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Blog hop – sewing for your home!

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This month I was honored to participate in a blog hop on Andrea's Notebook, where a few of us linked up some home-sewing projects. I enjoyed participating in this blog hop - sewing for your home! I shared my tutorial for sewing simple cloth napkins with your serger.   And isn't this a cute project, from Irene of Serger Pepper? I absolutely adore the cute tooth fairy cushion she made from baby tights. Seriously! I would never have thought of this. She's so ... [ Read More ]

5 sewing hacks for T-shirt patterns

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Hi Everyone! Jonie here, from Knot Sew Normal. I am so happy to be back here today. The weather is changing here and it is time for long-sleeves.   5 sewing hacks for T-shirt patterns Miss G wanted some cute, fun, "COOL" shirts now that she is in Kindergarten. I wanted to share with you my 5 sewing hacks for T-shirt patterns.  I used these methods to customize each shirt and give each a distinctive look. I used my go-to shirt pattern, the Grandslam Tee from Peek-a-Boo Patterns ... [ Read More ]

How to sew cloth napkins

How to sew cloth napkins. This is a great first project to do with your serger! On sewmccool.com

Maybe you've just purchased your first serger. And you want to do something other than just serge seams. You want to show off! Learn how to sew cloth napkins, and you'll always have great gifts for family and friends, and you'll always be able to color-coordinate your napkins with your table service.   What you'll need * 1 yd of fabric for 4 napkins * Serger and thread that coordinates with fabric * Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat * Seam sealant How to sew cloth ... [ Read More ]

How competition is changing the PDF pattern design business

How competition is changing the PDF pattern design business

Transport yourself back to the mid-2000s. When paper patterns were almost all we had to choose from. When instant gratification for obtaining a pattern wasn't an option. When people who created PDFs were few and far between, and some even called the practice (gasp!) desktop publishing. I purchased an early PDF pattern off eBay that was actually hand-drawn, not formatted vertically, and was hard to tape together because there weren't any guides. I later found others that were much ... [ Read More ]

How to sew a fleece beret

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Hello Sew McCool Readers!! It's Addie from Addiek.com again and I am excited to show you how to sew a fleece beret today. I originally designed this pattern for my daughter in order to sew her a black beret to complete her artist ensemble.   I came across that beret a few days ago and decided to make her a new one that she can wear this winter. The beret is easy and quick to sew. I have included a beret printable pattern that will fit most children aged 4-8. I hope you ... [ Read More ]

Call for 2015 SewMcCool contributors – and changes

Be a sewmcccool contributor

I've enjoyed the past 9 months of blogging here on SewMcCool! It's been challenging, energizing, and exciting. I love the blend of sewing, crafting, and writing/taking photos. It's a lot of fun to share posts and tutorials with you. I've also enjoyed working with a number of contributors in 2014, and would love to continue this format in 2015! While I love posting articles and writing tutorials, it's also exciting to introduce others to you - others who have different sewing expertise and ... [ Read More ]

5 seam finishes for garment sewing

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Hi! This is Chelsea from GYCT Designs! One of the questions I get all the time is "How do I finish a seam?" or "What is a seam finish?" Today, I'll be able to enlighten you!     5 seam finishes for garment sewing A seam finish is applied to the outside edge of the seam allowance. It can be cut, covered or sewn to prevent the seam allowance from fraying. We often think of seam finishes as being used on woven fabrics because they fray easily. However, seam finishes can ... [ Read More ]

Halloween Hack: Sew a mummy costume for a girl!

Halloween Hack Sew a mummy costume from a simple pattern! Uses the Tie Dye Diva Pixie Hem skirt pattern in sizes 2-8. On sewmccool.com. Cute and quick costume hack!

When Stephanie of Swoodson Says invited me to a scavenger-hunt type blog tour to create a Halloween "hack" from a non-Halloween pattern, I couldn't wait to get started!     Though my daughter firmly wants to be a Dorito bag for Halloween, I don't have a specific pattern for that to "hack" and will need to create it myself. But I have always wanted to try to sew a mummy costume for my daughter, from an easy handkerchief skirt pattern by my friend Jen of Tie Dye ... [ Read More ]

Sewing Studio Makeover Project: The before shots

Sewing Studio Makeover Project The before shots! On sewmccool.com

I'm starting to dread going into my sewing studio lately. First, let me say that I'm so happy and fortunate that I have a dedicated space for sewing. But it's a little dark, I still don't have a desk where I can use my computer in the studio, and I need some more room to spread out. Right now I cut patterns on the floor in my upstairs hallway. And I type on my dining room table. And the way this studio is set up, I keep stubbing my toes on desks and my ironing board. Time for a ... [ Read More ]

How to sew a fabric flower – the Camellia flower

Stitch a fabric flower from fabric or felt! This is the beautiful camellia flower by Birdsong and SewMcCool. On sewmccool.com. Free download!

This feels like the end of a chapter of my life. From 2009-2012 I focused my crafty business exclusively on creating and selling tutorials for hair bows and fabric flowers. I enjoyed it - and it was lucrative. When I introduced the Camellia fabric flower tutorial in 2011, teaching how to sew a fabric flower made from smaller pieces of fabric or felt, it sold more than $300 worth of $6.50 copies on launch day. Really. That seems unreal to me now. But things have changed, and the ... [ Read More ]