Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

A Special Christmas Message from Martha

Birth Announcement John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his...

Last-Minute Christmas Embroidery Ideas

With just five days to go until Christmas, I know many of you are winding down your holiday sewing. But sometimes you need that last-minute something to make everything come together – a quick decorative accent to add that final touch to your decorations or perhaps an easy gift to complete...

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Editor’s Note: From Dec. 8-19, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season in a number of fun ways — from project tutorials to gift ideas and more. We’ll also keep you in the loop about our 12 Days of Deals sale happening in our online store, so be sure to check back each day for...

Dressing Up Knit Daygowns

Can you believe we are just one week away from Christmas day? It seems that no matter how much I try to plan for the holidays, there are just a few things that always come down to the wire. If you’re in the same boat and looking for a quick baby...

Christmas Rose Ornament Project

If you’re looking for a beautiful, easy gift to make for a friend, these Christmas Rose Ornaments are just the ticket. Designed by Kari Mecca (karimeaway.com), the festive ribbon blooms first appeared in our November/December 2012 edition of Sew Beautiful and can be made quickly and easily using Whimsy Sticks and...

Vintage Inspiration: New Zealand Basket Pillow

Editor’s Note: From Dec. 8-19, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season in a number of fun ways — from project tutorials to gift ideas and more. We’ll also keep you in the loop about our 12 Days of Deals sale happening in our online store, so be sure to check back each day for...

How To: Fabric Sash Keeper

Editor’s Note: From Dec. 8-19, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season in a number of fun ways — from project tutorials to gift ideas and more. We’ll also keep you in the loop about our 12 Days of Deals sale happening in our online store, so be sure to check back each day for...

Spider Web Rose Tutorial

Designed by Kathy Dykstra, this charming silk pinafore dress, “Heidi’s Christmas,” is an adorable choice for Christmas portraits and special holiday occasions. Featured in issue #81 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery, the ruched and ruffled dark jade silk dress is ornamented with bands of vertical smocking and silk satin roses. A...

2015 Event Schedule & Fancy Band Tips

Have you heard the good news? Our 2015 schedule of face-to-face events has been announced. Woohoo! Our tried and true faculty and staff and I invite each of you to join us next year for a School of Art Fashion Boutique and a Martha Pullen Licensing. Registration is now open for our...

Spaghetti Bias Tree Appliqué

With just under two weeks to go until Christmas day, I doubt many of you are looking to begin work on an intricate holiday garment. Luckily, this little project is anything but complicated. Designed by Connie Palmer, the adorable matching appliquéd outfits first appeared in our November/December 2009 issue of Sew Beautiful...