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    Simple Drawstring Bag Tutorial

    Posted by on Sep 06 2017

    This is a simple bag pattern that makes up quickly and is great for a lunch bag, small shopping bag and general catch all. It’s super quick and easy to make, too, so it’s perfect when you need a quick gift or sewing project and don’t have a lot of time.  It was recently featured […]

    Perfect Picture Smocking – A New SAGA Correspondence Course

    Posted by on Jan 08 2015

    Have you ever wanted to learn to picture smock?  Tried it and been unhappy with your results?  Well, I’m delighted to announce a cure for what ails you:  Perfect Picture Smocking is SAGA’s newest correspondence course, designed to help you master picture smocking, and I am SAGA’s newest teacher. This is a five-part correspondence course open […]

    Tutorial: Smocked Herringbone Baskets

    Posted by on Jul 10 2014

    I got a lot of questions (and kind compliments) when I posted pictures of my Grace Knott WIP in the spring. Many of the questions dealt with the flower baskets, which look uncannily like real wicker. Folks were curious to know what stitch I’d used and could I show them how to do it? Then […]

    Scalloped Collar Tutorial

    Posted by on Jun 27 2013

    One of the details that I really enjoyed sewing on my recently completed 1950s cherry print dress was the scalloped sailor collar.  I finished the edges with narrow piping, which helps to define the edge of the collar and set it off from the dress fabric. This tutorial will show you how to sew piped […]

    Tutorial: Pleater Maintenance

    Posted by on Feb 22 2012

    How’s your pleater treating you? Is it hard to turn, fighting over every revolution? Does it skew the fabric, even when it’s been cut on grain? Create bubbles in the fabric? Miss pleats? Needles snapping left and right? You may be casting an evil eye towards your needles and wondering if you have to replace […]