Giveaway: Fat Quarter Home by Amanda Russell & Juliet Bawden

It’s giveaway time!

We’re giving away a copy of Fat Quarter Home by Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden, as seen in the June/July 2018 issue of Sew News:

Fat Quarter Home 228x300 Giveaway: Fat Quarter Home by Amanda Russell & Juliet BawdenBrighten your home with things you’ll love to make. This crafty collection is packed with great ideas for turning precut pieces or fabric remnants into something new, from a humble potholder to a snazzy shoe-cleaning kit. Colorful and imaginative projects with easy-to-follow instructions and illustrative photography show you how to mix and match designs to make 25 useful and attractive items.

For your chance to win a copy of Fat Quarter Home, leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, July 9, at noon Mountain Standard Time. We’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters Monday afternoon using Random.org.

Good luck!

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Don’t miss out! Find more great projects and ideas in our newest issue, available on newsstands and at shopsewitall.com!

 Giveaway: Fat Quarter Home by Amanda Russell & Juliet Bawden
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UnFinished Objects: Tips For Taming Your UFO Pile

In honor of World UFO Day read on for tips and tricks to tame your UFO pile.

If you’re one of those types of sewists that starts and finishes every project before moving on to the next, this post probably won’t be for you.  If, on the other hand, you’re a person who starts and stops projects, is easily swayed by pretty Instagram feeds and creates unfinished objects all along the way, then read on for tips on taming your UFO pile.

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Having a hard time keeping track of all your UFOs?

I recently asked on my personal Instagram feed and blog what are your best tips for controlling UFOs and got some great ideas. Now, I know some people have a strict rule of no UFOs. They finish every project regardless. I’m less inclined to operate this way. If something is just not ringing my bells I put it aside for awhile, but when I pick it up again if it’s still a  torture to sew it, I drop it and move on.  I write in my sewing journal what stopped me from moving forward on it. Was it the fabric, the pattern, the fit? Maybe it really doesn’t fit my lifestyle. What was not to like? Jot that down and hopefully learn a lesson next time you want to make parachute pants. Continue reading

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Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 3: Armhole Facings and Styling!

In part 3 of our Cap Sleeve (Plus Size) Blouse Sew Along with Meg Healy from from BurdaStyle.com we are going to go over how to finish the cap sleeves with an armhole facing, and then how to style your blouse.

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You can get the pattern here  with additional help and video tutorial to complete this versatile and figure-flattering wrap blouse that can take you straight from the office to after work cocktails. Take it away Meg! Continue reading

 Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 3: Armhole Facings and Styling!
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Wardrobe Planning Tips from Rachel Pinheiro

We have been inspired by all the handmade wardrobe planning tips from our favorite sewing designers and bloggers this year, and this issue’s installment – from Rachel Pinheiro – was no exception.

By Rachel Pinheiro of House of Pinheiro

(Read the full article in the June/July issue of Sew News.)

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Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 2: Side Slit, Tie Band, and Hem

In part 2 of our Cap Sleeve (Plus Size) Blouse Sew Along with Meg Healy from from BurdaStyle.com we are going to cover the peplum portion of the blouse with side seam slits for the tie bands. You can get the pattern here with additional help and video tutorial to complete this figure-flattering wrap blouse just in time for the summer heat!CAP SLEEVE BLOUSE PLUS SIZE part 2 main 300x300 Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 2: Side Slit, Tie Band, and Hem
Last week  we ended off part 1 of the sew-along by attaching the front bands to finish the crossover neckline edges of the blouse. This week grab your bodice peplum/skirt pieces and we will put it all together. Continue reading

 Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 2: Side Slit, Tie Band, and Hem
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Common Threads 2018 Recap

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50th Anniversary gown at the Tacony Achievement Center

For the past five years, Baby Lock has held its Common Threads event in June, bringing together bloggers, editors and industry insiders who share a love of sewing, quilting and/or embroidery. This year, I was lucky enough to be the Sew News/Creative Machine Embroidery representative to the event. Continue reading

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Summer Fabric Series: Tips for Sewing with Sheers

It’s summertime, so bring on all the silky, drapey, flowy fabric goodness. Silk, crepe de chine, chiffon, lawn, voile – these fabrics are among our faves, but they can be intimidating and tricky to work with. This week, we continue our summer fabric series with a focus on cutting and sewing sheers.

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Shorts Sewing Pattern Roundup: Our Top Picks

Whether you’re super into shorts or not, in some climates, they’re a must for summer. Shorts are perfect for testing pants patterns (and many patterns include them as an option), they don’t often require a large amount of fabric and you can likely sew a pair from your stash. Plus, they’re perfect in a variety of fabrics, from sporty knits to structured twill to softer canvas, linen and more.

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Pattern Round Up: Shorts

They might not be the most glamorous thing in your wardrobe – though some are surprisingly sophisticated – but if they’ll get worn and/or you need a pair for warm weather, that’s reason enough to sew them. Read on for more about our favorite shorts sewing patterns. Any of your favorites not on the list? Please add them in the comments! Continue reading

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Tony Award Fashions

I am a total theater geek and live for the Tony Awards. I love to see and hear what’s new on Broadway and while I watch the awards, I’m always inspired to travel to New York and have a weekend hopping from theater to theater along the Great White Way.

hiking Tony Award FashionsThis year, I’ve had the joy of watching Hamilton in Denver, and I’ll just say that it is totally worth the hype. If you get a chance to see it, do it–whether you think you like theater or not. It is a truly brilliant piece of art. Continue reading

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Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 1: Pattern Prep, Fabric, and Front Band Assembly

Welcome to part one of our Cap Sleeve (Plus Size) Blouse Sew Along with Meg Healy from BurdaStyle.com!

This week we will introduce you to the blouse pattern and how you can “Sproutify” it to get your size’s pattern pieces directly printed on the fabric with custom print placement. Then Meg will cover the suitable fabrics, as well as the first sewing steps to create this lovely, waist-hugging blouse. Take it away Meg!
Cap Sleeve Blouse Sew Along MAIN Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 1: Pattern Prep, Fabric, and Front Band AssemblyThis pattern is a beautiful blouse for women who like to accentuate their waistline. The crossover bodice and tying bands define the midriff, while the extended shoulders and attached cap sleeves are wonderfully complementary and add visual balance to the pattern. Continue reading

 Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 1: Pattern Prep, Fabric, and Front Band Assembly
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Summer Fabrics Series: How to Sew Gauze Fabric

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Favorite Woven T-shirt Sewing Patterns: Roundup Time!

We spent May reviewing some of our favorite knit t-shirt patterns but we also wanted to give some love to our other summer favorite, woven t-shirts. From boxy to fitted and basic to interesting details, these are some of our top woven t-shirt sewing patterns, in no particular order. If your favorite isn’t on the list, please add it in the comments!

One of our most popular tops is the Up in Arms Blouse. Easy for advance sewists but great for beginners, this pattern is quick to sew and a great lesson for set in sleeves.

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The Up in Arms Blouse from the Feb/Mar 2016 issue of Sew News.

Shirt No. 1 by 100 Acts of Sewing - If you’re new to woven t-shirts, start with this great basic. Shirt no. 1 is a great pattern on its own, with  lots of customizing options – color block for impact or piece together stash or scraps for a high-end look. The fit is easy and boxy, perfect for summer. Continue reading

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June Sew Along Preview: BurdaStyle Cap-Sleeve Wrap Blouse #124

If your summer sewing plans don’t feature a wrap blouse, get on board! Wrap styles are flattering, comfortable and easy to wear for a variety of body shapes. This month’s sew along features the Cap Sleeve Wrap Blouse #124, a plus-size pattern (US 18-26) that’s beginner and figure-friendly. And it’s also one of the featured patterns in our exciting Sprout Patterns partnership, so you can customize the design to your heart’s content, picking main and contrast fabrics from a huge variety of Spoonflower prints and substrates – and the pattern comes printed and ready for you to simply cut and sew.

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Begin customizing your wrap blouse here! Even better: order now through the end of the month (June) and use code is SEWCAPSLV for 15% off the Cap Sleeve Blouse (limit 1 Cap Sleeve Blouse offer per customer). Continue reading

 June Sew Along Preview: BurdaStyle Cap Sleeve Wrap Blouse #124
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DIY July 4th Crafts, Projects and Inspiration

Get ready for July 4 with these great project ideas!

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July 4 will be here before we know it! So it’s time to start decorating with all things red, white and blue. I love to involve my kids in the decorating, and having them paint some firework art using paper towel rolls is always a hit. We also love sparklers at my house, and I can’t think of another fun way to hand them out than with a nifty sparkler wrap. Continue reading

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Summer Fabrics Series: How to Sew Cork Fabric

Join us this month on the Sew News blog as we get geared up for summer sewing with tips for sewing a variety of fun fabrics, from cork to double gauze. First up, we’re talking all things cork. An eco-friendly alternative to leather, cork fabric is a perfect pick for bag making or for any project where structure is needed.

by Sara Lawson
The full article can be found in the June/July issue of Sew News.

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Sublime Bag Pattern by Sew Sweetness

Available in over 80 prints and colors, cork fabric is not a frugal purchase, so make a little go a long way. Because of its durability, cork is a great pick for embroidery, appliqué, home décor and more. Cork is perfect for bag making: Use it for straps and bag accents, paired with coordinating quilting cotton. Small pouches are also another favorite use for cork. Continue reading

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T-shirt Pattern Review: Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade

T-shirt pattern reviews from Sew News!

This month we are reviewing several T-shirt patterns, that wardrobe staple that every pattern collection should have. We’ll be showing you our makes and what we liked, any alterations and tips for making one of your own. Next up is Kate with her version of the Hey June Handmade Lane Raglan top.

Pattern: Lane Raglan, Hey June Handmade

Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics Knit in Twinklestar Berry and Peachy Custard

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Any Adjustments: Because my bust and hip usually indicate different sizes, I cut an XL to the waist per my upper bust measurement and then blended the side seams out to a 2XL below the waist to ensure I had enough room in the hips. Continue reading

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New Issue Of Sew News! Summer Sewing At It’s Best!

It’s MeMadeMay and our sewing lists are growing, friends! Look the pages of the June/July issue of Sew News for tips, techniques, insights, inspiration and more to sew the perfect summer wardrobe. There’s so much to love in this issue – I can’t wait to tell you about it all!SN10618 221x300 New Issue Of Sew News! Summer Sewing At Its Best!

Isn’t it nice to have a group of sewers testing patterns for you? We hope our staff pattern reviews have been helpful to you, especially this month! So far, we’ve covered pants, LBDs and t-shirt sewing patterns. In this issue, we reviewed 10 different tank top patterns on 10 different body types. Find the perfect one for you!

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I have a few favorite skirt patterns I love to sew on repeat. In this issue, we’ve got tips for adding a neat center button placket and experimenting with two hems – curved and hi-low split hem – to help you make the most of patterns you already have.

We also delve into swimwear – the good, the lessons learned and the transformative impact swimsuit sewing can have with thoughts from the sewing community and pattern recommendations. Plus, fit expert Rae Cumbie shares her tips for fitting swimsuits and picking the right silhouette (spoiler alert: pick a suit that makes you feel confident!).

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If you’ve got any bags on your summer sewing list – I know I do!! – take a look at our cork sewing article, written by bag designing phenom Sara Lawson. Cork sews up similar to vinyl – and maybe even more easily? – for a textured, durable look perfect for summer bags. We’ve also got a pattern for the cutest watermelon-themed handbag by Michelle Morris.

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Plan your summer makes with words of wisdom from Rachel Pinheiro, of House of Pinheiro. A talented sewist and fashion sewing icon, Rachel shares her tips for creating a balanced wardrobe full of workhorse basics, statement pieces and seasonal looks.

Thinking about making extra cash with your sewing skills? Columnist Abby Glassenberg  considers the pros and cons of turning a hobby into a business and shares insights from a variety of industry professionals.

We’ve also packed a ton of cut projects into this issue! Pick from  a sunny paper-pieced lemon table runner, a flowy and flirty summer dress, a collared pintuck tank, a mesh maxi cover-up and more.

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 New Issue Of Sew News! Summer Sewing At Its Best!
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