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Sew a knit stripwork skirt

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Hello everyone! I am Jonie from Knot Sew Normal. I am so happy to share this skirt tutorial with you, for how to sew a knit stripwork skirt! My daughter saw another girl at school with a similar skirt and immediately asked me to make one for her. It's simple to make and the combinations could be endless. You can make this for anyone, from babies all the way up to women. All you need is your waist and length measurements. I'm excited to make myself one soon.   What you'll ... [ Read More ]

Hem knits without tunneling

Hem knits without tunneling on sewmccool.com

Tunnels are fun to drive through, especially for kids, who always sit up in their seats with fascination! But let's face it - when you're hemming knit fabrics, you want to avoid the tunnel. At all costs! Here's my favorite way to hem knits without tunneling. (this post contains a few affiliate links, which means I will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through the link - but at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support! Please see the disclosure ... [ Read More ]

15 excuses I’ve used for not sewing – despite loving it!

15 excuses I've used for not sewing - despite loving it! On sewmccool.com

I love to sew. I really do. But sometimes I have so many excuses for not sewing, even though I know once I get to the machine I'll enjoy myself. I'll sit there, sewing away, and think: Now why didn't I get to this two hours ago? Or yesterday? Or last weekend? But once I'm sewing, I realize exactly what excuse I created that prevented me from doing it sooner. There's usually just a small obstacle to overcome, or there's guilt, or I've simply been distracted by social media shiny objects ... [ Read More ]

Notebook paper zipper pouch tutorial

Notebook paper zipper pouch tutorial by Friends Stitched Together on sewmccool.com

Hello! Amy from Friends Stitched Together here with a tutorial for making a zippered pencil pouch that looks like notebook paper! I recently made these notebook paper tags as a tutorial for one of my fellow Sew McCool contributors and I loved them so much, I knew I needed to use the technique again, with a notebook paper zipper pouch tutorial.     My oldest son is starting preschool this year, so I'm a little obsessed with back-to-school projects right now - but who am ... [ Read More ]

How to sew a ladder stitch – sew a blind stitch

How to sew a ladder stitch - sew a blind stitch. On sewmccool.com

Sometimes, a sewing machine simply can't turn you into magician. But... Your hand-stitching needle can! Learn how to sew a ladder stitch when sewing a seam closed - and watch your stitching disappear like magic. Some also call this a "blind stitch," but I think that term is more suitable for hems and such, even if the concept is similar. This technique is perfect for sewing pillows closed, as well as for other small projects like placemats, coin purses, and other applications where ... [ Read More ]

How to make a baby bow headband

How to make a baby bow headband by sewmccool.com

It's no secret I love working with ribbon! And with my first book, 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make: For Perfectly Wrapped Gifts, Gorgeous Hair Clips, Beautiful Corsages, and Decorative Fun! now on shelves (that's an Amazon affiliate link, meaning I'll get a little commission if you buy the book....my contract was a lump-sum payment with no royalties so I'm not exactly double-dipping here), I thought it would be fun to share a few projects and techniques that didn't make it into the ... [ Read More ]

Sew quilted placemats

Sew a quilted placemat! Quick and easy. On sewmccool.com

Last autumn we went from the 1970s to the "2000-teens" when we renovated our kitchen. And when the project was finished... I decided that I really wanted some new dishes. When my husband and I married, we didn't purchase a matching china pattern (is that weird?), so I never had a set of dishes that I really prized and enjoyed. After some not-so-subtle hints, my husband purchased four 4-piece sets for me for Christmas, and I added on with some bowls. But my beautiful dishes have ... [ Read More ]

How to make a quick stuffed baby toy

make a quick stuffed baby toy by House of Estrela for sewmccool.com

Hello Sew McCool readers! My name is Magda E. and I blog over at House of Estrela. Today I am here to show you how to make a quick stuffed baby toy on your own - no sewing machine required!   I have to tell you though, that I made a commitment with myself that I will not buy any fabrics or other supplies because I have too many already. Actually, after a couple of years sewing from what I have, my stash is quite smaller now. So every time I make something, I use from what I ... [ Read More ]

7 ways to attract younger people to sewing

7 ways to attract younger people to sewing! On sewmccool.com

I have a proposal for an exciting new reality show. "Nekked" sewing! (Wow, I started that post out with a bang....but didn't use the proper word because otherwise I'm risking all sorts of strange search result hits, yikes.) What do you think? Attractive men and women sewing up fabulous garments and quilts in the buff, with their sewing machines set up in an open-air thatched hut with a view of the beach and ocean. They'll take on crazy challenges - stitching art quilts using only ... [ Read More ]

Reusable snack bag tutorial

Snack bag tutorial - sew a sandwich bag pocket! By bluebird & the boy on sewmccool.com

Hello everyone! Nichole from Bluebird & the Boy here, and I'm pleased to be back with you here at Sew McCool! Today I'll be sharing a tutorial for my 1+1=2 Pocket Reusable Baggie! It's a great reusable snack bag tutorial that you'll go to again and again.   Like many of you, we are settling in to the idea of another school year. Supplies are (mostly) gathered, backpacks are lined up, and lunch with a table-full of school friends is highly anticipated! This is the 1+1=2 Pocket ... [ Read More ]