To me this synthetic material appears to be a cross between paper and plastic. Leave it to crafters and sewing enthusiasts to take it out of the realm of industrial uses and get creative with it. After seeing some of Linda's crazy samples with paint and printing I'm definitely going to give this a try! I especially like the fact that it's non-woven and doesn't ravel. Stay tuned! I see myself re-cycling postal envelops and firing up my Brother ScanNCut to slice up pretty shapes with this unusual fabric.
This week you'll see Linda Lee from the Sewing Workshop stitch something to make winter more fun. In the second half Rebecca Kemp Brent turns her travel memories in a charming tuffet, embellished with top-stitching.
Imagine making garments and accessories from “house wrap” and packaging envelopes! That's exactly what Linda Lee uses in this episode. Her projects are made from DuPont™ Tyvek®. This material has been around for 50 years. It is commonly known as the specialty fabric used for envelopes and home insulation.
To me this synthetic material appears to be a cross between paper and plastic. Leave it to crafters and sewing enthusiasts to take it out of the realm of industrial uses and get creative with it. After seeing some of Linda's crazy samples with paint and printing I'm definitely going to give this a try! I especially like the fact that it's non-woven and doesn't ravel. Stay tuned! I see myself re-cycling postal envelops and firing up my Brother ScanNCut to slice up pretty shapes with this unusual fabric.
In part two of this week's show Rebecca Kemp Brent shows how to make a spectacular footstool with photo printed fabric. I saw this while at the studio and it was rich and beautiful in every way! The photos and view on TV simply do not do this piece justice.
Perhaps you've seen these kits or maybe even made one or more yourself. If so I'd love to know! I remember these being all the rage about 3 years ago. If you CLICK HERE you'll see Rebecca's customary detailed instructions with a link to purchasing information. Even if a tuffet isn't in your future I would watch this segment with a notepad as Rebecca provides one great tip after another, many of which you can apply to a whole lot of other projects.
Ready to go and watch the show? CLICK HERE. This show currently airs until noon EST, December 22. Enjoy!
Unleash your inner artist this week! You're sure to be inspired and motivated to make something free-form and fun-loving after watching this show!
In the first segment, up-cycling designer Michelle Paganini adds a touch of modern art to a refashioned shirt using three-ply reverse appliqué.
I had the opportunity to meet Michelle at the studio and spend a great day with her while we each taped our shows. During lunch she kindly offered me a choice of one of her patterns as a gift.
I instantly chose the Cindy blouse, which happens to be the one Michelle is wearing in the show. I liked the asymmetrical panel and immediately envisioned embroidery designs sprinkled down the front with coordinating designs on the sleeve cuffs.
You'll get to see a variety of her patterns on her show and tell part of the show. These are not really patterns in the traditional sense of the word. They are actually detailed instructions for creating new garments by creatively re-designing men's shirts. Quite a novel idea and a great way to turning nice shirts and good fabric into a one-of-a-kind fashion statement for women.
The featured blouse is the Sandy style. Each one of her patterns features interesting details with plenty of blank canvas for added embellishments. Be sure to visit Michelle at her website, paganoonoo.com to learn more!
In the second half of the show Angela Wolf creates her own embellished denim fabric with free-motion embroidery using the Brother Dream Fabric Frame.
Take a look at the jackets above and you'll see that Angela has developed many creative ways of taking a simply styled jacket and turning it into a work of art. The free motion techniques she demonstrates on this show are yet another way to put your own creativity into garments sewn from scratch. See her add simple squiggles for an easy yet interesting accent on plain fabric.
Ready to go and watch the show? Go ahead and CLICK HERE. This show is available online until December 16th at noon EST. Enjoy!
This show has you covered if the wind blows, there's a chill in the air, or raindrops are falling on your head! It begins with a simple wrap you can make from fleece and ends with a raincoat sewn from laminated waterproof fabric.
Here are two of the fleece garments you'll see.
In this show I had the opportunity to feature a new fleece wrap similar to a couple garments from my book titled Wrapped in Embroidery. If you'd like to make your own version of the ruana wraps so popular in ready-to wear you'll find a free pattern offered on the show, plus tips for finishing a plain one or one with added embroidery. If anything here looks familiar to you then it's likely you have at least paged through or perhaps even made one or two wraps from the book. If you happen have the book in your possession I sincerely hope you have stitched some of the designs.
In the early stages of writing the book I hand picked the designs for this collection, with the idea that they would be classic and versatile so they could find their way on most any embellished item you choose to create!
The two mirror imaged motifs you see being embroidered on the show are a favorite pair I've used time and time again.
By the way, although the back was never shown, there is a coordinating yoke design on the back. It's always fun to add embroidery to the back of a garment so it gets noticed both coming and going!
In this episode you'll see how easy it is to link designs with a paper template and a feature called the trial key.This technique is useful for matching the top center of the second design with the bottom center of the first. Many machines have this capability or similar ways to pinpoint the positioning for your embroidery designs, allowing for linking designs for as long as you like. I'd love to hear back from you if you found some of the tips helpful, or if any questions pop up after watching this segment. Remember that further instructions are uploaded to the TV website. You can CLICK HERE to find those.
The free pattern instructions are just a click away too! You'll find this when you click the image on the left.
The second half of the show will help solve your rainy day woes as Alex Woodbury returns to show you some tricks for stitching laminated fabrics. Her featured garment is the Soho Jacket from the Sewing Workshop pattern line.
You'll see the value of the non-stick foot for sewing rainwear fabric such as vinyl coated cotton.
This unusual fabric can be found currently in some pretty prints on Fabric.com. I've had a lot of fun sewing with this fabric in the past. A few years ago Brother came out with a great hybrid foot that is not only non-stick but has roller wheels to really keep it gliding freely along the surface. Click on the image below to learn more.
If you're ready to go watch the show CLICK HERE. This show is available online until December 8th at noon EST.
Enjoy and feel free to leave your comments!
Be ready to go anywhere, anytime! This entire show is full of perfect projects for an on-the-go lifestyle! I think you'll get some great ideas for gift making too!
The show begins with prolific blogger and busy Mom, Caroline Critchfield. Leave it to a busy, and I might add clever Mom to come up with something practical, pretty, and super fast to make! Watch as she shows each step to complete this piece and gives out some great tips and tricks along the way.
You'll hear Caroline recommend this little vinyl-lined pouch for cosmetics or a travel sized sewing kit. Both of these are great ideas. However, I can also see these made with fancy fabric along with embroidery or a monogram, and used to hold a gift of jewelry for an elegant presentation. Wrapped candies and a special note inside would be great for a hostess gift. Put a little thought into this and I bet you come up with some of your own great gift ideas. I'm planning to make one for a sewing friend with sewing themed fabric. Instead of candy, I'll add a sweet surprise in the form of a gift card for a local sewing shop.
You'll find all the instructions and a full size pattern for this project when you CLICK HERE.
Award-winning quilter Carolina Moore shows how to hand sew hexagons along with her own tips for English paper piecing in the next segment.
This type of quilt project is utterly portable and I can readily see how it could quickly become habit forming. I was surprised to see that these ready-to-use paper pieces were available in such large quantities and also in different shapes. CLICK HERE to see the full line of paper shapes from the Dritz Company.
Take a close look at the nifty wash away glue pen featured and you'll see that it is a cut above the ordinary. It's a Fons and Porter brand pen with refills available for future use. After a little research I found that it was on the high end price wise but being able to re-fill is a big plus in my book.
Alex Woodbury of AlexandIkat shows off her beautiful bags at the tail end of the show. Listen as she explains where each bag gets its name and then tells how these bags carry special meaning with help for others at the root of their design.
Are you ready to go watch the show? CLICK HERE. This show is currently showing online until March 2nd at noon EST. Enjoy!
This week you'll see western wear with classic flair, a tote with a mix of memories, and a quick tip for pattern layout on a very fashionable fabric.
My contribution to the show reveals my penchant for all things western. If you were to ask me why I love the western style so much I'm afraid I wouldn't have a good answer for you. All I know is that undoubtedly I DO love all things western!
When it comes to western garb I revel in the chance to wear it! For this piece I used Folkwear pattern #212 - Five Frontier Shirts. I think you would agree that this embellished shirt carries the spirit of the style without the standard cowboy/girl look. I did make a few minor modifications, skipping the pockets, eliminating a couple snaps, and adding embroidery to the smooth chambray fabric. Other than that, it's the exact same shirt you see the lady wearing in the center of the pattern photo. It's amazing what a few minor changes can make.
You'll find complete instructions for embroidery and all the trimmings posted on the It's Sew Easy TV website. For a quick shortcut to the instructions simply click on the image below.
If you are also a western wear aficionado you may want to take a look at a past project featuring yet another one of my favorite Folkwear patterns. CLICK HERE to watch the segment from series 1000 and you'll see the embroidered denim jacket I made for this show.
Rebecca Kemp Brendt is up next with her clever map meets tote project.
With free motion quilt capabilities you can imitate this style using a map that reminds you of your own hometown or a visit to a distant destination. Even without added stitching this tote is sure to be a great conversation starter, wouldn't you agree?
At the very end of the show Angela Wolf presents a quick tip for a pattern layout with houndstooth fabric.
Houndstooth is a checked fabric with a funny name and distinctive weave. This fabric has an ancient history, possibly dating back all the way to the first century! Also called tweed, it has a classic, timeless look with a tessellating pattern that's especially interesting up close. Watch this tip segment and learn to pattern match houndstooth for your next garment masterpiece.
If you're ready to go and watch the entire show you can CLICK HERE. Currently airing online until February 23rd at noon EST. Enjoy!
The subject matter for this show is simple and straightforward. Knit leggings take center stage and then you'll learn tips and tricks for scuba knit and neoprene fashion fabric.
In the first segment watch Angela stitch a comfortable elastic waistband for slim fitting leggings. Yes, these are close fitting body hugging pants. I think I may be hearing a few groans as some of you currently think this style won't work for you. I hear you!!! Allow me to hop on my fashion advice soapbox for a minute. You might just change your mind if you try a pair of leggings with great boots and a thigh skimming tunic top. But if not, you could also consider getting a similar look with slim leg pants made from a stretch woven fabric. Just throwing a few thoughts your way! I encourage you to explore current pattern books and I think you'll not only find some suitable options, you'll see that they are finally waking up and using some models that look like "real" people. Okay . . . I'm off the box and ready to tell you about the rest of the show :-)
Alex Woodbury, blogger, designer, and daughter of Linda Lee, well known owner of The Sewing Workshop has many samples to show with techniques for sewing seams, seam finishes, and hems for these unusual but attractive fabrics.
I found learning about these "new" fabrics really interesting. I have seen them in the fabric store but never had the push to try making something with them. I think I'm ready now and I'll be sure to let you know what I decide on for a future project.
At the end Angela returns with a quick tip for changing a basic knit pant pattern into a pull on pair like the ones you see her sew in the beginning of the show.
Want a sneak peek at next week? I've got an embroidered western style shirt to show you and I can't wait for you to see it!!!
This show is currently showing online until February 16th at noon EST.
CLICK HERE to go watch and Enjoy!
As always, I'd love to hear your comments and find out how you liked the show. Feel free to return here after you watch and write a line or two with your thoughts about the show.
Show 1307 is full of solid sewing advice. Just two teachers are featured this week so each segment shows project steps in great detail.
Children's fashion designer Carla Macklin shows you how to cut and sew custom bias trim in the first segment.
You'll see this bias trim as an accent on her darling dresses for little girls. Learn how to add this binding and you'll want to apply it to many clothing and craft items. Carla starts with a square of fabric, cuts bias strips, and then sews them together at a 90-degree angle to make longer lengths. To form the folded strips she uses a tool that came from the toolbox of her very own Grandmother.
I suggest you visit Dritz Notions for a modern day bias tape maker along with some great Dritz tutorials for cutting, pressing, and even determining the amount of yardage you'll need for bias strips in many different lengths.
CLICK HERE to see yet another tutorial showing a quick way to make long lengths of bias. This one shows bias for making custom piping but the same principle can be applied to bias strips for other projects.
Making a beautiful fabric box is the topic of the next segment with Rebecca Kemp Brendt. This custom crafted box is good for memories and treasures brought home from vacation or to hold a special gift.
Rebecca has designed more classy craft projects than anyone else I know! Not only is she a fantastic designer, she is known for clear, concise instructions that allow you to re-create without frustration as she explains steps in a manner that is always easy to understand.
I encourage you to listen and watch carefully. Rebecca dishes out some important fusing facts while using an interesting product for the stiff base, and then offers tips for shaping the corners and finishing with tacking and button sewing tips.
By the way, you'll find even more tutorials and projects produced by Rebecca on the official Brother blog at blog.brothersews.com.
Without further delay, CLICK HERE to go and watch the show. This currently airs until February 9th, 2018 - noon EST.
The series continues with tips for short trips, long trips, or trips close to home. Traveling any distance often means temperature changes both indoors and out. Having stylish garments you can easily slip on and off make travel more comfortable and more pleasant. In the first segment you'll see a fashion-forward sweater designed by Angela Wolf so you can be comfortable at home or away.
Next, learn how to embellish all of your gear with colorful embroidered patches. Embroidery expert Eileen Roche shows you how.
Now that you have your casual wear covered it's time to add something fancy for a special night out. In this episode I'll show you how to stitch a concealed zipper so you can create an elegant evening bag. It packs flat and coordinates with a special embroidered dress made from matching silk dupioni fabric. Read more about all these projects below.
First, Angela designs a coverup with a partial circle collar, peep sleeves, and lettuce edging on the hem, all from a basic T-shirt pattern.
To finish the edges she takes advantage of the super stretch of the fabric and stitches a ruffled, lettuce edge hem. This is a unique and decorative way to make narrow hems on stretchy knits.
I have a slightly different recipe for accomplishing this popular edge finish. Here's what you'll need:
Here are the steps:
Begin by selecting a zig zag stitch set for 2.0 width and 2.0 length. Line up the raw edge of the fabric with the center making on the foot. Zigzag over the raw edge, having the right hand swing of the zig zag catch the raw edge and stretching as you go. Next, set zig zag stitch for width 2.5 and length 1.0. Stitch over previous zig zag stitching.
This results in a more satin style stitch. Make sure to test first for suitability on your particular knit.
In the next segment, Eileen Roche makes a batch of "Sew Happy" patches.
You'll love all the special items Eileen decorated with patches! These snappy little patches work as an accent for everything from bags to hats to boat shoes! Watch as Eileen presents great tips for fusing these appliqués onto awkward surfaces. These are easy to attach to so many different things. They're sure to put a smile on someone's face if you make them for gifts too!
If you're looking for more fun patches you may want to explore the Blue Hair Girl collection. CLICK HERE to read my past post about the designer, Denise Holguin. You'll learn more about her creative style and see examples of the patches she invented.
In last short segment of the show you'll see me insert a concealed zipper with a special foot designed for the task.
The featured sample is a clutch purse previously published as a Brother blog post. CLICK HERE to view and download the original instructions. You'll find specific steps outlined and illustrated with photos so you can effortlessly stitch this style of zipper again and again.
This silk dupioni clutch purse is an elegant accessory for a special occasion or anytime you want something a bit fancier than your everyday handbag.
The inside zippered pocket is sleek and secure. Imagine making this purse in many different fabrics for dressy or casual days!
Need a gorgeous dress to pair with your purse? There are instructions for that too! They're also available on the official Brother Stitching Sewcial blog. You'll only catch a glimpse of this dress on the show but if you CLICK HERE you can see how I made this dress, from designing the layout to embroidering the front panel of this figure flattering dress.
Ready to go and watch the show? Show 1306 will air until noon EST on February 2nd. CLICK HERE to go watch the show. Enjoy!
I'd love to know if you would like to make your own version of any of the items you saw this week. Please let me know in the comments below.
Show 1305 will help you create go-to wearables for tropical destinations. Angela Wolf sews a perfect t-shirt to wear alone or under a jacket. Pattern designer and fabric expert Linda Lee shares tips for sewing on sheer fabrics and Michelle Paganini has more up-cycling tips.
T-shirts, can you ever have too many? Short sleeves, long sleeves, or no sleeves at all, many of us have quite a few in our closet but there's always room for more!
Angela's T tops always have an upscale look to them. T-shirts are an Angela Wolf specialty and in this episode you'll see how to shape a cap sleeve and hem it with a twin needle. The idea she presents is for a shirt that goes nicely under a jacket, with a bit of coverage but not too much bulk.
If you're looking to re-style an existing ready-made T-shirt you may want to take a look at a Free tip sheet I wrote for transforming a T-shirt. CLICK HERE and you'll find specific instructions for changing the neckline and adding some pizzazz to otherwise plain sleeves.
Next, Linda Lee from the Sewing Workshop sews samples of seams and hems for super light fabrics. Her sample jacket is sewn from silk. A jacket like this would be perfect to dress up plain, solid separates for a cruise or even dinner out close to home. In this segment she teaches the basics for both a French seam and a very narrow hem.
For yet another option you may want to take a look at the sheer wrap I presented on a previous show. CLICK HERE to see more.
In the last short segment Michelle returns with lots of ideas for adding a quick fix to existing garments. You'll love her slip tips for re-styling slips into practical camisoles, along with some additional ideas for making clothes more comfortable.
CLICK HERE if you're ready to go and watch the show. It will be online until noon EST on October 27.
Show #1304 will make you think about sewing some special items to make everyday life more beautiful! I can’t wait to get right into previewing this show so here goes!
If you are a seasoned fan of It's Sew Easy you’ve seen Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studio multiple times. She always smiles when talking about sewing. Her love of the craft is evident in everything she designs and creates! In this show you’ll see her use the Brother super speedy model PQ1500SL.
This machine is made only for straight stitching, but it is oh so powerful! Sewing on the PQ machine is a lot like sewing on an industrial machine. I've had the opportunity to stitch many hours on both types so I speak from real life experience. This model has quite a few ingenious features built into it and they are all designed to make your sewing more powerful, precise, and efficient. Click on the machine image if you would like more information.
If you’re anything like me you will be itching to stitch after seeing the handbag samples Kay displayed on the show. While the focus is on creating quality handles, you are sure to pick up many other helpful tips. After watching you may even be tempted to put on a dress (Kay is known for her beautiful dresses), and then don a pair of dangling earrings and a sparkling necklace. Among her many talents, Kay is a jewelry designer as well!
Next it’s time to up-cycle some shirts with Michelle Paganini. This one was tough for me to watch. Not because I didn’t love it - I did! Therein lies the problem. You see I struggle with the “if you haven’t worn it in a year toss it theory.” You've heard it before, use it or lose it when cleaning out closets and drawers! I always experience a moment of someday I'll use this, and my clean up and pitch it mood goes right out the window!
Thank goodness people like Michelle are out there to motivate us to up-cycle and give new life to old things. Her eclectic ideas for reusing men’s shirts are very stylish. They will either inspire you to re-style shirts hanging in the back of the closet, or shop for some thrift store finds to work into your own wearable art. Add a feminine touch with a pin, appliqué, scarf, etc., and you’ll forget that the garment you're wearing once hung in a men’s department somewhere.
In the last short segment I had the opportunity to show one of my favorite pocket styles. It's a welt pocket stitched with simplified steps for construction. To see each and every step in detail you’ll want to CLICK HERE and download the instructions I wrote to coordinate with the short demonstration.
Permit me to hop on a soapbox for a minute. I think learning how to sew quality pockets is a key that unlocks the door to sewing garments that shine with a look of quality construction. The recipe is simple - pick a simple garment style and add a perfect pocket or two. Your friends will think you’ve had professional training with a master tailor, sharing insider secrets with each and every stitch.
With that in mind, before I go I have an easy question for you. Would you be interested in some online classes for learning how to make a variety of perfect pockets? Please leave your yes or no answer in the comments and tell me if you would like to add this skill to your sewing repertoire. Feel free to contact me if you have specific requests.
Ready to go and watch the show? It currently airs online until January 19th at 12PM EST. CLICK HERE and enjoy!
Show #1303 has some exciting projects for both embroidering aficionados and sewing fans. Embroidery expert Eileen Roche embroiders colorful and cool watchbands, quilter and crafter Carolina Moore creates a travel tote with special closures, and up-cycle artist and designer Michelle Paganini has some great tips for scouting out notions and trims from thrift store garments.
The show starts with Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. I'm pretty confident that Eileen has embroidered nearly everything there is to embroider! She has filled many books with recipes for successful embroidery on everything from soft fabric to stiff plastic and just about everything else in between!
Just take a look at all those fabulous watches! I was so excited when I saw Eileen's segment because I'm kind of a watch fanatic. I have several inexpensive watches that I like to change up and wear regularly and prefer a good old-fashioned watch to any contemporary tech device for timekeeping. I've been tempted to purchase super inexpensive but cute watches from my local craft store but they all had extremely blah plastic bands. This segment gave me a vision for giving these an upscale look Imagine embroidering your own in the color, size, and style you like best!
Each one is embroidered in the hoop in a super short period of time. What an wonderful gift time these would make for friends and family. The watch band designs are available from Dime Inspirations Dealers. CLICK HERE to search for availability in your area.
In this show Eileen also demonstrates how to finish the bands, making these watches look like they came from the best boutique!
Carolina Moore is on air next, with a multi-pocketed tote can take on vacation or to your next sewing retreat. Whatever you decide to fill the bag with, you'll appreciate the practical pockets and the classy hardware that keeps the pockets closed. Carolina shows step-by-step how to attach the pieces and parts from the Dritz collection of bag hardware and fasteners. These accents are the same quality you find on store bought bags and easy to apply. Click on the image above and you'll find all the instructions you need to make your own bag.
Michelle Paganini is on last with a short show and tell segment. See some of her thrift store finds as she shares a multitude of ideas for "mining" these garments, putting new-found buttons and trims to good use. Michelle has a series of up-cycling instruction guides and a blog promoting her passion for re-inventing and re-purposing clothes that may have otherwise ended up in a heap somewhere. Her company is called Paganoonoo. This eclectic name is apropos for the clever styles she puts together!
I had the chance to meet Michelle at the studio and I can tell you that her garments looked twice as nice in person! We had a fun day together and she kindly gifted me with a couple of her products. CLICK HERE to check out Michelle's blog and see more for yourself!
Ready to see the show? Show 1303 currently airs online until October 13 at 12 noon EST. CLICK HERE to watch and enjoy!
The show title for this week is Vacation Indulgences. Now let’s give that title a more distinct definition. Vacations and vacation days can certainly mean lots of different things to different people. For me personally, staying in my robe, PJ’s, and soft slippers for a whole day (feeling healthy that is) would be a great vacation day! I only need to add cat on the lap, a good non-fiction book, sewing magazine, or tablet streaming some you tube sewing videos, and I’ve got it “made in the shade” even if I’m only on the couch!!! I could name six other scenarios, some would be outdoor adventures close to home and others would be sightseeing and visiting with friends in more distant places.
Since we have already loosely defined Vacation, lets get into the heart of what you’ll see this week when you watch show #1302.
First, Kay Whitt from Sewserendipity.com will delight you with soft, flowing, and simply beautiful dresses and sundresses. She has such a knack for mixing prints in just the right proportions. Yes, they are from fabric collections designed to coordinate but she masterfully mixes them with just the right amount of pattern play.
If you prefer to stay away from zipper sewing you’ll love the styles she shows here. In this show Kay shares so many tips to give these dresses the fit you need and the style you crave. The dresses are cotton, cotton voile, and rayon, which is my personal favorite for a flowing feeling and a little bit of a luxurious look. Rayons are so much better than there were 20 some years ago. Their color-fast quality is much more dependable and the variety of prints range from colorful brights to deep tones in darker prints, plus lots of batiks. You're really going to enjoy this segment and pick up some great tips.
Next up is yours truly with a spa style robe made from super soft waffle weave cotton. The video below is a super short preview.
This is the robe I prefer to wear for my "vacation day" described at the beginning of this post. The fabric is sooo comfortable to wear and feels just like the very best spa robe. This 10 oz. Turkish Waffle weave fabric is 100% cotton and 58/60 inches wide. It comes from Shannon Fabrics, makers of many soothingly soft fabrics.
The featured technique in this segment is what I like to call shell tuck trim. For many years I've frequently used the shell tuck stitch for hems & finishing edges. You can CLICK HERE to see how I used it to hem lingerie. On this show I created shell tuck trim to use as a substitute for piping along pocket tops, sleeve cuffs, and the banded trim.
Don't forget to visit the website. You’ll find detailed photos with step-by-step instructions for creating the trim.
Would you like to see project instructions for a men's style Spa robe? CLICK HERE to visit the Brothersews blog and you'll see an entirely different trim technique I developed. This one has a classic look that's ideal for a masculine garment.
There are a few other another spa themed projects I created to coordinate with the robe. There is a link to the instructions for these in the show file. CLICK HERE to go directly to the page with all the info. Combined with the robe or made on their own they add up to a great gift for someone who deserves a little pampering. . . That someone could be you!
This wraps up a preview of Vacation Indulgences. I’m sure your own vacation wish list would be inspiring and interesting to all! Feel free to leave a comment and share your favorite near or far vacation scenario!
CLICK HERE to watch the show. It is currently airing until noon EST, January 5th.
The online version of It’s Sew Easy TV started a fresh new series! Each week for the next thirteen weeks you can watch one full Free show. I’ll give you a preview of every show each week but let me start off today with a brief overview of the series.
The theme is Go Anywhere and Everywhere. In summary, each of these shows will help you sew, embroider, and embellish stylish garments and accessories that take you from day to evening whether you’re heading off to a far away destination, or getting ready for day to day excursions close to home.
Designer Angela Wolf starts off the show by sewing a versatile knit skirt that's ideal for travel but absolutely perfect for an every day garment too. Mix, match and accessorize this skirt with your favorite knit tops for instant outfits that are comfortable and good looking!
Aside from her famous jeans Angela is known to wear a wide variety of garments made from her line of patterns designed especially for knits. In fact just this week Angela announced her new online class titled Essential Guide to Sewing Knit Tops.
In this segment of It's Sew Easy TV she walks you through designing and sewing a classic knit skirt that's ideal for traveling or any "regular" day of the week.
Her Expert advice for The Perfect Travel Skirt includes:
Sewing a swing dress from silk velvet is next!
Deepika Prakash walks you through designing, and then sewing a swing dress for day or night.
She starts with pattern recommendations and re-styling of a basic shift style dress.
Check out Deepika's PDF tutorial that coordinates with the show. It's chock full of tips and solid information taking you from start to finish with this project. During this segment of the show you'll see a whole lot more ideas and inspiration, including:
Watch Deepika use the Brother Innov-is NQ550PRW Sewing Machine from their affordable professional line. This machine has just been updated to the new Innov-ís NQ575PRW. I have had personal experience using this machine and I can tell you it is a real workhorse. It has just the right amount of stitches and built-in options to make it worthy of a hardworking, yet easy to use machine. You can sew all manner of fabrics from the sheerest silks to hefty denims on this sleek, yet heavy duty model.
CLICK HERE to watch the show. It is currently airing until noon EST, December 29th. Enjoy!
This is the last show in the 1200 series. Have you gathered some travel tips that you can use the next time you head out on a trip? I know I have, but I've also seen many garments and accessories I could happily use every single day at home, away, or traveling about town. Show 1213 and the last three segments in the series are as good as it gets! Follow along as I give you a brief preview.
Kay is back on the show with another valuable sewing tutorial. This time she walks you through the basics of binding a sleeveless dress with bias trim instead of standard facings.
It's likely you'll be mesmerized by the beauty of Kay's sample dresses. These are all designed from her wonderful Serendipity Studio pattern line and stitched in beautiful fabrics. Just gazing at these will inspire you to sew something pretty!
I’ve been a fan of substituting bias for facings for a very long time. While standard facings do have their place, whenever it's possible or appropriate I use some alternative method. This may mean self-lining the garment, using a turn and top-stitch finish, some form of binding either on the inside or the outside of the garment, or simply increasing the size of the facing so it has a better chance of staying tucked inside the garment. I use all of these techniques regularly.
One thing to consider is the fact that bias binding does take more fabric than facings do. If you are looking for a way to cut a large amount of bias from a small amount of fabric click on the image above for a super method. My photo is from a previous project that featured piping on potholders but this method will work anytime you need to make continuous bias from minimal amounts of fabric.
Sew Caroline (Caroline Hulse) is up next, with a super simple tank dress with options for shaping the garment for a sleeker fit. Tank dresses are popular and so comfortable to wear. Not happy going sleeveless? Just add a sweater, wrap, or a shrug, and you can confidently wear this bare shouldered style.
Caroline highlights two helpful techniques in this segment. One involves using the edge-joining foot for stitching the waist casing. This foot is available for most machines. Check with your local sewing machine shop for more info.
Shirring with elastic thread is another trick she shares for shaping the waist. Crazy as it sounds, I think this is one of the first decorative machine embellishment techniques I tried when I began playing with machines so very long ago. I made a tunic top that had shirring at the neck and literally wore it out. Want to know how long ago? To give you a hint at the era . . . it was a McCalls pattern and Marlo Thomas, known as "That Girl" was on the cover of the envelope! Thought you would get a laugh out of that bit of trivia!!! CLICK HERE for my short tip sheet for setting your machine to sew shirring with elastic thread.
The show closes with a demonstration on serger flatlocking by Angela. Learn about loops and ladders and see how this popular serger stitch looks on layers of fleece. Flat locking has been in my serger repertoire almost as long as my Marlo pattern :-). Well, not quite that long but it is something I've used for many, many projects over the years. Watch for a future tip sheet on this on. I just need to iron my stored samples and take some new photos. Flat locking is how I hemmed the t-shirt in this recent Brother blog project. CLICK HERE to view instructions for this shirt. Learn to flat lock on your serger and you'll find there are many uses for this stitch, from seams, to decorative accents, to hemming and more!
Are you ready to go watch the show? CLICK HERE. Show airs until June 23 at noon EST. Enjoy!
This week is full of wonderful, artistic pieces that will leave you dreaming about spicing up your wardrobe! Frequent travelers have seen so many great ideas from Series 1200. By now you're probably eager to sew and go! There's more to come in the final two episodes and of course a variety of ideas you can use in your everyday life.
My friend Kim is back with ties, trims, and lots of ideas for re-vamping your wardrobe! She never ceases to amaze me with her ability to take something ordinary and incorporate it into a work of wearable art. Watch this and you'll be hunting for trims, scavenging for men's ties, and popping off buttons so you can replace the old with new finds form your travels. Click on the picture above and you'll have access to Kim's easy instructions for embellishing, up-cycling, and giving garments an eclectic new look!
Next, Louis Carney presents a virtual closet full of accessories that will turn you into a quick-change artist!
Learn to craft accessories for day to night style with embroidered appliqués for scarves, belts, shoes, and purses! These stunning items expand your wardrobe and give you options for dressing up while away, or for many occasions close to home!
Louis has provided detailed instructions for these items. Click on the image below to go download all of his PDF files.
At the close of the show Angela continues her quick serger tip series with guidelines for serging knit-wear. If you took my previous advice you have been making some serger samples and mastering many serger techniques along the way. You can watch this show again and again on the It's Sew Easy Youtube channel. Just CLICK HERE to find this segment and many more from past TV shows.
Ready to go watch show 1212? CLICK HERE. This show is on till noon EST June 16th.
This week you'll learn to turn your vacation memories, or any special day you want to remember, into a project that is long lasting. You'll also see how to make a keepsake notebook to use as a journal for your travels near and far away.
The first part of the show starts with a lively presentation by my friend Kim Montagnese. She'll show you how to print and then stitch a few photo memories from your favorite trips. You’ll be able to re-live those happy moments over and over again!
Take a look at these artistic blocks! Would you believe they originate from a photo of a gate in Glasgow Scotland?!? Turning ordinary images into something suitable for big blocks opens up a world of creative opportunities. It's all possible with an ingenious computer software program called the Kaleidoscope Kreator. This is Kim's chosen tool to easily turn her photo memory into patchwork pieces for a wallhanging. Kim is an expert at showing the options found in this program. Watch the show and then CLICK HERE to explore more and see projects and variations designed by the inventor of the software, Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine appears in the second segment where she builds a clever notebook using an "in the hoop" embroidery technique.
Her chosen fabric is marine vinyl, commonly found in big box fabric stores. I have friends who have made many beautiful embroidered pieces from this ordinary base fabric. I'm always intrigued by fabrics that have ravel proof characteristics and this is on my "to play with list" for the very near future.
Angela has a few more quick serger tips to round out the show at the end. Hopefully you are making some samples of these as the series continues. They'll serve you well as samples for future projects. This week it's all about the ins and outs of corners.
Don't forget to check out the Projects and Instructions section of the It's Sew Easy TV website. You can click on the image above to find everything that's posted. Ready to go and watch the show? CLICK HERE. This show is online until noon EST, June 9th.
The theme for show 1210 is geared towards a weekend getaway. For many of us these bags would serve as great day-to-day totes as well. While many of my friends know that my standard purse is a teeny tiny shoulder bag, they also know I often carry an extra tote for the rest of my assorted and seemingly necessary "stuff!"
Watch this show and you are likely to find something you can use on a regular basis. You'll see a colorful bag for toting your tech device and a roomy weekender bag with padded handles. At the end of the show there is yet another tutorial in the serger tip series as Angela Wolf shares a tip for starting and stopping a serger stitch.
In the first segment Kay Whitt, owner and operator of Serendipity Studio walks you through the making of one of her beautiful bags. Watch as she makes a divided bag for toting your tablet along with other items that you want to keep separate like a notebook, keys, or anything else that would not be travel friendly with a delicate device. You will practically feel like Kay is sitting in your sewing space tutoring you and guiding you from start to finish. If you are a big time bag lover you will LOVE Kay’s other patterns for even more fabulous bags. CLICK HERE to visit her site and see all of her great bag patterns.
Interested in making a nice big beautiful bag that rivals designer style satchels found in gift shops? In the second segment Donna Babylon makes a weekender bag that will remind you of the pretty quilted bags you know by a familiar name that starts with a "V" and ends with a "B"! Donna delivers lots of tips and tricks in this show. You’ll get a mini lesson in monograms as she adds appliqués for a traditional three-letter monogram. You’ll get tips for precision stitching to permanently attach the letters with a traditional “blanket style” appliqué stitch. Keep a notebook handy while you watch, you are going to want to use her helpful tricks and tips for many other projects. Want to make your very own weekender like the one you see on the show? The pattern for the bag is available for purchase from Donna when you CLICK HERE.
In the last short portion of the show Angela Wolf will teach you the ins and outs of serging curves, along with a tip for starting and stopping with a serger.
This show is currently showing online until Friday September 1st at noon EST. You can CLICK HERE to go and watch the show. Enjoy!
This fun and inspiring show begins with Donna Babylon making a portable pet blanket.
Donna is self-confessed passionate pet Mom, with a love not only for her own furry babies but also with a caring heart for abandoned and stray pets! But that's another story for another day ;-) Today I'd like to fill you in on Donna's travel ready Pet Projects, pun intended :-)
This magic tote that transforms into an easy to carry folding pet bed. Her added appliqué trims a pocket that's perfect for treats or other travel essentials.
The iron-on WOOF! comes from her variety of collections at www.sayitwithapplique.com. The outside of this piece features super cute novelty cotton from Ink and Arrow Fabrics. The inside is what might easily be called the softest fabric found in contemporary fabrics. Distributed by Shannon Fabrics, Cuddle® reminds me of baby bunny fur. Their motto is quiet descriptive of the variety of fabrics they offer . . . "Making the world a softer place." FABRIC.COM has a great selection of their soft fabrics if you can't find them locally.
You'll see the walking foot featured in this segment. It is absolutely ideal for stitching layers that are totally unlike one another, such as the combination of Ink and Arrow cotton and the textured chevron Cuddle® fabric.
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Speaking of soft, Angela Wolf's project for this week's show is a hooded towel made from cotton and microfiber towels. Just like the previous project, this involves mixing two very opposite types of fabrics. This is often the source of a tricky sewing operation. When it comes to tricky sewing, one tool that will work for EVERYONE is a definitely a walking foot.
Often relegated to the quilting category, in my opinion this foot is one of the best-kept secrets for those who sew anything and everything that fits into the category of "tricky." You can CLICK HERE to read and download my free tip sheet with information and ideas for taking advantage of the wonders of the walking foot.
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Next up in show 1209 . . . Focus on the Fringe foot
In the final, short segment of the show you'll see me demonstrate fringe trim made with the Fringe Foot. This foot has been around for quite some time and makes it easy to add embellishments using nothing more than the Fringe Foot and thread, either ordinary or decorative.
Step 1) Zigzag Stitch Step 2) Triple Straight Stitch
To form fringe I used a two-step process using two basic stitches. In step one the fringe is formed with a wide, short, loose zigzag stitch. In step two a triple straight stitch anchors the loops so they can be cut to form fringe.
The tote featured on this show is a project previously created for brothersews.com. CLICK HERE to find complete for instructions for this tote.
This short video segment is permanently posted on my site. You can CLICK HERE to watch this portion of the show anytime you like!
Looking for more fringe foot ideas? You'll find a cute coordinating t-shirt project when you CLICK HERE. Click on the zebra image to view categories for Free design of the month and you can download the free zebra design courtesy of Brothersews.
Last but not least here is a cute bib project with textured loops made using the now Famous Fringe foot! Click on the image for complete instructions.
I know, there are lots of clicks for you this week!!! Are you ready to go watch the show? Just CLICK HERE. This show is currently online till August 25th at noon EST.
This week's online show is full of practical and secure ways to store your valuables when traveling. These same ideas are appropriate for home and everyday use too! In the first segment Rebecca gives you a large dose of good advice and do-it-yourself instructions for making a padded tech tote for your favorite device.
At first glance this looks like a typical envelope style organizer bag. It certainly could be used to store or tote just about anything you wish. With protective foam padding she designed it to be perfect for carrying something delicate like a tablet or e-reader. Easy to open and shut, it is ideal for those tech type items you want to have close at hand yet attractively covered and concealed.
If you've watched my friend Rebecca in the past you know she always comes up with clever fabric and added details to make the project fun and full of learning opportunities. Her "envelope" pouch is put together using a novelty postal print fabric with a bold contrast binding. Not only is this a clever looking piece, her lesson is loaded with tips, tricks and techniques! While watching this segment I made note of at least a half dozen inspiring ideas she shared. Watch from beginning to end and you'll learn something new that you can apply to many other projects.
Up next in show 1208 . . . Functional, fashionable, and expandable cargo pockets.
Shop around and you are sure to see these pockets in abundance in ready-to-wear. They are a hot fashion element and prevalent in the casual wear section of many stores and catalogs. However, most of the pockets I see in this style are either very bulky, or they are what I would call "faux" cargo. They look like they would expand but in fact the pleat are just there for good looks and not for true function. I can assure you the two pockets demonstrated here are the real deal. There's even a FREE pattern download for the pleated pocket I stitched on the show.
There is a lot to tell about the larger pocket and the featured garment. First lets talk about the pattern. It is yet another one of my favorite Folkwear offerings, Pattern #130: the Australian Bush Jacket. A true classic, I would define this as a safari style jacket/shirt. Visit the Folkwear website and you'll see a few additional photos that help you visualize the possibilities with this pattern.
As you can see, depending on the fabric you choose it can be worn all buttoned up to look more like a shirt than a jacket. The one you see here is made from a shirt weight fabric called Burma silk. It was one of those "collectable" pieces I had in my stash just waiting to come alive at the right time for the right garment. Most any shirt weight fabric will do. Designed for intermediate sewing skills, keep in mind the pattern is not designed for heavy jacket weight fabrics.
I didn't make many changes other than adding my own pockets, shortening the length a bit, and eliminating the pocket reinforcement strips and belt. For those who love to sew detailed garments this pattern is pure joy from start to finish! I will admit that I usually make a trial garment from fabric I'm not emotionally attached to before I plunge into stitching an irreplaceable piece from my stash. However, since I've made several Folkwear patterns by now I'm pretty confident of the sizing that works for me and as you can see I hit the jackpot with perfect fit on this one.
Back to the pocket topic, between the time spent explaining construction on the show, and the downloadable instructions that coordinate with the segment, I'm confident you'll be able to make this yourself. Either of these pockets would also work for totes and bags so don't think they're only fit for garments. Here's a fun little behind the scenes tidbit for you - the pocket shown at the very end of the show is an original sample I made in fashion school in the 80's! Who knew that someday I would be able to share this great sample with all of you?!? This only proves that the skills you learn while sewing someday will surely be put to good use!
At the end of show 1208 Angela gives a quick lesson on stitching a blind hem with the serger. If you would like to see a complete project using this technique you can click on the image below. This will take you to a recent Brother blog post I submitted with step-by-step instructions for putting this skill into practice while making an attractive T-shirt with a basic serger.
Now that you've had the chance to get some insight into this show you can CLICK HERE to watch 1208 until May 19th at noon EST. Enjoy and be sure to leave your comments!
Travel can mean a literal change of the seasons as you move from point A to point B on the map. Coping with weather and changing temperatures can be challenging. This week you’ll get ideas for making your journey more comfortable and therefore more enjoyable!
The show starts with this Trendy Topper made from a basic pashmina scarf. This segment is also on YouTube so you can watch it over again whenever you like. Click on the image here and it will take you directly to the YouTube channel for It's Sew Easy TV.
I have to admit I have pashmina mania and simply can't get enough of these wonderful rectangles! I guess you could say pashminas are a cross between a scarf and a shawl. I've been collecting them for years "as is." I've also had a lot of fun turning them into something more than what they are when you bring them home from the store. To date, I've added bands of embroidery, embellished them with bobbin work and beads, stitched rows of silk ribbon and synthetic ribbon to dress up plain colors, and most recently made this one that is almost a jacket but not quite so I'm calling it a "topper."
Here you get a peek behind the scenes as I try to get the wiggly pashmina to stay put so I can show the steps on camera!
If you suffer from the hot - cold - cold - hot and not sure what's coming next syndrome, you'll appreciate having something like this to pop on or slip off in a hurry. Perfect for travel yes, but for me having a wrap is the next best thing to a security blanket since it ups the comfort level when I have no control over the internal or external thermostat! In almost any season I rarely leave home without a wrap!
You'll hear me mention several of my favorite sewing techniques as I make the topper.
One of them is the use of this handy combination of a ruler and pressing tool. It's officially called an Ezy-Hem® Gauge and made by the notions folks at Dritz. Click on the image to learn more.
Complete instructions are on the website so be sure to download the PDF after you watch the show. You can CLICK HERE for the direct link.
In the second half of the show Angela Wolf takes you through her method for adding a pocket when none exists. This tutorial is useful for so many different projects. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to add zipper pockets to existing patterns.
At the very end of the show Angela shows some quick tips for saving serger edges that go astray. If you have a serger you have likely learned a lot already during this series. And, if you don't have a serger yet, you may be considering adding one to your sewing space. My advice would be to visit a goo sewing machine dealer and let them show you your options. Like anything sergers vary in price, quality, and capability and you need to find the one that suits you best.
If you're ready to watch the show you can CLICK HERE. This show currently airs until noon EST, August 11th.
This week the show has a simple and straightforward theme - Get comfortable! Traveling for work, going on vacation, or just traveling from point A to point B, comfort makes the journey more pleasant. Comfortable clothes and great travel accessories are presented throughout this entire series.
This week's show begins with Donna Babylon demonstrating a cute and super useful lingerie bag. Her Ooh-la-la appliqué letters fit with the fabric theme she selected and will surely bring a smile each time you tuck away your lingerie! Be prepared to jot down some notes while you watch this segment. Donna shares lots of helpful tips while making this zippered bag. You'll want to repeat these techniques on future projects.
Next Donna squeezes another item into this segment, a neck pillow made from super soft fabric. I purchased a similar pillow a long time ago and practically go into panic mode if I neglect to pack it for a trip. It's great for home use too, providing extra neck support while reading in bed. Cuddle® fabric from Shannon Fabrics is an ideal choice for a pillow like this. It's easy to sew when you follow Donna's tips. She has provided complete instructions and a free pattern for the neck pillow. CLICK HERE to download a copy.
Take a look at the big bold appliqué letter on the pillow! What a great way to identify your own personal pillow or customize it for a special gift. Visit Donna at www.sayitwithapplique.com to see more fusible letter kits and a variety of projects to use them on.
In the second half of the show Angela shows you how to make a lovely lacy top.
Using her versatile Evelyn pattern, watch as she guides you from prepping the pattern to finishing the neck, sewing the seams, and hemming this flattering top. Novelty fabrics like this can be challenging to construct but Angela demystifies the process.
The end result is something you can wear as a swimsuit cover-up or as a blouse with a tank top underneath. It's perfect for summery days at home or away!
In the last few minutes of the show you'll learn how to dial your way to a smooth serger stitch! Learn more about the controls you see on the serger and how small adjustments can make a big difference in the end result.
Personally, I can't imagine sewing without a serger. I could sing its praises all day long! Not just for garments but also for crafting, quilting, home decor, and most anything that involves a piece of fabric. In fact during the month of April I've posted a few miscellaneous serger tips on the letsgosew Facebook page. You can CLICK HERE to take a look.
Are you ready to "get comfortable" and watch show #1206? CLICK HERE. This show will air from July 28th to August 4th. Enjoy!
You'll see two totes and a breezy blue swimsuit cover-up on show 1205. These easy to sew items will have you ready for the outdoors in a flash and suited up for summer vacation or some well deserved relaxation close to home!
The first segment features a project perfect for anything from a picnic to a day at the beach.
At first glance you'll find yourself asking, is it a towel or is it a tote??? Rebecca Kemp Brent proves it can be both! She has fashioned a big beach towel, arguably a summer necessity, into a clever tote. If you’re spoiled by Rebecca's customary step-by-step instructions you'll be happy to know that she has provided written materials with all the info you need to make this for yourself. Just CLICK HERE to download instructions from the TV website.
Next, sewing blogger and author Caroline Critchfield sews a fish-shaped drawstring bag. Use it for the beach or the laundry room, your choice! And yes, Caroline has provided a complete printable pattern with crystal clear instructions. CLICK HERE to find them.
Next up you’ll find me sewing in circles to create a soft flounce for the sleeves on a swimsuit cover up.
In reality, this cover-up is an oversized tunic top. The pattern has been modified slightly and I cut a larger size to make it work as a cover-up. Originally, instructions for the cover-up, along with a companion beach bag were shown in the Projects & Free Designs section of the Brothersews website. Click on each of the images to find the original instructions.
I highly recommend this pattern, whether you make it as is for a warm weather top before or sew it slightly oversized for this good looking cover-up.
New Look Pattern 6292 is still current as I write this blog. I know I liked the pattern but it also has five star reviews on the popular Pattern Review site. New Look patterns are always at the top of my "favorites" list. I personally like the style, fit, and the price range of this Simplicity® brand of patterns. I reach for New Look again and again, especially when I am looking for a basic simple style. Just a tip: Choose a pattern according to your true body measurements and make a test garment to see if you agree. You may find that these become a new favorite for you too!
Are you ready to go watch the show? CLICK HERE. This show is on air until July 28th at noon EST.
Close to home or far away, smart packing makes for enjoyable travels. This week you'll learn how to embroider a designer tote and accessorize simply styled dresses.
It's Sew Easy Episode 1204
Eileen Roche is known for many different machine embroidered clothes, crafts, and quilts. One of her best known items is the fashionable line of purses and totes she has designed. Wait until you see what she stitches in-the-hoop with an embroidery machine!
I would guess that many of us have a boatload of totes, but do you have one so wonderful you find yourself taking everywhere you go? I the answer is no, then now is the time to make a great tote. If you're looking for a tote that's sure to get many compliments and is neutral enough to coordinate with your whole wardrobe, this "postmark" tote may be just the ticket. It's designed for a laptop but don't let that stop you from using it for anything and everything!
The steps to make this tote are easy but the results are nothing short of fabulous! Visit your local sewing shop to ask about ordering the Designer Handbags collection, which includes the tote featured in this episode. CLICK HERE to find out more information about this design CD.
Now, are you ready for some travel worthy pieces that work from sun up to sun down?
Get ready to sew, embroidery, and accessorize some slinky type knit dresses. The next segment is all about easy dressing with knits that travel well.
First you'll see some highly packable accent pieces that turn a plain dress into something special for day or night. This includes a few of my favorite scarves from the Wrapped in Embroidery book.
After a few accessory tips you'll see how these Blue Roses add a three-dimensional accent to a knit neckline. The Blue Rose Cluster and Blue Rose Border are special designs from the Brother ibroidery.com website.
Most of this segment focuses on a great machine embroidery technique I like to call "offsite" embroidery. It simply means the embroidery is done elsewhere or offsite, and then added to a partially or fully constructed garment. In this case the embroidery is on fine netting that closely matches the dress fabric.
You'll also get some tips for sewing super slinky, stretchy knits like the tank style dresses in this show. Complete instructions are on the It's Sew Easy TV website. Just CLICK HERE.
In the last few minutes of the show Angela shares yet another serger tip. This time you'll learn basic set up for narrow rolled hems. Show 1204 is currently airing on itsseweasytv.com until noon EST, July 21.
This entire series is full of great projects that will help you improve your wardrobe, organize important belongings, and of course guide you towards more enjoyable travel experiences! Many of the items presented in this "On the Road" series will make your life easier on a day-to-day basis.
Caroline Critchfield starts the show off with something fun! She is a prolific blogger, author, and an expert in making simple projects that are pretty and practical.
In this show she creates a fast fold and stitch wallet using small fabric remnants. Watch as she completes the entire project in just a few minutes. This is a project anyone can make and just about everyone can use! Pattern pieces and complete instructions are on the It's Sew Easy TV website.
The snap setter shown for this project intrigued me. Turns out it is the Babyville Boutique brand. Fabric.com has a nice selection of this brand of snaps along with the snap setter tool. I know a lot of people who love these plastic style snaps. Far less expensive than metal snaps, they're great for baby wear, items for little ones, and craft projects. Call me a traditionalist, but I'm still partial to the metal ones, like those produced by Snap Source and Dritz. Anyone else care to weigh in on the topic? I'd love to hear your comments and thoughts on this!
In the next part of the show you'll see Angela transform pants to shorts and then shorts back to pants.
Outdoor and sporting enthusiasts are sure to love this great tutorial. She shows you how to turn a ready made pair of pants into a convertible style, extending their use and turning two garments in one packable piece!
In the last few minutes of the show you'll get some additional tips for balancing serger tension. While every serger is different, this continuing series will help you understand your serger, master the adjustments, and make the serger earn its keep as a workhorse in your own sewing space.
You can CLICK HERE to watch the show. It will be available Now showing online until noon EST on April 14th.
Time for another show in the series titled
On the Road!
Pack and go! That's the first priority of traveling, whether it is a day trip, an overnight adventure, or an extended trip to far-away places.
In the first segment Rebecca stitches together packing totes that are durable and attractive. These practical packing cubes can solve storage problems in your suitcase, dresser drawers, closet, and even in your sewing room! Over the years I have purchased many of these from travel supply sites. I'm currently using some to organize my sock drawer, the only drawer I obsessively keep organized :-)
Rebecca makes me want to make my own little cases. I now have visions of colorful cubes in every suitcase and storage spot in my home! As always, her instructions are straightforward and easy to repeat. Be sure to download her pattern and instructions to make your own perfect packing cubes.
Next up you'll see Angela make a sparkling organizer bag as a gift for her sister. Her manicure case has lots of details, including see through pockets, embroidery, and iron-on crystals for personalizing the case.
Watch the Brother ScanNCut machine slice through special material for a bit of bling that spells out the word SISTER. One quick press fuses multiple crystals in seconds! You'll also learn how the smooth finish of a Non-Stick foot helps glide over the clear pocket pieces when stitching the bag. This flat style foot is on my must have list as it can substitute for a standard sewing foot in many instances. It is perfect when you need to smooth sewing with a little less drag on your fabric layers.
CLICK HERE to go to the official Brother blog and watch five step-by-step videos Angela taped for this particular project. You'll also find a PDF on the TV website.
In the last, short segment you'll see me use yet another version of a Non-Stick foot, this time it is a roller style foot. This foot combines the best features of a non-stick foot with a roller type press foot. CLICK HERE to learn more about this foot.
I show how effortless it is to sew suede and vinyl while constructing a distinctive luggage tag. Little things like this Paris themed tag make tracking your suitcase a more cheerful adventure!
My tag coordinates with an organizer bag full of clear zippered pockets. A set like this makes a wonderful gift for family and friends! Learn more about these travel pieces in segment 1203 and download step-by-step instructions for both of these items when you visit the projects section of the TV website. You'll find the link for TV show project instructions at the top of the It's Sew Easy TV homepage, or you can CLICK HERE to view all.
Show #1202 is available online until noon EST on April 7, 2017. CLICK HERE to go watch the show.
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