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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 ]

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

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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

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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

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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 ]