Learn clever ways to mark quilting patterns and set yourself up for smooth stitching. Start with grid-based designs, from basic sawtooth to curvy clamshell, and see how to mark using chalk or water-soluble pens. Afterwards, find out how to use transfer paper and a tracing wheel to mark diamond and fan designs.
Discover two smart ways to thread your needle as you explore the mechanics of big-stitch quilting. See how to pop your knots to the inside as you finish each thread. Jessica shares tips for efficient stitching in multiple passes, allowing you to find your flow as you go.
Learn the basics of big-stitch hand-quilting as you create a cute clutch handbag (with optional strap), which makes a great beginner project. Fiber artist Jessica Marquez walks you through the process,. Choose from a variety of flap shapes, stitch patterns and fabrics for a one-of-a-kind quilted creation.
Fact: sewing your quilt (or a smaller project, like pillow tops and table runners) by hand provides a soft finish that really can’t be achieved by machines. Not to mention there isn't anything that beats the zen of sewing something with needle and thread. If you're interested in trying the craft, these tips — along with the right supplies — can help you get started.
For kids who want to sew — but may not be ready for a sharp needle or complex sewing machine — this personalized piece of wall decor is a great starter project. Not only will they be proud to gift it or hang it in their room, but working the stitches helps them practice an even, repeating pattern that builds fine motor skills. It's a win all around!
Clothing and accessories are an awesome way for kids — and everyone, really — to express their creativity. But instead of buying new stuff, help your little fashionistas upgrade what they've got with some cool DIY felt patches. They're easy to make and look great ironed on everything from backpacks to jean jackets.