Editor’s Blog

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. Martha Pullen Co....

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 out of the...

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 presented the ruffled...

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 featured in Sew...

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 an heirloom romper...

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 the course, you...

Technique Tutorial: Yo-Yo Flowers by Machine

If you’re looking for a fun way to add personality to your sewing, you can’t go wrong with yo-yo flowers! This quaint trim tradition can be worked by machine and combined with embroidery to dress up any project. In this tutorial from our July/August 2011 issue of Sew Beautiful, you’ll see how yo-yo flowers...

How to Apply a Hanging Snap with Cynthia Guffey

One of the joys of sewing is being able to share helpful tips and tricks with our fellow sewists! Our friend Cynthia Guffey, a wonderful sewing instructor who teaches classes both for our live and online Martha Pullen Co. events, recently shared a great tip with us for applying a hanging snap. “When I have...

14 Wedding Project Sewing Ideas

Wedding season will soon be in full swing — and if you’re looking for some special projects to sew, look no further! Whether you are helping to plan the wedding details or you want to make a keepsake for the lucky couple, we have you covered with wedding garters, ring pillows, planners, bow ties,...

May IEC: Spring Embroidery Designs

Stitch up the sweetest projects with our new May 2017 monthly designs! The first design in this spring embroidery collection features a honey pot with three bees buzzing around it. The second design features alternating ladybugs and butterflies all lined up in a row. The designs coordinate perfectly with one another and would be...