Sewing Tutorials


What is English Paper Piecing? Sewing with Diamonds. Christmas Stocking.

What is English Paper Piecing?

(Please note that affiliate links have been used in this post.) A few weeks ago I showed you how to glue baste some diamonds for a stocking I was making for my four year old. This was the first time I had ever glue basted, and it was much quicker than basting my templates with…

What is Glue Basting? English Paper Piecing. EPP project.

What is Glue Basting?

(Please note that affiliate links have been used in this post.) I never knew Elmer’s washable glue would come in so handy as a 33 year old adult. 😉 Just a year ago, using glue and fabric for a sewing project was quite foreign to me. Truthfully, I’m not completely sure where I first learned…

Noel by Cotton and Steel. Diamond template for English paper piecing.

Sunny Stocking Sew Along and Diamond Templates for EPP

I’ve connected with many other women on this quilting journey, and I’ve recently discovered Mary and Shawn from Sunny Day Supply. Can you say hand quilting? They have inspired me to try it. Their work is beautiful! Instead of just finishing and checking off a quilt, they have encouraged me to make each quilt a…

What is nesting seams? How to get perfect corners on quilts.

Nesting Seams…and a story of an imperfect quilt

(Please note this post contains affiliate links.) Almost ten years ago when I started sewing, I read a sewing tip. It recommended always splitting seams and ironing them flat. This method protects thread the best and prevents wear and tear and possible breakage of seams. For almost ten years, I ironed all my seams open.…

The fastest way to cut three inch or two inch quilting squares.

The Fastest Way to Cut Three Inch Quilting Squares…or Two Inch or One Inch

(Please note that this post contains affiliate links.) (These fabrics have all been recently bought from Sew Stitching Happy. See the bottom of this post for fabric names.) My very favorite part of the quilting process is combining fabrics. I absolutely love patchwork and the mis-matched patterns and colors that somehow look lovely together in…

How to sew a basic burp cloth with terry cloth.

How to Sew a Basic Terry Cloth Burp Cloth

I always hesitate to give handmade gifts. First off, there is no such thing as ‘just whipping up that quilt, burp cloth, pillow, etc…’  At least there is no ‘whipping up’ from me. These small gifts take time. Right now, in my phase of life, I absolutely love sewing and quilting. BUT, very selfishly, I…

How to sew French seams. How to get rid of raw edges on your pillow covers.

How to Sew French Seams…on the INSIDE of your Pillow

Why? Why take the time to sew a French seam on the INSIDE? If these pillow covers were for my own home, I wouldn’t take the time. Since they are for my customers, I will take the time to rid these pillows of as many raw edges as possible. And, honestly, it’s a pretty simple…

Four Tips for Improving Quilted Pillow Covers. How to Sew a Pillow Cover.

Four Tips for Improving your Pillow Covers

(Please note that affiliate links have been used in this post.) I kind of feel like I am giving up some trade secrets here, but then again, I may be fooling myself. You all possibly know these tips already, and I’m just the last to find them out. Either way, I wish I had known…

baby quilt made from gauze and wool batting. hand quilted.

How to Sew a Cotton Gauze Baby Quilt

(Please note affiliate links have been used in this post.) My little guy, Miles, is almost four months, and I just finished up his little gauze quilt. I learned a lot using gauze on both sides with wool batting in the middle. This was also my very first attempt at hand quilting! I love having…

What is Fussy Cutting?

Have you ever found someone online that makes the most beautiful quilts? We all have different styles and colors and patterns we prefer. Rita from Red Pepper Quilts makes the most beautiful quilts…in my eyes. Despite that her precision appears flawless, I also find her fabric combinations exquisite. My favorite quilts  are her scrappy quilts.…

Economy Block Quilt – Work in Progress

Lots of fussy cutting and trimming this weekend! I am thoroughly enjoying piecing these economy blocks together. I am using Red Pepper Quilt’s tutorial for making and trimming economy blocks. Isn’t her blog lovely? Have you ever seen so many beautiful quilts!? How big are the finished blocks? After trimming, these blocks finish right at…

How to Sew a Half Square Triangle

Just recently, I set out on a quest to get back to the basics of sewing and quilting. I was having some trouble with points & seams lining up, and I wasn’t improving. My first task was perfecting my quarter inch seam allowance, but that is a story for another day. 🙂 (This pillow cover…

Hexagon Templates for Sewing a Hexie Quilt – 2 Inch, 2 1/2 Inch, and Three Inch Patterns

Hi friends! A few days ago, I published a post about sewing scrappy hexagons. To supplement that tutorial, I provided a few sizes of templates for you to easily print off. Click on the hexagon images at the bottom of this post for a two inch, two and a half inch, or three inch template.…

How to Sew a Scrappy Hexagon Block for Quilting

This is a major scrapbuster for fabric! Scrappy hexagons are a bit tedious, but they will use up your smallest scraps and strips that you can’t bear to just throw away. Plus, how great is it to have a sewing project you can work on while sitting with the family? I really enjoy have a…

How to Sew a Super Absorbent & Large Dish Drying Mat

About six years ago, a good friend gifted me a homemade oversized dish drying mat. We had no idea that mat would sit by our sink almost every day for year after year. Our drying mat has been looking quite disheveled, stained, and haphazard. It was time for a new one. (All the printed fabrics…

How to Sew a Quilt – Everything You Need to Know about Quilting Packed into a Simple Coaster Tutorial

We’re going to sew a five inch mini quilt together as a means to understand all the facets of putting a quilt together. Better yet, this mini quilt is the perfect size for a coaster. (Fabrics used: Blue Happy Trees  |  Yellow Katie Jump Rope) Both these fabrics are getting a bit hard to find.…

How to Sew a Binding on a Quilt

Sewing the binding on the quilt is the last step of the quilting process. It’s not a difficult process, but I’ve included over 20 pictures below in an attempt to be clear and thorough. 1. Cut three inch strips of fabric until you have enough to go around the perimeter of your quilt. (Click here…

How to Sew an Invisible Stitch

Sewing an invisible stitch (also known as a blind stitch) to finish out the binding on my quilts is my favorite part of the quilting process. After you get the hang of it, you can hand stitch the binding on a quilt in just a couple of hours. What I enjoy most is I can…

A Tutorial: How to Sew a Dresden Plate

Happy Monday, friends! I detoured from my Heading South quilt this weekend and finished up a couple Dresden plates I had been working on. I ran across this minty Dresden plate quilt on Pinterest a while back. It was a little inspiration that pushed me to try something new. I did a bit of research…

A Patchwork Story Blanket & Quilting with Multiple Fabric Types

I started quilting around 2008 when a friend sent me a link to Allison’s blog. My friend sent me a link to an old door turned head board DIY post Allison had put up. Almost immediately, though, I was sucked into the pictures of quilts I saw on her blog. Her blog was my first…