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Featured Blog Posts – December 2011 Archive (8)

Anna Maria Horner Taxi Tote Bags and Book

Take a deep breath… wow I’ve finally used a pattern from Anna Maria Horner’s book. I’ve only owned it for what, three years?!  In all honesty I failed miserably in my attempt to review this book back in ‘09.
 
 
I buckled down last week and wowed myself by completing two bags for some very dear ladies.  This was a simple pattern, which can be played up or down (all to your preference).
 
 
Anna’s directions are easy to…
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Added by Renata on December 26, 2011 at 12:30am — 15 Comments

Simple and Easy Fabric Storage With Cutting Table Solution

Hi, All! I read the post on BobbieSue's Blog about her inexpensive storage idea and thought I'd share my own. I had two 9 cube organizers (ClosetMaid type) around the house being used for other purposes. After figuring out a place for all of the stuff inside of them, I placed them back to back, put a thin board on top and nailed it down which holds the two organizers together. Now I have double-sided…

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Added by Cobi Campbell on December 23, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

PATTERN PILE.com

If you're not a member of PatternPile.com, you will have to register.  They will then send a password to the email address you gave them.  When you go back to the website to get your pattern, make sure you have allowed a cookie on your computer from that website.  I only allow cookies on my computer from websites where I have registered.  If anyone wants to know how to do this, I will be glad to explain it.

Added by BobbieSue on December 22, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

CUTTING TABLE

I had tried using a sturdy folding table to cut patterns out, but I didn't like the crack that was in the table, where it folded.

S-O-O, I had 2 dresser drawers (that were approximately the same height). My husband attached pieces of 2x4 on the legs of the shorter dresser, to…

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Added by BobbieSue on December 22, 2011 at 11:29am — No Comments

Last minute Gifts for Her





I made the investment into a serger. It is the one at the very lowest cost that is out there, but I wanted to be sure I liked it and I would…
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Added by Shannon on December 20, 2011 at 5:48pm — 4 Comments

The Perfection of Imperfection

Huh??? Is this a puzzle, a paradox, an oxymoron? Maybe she’s just a moron (only some days!!). In fact, imperfection is acceptable, desirable and to some (those of us who are discerning!) particularly preferable. As always it is a perspective issue.



Once upon a time there was only the handmade. Everything we needed, from our bowls and clothes, to our shelters and adornments were handcrafted. Often painstakingly, laboriously, methodically and patiently. Raw materials…

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Added by Karen Pior on December 9, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

News Article: A stitch in time: Lee's business at right place at right time after Katrina and has blossomed

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Beverly Lee parlayed a lifelong love of sewing into a successful small business, one that draws its lifeblood from the city's industrial base and, ironically, grew by leaps and bounds after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

 

"We've really been blessed," said Lee, who runs Stitches by Lee out of an unassuming wooden workshop near…

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Added by Susan on December 8, 2011 at 7:53am — No Comments

News Article: Scholarship for Pattern Maker

A former Blenheim woman has won a coveted business scholarship to help take her online sewing pattern company to the next level.  Katie Brown started Papercut Patterns last September after noticing a gap in the market for modern versions of dressmaking patterns.

 

The easy-to-follow patterns are printed on recyclable brown paper and can be hung when cut out, just as you would find in a professional workroom, making customers feel like their own fashion designer.  The…

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Added by Susan on December 1, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

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