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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...

How to Add a Box Pleat to a Bishop Dress

The traditional bishop pattern is one of the most beloved heirloom designs of all time, and with good reason – it never goes out of style, and its versatility provides options for any and every occasion. One way to give yourself a little bit of extra space for creativity when sewing...

Pair Patterned Fabrics Like a Pro

Coordinating fabrics can be one of the most creative parts of sewing, but often one of the most challenging as well. Designer Lindsay Wilkes – who many of you know from her popular blog, The Cottage Mama, as well as our School of Art Fashion and technique DVDs – has built her...

Easy Elastic-Waist Tutu Tutorial

Little ones love to dress up – not just for Halloween, but any day of the year. This adorable elastic-waist tutu is easy-to-make and can be used for so many different costumes – including the “Precious Little Princess” and “Beautiful Ballerina” outfits pictured here. Designed by Kari Mecca, Audra Kennedy and...

2015 Internet Embroidery Club is Here!

We’re so excited to introduce our 2015 Internet Embroidery Club! This is our best year yet for the IEC, and you can have all of these beautiful machine embroidery designs with one convenient membership. What is the IEC? The Internet Embroidery Club is an annual online membership service that provides its...

Martha’s Top 10 Reasons to Join Serger Online Licensing

Dear Sewing Family: Before I share my top 10 reasons you might want to join our first Online Serger Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher event, here are some basics to know. You will gain access on Oct. 30 when the course begins. Since several of the required projects are ones you choose,...

Master the Eyelet Stitch

When you’re looking for an elegant stitch that will add detail to a project, you can never go wrong with the eyelet. This lovely stitch is a must-know for any heirloom embroidery enthusiast, and one that has been featured on many MPC designs over the years. Simply put, an eyelet involves...

Applying Gathered Lace to a Bodice Edge

This precious organdy heirloom dress was inspired by a design worn by a young Caroline Kennedy for a photo shoot with her dad, the late President John F. Kennedy. Reproduced by former Sew Beautiful editor Kathy Barnard, the dress is simple in style with its button-shoulder bodice and gathered skirt, yet...