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Denim Sewing Guidelines - Five Tips



More denim sewing techniques and projects at SWN:…

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Added by Susan on March 16, 2018 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Pattern Drafting from Ready-to-Wear Class - PART ONE

I bought this course with Steffani Lincecum a while ago, and finally felt ready to try it.  The item I am going to rub off is a simple sleeveless blouse, with a box pleat in the centre of…

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Added by Karen on September 18, 2018 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Fashionista Halloween Boot

I have to admit, I'm not much of a Halloween gal but my daughters friend, who's birthday is in October, LOVES it so I just had to make her something themed for her special day. I designed a door hanging (there is a small gromet in the sock portion) or it can be propped up on her desk. She loved it and so do I.

Added by Andrea Schlickbernd on October 25, 2011 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

Kids Tshirt refashion for fall/winter

 

 

At the end of summer, I was left with a pile of perfectly fine, well fitting almost new Tshirts of my daughter. These Tshirts would work perfectly except that they were all half-sleeved. "They would be too short by next summer...if only they had sleeves..." I found myself thinking. And then I realized, adding sleeves won't be that hard, after all I…

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Added by camomma on November 1, 2011 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

Color and Pattern Inspiration

Colourlovers.com -- http://www.colourlovers.com/ -- is a great site to browse for sewing and craft inspiration. It bills itself as a "creative community" where people share colors, palettes and patterns; it also covers recent color trends (find out the colors that dominate this fall's advertising!) and showcases every kind of colorful object you could imagine. Users have contributed more than a million different patterns, many amazing, as well as close… Continue

Added by Sara on September 22, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Apron & Napkins

Here is the apron I just finished, along with some Fall napkins I whipped up.

The blue accent fabric on the apron is called Falling Coffee Beans, I think. It is just small coffee beans sprinkled on the blue background. The pattern is the Vintage Style Apron from Sew4Home.com. It is unique because of the way the ties attach to the apron…

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Added by Gloria Allender on November 11, 2010 at 1:29pm — 5 Comments

My First Rag Rug!

I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace again last October.  One of the stalls I visited was "Ragged Life" where I met Elspeth Jackson the owner.  She kindly signed a copy of her book "Rag Rugs, Pillows and More" for me and we chatted about the Rya Rug I had made back in the 70's and the rising popularity of "Rag Rugging".…

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Added by Karen on August 17, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Free Pattern Download - The Sorbetto Top by Colette Patterns

 

An elegant, versatile, and simple pattern available at no charge to download and offered by Colette Patterns.  Inspired by the 60's era, this pattern is just two pattern pieces plus…

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Added by Susan on May 27, 2011 at 6:00am — 14 Comments

A Dog Lover's Bag - A Glenda Convertible Clutch!

I bought a load of fabrics when I went to visit my cousin last March, and decided it was time to start using some of it.  The first fabric I want to use is this dog print cotton duck canvas fabric by Peter Horton Textiles.…

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Added by Karen on June 23, 2018 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Sailor's Kit Bag Project

Last spring I made a Beach Bag for Sue using the Totes Ma Tote pattern by Emmaline Bags in this nautical print cotton canvas and Royal Blue cotton duck canvas.  It looked smart and carried quite a lot inside, and secured with a recessed zipper.

When I saw her over Christmas she asked if I could make a bag for hubby to carry.  They liked the idea of something like the…

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Added by Karen on April 26, 2018 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Ancient Techniques, Contemporary Application...

Hello everybody! I am new to this site and thought the best way to introduce myself is to show you some of my work and tell you a little more about my passion for textiles. I fell into dye quite by accident in the early 1990's and have been making hand made textiles in one form or another ever since. For me, it is an absolutely magical experience when you appraoch a piece of blank fabric and you know you can turn it into whatever you want to! I have… Continue

Added by Melanie Brummer on December 21, 2009 at 3:39pm — 14 Comments

HELP PLEASE!

I am replacing the elastic on 3 king sized fitted sheets for a friend.  What I need to know and cannot find anywhere is how much elastic do I need to thread through the casing?  All of the elastic is worn and stretched out.  I am bleary eyed from searching on google for this information. I need to put this elastic ALL THE WAY AROUND THE SHEETS.  NOT JUST THE CORNERS.  The woman I am doing this for wants the…

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Added by Sandra Hender on April 5, 2018 at 2:17pm — 2 Comments

News: Local Orlando Artists’ Work to be Exhibited at International Modern Quilt Show

Excerpt - Piecing it all together

by Jessica Bryce Young

February 21, 2018

"Among those in the know, quilting has shaken off its once-fusty image.

"One of…

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Added by Susan on March 6, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

Window Flower Holder Pattern



A very unique way to display fresh or silk flowers in a window frame. I love the simplicity of this project and it's overall design. You could stencil or embroider images or letters between the pockets. This would definitely make a lovely Mother's Day gift. Bring "spring" inside early this year!

Download the PDF pattern and instructions here… Continue

Added by Susan on December 28, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Hand Embroidering a Plain Knit Top: More Brian Haggard Inspiration!

I was given a plain purple knit top and decided it would be improved by adding some hand embroidery. It worked well last time I tried it! (Embroidering on…

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Added by Karen on April 10, 2016 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Starting A Home Sewing Business - Take It One Stitch At A Time

If you want to work from home, you will soon find out that paid home employment is very hard to find. How about starting your own business from home? If you are good at sewing, you could use your skills to start your own home based sewing business. There are all kinds of sewing from tailoring to delicate embroidery and most of them can be used as the basis for an enjoyable and profitable home based business.



In the past, home sewing work consisted mainly of women at home…

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Added by Susan on January 12, 2009 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

How I made my patchwork sewing bag

Mummy's Handsewn Patchwork Handbag

In my last post I showed you my Embroidery Workbag, and Suzy asked if I had made it.  I replied I had, and here is how.

My mother collected fabric scraps for years, planning to make a quilt one day.   They included bits from dressmaking by my sister and I as well as recycled garments and bought…

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Added by Karen on May 30, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

April Apron Maddness...

I came to the start realization that there are far too few aprons in the world. I've deciede to take this problem head on and begun apron construction. Like most the things I make there was no pattern for these. I Love making things from scratch freeform.

But what good is an apron if it isn't reversible or doesn't have large pockets? :D…

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Added by Bunneah Munkeah on May 2, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Molly Chicken's Little Love Bird Sewing Tutorial + Basic Embroidery Stitches Tutorial

 

 

I found this sweet sewing tutorial that would be PERFECT for any beginner…

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Added by Susan on January 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

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