We’re continuing on our trail through sewing techniques, making sure we’re all staying sharp on our skills! Today we’re bringing you a tutorial for adding bias to a curve, a great technique that can be useful in apparel, quilt, and home decor sewing. Read more about this great tutorial from The Haby Goddess, a.. read more →

Phoomph is definitely a new crafting favorite. Our studio has been buzzing along creating all kinds of fun projects with Phoomph. We couldn’t resist creating lovely cards using the easy to use fabric bonding sheets. You can literally make thousands of great crafts with the innovative craft superstar. The best part is how Phoomph makes.. read more →

When we say sewing for little ones, we usually mean children which can be so fun because there’s a lot of variety in prints & styles children enjoy. However, today we’re talking little little, like teeny little: sewing for dolls! If you have a little one in your life that likes to play with dolls,.. read more →

We’re more than ready for spring-time outdoor dining, so we’ve found a perfect tutorial to get you ready for the warm outdoors. A beautiful Asian-inspired design from the Cloud9 blog, we can’t wait to get to work on these tipped napkins and coordinating round placemats! read more →

We’re brushing the dust off our sewing skills and revisiting some essential techniques in sewing to share with you! Whether you’ve just begun sewing or have been stitching for decades, it’s always good to reassess your techniques and see what’s new in the sewing world. We’re scrubbing the web for sewing techniques and today’s technique.. read more →

We love finding great tutorials from people all over the world, amazing makers sharing their talents in sewing. We often find, however, that a good tutorial on techniques and skills is hard to find, especially for the things some might find “simple” — but sometimes it’s helpful to see exactly how someone else is teaching.. read more →

We love Spring crafts, because they celebrate the brightest and sweetest of the season. From fresh grass to cuddly soft chicks, Spring is full of things that remind us to sit back and smile. If you’re searching for a super cute Spring craft, pull out your felt stash and follow along this simple tutorial by.. read more →

Coats and Clark has hit a home run with Phoomph. The fabric bonding sheets have won my heart! We are going to share with you project after project in the next coming weeks that will have you running to the store for the new crafting superstar! Phoomph is awesome for everything from fun accesory fashion.. read more →

Sewing for baby can be so fun, but can also take up precious time if that baby is yours! We love quick sewing projects that will benefit your little one without pulling away from much-needed time to care for your infant or have a rest yourself. This baby mittens tutorial from Speckled Owl Studio will.. read more →

  Sewing pants can be tough, especially because they rest in a part of the body that gets a lot of movement. We’ve found a great tutorial from Prudent Baby that uses an existing pair of pants to draft a quick pattern for an easy sewing project. We love that this tutorial uses an existing.. read more →

We love a modern take on a vintage sewing project, especially when they make our lives easier – no need to reinvent the wheel, right? Casserole carriers can be found in many vintage varieties, a great sewn item that reminds us of the era of summer potlucks and amazing oven ware from Pyrex and vintage Fire.. read more →

I’m in love with this fun backpack we made for the Altitude Design Summit. Kollabora is an online community of makers where you can share your projects online and meet new creatives. We were challenged by the new community to create an easy sewing project and I think we nailed it! This beginner project is a perfect.. read more →

Everything is hearts and kisses with this darling little bouquet. It’s super easy and quick to make when you use Phoomph to make your heart flowers. No glue, no mess, just an adorable gift for Grandma or teacher. Need a centerpiece in a hurry? Phoomph Heart Bouquets are just the ticket.   You will need:.. read more →

Does your New Year’s resolution list ever involve getting more active in your sewing? It’s great to set goals to make time for creative endeavors, and we have a tutorial to get your gears turning on projects for the New Year. Apparel is often a realm of sewing that people shy away from because it.. read more →

Keep the kids warm and cozy this winter season with a handmade hot shoulder dragon, a super simple sewing project that can be made by hand or machine, perfect for a sick day or those chilly nights. This tutorial from Instructables was designed with the crafty kid in mind. It can  be sewn by machine.. read more →

08 Jan 2013
January 8, 2013

DIY Bow Belt Tutorial

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Hi all! I’m Sunni Standing from A Fashionable Stitch. I’m dropping in with a quick tutorial on how to make a bow belt! Beltmaking can be such a gratifying, fun and crafty process and here is but one way to jump into a little sartorial accessory making. For more on beltmaking, especially vintage style beltmaking,.. read more →

We’ve all seen it — a fresh pair of pants seemingly ruined after a playful crawl across the carpet or a too-quick fall to the ground. Never consider tossing out a pair of pants because of a simple hole in the knee again — bring in the reinforcements with some awesome knee pads! Check out.. read more →

Looking for the perfect sewing project for a special little one in your life? Follow along with us as we share the DIY Tiny House Backpack, a Coats and Clark original sewing project just for you. This bag will guarantee a dream come true for any little girl — she’ll be the talk of the playground!.. read more →

By Gretchen  Hirsch   Tailor’s tacks are thread marks used to indicate a pattern’s markings on your fabric. It’s one of those skills you see all the time in vintage sewing patterns and books, but few modern seamstresses use them. But now is the perfect time to learn! With winter sewing upon us, I’m using.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte We’re always trying to find new ways to re-use materials we have around the house in our sewing projects, and this lunch supply tutorial is a super easy project that uses those jeans you’ve been saving for donation & a scrap square of cotton for a sustainable lunch bag and sandwich wrap.. read more →

Learn to make a super hero cape for a special little one this season with this easy to follow tutorial! This tutorial uses fleece as the material, which adds sturdiness to the cape and allows for easy seam finishing (say goodbye to frayed edges!). Fleece also makes the cape basically wrinkle-free, perfect for a little.. read more →

Zippers can be tricky in an accessory like a bag, especially if you want your zipper to add to the style of your accessory. We’ve got a tutorial for a beautiful fold-over clutch, one of our favorite styles because you can showcase a great zipper in this project. Coats and Clark offers a huge variety.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Create this gorgeous felted quilt from up-cycled sweaters! You have just enough time to create this beauty and get it under the tree.  We found this lovely holiday project and more at the fun blog Yellow Suitcase Studio.   Best of all the project doesn’t require the three B’s : backing, batting,.. read more →

This play dress has everything a little girl loves: it’s sparkly, soft, and totally adorable. The free pattern is available at Charm Stitch, where you’ll also find a tutorial for creating lovely hand-painted fabric. You’ll definitely want to use Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP thread to pull this little number together to ensure countless hours.. read more →

08 Nov 2012
November 8, 2012

Tailor Tack Tutorial by Gertie

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By Gretchen  Hirsch   Tailor’s tacks are thread marks used to indicate a pattern’s markings on your fabric. It’s one of those skills you see all the time in vintage sewing patterns and books, but few modern seamstresses use them. But now is the perfect time to learn! With winter sewing upon us, I’m using.. read more →

Do you love the look and style of pocket zippers, but are not sure you are ready to tackle installing a welt pocket? Gertie of the New Blog for Better Sewing demonstrates step by step in the attached video. Her best advice is to do a practice run. What is different about pocket zippers? An all-purpose zipper.. read more →

02 Nov 2012
November 2, 2012

Embroidered Corduroy Scarf

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designed by Heather Jones for Coats and Clark www.oliveandollie.com   This easy project is made with super soft corduroy which makes the perfect fall scarf. The scarf is sewn by machine, and then embellished with some simple hand embroidery stitches using a variety of Coats and  Clark threads for a great finishing touch. Please read through.. read more →

We are so excited that our Fashion Zippers are going to be featured in the class “Restyling with Exposed Zippers” on Pattern Review.com! Here’s how Angela describes the class: “Exposed zippers are such a hot trend right now and in this video class I am going to show you how to use some of the.. read more →

Angela Wolf shares her secret for sewing professional designer looking topstitching.  She uses two spools of our Dual Duty XP general purpose thread on the machine with both threads through the needle.  Watch as  Angela Wolf shares a few tips for topstitching that can be used to sew jeans and jackets. Angela Wolf is an internationally renowned.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Everything is cuter when it’s tiny. The smaller the better especially when it comes to sewing crafts. I love a project that you can finish in less than 60 minutes, but what about sewing up 3 or 4 projects in that time? When you sew small the “done” pile grows quickly. We.. read more →

18 Sep 2012
September 18, 2012

Shadow Applique Reticule


 by Rebecca Kemp Brent Soft and subtle shadow applique embellishes the dainty drawstring bag. Dual Duty XP Fine is the perfect thread for the delicate applique and sewing on lightweight batiste fabric. It had many uses such as storing jewelry or as an evening bag or special accessory for a bride. Dual Duty XP Fine.. read more →

by Stefanie Girard Create a Dotty Cuff bracelet for an instant fashion accent. Skill level: Easy Supplies: Coats Fashion Zipper, White with Black dots (871) 7” Fashion Zipper Black Fabric, 8” x 2” Black fusible interfacing, 8” x 2” Dual Duty XP general purpose thread, 900 Black Ribbon Clamp Jewelry Finding Toggle and Loop Jewelry.. read more →

11 Sep 2012
September 11, 2012

Spool Box Quilt


Fall is a great time to start a larger project. The weather will be cooler soon and you will be spending more time indoors. What better time to quilt? This beautiful quilt designed by Lucy Fazely combines applique and piecing for spectacular results. When creating this quilt, Lucy was inspired by the circular shapes in the fabric.. read more →

11 Sep 2012
September 11, 2012

Weave a Zipper Purse


By Stefanie Girard Have you seen the purses and tote bags– usually in airport gift shops– woven out of seat belts? That was the inspiration for this purse woven out of zippers. Create this cute little purse by weaving Coats all-purpose zippers together.  Use the colors show or select your own color combination.    .. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte We Just had To check in with Delia Creates! She always has fresh sewing tutorials that are fun and easy to sew. We picked our top 8 just for you. We are loving the park bag and the cute wreath. Kids are going back to school and we will have a little more.. read more →

Who loves to hem blue jeans? Don’t everyone raise their hand at once! With kids, the question is “to hem or not to hem?” As sure as you do, the growth spurt will hit. Here is a short cut to hemming those long jeans. This method gives a finished look that will not look “dorky” even to.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Check out this fast and easy shower gift I found on Don’s Wife.com. This cute DIY sewing site walks you through a fast baby blanket tutorial. I’m always on the hunt for easy sewing projects. I love giving handmade gifts, and doing so always feels extra special when it’s for a baby.. read more →

By Elizabeth Hill Needles seem to have this magic quality that makes them disappear without any effort. Pins are a little harder to lose but for some reason needles vanish just when you need them. This little needle case is a great project for using scraps and teaching students to take care of their sewing.. read more →

08 Aug 2012
August 8, 2012

Gertie & the exposed zipper

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I’ve written about centered zippers, lapped zippers, and invisible zippers here, so I think it’s time to venture into exposed zippers! The new printed and metallic zippers by Coats and Clark are just too cute to keep hidden.  For my last appearance on PBS’s It’s Sew Easy, I showed how to apply an exposed zipper.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte Ohhhh my this is such a cute project.  My kids would absolutely flip to wear these fun dino socks.  I found this tutorial on a new blog favorite, Happy Together. The author of this fun site takes you step by step through this very easy project.  You will have fun making them.. read more →

This is the third project in our Teaching Tweens to sew series from Elizabeth Hill. The skill learned this week is sewing a curved seam.           The Sew Easy Sun Visor is easy to make and fun to coordinate with summer outfits. It’s reversible too!  This project features convex and concave curves . Gentle guidance.. read more →

31 Jul 2012
July 31, 2012

Kid’s Pool Side Dress

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Hey Ya’ll! I’m Jenilyn from Grits and Giggles. Today I’m going to show you how to put together a simple and adorable swim cover-up for a little girl. Adjust the measurements and make one for you too! You can find an alternate swim cover up tutorial Materials: 1/2 yard of lightweight cotton (for size 2T).. read more →

This is the 2nd project in our Teaching Tweens to Sew Series by Elizabeth Hill Bucket of Humbugs           Young people love to work with scraps once they learn the basics of sewing. This fun and easy project allows them to have fun and master a basic skill in the process.  While making the humbugs.. read more →

from Handmade Charlotte Ready to learn some cool new techniques? Check out this absolutely flawless demonstration of a placket pocket. I found this expertly executed tutorial over on Where The Orchids Grow.com.   Back to school thoughts have been running through my head for weeks now because my daughter Charlotte will be starting school this.. read more →

Invisible zippers are a very popular choice for garment closures. They disappear into a seam, making them virtually undectable—when inserted properly. They work best on light- to medium-weight fabrics. An invisible zipper is different than a standard zipper in a couple ways. First, the teeth of the zipper are on the backside of the zipper.. read more →

11 Jul 2012
July 11, 2012

Humpty Dumpty Softee


By: Emilee Gettle As I child I grew to love the story of Humpty Dumpty. It is such a timeless nursery rhyme that is revisited with each generation. Sew this softie for your little one or for a special child in your life. Supplies Dual Duty XP general purpose thread, Natural (8010)- 1 spoolMuslin Fat.. read more →

Hey Ya’ll! I’m Jenilyn from Grits and Giggles. I’m a wife and mommy who loves to sew and create for my home and family, especially for my baby girl. Here’s how to make your very own Victoria’s Secret Swim Cover Look-alike. Source: victoriassecret.com via Jenilyn on Pinterest This is not a very fitted garment, so you.. read more →

Hi Coats and Clark Sewing Secrets blog followers! My name is Colleen Exline and I’m the Associate Editor for Creative Machine Embroideryand Sew it All magazines. I look forward to sharing sewing and embroidery projects, tips and techniques in the upcoming months. Hurray for June! The weather is starting to warm up (well actually it’s.. read more →

from Handmade Charlotte Make an up-cycled coin purse from a men’s button down shirt. These mini wallets are not only super easy to make but they are really handy. They will hold a drivers license, a pool pass, and some cash when you don’t want to bring your entire purse to the beach. This would.. read more →

By Gertie from the New Blog for Better Sewing If you’ve never sewn a zipper before, you’ll want to start with the centered zipper. This is an application that puts the zipper teeth right in the middle of a seam line. The zipper opening is topstitched to secure the zipper teeth. Why a centered zipper?.. read more →

Summer Picnic Blanket tutorial Designed by Heather Jones for Coats and Clark www.oliveandollie.com This easy project is perfect for all of your picnics and BBQs you have coming up this summer. With a laminated cotton top and sturdy canvas backing, clean up is a breeze. Just wipe any spills up with a damp cloth and you’re.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Now that the warm weather is here to stay, our family spends most of our free time lounging by the lake and enjoying the summer breeze. Noah, my youngest son, is two years old now and enjoys scribbling on pads of paper ( or anything else, unfortunately) and flipping through books. I.. read more →

25 May 2012
May 25, 2012

DIY Kindle Cover

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by Handmade Charlotte Make your own Kindle / Nook cover with this wonderful tutorial from crafter and seamstress Lesley Graham. You can find her blogging at Lesley W Graham and selling her bags and dresses in her shop Tiny Fete. She’s a big fan of natural health and all things handmade. For this tutorial you will.. read more →

from Handmade Charlotte Enjoy lovely felt tulips all year long with this tutorial  from crafter extraordinaire Abby Glassenberg, author of the fabulous While She Naps blog. You can never have enough flowers in the house! Be sure to visit the While She Naps blog for more! read more →

Pleated Sheets Ring Pillow By Lindsay Conner (www.lindsaysews.com, http://www.craftbuds.com/) A free pattern for the pillow can be downloaded fromhttp://meylah.com/lindsaysews/pleated-boxes-pillow-pattern. A springtime or summer wedding calls for vintage chic wedding accessories, like this pleated sheets ring pillow. You can easily change the style and colors by selecting fabric in your wedding colors. Finished size when filled: 7.5″.. read more →

created by Handmade Charlotte The tiny notes and envelopes will make anyone who receives them smile.  You can write sweet words of inspiration and then tuck the notes into the double-stitched envelopes. Send them in a child’s backpack, use them as a shower favor, or simply pass one to a friend.  The Envelopes are really easy to make–we’re.. read more →

by Heather Jones,  olive_and_ollie@yahoo.com This is a quick and easy project to transform ordinary kitchen hand towels into beautiful custom towels that are both decorative and useful. Using your favorite fabrics and Coats Cotton Covered Quilting & Piecing Thread, make a few and put them together for a great Mother’s Day gift. Or make a set.. read more →

by Gertie of Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing A lapped zipper is a great technique for sewing in an all-purpose (not invisible) zipper. The finished zipper has an overlap on the left side of the opening that covers the zipper. On the right side of the opening, the fabric is stitched very close to the.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte When your addicted to sewing like I am you may need your supplies ready to travel. I was inspired by Earth Day-April 22 and decided to use up some scraps that were hanging around the studio. The stash bag is so super easy to make you will see success even if it’s.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Today’s project comes from DanaMadeIt.Com! Dana’s projects are not only beautiful but also very achievable. I was scouring her site and found this lovely “Burp Cloth Tutorial“. She has included the pattern and a very cool “Made” label. I got a chance to meet Dana at the Altitude Design Summit. She is.. read more →

Project: Easter Pack Basket TutorialBy Handmade CharlotteEaster is just around the corner, but there’s still time to make the little one in your life a wonderful basket to collect their Easter treats. Inspired by the classic Nantucket-style pack basket with a lovely grass motif, your child will enjoy collecting Easter eggs using the pack as.. read more →

Hi Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets blog followers! I’m Ellen March, Editor-in-Chief of Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew it All magazines. I’m also the host of Sew it All TV on PBS. Throughout 2012, you’ll see a few blog posts from fellow editors in our sewing division here at Creative Crafts Group. I.. read more →

05 Jan 2012
January 5, 2012

Sewing on Fleece


Fleece can be used in so many ways. It is a favorite for no-sew projects because it doesn’t ravel, but it is also simple to use for sewing projects. Our Snowflake Fleece pillow takes advantage of the no-ravel quality. The front and back is sandwiched wrong sides together and the cut edges form the flange.. read more →

11 Aug 2010
August 11, 2010

Confused by Thread sizes?


Thread sizes can be almost as confusing as dress sizes! Part of the confusion comes because there are different sizing systems used. For most of our threads, rather than put a numerical weight or size on the label, we use a descriptive term such as Machine Quilting, Upholstery, Fine, All-purpose or Heavy. We would like.. read more →

This time of year we often get questions about what type of thread to use for sewing or repairing outdoor items like deck chairs and cushions for benches and chairs. The constant exposure to the sun, chlorine and the elements are very demanding on fabrics and threads. Coats Outdoor thread is a bonded polyester, designed.. read more →

Have you tried sewing with laminated fabrics? These fabrics are perfect for projects that may get wet or need to be water-repellent. The fabric is 100% Cotton with a soft protective finish laminated to the face of the fabric making clean up easy. It’s perfect for raincoats, totes, tablecloths and placemats. Today’s patterns are fresh.. read more →

14 Aug 2009
August 14, 2009

The Invisible Zipper Foot


I sometimes get a call from someone who is trying to put an invisible zipper foot on their sewing machine and for the life of them, can’t figure it out. A picture is worth a thousand words so…… Let’s take it one step at a time! When you purchase Coats Invisible Zipper Foot, it has.. read more →