Organize Your Fabric Stash

My New Years Resolution was to clean up all the piles of fabric that I had in my studio and storage closet.  Like many of you I have a large stash of fabric and I was beginning to lose control of it.  My issues were many……. The piles were toppling over I feared the folds … Read more

How To Make Fabric Covered Cording and Apply It To Your Project!


Self covered cording, sometimes referred to as piping, is used in many different sewing projects for both the home and garments.  It is easy to make and adds a nice detail. It is typically made by covering a length of cotton cording with a strip of bias cut fabric.  Because of the nature of the bias grain, this allows the fabric to roll … Read more

Loving the Alder Shirtdress pattern by Grainline Studio

This summer I sewed the Alder Shirtdress from Grainline Studio in a soft chambray cotton with white contrast stitching.  It ended up being my favorite dress of the summer.  Now I am beginning to think of my wardrobe for a trip down south, and it was the first thing I pulled out of my closet.  … Read more

How To Sew A Blind Hem

A blind hem stitch is used a lot in home sewing projects.  It is mostly used for side and bottom hems of shades and draperies.  The blind hem can also be used to hem a skirt or pair of pants in place of hand stitching. Most sewing machines today have a blind stitch setting.  You can choose … Read more

How To Sew A Mock French Seam

The mock French seam is another easy way to create a clean finish on your seams for light to medium weight fabrics.  It encases the raw edge in the same way that a French seam does, but the sewing technique is slightly different.  The ‘mock’ french seam finish can be used on curves, unlike the traditional French seam. Step … Read more