Editor’s Blog

Tips for Planning a Smocked Bishop Design

The bishop is one of the most versatile designs in children’s clothing. A voile bishop with lacy sleeves is perfect for a formal event, while a romper or playsuit with a bishop neckline is both cute and functional. Before constructing a bishop design, you need to decide what kind you’d like...

Warm & Wonderful Winter Sewing Inspiration

December 2013/January 2014 Our December/January edition of Sew Beautiful features winter-inspired projects for both little ones and adults. The free pattern is a beautiful smocked children’s coat designed by Laurie Anderson, and we’ve also included lacy heirloom designs and embroidered inspiration great for any time of the year. Here’s a peek...

Smock an Alternating Cable Stitch

Cables, outlines, stems and waves – there are so many lovely smocking stitches we can combine to create beautiful smocked designs for our garments. Today, we’d like to share a step-by-step tutorial for the alternating cable stitch from our friends at Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine. Also known as cable picot,...

Sew Matching Flower Motifs for a Girl and Doll

Yo-yo flowers pictured on the T-Shirt Dress from All Dolled Up. Create coordinating outfits for a girl and her 18-inch doll with help from these fun yo-yo flowers. Designed by doll dress designer Joan Hinds, these embellishments are super easy to make and are sure to brighten the day of your...

Choosing Fabric for Doll Clothes

Just like clothing for little girls, fashion for 18-inch dolls has many unique elements. Dresses, shirts, pants, skirts, jackets, sleepwear and accessories are all essentials for a complete wardrobe, and choosing the right fabrics to make these small garments is important. Below, we’d like to share some handy fabric-selecting tips with you...

Homemade Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Stitch Craft Create Gifts 2013 With the holidays around the corner, many of us are thinking about what kind of special gifts we can make for our friends and family members this year. Of course, garments, linens and home decor items are always popular and well-received, but there are lots of...

Create Stuffed Sewing Stash Pumpkins

Our finished pumpkins! With Halloween and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s prime time to decorate your home with lots of fun seasonal décor. These whimsical stuffed pumpkins are impressive to look at, easy to assemble and the possibilities for embellishment are endless! Created by our design manager Leighann Lott, these pumpkins first...

Fall and Holiday Sewing Inspiration

October/November 2013 Fall is in the air, and the holiday season is right around the corner! Our newest issue of Sew Beautiful combines both fall and holiday sewing inspiration, so when you’re working on fall projects you can be actively planning your special holiday garments, too. Projects include a lovely lace overlay...

Make a Personalized Handkerchief Pillow

Handkerchief Monogram Pillow This lovely monogrammed handkerchief pillow designed by Gail Settle is perfect for a quick all-occasion gift. The monogram adds a personal touch, but any design can be stitched in the center. If you would like to make a quick ring bearer’s pillow, omit the monogram and stitch a...

Sew an Extra Stable Lace Finish

Sometimes small, simple changes can yield big results in our sewing. Today we’d like to show you how to sew an extra-stable lace finish along a fabric edge. Anyone who has sewn with lace knows what a delicate fabric it is. Using this technique will reinforce your stitched lace edge to...