Love is in the air! It seems most holidays have colors associated with them. Thankfully, the sewing community is a very visual group, so colors are a welcome jumping-off point for many design ideas. This season, I rounded up a few of my favorite RED sewing projects from my blog. Find them all linked below. Celebrate your Love of Sewing! Whether you are making gifts or dressing up your wardrobe, I have a tutorial for you!
Expect Compliments—The Three-Season Jacket
Make one of my newer patterns in red. You’ll find this jacket from The McCall Pattern Company will keep you fashionable and comfy. Pattern M7512 is a tapered jacket with two unique collar options and sleeve lengths—ideal to wear during three seasons. The fabric I chose to use is Ponte knit, a medium weight fabric that stitches like a woven, but drapes like the knit it is. Look for the pattern at your favorite retailer or at Nancy’s Notions. See the complete post: Make a Lightweight Jacket.
Quick Décor Change—A Pillow Wrap
You can easily change your home décor with a little fabric and a great embroidery design with this pillow wrap project. Embroider a seasonal motif on fabric or choose an elegant fabric design to complement your décor. Then, follow these simple directions to create a pillow wrap, or two! We’ve made this pillow wrap two-sided, which will save time, fabric, and add a splash of color to the family room all year ’round. Make the pillow and decorative wrap today using this tutorial.
Upcycling Idea from Mary Mulari
Learn how to make mittens from sweaters and turn old shirts and linens into new, useful, and smart projects you’ll be pleased to give as gifts. If there’s nothing interesting in your closets, check out thrift shops or use new fabrics. Give yourself the interesting challenge of restyling, repurposing, and reusing a textile that could use a makeover. Check your closets for potential “fabric” for Sew Green Makeovers. See Mary Mulari’s clever recycled sweater ideas here.
Sew Red—A Reminder to Take Care of Your Heart
As many of you know, I have an affinity for scarves. Not only are they so easy to make but they are so versatile to wear. Choosing seasonal fabric can take the same scarf design from winter to spring. One of my favorite scarves is the Spiral Scarf, which I demonstrate on Favorite Scarves to Sew Series (Part One) on Sewing With Nancy. Read more on my Red Spiral Scarf, originally showcased in the book, Sew Red: Sewing & Quilting for Women’s Heart Health.
Garnet—The Featured Fabric Collection for the 2017 Mystery Quilt
Have you started your Fat Quarter Mystery Quilt? Each month in 2017, you’ll find a complete quilt block tutorial posted on my blog, using fat quarters* (18″ x 22″ fabric rectangles) from a 24-piece bundle. I chose Garnet, my latest collection from Penny Rose, a division of Riley Blake Designs. Join in anytime and find all the quilt block directions here, on my blog, as they are made available the third Saturday of each month.
Embroidery Magic—T-Shirt Remakes
Knit tops are a wardrobe basic; most of us live in them. After awhile, the style can get, well, boring! Watch Simple to Chic T-Shirt Remakes with Guest Eileen Roche, a Sewing With Nancy 2-part TV series—online or on PBS. During this first episode, learn how to magically transform the common knit shirt into a fresh and smart-looking fashion. Embroidery machine designs are the key to adding embellishment and also the neckline transformation. It’s rather marvelous how it all happens. Read more and see pictures of how easy it is to transform T-shirts here.
A Twist Wrap—Easily a One-Hour Project
Dress up your wardrobe with more than 14 clever wraps. Easily sew these with a yard or two of fabric and a few sewing steps. My Sewing With Nancy guest, friend, and designer Mary Mulari takes a practical, yet stylish approach to sewing wraps. On All Occasion Fabric Wraps, you’ll learn how to sew wraps that provide a laid-back look, wraps that are perfect for formal dress, or wraps that simply keep your shoulders warm. Read more on my blog.
Sew Green with Red Fabric!
Prolong the life of produce and cut down on your disposable plastic bag use by sewing breathable bowl covers. Creative projects make perfect gifts, and they’re a fun fashion statement at farmers’ markets, too! From eco-friendly bags to sensible bowl covers, you’ll find all you need in the Green Sewing Ideas blog post.
February is Heart Health Month
Quarter-marked fabric, quarter-scale triangles, and fat quarters—all are terms used by quilters and sewers. Gail Underbakke, a registered dietician with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, talks about how quartering is also important when it comes to meal planning. Watch as Gail gives guidelines for planning meals for good health and enjoyment. And, remember to Love Your Heart, too!
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