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How to Make Double Crochet Edging

We love discovering new ways to add that “ahh” factor to our sewing projects. This decorative crochet edging technique from designer Paige Alexander provides a definite “ahh” factor – and it’s easy, too! Paige incorporated the practicality and function of entredeux with the aesthetics of a simple crochet stitch to build an altogether...

Appliquéd Heirloom Christmas Tree Tutorial

Christmas memories are like having treasured heirlooms in our hearts for a lifetime. Create a cherished memory for your little girl by making her a special holiday dress. On this dress, the appliquéd tree designed by Trisha Smith is decorated with a tatted garland and then embellished with Swarovski Hot Fix...

Free Victorian Santa Smocking Plate

From Santa and his reindeer to snowmen, Christmas trees and more, there are so many fun picture-smocked designs we can create this time of year. Whether or not you have a little one to smock for, this advanced stacking design from Claire Meldrum is just what you need. Picture-perfect for all ages,...

Adapting a Pattern for a Drawstring Hem

Every Christmas baby deserves something special to wear. The sweet little nightie shown here has been designed with that in mind. The embroidery is perfect for the season, and the fabric, Swiss flannel, will keep baby cozy and warm. Made from a daygown pattern, this garment has been adapted to draw up at the hem to keep little feet from...

Origami Ribbon Trim Tutorial

Looking for a fun trim for holiday garments? Origami ribbon embellishment is suitable for both adult and little girl garments, so it’s a perfect embellishment choice for coordinating “Mommy & Me” garments. By working the technique in not-so-traditional Christmas colors you can get more mileage out of your sewing. Red and...

Celebrating Sergers: All the Techniques!

Our Celebrating Sergers: Tricks, Trends, Technique and Tradition online licensing recently kicked off, and we’d love to have you join us for all the fun! We’ve talked a lot about the 30+ projects included in this course curriculum, and today we’d like to tell you more about another great aspect of...

Shaped Puffing: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Do you want to add a “wow” factor to your next heirloom sewing project? Try using shaped puffing as the focal point. This technique is ideal for adding a wonderful, visual texture to christening gowns, girl’s dresses, fancy pillows and more. In this article from our March/April 2006 issue (#105) of...

November IEC: Snowflake Ornaments

Snowflake ornaments are an annual tradition in the Internet Embroidery Club, and you’re going to love this year’s new additions. We have a beautiful free-standing lace snowflake ornament, as well as an appliqué snowflake ornament. Both designs are available in 4×4 and 5×7 hoop sizes. These ornaments are perfect for decorating...

Oh, No! I Cut My Lace

How to Repair Lace with Sue Stewart The instructions say simply, “Trim fabric from behind lace,” so you take a deep breath and begin. Then… “Oh, no! I cut my lace!” Relax, it’s OK. It is possible to almost invisibly repair nearly all lace “disasters.” Everyone who has done any amount...

Free Pumpkin Patch Smocking Plate

Nothing says “autumn” quite like pumpkins! And now, you can celebrate the fall harvest by smocking this classic Sew Beautiful pumpkin smocking plate designed by Angela Pullen Atherton. Pumpkin Patch made its first appearance in our July/August 2001 issue of the magazine, and the design was so popular that we brought...