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February 2011 Blog Posts (31)

Seamstress at Work in Nagado Village, Fiji

by Kelera Serelini

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


When seamstress Claudia Jayne first arrived at Nagado Village as a Peace Corps volunteer, her first assumption was that Fijian village women knew how to sew.

This was mainly because of what she had learnt that Fiji had been part of a colonial era and the women had been introduced to the craft by the wives of the early…


Added by Susan on February 9, 2011 at 9:03am — 3 Comments

Learn to hem jeans like a pro

I was intrigued with your post; I have been hemming jeans for years but this never occurred to me.  I have only one question even tho I haven't tried it myself.  In the case of boot cut or flared legs, would you not have excess fabric to ease in when turning up the bottom? Thanks, Jackie

Added by jackie hubert on February 8, 2011 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Learn to Hem Jeans like a Professional {Tutorial}

Tiny Tidbits developed a tutorial for hemming jeans the way professional would. Hope you find this helpful!


What you'll need:

  • sewing machine
  • dark thread to match the…

Added by Susan on February 8, 2011 at 6:03am — 9 Comments

Reversible Fabric Basket Tutorial by "Notes From a Very Red Kitchen"

A nice quick project that renders a very useful reversible basket for just about any room in your home!


You will need:

  • 1 piece of outside fabric cut to 11" x 11"
  • 1 piece of inside fabric cut to 11" x 11"
  • 1…

Added by Susan on February 7, 2011 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

Alternative to Etsy for people selling in the Uk

Have found a website called that is similar to Etsy but its based in the UK.

One day, when I have made enough stuff to actually open a shop and sell them, I would probably like to open a store on this website.

Have a look, see what you think and let me know?


Added by Judith Mercer on February 6, 2011 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Miss Creative's Sewing World





Added by Miss Creative on February 4, 2011 at 3:13pm — 1 Comment

ReSewing a Lambswool Angora Blend Sweater

Another sweet thrift shop find!  Another sweater that was very small, and possibly already felted, found it's way into my hands a few weeks ago.  It's quite thick.  I loved the floral design and the off-white color.  I'm going to play with it today,and possibly make another purse. 


I'd love to make one of these:



Added by Susan on February 3, 2011 at 8:05am — 3 Comments

Ruffled Checkbook Cover Tutorial

Perfect for a beginner or maybe even a quick diy gift this checkbook cover tutorial is offered by Alisa of "The Sweet Life".  She not only shows you how to make the cover, but she also shows you how to ruffle your fabric too.  


You will need two pieces of fabric that measure 7” x 13” and a strip of fabric that is approximately 1.5”  x 12” for…


Added by Susan on February 3, 2011 at 3:30am — 7 Comments

Native American Flute Bag

Hey this is my new project for now, my husband, Forrest has a friend in Canada that makes handmade flutes. He was wanting to see if I could make him some bags for them. This is what I came up with. Forrest carved my buttons for it.

Added by Connie Holder on February 2, 2011 at 8:50pm — No Comments

How to Make a 1950's Vintage Style Apron - Video Tutorial

For all of you "apronistas" here is a two part video series offering a tutorial on how to make a 1950's style apron!


Part One: 



Part Two: …


Added by Susan on February 2, 2011 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

About the Selvage Edge

The selvage (US English) or selvedge (British English) is the term for the self-finished edges of fabric. The selvages keep the fabric from unraveling or fraying. The selvages are a result of how the fabric is created. In woven fabric, selvages are the edges that run parallel to the warp (the longitudinal threads that run the entire length of the fabric), and are created by the weft thread looping back at the end of each row. In knitted fabrics, selvages are the unfinished yet structurally…


Added by Susan on February 1, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

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