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January 2011 Blog Posts (49)

How to Miter Corners

Mitering corners occurs where two hems overlap at a corner, often within a quilt, or something like a napkin.  It is often desirable to remove some of the extra thicknesses of material.  A mitered corner eliminates bulk.


Gwen from Gwenny Penny offers two methods to…


Added by Susan on January 7, 2011 at 6:32am — No Comments

Who would do it?

Last night I was trying to make fingerless gloves.  A big cold front is on it's way and I wanted black fingerless gloves to go with my black coat.  I found the end of my and happily began to chain stitch.  Soon I ran out of yarn.  I thought that was weird and picked up the yard again and started to stitch again.  It happened again.  I started pulling yarn off the roll (called something else) and each piece ended at two to four feet.  I started looking at the ban…


Added by Jana on January 6, 2011 at 9:52am — 3 Comments

Sew a Hot Drink Cup Sleeve


During these cold winter months a lot of us like to enjoy our coffee on the go.  I know I do while chauffering one or more of the five kids back and forth from their many activities.  I also like to have a cup of hot chocolate when the boys are playing a game at the rink.  The problem is, my cocoa gets cold very quickly at the rink and I end up with this…


Added by Susan on January 6, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Simple Gathered to Waistband Skirt Tutorial


Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking put together a quick and simple skirt…


Added by Susan on January 5, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Avante Garde Skirts

A friend of mine brought an interesting blog to my attention that I thought that many of you would be interested in...



Added by Melanie Brummer on January 4, 2011 at 5:19am — No Comments

How to sew your own unique cording/piping

by Vanessa Smith

If you read my custom fabric button article, I showed you how to change the buttons on a plain black jacket. The buttons were a good start, but it needed more work. So I decided to add another fast and easy technique. I made my own colorful and unique cording to embellish the jacket. Not only is this cording technique great for embellishing clothing, it can be used for purse straps, to make jewelry, and to embellish other projects.…


Added by Susan on January 4, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Is it Really 2011?

First of all I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I cannot believe it is already January 3!!! The big splash on radio and TV seems to be new year's resolutions. I am not really into making new resolutions. It just seems I get going and then by February, I forget what I resolved to do. Instead, I take my "weaknesses" and spend a couple of days on finding ways to help build them up. Some of you clean out your sewing room and get organized, hmmmm . . . it seems that is my daily… Continue

Added by Carolina G's Sew Exceptional on January 3, 2011 at 2:44pm — 1 Comment

Make Roman Shades Out of Mini Blinds

Do you love the look of modern fabric shades but don't want to spend the cash?  If you have the following supplies, you'll be able to make some of these shades in a snap:

  • Tape measure Scissors
  • Fabritac (or comparable fabric glue - NOT HOT GLUE!)
  • Mini blinds (like the $3 Target mini blinds)…

Added by Susan on January 3, 2011 at 6:36am — 6 Comments

Happy New Year!!

I have given the Irish Themed Quilt to the person who asked for it.  I now have an order for a 70th Wedding Anniversary bed -end throw.  I am making 2011 my year to fulfil my creative instinct that has been latent for too long.  I am going to sew and create and practise and sell and think about ditching my job so i can do this stuff full time.  Well , maybe =)

Hi to all fellow sew-ers, good luck xxxx

Added by Judith Mercer on January 1, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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