Editor’s Blog

Teaching Beginning Sewing Online Licensing Projects

Our next Martha Pullen Teaching Beginning Sewing Online Licensing course begins February 23! With 20+ projects to download and video tutorials to support the project instructions, this course prepares you to teach beginning sewing while offering a tried-and-true curriculum of projects ranging from home decorating and quilting to garment construction and...

Sew an Adorable Heart Appliqué

Join Us for Sewing Fun in Lakeland, FL or Atlanta, GA We’re just a few weeks away from our March School of Art Fashion Boutiques! What great projects and fun we have in store – please join Martha Pullen and our gang in Lakeland, FL March 2-4 or Atlanta, GA March...

Repurposing an Heirloom Garment

Incorporating parts of a family heirloom into a new creation is a wonderful way to add sentiment to a project. When Candy Stephenson found out she was going to have a new granddaughter, she knew she wanted to make something special to celebrate the baby’s arrival. For years, she’d been saving...

Embroidered Valentine Heart

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you’re looking for embroidery designs to help celebrate the occasion, we have just the ticket. Show your friends and loved ones how much they mean to you with this free-standing lace valentine heart, available as a free download on our website. It’s the...

Chain Stitch Tutorial

Designed by Fiona Wynne of Australia, this adorable boy’s romper – “Thursday’s Child” – from issue #93 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery is perfect for special occasions. The crisp cotton pique design is exquisite, but the magic is all in the details: white on white smocking sprinkled with pale baby blue beads, blue...

February 2015 IEC Designs are Live

Celebrate your love of sewing with our February 2015 Internet Embroidery Club designs. The “Lady Sewing” motif will make the perfect addition to your sewing bag or sewing machine cover, and would also be lovely stitched out in an antique frame for display. Pair the coordinating “Bouquet” design (available in two...

Martha’s Top 10 Reasons to Join Online Teacher Licensing

We are so excited to once again offer you the opportunity to become a Martha Pullen Licensed Beginning Sewing Teacher. We first offered this online teacher licensing course last spring, and so many of you reached out to say you wished you could have taken it the first time. Now you...

Rickrack & Button Hem Tutorial

This adorable Valentine’s Day dress from designer Frances Messina Jones was made using Ellen McCarn’s “Ultimate Bishop Dress” pattern. Made in pink pique fabric, the dress is highlighted by Frances’ sweet-as-candy conversational hearts smocking design and a rickrack and button trim that borders the hemline. Follow the tutorial below, originally featured...

Join Us Live & In Person… + Smocking Tips!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a smocked bishop dress or yoke dress, set in a sleeve properly or sew a perfect neck binding or sleeve band? What about constructing boy’s button-on suit pants, fitting a Peter Pan collar or making a placket in a sleeve with a...

Dinosaur Fabric Project Ideas

We have the most adorable new fabric line available in our online store – “Dinosaurs” from the designers at Riley Blake Designs. These playful cotton prints are perfect for projects for little boys and the variation of coordinating dinosaur designs, colors and stripes are so convenient for mixing and matching! Spruce...