Fiber Art on Friday

A little eye candy for the weekend … Midge Gourlay … embroidered shoes   edhelwen on Flickr … embroidered beetles   Lindsay Taylor … embroidered art installation   MizzieMorawez on Flickr … freeform knitting  ...

10 Free Zipper Pouch Patterns

In keeping with this year’s theme – The Creative Cloth Bag – what better way to celebrate bags and purses than to share some of my favorite free sewing patterns and tutorials from around the internet. Check back every Thursday for some fresh, and...

How to Make a Rigid Bottom Insert for your Bag

Adding a rigid bottom to a bag adds shape to the bag and helps to strengthen and stabilize the base. Items can then be arranged more easily, and heavy items can be carried without putting too much stress on the bottom or side seams. Adding a rigid bottom to a bag is...

Join the new Creative Cloth Community on Google+

With the new Creative Cloth Bag series happening right throughout this year, I just know that you’ll be wanting to share photos of your bags and other creative fabric projects that you’ve made. So you’re invited to join the new Creative Cloth...

Fiber Art on Friday

A little eye candy for the weekend … Junko Oki – Woky Shoten   Reclaimed Books by IdyllicNeedle … books and needlework   Fabric Book … embroidered and embellished   Fabric Rabbit … silk screened   Reconstructed Shirt...

10 Free Tote Bag Patterns

In keeping with this year’s theme – The Creative Cloth Bag – what better way to celebrate bags and purses than to share some of my favorite free sewing patterns and tutorials from around the internet. Check back every Thursday for some fresh, and...

How to Sew Box Corners on a Bag … then make them Creative!

Adding box corners to a bag creates a bag that has a flat bottom and which gives it shape and provides dimensional space for holding items without the sides bulging out of shape. It also allows the bag to stand up depending on the type of fabric used. This tutorial...

New in the Store: Custom Colored Hand-dyed Fat Quarters

Sometimes exploring beyond your comfort zone can produce some surprising results. When I’m dyeing fabric I normally enjoy working with bright saturated colors, however from time to time I like to try out new color combinations – just to see what will...

Simple Tie-Dye Technique for the Super Simple Tote Bag

Last week I kicked off The Creative Cloth Bag Series with a tutorial for the Super Simple Tote Bag. You might not think that you can get very creative with a simple tote bag, but you would be wrong. Simple styles of fabric bags offer the perfect canvas for adding...

The Sew Creative Box is back in 2015

If you’re a textile or fabric artist, or someone who just loves to sew and work with fabric in a creative way, then you will definitely love the Sew Creative Box! The Sew Creative Box is a custom handmade treasure box of creative fabric embellishing, sewing, and...

Super Simple Thirty Minute Tote Bag Tutorial

Today I’m kicking off The Creative Cloth Bag series with a very simple and basic beginner tote bag made from 1/2 yard of fabric. This pattern is one I use often when I’m in need of a new basic tote bag, and is so simple and quick to make – only half...

Welcome to 2015 – the year of The Creative Cloth Bag

I hope everyone is ready for a very creative year of sewing. I sure am, and I’ve been thinking a lot over the last several months how I can make it even more creative for those of us who just love to sew. After some deep thought, I’ve decided to pick a...

Turning dandelions into fabric art

Ever since I finished my Dandelion textile art piece last week – see it here – I’ve been in love with the shape of the dandelion that I made using bits of cotton scrim, so of course I had to continue and make some more. Instead of making another...

Wrapping the week up and new in the store – custom dyed scrim

This week I’ve been madly trying to get things finished and sorted before Christmas arrives so I can maybe take a few days off. I fear it won’t happen though since there seems to be so much to do. I feel I should get a little more organized – a good...

Creative sewing in shades of purple: Dandelion emerges

It’s often surprising what emerges when you work intuitively without a plan or design in mind. The cloth and stitches just somehow unfold their own story. This time a dandelion field emerged. Although it wasn’t my intention when I began this piece, it...

Take a peak at the latest Sew Creative Box – Drama Queen

You can’t go past contrasting colors to create a little drama in your fabric art and the latest Sew Creative Box certainly lives up its name of “Drama Queen”. Included in the latest box is a collection of sewing fabrics, threads and fibers in...

10 Free and Creative Sewing Projects

Looking for some last minute gift ideas to sew? These ten free and creative sewing projects are sure to inspire. 1. Scrappy Organizer Got fabric scraps? This is your sewing project! Make it large to use as a day planner, or make it small to hold a notebook and pen. 2....
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