Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

Project How-To: Baby’s Hankie Blankie

This beautiful “Hankie Blankie” is a wonderful baby shower gift and a perfect receiving blanket for a christening ceremony. Designed by Sheryl Capps and featured in The Best of Sew Beautiful Christening Gowns, the blanket is fast and easy-to-make, yet so elegant that it’s sure to be treasured as a family heirloom....

Martha Pullen’s Thanksgiving Message

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Isaiah 12:4 In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make...

Organizing Your Handmade Holiday Gift List

The holiday season is such an exciting time to sew – and also the busiest! Between sewing special garments for children and grandchildren, making home decor projects and creating one-of-a-kind gifts for our loved ones, our to-do lists can quickly become overwhelming. Many of us have great gift-making intentions, then those...

Pattern Spotlight: Pascale

Laura Jenkins Thompson’s “Pascale” pattern, available in sizes 3-7 and 8-14, is nothing short of a classic. First introduced in Sew Beautiful’s France Issue (#80), we have used the pattern in countless different designs over the last 12 years, which attests to its timeless style and staying power. The capped sleeve...

What’s on Your Holiday Wish List?

When I was a little girl, I loved creating my Christmas wish list. These days, when someone asks me what I want, I’m more inclined to say, “Oh, I don’t know. I’ll love anything you pick out!” The truth is though, we’ve all received presents that, for one reason or another,...

How to Create Rolled Hem Serger Tucks

I love using a rolled hem and decorative thread to make serger tucks. Beautiful and easy, easy, easy, they’re the perfect accent on everything from baby daygowns to pillows to blouses. Follow these steps to learn how to create serger tucks as well as attach pieces together in a serger tuck....

Stitch a Bullion Loop Flower

Dainty bullion loop flowers add a colorful touch to the collar of this adorable dress from Australian Smocking & Embroidery. Designed by Lesley Fletcher, “Ava” is made with a fresh floral print and features a fully smocked bodice in vibrant blue and pink. The lace trimmed hem of an attached petticoat...

How to Pleat & Tie Off a Bishop Sleeve

Do you know the proper way to pleat and tie off a bishop sleeve? If not, you are in luck! I have a great tutorial from our friend and master children’s garment constructor Connie Palmer to share with you. Be sure to check out Connie’s DVD Smocked Bishop Construction, available to...

Serger 1 Online Licensing Update

We’ve had quite a few of you ask whether you can still sign up for our Serger I Online Licensing, and the answer is YES! The class began Nov. 3, but we’ve extended the registration deadline for just a little while longer for those of you who would like to join....

Book Preview: Tilda’s Homemade & Happy

Remember last week when I said sewing beautiful garments is one of the best parts of the holiday season? Well this week I’m going to talk about one of the other best parts – decorating! Designer Tone Finnanger just released her newest Tilda book, Homemade & Happy, and it is full...