Editor’s Blog

Eco-Friendly Sewing Tips

Today is Earth Day – a time set aside to bring recognition to protecting Earth’s resources. From using recycled containers to store your supplies and notions, to upcycling old projects into new creations, there are many ways we can be environmentally conscious in our sewing. On this Earth Day, enjoy these...

Squaring Off the Bottom of a Bag

If you’re looking for a great gift to sew for graduation or Mother’s Day, look no further than Connie Palmer’s Snap! N-Go Bags DVD. This DVD features tutorials for six fabulous bags, including a ladies handbag, a small shoulder bag, an eReader bag, an iPad bag, an iPhone bag and even...

Warm Weather Sewing Inspiration

I love looking through my old issues of Sew Beautiful and rediscovering all the wonderful projects and techniques within. It seems I always find something new that inspires me. A lot of these issues are now out of print, however, many are available to purchase as digital downloads; these downloads feature...

Watch Martha’s Heirloom I Online Licensing Invitation

Our Heirloom I Online Licensing event kicks off April 30! This 18-week online course will help you build your heirloom sewing skills, prepare you to teach sewing and give you a ready-to-teach curriculum of 20+ projects. Click on the video above to watch Martha explain everything this online licensing course has...

Stitch a Lazy Daisy Flower with Bullion Tips

Silk ribbon embroidery can add a great deal of beauty and charm to any project – from special garments to elegant linens and trinkets. Below, learn how to embroider a silk ribbon lazy daisy flower with bullion tips from one of the world’s masters of hand embroidery: our friend Gloria McKinnon....

Master the Art of Heirloom Sewing

Our next Martha Pullen Online Licensing event, Heirloom I, begins April 30! We are so excited to offer this course online for the first time and hope you will join us as we teach everything you ever wanted to know about heirloom sewing. Martha Pullen, Connie Palmer, Alicia Welcher, Missy Billingsley...

Add Dimension with Netting Ruffles

Traditional heirloom cotton netting is timeless and classic. It is just as beautiful on today’s creations as it was on the antique clothing of yesteryear, and this unique netting ruffles embellishment technique from Connie Palmer is perfect for a wide range of projects. Originally featured in our March/April 2013 edition of...

Smocking Tutorial: Two Step Wave Stitch

If you’re looking for a cute, casual outfit for that special little girl, this precious “Spring Song” design is just the ticket! Designed by Cathy Gunn and featured in issue #97 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery, the pleated top is smocked at the center front with chevron shapes in colorful rainbow...

How To: Reverse Roll-and-Whip Seam Finish

When it comes to sewing heirlooms for Easter and other special springtime events, we want the very best – not only the highest quality materials, but truly exquisite construction details as well. This tutorial I have to share with you from Jeannie Baumeister of The Old Fashioned Baby will help you...

April Internet Embroidery Club Designs are Live

Celebrate spring’s arrival with our April Internet Embroidery Club designs! These six whimsical motifs will coordinate beautifully on table linens; stitch the main design on the corner of placemats, then embellish the five smaller designs on matching napkins and coasters. The smaller designs are also the perfect size for adding embroidered accents...