Enter to win a copy of SIA Vol. 8 + Learn about the contributors from this issue!

SIA8 Cover 500px Enter to win a copy of SIA Vol. 8 + Learn about the contributors from this issue! We’re all very excited for the latest Sew It All hitting newsstands June 17, or for a few lucky people it’s already at their favorite fabric shop or grocery newsstand and you’re all ready making the fun projects.

This issue has some fantastic contributors, so let’s give a shout out to all of them! You can also find more information on these lovely ladies on our website, the articles from this issue and past issues. Please click on to their links below to find out more on all the awesome things they do for the creative community.

Many of these ladies have Facebook pages, Twitter and Instagram accounts, blogs, websites, Etsy shops(whew!) and some hold full time jobs in addition! And, yes they would love to hear from you! Be sure to check them out when you pick up a copy of Sew It All Volume 8.

Susan Beck  has loved creating with fabric, a needle and thread for most of her life. Susan is an educator, writer and editor for Bernina of America. Visit berninausa.com to see what she’s up to.

Lucy Blaire  owns East Camp Home for which she is a designer, blogger and seamstress. In addition to running her shop, she writes for magazines and books. She lives in Catskill, NY, with her husband and daughter. Check out her designs at eastcamphome.com.

Nicole Blumis pursuing a life filled with making things. She is the co-author of Improv Sewing. Read about her sewing adventures at ourimprovdiary.wordpress.com.

Ashley Briggs  is a former Sew News editor and Alaskan weather girl who now spends her time sewing and crocheting in a small town in Colorado. When not stitching, she can be found working out, walking her dog and blogging at yardageandyarn.com.

Joylyn Buckingham  retired from a career in teaching to enjoy her favorite pastime: sewing. No longer a necessity to clothe her children, she now sews and blogs at joysjotsshots.blogspot.com.

Rhonda Buss  is a woman of many talents. She’s a pilot, writer, artist, dog lover and sewist. She lives in Chicago, where she drafts patterns and sews for her blog at Rhonda’s Creative Life.

Jennifer Davey  works as a freelance designer for iLoveToCreate. She lives in Clovis, CA, with her husband and three children, and loves sharing her joy for creating with others. Vist bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com to learn more.

Carol Ingram  is a sewing educator and textile artist residing in Florida. She loves learning new techniques to express her artistic vision.

Sharon Madsen  is a Midwestern gal who loves dogs, shoes and chocolate. She began sewing when she was 8 years old and hasn’t stopped since. She blogs about her sewing adventures at sharonsews.blogspot.com.

Kim Saba  holds a degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She loves to sew, play with her two dogs and collect everything vintage. Take a peek at etsy.com/shop/foxandbearvintage to see her latest finds.

Stacy Schlyer  is a self-proclaimed fabric junkie and strives to keep her stash fully stocked. She blogs about her sewing adventures at stacysews.com.

Sunni Standing  is an avid home sewing enthusiast. She blogs about her passion at afashionablestitch.com.

Kate Van Fleet has been sewing for more than 40 years. She’s the former owner of Kreations by Kate, a business supplying handmade pillows to nine stores in five states.

Katrina Walker  specializes in working with silk and wool. She enjoys designing projects for home sewists and playing with her flock of sheep. Learn more about her at katrinawalker.com.

Lynn Weglarz started sewing at a very early age, making clothes for her dolls. She went on to graduate with a degree in Home Economics. Currently she teaches sewing classes to children, teens and adults.

Vanessa Wilson lives on a five-acre farm in central Florida where she grows an organic garden and sews as much as possible. She tries to live a simple organic life with her husband and two children. Check out her blog at craftygemini.blogspot.com for more than 140 tutorials.

Tell me who your favorite contributor is or one you would like to see in the future.

Three Winners will be announced on Friday!!

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How To Join the Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along

PatternImage 500 How To Join the Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along

Hello! We are getting ready for the Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along, starting on June 23rd!

If you are new to sew alongs let me explain a few things and then I hope to see and hear from you on this super fun sew-along!

First you DO NOT need to sign up on Flickr. We have that as an option for those that want to share their creations, their fabric choices, meet other online sewists, ask questions etc. But no one is obligated to join Flickr.

Flickr is a photo sharing site and is a lot of fun to use. You post photos of your progress each week, or you can ask for help. If you would like to learn more about how to join Flickr you can find a tutorial from Sew News HERE.

Each week of the tutorial will be posted here on the blog and on the Flickr Sew News Summer Breeze Group page. You can ask for help here on the blog as well as on the Flickr site.

So, really there are two places where you can get all the information you need for the sew-along. On the blog we will also have a video component to help you with the making of the pattern. The sew alongs are conducted by Rhonda Buss of Rhonda’s Creative Life. You can find past sew alongs here on the blog as well as on Flickr.

To purchase the Summer Breeze pattern please go to www.hotpatterns.com.

And, be sure to pick up a copy of the latest Sew News June/July issue where there is  information on the sew along. You can pick up a copy HERE.

The schedule for the sew along is as follows:

Week 1: Week of June 23 –Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

Week 2: Week of July 30 –French Seams

Week 3: Week of July 07 –Ties, Pleats, Gatherings & Notches

Week 4: Week of July 14 –Binding & Facing Options

Week 5: Week of July 21 –Finishing Touches

The pattern is sized from 6-26. The fabric called for is lighweight, like silk, silkys rayon crepes or lightweight knits.

If you have any questions please leave a comment here and I will get back to you on it.

 

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Stitch a Cute & Simple Sundress in Ten Steps + Download a Free Pattern from Sew News!

You can never have too many dresses when summer rolls around. They’re easy, cute and keep you cool when it’s hot! So in honor of summer, learn how to stitch a cute and simple sundress in just ten steps. Plus, learn how to use a shirring technique to create an instant bodice on the dress.

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Take the following measurements to determine how much fabric you need.

  1. Front of neck (where collarbones meet) over the bust and down to the desired finished length + 1 1/2″ (for seam allowance)
  2. Hips at the widest circumference + 8″ (for ease) +1″ (seam allowance). If your bust measurement is bigger than your hip measurement, use your bust measurement instead.

Purchase a few extra inches of fabric because the fabric will likely shrink after prewashing.  For example, the finished length of the dress shown above is 32″, and the total hip measurement (hip circumference + ease + seam allowance) is 50″. Total fabric purchased for the dress was 1 3/4 yards.

Supplies

1 1/2 to 2 yards of 45” wide fabric (try an airy cotton or seersucker)

black or white elastic thread

matching all purpose thread

1 3/4 yards coordinating ribbon

Instructions

1. Cut a fabric rectangle to the desired dimensions (A). Serge- or zigzag-finish the edges.

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2. With right sides together, fold tube in half widthwise. Stitch the short edges tougher using a 1/2” seam allowance to form a tube (B). Press the seam open.

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3. Turn under the upper edge 1/4″ to the wrong side and press. Turn under an additional 1/4″ and press. Topstitch 1/8” from the fold.

4. Turn up the lower edge 1” to the wrong side and press. Topstitch 1/2″ from the fold.

5. Hand-wind a bobbin with elastic thread, slightly stretching the thread as you wind (be sure not to over-stretch the elastic). Place the bobbin in the machine and thread the needle with all-purpose thread that matches your fabric. Set the machine to a 3.5mm stitch length.

6. Begin stitching at the seamline 1” below the upper edge hem. Stitch around the tube circumference (the fabric should gather slightly as you sew).

7. When you get near the beginning stitching point, angle the stitching slightly below the first stitching line and continue around the tube (C). Evenly space the stitching rows (about 1/2″ to 1”).

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8. Stitch enough of the tube to fit it comfortably over your chest. If the bobbin runs out, or when you begin and end stitching, use the elastic thread end in the fabric to gently pull the top thread to the wrong side (D). Knot the elastic and thread together to secure. Trim close to the knot.

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9. Try on the dress with the seamline centered on your back. If the stitched area is too loose around your chest, remove the dress and place it on a flat surface. To shrink the fabric, hold a steam iron directly above the stitching and steam for approximately 10 seconds. Allow the steamed area to cool, then turn the dress over and repeat on the opposite side.

10. To make straps, try on the dress and measure from the dress front to back over one shoulder; add 2”. Cut two piece of ribbon that length. Turn under each ribbon cut end 1/2″, then turn under each end 1/2″ again. With the dress still on, pin the straps in place. Take off the dress and hand stitch the straps to secure. (If you want a strapless dress, skip this step. You’re done!).

That’s it!  Ten steps and you’ve got an easy summer dress. This would also make a great swimsuit cover up for the pool or beach.

Want more dress ideas? Download this great lace dress freebie from the latest issue of Sew News.  And don’t forget to check out the final week of our Clara Dress Sew Along here!

 

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Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing Details

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We are down to the final steps in completing our Sew Liberated Clara Dress. At this point, all that is left to do is finish the hem, sew in the buttonholes and attach the buttons.

If you have not added a ruffle as I did for the sew along dress, finishing the hem is quite easy. Cut a 2” bias strip. Sew the bias strip to the hem of the skirt with a ½” seam allowance. photo 110 Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing DetailsOnce the strip has been sewn around the entire hem of the skirt, press the bias strip over the seam allowance. On the back side of the bias strip, fold over ¼” to 3/8” and press in place.
14112848150 f3de38a296 o Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing DetailsFold the bias strip up over the seam allowance and pin in place. I pin mine on the right side of the garment.

On the right side of the garment, simply sew in the ditch to complete the hem. This is a great method to use especially if you would like a contrasting edge.

14297545072 18ff78289a o Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing Details  You will have a stitching line on the back side of the skirt,
14299488605 8ec7f12994 o Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing Details  And a beautifully finished hem on the front with the stitches hidden in the seam line.
14112833888 85bbc31dd8 o Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing Details  If you would like to add a ruffle to the hem of the skirt, measure the circumference of the hem. Mine was approximately 104”. When adding a ruffle, the formula for how much you will need is 2 1/2 to 3 times the circumference. I was not able to get 3 times the circumference as I ran out of fabric, but I was close and I still had a fairly full ruffle.
14112938917 1cc6d0bd75 o Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing Details  I attached the ruffle to the lining of the skirt rather than the outer fabric. I finished the hem of my skirt with a strip of purchased ½” bias tape. Once the bias tape was sewn to the hem, it was pressed up and hand stitched in place.
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The right side of the ruffle was sewn to the wrong side of the skirt lining. I finished the raw edge with a piece of purchased bias tape. Once the bias tape was sewn to the ruffle, I pressed it up and machine stitched the other edge to the lining.
14112939057 54fab678d0 o Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing Details  The final step in completing the dress is to sew in the buttonholes and attach the buttons. In last week’s video, I showed how I sew on my buttons. You can find the video here, http://www.sewnews.com/blogs/sewing/2014/05/19/clara-dress-sew-along-week-5/

When choosing buttons, the first thing I do is go to my stash of buttons and sometimes I get lucky. I had vintage buttons that worked beautifully with the dress I made for the magazine article.
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The buttons have a domed shape. If you are using a button like this, be sure to measure across the top of the button to determine the size of your buttonhole. If you only measure the back, or the flat side of the button, your buttonholes will be too small.
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For my ruffle dress, I decided to cover buttons as I really liked the black stripes in the fern pattern.
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I find covered buttons to be a wonderful alternative to regular purchased buttons as they can be customized in so many ways. If you have never covered buttons, please give it a try. You can find lots of sizes at your local fabric store.

Be sure to check out the video portion of the last segment of the sew-along.

Now for a look at the three faces of the Clara Dress.
14297545972 bfec757475 o Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing Detailsphoto 134 Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing Detailsphoto 143 Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing DetailsThe Clara Dress is a lovely dress for hot summer days. It just seems to float around the body. I know I am going to truly enjoy wearing my Clara dresses this summer.

If you have made a Clara dress, be sure to post a picture on the Flickr page so we can ohhh and ahhhh over your success. You can find the Flickr page here, Clara Dress Flickr Group.

Thanks so much for following along! There’s a new sew long right on the heels of this one. Be sure to check it out as it is a must make for summer! News about the sew along will be posted soon.

Rhonda Buss

Rhonda’s Creative Life

 

 

 

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Stitch Easy Travel Bags for Summer + Download a Free ePattern from the Latest Issue of Sew News!

Bags Stitch Easy Travel Bags for Summer + Download a Free ePattern from the Latest Issue of Sew News!

Summertime is finally upon us! And after having snow on Mother’s Day here in Denver, we’re ready for it!  In honor of summer (and vacations!), read on to learn how to make quick and simple lightweight bags in various sizes. Whether you’re headed to an out of town wedding (like me) or going on a weekend getaway, these bags will organize all your travel essentials.

 

What You Need

  • 1 yard of 60” -wide lightweight woven fabric. Note: One yard is enough to make all six bags. You can use less if you’re only making one or a few bags.
  • Matching all-purpose thread
  • 4 1/2 yards of 1/8” diameter cording
  • Two 18” zippers (for cosmetics and jewelry bags)

Optional (for embroidery)

  • Contrasting machine embroidery thread
  • Machine embroidery bobbin thread
  • Tear-away stabilizer

Fabric Cutting

Cut fabric for each bag using the following dimensions. Make all or just one, it’s up to you.

Laundry Bag: 16”x 44”

Shoes: 11”x 30”

Cosmetics: 8 1/2”x 21”

Jewelry: 7 1/2”x 14”

Pharmacy: 7 1/2”x 14”

Fabric Money: 5 1/2”x 9”

Embroidery

All seam allowances 1/2” unless otherwise noted.

If you don’t plan on embroidering your bag, skip ahead to the Corded Bag Construction step.

  • Decide on placement for each bag label
  • Program lettering for each label (keep the size in proportion to the bag for a more uniform look)
  • Thread the machine with embroidery thread
  • Hoop and stabilize each fabric piece
  • Embroider each bag front with the appropriate word (or your initials, or whatever you want!). Make sure the label faces the proper direction.
  • Remove excess stabilizer and trim thread ends.

Corded Bag Construction

  • With right sides together, fold fabric in half widthwise and serge or sew the side seamsBags 1 Stitch Easy Travel Bags for Summer + Download a Free ePattern from the Latest Issue of Sew News!
  • Measure down 3/4” from the finished edge and stitch a 1/2” buttonhole close to each sideseam. Avoid catching the seam allowances in the buttonhole (2).

Bags 2 Stitch Easy Travel Bags for Summer + Download a Free ePattern from the Latest Issue of Sew News!

Tip: If your fabric is very lightweight, apply stabilizer before stitching the buttonhole.

  • Fold the upper edge of the bag to the wrong side, creating a 5/8” casing for the cord. Stitch close to the casing lower edge.
  • Thread a cording piece at each buttonhole all the way through the bag casing and knot the cord ends (3).

Bags 3 Stitch Easy Travel Bags for Summer + Download a Free ePattern from the Latest Issue of Sew News!

Tip: Attach a safety pin to the end of your cording for easier threading through the casing.

  • To close the bag, gently pull the cords.

Zippered Bag Construction

  • Serge or clean-finish both long edges.
  • Cut the lower stop off the zipper, unzip, remove the pull and set aside.

Note: You’ll only use one side of the zipper.

  • Place one side of the zipper right side down along the clean finished edge and sew 1/8” from the zipper teeth (4).

Bags 4 Stitch Easy Travel Bags for Summer + Download a Free ePattern from the Latest Issue of Sew News!

  • Fold and bring the zipper teeth together and carefully work the pull back onto the zipper. Slide the pull to the opposite end and close the bag. Trim the zipper end if necessary.
  • Fold the bag right sides together with the zipper open. Stitch the side and lower bag (with 1/2″ seams).
  • Fold the lower bag seam (or side fold) directly on top of the bag side seam to box the bag corners. Stitch across the seam 1” from the triangle point (5).

Bags 5 Stitch Easy Travel Bags for Summer + Download a Free ePattern from the Latest Issue of Sew News!

  • To finish the zipper open end, fold the bag side seam on top of the zipper teeth and stitch across the seam 1/4” from the end (6).

Bags 6 Stitch Easy Travel Bags for Summer + Download a Free ePattern from the Latest Issue of Sew News!

That’s it! These are so simple to make, you can stitch up one (or more) in time for the long weekend.

Want more bag patterns?  Download this cute summer satchel ePattern from the latest issue of Sew News here.

What projects are you making this summer?  Tell us below!

 

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Free Summer Beach Bag Pattern & Instructions

beach bag 500 Free Summer Beach Bag Pattern & InstructionsWe’ve gotten so much positive feedback on the Sew News June/July cover project “Summer Satchel”. This tote is roomy for all those summer essentials, plus it has pockets that are well placed for phones, sunscreen other must have items.

You can find all the instructions and pattern for the Summer Satchel HERE. If you  make the pattern and post it on our Sew News Flickr group  you could win a prize!

You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer in order to download PDF patterns, e-Patterns etc. Below is a link to the FREE Adobe Reader for those that may need it. http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Plus a guide for downloading e-patterns.

 

 

Plus, I would like to announce the winner from Free Stuff Friday. There was such a huge response it leads me to believe that Sew News readers REALLY love to make bags! And, the winner is Renée her comment:

I got into making bags so that I could make one that was just the right size to carry what I needed… no bigger. I would love some inspiration to re-ignite my true sewing passion: bags! This book would surely do the trick!

Renee’s name was randomly picked using Random.org. Renée, I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to claim your prize.

Thanks to all for reading the book, we hope that you check it out!

 

 

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Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5 – Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

photo 19 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist This week, our dress really begins to take shape with the addition of the skirt. Before we attach the skirt to the bodice, we’ll sew in the side seam pockets. Side seam pockets are a wonderful addition to almost any skirt and they are very easy to sew in. The first step to a successful side seam pocket is to be sure and mark the notches on both the pocket as well as the side seam of the skirt. Once you have marked the notches, sewing in the pocket is a breeze!

Begin by matching the pocket notches to the side seam notches, right sides facing.

photo 23 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Sew the pocket to the skirt with a ¼” seam allowance.

photo 33 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Once the pocket has been sewn to the side seam of the skirt, open the pocket out so that the right side of the skirt and pocket is facing up.

photo 43 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Sew along the edge of the pocket seam.  This extra stitching line will help to reinforce the pocket seam and keep it from stretching.

Once the pockets have been sewn to both side seams, it’s time to close up the pockets. Match pockets and side seams. This is where you will need to pay close attention to the notches. In the picture below, I have marked the notches with pins.

photo 52 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Sew the side seam of the skirt up to the notch. I start from the hem and sew up to the first notch.

photo 62 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Leave the space between the notches open and then sew from the second notch to the waist line of the skirt.

photo 72 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Now we will sew the pocket closed. Begin at the side seam, and sew around the pocket with a 5/8” seam allowance.

photo 82 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist The bottom of the pocket seam will meet the side seam.

photo 92 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist The pocket has now been attached to the skirt and we are ready to attach the skirt to the bodice.

If you are lining your dress, it is very easy to line the skirt. Simply cut the lining for the skirt exactly as you did for your fashion fabric, just omit the pocket.

Once you have sewn your lining, baste it to the waistline of the skirt. photo 102 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Wrong sides should be facing each other. Since I am lining my skirt, I simply press my seams open. If you would like, you can serge the seams, but it is not necessary.

photo 112 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist The back of the skirt is fuller than the front and you will need to sew in 2 rows of basting stitches only along the back of the skirt at the waistline.

Once the gathering stitches have been sewn in, it’s time to attach the bodice to the skirt. Match the bodice to the skirt with the lining matching. Sew the bodice to the skirt with a 1/8” seam allowance.

photo 122 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist As you can see, the seam is on the outside of the garment at this point.

photo 133 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist In order to finish this seam, we will now sew the waist from the inside of the garment with a ½” seam allowance. What we have done is sewn the waist with a French Seam. Be sure to leave an opening so that you can insert the elastic. photo 142 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

Take the elastic and pull it around your waist so that it is comfortable. Attach a safety pin to one end and then insert the elastic through the opening which is on the outside of the dress. photo 152 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

Once the elastic is inserted, overlap ends and sew together being careful not to twist the elastic. photo 162 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

From the inside of the dress, sew the elastic opening closed.

photo 173 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist The inside of our dress looks just as lovely as the outside. By attaching the elastic in this manner, if for some reason you need to remove the elastic and insert a new piece, it can easily be done by just opening the seam a little on the right side of the dress. photo 181 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

The final steps in finishing our dress will be to add the buttons and buttonholes to the bodice and finish the hem. I will be adding a ruffle to the hem of my dress that will coordinate with the ruffles that were added to the collar and sleeves.

photo 191 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

We will talk about adding a bias trim to the hem of the skirt as well.

Be sure to check out the video portion where I talk about an easy way to apply buttons, interfacing and more!

So, we are almost finished! I can’t wait to wear my new dress. I hope you are having success with your dress as well. I look forward to seeing your finished dresses on the Clara Dress Flickr page. https://www.flickr.com/groups/sn_sewalong2/

Rhonda Buss

Rhonda’s Creative Life

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Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!

stylishhandbagslarge Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!Don’t hear much complaining on a Friday, especially when we’ve got Free Stuff Friday!

In the April/May issue of Sew News the Off the Shelf column featured Choly Knight’s Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes.  Knight’s book is packed with ideas for making your own stylish handbag or tote plus you will get expert guidance on picking fabrics, hardware and detailed how tos and instruction. This book is filled with over 50 bags to make plus full size patterns are included. It’s great for the sewing newbie as well as sewists that are more advanced and need a little inspiration.

And, really can we every have too many sewing books? I think not.

Plus, get a look at the bag that Choly made that is featured in the book on page 136.  It’s roomy, trendy and great for a laptop, tablet of school books. Please check out Choly’s blog Sew Desu Ne for more fun projects, tutorials and more or visit her Facebook page at Shori Ameshiko.

photo 26 Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!For the question that you will need to answer in order to be entered to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes and a bag made by Choly Knight herself, what is your favorite type of bag or purse. Do you need a huge back breaker tote bag or are you more inclined towards small purses that hold just a few essentials.

Let me know in the comments section below. One winner will be picked and announced on the next Free Stuff Friday.

Plus, the winner from the Meet the Designer is… Sandy R who loves her fabric store The French Seam with over 1000 bolts of beautiful fashion fabrics and modern quilting cottons this sounds absolutely amazing.  If you are ever in the Indianapolis area be sure to check it out!

Hmm, I feel the strong need to go to Indianapolis. Sandy, I will be in touch with you to tell you how to claim your prize. Happy fabric shopping at The French Seam!

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Free Pincushion Project + 3 FREE Projects!

pin cushion 500x 300x290 Free Pincushion Project + 3 FREE Projects!Pincushions are fun to make and easy too. Get this free pincushion project now at Sewitall.com.

Find more easy to make projects like:

Use small scraps of fabric to make bracelets. Great for a wedding or baby shower activity.

wrist watach 500 300x291 Free Pincushion Project + 3 FREE Projects!Make a quick draft dodger

draft doger 200 Free Pincushion Project + 3 FREE Projects!And, sew a shower curtain with fat quarters.

sia 7 shower 200 Free Pincushion Project + 3 FREE Projects!If you like quick and easy sewing projects you’ll be sure to find projects that will suit family and friends at www.sewitall.com!

 

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Comment for a Chance to Win! What’s Your Favorite Part of the Sewing Process?

Happy Monday everyone!  Sew News wants to know, what’s your favorite part of the sewing process?  Is it designing, the end product, choosing fabric or something else?  For your shot to win, tell us below!

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