Silk carrier rods, sparkly threads, beads and scrim – oh my!

It’s been such a busy time these last few weeks getting the very first Sew Creative Box packed and shipped out. It’s always such a challenge the first time you do anything and there are always so many small details that need attention. However I’ve...

Get Creative with Water Soluble Stabilizer

Don’t you just love getting creative with fun products and techniques? Water soluble stabilizer is one of my very favorite products and I love to use it in lots of different ways to create interesting thread and fiber effects such as Soft edges on quilts Lace...

Need a quick weekend project? Try Some Fabric Beads

Fabric beads are easy and fun to make and can be used to embellish all your creative sewing projects. They are also a great way to use up all those small scraps of leftover fabric and fibers. This tutorial shows you several ways to make embellished fabric beads. What...

How to Sew Beads onto Fabric

Beading on fabric is one of my favorite ways to embellish quilts and other sewing projects. I sometimes like to sew them on individually … … and sometimes I like to sew them on in clusters along with bead dangles. Regardless of which way you like to sew...

Hand embroidery thread – how to blend thread colors

If you do a lot (or even a little) hand embroidery, over time you can accumulate quite a collection of embroidery floss and yarn. But doesn’t it always seem that you simply never have the right color hand embroidery thread to finish off a sewing project? The...

Making Fabric Postcards – Finishing the Edges

As you know, machine wrapped cording is one of my favorite embellishments and I use it on many of my projects, particularly as a way to finish the edges. I used it to embellish art quilts … fabric journals … and I particularly love using it to finish the...

Creative Sewing in Circles

Using decorative machine stitches is one of my favorite ways of embellishing and decorating fabric and I use them in all sorts of different ways. But one of my favorite ways to use decorative stitches is to sew them in circles to create circular designs and quilt...

How to make a simple and perfect fabric bead

Fabric beads … mmmmmm …. Usually I like em kinda chunky like this … … but every now and then I need a bead that’s perfect and plain like these. There are a number of ways to get a perfectly round fabric bead, but this tip is too good to...

My favorite tips for using decorative stitches

The decorative machine stitches on your sewing machine are a quick and easy way to add embellishment and decorative design to all your sewing projects. However many sewers tend to overlook using these type of stitches either because they don’t know how to use...

How to Make a Fabric Yo-Yo Look Titivating

Fabric yo-yos are one of the most under-rated embellishments there is. They are really quite simple to make, but then they can be dressed up in all sort of fabulous ways to create embellishments for all your sewing projects. I remember when I was young that my...

How to make fabric from ribbon

I enjoy making focus fabric in unusual and creative ways. Such as from decorative fibers. But another simple, fun and creative way to make fabric is by sewing together lengths of ribbon. This technique is perfect for using up that gorgeous hand-dyed ribbon that...

Tutorial: How to make textural “Fabric Paper”

As you know, fabric paper is one of my favorite materials and I use it in many different ways by printing on it using my inkjet printer when I make my art bags and three dimensional art, and also painting on it for use as backgrounds on my art quilts. There are *lots*...
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