Monday, February 7, 2011

{ sneak peek of Sewn Studio }

If you haven't heard by now, Cincinnati is about to become the new home of a modern sewing lounge in the Design District of Oakley. Sewn Studio is set to open on February 14, with a huge grand opening celebration to follow on the 26th, but last week I was lucky enough to meet Stephanie, the owner, at the shop for a bit of a sneak peek.

Let me tell you, I was like a kid in a candy store. There's nothing like it in the city, and I for one cannot wait for the doors to open. Until they do, here are some photos to whet your fabric-loving appetite.

There are shelves full of bolts of beautiful fabrics lining the walls of the shop.

Oooh, a little Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner + some Parisville by Tula Pink = s.w.o.o.n...

Gorgeous Soul Blossom fabrics, Amy Butler's newest line.

A reading lounge, fully stocked with loads of inspirational books on sewing and quilting.

Bright, cheerful fabrics from Riley Blake.

A beautiful selection of Central Park by Kate Spain.

And almost every color imaginable of Mettler thread.

Stephanie is going to offer classes ranging from Sewing 101 to more complex courses down the road. She's also looking into holding workshops with some of the top fabric designers in the industry. Sewn Studios is located at 3212 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45209. The shop will be open Mon.-Wed. 10-6, Thurs. 10-8, Fri. 10-6, and Sat. 10-5. There is ample off-street parking located directly behind the shop. as well as some on-street parking right in front of the store. For more information and updates, please become a fan of their Facebook page by clicking here and check out their website as well.

{ tutorial : easy appliqued Valentine's Day tee }

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and here's an easy little project to help celebrate. Use this technique to applique a plain tee shirt, add a little color to a tote, or anything else you want. Have fun!


  • assorted fabric scraps
  • fusible web ( I use Heat N'Bond Lite)
  • love template, attached below
  • cardstock
  • thread to match scraps
  • scissors
  • plain tee shirt
  • sewing machine
  • removable fusible stabilizer (optional)


1. Download Love template above and print out on cardstock at desired size and scale. Cut printed letters out with scissors and set aside.

2. Apply the fusible web to the wrong side of the fabric scraps. Be sure to follow the directions provided with whatever type of web you are using. I use Heat N'Bond Lite, which has a shiny side and a paper backing on the other side. The shiny side is textured and contains the adhesive, and you'll apply this side to the wrong side of your fabric.

The other side of the Heat N'Bond is paper backed, so you can easily trace your design to the web. Once your design is cut out, the paper backing is peeled away.

Using your iron, apply the fusible web to the wrong side of the fabric scraps, making sure the textured side of the web is facing it.

3. Place the cardstock letters on the paper backing of the fabric scraps, making sure that the letters are backwards.

Using a pen or maker, trace the letters onto the paper.

Continue to do this for all pieces of the design.

4. Using your scissors, cut out the traced letters from the fabric. To cut out the centers of the letters, gently bend the letter and poke a small hole in the middle of it with your scissors.

Then use this hole as a starting point to cut out the rest of the middle of the letter.

Continue until all of the letters are cut out of the fabric.

5. Peel the paper backing off of the fabric letters.

After removing all of the paper backing from the letters, arrange them on the front of the tee shirt.

Press with the hot iron to adhere the letters to the shirt.

6. {Optional step} Turn shirt wrong side out and apply tear-away stabilizer with hot iron, making sure all parts of the design are covered.

Turn the shirt right-side out once the stabilizer has cooled.

7. Secure the letters to the shirt by sewing around the perimeter of each one with your sewing machine and the stitch of your choice. Remove the tray from the base of your sewing machine so you will have more control of the tee as you sew around the letters.

I use a narrow zig zag stitch, making sure that the center of the needle position lines up with the edge of the fabric.

Stitch slowly and remember to stop the machine and pivot the needle at each edge of the letter.

Keep the needle in the down position as you pivot.

Continue sewing around each letter, making sure to backstitch at the end to secure the stitches.

8. Peel away stabilizer if you used it, and your shirt is finished!

For this example I used Amy Butler's Soul Blossom fabrics in Laurel Dots in Cherry and Disco Flowers in Chocolate, but I think this design would look great in lots of different fabrics. I'd love to see what you choose if you make one too!

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