Standard Hand Applique Stitch

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Standard Hand Applique Stitch

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Use this stitch for either the Freezer-Paper (or Template-Plastic)-and-Starch method or the Needle-Turn method. Cut a length of thread 12" to 18" (30.5 to 45.5 cm long). Thread the newly cut end through the eye of the needle, pull this end through, and knot it. Use this technique to thread the needle and knot the thread to help keep the thread's "twist" intact and to reduce knotting. Beginning at the straightest edge of the appliqué and working from right to left, bring the needle up from the underside, through the background fabric and the very edge of the appliqué at 1, catching only a few threads of the appliqué fabric. Pull the
thread taut, then insert the needle into the background fabric at 2, as close as possible to 1. Bring the needle up through the background fabric at 3, 1⁄8" (3 mm) beyond 2. Continue in this manner, keeping the thread taut (do not pull it so tight that the fabric puckers) to keep the stitching as invisible as possible.


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  • While there's something so satisfying about finishing a gift quilt or sewing project—simple or not—even more satisfying is when it is finally in the hands of the person you made it for. A quilt for Baby Charlie. Last week, I sent a baby
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  • The International Quilt Market in Houston was once again completely fabulous and over the top. But one of the more enjoyable moments was the hour that I spent on the convention hall outdoor terrace talking with Anna Maria Horner. And I learned some surprising
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  • There is something about antiques and items from yesteryear that draw me in, be it a faded table runner or quilt, old washtub, or glass medicine bottle. Items from my mom's sewing box. When I was a child, my mother loved to go to antique stores. I
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  • This issue's theme is Back to Natural. The gallery sections are full of projects, fabrics, and techniques inspired by nature and the natural world. In Tweeds and Plaids, you will find items made up in the true textiles of winter that envelope our bodies and homes in warmth. Sustainable Fashion moves
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  • I am so excited to announce that our first ever Stitch project kit is available in the Sew Dail y Shop! The Tweed Townhome Pillow Kit, based on a project by the same name featured in Stitch Winter 2013, is now available. Look for many more Stitch project
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  • I recently enrolled in a fitting analysis course as part of a patternmaking certificate program. So far I have loved the two patternmaking classes that I have taken. I learned how to draft a basic bodice, a flared skirt, a blouse, and a pair of pants
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  • Last week I finished the binding on a baby quilt—how satisfying! But I wasn't quite done. When you finish making a quilt or sewing clothes, do you sign your work, label it, or add a small sewn message? What will be an appliqué heart.
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  • I dont' usually think of quilting and making curtains in the same breath, but I was looking at some back issues of Stitch recently and I came acrosse the Hearts Aglow Silk Curtain from Stitch Fall 2010, which is made of of lovely silk log cabin blocks
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  • Do you have a well-worn, much-loved item of clothing that you just can't part ways with? I do, which has inspired me to take on a new project—one that's easy sewing for beginners. Favorite pajamas, by Amanda Madden. ( Stitch Gifts 2012)
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  • I think of making a lot of things, but one thing I never think about making is buttons. However, buttons are one of the easiest and most effective embellishments. Here is a short tutorial on making a polymer clay button. It's just an example of a
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  • I got an early start on sewing holiday gifts recently, and I got to teach a friend some simple sewing techniques while I was at it. Isn't teaching fun? I've always been on the learning side of sewing and quilting, and didn't realize how much
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  • We've been hard at work on Stitch Spring 2014 , (while also simultaneously getting Stitch Gifts out the door!), and mixing prints and patterns has been much on my mind because the Spring 2014 issue theme is "Pattern Play." From fabric to
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  • Sometimes my imagination gets me in trouble. I have fantasies about all the sewing I want to do for gifts, yet I forget about one key constraint: time. But I had a light-bulb moment recently: the solution to my problem is easy sewing patterns. A quick
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  • If I've said it once, I've said it a million times, I'm no quilter. Oh, I come from a long line of quilters, and I still marvel at the intricacy of quilts my great grandmother created generations ago. But I've always been more of a garment
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  • Isn't it funny how you can be sewing forever and all of a sudden you stumble upon a new technique that takes your sewing to the next level. It's that Eureka! moment that makes the lifelong learning of sewing such a wondrous journey. Katrina Loving
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  • My friend told me the other day that she was having a tag sale at her home. Her marriage of almost 30 years had ended, the big house had been sold, and she was moving on to single life in a tiny apartment. Happily, I might add. Many generations contributed
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  • FOREST FRIENDS OTTOMAN Designed by Berene Campbell Stitch up this adorable, easy ottoman and pair it with the Forest Friends Room Divider that's featured in our Winter 2013 issue. FABRIC Top/Base: 5/8 yd printed home dec fabric, 40” Side: 1
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  • I saw a giant display of Halloween candy at the grocery store the other day, and it gave me pause. Halloween candy? Already?? My next thought was what comes quickly on the heels of All Hallows' Eve—the holiday season—and how it might be
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  • You know how you get that itch to stitch? You know what I mean. You started dreaming about fabrics and happy hours at the machine. Your fingers start to tingle, and your mind is filled with creative ideas and projects. Totes like this Checkerboard Bag
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  • In some ways we're all beginners when it comes to sewing, whether we've been doing it for five days or fifty years. There's always more to learn. Today, I'm asking, what's the best piece of advice you have on sewing for beginners?
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  • When it comes to sewing stitches, why is something so important so easy to forget? We're probably all guilty of it: pushing through too many projects before swapping our sewing machines needles for new ones, or simply forgetting. New needles for my
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  • I hope you will enjoy this new Sew Daily eBook: Market and Tote Bag Patterns: Free Bag Patterns to Sew . In it you will find three great bag projects by fabulous designers to help you in all your toting needs. Spring Tote by Rashida Coleman-Hale Odekake
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  • A few years back, I set out to make a pillow slipcover for my mom's birthday. I didn't have any sewing patterns for the home on hand, so I decided to strike out on my own and make a rail fence patchwork pattern. One of the most satisfying parts
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  • I like to think that everything I have created as a gift for someone will last forever, but the fact is that some items are more likely to be cherished and passed down than others. And sometimes it's not what you expect at all. This India Cotton and
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  • I bet you're wondering whose face you're seeing attached to this blog. It's mine... Abby Kaufman, the new Assistant Editor here at Stitch magazine . I started last week, learning the ropes from Rose DeBoer, who is moving on to become Managing
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  • My mom was not a quilter. She sewed garments-and with four daughters, she did a lot of sewing. She taught me at an early age to make my own skirts and dresses. Over the years, I also developed a love for sewing bags, curtains, and small gifts. Yikes!
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  • When I first came on board at Stitch , I was so excited for the prospects for the fledgling modern sewing magazine. I have been a sewing editor for a while, but I had never seen a magazine brand that had such an affectionate, enthusiastic, and engaged
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  • Fusible fleece has always been something of a mystery to me--when to use it, what to do if you can't find it for a pattern that requires it, when to go for a non-fusible version. Granted, I am more of a garment sewer than home dec, and I am definitely
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  • During the hot weeks of summer a few years ago, I took an intensive embellishment course as part of a couture certificate. I completely fell in love with beading, embroidery, feathers, applique, rosettes, and more. But because the course was so intensive
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  • Is it really that time again? I say this only because we are launching into the photo shoot phase of Stitch Gifts 2013, and I know that means that gift-giving time is getting near. Rose made these two wee jackets based on the Tina Lewis Handkerchief Baby
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  • There are times when doing things backwards are simply more fun and challenging then doing them forwards. Our newest sewing webinar with Diane Gilleland is no exception! Join us for our Reverse Appliqué Pillows Webinar live on August 16, 2013 at
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  • I was trying to think back today to when I first learned to sew by hand, and I honestly don't recall. i honestly can't recall when I first learned hand sewing. I remember that I used to play at my grandmother’s feet (or maybe under them
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  • When I was a teen, my mother found an antique Singer treadle sewing machine and converted it to a vanity for me. The little side drawers were perfect for storing all my new cosmetics, and, while I sat and primped, I loved to rest my feet on the treadle
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  • Like so many sewists, I have a perennial inferiority complex about my sewing. Part of this is based in well-founded fact. When I first returned to sewing a dozen years ago, I was very rusty in my skills and it took a while working with my hands to awaken
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  • Being able to bring a sewing project to a close is always a wonderful feeling -- knowing that you're moments away from having a finished products that you can wear or use proudly. Have you ever wished that someone could walk you through the process
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  • When I'm sewing for myself, it's a toss-up whether the pattern or the fabric comes first. Some sewing patterns for women catch my eye immediately. Shocking! This is more red fabric than I've ever owned—ever! Add a touch of linen, and
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  • This project was listed as an insert in the Fall 2013 issue of Stitch, but it is a downloadable pattern. Click here to download.
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  • Today I received a lovely, two-page, hand-written letter from a woman in Honolulu, Hawaii, who is age 90. She said that she still loves to sew and had recently purchased a copy of Stitch with Style 2013. She wanted to make the Easy Kimono Sleeve Dress
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  • You're invited to join us as a guest to a webinar with BurdaStyle! In COMPUTER TECHNIQUES: HOW TO DRAW GARMENT TECHNICAL DRAWINGS IN ILLUSTRATOR , you'll have the chance to learn from pattern maker, designer and Online Editor of BurdaStyle.com
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  • Unlike garments for grown-ups, sewing patterns for children (and especially babies) tend to be much simpler. On a little one, there just isn't enough space to add a lot of details, extra seam lines, or tricky construction processes. Using a border
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  • Sixteen corners awaiting a trim and their miters. Unfortunately, the black binding doesn't clearly show the beauty of that corner. Bonus Skill: My machine quilting also improved. When binding a recent quilt, it became painfully apparent to me that
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  • We are kind of crafty geeky at the Sudbury office and every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., we have a show-and-tell, where we share whatever project we have been working on. Well, last week, Jenn Mason from the Mixed Media team brought in this awesome T-shirt
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  • Pillow DIY - Sew a Pillow for BIG Impact I love sewing for my family, my friends, and my home. With so much beautiful fabric and clever projects available, I always have ideas for making things for those I love. A few months ago, I made my younger daughter
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  • Not all bags have to be complicated. Take this Take-it-to-Go Lunch Bag by Melissa Frantz. This easy bag can be stitched up in an afternoon. Enjoy! Take-it-to-Go Lunch Bag by Melissa Frantz. You can make this bag in an afternoon! Take-it-to-Go Bag Fabric
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  • Our latest sewing webinar is now available in the Interweave Store! Join us for Surface Embroidery Techniques: Add sewing embellishments to clutch purses , and learn how to create a custom purse in no time. During this live webinar, sewing expert Robert
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  • I am pleased to present the latest Sew Daily eBook: Sewing Clothes: 3 Free Clothing Sewing Patterns from Sew Daily . Faux Fur Bolero by Katrina Loving Patchwork Lace Top by Erin Gilday Tie Front, Tie Back Dress by Jil Cappuccio We have gathered together
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  • Summer is in full swing, and I can't help but notice the charming women's sewing patterns designed for this hot weather season. These simpler styles rely on classic lines and a less fussy construction. It's easy to picture these dresses in
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  • I've been doing a lot of organizational work in my home lately, including cleaning out my closet. In that process, I have come across a lot of clothing that I have sewn. And I could see how my sewing has changed and evolved over the years. Being a
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  • The fall issue of Stitch is full of projects is full of projects that take inspiration from around the world and beyond—into all the worlds of our imagination. In Global Journeys you will find projects with international influences. Or put a modern spin on a very romantic era in the Renaissance
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  • Who doesn't love (and need) a little glamour in their life? And pockets! We love (and need) pockets, too. This was the pocket that started it all. This rhinestone zipper is on deck for the next glam-o-pocket. If you're planning a little embellishment
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  • Recently I made a fun little quilt top with a handful of some lovely Scandinavian-flavored prints in fresh, lively colors. Keeping the sashing in white put the focus on the modern prints. With only rectangles and flying geese, it went together fairly
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  • I live on the North Shore of Long Island, N.Y, in a former summer colony turned commuter paradise, and the estate sales are out of this world. There's nothing I like better on a warm spring Saturday than driving the backroads of Centerport and Northport
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  • You're Invited! Take this special invitation to our very first sewing webinar ! Join us for a live online seminar with Stitch Contributing Editor Kevin Kosbab as he guides you through creating your own custom patchwork ottoman. You'll learn techniques
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  • Sometimes trends in the sewing world sneak up on us--and then, all of a sudden--we see them everywhere. I can't help but notice that handsewing--with all the sewing techniques that accompany it--is everywhere. English paper piecing, smocking, hand
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  • I have to admit that when I first saw the new Quilting Arts Workshop TM DVD/dowload "Fabric Postcard Pets" by Pauline Salzman I was a little dubious. But when I understood that I would be making little postcards of MY pets from favorite photos
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  • Simple in concept, yet oh, so wonderful--may I present the humble bamboo point turner. Simply beautiful and perfectly designed, it's a bamboo point turner. Knitting needles and pencils best kept for knitting and writing. The rounded end is for round
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  • Featured Live Webinar: Everything You Need to Know to Create DIY Fashion! Back in April, our parent company F+W Media announced an exciting new partnership with Burda Style, a renowned fashion magazine and sewing community. Today, we’re excited
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  • International Quilt Market/Spring, held last week in Portland, Ore., was a very special event. First, Portland is a hub for the handmade crowd, and it's also a magical and quirky town. Plunk down the bustling Interntional Quilt Market in the midst
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  • Listen up! The recently launched Craft Daily is an awesome website with more than 100 hours of full-length craft video workshops and tutorials from world-class instructors on beading, crochet, jewelry, knitting, mixed media, quilting, sewing, spinning
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  • My older daughter demonstrates today's principle while making a tablecloth. Step 1: Press before sewing. Step 2: Sew. Step 3: Press after sewing. Easy! If you really want to learn how to use a sewing machine, I have an important tip for you. Set up
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  • I am so excited to that share with you that the new special issue Stitch with Style 2013 is now available. The entire Stitch team has done a great job of creating this issue devoted entirely to fashion garments and accessories, and this is definitely
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  • Two things are vital for my ongoing love affair with sewing--technical instruction and visual inspiration. Now both of these are available with one click of my mouse. The new Craft Daily site is up and running--with streaming videos for sewists who want
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  • Last winter my friend Kitty and I used to walk every Sunday. We live in a beautiful, tree-lined neighborhood and strolling along, commenting on this house or that, provided us endless entertainment. A seashell pink fabric inscribed in French gave this
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  • Last Saturday morning I ran through my errands efficiently because I had a fun sewing project that I was excited to start--a wrap coat in a bright Trenna Travis print (Michael Miller Fabrics). I'd been doing a lot of sewing for babies recently, so
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  • With Mother's Day coming up, it got me to thinking about my own mother and how grateful I am to her for giving me a love of sewing. My mother is an exceptional seamstress, and I grew up in a home of several sewing machines, ranging from the fancy
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  • Walk into any sewing shop and you will see walls of sewing notions and accessories. And every year, more and more gadgets hit the market. Expand this simple metallic gauge to get perfectly spaced buttonholes. It takes up so little room! Buttons right
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  • For the Pomme Potholders, please note the following correction: Replace Step 16 with the following: CREATE THE STEM Step 16. Fold and press the Stem lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press ¼" under the edges opposite the fold, then edgestitch
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  • I am so excited to introduce you to the Sew Daily ebook Children's Sewing Patterns: 4 Free Sewing Patterns for Kids . Bath Time Buddies by Lisa Cox Springtime Bibs by Heidi Boyd Loopy Elephant by Heidi Boyd We have pulled together a collection of
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  • When I was a beginning sewist, I avoided handsewing at all costs. If the fabric could be coerced under my machine's foot, that's where it went. Just recently, I began to change my ways. Why? Because sometimes, it is so much easier to handsew.
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  • Recently, one of my daughter's friends used her Facebook page to put out a request for sewing information. "I'm new to sewing. I'm making a dress for myself, and the pattern says to interface. Do I really need to? It seems like it a lot
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  • When I was a beginning sewist, I avoided handsewing at all costs. If the fabric could be coerced under my machine's foot, that's where it went. Just recently, I began to change my ways. Why? Because sometimes, it is so much easier to handsew.
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  • I've had a lifelong love affair with fabric, and I really think that my love of fabric is what got me started sewing. As a beginning sewist, I would l wander the fabric store aisles with lust in my heart and big plans on my mind. I often bit off more
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  • Stitch with Style is packed with 43 sewing project that will rock your wardrobe. An issue devoted entirely to fashion sewing, it brings together the work of some of our best designers--who love giving modern sewing a fashion focus. Their passion shows in their original and fresh creations. Choose from
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  • One of the best things about being handy with a sewing machine is being able to sew gifts for family and friends. And if you can throw in a little sentimentality with it, so much the better. Here's a little idea from something I made a few years ago
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  • Not long after I started at Stitch , I received a note from a frantic reader. She was in the dead heat of making a baby swaddle for a newly arrived relative and she could not figure out the pattern instructions. I could just picture the situation because
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  • Because I see the sewing space as a very special place where I create, I like to fill that space with items that put me in a creative state. That includes items from my childhood. The richness of memories that certain objects invoke makes me feel nurtured
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  • In a recent project from Stitch Summer 2013, Easy Leather Tote, I talk about using a pronged circle die to stamp the lacing and decorative holes in the leather. I want to go a little more into that technique because I had an amazing teacher who gave me
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  • For the most part, projects for Stitch are created by the talented community of designers who contribute to the magazine. But every once in a while the editors at Stitch have to step up the plate and develop designs for the magazine. Take the Stitch Spring
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  • For the "Kimono Baby Swaddle" by Theresa Gonzalez in Stitch Fall 2011, please note the following corrections to the instructions: On the Main Body Piece of the template, it should note: Cut 1 Fabric A Reversed Cut 1 Fabric B Instruction changes
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  • Believe it or not, "embellishment" is one of the most searched sewing terms online. So I guess that means that it's a sewing technique that is near and dear to our hearts. I would say that embellishment was among my first "successful"
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  • A pillow in need of a makeover. When I moved into my house almost four years ago, I was going from a one-bedroom city apartment to a full-size suburban home, and while I had collected and inherited some nice items over the years, I didn't have enough
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  • My next hand-sewing project: Scrappy English Paper Piecing Pillow by Joanna Wilczynska from Modern Patchwork Spring 2013 Boy, do I have it good! Because Stitch magazine shares offices with Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines, I am surrounded
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  • To sew or not to sew? This is a conundrum that has dogged me for most of my adult life. How do I fit sewing into my life? The answer, like most decades-long conundrums, is not easy. For many years, my husband and I went away for the weekend to a place
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  • Nothing looks better than a perfectly matched print. Matching prints can be something of a mystery, but here are some great tips on how to get it straight: Lots of prints to match in the Weekend Travel Ensemble by Carol Zentgraf. With a large floral pattern
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  • Passementerie looks difficult, but it's not. The cord and braid are poked through the underlined muslin. Embellishment is not a sewing technique I naturally gravitate toward. I like my garments sleek and clean-lined. But in the process of getting
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  • I have to be perfectly honest: I am no quilter. But I would like to be. I keep a reminder of my grandmother in my sewing room. I come from a long line of quilters. My ancestors were Scotch-Irish stock who settled in the Ozarks in the 19 th century and
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  • I can't tell you how exciting it is to get that envelope in the mail with an advance copy of some hot, new sewing book. Even after all these years as a sewing editor, it still gives me a thrill to get a first peek at the latest publications. Hot off
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  • My issues with my fabric stash are two-fold: I have too much fabric and too little time! Silks and wools and jerseys, oh my! About a year ago, I was finally able to unpack and organize my sewing room, which was great. It looked perfect for a long time
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  • "I Like You" by Amy Sedaris for Windham Fabrics Actress, author, comedian, and crafter Amy Sedaris debuts " I Like You, " her first fabric collection...EVER! Amy will sweep you off your feet with the panache that you would only expect
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  • It's the details that make a project, and I just love a big, ruched, self-covered button for adding some vintage-modern punch to an outfit or accessory. I just love a big, ruched button! You need an oval shape for ruching. Stich across oval between
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  • Designer and author Ayumi Takahashi has created some wonderful and whimsical projects for Stitch magazine and now she has a new book full of them: Patchwork, Please! Colorful Zakka Projects to Stitch and Give! Polka Dot Cafe Apron Bell Pepper Coasters
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  • Stitch celebrates summer with 34 sizzling projects perfect for sun-loving sewists. Learn how to sew sturdy totes and then practice your new-found skills with the 7 great carryall designs. Laura Keith shares her tips for swimsuit construction. And enjoy reading about the history of buttons in America
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  • I am so pleased to introduce the new Sew Daily eBook: 5 FREE Artistic Pillow Cover and Pillow Patterns. Art of Bleach Pillow by Carol Zentgraf Fabulous Floor Pillow by Kay Whitt Chrysanthemum Pillow by Tricia Waddell We know how much you love pillow projects
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  • Even though we just finished shoveling out from the latest snowstorm, here at Stitch we're longing for sunshine. So we're excited that the Summer issue of Stitch will be arriving in our offices in just a few days. The theme of this issue is Details
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  • I predicted a resurgence of hand smocking about a year ago---mostly to other members of the S titch team. I said, " You know smocking isn't just for little girls' dresses any more!" Smocked pillows by Tanya Mauler A twist on smocking
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  • So often, sewing instructions will add this phrase to the end of a construction step: Pinking is a simple, effective seam finish. Keep both swings of the needle on the fabric so that the fabric doesn't bunch. Pressing before stitching saves time and
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  • I love discovering "secret" sewing tips--I could even be called a hoarder of them. When I find one, I savor it adoringly, like a treasured gem. But rather than scurrying off furtively to add to my stash, I want to tell everyone I know. You can
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  • Your February just got sweeter! Win the sleek SINGER ONE TM sewing machine, courtesy of SINGER Sewing Company & Sew Daily . We'll announce the winner on Valentine's Day, so get yourself entered today: http://bit.ly/SewSweetSINGERGiveawayMOBILE
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  • I was sewing for many years before I discovered beeswax. I knew about it and I scoffed at it. What was the use of adding one more step to the sewing process? I wanted to have my project finished already! From all the notches in my beeswax, you can see
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  • I am very partial to Stitch Summer 2012 because it was the first issue that I edited from start to finish. So I think of it as something of a milestone that more than a year after I started working on it (yes, we started the Summer 2012 in Fall 2011,
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  • I have a very, very tiny weekend home, which also happens to be the place where I do most of my sewing. So I have had to be very resourceful in determining how to organize my sewing supplies. Limited storage space can quickly become a conundrum for any
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  • My sister recently suffered a tremendous loss, and I visited her to support her in a difficult time. I was sitting in her apartment one evening, and she pulled out a dress that I had made for her many years ago. So long ago, in fact, that I had completely
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  • Sewing machines come with lots of gadgets. You don't need to learn all of them at once. Manuals can get you started--and keep you going. No need to learn everything at once. In the past six months I've had the fun of helping two 30-somethings
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  • I know that by the time the Spring 2013 issue gets into your hands it will all look absolutely, perfectly gorgeous, but there is a lot that goes into it getting there! A project goes from proposal ... i ... to photographeded and ready for you! Take the
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  • I love to add an extra touch to a garment, after it's technically "DONE." Whether it's my own design or a store-bought pattern that I want to make more distinctive, I usually can't stop myself from taking that last step to make it
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  • Like most modern sewists, I dabble in other crafts--mostly knitting and mostly patternless scarves. Sewing can get pretty complicated, and sometimes it's nice to just slip into the soothing, simplified world of knit and purl. Sometimes, all it takes
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  • What do you think about easy sewing patterns? Are they for beginners only? This dress took quite a bit of time. I reworked the bodice to make use of some of my limited Kokka fabric. Cute, fun, easy! Some vintage ribbon and an antique button made a charming
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  • If it has anything to do with sewing I want to know about it, and if you feel the same way, the new Quilting Arts in Stitches , Volume 9, is full of interesting ideas and inspiration that will have you reaching for needle and fabric in no time. Create
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  • My daughter resumes sewing after a twenty-year hiatus. This is a proud moment in tablecloth history. It's good to have quilting friends come for a visit. Finished quilts are a cause for celebration. Once the holiday decorations are put away, it's
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  • Here are some great tips from a short article on bag construction by Katrina Loving that originally appeared in Stitch Fall 2011: Always think about how your bag will be used. Organize your bag by adding pockets! Handbag, purse, clutch, tote, or carryall
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  • My favorite book from 2012. H exagons never looked so good-- one of lovely projects to enjoy. Sometimes the books that most catch my eye are not necessarily the ones that have patterns that I immediately want to create. My favorite book of 2012 falls
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  • You are going to absolutely love Stitch Spring 2013! It is chock full with 38 relaxing and refreshing projects for your home and closet. Just take a peek at some of my favorites below! Pomme Potholder by Charise Randell Rain Cloud Crossbody Tote by Sarah
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  • For the "Festive Table Runner" by Marcia Van Oort in Stitch Gifts 2012, please note the following corrections to the instructions: Step 3: The last entry should be: two 30" x 7 1/2" (not 28" x 7 1/2"). Step 5 should read
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  • Spring is a time of tremendous activity and growth. But it's also a time to regenerate, and that's why this issue's theme is all about relaxing and refreshing. We've included projects, fabrics, and techniques that will bring positive energy to ourselves, our wardrobes, our friends, and
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  • I am always looking for a new hand-embroidery stitch and recently the Fishbone Stitch has entranced me. I learned it as a child and then rediscovered it recently. It's a very simple stitch resembles a fish spine and creates beautiful leaves. Make
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  • As part of a recent moccasin project, I had to gather suede with a basting stitch in order to apply the sole to the top of the slipper. Well, you can laugh at me, but I actually did try to do a machine basting stitch on the sole. It stitched just fine
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  • I am really excited to share our newest eBook: Sewing Gifts for Every Season: 4 Free Sewing Gift Ideas and Projects . It's just in time for the holiday season! Coming from a big family, I am always looking for great baby gifts and handmade gift wraps
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  • You have to admit that there aren't many days like this one. To commemorate 12/12/12 and the last day of 12 Days of Deals,, we are offering 12 great products at $12.12. Now that's a deal that doesn't come along too often, either. Check out
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  • Much as I love suede, I have always been afraid of sewing it. It's probably because I have edited one too many articles on sewing suede and I've always felt that I had to have a phalanx of expensive tools to get me a satisfactory result. In fact
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  • It happens every year. I can't resist going into a full-on gift-making frenzy about, oh, two weeks before Christmas. Now you could sensibly suggest that I just start a little earlier. But there's a big problem with that. I'm not inspired.
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  • By the time I finish a garment, I want to wear it, not embellish it. But the fact is that embellishment is often what can take an outfit from nice to wow. A handmade touch can make a garment shine as the one of a kind that it truly is. What lies beneath
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  • I've always had an admiration for the Japanese sewing market, which started when I fell madly in love with a pair of scissors at a Japanese notions company booth at a sewing expo. I still kick myself for not buying them. The "faux-shiko"
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  • I learned several valuable lessons over the Thanksgiving holiday. First, never underestimate holiday traffic when you have to get to the airport. I did, and I also learned that if you arrive 30 minutes before your flight, you may make the flight, but
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  • If there is one overriding peril of being a "dog-person," it is the extensive damage that needle-sharp puppy teeth can do to furniture. Indeed, one particularly energetic puppy named Chipper managed to chew through 4 chairs, 4 table legs, and
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  • When did you first discover your creativity? I discovered my creativity when I was 5 years old. My kindergarten class made enameled and kiln-fired clay projects—a pretty complicated undertaking for 5-year-olds, now that I consider it. The elephant
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  • There was a recent question from a member on the Sew Daily community about how to make the back of her work look as good as the front. She is really on to something, because the fact is that embroidery that is well done should look as good on the back
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  • Check out this video I made on how to make a chevron, from the Stitch Gifts 2012 Chevron Library Tote by Sarah Minshall. You won't believe how easy it is!
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  • Check out this video I made on how to paper piece a pinwheel from the Pinwheel Sachet project by Charise Randell in Stitch Gifts 2012. A moving picture says a thousand words!
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  • I love the concept of upcycling: turning something old and useless into something beautiful and useful. I have taken worn but well-made vintage garments and transformed them, either whole cloth or in bit by lovely bit. How to upcycle a caftan sweater
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  • I have a thing for unusual sewing accessories. Alright, I have an obsession. There's just something about a unique sewing tool that really makes me want to own it immediately. My unusual sewing tools. Here are a few of my favorites: The pattern notcher
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  • One Pleat Skirt by Beki Wilson The Big Blue by Amber Eden Tie Front Tie Back dress by Jil Cappuccio I am excited to introduce you to the newest Sew Daily eBook: Stylish Skirt and Dress Patterns: 3 Free Sewing Patterns for Women . We have gathered together
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  • I'm fresh back from International Quilt Market in Houston and while there was some interim drama with Superstorm Sandy, I still haven't forgotten the aisles and aisles of textile eye candy. Am I the first person to wish that Quilt Market would
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  • Stitch Gifts 2012 is stuffed with great gifts to make for friends and family. This issue includes 39 new projects and 12 favorite projects from Stitch issues past for a total of 50+ projects. From fast gifts and delightfully embellished presents to festive decorations, fabric wrappings, and fabulous
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  • I am writing this post from my powerless home in Long Island, New York. (I finally got a flight back from International Quilt Market in Houston.) All I can say is: Thank goodness for smart phones! This bodice is made from a stiff cotton and needs a lining
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  • If you're feeling adventurous, and ready to go beyond sewing to explore customizing fabric, you've come to the right place! Surface design is the perfect way to make a sewing project truly unique . . . because what's better than something
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  • What makes an easy sewing pattern? A few weeks ago I wrote about using patterns multiple times-the second time is always easier than the first, and the third time puts me on Pattern Easy Street. After pressing the strip in half, unfold and press the top
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  • More than any other sort of embellishing, I love beading. But beading is so much more than merely stitching beads to a garment or accessory. If you really want your beading to last, you want to take some precautionary steps: This beading sample tries
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  • Thanks to my mom's skill--and patience--the first garment I ever made using the sewing machine was a gathered skirt. It seemed quite mysterious to my eight-year-old mind, but for my mom this was truly an easy sewing pattern. And now that I've
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  • I love to make gifts, but I have to have the right inspiration. A little inspiration and a lot of confidence can go a long way (and when I say confidence, I want to be 250% certain that the gift I am taking the time to make will be cherished and prized
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  • Having exhausted virtually all of the garment construction classes I can take in my lifetime on a Wednesday night at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, I have turned my attention to accessories: bags and shoes and belts, oh my
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  • In many ways I'm very grateful for my more traditional sewing background. Having inserted hundreds (seems impossible, but is probably true!) of zippers over my lifetime, I can comfortably adjust almost any part of the process and still be confident
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  • On many of the supply lists for projects in Stitch, you'll find the following: "Optional: Walking foot for your sewing machine." The walking foot helps keep thick, slippery, or sticky fabric layers from shifting as you sew. This raglan knit
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  • I am delighted to introduce our latest free eBook: Upcycling Ideas: 3 Free Sewing Projects for Refashioning and Upcycled Clothes . We know that you adore refashioning well-loved garments into something new and stylish, along with upcycling discarded objects
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  • When my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, her treatment began with a difficult regimen of chemotherapy. Normally a take-charge woman, at a family picnic that spring my sister was too tired to join in any activities and spent the afternoon sitting
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  • Not many years ago, my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. We had no family history and as a collective family, we were stunned. My sister had had a mammogram just a month before that had come back clear. Then, she found the lump on her own during
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  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to honor of all of those affected by the disease, we are offering free cover art for Facebook and Twitter. Use the images below on your Facebook and Twitter pages to raise awareness and spread hope in the
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  • SpraynBond TM Adhesive makes sewing projects quick and easy! Little girls are made of sugar, spice, some fairy dust and well ... a pinch of butterflies! Learn how Therm O Web's NEW SpraynBond TM makes quick work of this pretty appliqué quilt
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  • A Note from Rose: For many of us, the fabric must inspire before we start sewing a single stitch. Today we welcome a guest post on from Vivika Hansen DeNegre, editor of Quilting Arts Magazine on creating incredible fabric using Jane Dávila's
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  • I can't say enough about the new Jil Cappuccio video, "Sewing Skirts Your Way," that is now available for purchase. You may know Jil's work from her past contributions to Stitch magazine. She creates adorable designs and the skirts that
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  • More than a decade ago, I had a sudden itch to stitch. Again. I found myself shopping for patterns to use a bright Hawaiian print I had purchased on a recent trip to Oahu. My father was stationed on Oahu when I was small, and from living there, I had
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  • According to a quick Google check, my current sewing machine will stitch over 750 stitches per minute. Some things can only be done by handstitching-- and some designs are worth every stitch. Shown above is a close-up of the Hexagon Bag from Japanese
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  • I love sewing bags and totes. And here's why: The leather handles make this bag a workhorse--and they're comfortable, too. With the pre-punched holes, it was easy to handstitched these on. I used six-stranded embroidery floss in the same color
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  • Of all the tricks I've learned about couture garment sewing, underlining is probably my favorite. It takes even the cheapest fashion fabric from so-so to fabulous in a matter of minutes. And your garments will wear better and last longer with the
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  • In putting together the Sew Daily eBook: 4 Free Sewing Patterns: Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners and All Sewists , w e wanted to create a collection of projects that are simple for beginners to take on and complete, while also being so cute that you
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  • Looking for a handsewing stitch that you'll find yourself returning to time and time again? Look no further than the humble backstitch. Thread the needle and knot the end. Bring the needle up from back to front. Take the first stitch 1/4" to
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  • Note from Amber: Stitch Technical Editor Mary Walter is also a very talented quilter. Here, she shares with us her tips on how she approaches the design of an art quilt. Whistler's Street at Saverne by Mary Walter A student design wall. Ideas taking
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  • I spent some time this past weekend sewing some props to illustrate an upcoming Stitch issue. The main construction technique involved bonding two colors of wool felt with fusible web, then stitching the two-sided felt into a shape. (The props turned
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  • The other day Stitch art director Larissa Davis came to me with a skirt that she loves. "I want another one like this," she said. Well, she is in luck, because that's exactly what the new Jil Cappuccio Sewing Skirts Your Way video teaches
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  • In the Stitch Winter 2012 issue, I designed the Retro Barrel Coat and promised at the end of the instructions that I would tell you how to make a faced hem if you came to visit me here on the Sew Daily blog. A faced hem is basically a separate piece of
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  • Stitch, Winter 2012 is a special issue magazine featuring garments and accessories to home accents and fabulous décor—all inspired by the very best of winter. Find fun and simple sewing patterns you won't want to miss. As the weather turns chilly, start dreaming of projects inspired
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  • The silky robin's egg blue fabric became an oversized pillow. The vintage bird handkerchief adorns a storebought pillow. Vintage handkerchiefs are sewn to both sides of a smaller pillow. I am a huge lover of vintage fabric. The quality, texture, prints
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  • ***Congratulations to Patricia E*** "I started out sewing doll clothes as a child years ago and now I'm 62 and beginning to make quilts for my 10 grandchildren. I love sewing. For me, it's a quiet and relaxing time after working anywhere
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  • A Note from Rose: Today we welcome a guest post from Jeane Hutchins, editor of PieceWork magazine. She introduces us to Cynthia LeCount Samaké's recent article on the history of the exquisite indigo dyeing process. With a little folding, hand
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  • Fall is right around the corner, and Mary Walter, Technical Editor of Stitch came up with an innovative project that everyone is talking about. In fact, friend and colleague Cate Prato liked it so much she blogged about it on our sister site ClothPaperScissors
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  • Start dreaming up projects for the Summer 2013 "Details, Details" issue of Stitch tonight! Visit the Sew Daily site and download the Summer 2013 Call for Submissions!
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  • When I taught a Sewing for Beginners class for adults last year, I had to remind myself to start with the absolute basics and build my students' confidence along with their skills. Winding a bobbin--it's a start! Beginning students worried less
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  • A note from Amber: Here is a little more background on designer Anna Bondoc, who created the fabric designs for our authors' pillow challenge . Their mission: to make three distinct pillows from Anna's custom fabrics: Designer Anna Bondoc Artist
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  • When my daughters were much younger, these were my three favorite things to do before school started: G etting ready for school included some wonderful time at the sewing machine (and serger.) Left: My older daughter spent hours picking out those three
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  • Pretty Cat, Baby Bear + Mini Mouse Stepping Stones Pot Holder One of the most wonderful things about embellishments is that they can be applied to a project you have created or a store-bought item. Embellishment techniques let you to be as creative as
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  • I sewed for a good period of time in my teens and 20s and then there was a long period where life happened, and I didn't do anything creative. By the time I did get back to sewing, I was ready to roar and sewed nonstop for about 5 years straight.
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  • There is something so innately satisfying about sewing accessories . Most accessory projects can be completed in an afternoon, give or take an hour. You can go wild with fabric choices and color, and fit is not usually an issue. We just finished sending
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  • Note from Amber: Embellishment is one of the most fascinating and beautiful sewing techniques . Below, Kristine Lundblad, Assistant Editor at Quilting Arts Mag a zine introduces the newest segment of " Quilting Arts TV," Series 1000, and tells
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  • In the course of my creative life, I've had moments when I can't quite accomplish my vision because I don't have the skills yet. Whether being able to invisibly stitch up a hem or having the embroidery stitch repertoire to re-create a fiber
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  • Summer is the perfect time to take a break from the usual routines of daily life and make time for art. An afternoon at the beach with a sketchbook, a week at an art retreat, and a visit to some local (and not-so-local) museums are all on my short list of goals, but in reality, I only have a few hours
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  • I seem to inherit sewing supplies from every branch of the family and recently my stepmother sent me a large box of her mother's supplies. What a treasure of history was there when I opened it. It was like walking back in time. The button reflects
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  • We found our sewing for the home eBook to be so popular that we have updated it, offering some old favorites, along with some new patterns that are sure to get you even more inspired to sew accessories for your home. Make your own fruity, fresh fabric
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  • For quick sewing satisfaction, nothing beats the basic tote. Like having an open tortilla, you can add as much or as little as you like-and come up with a winner every time. Either method will give you a perfect gusset every time! METHOD ONE -- Cut First
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  • The template for the handle tabs was omitted from the pattern insert used in step 7. The tab template is included in this pdf :
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  • Often the last line of a knitting pattern reads: Sew on the buttons and enjoy! Embroidery floss and a darning needle work well for sewing on handknits. Take two tiny stitches on the front of the garment. Stitch up through the button and over the spacer
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  • Have you ever had silk charmeuse and chiffon slither away from you, oblivious of the feed dog traction, or struggled to sew a bulky denim or wool seam? I know a sewing machine technique tip that will change your life. Find your presser foot tension knob
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  • A note from Amber: Stitch Technical Editor Mary Walter has a long history with making quilts , including running a quilt shop, teaching classes and judging contests. Here, she shares one of her own projects that includes dimensional quilt techniques.
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  • I know that next spring seems like it's a long way away, but the Stitch team is already keeping its eyes open for props for the Stitch Spring 2013 photo shoot. Antique tins, lawn bowls and croquet, oh my! The theme of the issue is to relax and refresh
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  • How many rotary cutters do you own? I have nine. All these rotary cutters. Why? Eight of my fifteen seam rippers. Yikes! And, at last count, I also own fifteen seam rippers. A little silly, isn't it? (In my defense, I do product testing and haven't
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  • Dear Sew Daily members: Coats and Clark is celebrating 200 years of making thread, and they are asking you to share your sewing stories via their online museum. See below and learn how you can enter for a chance to win great sewing prizes! --The Stitch
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  • I was looking through the Sew Daily archives recently in search of some favorite sewing techniques , and saw that a post from early January 2012 was one of the most viewed to date. It's such a time-saving tip for bias strips that I had to share it
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  • One of the last projects I worked on in my pattern making class at FIT was a women's vest, and I dreaded it because as with everything else, we had to draft the pattern and make a sample, but we were given very few assembly instructions. There's
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  • Last year I had the honor of teaching a beginner sewing class for adults who had never sewn before in their lives. Learning about bobbins--Day 1 of bootcamp. Finished Tote--with gusset! This was not a refresher course for lapsed Girl Scouts and 4-H members
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  • Accessories are some of the best projects to make. Consider the pluses: 1) Accessories are QUICK TO MAKE! 2) Great way to update and refresh the wardrobe! 3) Little or NO FITTING required! So really, what's not to love about making accessories? We've
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  • Top: Calendar Patchwork Tote, designed by Susan Wasinger. Bottom: Mudcloth Tote, designed by Zelda Grant. I love sewing a pretty tote for the summer. A basic tote pattern is so quick and simple to make, and the embellishment becomes part of the fun. I
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  • When I was asked to choose five favorite sewing books from the Hurt Book Sale, I knew it was going to be a tough decision. But I have finally winnowed it down to five. Here are my picks: 1) The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential
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  • The Spring 2013 call forsubmissions is now live! Click here to download. Can't wait to see what you submit!
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  • One of my favorite sections from Stitch Fall 2012 is the School Days section. It's filled with school-themed gifts that you can make for and with children, as well as a gift that thou both can make for their teachers. Here are a few of my favorites
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  • Revel in the cool, crisp days of the fall season with Stitch , Fall 2012. Enjoy stunning projects ranging from garments and accessories to home accents and fabulous décor.
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  • What's not to love about a slipcover? I am always on the lookout for a smart tip or way to freshen up my furniture, and the new Stitch Workshop video on home decor items doesn't disappoint. Learn secret tips for making the Patchwork Cube Slipcover
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  • Some things in life are worth celebrating, like the launch Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts . This new book is a huge milestone for contemporary quilt artists Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen, two pioneers in the modern quilting movement!
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  • If you have a passion for pillows, you are probably always looking for ways to improve upon the basic rectangle. How about trying trapunto? Trapunto is a technique that involves stuffing an area to make an attractive surface design. It's fun, easy
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  • Until I developed a patchwork project for Stitch Summer 2012, I had literally never done any patchwork sewing. But I was lucky to have someone on the Stitch team, (Mary Walter, our technical editor) who is a quilting whiz and could teach me how to do
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  • By the time I've put in a zipper, carefully sewn some buttonholes, and stitched the hem in place, I'm usually ready to wave the iron over the project and move on to something new. (Or more realistically, move on to another somewhat-started, halfway
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  • People have all sorts of strong feelings about pins in sewing. Some swear by pin basting, and some don't ever use pins at all--to protect the fabric and save time. I prefer to take a softer stance, and I do whatever fits the project. But if you are
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  • I was on the set of a video shoot with Stitch author Kevin Kosbab last week. We were making a Stitch Workshop video that was mostly about pillows, and I was truly amazed at all of the tricks Kevin, on set, has a chopstick among his arsenal of pillow sewing
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  • I just finished working on a Stitch Workshop video with Jil Cappuccio, who owns a great shop for handmade clothing in Denver, Colo., called SEWN. The delightful Jil sews all of the colorful clothes that she sells in her shop. When we Jil Cappuccio, shown
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  • I studied haute couture sewing techniques for several years at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and I had brilliant teachers who were working professionals. I would love to say that I remember all the amazing techniques I learned
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  • If you have a piece of fabric, it's possible to get a lot of sewing done with just a needle, thread, and a small sharp scissors. That being said, it is remarkable how many notions, gadgets, book, fabric, and patterns that I own in addition to those
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  • Correction: Summer 2012 Roll-Up Seed Saver Pattern Available as Download The Stitch Summer 2012 Roll-Up Seed Saver project was not indicated as a downloadable pattern in the magazine. It is available as a downloadable pattern at the following web address
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  • Children's garments are so much fun to sew-for so many reasons. Add a secret facing to a child's dress. This cotton print makes a charming facing. First, since they are small, almost inevitably they turn out very cute. Second , they don't
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  • Rosemarie (a.k.a. "Rose) is the eagle-eye assistant editor who joined the Stitch staff a few months ago. She relocated to Boston from Chicago and can answer just about every question about Stitch Assistant Editor Rosemarie DeBoer sewing that you
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  • I recently had to make a blouse pattern for my patternmaking class. The blouse had a yoke and the professor said that to provide extra support in the yoke, you could cut 2 pieces. (FYI: The yoke is the separate piece you see often across the back top
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  • I just learned the most amazing tip for sewing a pillow from Modern Patchwork 2012 . Hanging Flags by Melissa Lunden in Modern Patchwork 2012 Whenever I make a pillow, I always get extra-pointy, floppy corners that look like dog ears. It completely baffles
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  • Just because you are a beginner sewist doesn't mean that you have to settle for amateurish garments. As a beginner, I found that it's the little touches that make all the difference in how polished and expensive a handmade garment looks I made
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  • At one time, just the thought of making a sleeve placket made me shudder. I will gladly put 100 hours into a couture tailored suit--just don't ask me to make a sleeve placket for a blouse ... or read instructions on how to do it. Photo 1: The placket
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  • You can take a plain mandarin collar blouse from blah to adorable in just a few minutes with some easy pattern drafting. Here's how: 1) Draw a straight line on the front bodice from the mid-shoulder to a point on the center-front that is about 3 inches
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  • We have a guest this week! Below, Jeane Hutchins, editor-in-chief of PieceWork magazine gives us a sneak preview of the May/June 2012 PieceWork : Learning about some of the people from the past who encouraged the development of various types of lace or
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  • I recently came up with a neat trick for dealing with a knit garment that I was making with a pattern for woven garments. The fabric was wayyyyy too stretchy for my liking, especially at the waistline, shoulders and sleeve edges, and stay-stitching alone
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  • I first discovered hand sewing stitches as a Girl Scout. As part of the sewing badge that I was earning, I embroidered a small figure on the badge itself, and I remember very clearly how proud and satisfied I was to make the figure’s head out of
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  • For any dress that has a bodice and a skirt, I like to add a waist stay to keep the waistline from drooping. Recently, I was working on a knit dress that was gorgeous, but droopy at the waist, and needed some support. A stay is basically a grosgrain ribbon
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  • I prefer to put in a zipper by hand. Closures are so critical to the look of a garment, and I just like the result I get when putting the zipper manually. That's how I fell in love with the pickstitch. I'm sure you've seen the pickstitch on
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  • Many of you have been writing to ask me when you can get your copy of Stitch Summer 2012, and I am so excited to let you know that this sunny issue is now available! Now that we are all starting to get a taste of warmer weather, the 34 projects in this
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  • There are so many great new quilting products coming out these days. It seems like every time I turn around there yet another gasp-worthy magazine or book to feast on. The lastest to catch my eye is the book Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie
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  • I mentioned a few posts ago that I am fast turning into a "crossover quilter" with all the exposure that I am getting from the quilting editors in my office. Well, I have gotten a look at Modern Patchwork 2012, and I think that I will be definitely
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  • Usher in sunny days with Stitch , Summer 2012! With 34 fresh projects inspired by the outdoors, from gardening and flowers to the seashore and natural linen, you’ll find projects and accessories for outdoor living, wardrobe, and home décor−plus adorable gifts to make for your kids
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  • I was recently working on a garment for the Fall 2012 issue, and I had made the mistake of falling in love with an inappropriate fabric. It was not the best decision, but I was in love and didn't care. My pattern that I had drafted was for a woven
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  • When I came to work at Interweave, I was very impressed with how each of the editors here took a small and nondescript workspace and made it into something that reflected both themselves and the publications they work for. They inspired me to mold my
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  • I have to be truthful here. I have never been much of a quilter, although I come by the art honestly. My great-grandmother created intricate handstitched quilts that are family heirlooms to this day, and my grandmother was just as much of an artist with
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  • Sewists are a passionate group. Who else could get so excited about a new line of spring fabrics or an easy way to adapt a pattern? And we love to pass on our passion to others. In fact, I bet most of you learned how to sew from your mom, grandmother
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  • The deadline is looming and we are looking for projects for the Winter 2012 issue. Get inspired this weekend and send us your project ideas by Monday, March 12. For more information, see the submission guidelines . Can't wait to see what you send
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  • The deadline is looming and we are looking for projects for the Winter 2012 issue. Get inspired this weekend and send your project ideas! Project proposals are due on March 12. For more information, see the submissions guidelines ! Looking forward to
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  • The Stitch Summer 2012 Flower-Power Reversible Purse project was not indicated as a downloadable pattern in the magazine. It is available as a downloadable pattern at the following web address: http://www.sewdaily.com/media/p/6219.aspx . It can also be
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  • I will be the first person to raise my hand when asked if I am one of those sewing rebels who resists making a muslin or test garment. Part of the problem is that I am pretty close to a standard pattern size, so I know the adjustments I have to make,
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  • I have to take a break from all the how-to posts to let you know how much I love the Stitch Summer 2012 issue, from the cover to everything that's inside. Granted, I am a little biased, but I think you'll agree once you get a gander at what's
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  • Last week, I posted about turning a straight skirt into a flirty skirt for spring . Now I want to take it a step further and add an arty insert to that flared skirt. Yep, you guessed it, more cutting up patterns. Now that's my idea of fun! It's
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  • I can be a pretty stubborn person sometimes, and even though I will hear about a great tip for sewing, I will resist trying it until I absolutely have to resort to changing my ways. Place paper beneath charmeuse to cut. Last weekend, I was working on
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  • Sometimes a fabric is just too beautiful to cut up. I had that experience with a beautiful piece of silk fabric that I purchased recently. It was a gorgeous ethnic print that I just could not imagine into a garment, no matter how hard I tried. In the
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  • Trace your pattern piece and transfer markings. Fit is everything in sewing and if you have a straight skirt pattern that you have altered to fit you perfectly, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel. You can turn that straight skirt into any number
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  • Calling all Stitch fans! The Winter 2012 Call of Submissions is now live . Check it out and send your great project ideas in!
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  • Being creative is all about the finishing touches and having the very best nametag pouch ever is definitely a great finishing touch, as well as very practical. Create an embellished nametag pouch by Susan Brubaker Knapp from the Quilting Arts TV 900 series
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  • I just love it when an overarching design principle is expressed within a craft, which is exactly what happens in "I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew" by Rashida Coleman Hale. "I Love Patchwork" by Rashida Coleman
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  • People tend to shy away from sewing with faux fur because they assume that it is just too difficult to manage. But faux fur garments usually have simple lines, with no darts and little fitting. So before you avoid sewing with faux fur, read these tips
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  • There's nothing I like better than to take a commercial pattern and add couture touches. It's amazing what few tricks of the trade will do for a garment. Here's one of my favorites for cleaning up seam allowances, the Hong Kong Finish! What
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  • I am always looking for new sources of inspiration and lately I have been trolling in Quilting Arts magazine . I recently found this fabulous article on shibori, resist painting, by Jeannie Palmer Moore in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Quilting
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  • I love garments that can be worn in more ways than one. There's just something so ingenious about about a design that can take several shapes. That's why I'm such a huge fan of S hape Shape: Sewing Clothing Patterns to Wear Multiple Ways
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  • Just about a week ago, we wrapped out shooting for the Stitch , Summer 2012. Yes, I know how cold it is outside (about 10 degrees in Boston as I write this!). So we really had to get ourselves in the mood for summer. Here's a look at shooting the
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  • Spring 2012 Stitch has sprung! If I do say so myself, I am absolutely loving the Spring 2012 Stitch . It's available now and filled to the gills with 36 mouthwatering projects to usher in warmer weather. The first section, "For the Birds,"
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  • Have you ever wondered how you can take one garment and transform it into another? There you are looking at your closet at, say, a mega-shouldered designer jacket that you inherited and you know it cost a mint, but it will never see the light of day in
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  • For the Baby Layette set by Marcia Van Oort (shown on page 50), please note these updates to the instructions (pages 100-101): Step 12: Change 3/16" to 3/8" Step 21: Change 3/16" to 3/8" Step 23: In the fourth sentence, change the
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  • Looking back over the past year of blog posts, there have been great articles about sewing patterns. I was scrolling through the selection to see what I could curate for a sewing pattern blog post round-up, and I was very impressed by the offerings. It
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  • The Spring issue of Stitch will jumpstart you into spring! With 36 fresh projects for outdoor living, wardrobe accessories, and home dec-plus several adorable gifts to make for your favorite babies!-Stitch Spring is bursting with the ideas, techniques, and inspiration that will help you welcome back
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  • I am a huge fan of slipcovers, mostly because I own two massive golden retrievers who think they are lap dogs. Not only can you wash slipcovers--you can also change the look of a room in just a few minutes. As a result, I have become pretty good friends
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  • Have you ever walked behind someone who is wearing a really well-made plaid jacket and marveled at the perfect matching of the plaid pattern across the seamlines? If you've ever tried to sew with plaids, you would also know that this isn't so
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  • Sometimes I just want to make something really simple. No patterns. Nothing complicated. Just fast little thing that I can turn out in a couple of hours. Maximum satisfaction, with minimum fuss. This lavender trivet project from the Stitch Spring 2010
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  • Copy your favorite dress and remake it! I've had two posts recently on patternmaking: Cut Up Your Patterns and Your Clothes and The Seven Patternmaking Tools I Would Take to a Deserted Island . And now maybe you are ready to dive into the deep end
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  • Just a quick note to remind everyone that the Call for Submissions for Stitch Fall 2012 is now posted. We would love to have you submit a project! Happy Holidays and New Year!
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  • In my recent blog post, Cut Up Your Patterns and Clothes , I wrote about how to make basic alterations to a blazer pattern to give it a more cropped and feminine silhouette. There are some very important and essential tools, in my opinion, to have in
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  • Note from Amber: Pokey Bolton, host of "Quilting Arts TV", has written a wonderful post about her on-set visit with fiber artist Margaret Applin, stocked with great tips on using surface design for home décor projects. You'll love
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  • Embellish Away! One of my favorite things to do is to hit yard sales (or tag sales, as they call them on the East Coast) in search of vintage sewing supplies. I've found precious caches of patterns, fabrics, and even a dress form or two. But by and
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  • One of the biggest discoveries that I made about commercial sewing patterns was that I didn't have to stick to the pattern. I could change it. I was sewing for years before I learned this valuable lesson. I wanted to sew the fashions that I saw in
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  • When it comes to making a quick handmade gift for someone, there is nothing easier and more satisfying than beading. Think of it: You take a ready-made object (a sweater, top or fabric clutch) and make it all sparkly and beautiful. I studied beading embroidery
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  • You could call me a little obsessed with sewing spaces and studios. And mine have run the gamut, from minimalist to downright lavish. Growing up, I used my grandmother's Singer (you know, the kind that folds away inside a table). It was tucked into
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  • Whenever I go to a magazine photo shoot, I always say to myself, "In my next life, I want to be a photographer." I think it's just incredible all the details that go into making a great photo: the cameras and lenses, the lighting, the editing
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  • I am so happy to be on board as the new editor of Stitch magazine and SewDaily.com . I've been sewing all my life and am a great admirer of Interweave's products. What perfect timing that there's a big sale just as I join Stitch and Sew Daily
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  • Learn How to Make Your Own Fabric Designs A recent afternoon spent trying to organize my sewing studio confirmed a long-held suspicion I’ve had: my fabric stash is slowly taking over my house. I have fabric stored everywhere—cupboards, shelves
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  • Sewing Basics and Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners A Note from Helen Gregory , Managing Editor of Interweave's Quilt, Paper & Sewing Group: I'm thrilled to introduce the new Editor for Stitch magazine and the Sew Daily community, Amber Eden
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  • Generation Simple Modern We surveyed a whole team of fashion-loving women to see if the pretty styles in Simple Modern Sewing work for everyone. They do! Here in the book department at Interweave, we covet every Japanese sewing book that comes our way
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  • Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Sewing Monogrammed Fabric Gift Tags by Marlene Blessing Sewing gifts for loved ones is my favorite activity leading up to the holidays. I look forward to selecting the fabric and embellishments, sewing each gift, and imagining
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  • Just in time for the holidays! Celebrate the season with the creative possibilities of fabric and thread. Here we have tons of beautiful ideas, inspiring patterns, expert tips and unique techniques from the experts at Sew Daily and Quilting Daily—
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  • Excerpted from Quilting Daily : Where Did You Learn Your Sewing Techniques? —July 7, 2011 Earlier in the day, Cate Prato, online editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Today , sent me an email: "When you have a minute, I have something funny to show
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  • Get ready for the holidays in style with Stitch Gifts , a special 148-page publication packed full of contemporary sewing projects perfect for gift-giving. You'll find gift projects for the entire family, with a focus on small projects and stash-busting projects that can be completed quickly. Offering
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  • The Winter issue celebrates rich textured fabrics, from wool felt to leather and suede-perfect for sewing cozy projects for the winter months. Features include an in-depth technique article on sewing with faux leather and suede, a step-by-step tutorial on drafting a custom skirt and sewing a day and
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  • Sometimes you learn a technique, and then all you want to do is find different ways of using your new skill. That's the way it is with me and patchwork.
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  • Get ready for the holidays in style with Stitch Gifts , a special 148-page publication packed full of contemporary sewing projects perfect for gift-giving. You'll find gift projects for the entire family, with a focus on small projects and stash-busting projects that can be completed quickly. Offering
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  • Now Available for Download! The theme for the winter/spring issue of Stitch is The Technique Issue , loaded with must-have technique tutorials and 40 projects exploring the sewing, finishing, and embellishment techniques that give a project a professional touch. This issue offers projects that bridge
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  • Flower Ribbon Ruffle Excerpted from Five Easy Steps for a Fabulous Ribbon Embellishment Project —November 12, 2010 Ribbon embellishment has been a strong fashion and home decor trend for a while now, from embellished T-shirts to textured pillows
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  • The overall theme for Stitch, Fall 2011 is THE DESIGN ISSUE , celebrating design innovation and a creative approach to design challenges. This issue features 38 fabulous projects that are fun and unexpected, with unique details, clever construction, and an inspired use of fabric and thread.
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  • If you want to add texture and interest to a cuff, a collar, or an accessory, one of the quickest ways is to add embellishments like beading or embroidery.
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  • When it comes to making gifts, I'm a Last-minute Lucy. But, guess what? I'm also the queen of last-minute wrapping. It follows, right?
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  • This 148-page super special issue has 37 fantastic sewing projects for Spring! The theme is Sew Original and inside you'll find exclusive patterns, projects for kids, current trends, and much more! This 148-page super special issue has 37 fantastic sewing projects for Spring! The theme is Sew Original
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  • Buttons—A Unique Time Capsule A Note from PieceWork editor Jeane Hutchins : PieceWork , one of Stitch 's sister magazines, was started in 1993 by Interweave's founder, Linda Ligon, for those who care about handwork and who value its past
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  • My daughter Meredith, 15, has just started taking sewing lessons, and she has caught on quickly. The first week she made two pillow cases. The second week she moved right along to a skirt
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  • Sewing Fabric and Tricky Materials: Free Guide to Sewing Silk Fabric and Knit Fabric It's easy sewing fabrics with unique characteristics. All it takes are a few helpful hints and tailored sewing techniques, plus some stitching practice with the right
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  • Modern Mix by Jessica Levitt Jessica Levitt Gradations Bag Project Linen Apron Project Twin String Quilt Project Today we are so happy to host the latest stop in Jessica Levitt's blog tour for her new book Modern Mix from Stash Books. For those of
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  • Sew Deluxe I love it when the weather starts to turn cold. I've been anxiously awaiting the time when I get to pull out my sweaters, boots, and scarves. I love the texture of fall and winter - nubby blankets, shiny holiday dresses, and warm wooly
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  • Digital Sewing Patterns to the Rescue! Excerpted from Ready Set Sew —January 7, 2011 Help! I need new sewing patterns fast because I officially have no more space to store my mushrooming fabric stash. What's a fabric-obsessed girl severely lacking
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  • ON THE COVER: Drawstring Gift Bags features sew gifty Nicole Smith Our guide to the perfect sewing sewing tools and supplies to give (and get)! a stress-free handsewn holiday Marlene Blessing Great ideas to make gift sewing fun doable projects sew festive
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  • Sew Quick, Sew Cute I was out shopping this weekend and was startled to see that Christmas trees are already showing up in stores. Is the holiday season here already? I thought I had at least until after Halloween before I had to start thinking about
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  • All Zipped Up Every sewer has a technique that they hate doing, even if they have done it many times. For me it's sewing zippers. I have put in tons of zippers, yet every time I arrive at this step in the garment-making process, I take a deep breath
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  • Machine Quilting Made Easy No matter what you like to sew, having the right supplies can make all the difference. The right sewing supplies can make sewing easier, highlight the design, and make your project last longer. As a newbie quilter, I'm always
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  • Josée Carrier's Lily Pillow Covers are made with wool felt, appliqué, and embroidery. Add style to your holiday table with the Ornament Tree Place Mats by Jacquie Gering. The Appliquéd Messenger Bag by Carol Zentgraf features
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  • Wraparound dress with ¾ sleeves. Wraparound baby doll top with cap sleeves. Wraparound top with French sleeves. Build Your Wardrobe the Easy Way If you love sewing your own clothes like I do, then you probably have a few go-to patterns that you
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  • Cat Pillow by Eva Hanusova. Reverse Appliqué Pillow by Kevin Kosbab. Spiral Skirt by Beki Wilson. Designing With Thread Thread can be used as a design element to add texture and graphic dimension to a project. I love playing with thread embellishment
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  • We’re so thrilled to announce the release of Alisa Burke’s Sew Wild that we’re celebrating with a blog tour! The tour launches today on Sew, Mama, Sew, so go over and see a new tutorial by Alisa, and follow along for photo posts, reviews
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  • Sheer Mix Pillow by Linda Lee. Ruffled Chiffon Wrap by Linda Permann. Undulating Pleat Scarf by Katrina Walker. Challenge Yourself for National Sewing Month In celebration of National Sewing Month, I'm offering a challenge to everyone, including myself
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  • Hooded Baby Towel made with organic terry cloth by Katie Himmelberg. The Odekake Tote by Ayumi Takahashi is a great example of Japanese design influences. Alissa Haight Carlton's Yellow Pop quilt shows off modern quilting style. Contemporary Sewing
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  • ON THE COVER: Wool Petals Pillow features luxe look-alikes Linda Turner Griepentrog Techniques and tips for sewing faux leather and suede drafting a custom skirt Sandra Geiger Learn how to drape and sew a skirt customized to your measurements sewing in
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  • Boy's Cozy Pullover by Jil Cappuccio. Plaid Curves Table Runner by Kevin Kosbab. Men's Fall Zipper Jacket by Jil Cappuccio. Mad for Plaid Even though it's still warm outside, fall clothes and home decor are starting to appear in stores, and
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  • Instant access to 40 projects for the fall season! Stitch explores sewing projects and techniques featuring a wide variety of exciting fabrics. Pull out that specialty fabric you have been saving and get to stitch! The theme for Stitch Fall/Winter 2010 is THE FABRIC ISSUE , exploring sewing projects
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  • Fabric designer Lucie Summers' cheerful studio in Suffolk, England. Lucie organizes her fabric and supplies and in open bins for easy access. Organize your fabric into coordinated bundles. Queen of Fabric Okay, it's no secret that I love fabric
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  • Join Liesl in her Brooklyn studio. Learn about sewing seams, corners, curves, gathers, and more! Click to watch a preview! Learning to Sew One of the most common questions I'm asked by readers and in interviews is "When did you learn to sew?"
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  • Well-Suited Messenger Bag by Susan Wasinger. Tulip Skirt by Jenny Gordy. Facets Quilt by Blair Stocker. Zip Dot Hoodie by Jil Cappuccio. Let's Sew Together for National Sewing Month! With the summer sewing season winding down, I'm looking forward
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  • Closed and open views of Diane Rusin Doran's quilted notebook covers. Figure 1. Figure 2. Follow along step-by-step with Pokey and Diane. Have fun embellishing the front flap of your notebook cover. Sewing With the Pros When it comes to understanding
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  • Sew Cozy for Fall Fall is the perfect season to sew with cozy, textured fabrics, from felt and fleece to corduroy and velvet. These fabrics are ideal for designs with simple construction details and make perfect projects for casual relaxing at home. This
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  • Happy Friday and welcome to this edition of Freebie Friday! We're changing it up this week and giving away something we've only done once before: fabric!!! We have a large stash of fabric samples from our friends at Timeless Treasures, and we'll
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  • Fast + Fabulous Summer Dresses I LOVE Japanese style-and especially Japanese sewing books. Japanese sewing books are a lesson in efficient design. The beautiful, timeless projects are cleverly constructed but are often very simple to make. The patterns
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  • Sewers in the D.C. area, take note--nestled in the capital of the U.S. is the Bits of Thread Sewing Studio . For those of you looking for a place to learn more about sewing, check out this great location found on Columbia Road , which is run by a local
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  • Designing Outside the Box I will freely admit to being a bit too obsessed with home-decorating shows. I've been watching HGTV, TLC, and similar channels for years, and one of my favorite designers is Genevieve Gorder. I first watched Genevieve on
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  • In The Thick of It I really love adding a bit of surface interest to my sewing projects. Whether it's through screen printing, appliqué, or embroidery, adding a bit of flair to an otherwise plain fabric is a way to make a project really special
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  • This special issue 148 page issue is loaded with fun and fabulous sewing projects! This issue's theme is Sew Global and includes 30 sewing projects for the fall and holiday season. It's a packed issue with everything from home décor projects featuring fabrics from around the world to romantic
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  • Preparing For Fall I love making my own clothes and accessories, and even though my primary medium is sewing, I also knit. Not surprisingly, most of my friends that sew also knit. When summer begins to wind down, my mind always turns to starting new knitting
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  • Happy Friday all and welcome to this edition of Freebie Friday! This week we're giving away an Amy Butler sewing pattern: Must-Have Pillows!! Stylish + fun, the Main Panels of the "Get the Message" Pillow are made by piecing five different
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  • Paper Shredder Quilt by Kevin Kosbab. Zip Zip Purse by Rebecca Kemp Brent. Circuit Scarf by Kevin Kosbab. Getting Stitchy With It Sometimes it's fun to think of your machine as a drawing tool and use machine stitching as a design element. All you
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  • Border Skirt by Beki Wilson Suede Appliquéd Skirt by Carol Zentgraf Pin Tuck Skirt by Beki Wilson Sewing on the Border In the summertime, what could be easier than whipping up a summer skirt? I'm not really a shorts kinda girl, so when the
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  • Happy Friday all and welcome to this edition of Freebie Friday! This week we have a couple of handy tool for the sewing room to give away: a silicone iron rest and a heat-reflective ironing board cover, both from Dritz. The silicone iron rest protects
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  • Figure 1. Figure 2. Figure 3. Figure 4. Sewing Successful Darts I love sewing my own clothes, but admittedly, I tend to shy away from projects that require a lot of shaping. I'm a bit intimidated by projects that require an exact fit because I'm
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  • Sew Heavy I always try to think outside the box when it comes to choosing fabric for a project. Finding the perfect fabric is part of what makes sewing exciting, and I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I'm able to work something unexpected
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  • Happy Friday everyone and welcome to this edition of Freebie Friday! Earlier this week you read a great Q&A with author and designer Brett Bara . This week for Freebie Friday we have 5 copies of her new book, Sewing In A Straight Line , to give away
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  • Sew Graphic Design inspiration comes from everywhere, and one place I constantly find design ideas is in graphic design. I'm obsessed with creative typography and love to incorporate letters and numbers into my sewing projects with embroidery, stamping
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  • Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara Brett in her sewing room The One-Hour Skirt Project Baby Quilt Project Stitched Bowls Project Stitched Bowls Project Brett Bara, the host of Knit & Crochet on PBS, is well known in the yarn world, however her
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  • A Passion for Color If you love fabric, then you probably share a passion for color. From rich solids to vibrant prints, perusing the fabrics in a fabric shop is like being a kid in a candy store. We all have colors that we are personally drawn to-for
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  • Fabric to Dye For I have always loved unusual, one-of-a-kind fabrics. If it's hand-dyed, hand-printed, embellished, or has a unique construction, I pretty much have to have it. If it's from a faraway exotic place, well that's even better.
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  • If you live in the New York area, or have a visit scheduled soon, make a plan to visit the Textile Arts Center . Their headquarters in Park Slope, Brooklyn is expanding next week to an all-new location in Manhattan, where they will spread their textile
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  • Scrap-Happy Sewing Cute selvedge pincushions are a great way to use up scraps. I am a chronic fabric-scrap hoarder. Every time I work on a project, I look at all the leftovers and think "I could make something with that," no matter how small
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  • Happy Friday everyone and welcome to this week's edition of Freebie Friday! This week we're giving away a large grab bag of thread from Coats & Clark. This package contains about 30 spools of thread of varying types and weights: - Dual Duty
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  • The Fall 2011 issue of Stitch is here and we have a few free projects to get you going. Check out the Road Warrior Organizer by Kevin Kosbab for keeping all those important car-related papers neatly collected in your glove compartment. And dress up your
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  • I Am Shift Into Tunic (top) and I Am Cute Contrast (bottom) from I Am Cute Dresses . Detailed illustrations accompany each pattern in I Am Cute Dresses . Easy, Breezy Summer Dresses It is no secret that I am obsessed with Japanese sewing books. I love
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  • Patchwork Possibilities Summer always strikes me as the ideal season to work on patchwork and quilting projects. Something about mixing bright fun fabrics and prints seems perfectly suited to warm days and long hours of sunshine. I love patchwork because
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  • Hello stitchers and welcome to another installment of Freebie Friday! This week we're giving away a sewing pattern from Amy Butler: the Sandlewood Jacket. Turn heads with this dramatic & light modern reversible jacket. The clean cut of this silhouette
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  • Finding Your Inner Designer Every sewist puts their personal design stamp on each project they sew, from the fabric and notion choices to fit alterations and embellishment. I'm so passionate about sewing because there is so much room for personalization
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  • Stitching Comes to Life I've always been a visual learner. No matter how many times I read a set of instructions or hear someone describing the steps of a technique, I find that I remember things much easier if I can see someone demonstrate. I think
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  • ON THE COVER: Drop-Top Messenger Bag features seams right Nicole Smith Choose the best seams and seam finishes for your projects inside project runway Alissa Haight Carlton Follow contestants from casting to life after TV twinkle's big star Nicole
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  • Stitched by Hand I often write about my love of handstitching, from using it to professionally finish a hem to adding decorative embroidery as a design element. I love stitching by hand because it's relaxing, portable, and it's so easy to do!
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  • When two great friends get together to combine their creative and design powers, great things happen. Such was the case for Patti Gilstrap and Seryn Potter, the founders of Flirt Brooklyn , a hip clothing boutique located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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  • Aprons with embroidered trims and crochet edging. From the collection of Julia Baratta. (Photo by Joe Coca.) Generations of Sewing I love learning about the history of textiles and fashion because not only can you gain a deeper understanding of the cultural
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  • Happy Friday everyone and welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday! If you're just joining us, here's how it works: Every Friday (unless it's an ultra-busy day at Sew Daily HQ and we forget) we post a blog with something from our office
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  • Douppioni Silk Table Runner India Cotton Duvet Cover + Pillow Shams Denim Throw Chrysanthemum Pillow Cute-As-A-Button Pillow Give your Home a Makeover with 5 Free Home Décor Sewing Patterns Sometimes you want to give a room in your home a design
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  • Appliqué Your Way I'm a big fan of dressing up a plain item of clothing with simple embellishments. It's a great way to refashion something that you already own or dress up an inexpensive plain item like a t-shirt or simple dress and make
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  • Creating with Needle and Thread I think thread has multiple personalities. Whether it's structured and organized straight stitching, organic, hand-drawn effects with freehand machine embroidery, or the rich textured look of hand embroidery and appliqué
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  • It's time again for the next installment of Freebie Friday! This week we're giving away two rotary cutters from OLFA, an 18mm circle rotary cutter and a 45mm quick-change rotary cutter. OLFA Quick-Change Rotary Cutter OLFA Circle Rotary Cutter
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  • Lace Ruffle Tunic by Beki Wilson. Lacy Clutch by Rebeka Lambert. Designing with Lace Now that summer is here, I have finally put away all my layered clothing and have pulled out the romantic summer dresses I will live in for the next few months. I also
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  • Father's Day is just around the corner (June 19th this year), giving you only a little over a week to find the perfect something for Dad. This year, make Father's Day extra special with a handmade gift by you. Here is a round up of a few tutorials
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  • Join Interweave Books in a celebration of the launch of Meg McElwee's Growing Up Sew Liberated . The launch kicks off with a 15-day blog tour visiting some of the web's most popular sewing blogs, parenting blogs, education blogs, personal blogs
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  • Yes, it really is that time already—to start planning the Spring 2012 issue! Crazy, right!? This issue will come out in January 2012, so put your creative thinking caps on and check out our project themes and submission deadlines here . This issue
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  • Keeping It in the Family One of the great things about sewing is how it's often passed down through generations. Many of today's sewists learned from watching their mothers or grandmothers sew, and they will in turn pass that knowledge on to their
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  • Cat House (project instructions page 135) The Roof Panel measurement should read 14 1/4" x 17 1/2" (not 4 1/4" x 17 1/2").
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  • In the past few years, options for those of us looking for a more unique take on sewing patterns have greatly increased with an abundance of independent designers launching their own collections. Gone are the days when we were limited to only the few
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  • Top: Calendar Patchwork Tote, designed by Susan Wasinger. Bottom: Mudcloth Tote, designed by Zelda Grant. Fast and Fabulous Bags While it's true that I sew all year-round, let's face it, my summertime sewing time drops off a bit. It's hard
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  • Sew Tina! by Tina Givens. Girl's World by Jennifer Paganelli. Happy Friday, and welcome to the latest installment of Freebie Friday here on the StitchBlog. Today we're giving away a pair of books full of great sewing projects for girls. Here's
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  • Patchwork Telly wall quilt by Penny Layman, from the Summer 2011 issue of Stitch. Perfect Patchwork Made Easy I love patchwork projects. They offer a great way to use up scraps, plus you can get creative by mixing and matching prints and experimenting
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  • Me sewing on my Bernina in the workroom at the museum. One of the actors in costume getting to know the props she will have to demonstrate in the exhibit. A group of actors in costume infront of the handmade tents we also created for the exhibit. A few
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  • Projects from Growing Up Sew Liberated : Crossover Tee and Sleeping Johns. Sewing Kid-Friendly Clothes In recent years there has been an explosion of children's sewing patterns from independent designers, with designs ranging from colorful and embellished
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  • Happy Friday stitchy friends and welcome to another entry of Freebie Friday! This week we're giving away a pile of fun notions from Therm-O-Web. This prize package will include: - Heat n Bond Lite iron-on adhesive. This heat-activated adhesive has
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  • Get Closure It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in possession of a sewing machine and a sofa must be in want of more pillows. Pillows seem to be such a widely loved sewing project, and with good reason. They are easy, fast, and offer
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  • Rashida Coleman-Hale stands in front of her new fabric collection for Timeless Treasures. Liesl Gibson, of Oliver + S and Sew Lisette fame. Hanging out with Amy Butler in a display for her newest collection, Organic Soul. I have just returned from another
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  • Fabric Resists from the Kitchen We've talked several times recently about going beyond sewing to explore customizing fabric. I really love surface design when it comes to making a project truly unique. What's better than a project that's not
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  • We're excited to host the second stop of Erin Gilday's Stripped Down Patchwork blog tour. Erin is a frequent contributor to Stitch magazine and owner of the Patchwork Underground blog, and her first book features twelve modern projects using Seminole
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  • Happy Friday stitchy friends and welcome to this week's Freebie Friday! This week we're giving away a sewing pattern: the Charm Clutch by Amy Butler, which includes both clutch, handbag, and shoulder bag styles. This elegantly proportioned charming
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  • The Art of Stitch Do you ever feel like you are in a sewing rut? I feel that way sometimes when I find myself making the same types of projects over and over, and I need some inspiration to get me to approach my sewing differently or add a new twist.
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  • Every time my mother comes to visit me, she always asks what exhibits are going on in the city so that she can see a part of sewing and fashion history herself. I then have to go on a quest to find information about museums across the NYC area, combing
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  • Get Creative With Fabric Scraps Since I'm not a quilter (at least not yet), I have to work a bit harder to come up with creative ways to use fabric scraps left over from sewing clothes. One of my favorite ways to use scraps is for wrapping packages
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  • Happy Friday everyone and welcome to another round of Freebie Friday! This week we're giving away a copy of The Printed Pattern:Techniques and Projects for Inspired Printmaking and Surface Design by Yvonne Drury and Rebecca Drury. The Printed Pattern
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  • White linen dress before refashioning. Finished front and back (inset) of dress with ribbon embellishments. Projects from Customizing Cool Clothes . Clockwise from top left: Flower Tank, Beaded Flower Blouse, Pink Jewel Sweater, Glamorous Party Skirt
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  • Happy Friday everyone, and welcome to this week's Freebie Friday giveaway! This week we're giving away a copy of Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal. Susan outlines the entire process from start to finish, including basic quilting how-to as
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  • Be Your Own Fabric Designer! One of the things I love about sewing is that it allows you to create customized projects. When you choose your own fabric and notions and are able to sew items that specifically fit your measurements or your space, you can
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  • In honor of the feature in the summer issue of Stitch on the huge impact of the web on the contemporary sewing world ( Connected! Sewing in a Digital World by Elaine Lipson, Stitch Summer 2011), we are featuring a blog series in which Stitch editors and
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  • Sewing Room Organization My sewing space along the wall in my Denver loft. One of the key things I have realized over the years is that the way my sewing space is set up completely affects how much sewing I accomplish. Based on the space available I've
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  • Mother's Day is just around the corner (Sunday, May 8!), and what better way to show Mom you love her than with a handmade gift. Here is a collection of quick ideas from around the web to help get you started on that special gift for mom. And if you
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  • I whipped up the asymmetrical skirt and here is the result! Overall the skirt is pretty easy to make, but it does have a few tricky elements. Revisiting a sewing pattern from our first issue of Stitch was challenging for me because I know how much we
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  • Happy Friday, and welcome to this week's Freebie Friday post! Today is Earth Day, a holiday founded to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. On Earth Day we like to think more than usual about ways we can reduce
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  • Style a Garment Project with the Right Accessory As soon as I finish sewing a new garment, the first thing I ask is "what do I have to go with it"? The perfect scarf or bag can complete an outfit, and we all know the frustration of looking for
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  • In honor of the fascinating feature story in our just-released summer issue on the huge impact of the web on the contemporary sewing world ( Connected! Sewing in a Digital World by Elaine Lipson, Stitch Summer 2011), we are creating a series of blog posts
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  • A few months ago, I started on the daunting task of purging my fabric stash. I had the dream of creating a fabric library for myself that would be neat in display and showcase my fabrics in a way that would inspire me to create. So, I purchased an extra
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  • Breaking Out of a Color Rut I can't wait for summer! I'm like a student with "senioritis" who is anxiously awaiting summer afternoons by the pool, sleeping with the windows open, and summer road trips with friends. I'm also looking
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  • Yay, it's Friday! Which means it's time for this week's Freebie Friday. Today's giveaway is special because we'll have two winners. This week's giveaways come from Lisette , the new line of fabric and women's clothing patterns
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  • Vintage Style Goes Modern Everything old becomes new again, and vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is definitely a hot trend. Thoughtful tailoring and design details, fabulous fabrics, timeless style-what's not to love about vintage fashion? Re
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  • In honor of the fascinating feature story in our just released summer issue on the huge impact of the web on the contemporary sewing world ( Connected! Sewing in a Digital World by Elaine Lipson, Stitch Summer 2011), we are kicking off a series of blog
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  • Sewing Seams for Baby Clothes While I don't have children of my own, I do have many wonderful children in my life, and I love sewing for them. I can never get over how adorably small their little clothes are, and it is so gratifying to be able to
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  • In Wednesday's StitchBlog post you had the chance to electronically meet Susan Wasinger, author of Sewn by Hand . This week for Freebie Friday we're giving away a copy of Susan's book, along with some extra goodies. The winner will receive
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  • Download, Watch, Learn, Create! Last week, I wrote about my sewing resolution to learn printmaking and start making my own custom fabrics. Along with printmaking, I also want to learn simple dyeing. The idea of designing my own fabrics is so enticing
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  • As many of you know we have launched our first group Sew-Along . The voters have spoken so we are making the Asymmetrical Folds Skirt by Martha McQuade , which originally appeared in our premier Fall 2008 issue. I have always loved this skirt (which is
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  • I'm always amazed at what can be accomplished with a simple needle and thread, and the new book Sewn by Hand by Susan Wasinger really brings that idea home with two dozen projects you can complete without the hassle of a machine. The projects range
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  • Date Night Combine high-sheen fabrics, delicate ruffles, and a light feminine cardigan for a sizzling night out. Clockwise from top left: Silk + Pearls Clutch ( Stitch , Fall 2010), Ribbon Wrap Dress ( Stitch , Spring 2009), Audrey's Cardigan ( Knits
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  • The weekend is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than with a new sewing book packed with colorful inspiration and stitching know-how. Today we're giving away one copy of Mary Abreu's adorable Little Girls, Big Style (C&T Publishing
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  • Who doesn't love free stuff? At the Stitch offices, we see lots of great sewing products, fabrics, notions, books, and other really great things throughout the course of our day. While some of these things end up being covered in the magazine, we
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  • Prints Charming There are so many beautiful fabrics out there, and some of the coolest ones are handprinted. I fawn over handprinted fabrics every time I run across them. Since I can't buy them all, one of my key sewing resolutions for 2011 is to
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  • Celebrate Spring with Patchwork! The weather is finally warming up, and the change in season brings many other changes along with it. I'm putting away the sweaters and coats and thinking about dresses and short sleeves and bright springy colors. I'm
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  • Free projects from the Summer issue! Top:Cowl Neck Vest by Erica Domesek, bottom: Flowery Fun Skirt by Mary Abreu. The summer issue of Stitch will soon be available at a store near you ( or online here ) in early April. As usual we have some free online
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  • I am very tight with my sewing machine. A couple years ago, I decided to upgrade to a fancy computerized machine, and I have never looked back. It has lots of cool features and runs like a dream. I'm pretty convinced it's smarter than me, and
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  • ON THE COVER: Hexagon Beach Bag features sewn by hand Linda Turner Griepentrog Handsewing techniques step by step connected! sewing in a digital world Elaine Lipson How the Internet has revolutionized the sewing world the remix artist Marlene Blessing
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  • Everyone has go-to items within their sewing kit that they rely on every time they get behind the machine. For me, those items include notions that help me design, cut, and sew as best I can.The difference between having and not having those items with
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  • Sew Along with Me For many people, it would be a dream come true to turn your passion into your job. In my case, I've been sewing for myself for years, and when the opportunity came along to create a sewing magazine, I jumped at the chance. Now I
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  • The Excitement of Discovery If you've read Stitch or Quilting Arts, then you're probably familiar with Malka Dubrawsky's designs. Malka's quilted and pieced projects are colorful and cheery and will definitely brighten up your day! Top
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  • Top: Tricia on set in the It's Sew Easy studio. Bottom: Tricia snaps a shot with Suede, semi-finalist from Project Runway season 5 and a guest on It's Sew Easy. I've just come back from snowy Cleveland, Ohio for the taping of a new sewing
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  • The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City not only houses one of the greatest fashion schools in the country, but it is also home to the incredibly impressive Museum at FIT . This museum boasts more than 50,000 garments dating all the way back
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  • We talk a lot on the Stitch blog and in our Sew Daily newsletter about studio organization. I'm always amazed by the creative tricks and organization tips our readers come up with! Our sister publication Fiberarts is looking for great studios. If
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  • Ty Pennington in his studio - I love the colorful and inspirational wall of swatches! From the Screen to Your Next Project Confession time: I was OBSESSED with the TV show Trading Spaces. The idea of letting your neighbors decorate your house while you
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  • Although many of us are gearing up for spring and summer, designers across the globe are wrapping up their fall 2011 presentations. It's hard to think about what you'll be wearing as the leaves are changing a couple of seasons from now, but thanks
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  • Sewing in Color For all you fabric junkies like me, no doubt you are drawn to color like bees to honey. It's the first thing you notice about a fabric before you get the pleasure of touching it. And as the fall/winter sewing season winds down, I'm
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  • Greetings fellow STITCHers! My name is Nicole Smith, and I am the newest addition to the Stitch and SewDaily team. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York with all of my sewing machines and embarrasingly large fabric stash, and previously was the lead
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  • Despite the snow outside my window, I am looking ahead to warm weather when I will want to get outside and travel. But no matter how beautiful the weekend weather gets or how many invitations I get for backyard parties, I still have the itch to sew. What's
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  • The theme for this issue is sew pretty . Celebrate spring with fresh sewing ideas and 22 fun projects. Get a dose of inspiration from fabric designer Clare Nicolson, who brings her vintage-inspired prints to life for stylish home accents. Learn the history of Liberty prints, our favorite classic British
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  • One great thing about the internet is how it brings people together. When I look at behind-the-scenes data from our website, I see that we have visitors from all over the United States, and even all over the world. It's amazing that people from all
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  • I am so excited to announce the launch of the Sew Daily community website ! Here you will find all things sewing including free patterns, technique tutorials, informative blogs, interactive forums, and so much more. Oh, the fun we are going to have together
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  • One of my favorite parts of the movie-going experience is watching the previews of upcoming movies. It's fun to get a sneak peek of the great (or awful) movies that will be coming to a theater near you in the upcoming months. Then you wait in anticipation
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  • By a huge margin, the most frequent question that comes through my email inbox has to do with how to get a subscription to Stitch . We love working on Stitch , and it makes us really happy that so many people love to read it! Unfortunately, Stitch has
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  • I really love collecting animal things. I have a small shrine in my craft room of tiny quirky animals items: a small set of glass sheep, a wooden giraffe, a very Bollywood set of two gaudy golden elephants, and lots more fabulous things I've picked
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  • Top: Jil Cappuccio's Mix + Match Dress from Stitch's Spring 2009 issue. Bottom: Tricia wears a blue and brown version of the Mix + Match Dress. Top: Jenny Gordy's Tulip Skirt from the first issue of Stitch. Bottom: Karyn from The Workroom
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  • In February, hip fashion retailer H&M debuts a new collection called "Waste", featuring clothing pieced together from the fabric remnants of its earlier collaborative collection with high-end design house Lanvin . (The limited edition collection
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  • I've recently amassed a large selection of jersey knit fabrics in a fabulous array of colors. I've become obsessed with the current popularity of draped designs, and the liquid drape of silk and bamboo jersey is irresistible. While the pattern
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  • I love making lists, and I love seeing other people's lists of the top this and that. There is something very satisfying about having someone else do the legwork for you, wade through the clutter, and highlight things you might like. So here are my
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  • It's January-2011 has arrived. Are you hard at work on your New Year's resolutions yet? If you're like me, at least one of your resolutions probably involves sewing-mine was to sew more, and to take on a couple more advanced projects. As I
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  • Get creative with fabric & thread Download the Digital Addition of Stitch 2008 magazine! A special issue devoted to the creative possibilities of sewing wearables, home decor, accessories, and gifts. Get a fresh perspective on sewing! Quilting Arts Stitch speaks to a new generation of sewing enthusiasts
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  • Outside and inside views of a couture waistband (technique below). A couture waistband conforms to the figure without adding bulk. Remember when you first started sewing and all you cared about was how something looked on the outside ? The seams could
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  • Free project: Feel Good Love Pillow, designed by Malka Dubrawsky. Free project: Improv Scarf, designed by Alissa Haight Carlton . The winter/spring issue of Stitch should be showing up in stores as I write this. While you are waiting to get the latest
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  • Download the PDF and save the file where you will find it easily. Once the pattern has downloaded, open the file and check that it has downloaded fully. The first page of the PDF is a layout drawing of the assembled tiles; use this as a guide while putting
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  • ON THE COVER: Felt Confetti Pillow features top 10 Linda Turner Griepentrog Ten techniques + tips every sewer should know different by design Elaine Lipson Alison Willoughby transforms the skirt into a work of art projects the art of appliqué Get
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  • During my holiday vacation I did a few of my favorite things-eating (way too much), sleeping (never enough), sewing (wish I got more done), and fabric shopping, fabric shopping, and more fabric shopping. So now I have to go back to the gym, get back to
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  • Well-Suited Messenger Bag (project instructions page 66) Flap Front (leather) and Flap Front (wool) pieces should both be labeled as 16" wide, not 15" as they are labeled. Asymmetrical Fold Skirt (page 73) Step 6 contains an error, instructing
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  • Stitch is a quarterly special issue sewing magazine all about creating with fabric and thread. Whether you are new to sewing, have been sewing for years, or are returning to sewing after a long hiatus, Stitch will give you a fresh perspective on sewing
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  • Sometimes I’m simply amazed by what you can do with fabric. One of my top sewing resolutions for 2011 is to experiment more with fabric. It’s easy for me to get mesmerized by all the stunning fabric prints and textures available in stores
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  • Designers, it's time to get creative to kick off the new year in style by sending us your amazing design ideas! The Call for Project Submissions for the Fall 2011 issue of Stitch is now available online . We are always looking for new designers and
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  • At the start of every year I make a list of sewing resolutions-things I want to make, techniques I want to try, and half-finished projects I want to complete by year's end. For 2011, one of my key goals is to take my technique skills to the next level
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  • Chipmunk Hot Pad from The Art of Applique section. Kimono Wrap Top from the Knit Wit section. Spaghetti Strap Necklace from the Sew Small, Sew Stylish section. The new issue of Stitch hits newsstands January 18, and it's the exciting start of our
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  • As crafty people, we often like to make hand-made gifts around the holidays for the people we love. I like making gifts for adults, because they appreciate the gift itself, as well as the fact that you spent time and energy to make it by hand. The area
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  • For this month's Q&A we chat with Erin Gilday. Erin is proprietress of Patchwork Underground and a frequent Stitch designer. Let's get to know her! Stefanie: How and when did you learn to sew? Erin: I get asked this all the time and the truth
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  • We apologize for an error on the pattern insert of our Fall 2010 issue. If you've been having trouble with the Plaid Curves Table Runner, it's likely due to an error with the shapes on the pattern insert. You can downloaded updated templates for
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  • I love clear storage drawers - they keeps things organized, but still visible. With the holidays fast approaching (I haven't started any of my handmade gifts! Ahh!), thoughts will soon be turning to the end of the year and New Year's resolutions
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  • I wanted to make sure you knew about this cool thing we recently launched, called Sew Daily . It's a free email newsletter you can receive every Friday that gives you contemporary sewing projects, techniques, designer interviews, and inspiration.
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  • It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Japanese sewing books. The projects have a modern design simplicity that is impossible to resist. A key element of this is the Japanese concept of zakka , which generally means anything that improves your everyday
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  • In many years of sewing, I've learned that sewists have incredibly generous hearts, and that's even more true during the holiday season. The spirit of giving is more important than ever this year, with so many people all over the world in need
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  • Stitch 's Editor in Chief Tricia Waddell was recently interviewed by the folks at BurdaStyle . Find out what's on the horizon for Stitch, and a bunch of other fun stuff!
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  • This simple crinkled scarf from Fabricate is an easy yet sophisticated holiday gift project. Every year at about this time I start having crazy delusions of sewing gifts for all my friends and family. And then I look at the calendar and count down the
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  • Free download: Patchy Jeans from Amy Butler! Thanksgiving is coming, and for many people, that means a break from work and school. I don't know about you, but I have some fairly lofty sewing plans. I probably won't get to even a quarter of the
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  • I have a continually growing stash of pretty fabric scraps left over from large projects combined with fat quarters of cotton prints I simply couldn’t resist sampling. Since I primarily sew garments and accessories, what do I do with all these small
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  • A few years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to take a workshop with Cat (Catherine) Chow , a contemporary artist who uses unexpected materials to create amazing art-to-wear pieces. Imagine an evening gown made out 1,000 interwoven one-dollar bills
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  • Ribbon embellishment has been a strong fashion and home decor trend for a while now, from embellished T-shirts to textured pillows. It’s a great way to dress up a simple project, and it is so easy to do! Try this fun ribbon ruffle technique, which
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  • Do you have a favorite fabric type? You know, the one you are always drawn to first when you walk in a fabric store? For me, its douppioni silk. Though it can be a bit tricky to sew , I simply can't get enough of it. I love its raw texture, rich shimmery
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  • If you had your choice between a brand new BMW sedan and a state-of-the-art Bernina sewing machine, what would you choose? Car vs. sewing machine: which would you choose? Hmmmmm, not an easy decision, right? Well it was for David Hyatt of Dallas, Texas
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  • If you are a Project Runway fan like me, then you have probably watched the designers on the show with envy as they browse the endless aisles at Mood Fabrics every week to get fabric for the next challenge. So for my trip to NYC last month this fabric
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  • A while back we mentioned how much we like the Stitch Magazine Creations group on Flickr. It's full of photos from Flickr users of projects that they've made from Stitch magazine. We really like that our projects inspire you, and we love to see
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  • Many of you enjoyed learning about The Sewing Machine Project from Linzee Kull McCray's profile in our current issue of Stitch (page 9). Inspired to help tsunami victims in Thailand in 2005, founder Margaret Jankowski began to solicit donated sewing
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  • Museums often save their best shows for the fall and winter, as people move to indoor activities and travel for the holidays. Fashion and fabric-related shows are popular, and this year there are some terrific choices. These are just a few highlights
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  • The Faux Fur Bolero from Stitch 's Fall 2010 issue. Faux fur is big fashion trend this season, but sewing this chunky, furry stuff may seem like quite a task. However, if you take the time to do a little prep and follow a few guidelines it will make
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  • If you love fashion as much as I love fashion, then you can understand why attending New York Fashion Week for the first time was a dream come true. Typically the only people that are able to attend Fashion Week are store buyers, editors and journalists
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  • Two weeks ago I was given the amazing opportunity to participate in Fashion's Night Out and attend a couple of shows at New York Fashion Week for the spring/summer 2011 collections. If like me you grew up reading Vogue magazine and daydreaming about
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  • This month's Q&A is with Jil Cappuccio, frequent Stitch designer and creator of One of a Kinds, Limited Lines. You can find out more about Jil on her website, www.jilcappuccio.com . Jil's Zip Dot Hoodie, from Stitch 's Fall 2009 issue
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  • The Fall 2010 issue of Stitch is officially on the newsstand! If you haven't seen it yet, ask about it at your fabric store or wherever you buy Interweave magazines (or order it here) . On page 12 of the issue, you'll find a terrific guide to
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  • Okay, so have you ever found a beautiful, gorgeous, perfect plaid fabric, but then shied away from using it because you'll have to match the pattern? I know that this can seem intimidating, but it's not difficult if you take the time to follow
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  • While we celebrate sewing every month here at Stitch magazine (especially now that we're creating four issues a year), we're proud to participate in the official National Sewing Month , co-sponsored by the American Sewing Guild and the Sewing
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  • Can you believe that Stitch is two years old? Whether you have been with us since issue one back in 2008, or you've just joined us, it continues to be incredibly exciting to celebrate our collective passion for sewing, patterns and design with every
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  • I'm so excited for the Fall 2010 issue of Stitch to hit the newsstands any day now. Tricia and Team Stitch have done a fantastic job of assembling cute, fun, cool sewing projects from wonderful designers that will have you racing to get to your machine
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  • For me, one of the most exciting times in our magazine cycle is the photo shoot. With great lighting, props, and models, the projects really come alive! Join me on a behind the scenes tour of the photo shoot for our Fall 2010 issue . Kathy fixes an errant
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  • This month's Q&A is with Ayumi Takahashi, frequent Stitch designer and owner of the blog Pink Penguin. Ayumi combines a zakka-inspired aesthetic with fun, quirky projects that keep us on our toes. From sewing bags to coasters to plastic bag dispensers
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  • Our packed Fall 2010 issue of Stitch , available in early September, celebrates our passionate love of sewing fabric. Get ready for fabulous sewing projects and articles celebrating the wide world of textiles that inspire our sewing fantasies and fill
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  • ON THE COVER: Patchwork Cube Slipcover features quilting the modern way Alissa Haight Carlton Contemporary quilting goes graphic + bold fabric visionary Marlene Blessing Christina Kim of global inspired design house Dosa projects off the couch Transform
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  • It's a plaid, plaid world at Stitch --we have a terrific feature on plaid projects in the upcoming issue, available in September, and we've noticed plaid all over the fashion runways for fall, often in menswear-inspired styles. In Scotland, plaid
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  • Last week we looked at a few fall fashion trends, and it got me thinking about where sewists look for inspiration and ideas. Inspiration is all around us! It's on the street, in magazines, on style blogs, on the runway, and in the media, especially
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  • If you've spent the summer just trying to beat the heat with your breeziest skirts and tank tops, you might be wondering, as we are--what's in style for fall? We took a quick tour of fashion websites to see which trends stand out for fall and
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  • Today it's my pleasure to introduce Kerry, a brand-new sewist and a talented member of the Interweave design team. A few weeks ago, Kerry started showing up in the office with the most wonderful sewn projects, each one more impressive than the last
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  • Your local fabric store is probably beginning to stock wool plaid and wool crepe in rich autumn colors right about now, along with fall sewing patterns for tailored jackets and long skirts. Here in our part of the world, though, we've got 100-degree
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  • I bought this fabulous color-wheel umbrella (at left) from the Museum of Modern Art's online store last week, and it has me thinking about color palettes. When you love every color, as I do, it's easy to respond impulsively to color and end up
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  • As part of my ongoing commitment for 2010 to buy no new clothes, and instead sew new items or refashioning clothes from my closet, I went hunting through my closet recently and identified three dresses for refashion makeovers. In this project diary, you'll
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  • When we're looking for cute and charming sewing projects for children, there's one person we know we can rely on. Hailing from mid-coastal Maine, Heidi Boyd is the author of twelve craft books and got her start in professional crafting as a contributor
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  • While the fireworks are going off and the burgers and vegetables are grilling this weekend, are you searching for a little time to sew up a lovely linen pillow or a cool cotton skirt? Make this the week to celebrate your sewing independence. Here at Stitch
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  • With Independence Day coming right up, it's a good time to celebrate some of the great stitching legacies of the United States. Along with denim and blue jeans and Betsy Ross's' flags, patchwork quilts are probably the most iconic American
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  • In theory, you don't even need electricity to make things with fabric and thread--in fact, humans did it for thousands of years! But today, there are so many fun ways to blend technology and creativity. We have sewing machines that remember our buttonhole
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  • June is a month for celebrations and for honoring happy milestones--graduations and weddings, for example. Both of these transitions often mean that loved ones are furnishing and decorating a new home or apartment without a lot of money, or traveling
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  • Joining Two Opposing Curves Joining opposing curves can be daunting, but with the right sewing technique , it really isn't all that difficult. I've chosen to demonstrate by sewing a partial muslin sample of the pattern pieces for Heidi Boyd 's
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  • Summertime means travel, right? I love being on the road under the summer sun, whether it's in a car trip on the highways of the West (yes, you can still get your kicks on Route 66), a weekend at the beach, or a transcontinental adventure. Travel
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  • Welcome to the first StitchBlog Q&A! We hope to make this a monthly blog feature, with interviews from interesting people from around the sewing world. When we were thinking about whom we should feature in our first Q&A, one designer immediately
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  • Gorgeous fabrics from faraway places -- that was the theme of Stitch Fall 2009 . It's also a favorite theme of mine; I think of myself as a global textile explorer, and I love the incredible diversity and beauty of textile traditions from around the
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  • As the editor of Stitch , I have the incredible pleasure of working on a publication that celebrates my passion for sewing. If there has been any downside at all, it's that I'm often working on the magazine when I want to actually be sewing. And
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  • There are so many ways for creative sewers to be inspired by designs, patterns, and notions from decades past, when elegant details and fine construction methods were a part of every seamstress's knowledge base. Fortunately, Marlene Blessing, Interweave's
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  • We're on Flickr ! We were thrilled to learn this week that an intrepid sewist named Layla has launched the Stitch Magazine Creations group on Flickr.com, a popular free photo-sharing site. Anyone can join and upload photos, as long as they're
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  • Here in Colorado, spring has been late in coming, but it's not stopping us from thinking about spring and summer sewing. Although the Stitch editors are looking ahead to fall, we're all yearning to sew sundresses, summer tops and skirts, and fabric
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  • Sewing often seems full of rules--some of them made for breaking, and some of them really useful. I thought I'd share a few of my personal rules for successful sewing. If you're just learning to sew, these suggestions may be helpful. If you're
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  • Welcome to the brand-new blog for Stitch magazine! We're so excited to bring you more Stitch , more often. The heart of Stitch is helping you to express yourself through sewing by taking patterns and making them your own, and by helping you to improve
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  • ON THE COVER: Odekakke Tote from Zakka Style features Vintage Modern Marlene Blessing Discover endless sewing inspiration in fashions from the past Sewing Playground Anne Merrow Meet children's wear designer Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S projects Modern
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  • ON THE COVER: Odekakke Tote from Zakka Style features I Love Japan Elaine Lipson Join the Japanese-inspired sewing craze Fabric First Marlene Blessing Max Osterweis, SUNO, and the Kanga Revolution projects Around the World Get creative with global fabrics
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  • ON THE COVER: Tuesday Pillow features Print Me Susan Beal Customize your sewing with DIY screen-printed fabrics The Whir and the Power of Making Linzee Kull McCray Sewing with Diana Rupp, Founder of Make Workshop projects Stitch it Up Get creative with
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  • Get creative with fabric & thread Download the Digital Addition of Stitch 2008 magazine! A special issue devoted to the creative possibilities of sewing wearables, home decor, accessories, and gifts. Get a fresh perspective on sewing! Quilting Arts Stitch speaks to a new generation of sewing enthusiasts
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