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Susan's Blog – May 2011 Archive (6)

Free Pattern Download - The Sorbetto Top by Colette Patterns


An elegant, versatile, and simple pattern available at no charge to download and offered by Colette Patterns.  Inspired by the 60's era, this pattern is just two pattern pieces plus…


Added by Susan on May 27, 2011 at 6:00am — 14 Comments

Pineapple, (Pina) and Sewing


The weather has been awful in my part of the world for the past six weeks.  In an effort to create my own sense of "summer" I wanted to post something "tropical, exotic, warm", just to try to convince myself that those elements do still exist.   So let's consider this…


Added by Susan on May 25, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Continuous Bias Binding - an alternative tutorial



Yahaira Ferreira of the Bitter Purl offers a different method of making continuous bias binding within her tutorial.  She promises that this is a super easy way to make continuous binding.  



Added by Susan on May 23, 2011 at 4:30am — 6 Comments

What is Pad Stitching?

Pad stitches are a type of running stitch made by placing small stitches perpendicular to the line of stitching. Pad stitches secure two or more layers of fabric together and give the layers more firmness; smaller and denser stitches create more firmness. They may also be used to enforce an overall curvature of…


Added by Susan on May 17, 2011 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

All About Pintucks

In sewing, a tuck is a fold or pleat in fabric  that is sewn in place.  Small tucks, especially multiple parallel tucks, may be used to adorn clothing or linens. When the tucks are very narrow, they are called pintucks.  


This is what pintucks look like:

According to Wikipedia, "...pintucks were very popular as ornamentation in the latter half of the 19th century, especially in fine linen or cotton fabric for chemisettes, engageantes,…


Added by Susan on May 16, 2011 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Make Your Own Skull Cap ( do-rag )


To make your own do-rag you will need half a yard of 100% cotton fabric in your choice of patterns and colors.

Please read all 5 steps before you begin.

  • Step 1 gives you the measurements for the do-rag including the pattern for the sides of cap, the measurements for the top piece and the band piece.
  • Step 2 and…

Added by Susan on May 11, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

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