January 17, 2014 in Tips & Tricks
Zippers are a nice addition to a pillow because when the cover needs a washing, it's easy to remove, cleanse, and replace! And, they're really not that difficult! So, the picture below shows a centered zipper on the left and the pillow on the right has an invisible zipper! This tutorial is to show how to insert a centered zipper.
January 2, 2014 in Tips & Tricks
Piping is a fun embellishment to add to a pillow that you're making! Here's a few tips and tricks on how to add piping to a pillow!
(Also, the tutorial for this throw pillow is coming soon!!)
To start, you'll need your piping (pre-made or the piping you made) and the front fabric for your pillow.
Start somewhere on the bottom and pin ...
December 18, 2013 in Tips & Tricks
Of course there is pre-made piping, but, when you can't find what you want...make your own with this little tutorial!
*This tutorial is to create piping from woven fabric.*
Piping cord: I used 8/32" (see step 4 for a picture)
3/4 to 1 yard of fabric, depending on how much you need
Matching all-purpose thread.
We need to cut bias from fabric to create ...
November 13, 2013 in Tips & Tricks
So, you've gotten to the part in the pattern where it says to understitch. What is understitching? Glad you asked! Understitching is when you sew the lining only to the seam allowance. It's typically at the neckline and armholes, but, not limited to that. It's essential purpose is to keep the lining rolled back behind the outer fabric so that ...
September 30, 2013 in Tips & Tricks
While working on curtains with my mom this past weekend, she shared a little tip to snip and rip fabric to create a straight edge. So, I thought I would pass it along!
I had six yards of fabric and I wanted two 85" panels. I kept measuring and pinning only to find that my measuring (or my pinning) wasn't accurate and no where ...
September 6, 2013 in Tips & Tricks
I was sifting through my kazillions (yes, that's a real word...maybe) of patterns, weeding out the ones I no longer want, when I found one I had forgotten about! Because I have a 5 month old, this little number (below) would come in handy...and I just happened to have some more superhero fabric lying around (which is so fun when, ...
August 8, 2013 in Tips & Tricks
Have you ever been in search for the quilt backing you think should be so easy to find, but can't find it in the fabric stores!?! It can be so frustrating; I was sewing a t-shirt quilt for a friend and gave them the choice of a dark gray micro-plush backing (thinking that it would be easy to find). I looked ...
June 28, 2013 in Tips & Tricks
As we all know, whether you're cutting, sewing, pinning, etc., using those fine motor skills in your hands can tire those wrists out (especially with those thick fabrics or heavy projects)! So, take a break every now and then and stretch those wrists out! When I was in an Anatomy and Physiology class in college, my professor said if you ...
June 5, 2013 in Tips & Tricks
One of the first tips my mom shared with me when I started sewing was the importance of notching and clipping hills and valleys. It is such a simple thing to do but makes a huge difference in your finished product. It helps the fabric lay correctly when you turn it right side out. Take a look at what I ...