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Featured Blog Posts – November 2009 Archive (12)

Braiding foot

Does anyone know of how to go about using a braiding foot ? It came with my sewing machine, but it didn't come anything about of how to use it.

Added by Jennifer Howell on November 30, 2009 at 2:45pm — 10 Comments

An Introduction to Shirt Fabrics


fabrics or "Shirtings", as they are called by those in the industry, come in a wide variety of weave types. They are made from a range of fibers, with cotton being the most common. Most fabric names refer to the particular method in which it underlying fibers were woven. We won't go into it here, but be aware that the thickness and characteristics of… Continue

Added by Susan on November 28, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Painting on Fabric With Acrylic Fabric Paints - A Beginner's Guide

Painting on fabric is easy and inexpensive, and it opens up exciting new creative horizons for sewers and quilters, fine arts painters, scrapbookers, and mixed-media artists..

If you've never tried painting on fabric before, you may have questions about how to get started. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about fabric painting. What kinds of paint can I use to paint on fabric? Oil paints and acrylic paints can both… Continue

Added by Susan on November 25, 2009 at 6:26am — 9 Comments

Fabric luggage tags

Handmade luggage tags will make it easy for your traveling brother to locate his bags. Have a brother who can’t sit still? Whose passport looks like a superfan’s autograph book? Give him a gift to suit his passion and his personality— and, in the process, reuse materials you might otherwise toss — by making an eye-catching fabric luggage tag for his beat-up old duffle. He’ll travel in style, and you’ll enjoy giving a handmade gift that is creative,… Continue

Added by Susan on November 25, 2009 at 5:48am — 2 Comments

Wanted: forehead, never worn

Remember that "short story" by Hemingway, "For sale: Baby shoes never worn."?? What a hoot...anyway, if somebody's selling an unused monkey forehead, I'm in the buying business.


OK, OK! It's too late for him... I know. He's just short headed and he'll have to learn to love himself, that's all. It's not his fault that I created his pattern without a forehead. I'm not sure anyone else will accept him, but when it's a free toy, people really shouldn't really be… Continue

Added by Birdie on November 21, 2009 at 7:00pm — 27 Comments

Embroidery Machines...What to Know Before Purchasing

So I had to take my husband around town yesterday to run some errands. While he was in the hardware store, I decided to take a moment and look for some flannel fabric at one of the local sewing shops, conveniently located in the same shopping center. :o) I didn't find any flannel, but DH finished shopping before I did and came into the sewing store. He was intrigued by the embroidery machines, and asked me if I wanted one. GASP! Are you kidding?!? Um, Yeah. I'd like one.

Never one to… Continue

Added by Larri on November 19, 2009 at 7:37am — 24 Comments

ZhuZhu pet beds

Late last night , well actually its 3 I decided since I finally found the zhu zhu pets that i would make them pet beds instead of buying them. They were hassle enough to find let alone the stuff that goes with them. So i sat down and in ten minutes i had a pet bed....yay. I thought i would share how i did it

. I cut a piece of lambs fleece 15 x 5, and the outside fabric 15 x 4 . I layed them right sides together and sewed along the… Continue

Added by Shirley on November 19, 2009 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

Heating Pillow with Buckwheat

Sew up an easy pillow filled with buckwheat to serve as a heating pad. Buckwheat holds the heat (or cold) better than rice or other grains and is hypoallergenic, since buckwheat is not actually a cereal or grass. Add a few drops of your favorite fragrance oil, or just enjoy the smell of buckwheat. You can also use this pillow as a wrist pillow when working with your computer mouse... …


Added by Susan on November 18, 2009 at 7:53am — 5 Comments

The New Crewel: Embroidery for Hipsters?

I have a confession to make: I sew. I have sewn since I was a kid. For some reason, most people don’t know this about me, but it’s true.

Not only do I sew, but I actually hand sew. I do a type of embroidery called “crewel work,” which basically hasn’t been popular since the Middle Ages. The appeal for me is that it’s much more freestyle than needlepoint, or counted cross stitch, or any of that other precise, mathematical and intimidating stuff. The trouble is, since crewel… Continue

Added by Susan on November 14, 2009 at 12:35pm — 4 Comments

Creepy Corduroy

"First time corduroy sewers, raise your hand!" *me raising my hand* Boy was I clueless! I was ready to start on a new monkey pattern; one I had loads of fabric to create with. 8 yards to be exact. I was all excited about my brand new, perfect shade of brown, thick waled cord I'd found at the charity shop. I'd waited weeks and finally I had the time (and motivation) to dive in. Excitement was in the air! Yeah, that was BEFORE I knew what a

pain in the rear corduroy was to… Continue

Added by Birdie on November 6, 2009 at 4:00pm — 26 Comments

Craft FAIL

Ever feel like a total craft failure?? I just found

this hilarious blog that lets you submit your horrible craft "fails". The ones that you never admit to, much less take pictures & post on the web (well I do that but...) It's a great idea and makes you feel better about your crafty short-comings : )

What's your craft fail??? Here's just one of mine and in a most unflattering light. …


Added by Birdie on November 2, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Kids Sewing Machines

Kids sewing machines are a great introduction to creative crafting. There's no better way to get a child interested in sewing than to give her a children's machine of her very own.

Most machines that are sold specifically for children are more toy than tool, which can make discovering sewing pure fun. Colorful, lightweight, and often associated with favorite characters like Barbie and Hello Kitty, these super-simplified machines fascinate children. While youngsters are having fun… Continue

Added by Susan on November 2, 2009 at 6:43am — 1 Comment

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