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Sew a Fabric Easter Basket

Sew a Fabric Easter Basket

March 7, 2021By Laura PiferHoliday, Projects No Comments

~Laura Pifer, Brother Sews Ambassador   With Spring just around the corner, I thought I’d share how to sew a fabric Easter basket. These homemade Easter baskets aren’t just for Easter though – they make great gifts for all different occasions, holidays, and themes! I sew these DIY fabric baskets for everything from baby showers … Read More

Bell Sleeve Tutorial

Bell Sleeve Tutorial

March 6, 2021By Emily ThompsonApparel, Fashion No Comments

~Emily Thompson, Brother Sews Ambassador   Mixing up patterns to create new looks is one of my favorite things about sewing. Today, I’m going to show you how to create a full bell sleeve from a fitted sleeve shirt pattern. This is a fun way to create a more formal or flirty look from your … Read More

4 Leaf Clover Applique

4 Leaf Clover Applique

March 5, 2021By Tabitha SewerApparel, Holiday No Comments

~Tabitha Sewer, Brother Sews Ambassador   Normally I’m not one to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like most people, BUT I do like to wear a good pop of subtle green for the occasion! To make sure I had something on-hand for the holiday, I wanted to create a simple applique for one of my t-shirts! … Read More

Drawing With Yarn

Drawing With Yarn

March 4, 2021By Tabitha SewerApparel, Stitches No Comments

~Tabitha Sewer, Brother Sews Ambassador   Hey everyone! This month I was so excited to try something I’ve never done before – drawing with yarn! I’ve seen a couple of examples online, and couldn’t wait to try this cool craft out for myself. Drawing with yarn is a great way to add more texture to … Read More

Quiltbroidery Tips & Tricks, Part 2

Quiltbroidery Tips & Tricks, Part 2

March 4, 2021By Rebecca Kemp BrentEmbroidery, Quilting No Comments

~Rebecca Kemp Brent, Brother Sews Ambassador   For more on the basics of patchwork crafting and quilting, check out the following links:  https://www.brother-usa.com/home/patchwork-quilt https://www.brother-usa.com/home/how-to-make-a-quilt Stop! Did you see Part 1? Check it out here: http://blog.brothersews.com/quilting/quiltbroidery-tips-tricks-part-1/ Welcome back to our discussion of Quiltbroidery, that fertile land where hooped machine embroidery and quilting come together to make … Read More

Make Your Own Tote Bag

Make Your Own Tote Bag

March 3, 2021By Jane ClaussDIY, Fashion 1 Comment

~Jane Clauss, Brother Sews Ambassador   We’re thinking about spring crafts, and one of the trending “it bags” of the season is the easy-to-make market tote. This DIY bag is so satisfying to sew that you might make one for every day of the week! SUPPLIES: Brother Sewing Machine  2 yards of fabric – one … Read More

Free Design: Baby Bear Bib

Free Design: Baby Bear Bib

March 1, 2021By Joanne BankoApparel, Free Design of the Month 2 Comments

~Joanne Banko, Brother Sews Ambassador   This month we’re featuring a few projects for the precious little ones in your life, starting with a cute embroidered baby bib. The Brother Free Design for this Month is an adorable bear design. It’s sized just right for most baby bibs. Read through this tutorial and you’ll learn … Read More

Quilted Spring Table Runner

Quilted Spring Table Runner

February 28, 2021By Brother SewsProjects 1 Comment

  This modern table runner will have you ready for spring showers and blooming flowers. Materials: Brother Sewing Machine capable of using a Brother couching foot (this project used the Brother Luminaire XP1 with both upgrades) Brother ScanNCut SDX225 12”x12” Fabric Mat CADXMATF12 Brother “J” foot for general sewing Brother “O” foot for free-motion quilting … Read More

Accessory Spotlight: N Foot

Accessory Spotlight: N Foot

February 27, 2021By Joanne BankoAccessory, Foot/Feet No Comments

This embroidery tutorial highlights the Brother monogramming foot, labeled with an “N.” The N foot is commonly found in the included accessories for many Brother machines. If you’re looking for a replacement, this foot would be listed as a part available from your Brother dealer.   The monogramming foot is designed for decorative stitching and … Read More

Fabric Baskets

Fabric Baskets

February 26, 2021By Brother SewsProjects No Comments

DIY Fabric baskets are a great way to introduce a pop of color into your space and keep you organized at the same time.  These homemade fabric baskets are quick to make in any size you need.  Choose a fun fabric or embellish your basket with embroidery; the possibilities are endless.   Supplies: Fabric: 2 … Read More

Turn a Quilt into a Coat

Turn a Quilt into a Coat

February 25, 2021By Emily ThompsonApparel, DIY, Fashion No Comments

~Emily Thompson, Brother Sews Ambassador   It’s February, and here on the Brother Sews blog we are all about keeping cozy! I’m so excited to share this fun upcycle project with you today. Turn a cozy quilt or blanket into a DIY coat to keep you warm all winter long. Years ago I made my … Read More

Best Mom Ever Apron

Best Mom Ever Apron

February 24, 2021By Brother SewsProjects 1 Comment

  Show Mom how much you love her with this embroidered Apron. Pieced quilt block instructions are included, or, you can use those orphan quilt blocks from other projects. Common Abbreviations Used WOF – Width of Fabric RST – Right Sides Together WST – Wrong Sides Together All Seam Allowances are a SCANT ¼” unless … Read More

Trial Feature for Lettering Along Trim

Trial Feature for Lettering Along Trim

February 23, 2021By Joanne BankoEmbroidery, Quick Tip 2 Comments

~Joanne Banko, Brother Sews Ambassador   Sample towel stitched using the Brother NS1750D Sewing Machine.   The Trial Key built into your Brother sewing machine is a wonderful tool for perfecting embroidery placement! Use this embroidery feature to fine tune the placement for lettering combined with trim. In this handmade fingertip towel example, I’ll show … Read More

Quilted Bed Caddy

Quilted Bed Caddy

February 17, 2021By Joanne BankoAccessories, Home Decor 6 Comments

~Joanne Banko, Brother Sews Ambassador   Create a beautiful custom bed caddy using your Brother sewing machine and a few Brother accessories. Quilt your own fabrics for a lightly padded finish that will match your décor and unique style. This handy craft will help organize bedside items you reach for on a regular basis. Pick … Read More

Five Questions With: Laura Pifer

Five Questions With: Laura Pifer

February 16, 2021By Laura PiferAmbassador No Comments

~Laura Pifer, Brother Sews Ambassador   What is your favorite sewing season and why?   I love doing sewing projects in the Fall, because it’s a versatile season to sew for. From Back to School to Halloween, there is always something inspiring. The prints are fun and bold, and you can sew warm to cold … Read More

Quiltbroidery Tips & Tricks, Part 1

Quiltbroidery Tips & Tricks, Part 1

February 14, 2021By Rebecca Kemp BrentEmbroidery, Quilting 7 Comments

~ Rebecca Kemp Brent, Brother Sews Ambassador   February is National Embroidery Month, and March celebrates quilting. What better way to enjoy them both than a bit of Quiltbroidery?   What is Quiltbroidery? Quiltbroidery lies at the intersection of quilting (including piecing and appliqué) and machine embroidery. It ranges from stitching machine-embroidery designs on patchwork … Read More

DIY Monogrammed Sweatshirts

DIY Monogrammed Sweatshirts

February 12, 2021By Laura PiferDIY, Embroidery, Fashion 1 Comment

~Laura Pifer, Brother Sews Ambassador   Take a plain sweatshirt to the next level of style with machine embroidery. From monograms to fun designs, you can customize this cozy wardrobe essential for yourself and others. These DIY monogrammed sweatshirts make great gifts for family and friends alike! Check out the tutorial below on how to … Read More

Lettering Tutorial: LOVE IS SWEET

Lettering Tutorial: LOVE IS SWEET

February 9, 2021By Joanne BankoEmbroidery, Software 4 Comments

~Joanne Banko, Brother Sews Ambassador   The Brother BES4 Dream Edition software program gets a lot of use in my embroidery world. The built in MY LOVE font is perfect for personalizing gifts made with love. Follow along in this tutorial, and you’ll learn tips and tricks for using this special font.   Steps to … Read More