Decorative Techniques - 324 patterns

For some sewers, it is all about making clothes and other items with needle and thread and nothing else.

However if you're one of those creatives who yearns for more control over your end designs, looking beyond the basic sewing techniques alone and developing new decorative skills can be hugely rewarding.

Some of these techniques are just an extension of sewing, such as applique, quilting and cross stitching. Others, though, can take you in quite new and exciting directions and you can exercise maximum control over your work by decorating your fabrics through creative dying techniques or by printing or painting designs.

Ombre Russian Dolls

These attractive ombre Russian Dolls can be used to dress up all sorts of sewing projects and you can see examples including pillows, bags and dresses…
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Added 8 October, 2014

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Rainbow Mini Quilt

Their small size make mini quilts a fun and quick sewing project to have a go at and it can be a great way to use up scraps from your fabric stash. You'll…
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Added 9 August, 2014

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How to Square Up a Quilt Block

If you thought that you were alone in making quilt blocks that weren't perfectly square, here you'll discover that it's a common problem for quilters.…
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Added 16 July, 2014

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T-Shirt Quilt

How to make a keepsake t-shirt quilt from your children's school sports and activity shirts. This is the final one of three tutorials that cover all stages…
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Added 23 May, 2014

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Cross Stitch Rainbow Block

This is the fifth out of a series of bright and cheerful cross stitch blocks inspired by the colors of the rainbow. The intention is to form a piece of…
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Added 3 April, 2014

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Everyday Baby Quilt

This simple to sew baby quilt is perfect for everyday use, to be rolled around on and snuggled into. You'll need a selection of coordinating fabrics in…
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Added 2 April, 2014

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No Sew Burlap Posy Pillow

This is an attarctive way to add decoration to a plain pillow that would fit in with a variety of different decors. It's no-sew thanks to hot glue, but…
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Added 14 February, 2014

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Valentine's Fabric Covered Notebook

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, are you in the mood for love? This cute Valentine's fabric covered notebook is made with applique and reverse applique…
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Added 28 January, 2014

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DIY Body Pillow

This envelope style back case for a large body pillow comes with appliqued lettering personalized to the recipient. The tutorial includes a free PDF of…
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Added 19 January, 2014

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Hand Painted Gift Bag

With gift giving just days away now, these hand painted drawstring bags will be perfect for presenting smaller gifts. They're simple to sew and the clear…
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Added 23 December, 2013

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