Sewing Tutorials

Happy <3 Bow Tie Tutorial

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Hey! Valentines day is coming up and we have an adorable Bow Tie tutorial for you guys! You can make it for a romantic partner, a friend, yourself or your pet! It’s a day to celebrate all kinds of love. We hope you have fun making these.


  • 1/4 yards of fabric

  • Matching thread

  • Two 1/2″ buttons

  • Our Free  Bow Tie Pattern

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

1. Cut out your pattern pieces.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

2. Stitch the two band pieces together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave the square end open.

3. Clip the corners and then turn through. Turn your corners out and press! Tuck the raw edges of the open end under and stitch it closed.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

4. Fold the Bow Tie piece in half length wise with right sides of your fabric together and pin. Sew a 1/4 seam allowance around the edges, leaving a gap in the middle. The gap is for turning your fabric through!

5. Clip the corners of your Bow Tie piece and turn through the gap until the right side is showing. Then turn your corners out because you want them nice and square! Give the edges a good press.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

6. Slip stitch the opening closed.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

7. Repeat steps 4-6 with the knot piece.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

8. Fold the Bow Tie piece in half and sew along the dotted lines marked on your pattern.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

9. Open out the ends and bring the seam to the middle forming a loop.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

10. Lay the bow flat so that the seam is in the middle of the back loop.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

11. Pinch your bow tie to create a pleat in the middle.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

12. Wrap the knot around the bowtie and stitch it closed in the back.

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

13. Pinch out the edges and fluff to get a lovely bow shape!

Bow Tie Tutorial | Grainline Studio

14. Slide the band through the back of the knot. Now it’s time to make your buttonholes and sew on your button. Measure the band around your neck and mark where you want the holes and buttons to be. Insert both using the settings on your own machine.

That’s it, you’ve got a fabulous bow tie for gifting or for yourself! This project is perfect for scrap busting. You can even try combining two fabrics for a really fun look.

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Sew & Tell

Sew & Tell | Lauren of LladyBird

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Lauren made this super cozy and cute Archer Button Up shirt. We love it! It’s perfect for these blustery February days.

Name  Lauren

Where can we find you online?  LladyBird

Link to your post about this project   LladyBird

Which pattern did you use?  Archer Button Up Shirt

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What type of fabric or other materials did you use? Cotton plaid flannel from Robert Kaufman’s Mammoth Plaid collection. It’s so thick and squishy – not to mention warm!

Tell us about your project! I love wearing plaid flannel in the winter, so I decided to make my third Archer with this awesome Robert Kaufman plaid. It’s a little thicker than a traditional plaid flannel shirting – which means this feels almost more like a lightweight jacket. It is AWESOME. I didn’t have a lot of fabric to work with, so getting everything cut on-grain with the lines matching was a bit of a challenge, but I made it work. The sleeves don’t mirror each other, but I actually quite like the effect.

The shirt is finished with flat-felled seams all over, and just has traditional white shirting buttons as closures (pearl snaps would have been awesome, but again, this flannel is just too thick!). I cut the outer yoke and pockets on the bias, and left everything else on the straight grain – including the button band.

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Thanks for sharing with us Lauren!



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Swatch Share

Swatch share for winter patterns

These winter days are making us want to stay cozy! We have plans to make some new things to keep us warm. Read on to see the lovely fabrics we want to use.

Tamarack swatch share | Grainline Studio

Tamarack Jacket  1 | 2 | 3

Swatch share Cascade Duffle Coat | Grainline Studio

Cascade Duffle Coat1| 2 | 3

Swatch share Linden | Grainline Studio

Linden 1 | 2 | 3

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Archer Sew Along

Color Block Your Archer!

Colorblock Archer | Grainline Studio

So many of you guys requested a tutorial for the color blocked Archer that showed up on the blog last week as part of our announcement that the Archer pattern was back in stock, so we hopped on it and have one for you today!

For this variation you’ll need the Archer pattern and 2 coordinating fabrics. I don’t have an exact yardage amount for this tutorial since the Archer here was made back in 2013 and the amount you need will depend on where you split your pattern. I’d estimate you’ll need approximately 1 yard of your contrasting color though.


Colorblock Archer | Grainline Studio

To begin, grab pattern pieces 1, 2 & 3 and align them so that the underarms are at the same level, this will ensure that you split at the same place on the side seam. Piece 6 should be aligned with the center front edges of pieces 1 and 2. Once you’ve done this, draw a line across the pattern at the point where you’d like your color blocks to fall. On the Archer pictured here we split the pattern 9″ up from the hem line.


Colorblock Archer | Grainline Studio

After you’ve split your pieces you’ll need to add seam allowances to the edges. We added the standard Archer seam allowance of 1/2″ to each side of the split. Cut your new pattern pieces out and use them to cut your fabric.


Colorblock Archer | Grainline Studio

Your next step is to sew the top and bottom of each pattern piece together to reform the full pattern pieces. You can see here that I just stitched them together then serged the seam. Typically you would press the seam allowance down towards the hem but in the case of this fabric the coral was just sheer enough that I didn’t want the seam allowance showing through on the right side of the shirt so I pressed it up to hide behind the more opaque grey.

Colorblock Archer | Grainline Studio

Once you’ve attached the tops and bottoms of each piece together, continue sewing the shirt using the Archer instructions. It’s a super easy variation that packs a ton of punch!

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Stowe Away Day with Fringe Supply Co. at Craft South!

Stowe Away Day

While we’re on the subject of the Stowe, I wanted to let you guys know that Karen of Fringe Supply Co. and I will be co-teaching a Stowe class at Craft South in Nashville! The class is Saturday March 12, from 10am-4pm with a break for lunch. From the Craft South site:

Join the two clever minds behind the Stowe Bag pattern and create your own perfect tote (or two) for crafting happiness!  Karen Templer of Fringe Association & Jen Beeman of Grainline Studio will collaborate to guide you through several variations of making this simple but wonderfully functional tote.  Gain inspirational insight into each of their thought processes as they create for their brands and personal crafting aesthetic.  The sewing is straightforward, but the options are endless.

You can view the class listing here. I hope you’ll join us, I know it’s going to be a blast!


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Stowe Bag

Stowe Bag Mini-Video Tutorial

Stowe Bag | Grainline Studio

I’ve loved seeing everyone’s Stowe bags pop up on social media since we released the pattern with Fringe Supply Co. back in November! One thing that I’ve also seen pop up is a few people with questions about the optional step 15 in the booklet. Today we’ve got a little video tutorial for you on Step 15 of the Stowe instructions.

Essentially what Step 15 does is create a permanent gusset in the bottom of the bag by sewing from the inside of the bag through the bottom layers along the seam line. The Stowe was designed to “stow away” when not in use, which is why we didn’t clip the corners during the pattern process to form a permanent gusset like many other square bottom bags. I personally prefer the bag without this last optional step, but we wanted to include the option. Hopefully this video clears up some of the confusion!

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Sew & Tell

Sew and Tell | Kate of Kelbourne Woolens

Cascade Duffle Coat | Grainline Studio

We are so excited to share this lovely version of the Cascade Duffel Coat made by, Kate. She definitely deserves some praise for taking on the challenge! We love her fabric choice and how she mixes it with her cozy woolens. It’s making us look forward to the remaining months of winter.

Cascade Duffle Coat | Grainline Studio  Cascade Duffle Coat | Grainline Studio

Name Kate Gagnon Osborn

Where can we find you online? Kelbourne Woolens

Link to your post about this project Kelbourne Woolens

Which pattern did you use? Cascade Duffel Coat

What type of fabric or other materials did you use?

For the outer fabric, I used wool yardage I bought from Johnson Woolen Mills on one of our trips to Vermont last winter. For the hood lining and zipper panels, I used a mystery charcoal wool that I think I bought on fabric row in Philly last year. For what original purpose, I have no idea.

For the lining, I used Bemberg Ambiance rayon, as recommend by Jen in the sew along. It was my first time working with it, and I am a total convert – it really makes the coat look both professional and exceptionally easy to take on and off; especially when I’m wearing a bunch of layers and/ or wooly sweaters!

Tell us about your project!

I am no stranger to Grainline patterns (the Scout Tee + Alder Shirtdress are two of my “T&T” patterns, and I love the Archer). So while a much “bigger” endeavor, I knew my Cascade would be a great jacket once finished. While not difficult – I found it to be about the same skill level as a Archer. The coat *does* take a lot of time. I paced myself and followed the Sew-along and did one step per “session” as not to get too overwhelmed/frustrated/tired and make a stupid mistake.

The biggest roadblock I faced was the toggles. I couldn’t find anything I liked ready-made, and somehow never made the commitment to try out leather. In the end, I bought grey cording and wooden toggles, and made my own using the main outer fabric and lining to create little pouches that I stuffed the cording into. I tried about a bajillion different ways to machine sew them on, using the machine, but they never came out exactly as perfect as I envisioned. So I ended up sewing them all on by hand. Time consuming, but well worth it in the end!

As mentioned previously, the only other small change I made was to line the hood with a charcoal wool I had in my stash, instead of the rayon, and use the same wool for the zipper panels. I regret not adding a tiny bit of flair in the form of a pop of color somewhere (maybe the zipper tape?) but anyone who knows me knows… I go all grey all day, so the coat fits my personality and my style to a T.

I actually bought two coats worth of wool at Johnson Woolen Mills, and am anxiously anticipating making a shorter version with the collar out of the other fabric I have!

Cascade Duffle Coat | Grainline Studio

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Archer Back in Stock

Archer Button Up | Grainline Studio

Hey there everyone. We are really excited because the Archer Button Up Shirt is BACK in stock! We know you have been waiting anxiously. It’s the new year and an awesome time to try some new things and challenge ourselves. We all have those projects that we want to tackle, but never get around to doing them… right!? Now is the perfect time to sew up an Archer. It’s easy, I’m serious! Check out our sew- along for very detailed instructions. If you are already a pro at the Archer, we are working on some fun tutorials to switch it up. We are thinking along the lines of fabric dying and block printing. Are there any types of tutorials that you would like us to post?

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Join me for an Archer Retreat in Maine!

Grainline Studio Archer Retreat at A Gathering of Stitches

I’m really excited to announce one of my retreats for 2016, the Archer & Shirt Styling intensive at A Gathering of Stitches in Portland, Maine from Wednesday June 8th – Sunday June 12th!

Shirt making can be overwhelming to many but during this multi-day class we’ll tackle all aspects, starting with View A of the Archer pattern, then delving into its variations (short sleeve, sleeveless, etc.) and, depending on how time flies and how adventurous you are, moving onto the Alder!

We’ll start in the evening on Wednesday June 8th with a pizza meet & greet, then Thursday, Friday and Saturday we’re sewing shirts all day! Since this is a small class with three full days of teaching & making, that means there’s plenty of time to really absorb the material. You’ll be a shirt making pro in no time. It’s an instructor’s (and student’s if you ask me!) dream come true!

I’m so excited to hang out with you guys and make shirts in beautiful Maine. The Archer is still one of my favorites after all this time, and you know, button up shirts are pretty much going to be in style till the end of time. I hope you’ll join me, I’m really looking forward to it, and to potential Puffin sightings!

Signup starts on Febuary 8th at 12 noon EST, so mark you calendars, space is limited to only 10 students to keep things intimate and maximize learning.

You can read more (and sign up when the time comes) at A Gathering of Stitches!

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Changes & Growth

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Hey guys! It’s been a bit of a post-lite January so far here as we go through some changes and attempt to keep up structurally with the growth we’ve experienced over the past year. Just wanted to keep everyone in the loop so here’s what’s going on!

  • We’re in the middle of a website redesign which has been a huge undertaking but necessary to keep up with our trajectory. I’m really excited as it will make navigation easier for you and the ordering process easier for us!
  • We’re adding to our team, so things may continue to be a bit quieter than normal around here while everyone gets trained up and up to speed.
  • Of course we’re working on new patterns! 2015 was a banner year for releases for us and as long as everything goes according to plan, 2016 is going to be even more exciting on the pattern front!

If you follow us on Instagram (@grainlinestudio) you may have noticed that I’ve split my personal projects off into a separate account. I’ve gotten some questions about why I did this and honestly with the business and team growing, it just made sense. We love sharing studio scenes, progress shots, sneak peeks, as well as inspiring projects you guys have made with our patterns and want to do more of that. If you’d like to keep up with my knitting, plants & Roamy, you can find me here.

There’s a ton of awesome stuff cooked up for 2016 that I can’t wait to share with you, but first we need to make sure our infrastructure is in place and everything is running smoothly. Thanks for your continued support of this small company, we couldn’t do it without you!!

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