Editor’s Blog

August IEC: Back to School Embroidery

Send your little ones to school in style with our August 2017 Internet Embroidery Club designs! This sweet collection features six designs including apples, a chalkboard, crayons, an old-fashioned school house and a school bus. These classic school-time motifs will be cute-as-a-button on back to school outfits, backpacks, lunchboxes and more....

Texture Stitching: Flower Smocking Tutorial

Have you ever tried your hand at flower smocking? This old-fashioned technique is achieved by stitching a series of pulled stitches and slack stitches worked over a grid. In this tutorial from our Sew Beautiful: Sewing Favorites for Summer special issue, designer Paige Alexander walks you step-by-step through creating this age-old...

How to Embroider a Pistil Stitch Flower

Embroidered flowers always make lovely embellishments. And, just like real flowers, there are so many different types and variations available.In this tutorial, learn how to embroider a pistil stitch flower. This unique flower is described as a “French knot on a stem,” and it’s shown here on Debbie Shepherd’s fun Kaleidiscope...

The Reviews are IN for Online Licensing

Our next online licensing course, Teaching Beginning Sewing, kicks off soon! This fun and interactive online learning experience includes patterns and step-by-step video tutorials for more than 20 fantastic projects as well as lots of other fun content. It all results in a Martha Pullen teacher’s license, which, once received, makes...

Preview Our October School of Art Fashion Boutique

Our events team is heading back to Fredericksburg, VA this fall for our next School of Art Fashion Boutique! The fun begins Oct. 2, and we have five terrific class retreat options for you. You can become a licensed Martha Pullen teacher with Kathy McMakin and Alicia Welcher; make an adorable...

Online Licensing and the Sweetest Baby Quilt

Have you heard? We have a fantastic early bird registration offer happening right now for our upcoming Teaching Beginning Sewing Online Licensing. Any of you who enroll by July 17, 2017 will receive Missy Billingsley’s Sweet Baby Quilt video download. This is one of Missy’s most popular workshops, and you will have so much...

July IEC: Summer Embroidery Designs

Stitch up some sweet summertime projects with our July 2017 monthly collection, featuring three summer embroidery designs. Who doesn’t love a nice cold ice cream treat on a hot summer day? The cute Banana Split & Cones design and coordinating Ice Cream Cones design are ideal for summer children’s clothing or...

How to Make Shirred Ruffles

Ah, ruffles! Don’t you just love them? They add such sweet detail anywhere they are stitched. This adorable shirred ruffles technique from Trisha Smith was featured in our August/September 2013 issue of Sew Beautiful. Shown here on a pattern from Trisha’s Treasures, you can use this easy technique so many ways....

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....

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...