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Sew a Narrow Scrappy Dog Leash - and matching Cage Comforter! Here's how I made a narrow dog leash for our new puppy… It's so much fun to make your own pet accessories!

Q&A - ask us anything! Well this is something we didn't think you guys would want. but you asked and here we are. We have a load of really fantastic questions about the business, sewing patterns as well as whether Rachel and I are an item! So if you want to find out a little bit more about what goes on behind the scenes at HQ you know what to do…

Show Off Saturday… Machine Embroidered Sunglasses Case All that’s required to make this beautiful sunglasses case is a few supplies and an embroidery machine with a 5x7 or larger hoop!

Tutorial // how to make a Briar gathered dress Are you enjoying this months pattern of the month - the Briar tee and sweater? Pssssst - it's now available in Curve, and of course - Mini! In celebration of it being the pattern of the month as well as it's new extended sizes, I have a fun tutorial for you today - a gathered Briar dress.

Hand-Look Smocking Traditional smocking is a beautiful but tedious art-it requires precise pleating and hand embroidery but results in incredible heirloom pieces. If you've ever admired this art but lack the time to complete it by hand, I welcome you to try it on your sewing machine!

Holyoke Variation: A Lemony Striped Knee-Length Dress Pattern pieces for a knee-length Holyoke. If all you want change about the Holyoke is the length, you can go ahead and cut out your fabric and sew up your Holyoke according to the instructions. If you also want to add patch pockets, here's how we do that:.

Pencil Point Quilt - Blocks 2 Quilt Learn the basics of patchwork quilting while creating whimsical quilt blocks like the Pencil Point Quilt block. Blocks 2 Quilt.

DIY Easy to Sew Nappy Tote When I first showed you this cute little pouch last Saturday, one of you commented about it, calling it a 'nappy pouch' since that's what you call baby diapers in the UK. I think that's adorable! So that's what I'm naming it and I hope it doesn't cause any confusion here in the U.S.

Friday Spotlight: A Gardener's Dream Bag from So Sew Easy! Today's fabulous Friday Spotlight is a Gardeners Dream Tool Bag and was designed and made by the gals at So Sew Easy! This gardening tool bag is a great gift idea for your favorite gardener - whether they are already in the garden everyday or aspiring to be, this bag is perfect!

Summer cropped tops These four tops have been my most-worn this summer, not just with the high-waisted jeans shown here but also other high-waisted handmades such as Rose shorts and my white silk noil Cleo skirt, not shown. First up: a cropped Gemma tank. fabric: Double gauze Atelier Brunette, purchased Oak Fabrics: pattern: Gemma tank.

Out on the tiles dress Vogue mashup I'm in a great mood because this post is going out on my birthday!! I never work on my birthday and always try to do something fun. As it's a Thursday this year I also took the Friday off so it's double the fun! Today I had a trip to the spa with a back and head massage and a foot massage.

Buttons, Buttonholes and Snaps…Oh My - All Our Sewing Tutorials We get a lot of questions about various techniques for installing buttons, buttonholes, snaps and the like, and we generally reply "Oh, we have a tutorial for that!" In fact, we probably have more than one In the coming weeks we're going to be putting out a series of blog tutorial round-ups that you can bookmark for easy reference.

Jessa: Sewing the zip fly Hello sewing gang, are you ready for your next installment of the Jessa sewalong? Yeah you are! It's Nikki here, Product Manager at Tilly and the Buttons, and today I'm going to cover something very exciting - how to sew the zip fly on your Jessa trousers or shorts.

Fabric Covered Art Journals I love to have little sketchbooks or art journals handy for when inspiration strikes, so that's what I decided to make. These little journals are so pretty that I'm sure they will inspire me all by themselves. Read on for a tutorial so you can make your own.

Back to School Mini Purse Fill it with some coins for a gumball machine and a bandage or a little toy that your kids want to carry with them all the time. This purse would make a perfect surprise for your little one on the first day of school! Finished size: 5 1/2″ diameter.

Ahoy there Aldaia The cat's out of the bag! I auditioned for the part of Robin Buckley in season three of Stranger Things, but Maya Hawke got the callback and the rest is history. Not really, but my outfit is giving off some serious Scoops Ahoy vibes, don't you think?

Diary of a Sewing Fanatic I've wanted a garment made from lemon fabric since lemon fabric started appearing on the scene. I'd tried unsuccessfully to purchase some but it always sold out before I got my act together. A couple of months ago I was able to score a cotton sateen lemon print from StyleMaker Fabrics.

Quilt As You Go Strip Quilt! free sewing tutorial with videos Make a strip quilt and quilt it as you go so by the time the quilt top is done, the back and quilting are done too, and you are ready for binding!

Peter & Michael's Singer Featherweight Shirt Photo Shoot! Readers, just two weeks ago I stumbled on two very wonderful Robert Kaufman Singer Featherweight quilting cottons. I purchased them online. Many Etsy sellers have them available. Robert Kaufman has a few other Singer sewing machine prints available as well; look around.

Holyoke Variation: A Pop-of-Color Peplum Want to turn a sundress into a cute peplum top? We're showing you how! The Holyoke Maxi Dress is designed for curves, in sizes 12 - 28 and cup sizes C - H.

Sewing Victorian: The Gibson Girl Blouse from Folkwear Patterns Looking back over most of my sewing projects from the past year or so, it's pretty clear I'm still on a Frosting kick. When I'm not testing our own patterns and feel like tucking into something at home, I've been gravitating towards more "frivolous" makes; projects that let me really sink my teeth in, learn some new techniques or practice fitting.

Gathering Tip with Free eBook There are many ways to gather fabric but, in this post, I'll show you my favorite gathering method, which is stitching over two cords. Use this technique for gathering any fabric but it is really useful for medium to heavyweight fabrics such as denim or corduroy.

Wide Wale Corduroy Chore Jacket This post is sponsored by JOANN. It may contain affiliate links but all words, reviews and opinions are my own. Does anyone else jump into fall mode come August? I sure do!

DIY Felt Purse Organizer - free sewing pattern Sew up a cute little bag to fit inside your purse - voila! Organized purse!

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