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Pretty Pink Carnations Smocking Graph

Just as pretty pink carnations add charm to cut bouquets, stitched carnations add an extra special touch to this beautiful Pink Carnations smocking design by Monica Estrada. Originally featured in our January/February 2004 issue of Sew Beautiful magazine, the design uses double bullions to work greenhouse rows of these tufted blossoms atop a geometric base....

A Guide to Sewing Cathedral Windows

We love sewing cathedral lace windows. They’re inexpensive and can add so much interest to your projects. Our friend Sue Stewart borrowed the technique from quilting years ago and found a way to incorporate lace insertion into the design. In this tutorial, originally featured in our March/April 2005 issue of Sew...

Meet Your New Favorite Embroidery Designs

Have you seen our new 2018 Internet Embroidery Club collection? We’re so excited about these new machine embroidery designs, and we think you will be too. Collections this year include alphabets, numbers, whitework designs and more. There’s even a holiday collection that includes matching pinafore patterns for a girl and doll....

Ribbon Sash Tutorial with Connie Palmer

A wide ribbon sash, drawn into stitched bows with fine ribbon tendrils, is a great way to add a special design element to a simple yoke dress. Connie Palmer used this element on the sweet special occasion dress pictured here. Made using our “Pascale” Sew Beautiful Collection Pattern in an ice...

7 Sewing Courses to Inspire You in the New Year

The start of a new year is the perfect time to set new sewing goals. Maybe you want to improve the fit of your garments, or learn new finishing techniques. Perhaps this is the year you’ll expand your skills on the serger, or on the embroidery machine. No matter what you...

January IEC: Faux Crazy Patch Mug Rugs

Make some faux crazy patch mug rugs with our new January monthly Internet Embroidery Club designs! The embroidery is the same on both designs, but the techniques are different. The design for Mug Rug #1 is stitched and backing fabric is attached in the hoop. The design is then removed from...

How to Make Double Piping

Double piping is a couture touch that tells everyone you put the extra effort into your work. It’s suitable for both children’s and ladies’ garments, as well as for home dec and accessories. Two contrasting colors of piping beautifully outline a seam or an edge. With this technique, the two rows...

How to Adapt a Collar for Bridging

A cut of snowman ribbon dictated the entire direction of Michié Mooney’s grandson’s first Christmas outfit several years ago. First it set the color scheme – black featherwale corduroy would be both dashing and easy care. Second, it helped her land on bridging as a collar treatment – piping seemed too...

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...