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How to use a seam ripper

How to use a seam ripper the right way! On sewmccool.com

I'm mostly a self-taught sewist. I've taken some classes here and there, but by and large I've learned to swim (and not sink!) on my own. So I was kind of mortified to realize a couple of years ago that I could use my seam ripper more than one way. You know that thing... ....that you think you'll never use.... ...and then you can't find it when you need it? That one. Maybe you know how to properly use a seam ripper already. But maybe....you're like I was. So here's a ... [ Read More ]

4 reasons to banish “modern” from sewing vocabulary

4 Reasons to banish modern from sewing vocabulary. On sewmccool.com

I have a bone to pick. Maybe because I'm middle-aged and have been around just long enough to see styles and fabrics and patterns go out of style and come back again as "modern." Maybe because sometimes I like fabrics that aren't considered "modern" by  designers in their early 20s. *Jealousy, perhaps??* But most of all, because the word "modern" is simply overused. Beaten up. Old. The word "modern" is no longer, well...modern. Really, I do understand that the term "modern" is ... [ Read More ]

Make fabric hair ribbons – sew, or no-sew!

Make fabric hair ribbons - sew or no sew! By Addie of addiek.com for sewmccool.com.

Hello Sew McCool readers! It’s Addie from AddieK.com again. This time I'm going to share with you a tutorial on how to make fabric hair ribbons. I recently started making these for my 7-year-old daughter. She's decided that she's too old for traditional bows. So, we have moved onto new ways to accessorize her hair. I really love these ribbons more than traditional grosgrain or satin ribbons. First, they're great because of the variety of designs you can have. Secondly, this technique utilizes ... [ Read More ]

Lap quilt pattern sneak peek – the Lazy Halfsies quilt

Lazy Halfsies Quilt main

Sewing quilt tops was my form of therapy for many years. Something about being able to control the fabric....matching seams....hearing the hum of the sewing machine and building something beautiful that I could use later. *Love.*   So I was so excited - and honored - to design a quilt for my sponsor, Fabricworm.com, with the Birch Fabrics fun and outdoor-sy fabric line, Feather River. This is a great lap quilt pattern for a beginner - large pieces, easy seams, and a quick ... [ Read More ]

Sew baby bow headbands – sneak peek!

How to make a baby bow headband by sewmccool.com

Baby girls. We all love them - they're so fun to dress up in pretty clothes and accessories. I especially like to sew baby bow headbands. With just a bit of ribbon (I buy most of my ribbon from my sponsor, The Ribbon Retreat) and some stretch lace, you can create a beautiful headband in no time. These are so perfect for gifts! To see the tutorial, head on over to Mabey She Made It, where I'm a guest poster today. And please be sure to spend some time looking around Lisa's site - ... [ Read More ]

Sew a felt pincushion – and a giveaway!

Sew a felt pincushion! Mushroom pincushion from the book Pincushion Appeal on sewmccool.com

I love hand-sewing with wool felt. Something about how it doesn't fray...about how the needle feels when I slide it through the buttery fabric... ...and how easily I can carry the project with me to sew in front of the television or during on a road trip when I'm not driving. I also love decorative buttons - during the six years I exclusively sewed hair bows, I was always on the hunt for collections of cute buttons to embellish my projects. Collecting whimsical buttons became a bit of ... [ Read More ]

Sew an asymmetrical urban hoodie with color blocking


Hello Sew McCool readers, I'm Ren Murphy. You can usually find me at The Inspired Wren where I share inspired sewing, crochet, and craft projects. Today, I’m here to show you how to create an asymmetrical urban hoodie with color blocking. Color-blocking is a fun way to customize a pattern you may already have on hand. Frequently color-blocking is created parallel to the seams, creating rectangular fields of color. I saw this image on Pinterest and had a light-bulb moment: asymmetry + ... [ Read More ]

How to stitch a sewing machine cover


Hi, this is Chelsea again, and I am the blogger and designer over at GYCT Designs! For years, I have been wanting to make myself a sewing machine cover. I've pinned and planned. But something more pressing, more exciting, more demanding always came up. In fact, I bought this fabric back in March just for my cover. But alas, I didn't make one even then. So naturally, when the opportunity finally presented itself, I had to jump up and down and say "YES".     Perhaps ... [ Read More ]

Making money blogging: SewMcCool July 2014 blog earnings

SewMcCool July 2014 Blog Earnings

July... ...a month with a vacation, several posts from contributing bloggers, and days here and there where I didn't have time to micro-manage my site at all. The site didn't break. Everything kept going. And my traffic was even up from June.     SewMcCool had almost 58,500 page views in July, up from 49,500 in June...and up a little from May's 57,000 + views. It's my impression now that I'll be hanging around the 50,000 mark for the foreseeable future, ... [ Read More ]

6 things never to say to someone who sews

6 things never to say to someone who sews

If you sew, you've been there. The same reactions, responses, and requests you get when someone finds out that you sew. We know that everyone means well... ...but still... There are some things we'd rather not hear for the umpteenth time. Am I right?   So here are 6 things never to say to someone who sews, and our mental responses that we would never say out loud: 1. I have a pair of pants I need hemmed...how much would you charge me? Mental thought: Not ... [ Read More ]