12 Best Vintage Sewing Blogs

Updated on: May 2021

Best Vintage Sewing Blogs in 2021


Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses: A Modern Guide to Stitch-and-Wear Vintage Patterns You Can Make in an Afternoon (Gertie's Sewing)

Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses: A Modern Guide to Stitch-and-Wear Vintage Patterns You Can Make in an Afternoon (Gertie's Sewing)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Bonjour Girl

Bonjour Girl
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021

Tales of Endearment: Modern Vintage Lovers and Their Extraordinary Wardrobes

Tales of Endearment: Modern Vintage Lovers and Their Extraordinary Wardrobes
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021

Old Quilts, New Life: 18 step-by-step projects inspired by vintage quilts

Old Quilts, New Life: 18 step-by-step projects inspired by vintage quilts
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021

Planner: Sewing 2 Year Weekly Planner | 2020 - 2022 | Retro Vintage Sunset Cover | January 20 - December 21 | Planning Organizer Writing Notebook | ... | Plan Days, Set Goals & Get Stuff Done

Planner: Sewing 2 Year Weekly Planner | 2020 - 2022  | Retro Vintage Sunset Cover | January 20 - December 21 | Planning Organizer Writing Notebook | ... | Plan Days, Set Goals & Get Stuff Done
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021

Diary: Blank Sewing Machine Personal Writing Memoir | Old School Retro Vintage Sunset 80s Cover | Daily Journaling for Writers & Journalists | ... Set Goals & Write about your Life & Interests

Diary: Blank Sewing Machine Personal Writing Memoir | Old School Retro Vintage Sunset 80s Cover | Daily Journaling for Writers & Journalists | ... Set Goals & Write about your Life & Interests
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021

Diary: Blank Sewing Machine Personal Writing Memoir | Old School Retro Vintage Sunset 80s Cover | Daily Journaling for Writers & Journalists | ... Set Goals & Write about your Life & Interests

Diary: Blank Sewing Machine Personal Writing Memoir | Old School Retro Vintage Sunset 80s Cover | Daily Journaling for Writers & Journalists | ... Set Goals & Write about your Life & Interests
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021

Planner: Sewing Machine 2 Year Weekly Planning Organizer | 2020 - 2021 | Retro Vintage Vaporwave Sunset Cover | January 20 - December 21 | Writing ... | Plan Days, Set Goals & Get Stuff Done

Planner: Sewing Machine 2 Year Weekly Planning Organizer | 2020 - 2021  | Retro Vintage Vaporwave Sunset Cover | January 20 - December 21 | Writing ... | Plan Days, Set Goals & Get Stuff Done
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021

The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking: How to Hand Sew Georgian Gowns and Wear Them With Style

The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking: How to Hand Sew Georgian Gowns and Wear Them With Style
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021

McCall's Patterns M7732DD0 Victorian Dress Costume Sewing Pattern for Women by Angela Clayton, Sizes 12-20

McCall's Patterns M7732DD0 Victorian Dress Costume Sewing Pattern for Women by Angela Clayton, Sizes 12-20
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Includes (1) kit with pattern pieces (blouse, jacket, skirt with yokes) and sewing instructions.
  • Sewing pattern creates costumes that fit size DD (12-14-16-18), bust 34'' - 40'' and waist 26.5'' - 32'' and hip 36'' - 42''.
  • Set include instructions to sew distinct pieces for a blouse, jacket, and skirt with yokes are included in this McCall's Sewing Patterns kit that can be used to create a fabulous Ladies' Victorian dress.
  • Step into 1890's Victorian England when you sew this amazing dress pattern for women.
  • This costume comes designed by the costume designer and popular youtuber Angela Clayton, this costume is wonderful for Halloween, cosplay events, and even Instagram photo shoots!

Third Hand - Sewing Clamp

Third Hand - Sewing Clamp
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2021
  • Great stocking stuffer!
  • Speed up hemming, embroidery and hand sewing
  • Clamp to table and "bird" acts like a third hand, holding your item

Riley Blake Designs Lori Holt Sweet Farm Sew Simple Shapes, Multi

Riley Blake Designs Lori Holt Sweet Farm Sew Simple Shapes, Multi
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2021
  • Designed by Lori Holt writer of the popular blog ''Bee In My Bonnet" for Riley Blake this kit includes 15 templates with the theme of "Farm Sweet Farm" ranging in size from about 1" across to 7" across.
  • 100% Acrylic
  • Washing Instructions: Machine Wash Cold/Tumble Dry Low

5 Tips to Enrich the Quilting Experience

Are you a quilter who spends hours at home alone, hunched over hoop, frame or sewing machine? Expand your world! Here are five ways to enrich your quilting experience.

1. Get a quilting buddy. It is estimated that there are well over 30 million quilters worldwide, with two-thirds in the United States. Quilting is gratifying; sharing the interest keeps it stimulating. A friend, family member, neighbor - anyone who quilts or is interested in quilting - is a good candidate to add to your circle of quilting friends.

2. Join a quilting group. Quilting is an interesting hobby. It requires independent work, and still encourages group participation. Quilting groups can be found in nearly every community. They offer social settings for sharing mutual interests. Some groups meet to simply share experiences and new ideas. Other quilters are proactive for local causes such as donating quilts and material for foster children or hospice care organizations.

Many quilters participate in more global events, such as Remembrance Quilts for September 11, 2002: ; the Gulf War, 1991; and the AIDS Memorial Quilt: .

Whatever the scope of interest, there is always a quilting group eager to accept new members. Community recreation organizations, quilt stores and churches are good locations to inquire about local group activities.

3. Visit fabric stores. Oh, what fun it is to explore fabric stores and quilting shops! Every one of them is unique and a source of inspiration. Larger regional and national stores stock a large variety of materials, while smaller specialty quilt shops present fabrics and supplies unique to that store and local influences. (It's always a good idea to carry along material samples for projects - that perfect match may be found anywhere.)

When traveling, research store locations and stop in for a visit. It's a great way to learn new trends throughout the country. Clerks are a wealth of information - and many of them are also quilting enthusiasts. Usually these stores have fliers with information about quilting activities, events and quilt building articles such as "block of the month."

Plan a tour of quilt shop hops. Explore paths less traveled. One example is the Oregon Coast Quilt Run 101, a ten-day event that runs down the picturesque Oregon coastline: . For an example of a very large tour, Minnesota offers annual seventeen-day quilt hops, with 85 quilt shops participating throughout seven regions: www.quiltminnesota.com. Generally participants pay a flat fee to join shop hops, for which they receive fabric blocks for a quilt pattern, chances to enter their name for prizes, and various other considerations. Meeting people and making new friends is the icing on the cake.

Although sewing machine stores usually don't carry fabrics and other supplies, they sometimes have thread, bobbins, and other parts for specific sewing machines, including quilting specialty machines. They often have sewing lessons for quilters, provide sewing machine maintenance services, and sometimes offer great trade-in values for that older machine when ready to step up to a newer model. Stop in on a regular basis to see what is new for quilters.

4. Look for unconventional places to shop for quilting materials, supplies and tools. With some creative thinking, the possibilities are limitless.

Shop at thrift stores. Nearly every town has one, commonly to support non-profit organizations. Materials abound in these stores: yards of material, curtains, sheets, etc. Most are very inexpensive. Check for red tag sales and find out the best day to find new inventory. Always spread out the material and check for flaws, stains or imperfections that invalidate functional use. Buy only what is truly useful.

Be creative. When shopping at hardware stores, take a second look at the items on hand. Think about ways their inventory can be re-purposed for quilting. For example: a handyman's inexpensive nuts-and-bolts 4-inch-wide magnetic bowl is perfect for holding pins amp; needles. Automotive stores stock small tools that are useful for sewing machine maintenance. Variety stores often have sales bins that may include thread and ribbon at half-price or less. Be aware and be creative.

5. Wait, wait, wait - for the special sales. Many fabrics, embellishments and quilting supplies can be purchased at substantial savings when found at the right time. Part of the excitement of quilting is finding a screaming good bargain.

Shop post-season specials. With fifty-percent off (or better) after-Christmas sales, it's the perfect time to find material for next year's projects. It's common for quilters to start planning for Christmas builds in January. The same is true for all the other holidays when shopping for specialty fabric and supplies.

Most stores offer end-of-season sales to move their inventory and make room for the next season or latest hot trend. Fabric bolt-ends are another source of lower-priced deals.

Sales specials and coupons are common at most fabric, quilting and craft stores. For great bargains, get on the email or mailing lists for local, regional and national stores. For example, Jo-Ann Fabric amp; Craft stores periodically offer on-line and in-store sales coupons at 30% to 50% discount for quilting items such as fabric, thread, cutting tools, ribbons, and binding. Generally, there also is a 40% discount coupon for any single item of your choice. (This is very cost effective when purchasing a large quantity of batting or backing material.) For their patrons, local stores often combine special sales opportunities with in-store quilting lessons, lectures and seminars. (It pays, in many ways, to support local businesses whenever possible.)

The activities listed above can enhance the rewards of quilting by fostering skills, confidence and friendships. It's a pursuit that seamlessly encourages independent craft work with group interaction. Quilting is a gratifying hobby, made even richer when shared with other quilters.

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