15 Ways To Wear A Wiksten

The Wiksten Tank is one of our favorite patterns. It’s got the perfect shape and is one of those patterns that can be made 100 different ways. We’ve color blocked them, added sleeves, darts and changed the hem line. We’ve made them out of quilting cotton, knit, rayon, voile, lawn, double guaze, and a combo …

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Top 4 Teacher Gifts

We have profound respect and appreciation for the people that devote their lives to teaching our children. We can’t imagine how tasking it is to give so much of yourself to each child’s needs on a daily basis. It’s more than a job, it’s a calling. May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week. This week is …

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Plantain Sew Along #5 The Finishing Touches

These are the last steps guys! Are you excited to finish up your Plantain and wear it? I sure am! So let’s get started – first up, the neck binding. * We will be using a serger throughout most of our steps. Remember you can use your home machine. Refer back to this post to …

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Plantain Sew Along #4 Putting In A Sleeve

Welcome back! Today we’ll be tackling the sleeve and side seams. Before we get started, make sure that you have all of your notches and markings from the pattern transferred to your sleeves and body of the shirt. We are going to use these to get the sleeves in the correct place. If you are …

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Must by Bree Reetz: Cat and Bison Tutorial

Bree Reetz is a familiar face at Modern Textiles. But what you might not know, is that Bree is also an illustrator. When she’s not here at the shop, she spends most of her time drawing. Her illustrations have been featured in everything from posters to children’s books. You may have already seen her work …

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Plantain Sew Along #3 Tips For Sewing With Knits

Hello again! Welcome back to the Plantain Sew Along! We hope you are making progress on your t-shirt and having fun along the way. A few of you have shared pictures of your Plantains on our Facebook event page. Thank you and keep up the great work! We love seeing your Plantains! Now let’s get …

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Handmade Giving – The Best Friend Sleeping Bag and Other Gifts for Kids

Today we are excited to share with you our favorite projects to make for the kids in your life! We’ve got a brand new tutorial that we know kids are going to flip for! Let’s get started with the project, but be sure to read all the way through for a full round up of …

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Handmade Giving Wrap Up!

Christmas is almost here and we are busy finishing up all of our handmade gifts for our friends and family. For the last month we have been blogging lots of great gift ideas, with free tutorials and new patterns for all of you. Thanks for joining us for the journey! For the men in our …

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Plantain Sew Along #2 Before You Begin

So, are you in? We hope so! We wanted to let you know that our Sew-Along blog posts will be working you through the process nice and slow, but feel free to sew at your own pace! We are here to help you along the way if you need it, or cheer you on as …

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Plantain Sew Along #1 The Intro

We have been searching for the perfect t-shirt pattern and we think we’ve found it! The Plantain is a free download from the French indie pattern company, Deer and Doe. Their website is bilingual, you just need to switch to English at the top left corner of their page. Then create an account and you …

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Winter Retreat 2015 – A Recap

We are still recovering from the amazing weekend we just had and we wanted to tell you all about it while the emotions and excitement are still fresh! Can I just tell you that it was the best thing Modern Textiles has ever done? As I tried to communicate with our group on Sunday – …

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Winter Retreat Sponsor Highlight – UNGLUED

The retreat is just a little over a week away and we are so excited! There are just a few days left to register, so if you’ve been planning to do that but just haven’t gotten the chance – now is the time! We want to share a little more with you about another one …

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Winter Retreat Sponsor Highlight BLOW’S SEW-N-VAC

WIth the Winter Retreat just a few weeks away, we wanted to share a little bit about our amazing sponsors. We are so fortunate to have such great small businesses in our community that are excited to come along side us to make events like this happen. (And we loved the chance to pick the …

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Handmade Giving Gift Guide – Men’s Edition

Wow – Christmas is coming fast! We hope your handmade giving plans are going well and you are enjoying the process of making. Today we wanted to share some ideas for the men in your life. Handmade gifts for guys can be a challenge. Our general rule for men is to use really simple, high …

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Handmade Giving Gift Guide – Kids

Are you looking for ideas to make for the little ones on your list? We’ve gathered some of our favorite patterns and tutorials both in house and from around the web. Let’s start with these playful rice warmers! We used our organic Cloud9 Ed Emberley Cut and Sew Panel for the top and sewed flannel …

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