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The Ultimate List of Independent Online Fabric Stores!! I have been putting together this fabric store list…forever. The problem with it being, it's never done! So we have decided to share it with you, as is, and very much incomplete. We organized it by country and indicated the state / region if it has a physical store.

Embroider-Along Part 12: How to Embroider on Pet Screen Welcome back to my Embroider-Along: Part 12. Hi, my name is Sue O'Very, BERNINA Ambassador and machine embroidery expert. Today I'm going to show you how to embroider on Pet Screen and make an In the Hoop Zipper case. Read more about embroidering sheer fabrics in Part 8.

The 70s frill dress by Trend Patterns This dress has been probably close to 3 months in the making! I initially planned it to be my entry for the Little Red Dress challenge in December but never got around to finishing it. I then planned to have it done in time for Chinese New Year but was caught up making pyjamas for me and my sisters instead!

How to Sew Designer Zipper Bags - Video Course Lesson 3 - Finale! It's finally time for Lesson 3 of our Designer Zipper Bags Video Course! How to Sew Designer Zipper Bags is a free video course that I have been working on to share the entire zipper bag making process in a way that you can't go wrong. This blog post contains everything you need for Lesson 3 - Finishing Your Zipper Bag!

Meet the People Behind the Curvy Sewing Collective Back in 2014, sewing bloggers Jenny Rushmore and Mary Danielson Perry heard that Colette Patterns was expanding their size range. Before that, it was extremely difficult to find patterns in plus sizes - especially by indie patternmakers.

Colossal Blocks Quilt-Along Week 2: Cutting and Layout Welcome to Week 2 of the Colossal Blocks quilt-along! Last week I shared a complete list of materials you'll need to create this fun baby quilt. You can click here to visit the Colossal Blocks Quilt-Along Week 1 post to find out what you need. This week we'll be cutting the pieces needed to create the large format tumbling blocks top.

Pajama Sets I Can't Live Without That brings me a sense of peace. I know it sounds ridiculous and truthfully I can't believe I even wrote that out, but it's how I feel! My preference is shorts and a short sleeve button up made from a super soft knit fabric. I love bundling up under the covers at night, so even in the winter, a shorts set is my loungewear of choice.

A big closeout sale on oliver + s paper patterns We’re closing out stock on several of our older Oliver + S paper styles. These will only be available through March 1, and until then you’ll save 60% on all of them.

Making sandals with The Shoe Camaraderie This past week I had the wonderful opportunity to take a sandal making class with lovely Lisa of The Shoe Camaraderie and it was absolutely amazing. Lisa is incredibly passionate about making shoe making more accessible, and it really shows in her workshop.

Five Design Hacks for the Coco Pattern We always knew our Coco sewing pattern was versatile but now we've seen all of the personalisations and hacks you've made with it, we may be falling in love all over again! Four years after its first release, it's still one of our bestselling patterns.

How to Sew Designer Zipper Bags - video course Lesson 2 Welcome to Lesson 2 of our How to Sew Designer Zipper Bags video course. Let's get busy and sew your zipper! This is a free video course that I have been working on to share the entire zipper bag making process in a way that you can't go wrong.

Grainline Archer Shirt and Closet Case Patterns Sasha Trousers - Guthrie & Ghani I also wanted the leg to be a little slimmer below the knee to once I had basted the trousers together I sewed the inside and outside leg seams about 0.5mm bigger - so that meant I took off in total about 2cm from the circumference around the lower leg.

Introducing the Make Nine Challenge So, you may have noticed that there was no announcement concerning the February challenge. We had a theme and a sponsor all lined up, but the editorial team decided we needed to take a little breather to sort things out behind the scenes. If all goes according to plan, we will be back in March or April with a fresh new challenge.

The Great British Sewing Bee 2019 Episode 2 - sewing patterns and sewing tips The Great British Sewing Bee 2019 series 5 Episode 2. Find all the sewing patterns featured in the BBC TWO TV series along with sewing tips.

The Bathrobe of Dreams: Lahja Dressing Gown with Robert Kaufman Taos Flannel This here is my second entry in the "flannel will save your life" category of winter sewing and it couldn't have come at a more crucial time. Up until now, I have cycled through a summer robe and a winter robe, an old, thrifted and threadbare thing I absolutely hated to wear.

Monogrammed Napkins From Napkin To Party Favor - Distinctive monogram napkins the fast and easy way with BERNINA Toolbox. At my house we only use fabric napkins. They are washable, reusable and durable. And they feel better!

Guide to sewing machine needles for knits Then tighten the needle clamp screw. Make sure the needle stays put and doesn't drop slightly. So this was my guide to needles for sewing knit fabrics, I hope you found this needle info useful! I think we don't talk about the role the needle play in the overall sewing success, and why it's so important to make an informed choice.

Sewn stories: the rooster in my kitchen We're continuing our new series, Sewn Stories, which is all about the garments or textiles that have meant the most in your life, either sewn by you or by someone else. Please join me in welcoming Mithra Ballesteros who is a blogger and stylist. She's with us today to talk about the rooster in her kitchen.

Velvet Gothic Dress: Halla Patterns dress Another dress that I made a while ago is this velvet dress from Halla Patterns. I don't like the name of the pattern. A kimono is a specific cultural garment from Japan and, while this dress may have a kimono sleeve and be inspired by kimonos, it is not a kimono and I will not be referring to it as such.

Sunday Seven '19 - 3 Keeping up with my weekly Sunday Sevens didn't last too long, but at least I'm doing better than I did in 2018! Hope you've all had a productive and happy start to 2019. And those who are able to are watching the Great British Sewing Bee! Catch you all soon,.

How to Sew Designer Zipper Bags - video course Lesson 1 In the video, I quilt my layers using my walking foot. If you enjoy free motion quilting more - go ahead! You can quilt circles, straight lines, curves, patterns - whatever you want. On this particular piece, I let the fabric be my guide. Before moving on to Lesson 1.4, cut two rectangles 6'' x 10'' from your quilted piece.

Neighborhood sweatshirt + hoodie sew-along Neighborhood Sweatshirt + Hoodie. We're glad you're joining us for the sew-along. If you aren't ready to get started yet, rest assured the sew-along will still be here for you when you're ready to get going!

Lacy Ribbon Cuff Small accessories are a simple and trendy way to translate your sewing skills to wearable items. They're quick to sew up and you can create something to match any outfit! The options are endless to customize to your personal style.

What is negative ease, and how does it work? Negative ease in sewing patterns can be a bit confusing, and you may think it will make everything too tight! We're here to demystify the topic.

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