Tips and Techniques

advent trees hanging tutorial

Hanging up the Advent Trees

Now you’ve created a set of advent trees, how do you display them? You could hang them individually on the Christmas tree. Or you could make a hanging strip like this one. You…

Free appliqué template sun

Free Appliqué Template: Sun

This week’s free template brings a much-needed touch of summer. You can use this template with my tutorial on how to appliqué with fusible web. Download the Template The sunglasses and cheeks are a…

ppliqué template - Football

Free appliqué template: Football (soccer ball)

Here’s another free appliqué template – this time a football (soccer ball for all you misguided folk who believe that a football can possibly be anything but round!), coming on the heels of…

Kite - Appliqué Template

Free Appliqué Template: Kite

To accompany my recent posts on appliqué, here’s a free template for you to use. You can use this template with my tutorial on how to appliqué with fusible web. Download the Template I…

Seam Allowances - Life on the Edge

All About Seam Allowances: Life on the Edge

You probably have a favorite seam allowance. (Yes, that’s the kind of blog this is – favorite seam allowances. Life on the edge, indeed). What it is depends on many things, most likely…

Using Decorative Stitches

Advent Trees: Using Decorative Stitches

I bet you have a whole load of fancy stitches on your sewing machine that you’ve never used. My machine has over 150 stitches – and I’ve probably used fewer than ten of…

Advent Trees free motion embroidery

Advent Trees: free motion embroidery

I’ve been building up to this one, because it’s the first time in this series that I’ve tackled something I find a bit daunting. While I’ve done some free motion embroidery before, I’m…

Advent Trees - sewing tips

Advent Trees: sewing in circles

This is the next post in the series of advent trees – a chance to try out some new embellishment techniques. In this post I’ll be looking at some more decorative stitching –…

tips for appliqueing with multiple fabrics

7 Tips for Appliqueing with multiple fabrics

All but the simplest of applique designs use multiple pieces to build up the design. The most common design is to apply fabric shapes in layers, so pieces overlap those below. In this…

How to Applique

How to Appliqué with Fusible Web

Appliqué is a great way to add a personal touch to loads of items, transforming them from everyday into something more special. I like to use it a lot, both to adapt things I make…