Pretty Piping Projects, plus 1950’s fashions for today!

Hello to all my Allbrands friends!


I’m here to encourage you to set aside time to enjoy the It’s Sew Easy TV show this weekend. It’s Sew Easy TV, Episode #908 airs on your local Louisiana Public Broadcasting station Saturday September 11th at 9:30 am. Visit for more details. CLICK HERE to search for PBS stations all over the country.



I suggest you make yourself comfortable and watch as It’s Sew Easy TV continues to trace fashion and sewing throughout the 20th century. The focus of this series is transforming time-honored techniques into trends for today’s lifestyle.


The title of this show is Everything Comes Back and the featured projects are modern interpretations of 1950’s styles. Watch this show and I promise you’ll learn tips and techniques to make your sewing and embroidery easier and more rewarding!


First off, Courtney McCrone shows off sweet dresses and blouses from her feminine line of fashions. She presents a fun & fast fashion show of her original garment designs. She also demonstrates some little sewing details that make perfect accents for modern day fashions and crafts.


Next up, my friend Marie Zinno dresses up a sweater with freestanding floral appliques. You’ll love her simple and straightforward instructions for creating freestanding flowers and embellishing a cardigan sweater with embroidery and hot fix pearls. Marie is a professional embroidery expert and she loves to share her knowledge of the craft.


You’ll see my short segment last. The featured technique is Pretty Piping for garments, accessories, and home décor. I had to pack a lot of information into just three and a half minutes! See how easy it is to use a Piping Foot for both pre-purchased and custom crafted piping. Learn how to use this foot for sewing piping and take your personal sewing projects from so-so to stupendous!!! The experts at ALLBRANDS.COM can help you find the right piping foot for your machine model.


Visit the project section and find a link to instructions for the crescent shaped baby “boppie” pillow seen on the show. You’ll see a few more sample items with piped accents. Check out my list below. I’ve included links to where you’ll find complete instructions for these projects.


Crescent Shaped Pillow for Baby


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IMAGE7_ALLBRANDSBLOG_9_11_15 Piped Potholders



I had a lot of fun making the piped potholder set. As a bonus, the instructions for this project show you how to cut lots of piping strips from just a little bit of fabric. Which project is your favorite? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments!

Talk to you again soon. Until then, I wish you Happy Sewing!




Joanne Banko is a freelance sewing educator and a self-proclaimed sewing cheerleader. You can see Joanne’s online teaching segments broadcast on the popular PBS TV show, It’s Sew Easy, and online at She is a frequent contributor to Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine and author of the book Wrapped in Embroidery. The book is available at Visit Joanne at her Sewing and Embroidery website,

Watch It’s Sew Easy TV and Sew Your Own Lingerie and Loungewear

Hello to all my Allbrands friends!

This is a reminder for you to watch the popular PBS TV show, It’s Sew Easy this Saturday morning on your local Louisiana Public Broadcasting station. If you are reading this and wondering where in the world your local station is located you can CLICK HERE to search for PBS stations all over the country. I’ve been informed that LPB has episode #906 scheduled to air at 9:30 a.m. on August 29th. Did you know when you visit you can click on the schedule, find your show, and ask them to send you a reminder to watch? Very helpful indeed!


I had the opportunity to tape two segments for It’s Sew Easy episode #906, one short and one long. You’ll see all the details when it airs but I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at the lingerie projects and accessory items presented on the show. The theme for this show is 1940’s fashions and lingerie and loungewear was the focus of my main segment.


In my personal stash I admit to having quite a collection of patterns for this type of garment. Over the past decades I’ve made many PJ’s, robes, and assorted versions of luxurious lingerie and loungewear. Maybe you’re like me and this has become a much loved and highly anticipated gift item in your family circle. For several years my Mom knew she could expect a new robe as an annual gift. She ended up with many different ones in her closet and of course she never discarded a single one even if they were worn out and had seen better days. My husband still wears the now old custom robe I made bearing his monogram even though I’ve been forced to add elbow patches to the sleeves! For the featured garment on the show I used a current pattern from a company who specializes in reproducing vintage clothing and ethnic costume patterns. No worries about tricky instructions or outdated sizing, this Folkwear brand pattern is sized and styled for wearing in the 21st century.


On the show you’ll see a crepe back satin bias slip (this one hangs in my closet), that doubles as an elegant nightie. Complete directions and supplies for this project are available as a free download from You’ll see all the basic embroidery steps performed on the show. The friendly folks at can help you purchase these supplies so you can make your own beautiful version of this classic style. Of course you can just copy a few of the techniques you see and apply them to a variety of items using your own design ideas!


Check out the details on the garments below. The mannequins show a variety of ladies lingerie and loungewear, all embellished with machine embroidery. Pay attention to the close up details of the Brother Brand embroidery designs. Brother has contributed Free design downloads for the lace on the lingerie. That should give you a jump start for creating the lace appliques you see here.


In the second, short segment you’ll see embellishment ideas accomplished with one of my favorite accessory feet, the Pearl and Sequin Foot. It’s a foot that’s fun and easy to use for stitching craft pearls, shiny sequins and assorted round cording on garments, crafts, and home décor.


Soon it will be show time so mark your calendars or put your reminder into action so you’re sure not to miss it. I’ll be back in the near future with more updates for you. In the meantime I invite you to come and visit me at my sewing and embroidery website

Happy Sewing from your sewing friend,



Joanne Banko is a freelance sewing educator and a self-proclaimed sewing cheerleader. You can see Joanne’s online teaching segments broadcast on the popular PBS TV show, It’s Sew Easy, and online at She is a frequent contributor to Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine and author of the book Wrapped in Embroidery. The book is available at

It’s Sew Easy TV 900 series ( Joanne Banko)

Hello to all my friends! Joanne Banko here with some news about the It’s Sew Easy TV 900 series, beginning this weekend on your local PBS Station. Can you believe this show is in it’s ninth  season?!?

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Once again Brother International Sewing Machine Company is sponsoring the show. That means the products and creative sewing tools you see each week can be found at or your favorite retail stores.

Get ready to put the  “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door of your sewing space. The latest series, Timeless Techniques for Today’s Fashions will make you want to run to your sewing machines! After each and every show you are going to gain inspiring tips for creating custom clothing, accessories, and home décor. You can CLICK HERE to read more about the show on my personal blog. I’ll stay in touch with you during the next several weeks with updates and additional tips.

I’ve included a press release directly from the studio where the show is produced. Talk to you again soon . . . in the meantime, enjoy the show!




It’s Sew Easy, Series 900:  Timeless Techniques for Today’s Fashions • Traditional sewing meets today’s technology

This season, It’s Sew Easy continues to trace fashion and sewing through the historical events, cultural influences and trends of the 20th century. New attitudes, new lifestyles and new technology changed what women were doing and wearing.

Our sewing experts show how fashion fit, necklines, hemlines, accessories and embellishments all changed through times of war and economic ups and downs.

Each week, sewing and design experts, featuring Angela Wolf, show how to use time-honored techniques together with the latest sewing tools and technology to create today’s hottest fashions.

Enhance your sewing skills. Whatever our sewing skill level, enjoy sewing along with our experts as they show you why, It’s Sew Easy!

 It’s Sew Easy, Series 900 is sponsored in part by:

Brother International Corp., Havel’s Sewing, Coats and Clark,

Prym Consumer USA, The Warm Company, Kaleidoscope Collections LLC,

Horn of America, Inc. and Stitch Magazine



Joanne Banko is a freelance sewing educator and a self-proclaimed sewing cheerleader. You can see Joanne’s online teaching segments broadcast on the popular PBS TV show, It’s Sew Easy, and online at She is a frequent contributor to Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine and author of the book Wrapped in Embroidery. The book is available at CLICK HERE for a preview. You can visit Joanne at