DECEMBER 14, 2021 IN SHOP, KIDS
Are you looking for gifts to fill the stockings for the little crafty ones on your list? Look no further. My shop is brimming with creative gifts for your creative kids this holiday season, and I’m adding more items every day! Here's a rundown of some of my favorites... All under $25
OCTOBER 15, 2021 IN FABRICS AND TEXTILES, SHOP
Yes, you read that correctly! Little Stitch Studio is now offering an online fabric shopping opportunity. All of the fabric that I have in stock will also be available to purchase and take home to sew your own clothing and accessories.
When I moved Little Stitch Studio into its current location in 2017, my plan was to have a small retail section. Teaching kids, the retail proved to be tricky. First of all, they want to play with everything! Or they might get confused between supplies meant for sale and those that are for them to use. (Hint- if it’s in a package- it’s not for class use:) Also, staffing was an issue, it wasn’t easy to help a customer select fabric, while teaching a roomful of kids. So, the retail idea was set aside. That is, until now!
SEPTEMBER 03, 2021 IN PDF PATTERN, TUTORIAL
Since cloth face masks look like there are going to be the feature accessory for yet another season, I’ve updated my very popular, Pleated Face Mask Tutorial to add a PDF of the Pleated Face Mask Sewing pattern in three sizes: Adult, Older Child/Tween, and young child.
When I first wrote the tutorial last year, I had no experience in wearing a face mask. Like you,I have learned a lot in the past year and a half. Not just how to make a great looking, safe and durable mask, but also that in order to wear them, they have to be comfortable and they need to completely cover your nose and mouth.
JUNE 26, 2021 IN BAG MAKING, BOOK
Are you intrigued by the possibility of designing your own purse? Have you admired designer bags and purses and wished that you could make your own?
I am thrilled to launch my new bag design course with Topstitch Makers. This bag design course will help you to create beautiful purses and bags that blend style and function. Through live instruction, you will learn to draft a basic bag pattern and explore a variety of design options. From concept to construction, we will work through three classic bag styles: Clutch, Hobo and Tote. With an emphasis on detail, each lesson will present new techniques such as adding gussets, pockets, structure as well as straps and handles to further develop your skills.
MAY 19, 2021 IN TUTORIAL, SEWING AND CONSTRUCTION, PDF PATTERN
Learn to sew a detachable statement collar with perfect collar points.
Welcome to part two of the series, How to Sew a Detachable Collar. Detachable Statement Collars are such quick and satisfying sewing projects. There is so much mix and match potential in the variations that you might find yourself amassing quite a collection. Throughout this series, we will begin with a basic collar pattern and learn how to change the design to create a look that is uniquely you.
APRIL 2, 2021 IN GARMENT CONSTRUCTION, LEARN TO SEW, PDF PATTERN, TUTORIAL
Statement collars are everywhere right now- and with good reason. They can be easily tied on over tees, coats, sweaters and even dresses for an instant outfit upgrade. The collars are really easy to make and to give as gifts too!
JANUARY 4, 2021 IN FABRICS AND TEXTILES, BAG MAKING, BOOK
It’s hard for me to think about designing bags and not consider fabric as one of their defining features. There is color, shape, pattern and hardware, of course, but then, it’s the fabric. I am using the term fabric loosely as some of the textiles used to make the finest bags aren’t actually fabric at all. Leather and Wool Felt are two that come to mind. Both are natural resources, of course and offer exceptional durability, color fastness and a sculptural quality that fabric can’t really match.
DECEMBER 23, 2020 IN BAG MAKING
When people I meet tell me that they want to learn to sew, and ask for project ideas, I always suggest making a bag. Bags offer so many opportunities to build foundational skills and learn to manipulate fabric without having to worrying about fit. In fact, the very first project that I ever made was a bag! It was a yellow 70’s coarse weave fabric- very much like burlap. The strap was fashioned out of bright pink yarn and of course I had to add more than a few embellishments. While my style has changed since then, my love for accessories has only grown!
Sewing bags and fashionable accessories is still among my very favorite things to do. The time investment is rather small, and the rewards are huge. Plus, at the end of the project, you have a new bag to carry around. To begin making bags or anything really, you won’t need much more than a basic sewing kit. However, if you find you love bag making (and I hope that you do!) It may be helpful to begin adding a few more specialized tools and supplies to your stash.
DECEMBER 17, 2022 IN LEARN TO SEW, SEWING AND CONSTRUCTION
The right sewing tools make sewing easier and so much more enjoyable. Often time I am asked about what tools someone needs to begin sewing. That can be a tricky question as it really depends on what types of things you are sewing. Garment sewing? Bags? Home decor? While all of these categories have some overlap, many require specialty notions. So as not to get overwhelmed, I suggest that you get what you need for the project you are working on and build from there.
To that end, there are some tools you may find helpful no matter what type of sewing you plan to do.
NOVEMBER 23, 2020 IN TUTORIAL
Happy Thanksgiving! Since most of us will be home this year to celebrate, and needing some festive decor, I’ve got a fun DIY for you. This tutorial is a bit of an update from one that I wrote a few years back. The construction and pattern are the same, but I’ll walk you through a few other options for stems. Plus, like the velvet pumpkins that I love to make and gift each year- we can tuft these to give them a more organic pumpkin-y shape.
How to Make a Plush Fabric Pumpkin