Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

Controlling Silk Satin Ribbon

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...

Smocked Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Crafting Christmas ornaments is one of my earliest, and fondest, holiday memories. My favorite ornament was probably the classic Christmas mouse – the kind you could make using two pieces of felt, a candy cane (for the tail) and buttons and thread (for the eyes and whiskers). I’m sure many of...

Simple Mock Roll and Whip Hem

Isn’t this little honeycomb smocked baby dress just precious? Designed by Kris Curtis and featured in issue #97 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery, “Dimity” represents a style that might have been worn during the 1930s or 40s and employs a variety of vintage sewing methods. The square neck opening frames baby’s...

Embroidered Christmas Gift Ideas

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As we move forward in the busy holiday season, I know many of you are working on special sewn presents for your loved ones. If you are looking for some handmade Christmas gift ideas, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in our 2015 Internet...

December 2014 IEC Designs are Live

Create special projects and gifts with these delicate December Heirloom Crosses. The surface embroidery designs are offered in two different sizes – the small requires a minimum 4×4-inch hoop; the large requires a minimum 5×7-inch hoop. Embroider a decorative pillow or Bible cover to create a beautiful and inspirational gift. These...

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,...