Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How to Sew a Baseball Onesie with Letter

I have moved to my very own website at You can also find this tutorial there :)

I made an embroidered baseball pillow for a mommy-to-be and had some leftover baseball fabric and I just knew I had to make something with it. I came up with the idea to make a onesie with the letter "M' on it and went to Pinterest to see what other sewers had come up with. I found the baseball stitching idea and I had the perfect idea :) This was slightly challenging (I am not the biggest fan of knits) and the onesie is very small so you almost have to sew in a tunnel at times.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Reversible Table Runner

I love love LOVE decorating for the seasons/holidays. However, I dislike all the storage space it takes up so I thoroughly enjoy when I can get 2 decor uses out of 1 item. Which lead me to the idea of this Spring/Easter table runner...

This is my first time making a table runner so I did some research and found that the table runner should be one-third of your table width. As for the length, that is all your decision.

Step 1: Wash and dry fabric

Step 2: Cut out your fabric

When you go to cut your fabric, be sure to add in your seam allowances. I used 1/2 inch seam allowances so I cut the fabric at 14 inches (have to double for both sides) because I wanted a 13 inch wide table runner.

My favorite way to cut fabric is as you see below:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sew Baby Foam Blocks with Pictures

 Step 1: Gather materials needed (see below)
- 4x4 inch pictures (up to 6)
- Cut out (6) 5.5 inch x 5.5 inch squares of fabric
- (1) 6 inch foam block
- Vinyl material to cover pictures and cut it slightly bigger than pictures (I bought 18 inches and had plenty leftover)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Meet the Seamstress

I'm Ashlynn!

Growing up, my grandmother lived with us for a few months and she always embroidered while watching Wheel of Fortune. One day I sat down beside her and asked to join. I was hooked after completing my very own masterpiece. Just before she passed away, Grandma gifted me one of her most cherished possessions; her collection of embroidery items. This was something she held close to her heart and it meant the world to me knowing I would forever hold that piece of her. I continued to sew off and on as a teenager, and in College, I minored in Clothing Construction which I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of. Since my college days, I have become consumed in marriage, divorce, single mom life and now re-married which has cut my sewing time to almost non-existent. My husband has really encouraged me to pursue my dream of starting Southern Belle Seamstress. I have always been a dreamer and I cannot wait to share my journey with you of helping to bring back what I believe to be a dying art. Sewing is time consuming but well worth that moment (after 256 seam rips, 514 frustrating moments staring at the ridiculous fabric that will not cooperate, the millions of burns from the iron and God forbid you run out of thread in the bobbin at the beginning of a seam and do not realize until you finish it) of pride when you lift up your finished project and feel so beyond accomplished. As a mom of 2 kids and working full-time, I know how precious time is but I also know how important it is to have your hobbies and "alone time". Sewing is the perfect get-a-way from life's daily challenges and I hope to inspire you to follow your passion!

Stay tuned for my first tutorial!
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