidery Club designs. The “Lady Sewing” motif will make the perfect addition to your sewing bag or sewing machine cover, and would also be lovely stitched out in an antique frame for display. Pair the coordinating “Bouquet” design (available in two...

Martha’s Top 10 Reasons to Join Online Teacher Licensing

We are so excited to once again offer you the opportunity to become a Martha Pullen Licensed Beginning Sewing Teacher. We first offered this online teacher licensing course last spring, and so many of you reached out to say you wished you could have taken it the first time. Now you...

Rickrack & Button Hem Tutorial

This adorable Valentine’s Day dress from designer Frances Messina Jones was made using Ellen McCarn’s “Ultimate Bishop Dress” pattern. Made in pink pique fabric, the dress is highlighted by Frances’ sweet-as-candy conversational hearts smocking design and a rickrack and button trim that borders the hemline. Follow the tutorial below, originally featured...

Join Us Live & In Person… + Smocking Tips!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a smocked bishop dress or yoke dress, set in a sleeve properly or sew a perfect neck binding or sleeve band? What about constructing boy’s button-on suit pants, fitting a Peter Pan collar or making a placket in a sleeve with a...

Dinosaur Fabric Project Ideas

We have the most adorable new fabric line available in our online store – “Dinosaurs” from the designers at Riley Blake Designs. These playful cotton prints are perfect for projects for little boys and the variation of coordinating dinosaur designs, colors and stripes are so convenient for mixing and matching! Spruce...

Online Licensing Testimonials

Our Teaching Beginning Sewing Online Licensing program kicks off Feb. 23! The course was first held last spring (our very first online licensing event) – and we are so excited to offer it again. This tried-and-true curriculum will prepare you to teach beginning sewing and includes 20+ projects to download and...

Adding Ruffles to Princess Seams

We’re experiencing some fabulous weather here in Alabama this week – sunshine and highs in the 60s – and it has me longing for spring/summer designs and bright/colorful prints. This lovely little sundress, which was originally featured in issue #149 of Sew Beautiful, was designed by Connie Palmer and was made...

How to Stitch Beaded Picot Edging

I have lots of exciting event news to share with you! Registration is now open for our 2015 face-to-face Teacher Licensing events! Woohoo! We are gearing up for our March School of Art Fashion Boutiques, too – I so hope you can join us this year for one or more of...

Licensing Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for our 2015 live Teacher Licensing Events! We are so excited about this year’s face-to-face licensing lineup, which includes three of our most popular curriculums (two of which we are retiring this year), plus one brand new curriculum! Nationally recognized educators Peggy Dilbone, Kathy McMakin, Connie Palmer,...