Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sale Alert: 11/28 - 12/4

Happy Monday! 

Our shop is stuffed!  :-)   We need to make room for all the new fabulous prints that will be coming in December, so we've put several collections on sale this week.  Save 20% on Sophie by Chez Moi, Little Apples by Aneela Hoey, Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket AND Terrain by Kate SpainNo coupon code is needed - prices have been adjusted!

Additionally, all Christmas (Flurry by Kate Spain and Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater) as well as Dogwood Trail by Sentimental Studios is now $7.50/yard until its gone.

We're also introducing a new set of fat quarter bundles this week ... the "Color Me Happy Series."  Each week, we'll add a bundle of great prints in one colorway to the shop.  The first week it is available, we'll offer it at 25% off regular price!  This week, we're kicking things off with Color Me Happy in Red

We hope that this series of bundles will help you build your stash with a great pre-selected assortment of prints chosen to mix-and-match with many fabrics you may already have in your collection.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Holiday Sewing ...

Hiya!  I can't believe its nearly December already ... it is SO time to buckle down on all my holiday sewing. What is on your holiday sewing list?  :)

Speaking of which, I made another stocking this weekend.  I used my previous pattern and tutorial, but changed the spiral a little.  And I used fabrics from Ruby as well as a print from Bliss.

I also added some grosgrain and mini ric rac stripes for a little something extra. I think I like it. :-)

I made a small change in the hanging loop ... I put it in the lining.  I had to tack the lining down with a few stitches on the back but you can hardly see it since I matched the thread well. 

Have you made any stockings yet?  I'd love it if you'd share them in this month's Sew Lux Stitch & Share Challenge.  :-)  The entry window for the giveaway ends on Wednesday, Nov 30th.

I also plan on making some more of these little moleskin covers with the Keyka Lou Swatch Book pattern.

Did I mention that her patterns are easy to follow and with great instructions, templates and photos?  All the patterns are on sale - just $5 each - but her sale ends today!  And they are all instant download, so you can sew right away!

Today is also the last day of our big Thanksgiving sale.  Save up to 25% on everything.  Details here.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Customer Spotlight: Janet of Sookyboo Designs

Happy Weekend! Today I am sharing a project made by one of our customers, Janet of Sookyboo Designs.  Janet used some pretty Sophie fabric to make this fun rag quilt.

We still have a fair amount of Sophie by Chez Moi still available. The colors and variety of prints make such a great project!

Thanks so much for sharing your project with us, Janet!  We love seeing the beauitful things that our customers make with all the fabric we send out. :-)

If you have a project you'd like to share, please email us at sewlux (at) gmail (dot) com.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday How-To with Jenelle of Echinops & Aster

Happy Friday!  :-)  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Today I will be doing some shopping online and putting up my Christmas decorations.  Have you already decorated?

Today, I wanted to share a project that our friend, Jenelle at Echinops & Aster, has created using some beautiful fabric from Etchings by 3 Sisters

This project is the last of four projects in her "Holiday How-To" series.  Not only is the project beautiful, but she does a great job with step-by-step instructions.

Check out the project here, say hello and enter the giveaway! :-)

See you tomorrow with a Customer Spotlight!

Happy Sewing :-)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gobble Up the Savings this Weekend!

Happy short week y'all!  I am loving this week so far ... 2 workdays and a 5 day weekend is always music to any teacher's ears! ;-)  I hope you will get some time to relax and maybe get some sewing in too.

We're excited to announce a big holiday sale today ...

Now through Sunday, November 27th, save up to 25% on your entire purchase.* 

Use gobble15 to save 15% off any order of $25 or more.
Use gobble20 to save 20% off any order of $75 or more.
Use gobble25 to save 25% off any order of $100 or more.

Just enter the coupon code at checkout at
*Offer excludes the purchase of gift certificates.

We'd also like to announce our new gift certificates!  (Start dropping hints around your mister! hehe)  And ... now through November 30th, receive an extra $5 for every $25 in gift certificates you purchase.  For example, if you purchased a $50 gift certificate, the value of your gift certificate will actually be $60! 

And if you haven't signed up for our Sew Lux Bucks program, what are you waiting for?!  Earn 5% of your purchase in store credit for your next order!  Read more about the program here and to learn how to sign up.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Welcome Baby Gift Set Tutorial

Hey there!  Today I am guest posting over at Clover & Violet as part of their "Welcome Baby Tutorial Series."   My project is a cute little gift set including a flannel burp cloth and a personalized onesie. 

Check out the tutorial here.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Round Bowl with Straight Lines

Hi y'all and happy Monday!  :-)

Awhile back, I spotted a video on sewing a round bowl with straight lines.  I thought the bowl was cute and I can sew a straight line.  Easy enough!  Here's the little bowl I made ...

I used some leftover button fabric from my bitty blocks this summer.  I lined it with the dark gray houndstooth, which was a great match. The apparel development teacher at work had made herself the cutest skirt out of this button fabric so I thought it would be fun to make a little bowl for her.  It's the perfect size for holding all kinds of things ... hall passes, notions, etc.  And she loved it.  :-)

Check out the video by Brett Bara here and make a bowl ... its a super fast project!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cape Ann Winner

Hey there!  Hope your weekend has been wonderful!  Just stopping in to share the winner of the yard of Cape Ann from last week's giveaway post.

Congrats to ...
Please email us at sewlux (at) gmail (dot) com with the print of your choice and mailing address.

Thanks so much for following along with us!

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cape Ann

Happy Thursday, y'all!  Say hello to Cape Ann by Oliver + S!

I really love the prints in this line .... nostalgic but also modern.  And the colors, well, they're just beautiful! 

And a fun surprise on the selvage of the dots in this line ...

... little labels to personalize your projects.  Adore.  Available in pink, blue, and green

Tell me which print is your favorite and I'll draw a winner for a yard of Cape Ann - winner's choice.  :-)  Post your favorite print in the comments section on this post by Saturday, 11/19/11 11:59 PM EST and I'll announce a winner on Sunday.

Read more about the inspiration for the line here on the Oliver + S blog.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Updating ...

Hi everyone!  Off to another busy week ... how about you?  :-)  Just sharing a few things tonight ...

All Christmas yardage is now 25% off through 11/23/11.  Prices have been adjusted on Countdown to Christmas as well as Flurry.  No coupon code is needed!

I hope to get back to regular posting around here ... I have been busy making lots of ditty bags for a dulcimer event that my mom is going to this weekend.  I blogged about making ditty bags awhile back here and I cranked out 26 of them over the weekend!  :-)  I really love using Keyka Lou's patterns ... they are nicely written and easy to follow with great photos and make quick and easy gifts.  Michelle is also having her annual DIY for the Holidays sale right now ... all patterns are just $5!  I highly recommend any of her patterns, but have used (and been pleased with) the ditty bag, swatch book, and envelope clutch patterns. Check out her selection here.  :-)

Back with a quick giveaway tomorrow.  See ya then! :-)

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Scrappy Spiral Stocking Tutorial

Hi everyone!  As promised I'm sharing a fun Christmas stocking tutorial.  I hope you like!  :-)

Introducing the Scrappy Spiral Stocking ...

Materials Needed:
1 FQ worth of scraps for front and hanging loop
1 FQ for the back
1 yard for the lining
Fusible Interfacing
Stocking Pattern
Basic Sewing Supplies

I made a Christmas stocking template and you are welcome to download it here.  Also, feel free to make your stocking taller or wider by extending the pattern or trace a favorite stocking and add a seam allowance.

I used fabrics from Bliss by Bonnie & Camille, Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket, Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater, and Snow from Bella Solids.

Step One:  Prepare your template.  Print the pattern (see link above).  Be sure to set your printer scaling setting to "none." 

Cut out your pieces.

Tape or glue them together to create your stocking template.

Step Two: Draw your spiral pattern. Using a ruler, draw lines spiraling out from the curve of the stocking.  Be sure you are drawing on the FRONT side of your pattern - whichever direction you want your stocking to face.  The stocking I am making will face left.  If you want your stocking to face right, flip the pattern and draw your lines.

Go back and draw lines 1/4 inch apart from the original lines you drew.  These lines (shown in orange) will be where you line up your fabric edges and will be used for trimming.  Your original lines (shown in black) are stitching lines.  (Hope this makes sense!)

Step Three:  Piece the front of your stocking.  Place two strips of fabric right sides together (RST) and line up with the first orange line.  Stitch down using a 1/4" inseam.  Shorten your stitch length so it will be easier to remove the paper later.  :-)

Press the seam.

Fold the paper on the next orange line.  The lay the piece fabric face down on a cutting mat with the paper folded back and trim along the edge of the fold. 

After trimming the fabric, it should look like this ...

Lay another strip down and continue the process of adding to the spiral.  Make sure your fabric will cover the template once it is stitched down. 

The back will look like this ...

Step Four:  Prepare the stocking front for finishing.  Press your stocking carefully.  Trace around the paper.

Next, very carefully remove the paper from the back of the stocking.  Take your time so you don't pull out the stitches.  :-)

Adhere a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing on the back of the pieced stocking.  (This is personal preference, but I think it gives the stocking some extra body especially if you don't want to quilt it.)

Cut out your stocking piece. Create a sandwich with the stocking top, a thin batting and a piece of solid and pin baste. 

Quilt as desired.  And trim.

Step Five:  Prepare the stocking back. Just in case your stocking may have ended up a little different from your original pattern, use the front as a template for your back and lining.  Place stocking front on top of backing fabric WRONG sides together.  Cut out a basic shape.

Sandwich backing, thin batting, and solid together and pin.  Quilt as desired.

Put the stocking front on top of the quilted backing, again WRONG sides together, and trace the stocking front.  The cut out the backing.

Step Six:  Prepare the lining.  Lay out a half yard of lining (I am using Bella Snow) keeping it folded.  Trace the stocking front on the top layer of the lining.

Cut out both layers of the lining fabric. 

Step Seven:  Let's assemble your stocking!  Make a hanging loop by taking a 2.5" wide fabric strip (mine was 2.5" wide by 9" long) and folding in half lengthwise.  Fold edges in to the center fold line and stitch along edge.  Attach the loop to the right side of the stocking back. 

I attached mine about 1" from the edge, but next time I would probably do attach a little closer -1/2" or 5/8" from the edge.  Alternatively, you could also use a piece of ribbon for your loop.

Lay a lining piece on top of the right sides of both the stocking front and stock back and pin.  Stitch along the top edge.

Press open so it looks like this...

Lay stocking pieces RST and pin all the way around.

Be sure to line up the seams.

Mark a section on the lining to leave open.  Mine was about a handwidth wide.

Stitch all the way around using about 3/8" inseam on the outer part of the stocking and a 1/2" inseam on the lining portion.  Using a slightly larger inseam on the lining will help it fit inside the outer portion easily.

Next, clip/notch the seams on all the curves.  Careful not to cut through the line you just stitched!

I forgot to also trim the lining portion seam down a little.  My stocking turned out fine, but it would reduce some bulk if you do.

Turn your stocking right sides out and then stitch the opening closed. Stuff the lining back inside the outer portion of the stocking.

Carefully topstitch around the top edge of your stocking. 

Press your stocking very well and enjoy!

I hope you liked this tutorial project.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment or email me and I will do my best to clarify or add some additional photos to help explain something better.

A few things I'd like to note ...
  • Use the pattern a template - make it bigger or taller or add a name band or a different piecing pattern. 
  • If you use this pattern or tutorial, I'd love to see your creation!  Please send me a link and link back to my tutorial/pattern.
  • Be sure you flip the pattern if needed so your finished stocking will hang in the direction you want it to.
  • If you want a quilted look with less bulk, add the interfacing to both the front and a back piece and stitch as you would if you were quilting the stocking pieces.  You will get a quilted look while adding some body to the stocking.  Then assemble the stocking as above.
Again, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 

Happy Sewing! :-)

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Hey friends!  I am so happy to have a 3 day weekend ... sometimes the short weeks seem the longest.  Can y'all relate?

I am finishing up my stocking tutorial tonight and I am so excited to share it tomorrow.  :-)  I hope you'll stop by and check it out.

And speaking of tutorials, I wanted to let you know about the "Welcome Baby" tutorial series that Jennie over at Clover & Violet is hosting.  Check out the main series post here.  I will be sharing a tutorial for the series soon and was thrilled to be invited to join the fun.  :-)

The Welcom Baby Tutorial Series kicked off today with a super cute boutique baby bib tutorial from Kim at My Go Go Life.

See ya tomorrow!

Happy Sewing :-)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Updating ....

Hello friends!  This week is off to a busy start ... I am already looking forward to the 3-day weekend.  :-)

I have a lot on my to-do list tonight, but wanted to update you on a few things going on around here ...

We got Late Bloomers in late last week.  Such a pretty line ... I am really loving the Muslin and Walnut bundle

We also have a special coupon code this week!  Check it out here.  :-)

I finished my stocking pattern and got it scanned today.  Yippee!  I am looking forward to showing you my project with a tutorial on Friday.  I shared my stocking front with some coworkers today and got some great feedback .... I hope you'll love it too!  Really. Excited.

Well, that's all for now ... off to finish the newsletter and work on a few lesson plans so I can get some sewing done later this week!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Holiday How-To Series

Hey there!  :-)  Just a quick post tonight to introduce a fun series that we're helping to sponsor. 

Jenelle over at Echinops and Aster has kicked off her four week "Holiday How-To" series.  Each week, she's sharing a great project tutorial as well as a sponsored giveaway.  This week, she posted some super cute felt ornaments

Do you make any ornaments for your tree?  I might just try these cuties out!  Won't you stop by and check out her super cute ornaments and say hello to Jenelle?  :-)  We're looking forward to the rest of the projects in the series, including a special project in Week 3 that we are sponsoring a giveaway for.  :-)

Happy Sewing!