Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

Christmas Fabric Project Ideas

I am completely in love with Riley Blake’s new “Christmas Basics” line. This festive 100 percent cotton fabric features a variety of coordinating whimsical prints in pink, blue and lime colors (plus they are 10 percent off through Tuesday, Nov. 11 as part of our Editor’s Picks Sale). I was browsing...

Smocked Christmas Bishop Tutorial

One of the best things about the holidays is sewing beautiful holiday clothing – from the fancy velvet dresses fit for family portraits, to the festive fabric print designs suitable for any day of the season. We just added an adorable new line of Christmas fabrics into our online store, and...

How to Accent Quilt Binding with Piping

Adding piping to the edge of binding is a lovely decorative accent for a quilt and is very easy to do using this tutorial from Missy Billingsley’s Sweet Baby Quilt DVD. This step needs to be applied once you have finished the quilting and trimmed the excess batting and backing fabric away...

How to Sew a Perfect French Seam

French seams are a great way to add a beautiful and professional finish to your sewing projects. This seam is designed to enclose fraying and hide raw edges, and works particularly well on sheer and lightweight fabrics. To sew a French seam, you actually begin with stitching the wrong sides of...

November 2014 IEC Designs are Live

Stitch up some holiday charm with our November Internet Embroidery Club ornaments! The designs include two Applique Ornaments as surface embroidery (each requires a minimum 5×7-inch hoop). Embroider these festive ornament motifs on a tree skirt, Christmas stocking, decorative pillow, holiday table linens or tea towels to add seasonal style to...

Create a Pulled Thread Fringe Collar

Finding a new way to use a pattern is one of the best ways sewists can challenge themselves. Martha Demere did just that when she created this delightful “Cherry Bliss” dress featured in our September / October 2006 edition of Sew Beautiful. Wendy Schoen’s “Daisy May” dress, originally designed for an...

Ideas for Embellishing Baby Knits

When you’re looking for a quick-and-easy baby gift, you can certainly never go wrong with ready-to-embroider knits. From baby bubbles to bibs, there are plenty of ready-made items you can quickly make special with embroidery, appliqué and other embellishments. Below, we’ve gathered together a handful of ideas for making baby’s gift...

How to Add a Box Pleat to a Bishop Dress

The traditional bishop pattern is one of the most beloved heirloom designs of all time, and with good reason – it never goes out of style, and its versatility provides options for any and every occasion. One way to give yourself a little bit of extra space for creativity when sewing...

Introducing the 2015 Internet Embroidery Club

The 2015 Internet Embroidery Club is here! This is our best year yet for the IEC, and you can have all of these beautiful machine embroidery designs with one convenient membership.

Pair Patterned Fabrics Like a Pro

Coordinating fabrics can be one of the most creative parts of sewing, but often one of the most challenging as well. Designer Lindsay Wilkes – who many of you know from her popular blog, The Cottage Mama, as well as our School of Art Fashion and technique DVDs – has built her...