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December 2009 Blog Posts (49)

Do-it-yourself fashion: clothing label, classes teach teens sewing, design

Most emerging designers can only dream of having a built-in following before they unveil their first collection, but at an early age Emma Lewis was already crafting creations that resonated with fashion fans. So when the Toronto sewing studio

Sew Be It Girl decided to start a clothing label for teens, it didn't take long to settle on who would be the first designer.

"Emma was one of the reasons… Continue

Added by Susan on December 31, 2009 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Sew a Little Girls Pillowcase Dress

We've found a new method (and tutorial!) for making pillowcase dresses which eliminates the traditional drawstring casing that is a choking hazard for children. By using elastic instead of the drawstring, you… Continue

Added by Susan on December 31, 2009 at 2:00am — 8 Comments

It Begins (The Ring Pillow)

This blog post is taken from my regular blog

The LT Experience. Most of the readers of this blog have followed Team T (Terry and Tawny) through an almost 10 year journey. From two kids living in Speechly Hall at the University of Manitoba, through both our graduations, through a rough time when I went to Calgary, and when I came back to the place I belonged. Through the birth of our two children. Next year we invite old and… Continue

Added by Tawny B. on December 30, 2009 at 9:14pm — 1 Comment

Threads and needles

Would anyone know if I can run two threads into one embroidery needle in the embroidery machine ?

Added by Jennifer Howell on December 30, 2009 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

Make Cloth Baby Shoes

Another scrap busting project! Just a few small pieces of fabric to make these cute little shoes, some

interfacing, …


Added by Susan on December 30, 2009 at 3:30am — 11 Comments

Tips for Adjusting Tension on Your Sewing Machine

tension tips I think everyone has experienced a problem with sewing machine tension at some time. Finding the right tension can be quite tricky and frustrating. Tension is resistance or frictional pull on your thread as it passes through your tension guides. A certain amount of tension on the top thread, and the bobbin thread is necessary for correct machine stitching. Correct tension is dependent on the type of thread and fabric.

Here are some… Continue

Added by Susan on December 29, 2009 at 6:30am — 2 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

My christmas gift...and questions

Hello everyone I hope you all had a nice holiday. I got a Singer Finishing Touch Overlock machine for christmas. Anyone have one of these, what all do you use it for?

Added by sewred on December 27, 2009 at 10:52am — No Comments


susan, These washcloth slippers are great, and so-o-o-o easy to make! i am 64 years old, and i remember making them in what we used to call home ec. in school! i went one step farther and put some insole inserts in them. i felt like a really big deal when i made them, because we were very poor, but i could make wash cloth slippers for everyone for christmas, they were something that was very inexpesive to make. kathy

Added by kathleen r condon on December 27, 2009 at 9:54am — No Comments

Wash Cloth Slippers Pattern

Washcloth slippers make a wonderful gift for those who do a lot of traveling, as they take up almost no space in a suitcase. In addition, they make great bazaar or flea market items. Check the stores for “bundles” of washcloths, which would be much cheaper to buy, or use old towels and cut to fit. Velour is also a very nice fabric for these pretty slippers. You could make a pair for every day of the week, just throw them into the washer.… Continue

Added by Susan on December 27, 2009 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

Kickin' it "Ugly" Style

"What??? I can't hear ya..". This one happened after my daughter saw

Ugly Dolls at Sam's Club. She wanted one, but didn't know that her daddy had already picked on up for her earlier in the day. Too bad the one she wanted wasn't the one he'd picked out - OOPS! She also wanted one of those

Domo… Continue

Added by Birdie on December 24, 2009 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Happy Holidays

I would like to wish all of my sewing friends a very happy holiday.
Whether it is with family and friends or your sewing machine, have a good one!

Jane Doe!

Added by Jane Doe on December 23, 2009 at 6:35pm — 2 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

Brassy Apple is Shiney!

I was fortunate to win a prize from "Brassy Apple". Two days later it arrived at my front door and I'm thrilled. Brassy Apple shines!
Thanks everyone

Added by marietweet on December 21, 2009 at 12:42pm — 4 Comments

Crayon Stained Quilt Art

Crayons are used to stain the fabric of a quilted wallhanging, accented with strips of fabric, free-motion embroidery and applique. Create a beautiful textile painting of your own. Carol Ingram prepares a small colored sketch of the design. You may get your inspiration from photographs, magazine pictures or cards. This helps you organize… Continue

Added by Susan on December 20, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Rag Quilting - The Easiest and Newest Method of Quilt Making Revealed

Need a break from the common customary styles of quilt making, then give rag quilting a go. Anybody can make a rag quilt if you can stitch in a straight line. They're patchwork blocks with a twist using different fabrics like flannel,…


Added by Susan on December 18, 2009 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

Painting on Fabric With Inks - A Beginner's Guide

What is fabric ink?

Acrylic fabric inks consist of very fine colors suspended in a fluid that flows like children's watercolor paints and produces bold and vivid colors when painted on fabric. After they cure, inks are water resistant, light fast, and permanent.

There are many ways to paint inks on fabric. You can apply inks with: Paintbrush Air brush Dip pen Stamps Sponges Any absorbent applicator, like a Q-tip or rag. Ink can also be used to dip fabric in,… Continue

Added by Susan on December 17, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

my first sewing project poodle skirt

Hi everyone oh my niece looked so darling in her poodle skirt and her performance was owesome. Everyon;e was admiring her and she was so proud. I know it won't be my last poodle skirt. She now wants one in every color. I will post photos soon.

Added by bea sanchez on December 16, 2009 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Dedicated Family Sewer

My son's Science Lesson today is about Compound Machines. This photo is on the first page. Isn't it just too funny?! What a seamstress! lol

Added by Larri on December 16, 2009 at 2:54pm — 3 Comments

Need Opinions Please

I'm recycling a dress into something wearable for Christmas. (It used to have a big leopard print collar and cuffs...yuck). I re-fashioned a vintage belt yesterday with some green satin to give a pop of color. Now I need to lengthen the dress (and coordinate with my choir colors) for church...can't be on stage with a dress over the knees! Don't want to show the entire church (we expect around 10,000 people for Christmas Eve services) all my business! LOL What do you think of adding a band of… Continue

Added by Larri on December 16, 2009 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

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