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Fun! Make the perfect pop-up pillow fort

Fun! Make the perfect pop-up pillow fort

Little kids love to find little spaces where they can get some quiet time. Maybe it is just something about being so small in such a big world…it is nice to have a small space they are completely in control of. Might be a little […]

My weird asthma and how crafting helped.

My weird asthma and how crafting helped.

I have weird asthma. It’s weird because I don’t really have asthma. Unless of course, it’s cold. Or, I work out too hard. Or if I get sick or have an allergy flare-up. Then I have asthma. It is called Reactive Airway Syndrome and it is weird […]

When I Saw How Much This Craft Storage Bag Holds, I Had To Do A Double-take!

When I Saw How Much This Craft Storage Bag Holds, I Had To Do A Double-take!

This just looks like a regular sewing or toiletry bag, right? It’s not.  Hiding inside is a genius storage solution you will wonder how you ever lived without.

amazing craft storage bag pattern

Seriously – Look how much this thing holds! And it even includes a little extra pouch that fits inside to keep small items tidy. No wonder this pattern is a Craftsy award winner!amazing craft storage bag patternBionic Craft Storage Bag Pattern

Click here to learn more and get the pattern on Craftsy.

The Best Free Tote Patterns

The Best Free Tote Patterns

35 free tote bag patterns…yep, you read that right! Whether you need a day bag, beach tote, re-usable grocery shopping tote, or just want to use up some fabric scraps, this is the post for you! Check out all of these adorable free tote bag patterns, […]

3D Aquarium Mug Rug Pattern

3D Aquarium Mug Rug Pattern

Ok…I KNOW everyone is thinking holiday right now, but sometimes inspiration hits me. Sometimes it’s super random. Like this project for example. I thought “How can I create a mug rug that looks 3D and lets a more intermediate sewist play a bit?” Then I […]

JOY Mug Rug

JOY Mug Rug

Joy-Holiday-Mug-Rug-PatternThis sweet little mug rug is an easy way to get into the holiday spirit! This is a great project that doesn’t take too long and lets you mix and match holiday fabric patterns (or even scraps!) however you would like.  I’ve put the free pattern up for you guys in my Craftsy store…click here to get it.

19 Sweet Christmas Sewing Crafts

19 Sweet Christmas Sewing Crafts

Get a jump start on your holiday sewing and crafting with this collection of Christmas-inspired projects. You will find sewn ornaments, patterns, tree skirts, cute little doll patterns and so much more in this post! Enjoy! 1.Easy felt Christmas tree ornaments pack – So Sew […]

Pineapple Craft Ideas

What is the freshest trend in fashion, home decor, and even crafting right now? Pineapples! I know. No, I don’t know why decorating with this yummy fruit has become the coolest thing going, but I have to admit…pineapples applied to things are actually really cute! […]

Delightful Details – Simple Pops of Personality For Your Sewing

Delightful Details – Simple Pops of Personality For Your Sewing

Sewing Details Beading and Embroidery
Sewing expert, Heather Valentine, offers this excellent tip for taking basic sewing to the next level. She says to add personality by adding unique details to your handmade pieces. Heather says that adding small details can make the difference between something basic and something with real “wow” factor.  She suggest these ideas:
~Outline a print with a simple straight stitch.(like the leaves in the photo above.)
~Hand stitch embellishments like beads or crystals to your finished pieces, adding focal points to your fabrics.
Here is a fabulous project Heather created that shows how this tip can completely change the look of a simple project. Check it out here.
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These small touches elevate your project and scream originality. you might even come up with a signature look you are known for…after all, you are an artist, and your stitches are your paintbrush. 😉
More about Heather:
Heather Valentine is the voice behind The Sewing Loft. After earning a degree in fashion design and pattern making from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Heather took her talent to some of the top name brands in the apparel industry. She worked hand in hand with factories to develop new products, achieve the perfect fit and produce quality garments.
After 20 plus years in the industry, she created The Sewing Loft, an on-line sewing community filled with sewing enthusiasts of every skill level.
Her work has graced the pages of several printed publications including: Crafts n’ Things, Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Green Child Magazine and Stitching Kitchen. Her patterns can also be found in a store near you with the Simplicity Creative Group.20140204-211827.jpg