November 2023

I like to think of November as the official kick off to the holiday season! With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, we're keeping things festive at the We Like Sewing headquarters and are offering inspiring projects for both seasons: fall and winter. Start by refreshing your cozy-weather wardrobe and sew yourself a soft cowl neck dress pattern from designer Traci Anderson. This adorable piece is ideal for cooler temps and pairs perfectly with your favorite leggings and boots. Can't get enough of fall's rich color palette? Then Megan Farrell’s newest quilt pattern must move to the top of your to-quilt list. Hint: it's featured on the cover if you want a sneak peek! Next up: Christmas time! Get yourself in the holiday spirit by sewing an adorable felt garland from Christy Jones or quilt your very own advent calendar from Staci Wendland. Learn how to add patches to your denim jacket, get the inside scoop on hot products from our latest sewing wishlist and more -- all in this month's jam-packed issue.    READ MORE 
Caitlin Eaton


Patches are a classic way to jazz up a denim jacket, letting you personalize your style whether it is classic, nerdy, colorful, or outdoorsy. They make a great souvenir while traveling, often found in gift shops and national parks, but can also be purchased in bulk lots off Amazon and eBay. Etsy also has several independent artists selling their own art on patches, ranging from cute kawaii to R-rated risqué. There are several tutorials for how to make your own hand-embroidered patch if you want to DIY without stitching directly on the jacket; hand embroidering directly on the jacket means it’s stuck on there for good whereas a hand embroidered patch can be removed or adjusted easily!  READ MORE 
If you’re new to sewing and have found yourself asking how much of a difference prewashing really makes, you’re in the right place. We’re here to break down why you should prewash your fabric, what fabrics can skip the washing machine, and if this same rule applies to quilters. Plus, we’ll also cover some potential issues that can arise from prewashing, so that you don’t have to worry about troubleshooting your sewing woes in the middle of a project. Save yourself some stress on your next trip to the fabric store with this quick read.  READ MORE 

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