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December 2009 Blog Posts (49)

How to make a hat and scarf from a sweater

This project would make a fantastic gift for any little boy, or girl. You could vary the eyes, ears, and nose to create any critter they might like. Penguins, teddy bears, rabbits, or stick to the owl that this easy and well written tutorial demonstrates. You would be able to also make matching mittens for the hat and scarf. Grab an old sweater… Continue

Added by Susan on December 16, 2009 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Make a Bra

Making a bra is not as hard as you might think, and by no means out of the reach of someone with moderate sewing skills. If you're willing to put in a little time on adjusting your pattern, you can end up with a bra that fits you perfectly, which few commercial bras can do. Try to make your own and save some money on expensive boutique bras. This

step by step tutorial will… Continue

Added by Susan on December 15, 2009 at 6:46am — 13 Comments

Tutorial: How To Sew A Fagoted Seam

[ photo from Colette Patterns] Sarai of Colette Patterns shows how to add vintage detailing to your garments with a fagoted seam. This technique joins two fabric pieces with a litle gap showcasing a f**** stitch. A fagoted seam is a decorative seam that joins two pieces of fabric together with a space between them and a row of hand stitching. It’s a very pretty detail seen most often in vintage clothing. It’s easy to incorporate this kind of seam… Continue

Added by Susan on December 15, 2009 at 3:00am — 4 Comments

My first sewing project

Everyone I am so excited and proud of myself. I actualy sewed a poodle skirt for my niece. She will be performing at a rock N roll christmas play and I will be watching very proudly for two reasons her performance and of course her poodle skirt.

Added by bea sanchez on December 14, 2009 at 9:35pm — 2 Comments

My Christmas Dog Bed

Made this at midnight last night for my dachshund "Sweetpee"

I was going to sew a Red Bone on the Green, but she claws around so much on her bed before curling up I didn't think it would last.

Added by Jodie Hickman on December 14, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Sew Your Own Winter Dog Boots

The DOMESTIK GODDESS shares her excellent pattern for making dog boots for the winter. She makes her boots out of polar fleece, elastic, velcro, and vinyl non-slip sole. You can size the pattern up or down on your printer, to fit the size of your dog’s paws. Polar fleece dries quickly to be ready for the next outing. I would think that recycling an old heavy wool sweater would be acceptable too. You could double layer your boots without too much trouble (If… Continue

Added by Susan on December 14, 2009 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Use fabric bags for wrapping Christmas gifts rather than paper!! $2.00 fabric, one hour, and 18 bags later!!!

Several years ago my daughter came home for Christmas and had all her gifts wrapped in cloth bags! What a great idea: No mess, nothing to go to landfill, reusable, easy to store, etc. So after Christmas I went to the fabric store and bought fabric for almost nothing and made bags. Well, each year since then I add a few more as I need different sizes and to replenish my supply. This year I also attached ribbon to them so now don't even have to search for a tie for the bag. Tonight I… Continue

Added by Barbara Bateman on December 13, 2009 at 11:50pm — 3 Comments

Basic Sewing Supplies for Absolute Beginners

Everyone should have some basic sewing skills and own some basic sewing supplies. A tiny rip in a hem, or loose button, should never result in a discarded garment. Review some basic sewing tips if you forget how to sew on a button because minor issues are easy to fix, as long as you simply own a needle and some thread. To make a simple sewing and/or mending kit, start with a lidded container to hold everything in. You need a basic set of sewing …


Added by Susan on December 12, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Mary Jo's

This afternoon I measured the last of the red cordura I bought at Mary Jo's 10 years ago for my ski bag and boot tote. I need to cover our outdoor swing on the patio porch out front and there is just enough left to do it! Now that I live in a cottage with no attic or cellar and fewer closets, the rule one out and one in will apply....I have my eyes on a luscious piece of microfiber print.

I love that store! Next time I visit my friend in Gastonia I'll surely stop again!!

Added by Patricia W. Tingley on December 11, 2009 at 4:28pm — 12 Comments

Crazy Quilting for Christmas

This little quilt was made in 2005 and is one of 7 Christmas quilts that I've made for decor in my home. Give it a whirl, it's a perfect way to reuse clothing.

Added by Carli Heinrichs on December 11, 2009 at 1:16pm — 14 Comments

Holiday Star Garland

I might just give these a go myself this weekend to string atop our windows, and along the sills using some scraps I have stuffed in my sewing desk, pleading to be used. I may string them together with ribbon instead or fabric strips, or perhaps some jute twine depending on what type of fabric I decide to use. You could style these "primitive" with muslin or plaids, or… Continue

Added by Susan on December 11, 2009 at 4:30am — 15 Comments

What a Deal Purse Cards

Has anyone used the cards or have been to the clubs that use the cards. I want to know if they are easy to use before I buy the cards.

Added by Mary Dorrity on December 10, 2009 at 6:10pm — No Comments

serger notes

I am considerinig to buy a serger.. any ideas about features I should pay attention to? not sure about industrial or commercial model. would like to sew heavy fabrics, leathers, canvas etc. but light and medium weights also.

Added by Helen Dale on December 10, 2009 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Hard at Work Upating Creative Sweatshirt Jacket Patterns into 'Talking Patterns'

These days find me at the Computer rather than my sewing machine - UGHHHH!

However, I think it is a labor of love, as with the roaring success of my "Talking Pattern' concept as debuted in 'Chosen', I've just finished taping all the audio and doing all the editing to transform my next popular pattern… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on December 10, 2009 at 7:33am — No Comments

Swiffer Covers: Patterns & Tutorials

I could not pass these tutorials by! This is a great project to use up some old towels or fleece to cut down on swiffer supply costs and paper waste. Clean green! These swiffer cloths can be used over and over again with just a quick wash. Try red and green fabrics for the holiday season ;) You can make them reversible. Clean your floors in style while saving money! Make use of these excellent tutorials and pattern by visiting …


Added by Susan on December 9, 2009 at 6:00am — 19 Comments


Has anybody ever had writer block, well I am having what I call a sewer block. See I have been making handbags. And I been ask to make some handbags for people who want to give them as gifts. Well I am having some trouble coming up with a handbags to make. I thought about a charm bags and I have some beads that I have. Does anyone have any ideas ? Thank you.

Added by Jennifer Howell on December 8, 2009 at 4:47pm — No Comments

You Can Make This .com

I found this site today andit's really, really cool ...MAYBE the most awesome pattern site I've ever found (that I remember anyway : )

I thought I'd pass it along to you all.

They've got great PDF patterns , e-books & even some free stuff. They also have a crafting section for beaders etc... Look for the categories on the left.

I love the way it's all consolidated so you're not searching all over the… Continue

Added by Birdie on December 8, 2009 at 2:51pm — 1 Comment

Reconstructed Christmas Garland

This little item is sure to please anyone who sews. It's really the simplest idea to reuse even the last of the last bits and pieces of your scraps. I used wool scraps from other wool projects, but I have used cotton in an Easter wreath similar to this.

I started with about a yard of heavy duty upholstery thread on a straw needle. I made a big knot at the end of the thread and began clumping the variety of colors into 3-5 chunks and thread these… Continue

Added by Carli Heinrichs on December 8, 2009 at 11:37am — No Comments

Ring Around the Rosies Toddler Dress - Recon Tutorial

We found this excellent tutorial on how to make a toddler dress out of a dollar store, or used t-shirt and just had to share it with you! This tutorial will show you how to make the ruffles and roses out of the scraps, and how to make hair bows to match for the lucky little girl who will wear this dress. The instructions are clear and the photos will guide you every step of the way. Make this dress out of polar fleece for winter months, you could substitute the roses and ruffles made… Continue

Added by Susan on December 8, 2009 at 6:30am — 17 Comments

Kehler’s U.S.E.D. finds fashion in the junkyard

Used is a good word for Trevor Kehler. Seven years ago Kehler had tried many different jobs and didn’t want any of them. “I just didn’t want to fill out another resume,” he told me when I asked him why he had started his company, U.S.E.D. (Unlimited Supplies from Everyone’s Discards), which makes new and useful items out of used materials. The first things Kehler made were a pair of sandals from old car tires. “I used old seat belts for the straps and had to teach myself to sew,”… Continue

Added by Susan on December 8, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

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