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November 22, 2022
Sew It Yourself Fashion Backpack – Everly Backpack with Convertible Strap from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

I fell in love with fashion backpacks when my family took a week-long trip to Chicago this summer. I knew I needed something to carry everything while having my hands free, so I picked up a small backpack from Target and was so glad I did.

Even though it was a fraction the size of my school backpack, it held my phone, wallet, diapers, wipes, snacks, souvenirs and so much more, all while keeping my hands free to push a stroller around the city or hold my older daughter’s hand.

So I knew I needed to give the Everly ...

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November 18, 2022
Show & Tell! – Intro to Garment Sewing from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

For our final video in our Intro to Garment Sewing series we wanted to have a little show and tell so you can get some ideas of garments you can make from quilting cotton.

The Stephanie’s are joined by Courtney Berry, our video editor, and we take turns showing off the projects we’ve made over the years with quilting cotton.

There are lots of little girl dresses, tunics, skirts, dresses and even a western-inspired men’s vest. We hope you enjoy seeing our projects and get inspired to make something yourself.

Check out our garment patterns and book ...

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November 16, 2022
Additional Garment Sewing Resources – Intro to Garment Sewing from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Hopefully this series will just be the start of your journey into garment sewing. In today’s video both of the Stephanie’s go over some additional resources you may want to check out to expand your sewing skill set.

We talk about pattern companies we like, books that can be helpful when you get stuck and projects you may want to try next.

We have stocked some of the patterns and books over on our website. Make sure to check out this link to get inspired for your next make: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product-category/patterns/apparel-patterns-patterns/

Make sure ...

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November 11, 2022
How to Sew a Double-Fold Hem – Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple A-Line Skirt from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In this video we’re going to wrap up the Simple A-Line Skirt series with a video on sewing a double-fold hem.

We’ve already covered this technique in our Simple Pull-On Skirt segment, but we are taking it a step up in this video by covering how to make adjustments if your waist to knee measurement is different in the front and back of your body.

Stephanie Brennan will talk you through how to mark both measurements on your skirt so the hem will be parallel to the ground when you are wearing it.

While this is the last ...

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How to Attach the Skirt Lining – Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple A-Line Skirt from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

We are almost done with the Simple A-Line Skirt! In today’s video Stephanie Brennan will show you how to attach the lining.

The lining will help conceal the raw edges of the waistband and add an extra layer of opaqueness so you can’t see the outline of your legs when the sun shines through.

We used a lightweight solid quilting cotton for our lining, but you could search for a solid cotton lawn or voile as well.

Just make sure you have followed along with the pattern so you know what steps need to be completed to the ...

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November 10, 2022
How to sew a French seam on a skirt – Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple A-Line Skirt from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s video we are going to join our front and back panels with a French seam.

I feel like whenever you say the words “French seam” people just cringe and think it’s going to be fancy and hard, but it is really very simple.

You are just going to sew the seam twice, first with the wrong sides of the fabric together with a 1/4-inch seam. Then trim the seam to an 1/8-inch and sew a second time with the right sides together at 3/8-inch seam.

The two seams added together give you the ...

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November 8, 2022
How to attach a waistband to a A-Line Pull-on Skirt – Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple A-Line Skirt from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s video we’re going to show you how to attach the waistband to the skirt panels.

We’re going to do this in two steps to make it easy, first attaching the flat front waistband to the front of the skirt, then making the elastic casing for the skirt back, threading the elastic through and securing the ends.

In the next video we’ll sew the side seams up with a French seam to enclose all of the raw edges for a nice professional looking finish.

Make sure you grab one or both of the skirt patterns ...

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November 7, 2022
How to attach fusible interfacing to a waistband – Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple A-Line Skirt from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s video we’re going to show you how to prep the waistband for the Simple A-Line Skirt.

Stephanie Brennan will walk you through attaching fusible interfacing to the front waistband. This will give the fabric extra stability and help it look nice when worn.

Each fusible interfacing will come with its own set of instructions, but they all are pretty similar in how they are applied and how to tell which side has fusible applied to it. Stephanie will make sure you know exactly what you’re doing so you don’t accidentally attach it to your ...

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November 5, 2022
How to Sew Darts – Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple A-Line Skirt from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s video we’re going to teach you how to mark and sew darts.

If you haven’t sewn darts before, they are often found on skirt and pant front and backs as well as on bustlines to create shaping. Basically darts are what makes the flat fabric round around the curves of the body.

Stephanie Brennan will show you how to accurately mark, pin and sew darts so they create the curves where they are supposed to be so your garments will be flattering on your body.

In the Simple A-Line skirt pattern, you will only be ...

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November 3, 2022
How to Cut Out Garment Patterns – Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple A-Line Skirt from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s video we’re going to teach you how to cut out garment patterns so you have accurately sized pieces that fit your body perfectly.

Stephanie Brennan will take you through her process of pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric, explain what the markings on the pattern pieces mean and talk about why the scissors you use matter.

When you’re done you’ll be ready to cut out any garment pattern so that it follows the grainline properly and hangs the right way on your body when the clothing is finished.

Make sure you grab one ...

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November 2, 2022
How to Print PDF Sewing Patterns at Home – Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple A-Line Skirt from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

We’re back with the second half of our Intro to Garment Sewing course! In this series we’ll be making a Simple Pull-On A-Line Skirt.

The pattern, designed by our very own Stephanie Brennan, features a flat front waistband with simple darts for a more professional look, and an elastic back waistband so there are no buttons or zippers to deal with. It also makes it super forgiving if you gain or lose a few pounds.

To follow along, just download one or both of the skirt patterns, and we’ll send you all of the FREE video tutorials ...

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October 14, 2022
Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple Pull-On Skirt – How to Sew a Double Hem from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

We’re finally ready to finish our Simple Pull-On Skirt with a double hem!

This hemming technique is very popular because it is a very easy way to conceal all the raw edges to create a strong hem with no fraying edges.

It’s also pretty simple because you just need to turn and press the hem under twice, then topstitch and you’re done!

Next up we are going to work on the Simple A-line Skirt. This pattern introduces some new techniques like following a pattern, sewing darts and using interfacing to create a flat-front waistband.

If you’re ...

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October 13, 2022
Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple Pull-On Skirt – Attaching the lining & sewing the waistband from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s video we will be attaching the lining to the skirt and sewing a casing to fit in the elastic waistband.

The way Stephanie Brennan has chosen to attach the lining is super simple and the elastic casing will also close in all the raw edges, so there won’t be any stray threads poking out with wear or washing.

If you haven’t gotten your lining yet any lightweight woven cotton will work. We suggest this solid from Paintbrush Studio. It is extra drapey and very smooth to touch: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/painters-palette-rice-paper-for-paintbrush-studio-fabrics/

For the ...

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October 12, 2022
Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple Pull-On Skirt – Sewing French Seams from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s video you will be learning how to sew a French seam. I know the word “French” immediately makes it sound intimidating, but I promise it’s super easy.

A French seam is basically a seam that you sew twice to enclose all of the raw edges. It’s a great way to create professional looking finish and a strong seam that will hold up to multiple washings.

Plus, it means that there will be no frayed edges even if you don’t have a serger. And it looks a lot nicer than pinking the edges.

Make sure ...

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October 11, 2022
Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple Pull-On Skirt – Cutting the Skirt Panel Rectangles from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s video we’re going to cover how to cut the skirt panels for the Simple Pull-On Skirt using the measurements we got in our previous video Transferring the Body Measurements to the Fabric.

Make sure you watch that video and our video on How to Measure a Body for Clothing here before you start cutting: https://www.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/introtogarmentsewing/

The skirt Stephanie Brennan is making on camera is for my daughter, so we only need one panel for her skirt. But most adults will need two to three panels depending on your hip width, so make ...

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October 10, 2022
Intro to Garment Sewing – Simple Pull-On Skirt – Transferring the Body Measurements to the Fabric from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

It’s time to start working on our first garment, the Simple Pull-on Skirt! This is a very easy garment pattern with no templates or curves. We’re just going to cut a rectangle or three depending on your hip measurement and start sewing.

Stephanie Brennan is going to show you how to use your body measurements to figure out how wide and long your skirt panels need to be to create skirt that is 1.5 times your hip measurement around.

There is a little bit of math involved, but nothing too complicated. Plus we give you all the ...

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October 6, 2022
Intro to Garment Sewing – How to Measure a Body for Clothes from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

The last skillset you absolutely have to have to make garments is learning how to measure a body. We’re going to show you how in this video demonstrating the techniques on three different body types so you have the knowledge you need to get the correct measurements on yourself.

Starting with accurate measurements that were taken correctly, and in the right spot, are very important in creating a garment that fits you perfectly.

Accurate measurements also help you determine which size to make. Like pants at the department store, there is no standard sizes for garment patterns.

You need ...

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Intro to Garment Sewing – Fabrics you can use for clothing from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Figuring out which fabric to use for your garment project is more complicated than finding a print you like. You can to make sure the fabric substrate is suitable for the pattern you want to make.

In today’s video we’ll talk about the difference between quilting and garment fabric, let you know which fabric manufacturers’ substrates, or base cotton, would work for the skirt patterns in this course and introduce you to cotton lawn, which can be used in quilts or garments.

We also cover which fabrics absolutely will not work for the Intro to Garment Sewing course ...

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October 3, 2022
5 Projects Perfect for Beginner Quilters! (or experienced sewers looking for a fast project) … from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Today we’re featuring five projects that are perfect for beginner quilters or experienced sewers looking for a fast project.

These are all great projects designed to improve your quilting skills while giving you a finished creation that doesn’t look super simple.

We’ve featured all of the products you can grab to make these below.

Split Nine Patch – FREE beginner Quilting class
Get the FREE pattern, course & 20% OFF Discount code: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/split-nine-patch-free-beginner-quilting-video-series-pattern/
Shop our current Split Nine Patch Quilt Kits: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product-category/beginner-quilting/quilt-kits-beginner-quilting/?orderby=date

5-Hour Bed Quilt
This ...

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October 1, 2022
Bloopers! Enjoy some of our latest screwups … from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Everybody always loves a blooper reel and I love showing you all that I only look like I have it all together through the magic of editing.

But, it’s not just me who needs a little help, as Courtney, our video editor and Stephanie B., who answers all of your questions, also mess up from time to time.

Enjoy some of our most recent screwups!

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