Jo Pankhurst

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Sew an invisible zipper in a skirt

Zippers used to scare me.<p>Silly me.<p>And without zippers, we would be forever in skirts and pants with elastic and yoga waistbands.<p>There’s a place for …

How To Mend A Broken Seam

A tutorial to show you how to fix broken stitches on a knit garment<p>When wearing knit garments it can happen quite often that the seams break, …

Sewing

Fabric storage baskets – Minki's Work Table

Happy Friday!! I want to share my fabric basket idea today.<p>These baskets measure 6 x 3inch and about 3inch tall.<p>Pretty good size to store your …

How to Hem Knits ...The Secret Trick

I love sewing with knit first because they are so comfy to wear but also because the fit is so flexible. Flexible fit means I don’t have to worry …

Expanding Nautical Tote Bag Pattern - So Sew Easy

Want to keep everything ship-shape as you go to the beach or the pool?<p>This handy tote bag has lots of great features and optional extras to keep your …

Sewing

Summer Wardrobe: Day Date Dress

Create your own lovely custom-made summer frock! Use your favorite fitted shirt to draft your own dress pattern with this day date dress tutorial from Elle Apparel!<p>Hello, lovely new warm weather wardrobe! (I love a classic 50s silhouette, don’t you?)<p>Ready to give it a try? Pull out your sewing …

Clothing

5 tips for finding and keeping your sewing groove

Like many sewists, I go through periods of high productivity but I also have periods that are more like sewing funks. I think I’m in a funk right …

Tutorial: 5 ways to hem knit fabrics

Hemming knits can be tricky. The very stretch that makes it easy to get a good fit on a garment can make a stretched out, wavy hem. But it is …

Scrapbusting: Handmade Scrap Fabric Twine

Here it is, by popular demand… <b>How to make rope from scrap fabric</b>. It’s an idea that came to me whilst I was in the process of tidying up my sewing …

Riley Blake Designs

Ellie Travel Case Tutorial

When I shared my new travel cases last month, I received a lot of requests for a pattern, so I decided to write up a free tutorial for all of you to …

DIY Reversible Fabric Storage Bin

Tutorial: The Scarlett Flower

Deanna from Sew McCool shares a free downloadable tutorial showing how to make this gorgeous fabric flower. She calls it The Scarlett Flower and it’s …

IKEA Poang Chair Slipcover

***August 2014 Update: Sadly, my blog was hacked and rendered useless! I had to restore from a backup but it was from just prior to this post so I …

Sewing

Stackable Scrap Bucket Pattern - The Sewing Loft

Print out pattern pieces and tape together to create the base of bucket. Following manufactures instructions, adhere fusible to wrong side of main …

TUTORIAL: Lined Canvas Tote

In the midst of sewing along with Project Run & Play, I took a detour to sew up this tote as a gift for a friend. I chose it because it can have big …

Cutting and Sewing with Stripes

It's no secret that I love a good stripe. But making clothing with striped fabric adds the challenge of matching up the lines when you sew the pieces …

Circular Knitting Needle Case Tutorial

5. Cut the ribbon into four lengths. Mine were 6-7 inches long.<p>6. Pin the ribbon in between the two placemats on each end. I spaced mine about 4 …

How-To: Hemming Knits and Stretch Fabrics

Need to hem knit or stretch fabrics, but don’t have a serger? No problem! Check out this video tutorial for hemming knits and stretch fabrics from Lex at What the Craft!

Sewing

Video tutorial: Hong Kong finish for seam allowances and hems

Professor Pincushion shares a video tutorial showing how to make a Hong Kong finish for your seam allowances and for a hem. Go to their video to see …

How-To: Mastering Zipper Techniques

The mere mention of zipper installation can strike fear into the hearts of many sewers, experienced or not. Sound familiar? You’ll definitely want to check out this free Mastering Zipper Techniques online sewing class that’s taught by Sunni Standing on Craftsy!<p>Don’t fear the zipper, my crafty …

Sewing

Tutorial: Spiders Web quilt block

Sarah of Narcoleptic in a Cupboard shares how to make this pieced pattern block, a Spider Web. This is a good pattern for using up scraps. Get the …

Grading Patterns for Plus Sizes

Wonder what it takes to make sewing patterns that hug curves and flatter figures? Learn more about grading sewing patterns for plus sizes with this helpful overview that Alyson Clair from Clair Vintage Inspired shared on The Coletterie!

Sewing

Infographic: Choose the Perfect Sewing Machine Needle

I love a good infographic—there’s something so wonderful about an image that can take a seemingly intimidating and complicated choice, like selecting the right sewing machine needle, and turn it into something that’s simple, logical, and clear. If you’re just getting acquainted with your sewing …

Sewing

Simple Linen Apron

From rolling out cookie dough to mixing champagne cocktails on New Year’s Eve, so much holiday action takes place in the kitchen. The warmth and …

Super FAST PDF Pattern Assembly

I love digital patterns. I mean, the nostalgia of going to the store to look through the pattern books and then tiptoe hopefully to the enormous file …

How to Cut Fabric Without Cutting Your Pattern (Much)

Today I want to share with you my favourite method for cutting fabric to a sewing pattern - using dressmaker's carbon and a tracing wheel. Maybe some …