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Susan's Blog – January 2011 Archive (19)

Spot Fusing vs. Block Fusing Interfacing, a Modern Tailor's Method {TUTORIAL}

Block fusing is a method that many modern tailors and home-sewists use to apply interfacing to fashion fabric yardage before the pattern pieces are cut out. Have you ever struggled keeping the interfacing layer from…


Added by Susan on January 31, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Simple Handbag Video Tutorial (With Drop-In Lining)

I opted to publish this tutorial within the blog as it is recorded in three separate parts, and I wanted some continuity with respect to navigating from the first video, to the last.  


Grab your coffee and watch these videos to learn how to make this awesome bag!





Added by Susan on January 19, 2011 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

10 Easy Steps to Applique {Tutorial}

Does the word "applique" intimidate you with it's French origin and the thought of ... well, whatever might be involved? Fear not, SWN members!  Here is her awesome crash course in applique.…


Added by Susan on January 18, 2011 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Denim Applique: Unique Jean Pant Legs Tutorial

The design was so easy to put together, Jenny of "Wildcards" thought someone else might like to try. And if you’re like her when it comes to your feet, you just might like…


Added by Susan on January 17, 2011 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Sew what: Sons show 'fashions' prowess

By JoAnne Beiermann

There are certain images a mother can't ever forget. Like the time not long ago when I walked into the middle school after school to find my seventh grade son hunched over a sewing machine.


"Wow!" I said. "Do you know what you're doing?"

"Shh!" he said. "I'm trying to make this hem straight!"


As if that wasn't shocking enough, a few minutes later Cole was at the ironing board, pressing the same…


Added by Susan on January 16, 2011 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Designer to host three-part seminar for sewing guild


1/15/2011 11:33 PM


Staff writer

The CSRA chapter of the American Sewing Guild has a seminar and workshop for stitchers who are ready to get creative.

The guild sponsors the "Sew" creative seminar and workshop,…


Added by Susan on January 16, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Free Pieced Hearts Table Runner {Tutorial}


Free Pieced Hearts are easy. Here's a little tutorial by "Pleasant Home" to help you along.




Added by Susan on January 16, 2011 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Sew a Yoga Mat Bag {Tutorial}

Andie Johnson loves yoga. She finds it soothing and energizing at the same time - something she finds she needs quite a bit.  And now, she has a good reason to go to class more often - to show off her lovely handmade yoga mat bag!  
what you need to make a yoga bag:
  • 1/2 yard…

Added by Susan on January 15, 2011 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

NEWS: Mother, daughters bond while sewing clothes for dolls




Emily and Jen Burker flipped through the pages from their fashion look book for dolls, pointing out one-of-a-kind designs and exclusive dresses made for family and friends.

 Every outfit has a name and a back story. They paused and giggled at the picture of "The Shepherdess,"…


Added by Susan on January 14, 2011 at 6:05am — 1 Comment

NEWS: Handmade clothing is having its fashion moment

Tracy Nesdoly

Special to the Star

You might not think that chunky sweater Grandma gave you for Christmas is on the cutting edge of fashion, but you’d be wrong.  The handmade, mistakes and all, is having a major moment...


No less an arbiter of style and trend than Phoebe Philo, Céline’s creative director, made news with her spring 2011…


Added by Susan on January 13, 2011 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Sew Funky Snow Gaiters {Tutorial}


With all of the snow so many of us have received over the past few weeks I thought a tutorial on gaiters would be helpful. From Wikipedia: "Gaiters are garments worn over the shoe and lower pant leg, and used primarily as personal protective equipment; similar garments used primarily for display are spats. Originally, gaiters were made of leather. Today, gaiters for walking are commonly made of…


Added by Susan on January 13, 2011 at 6:14am — 3 Comments

How to Sew Bias Tape Around Corners

Maggie of Smashed Peas and Carrots developed a great tutorial teaching how to attach bias tape to corners. She uses lots of photos to demonstrate her technique while binding a mug rug.

You can…


Added by Susan on January 12, 2011 at 7:02am — No Comments

Turn a Shower Curtain Into a Waterproof Zippered Pouch


When I saw the title, I wondered how big this "pouch" would be?  As I read with interest further, I realized that the pouch can actually be as big as a diaper bag.  This pouch is perfect for carrying wet or dirty clothes such as swimwear or that little waddler “accident.”  I'll admit I never really considered a shower curtain as sewable fabric before... but…


Added by Susan on January 10, 2011 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Add a "Maternity Band" to jeans {Tutorial}

I really wish I had been able to do this with my jeans when I was pregnant.  Alas I was not even willing to get close to a sewing machine at that time - and so, I suffered with a copper button jabbing into my stomach for most of my pregnancy.  However, Jessica of "Running With Scissors" was a lot smarter than I was and she figured out a way to alter her regular jeans and turn them into some really comfy maternity jeans with some 2" elastic, and some…


Added by Susan on January 10, 2011 at 5:44pm — No Comments

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

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

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

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

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