Meet Caroline – A Talented Sewist and Teacher!

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on January 12th, 2017

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Hi Everyone !

My name is Caroline Garnier, and I am coming to teach a couple of classes at the Sewing Studio, so I thought it would
be a good idea to introduce myself.
If you ask me where I am from, I might make a pause: on my passport it says France but since I have moved so many
times, lived in many places around the world, I now say that I am from where my family is, and at the moment it is
Orlando, Florida.
I am a knitter, an embroiderer, a quilter (member of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild) and of course I sew my own
I love making garments for my girls, any pattern out of the envelop fit them. I love sewing for myself too, and
learning how to do simple pattern alterations has boosted my sewing successes. My preference goes to simple
garments with a vintage feel, then I let the fabric makes all the difference. Recently I’ve been enamoured with Les
Fleurs line of fabric, a collaboration between Rifle Paper Co and Cotton + Steel. The fabric is so rich in colours, it
makes every garment special.


What I am most enjoying when sewing a garment, is making sure that the inside is as pretty as the outside. If you
come to a class with me, we will probably use French seams (they are not that scary, and did you know that in
French they are called coutures anglaises, which means English seams?), flat felled seams or Hong Kong seams (I love
this last one, it’s the opportunity to add a pop of colour, a fun print). I know it takes a bit more time, but who does
not love the luxury of a bit of couture finish?


Another thing that made my sewing more enjoyable, is getting organised. I generally start with 2 baskets. In the
first one, the larger one, I gather my pattern, my fabric, thread, interfacing, zipper, any notions that are needed for
the project. In my second basket, the smallest one, I have my tools: special needles, scissors, tweezers, stiletto,
seam reaper, pins, pin cushion, seam gauge… This way, I know that I have everything I need before starting, and I
replace my tools in the basket after each use so I don’t get frustrated looking for them.

Until recently, I used to cut my pattern pieces directly from the pattern envelop. But doing so means that you can
use it only once. Also, I find using the tissue paper on which the pattern is printed too flimsy for me. So I trace all
my pattern on tracing paper. I use wide architect tracing paper, it is stiffer so it lasts longer and I can add any remark on it without risking tearing the paper,  the The Sewing Studio sells plain pattern paper & gridded pattern paper by Pellon. Both of these products hold up well, too. Anyway, tracing my patterns has
become a necessity since I start using pdf patterns. If you enroll in the Les Fleurs Basic top, we will go through some
tips for friendly use of pdf patterns. You can enroll in my class here: Les Fleurs Basic Top


Dottie Angel Apron

The second class I am teaching is the Dottie Angel Apron, which was actually a customer request! You can enroll in my class here: Dottie Angel Apron
I really hope to see you for one of my classes. First because the two garments we’re going to sew are so nice and
accessible projects for even the beginners. Secondly, because I love to share ideas and knowledge, I love to see
which fabrics you’ll pick, which twist you’ll add to your realisation. And at last, because it is fun to play with fabric,
to sew with others and have a very social experience.
If you want to know more about me and what I make, come and give me a visit on my blog Pieces and Love or on my
Instagram Caroline.jg


Get your “Fur” On!

Posted by Katie Leve on January 9th, 2017

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You can stitch up a warm furry vest with Simplicity pattern #8219 and some great fashion fur here at the Sewing Studio. All it takes is about a yard of fur (just $7.00 a yard) and a couple of hours. YES it’s that quick! This pattern has great tips on sewing with fur. You’ll want to use a nice lining like “Mystique” to pair with the weight of the fur and double stitch the pockets for strength and durability. This pattern runs big, so bump it down a size and you’ll be happy with the fit.



Using Iron Off And The Applique Pressing Sheet

Posted by Gabriela Swanson on August 9th, 2016

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Let Pat show you why the Applique Pressing Sheet and Iron Off are some of her favorite things to use in her sewing room!


Fun Treat Bags!

Posted by Gabriela Swanson on July 9th, 2016

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Here’s a great project that you can do in a snap, and Katie made some to show you how!

With a couple of fat quarters, batting and your own creative ingenuity, you can create a one of a kind bag for gift giving or your own personal use.

I’ve created three bags for the Holidays, and this pattern will tell you everything that you need to make any holiday themed treat bag! Following the pattern, these were so quick to make!

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The first little trick will hold your Halloween treats! 

I cut two squares the size the pattern instructed (one of fleece and one of a cotton print) and put them right sides together, and stitched the right sides together & left an opening to make the turn.

After pressing the square and sewing up the opening, I placed corners together to make a triangle and then sewed two straight lines approximately 5 inches from the bottom corners as shown. (the pattern will go in detail about how long from the end you should stitch based on how large your square is!)

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Fold those corners to the center of the bag on each side.

The Creativity Continues Here…


Shoe Pin Cushion

Posted by Kathryn Conte on July 9th, 2016

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The theme for this months Sewing and Embroidery Club was pin-cushions!  So I turned to Google for inspiration, searching for “unique pin cushions.”  I saw the cutest old school leather baby shoe turned pin-cushion, and knew I had found the perfect project for me! When my kiddo was a baby, she kept kicking off her shoes in stores, and after loosing more than 5 sets of shoes’, I bought pink Converse high tops.  High tops lace up, and can’t be kicked off!  Of course they are cute-ER than cute, so I had stored them as a keepsake.  I started my project by purchasing a pair of lace socks.  I cut the lace off the sock to use it as a pattern for my own embroidered sock trim. I then cut the bottom of the sock off at the heel.

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I searched Google for “machine embroidery design of feet” and found a design of an outline of feet.  It was 2” by 2” so I used my Embrilliance Essentials software to size my design to ¾ of an inch.  I cut a strip to trim my sock top twice as long as the piece I had cut off the lace top socks I purchased.  I embroidered half of my strip using PolyPro Mesh stabilizer on my Baby Lock Esante with my 6×10 hoop.

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The Creativity Continues Here…


Father’s Day Gift Box!

Posted by Gabriela Swanson on June 18th, 2016

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IMG_0072Hello everyone! Father’s Day is just around the corner, and Alvin has been busy with the Brother Scan n Cut! This was just a simple project that Alvin found on Brother Scan N Cut Canvas

You are going to need to download the SVG File on Brother Scan N Cut Canvas.

Supplies Used: 

  • Scan N Cut 2 CM650
  • Low Tack Mat
  • 12 x 12 Card Stock in any color or design that you want! (This will be your box)
  • Clear Vinyl
  • Glue Stick (for crafting purposes)
  • 2 Shirt Buttons (any color)
  • SVG Cut File from Scan N Cut Canvas

IMG_0060The first thing that Alvin did was cut the card stock box out. All you have to do is put the SVG file into your Scan N Cut and load the Low Tack Mat into your Scan N Cut with your card stock stuck to it.

Load the Low Tack Mat into your Scan N Cut with the heart card stock to cut the heart out if you want to as well. (Alvin skipped that part, but it could be an ADORABLE addition to your gift box for sure!)

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IMG_0065Now you have to glue the clear vinyl on the inside of the box, where the tie cut out is.

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And now just fold the box! It’s super easy, I promise! This is how Alvin did it:

IMG_0067 (1) IMG_0066 IMG_0069 (1)Next, he found (fabric) to put on the inside to look like a tie, but you should totally get the man in your life an actual tie to stick in there! Because HOW CUTE is that?


Then Alvin glued the buttons onto the points of what looks like the collar of a dress shirt on the box… Adorable.

IMG_0070 (1)And this is what the Gift Box would look like with a tie in it!





Artwork On Fabric!

Posted by Gabriela Swanson on May 19th, 2016

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Here at the store we have a Fabric Printer that we have been using to print photos on fabric! How fun would it be to see your kids, grand kids, significant other, etc. on fabric and incorporated into your projects? Well, Sonya has a niece (Haley Brown) who creates beautiful art in her free time, so she decided to take some .jpg images of her work and put them onto a USB stick and into the fabric printer!

IMG_2852To the right of this image, is an example of what the printed image on fabric looked like before Sonya incorporated it into a quilt.

IMG_2850She also used the Bookends Collection we have in the store for the fabric surrounding the artwork. That is the beautiful thing about shopping for fabric with something in mind. She wanted to somehow bring all of these images together with a fabric that goes along with everything. This was the PERFECT collection!

IMG_2848This printer is awesome, because it uses special dyes that bond beautifully with the fabric to achieve an image that is just as good on paper as it is on fabric! Picture perfect!

FullSizeRender (3)Sonya even embroidered Haley’s name to add into this amazing quilt! Please stop by to ask about or fabric printer at the store! Also, I cannot wait to see how this quilt turns out!

**Note: Images must be in .jpg format to print on the printer, and the printer prints on standard letter size fabric pieces.






The Sewing Studio Thanks Our Troops!

Posted by Shirley Dudney on April 29th, 2016

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Here at The Sewing Studio, we are honoring our current and veteran soldiers by putting the “Thank You” quilt I made on display! Military personnel are close to my heart so I made this quilt to honor them for their service to our country. We live in a great nation full of freedom because of their sacrifice and service. We want to thank active and retired soldiers; and let’s not forget the families of those who gave their lives. My daughter and her fiancé are both 1st Lieutenants in the Air Force Space Command at Schriever AF Base in Colorado Springs, CO.

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I was inspired by The Let Freedom Ring Free Pattern Download from Riley Blake and all of the beautiful Patriotic fabrics we have in stock right now. The original pattern includes 4 flag blocks. I made our sample using 2 flag blocks, and I machine embroidered “Thank You” between them using a Babylock Embroidery Machine! I enjoyed every second working with these amazing patriotic fabrics! Once again, thank you to all Soldiers!


Braided Table-Runner Fun!

Posted by Mary Jeanine Ibarguen on April 25th, 2016

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This table runner was made using a new product called ‘Sew & Fold on a Roll’.  It is 50 feet of paper marked for a braid border and/or flying geese.  Since you’re sewing on paper, you get perfect piecing with the sew & flip method, and 50 feet means you could make a whole quilt with one roll of paper.

The braid can finish as wide as 5”.

The geese will finish at 4” wide by 2” high.  We’ll cover the geese in another blog.

The paper looks like this on the roll, and like this when you open it up.  (It looks complicated, but that is mostly because the paper can be used for a braid or for flying geese)




Another nice thing to note: you can use a 5” pre-cut pack for this braid; you get four pieces from each 5” square.  Color selection made easy!


Let’s make a braid.  You need to set up a few items:

  • Cut off a hunk of braid paper…how long do you want the table runner or quilt strip to be?  Mine is 48” long.
  • Grab a few Wonder Clips or Binder Clips to hold the excess paper out of the way as you sew.
  • Set your stitch length to 1.5.  This makes the paper easier to rip off later, plus your seams will look great.

Start with a triangle using the blue triangle at the bottom as a pattern:



Cut a bunch of your 5” squares into four equal “logs” (1.25” x 5”).


Mix them up however you like for your braid.  I tried to distribute the different colors evenly.  I was mostly successful.. Mostly. Lol.

Lay down your first strip, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, onto the side of the triangle like this.


Put the edge of your seam on the red line, and then you will sew on the black dotted line, which is, handily, ¼” from the red line.


Now you need to press that ‘log’ over.  You SEWED, now you FLIP.

The Creativity Continues Here…


Raw : A Modern Quilt

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on March 29th, 2016

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Hello everyone! I also contributed to the friendly in-store Battle of Blueberry Park Challenge! According to The Modern Quilt Guild, “Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”

My entry for The Battle of Blueberry Park is my first modern quilt project. My inspiration: The day Mary Fons came to present at The Sewing Studio is the day I decided to better understand and explore modern quilting techniques. Hearing her stories, seeing her quilts and the improvisational piecing she does on the back of her quilts opened up a whole new world for me. In this project, I interpret modern quilting in my own way. You can read about the process here:


I started by ironing Heat and Bond Light on to each 5” charm square, and then I used the Accuquilt Go! Big Electric Fabric Cutter and Go! Circle 5” Die (Part number 55012) to cut my 5” squares into 5” circles. I love the Go! Big Cutter because it helps me get my cutting done efficiently. All I had to do was lay my squares over the 5” circle die cutter, gently push the die through the machine, and it comes out on the other end with perfectly cut circles.


When you have finished cutting your squares into circles, the real fun begins. As you can see, there are A LOT of different options in placing the circles on the background fabric. Speaking of the background fabric, this awesome print gives the illusion that all of the squares are pieced together, when really it is a pre-made patchwork design!


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The Creativity Continues Here…