May 20, 2014 in Tips & Tricks
All my daughter wants to wear these days are dresses...she's 3 and very opinionated! :) We went through her closet and tried on the dresses for fit because, you know, they grow so crazy fast. Some of the dresses from last year still fit, some too small, and some fit but were just too short. So, instead of buying new ...
April 4, 2014 in Tips & Tricks
Hello Totally Stitchin' fans,
It's Heather here from The Sewing Loft and I'm super excited to be spending some time with you! Over the next few months, I'll be sharing fun sewing tips, tricks and even exciting finds from all around the sewing world.
Since April is National Serger Month I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite tips. These tips ...
February 20, 2014 in Tips & Tricks
I just recently had some sewing students request to learn how to sew satin binding onto a baby blanket...and, though I had sewn many a binding, I had never tried out the pre-made satin binding. So, I got to experiment for baby Griffin!
Bah! I love it so much! There are many tutorials out there, but, here is the one I ...
January 22, 2014 in Tips & Tricks
So, now we're going to tackle the invisible zipper (you'll need an invisible zipper about 1" shorter than your cut fabric measurement...so, if I cut my fabric 16" x 16", I'm going to look for a 15" invisible zipper...you can also get a longer one and shorten it)! Last week, I showed you how to do a centered zipper with ...
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 ...