It’s SEW Easy!

There is a song claiming “It’s so easy to fall in love” and while the real subject is obvious, the sentiment is appropriate for the wonderful It’s Sew Easy video series.

K S Inc, Productions Studio has been creating how-to videos for over 28 years and is recognized for their excellence with industry awards and accolades.  Each of their It’s Sew Easy episodes showcase contemporary ideas, projects, techniques, and experts from the sewing world.  They air on PBS stations across the nation and can be viewed and purchased at

No matter what level your sewing skills are at, you will find inspiration and tips with accompanying clear video and instructions to help you on your sewing path.  Connect through all the social media avenues – FaceBook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and their blog – and join a vibrant sewing community learning that it is Sew Easy to create.


Purely Pendleton

The Make It With Wool contest is the grateful receipient of many wonderful prizes from companies with national and international influence and each one adds a special depth to the growing history of the contest — going strong since 1947.

Pendleton Woolen Mills has been a long-time supporter and proponet of Make It With Wool on many levels.  In addition to providing fabrics at reasonable cost to each state contest, they also give the National Junior Ambassador a generous award of $1,000

You, too, can work with the marvelous Pendleton woolen fabrics by purchasing directly from their online store, or by calling the Woolen Mill Store in Portland, OR at 866-865-9285   For those able to stop in for tactile therapy sessions, the store is located at 8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd. and open Mondays thru Saturdays 10am – 5:30pm and Sundays 11am – 4pm.  Be sure to tell them you heard about them from Make It With Wool!

2017 National Junior and Senior Ambassadors both used Pendleton fabrics to create their winning looks —

Ohio Junior Allison Faber and Minnesota Senior Sarah Thelen


For People Who Love to Sew, there is THREADS

Taunton’s threads magazine has been a devoted proponent of Make It With Wool.  Their articles and photographs are inspiring, challenging, and eagerly anticipated.  Each issue is full of current techniques, new products, and trending patterns as well as lessons from nationally recognized teachers.

While most sewers only dream of being published in an issue, the newest issue (#188) carries on their tradition of beautiful photographs of National Make It With Wool winning garments.  Accompanying text gives a glimpse into the minds of the contestants.  Be sure to pick up a copy to see all the details the winners included in their garments.


Dec 2016/an 2017  Issue #188
Dec 2016/Jan 2017
Issue #188

Brother International, a great partner!

No program can exist very long without dedicated leaders and in the case of the Make It With Wool Contest — exceptional donors.  Working with a limited grant budget makes the impact of donations very significant.  Many have witnessed the lasting impressions the contestants take away.  Even years after competing, participants will recall the positive influence Make It With Wool had on their life.  More than ‘just’ a sewing competition, Make It With Wool provides unique educational experiences, travel, and a built-in network of sewing buddies.

Brother International is one of National Make It With Wool’s donor partners.  Brother has provided sewing machines to be awarded to some of the top winners each year during the Fashion Show.  Set aside some time to wander through their extensive website You will find information about all their amazing machines and products as well as excellent information and DIY projects.  They are a main sponsor of Project Runway (season 15 is coming soon!) and many sewing shows.  A very HUGE Thank You for investing in Make It With Wool contestants.

Nestled on sheep pelts, two amazing Brother Sewing Machines
Nestled on sheep pelts, two amazing Brother Sewing Machines — wait to be awarded during National Make It With Wool Finals.  Scottsdale, 2016.


Coats & Clark . . . generous donors

Make It With Wool relies on donations to create an excellent competition experience for all, from the districts and states all the way to nationals. Here is a specific thank you to a long time generous donor at the national level — Coats & Clark.

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Every year they donate thread assortments for our national contestants (Juniors and Seniors who have won their state contest).  These assortments provide a nice variety of colors and types of threads to sample.

Thread is a vital part of garment creation — from tailor’s tacks and basting to that final topstitching, thread holds it all together and enhances the final product.  Just as there are myriads of fabrics to choose from, there are dizzying arrays of threads to work with.  Coats & Clark threads are manufactured to match the current fashion colors as well as classic colors and are available for all elements of garment creation.

Visit them at: to explore all their products and see project ideas.

Thank you, Coats & Clark for your investment in the young sewers who compete in Make It With Wool!