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The VersaWrap: A Stretchy Band for Head, Neck, Hair & Face

Friday, 26 January 2018 1:00

The VersaWrap is our version of the flexible head, neck, and face wraps popularized by the hiking community. Made of soft jersey knit as a simple tube, you can keep it around your neck as a lightweight scarf, pull it up over your nose and mouth to protect from wind and/or dust... or this time of year: germs, pull it all the way up over your head like a beanie, or scrunch it down into a headband. Quadruple the versatility in one simple project. 

Woolies Flannel Rag Quilt with Heart Appliqué

Thursday, 25 January 2018 1:00


Wrap up your favorite someone in this incredibly snuggly rag quilt with its special "secret admirer heart" appliquéd onto the bottom row. "What's a Rag Quilt?" We were hoping you'd ask! A rag quilt is sewn together so the seams show on the outside. After washing and drying, the seams begin gently fray or rag, producing a soft and cuddly look and feel. The more you wash and dry it, the fluffier the rag becomes. Our quilt is made from ten different Woolies Flannels by Maywood Studio in patterns and tones we thought were very guy-like and so qualified the quilt as a potential boyfriend/hubby/dad/son/uncle/grandpa Valentine's Day project. Truth be told... all the women we showed it to were ready to snap it up and take a little nap, so we think it's a perfect everybody project.

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NEW Charity Quilt Along plus Cool Storage for your Sewing Table: Fat Quarter Shop

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 1:00

The latest of Fat Quarter Shop’s amazing charitable quilt alongs kicked off this month and runs through July of 2018. That’s seven months of beautiful blocks that will become a gorgeous quilt, and it’s all to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 2018 Clementine Quilt Along quilt features beautiful bright prints from the Mama’s Cottage collection by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics. In addition to bringing you all the info you need to participate in this wonderful Quilt Along, we also want to introduce you to the new It’s Sew Emma Stash ’n’ Store. We love using this innovative holder right next to our machine for instant access to our favorite notions. 

Hearts on a String Sachets

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 1:00

With triple the heart-stopping cuteness, our Valentine sachets hang three in a row on a ribbon with a ring at the top and a button weight at the bottom. Use them to add a bit of scented sweetness anywhere you want. One or more strings can be slipped onto a hanger. Or, add a bit of extra ribbon and tie the upper ring onto a doorknob or drawer pull. We used 5" x 10" Jolly Bar pre-cuts, which are the perfect size from which to cut two hearts. Jolly Bars are a pre-cut exclusive from Fat Quarter Shop

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Velveteen Trimmed Tufted Bolster Pillow: Dritz Upholstery Notions

Monday, 22 January 2018 1:00

The bolster is one of our favorite shaped pillows, especially the classic style with closed, button-tufted ends. As much as we love the look, we’ve also heard from many followers that they shy away from attempting this type of bolster because of the mystery of how it all comes together. “There’s no opening! Are those buttons attached by magic?!” Nope. No magic, just clever upholstery notions from Dritz®. Read on to see how a set of Dritz® extra long Upholstery Needles, their heavy Waxed Thread, and Cover Button Kits make it easy. And there’s “nothing up our sleeves” – we promise!

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Zippered Wristlet Pouch with Wide Base & Monogram

Friday, 19 January 2018 1:00

Today's pretty pouch is created in a wonderful textured fabric trio of twill, faux suede, and brushed cotton gingham. Darts in the bottom give the pouch a roomy base, and the zippered top opens wide so you can easily load it up with all the extras you need for a weekend getaway, a trip to the gym, or simply to drop into your favorite handbag or tote. The faux suede strip through the middle adds to the style and texture and is also the perfect background for our snazzy monogram.

How To Box Corners: Two Methods with Formulas

Thursday, 18 January 2018 1:00

Okay - true confession time. In school, I was a theater rat... always in plays and musicals, always taking artsy-fartsy classes, including "How To Mime" or, as I remember it, "How To Pretend You're Stuck In A Box And Look Foolish Doing It." Unless you're Marcel Marceau, you look really silly doing mime. So... no mime today. But, we are still making a box. In particular, a boxed corner. This is a sewing technique everyone should have in her/his arsenal. The boxed corner creates space in something that would otherwise be flat. For example, in a bag, you'll have a lot more room to stash your stuff if you create boxed corners. Basically, any sewn corner can be turned into a boxed corner with a few simple steps. We show you the two most common methods.

Sparkle & Shine Knit Infinity Scarf

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 1:00

Infinity scarves are one trend that just keeps going and growing. You can find them in everything from chunky knitted wools to smooth cashmere to sheer voiles. We wanted to revisit our earlier infinity scarf tutorial with an eye for how to utilize some of the lovely pre-embellished fabrics that are often available this time of year, although as shown below, florals and abstacts would also be lovely. For this scarf to work well, it's best to choose a fabric that comes in a very wide width (at least 58" - 60") and has a lovely soft drape. We opted for knit, a category that offers an amazing array of colors, patterns, and textures. We found a soft jersey knit in a dusty charcoal gray pre-embellished with pretty sparkles, giving our scarf day-into-evening appeal. We also changed-up our original cutting plan to make the best use of the fabric. By cutting and sewing together a number of strips on the diagonal, similar to how bias binding is sewn, you can hide the seams and get a nice bit of stretch so your finished circle is easy to twist and loop into just the look you want. 

Tips for Sewing with Faux Leather

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 1:00

Left: Faux Leather Shopper, Right: Trendy Faux Leather Handbag

Back in the 1970s, I wanted my mom to buy me a real leather jacket. Unfortunately, she was only prepared to spend for one made of synthetic leather. As much as I wanted to believe it looked genuine, it just looked fake. Today's fake – excuse me, faux leather looks so much more like the real thing. And, not only is faux leather less expensive than genuine leather, it's also easier to sew with. Read on for a few of our favorite tricks and tools.

Button Up Neck Cowl in Flannel and Cuddle: Janome America

Monday, 15 January 2018 2:00

Yes, we’ve entered the New Year, and yes, we’d like to think that means ol’ man winter is in our rear view mirror. But across the US, the cold weather is hanging on tighter than the waistband of your favorite jeans after all those holiday treats! This warm-you-up neck cowl will get you through the wicked weather in style. It’s like a mini scarf that buttons around your neck. Ours is smooth flannel on the outside and soft luxury fleece on the inside. Toasty times two! 

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