Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

July IEC: Summer Embroidery Designs

Stitch up some sweet summertime projects with our July 2017 monthly collection, featuring three summer embroidery designs. Who doesn’t love a nice cold ice cream treat on a hot summer day? The cute Banana Split & Cones design and coordinating Ice Cream Cones design are ideal for summer children’s clothing or...

Summer Designs (July 2017 Monthly Designs)

Stitch up some sweet summertime projects with our July 2017 monthly collection. Who doesn’t love a nice cold ice cream treat on a hot summer day? The cute Banana Split & Cones design and coordinating Ice Cream Cones design are ideal for summer children’s clothing or kitchen items. Of course, the...

How to Make Shirred Ruffles

Ah, ruffles! Don’t you just love them? They add such sweet detail anywhere they are stitched. This adorable shirred ruffles technique from Trisha Smith was featured in our August/September 2013 issue of Sew Beautiful. Shown here on a pattern from Trisha’s Treasures, you can use this easy technique so many ways....

I Love Cuddle® Kits Giveaway with Shannon Fabrics

It’s no secret how much our team loves sewing with Cuddle® fabrics. This minky, plush fabric from Shannon Fabrics is so soft and perfect for a variety of projects, especially items for babies and children. We’ve partnered with Shannon Fabrics again this year for our live and in-person events and retreats....

Beaded Bias Loop Trim Tutorial

Spaghetti bias can add super-cute detailing to a simple garment. It can meander around necklines, over shoulders and around hemlines. Or it can be shaped into flowers and other fun designs. When designer Khristal Jouett was given an assignment for Sew Beautiful to use this versatile trimming, she wanted to think...

How to Add a Ruffled Panel to an A-Line Dress

How adorable is this little A-line heirloom dress? Using fine fabrics (piqué and cotton), lace (rows of wide netting) and silk satin ribbon, designer Ivey Crenshaw adapted a classic A-line silhouette to create this sweet design. It’s picture-perfect for a flower girl dress or any special “dress up” occasion. Ivey originally...

Trucks N Such (June 2017 Monthly Designs)

Adventure awaits with our June 2017 Internet Embroidery Club designs! This new collection includes seven designs: a dumptruck, a bus, a car, two diggers, a sailboat and a taxi. These designs are perfect for little ones who are on the move, and they’d be just as cute on the bodice of...

Explore New Embroidery Techniques with Evy Hawkins

Ever wonder what else your embroidery machine can create, aside from all the pretty stitches? The answer is “a lot” and we have a new online course with Evy Hawkins that will explore it all! If you know Evy from her business, A Bit of Stitch, or from her frequent designs...

June IEC: Trucks N Stuff

Adventure awaits with our June 2017 Internet Embroidery Club designs! This new collection includes seven designs: a dumptruck, a bus, a car, two diggers, a sailboat and a taxi. These designs are perfect for little ones who are on the move, and they’d be just as cute on the bodice of...

Sneak Peek: Teaching Beginning Sewing

It’s back! We are bringing back our very first online licensing course, Teaching Beginning Sewing. This course kicks off July 24 and includes a wonderful collection of projects ranging from garments to bags to home decor and more. You’ll receive patterns and video tutorials for every project, and when you’ve completed...