Editor’s Blog

How to Pleat & Tie Off a Bishop Sleeve

Do you know the proper way to pleat and tie off a bishop sleeve? If not, you are in luck! I have a great tutorial from our friend and master children’s garment constructor Connie Palmer to share with you. Be sure to check out Connie’s DVD Smocked Bishop Construction, available to...

Serger 1 Online Licensing Update

We’ve had quite a few of you ask whether you can still sign up for our Serger I Online Licensing, and the answer is YES! The class began Nov. 3, but we’ve extended the registration deadline for just a little while longer for those of you who would like to join....

Book Preview: Tilda’s Homemade & Happy

Remember last week when I said sewing beautiful garments is one of the best parts of the holiday season? Well this week I’m going to talk about one of the other best parts – decorating! Designer Tone Finnanger just released her newest Tilda book, Homemade & Happy, and it is full...

Christmas Fabric Project Ideas

I am completely in love with Riley Blake’s new “Christmas Basics” line. This festive 100 percent cotton fabric features a variety of coordinating whimsical prints in pink, blue and lime colors (plus they are 10 percent off through Tuesday, Nov. 11 as part of our Editor’s Picks Sale). I was browsing...

Smocked Christmas Bishop Tutorial

One of the best things about the holidays is sewing beautiful holiday clothing – from the fancy velvet dresses fit for family portraits, to the festive fabric print designs suitable for any day of the season. We just added an adorable new line of Christmas fabrics into our online store, and...

How to Accent Quilt Binding with Piping

Adding piping to the edge of binding is a lovely decorative accent for a quilt and is very easy to do using this tutorial from Missy Billingsley’s Sweet Baby Quilt DVD. This step needs to be applied once you have finished the quilting and trimmed the excess batting and backing fabric away...

How to Sew a Perfect French Seam

French seams are a great way to add a beautiful and professional finish to your sewing projects. This seam is designed to enclose fraying and hide raw edges, and works particularly well on sheer and lightweight fabrics. To sew a French seam, you actually begin with stitching the wrong sides of...

November 2014 IEC Designs are Live

Stitch up some holiday charm with our November Internet Embroidery Club ornaments! The designs include two Applique Ornaments as surface embroidery (each requires a minimum 5×7-inch hoop). Embroider these festive ornament motifs on a tree skirt, Christmas stocking, decorative pillow, holiday table linens or tea towels to add seasonal style to...

Create a Pulled Thread Fringe Collar

Finding a new way to use a pattern is one of the best ways sewists can challenge themselves. Martha Demere did just that when she created this delightful “Cherry Bliss” dress featured in our September / October 2006 edition of Sew Beautiful. Wendy Schoen’s “Daisy May” dress, originally designed for an...

Ideas for Embellishing Baby Knits

When you’re looking for a quick-and-easy baby gift, you can certainly never go wrong with ready-to-embroider knits. From baby bubbles to bibs, there are plenty of ready-made items you can quickly make special with embroidery, appliqué and other embellishments. Below, we’ve gathered together a handful of ideas for making baby’s gift...