Giveaway Day! Win a PDF Sewing Pattern!

You can enter to win a Water Bottle Tote Pattern download all week! At the end of the week, I’ll announce 3 winners!

Water Bottle Tote Full Pattern Cover | Radiant Home Studio

Enter the Giveaway:

  • leave a comment (please include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win!)
  • you may submit one entry per person, plus one extra letting me know that you follow me on FacebookTwitter, or Bloglovin, for a total of two entries per person


  • giveaway is open to international entries
  • giveaway ends Dec. 13th @ 8pm EST
  • winner will be chosen using random number generator
  • PDF pattern will be e-mailed to the winners


Sew Mama Sew is hosting this Giveaway Day! You can enter to win my pattern here and then check out all of the other beautiful things people are offering through their giveaway link-up.

I currently have 2 more patterns in development…a vintage style rucksack and versatile organizing container. Don’t miss out on upcoming sales and new pattern releases! Sign up for my newsletter or follow along on your favorite social media!

I love sewing and the challenge of pattern making…What do you love making?

Update: Comments are closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! Congratulations to Emme, Maya, and Jena! 

Fabric Design, Sketchbook

Sketchbook to Pattern // Farm Truck

Recently, I went back and updated a bunch of my early surface designs. My skills have grown and my style has emerged more clearly. I’ve left my original design below so you can see the difference that a few years can make, but check out my Spoonflower shop now to see the change!

Sketch to Pattern | Far Trucks | Radiant Home Studio

I love peeking into other people’s sketchbooks for design inspiration. This was for the Spoonflower “Farmer’s Market” fabric of the week competition. My inspiration came from photos of vintage farm trucks and stylish market booth setups.

Fabric Design, Spoonflower, Tutorials

Wildflower Tea Towel Calendar Hemming Tutorial

This design has been updated for the current year! I participated in Spoonflower’s 2014 Tea Towel Calendar contest this year. This seems to be one that many of the designers look forward to and tea towels seem to be one of their best selling items. I received my order a few days ago and the design is now for sale in my Spoonflower shop.

2019 Wildflower Tea Towel Calendar | Radiant Home Studio

The dark blue prints as a true navy blue on the linen-cotton canvas. The other colors printed very true to the colors on the screen. I wanted to design something that I would hang in my own kitchen, but also something classic enough that my mom would enjoy it too. It’s a little bit modern and little bit classic.

Need some hostess gifts for those holiday parties or something inexpensive for gift exchanges at the office? You can order a yard of fabric, with four towels, for less than $30. The edges are unfinished, but I’ll show you how you can hem them easily.

This is easy enough for a beginner. If you can thread your machine and sew a straight line, then you can do this!

Start with navy thread, which will blend in making uneven stitches less obvious.

Trim around the edges. If you order a yard of fabric with 4 towels, just mark the center of the blue border and cut there. Cutting with a rotary cutter and mat makes the most even edges, but scissors and a steady hand will work as well.

Hemming a Tea Towel |Radiant Home Studio

To hem, fold over and press 1/4″ and then 1/4″ again. I also folded and pressed mine a third time so that I could see where my fold line was when stitching from the front. Unfold that third section before stitching and use the pressed line to make sure you get all of the edges stitched down.

Pressing Hem Fold | Radiant Home Studio

The fabric can get pretty thick at the corners with all of those folds, but when I used a heavy duty needle I ended up with big ugly puncture marks. So, lesson learned—use a sharp universal needle.

If you want to add a hang tag, cut a piece of twill tape or ribbon (about 4-5 inches long, with angled edges) and tuck it under the fold as you are stitching.

Tea Towel Hang Tag | Radiant Home Studio

Stitch near the blue border edge along the long sides. Then do the same along the top and bottom.

How to hem a Tea Towel | Radiant Home Studio

That’s it! Hang it up on the wall or start using it!

Tea Towel Calendar Wall Hanging | Radiant Home Studio

Finished Tea Towel Calendar | Radiant Home Studio

If this isn’t your style, there are dozens more beautiful designs at Spoonflower you can check out.

Sewing Tips

Sewing Terms {Free Download}

I have added a glossary of sewing terms to my resource library to help beginner sewists navigate sewing pattern terminology!

Not sure what it means to cut on the bias, pivot, or topstitch? Need a quick description of a French seam? Just download and print this list of sewing terms and their definitions! You can laminate it and keep it close to the sewing machine for reference or use it as a teaching tool for students and children.

I have recently updated this (2017)! Just sign-up for access to the resource library to get the free sewing terms download. In addition to the sewing glossary, you’ll get access to some other free downloads and free sewing patterns.



Sewing Glossary of Term | Radiant Home Studio

If you don’t need the pretty version, or just want a quick definition – keep scrolling!

Sewing Terms:


an adjustment to a completed garment to improve the fit


an armhole opening in a garment

Bar Tack:

a tight, narrow zigzag stitch used to reinforce pocket corners or areas of strain


filling layers for quilts, which can be made of cotton, wool, or synthetic fibers


the diagonal direction of cloth

Bias Binding:

strips of cloth cut on the diagonal, which is folded and used to enclose raw edges of material


long strips of fabric, which are folded and used to enclose raw edges of material

Blind Hem:

machine or hand-stitched zigzag stitch that is nearly invisible from the right side of the garment


flexible steel or plastic strips used to provide structure to garments


a hollow channel that holds elastic, piping, or cording


a small cut into the seam allowances to all the  fabric to bend at the curves


thin rope covered in fabric, thicker than piping and used for decorative and functional details

Crosswise Grain:

the direction of the fabric across the width, from selvage to selvage, also called the weft


the tapered seam of fabric at the edge of the fabric, coming to a point, to adjust the fit of a garment

Directional Fabric:

fabric with a print (arrows all pointing one direction) or with a texture (such as suede or corduroy) going one way


the amount of room a garment allows the wearer beyond their body measurements


fabric pieces used to finish the inside of a garment or project, usually cut mirror image and smaller than the full lining

Feed Dogs:

thin metal bars with diagonal teeth that pull your fabric through the sewing machine below the needle

Finished Seams:

seams with neatened raw edges, using techniques such as French seams, over-locking, or binding

French Seam:

a seam finishing technique in which fabrics are sewn with wrong sides together first, and then folded over and stitched right sides together with a slightly larger seam allowance, enclosing the raw edges


small folds or puckers in cloth that is created by making two rows of long stitches and pulling the threads

Grading Seams:

trimming seam allowances to different widths to reduce bulk


the direction of fibers or weaving in fabric


the vertical line of fibers that runs parallel the selvage edge


fabric inserted into a seam to add breadth or reduce stress, used on both garments and bags

Hand Tack:

a quick, temporary stitch, intended to be removed


a finishing method where raw edges are narrowly folded toward the wrong side and sewn in place


the inside seam on a pair of pants, running from the crotch to the end of the pant leg


a layer of material sewn or fused between the exterior and lining of a garment or bag, used to add structure


the inner layer of fabric on a garment or bag, that provides a clean finish and conceals seams


transferring symbols from paper patterns to fabric, using tools such as tailor’s chalk, tracing wheels, or disappearing ink pens

Mitered Corner:

a diagonal joining of bias strips at a corner, usually used on quilt borders


an arrow-shaped marking on a pattern piece used to match pieces for precise sewing


small items used to complete sewing projects, such as buttons, zippers, hooks, thread and pins


thin string covered in fabric, used in decorative seams and thinner than cording


when sewing around the corner, leave the sewing needle down in the fabric, lift the presser foot, turn the fabric 90 degrees, lower presser foot and continue stitching the next edge


an opening or slit on a garment, usually at the top or front of a shirt or on the shirt sleeves


using an iron to flatten fabric and set seams by lifting it up and down, not gliding it across the fabric

Pressing Cloth:

a piece of fabric used between the garment and the iron to prevent heat damage to the fabric


washing and drying fabric before sewing to avoid shrinking the final garment

Presser Foot:

the attachment used on sewing machines to hold fabric in place as it is fed through the machine and stitched, with various types (such as a zipper foot) for specialized usage

Rotary Cutter:

a tool with a sharp, round blade used for cutting fabric on a cutting mat

Seam Allowance:

the area between the raw edge of the fabric and the stitching line

Seam Ripper:

a small, sharp tool used to remove unwanted stitches


the tightly woven, finished edge of the fabric that runs parallel to the warp


specialized scissors for cutting fabric, usually larger than regular scissors with a slight bend in the handle

Stay Stitch:

a straight stitch in the seam allowance that provides stability and keeps fabric from stretching at the seam

Stitch in the Ditch:

stitching on the outside of a garment or bag, through all layers, in the groove of the seam where it can be hidden


the lengthwise grain, parallel to the selvage


the crosswise grain, perpendicular to the selvage

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