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The holidays will be here before we know it, and the IJ team is deep in their decorating, gifting, and crafting plans. We thought you might be as well and wanted to share this adorable vintage tree image, and tabletop tree skirt project. We've shared this Holiday Tree Skirt project before, but since it's such a quick and cute craft we thought our newer readers might enjoy seeing it too!       To download this free image, Be sure to...
We love to use the serger to finish our garment patterns and to add decoration to so many other projects like our Creative Crossbody Bag. Of course, sergers can be tricky machines, which is why I though I should share these 100 Useful Serger Tips!  
Sulky just posted a great tutorial on matchstick quilting using our Crossroads Denim! Hop on over and check it out...  
I love adding piping to pillows, bags, even garments! I think piping adds a neat, professional appearance to a finished project. Of course, it's not easy to find piping pre-made in the perfect coordinating fabric. I think sewing piping is a skill every sewer needs - which is why I knew I had to share this piping tutorial with you, originally posted by Elle Apparel.  
I love this blog post that the Sewing Rabbit posted on the 10 sewing tips that changed her life. If you are a beginning sewer this is a great read - and if you've been sewing for years, you might learn a few things too! What is your favorite sewing tip?  
I found a great breakdown of machine stitches and what they are used for on CrazyLittleProjects.com. Be honest now, who here really uses all the stitches that come on your machine? We have some patterns that try to get you to do just that - see more after the jump!     Designer JeriLynn Lijewski has created a variety of purse patterns for us that feature decorative machine stitches. She uses the decorative machine stitches in so many different ways....
When I first started sewing garments, I found darts intimidating. You want me to do what? But soon, I realized that darts are magical - they can transform a one dimensional material into a three dimensional blouse, skirt or more. How amazing is that? Even though I've sewn many a dart in my time, it is always good to brush up on basic skills - this tutorial from Sew Can She is a great one for that. Or, if you...
It's the New Year and everyone is talking about cleaning and reorganizing their sewing rooms. But what about your machine? Don't forget about the him (or her, my machine is named Edith, after costume designer Edith Head). Keeping your machine cleaned and oiled will ensure that it will keep working hard for you. Our friend Heather at The Sewing Loft, shares a great tutorial on how to clean those machines.  
I ran across this great tutorial for sewing sleeves, which I want to share with you. Check it out over on The Sewing Directory. The tutorial is an excerpt from Merchant and Mills' new book Elementary Sewing Skills.     We work a lot with raglan sleeves - as you can see in our Retro Raglan Jacket.     A shirt sleeve hangs off the shoulder. We used this style sleeve in our Chinois Coat.     A set-in sleeve...
Let's hear it for pom-poms! These fuzzy-wuzzy adornments add dimension and texture to home items and fashion accessories alike. Best of all, they're oh-so easy to create. Punch up the pizazz on your next project with these puffs. Each pom-pom takes mere minutes to make. An itty-bitty pom-pom provides the perfect hat topper for our jester from Scrappy the Yo-Yo Clown (IJ832). Try replacing his hand/foot bells with another pom-pom! Never made a pom-pom before? It's simple, just wrap and...