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How To Organize Your Holiday Gift List

Posted By on November 23, 2015

Normally this space is dedicated to information to help those of us in the sewing business with various sewing / alteration / crafting topics.  However, today, we’re going to talk about helping YOU get organized for Holiday gift giving.

For those of us who enjoy making gifts for family members, friends, children’s teachers, neighbors etc, now is the time to gt organized and figure out exactly what you want to make for each of them.  Each gift must be personally chosen for the recipient, and be something they would actually USE, not just something to be tossed aside later.

Begin your gift making process by writing a list of everybody you want to make a gift for and then list their hobby, what they do for enjoyment or something about their job that they’re very proud of.

After completing my list, I always go to my favorite website, and see what all is available there that might work for some of the people on my list.  There is such a wide variety of patterns in all categories that I usually can find most of my patterns there. You can also head over to to check out the downloadable patterns available.  If there are some chubby girls on your list that you’d like to make a cute blouse for or other items, check out the Plus Size Girls patterns.  The patterns have been made using REAL plus size children’s measurements, so you know the fit will be great for her.  The plus size boys / girls patterns are actual patterns with easy directions to help you make the garments.

After completing the gift list and items to make, it’s time to dig into the sewing room and see what fabrics and notions I have available in order to get started on some of the projects immediately.  As I assemble the necessary items for each project, I put the fabric, notions and pattern into a zip lock bag with the name of the receiving person on the outside.   (If the fabric and notions are too big for a zip lock bag I simply place them into a larger plastic grocery store bag, tie the top and put the name on the outside).  The person’s name is then marked off my list.  I then put the zip lock bags into a small box where they are ready to start working on as I have extra time.  After assembling all I can from my sewing room, I take the remainder of the list to the fabric store to purchase the necessary items for the gifts.  The newly purchased materials are then divided up for the individual gifts, and again I place the pattern and materials into a zip lock bag with the receiving person’s name on the outside.

Within a day or two I have organized and assembled all the necessary items for each person’s gift, and am ready to sit down and start putting it all together.  By starting early I have time to get all the gifts completed between my other sewing projects and ready for gift giving.

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500 Kwik & Easy Sewing Tips – sew faster, better and easier!

Posted By on November 17, 2015

Learn to sew faster, better and easier with this 500 Kwik & Easy Sewing Tips book.  Many of these time savers are so simple, you’ll wonder why you never thought of them before.  500 Kwik & Easy Sewing Tips contains the best of customer hints and tips accumulated over 25 years.  Spiral binding makes it easy to turn to each tip you need at the moment.  This could be the best book in your sewing room!

500 Sewing Tips

D. Bloss, MD wrote to us saying “I was looking through your ‘500 Kwik and Easy Sewing Tips’ book for a particular item, but found so many things I needed that I started putting sticky tabs on the pages of hints I knew I’d need for my next projects.  I have so many sticky tabs throughout the book that I’m wondering how I got along all this time without your terrific book!  Thanks for putting these hints and tips together – they’re great!”

Don’t let another day go by without this valuable time saving and money saving book.  You’ll have the corners turned down on nearly every page so you won’t forget the tips and hints on those pages – or have a book full of sticky tabs like Ms. Bloss does!

“500 Kwik & Easy Sewing Tips” is just $9.95 and is spiral bound so you can get to the tips easily.

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Angel Gown Made From Nightshirt/Pajama Pattern

Posted By on November 12, 2015

Look what I made from our Unisex Nightshirt/Pajama Pattern……

Nightshirt/Pajamas PatternChristmas Angel Gown

The gown is for a Christmas play.  I used the nightshirt pattern, changed up the neckline so the opening would be in the back rather than in the front, and here it is!  For a closure at the back neck I used a small square of velcro hook and loop fastening.

By the way – the shorts and shirt aren’t ONLY for pajamas — the pattern can be made into awesome “basketball” shirt and shorts.  There are many uses for this pattern, which comes in 2 different size ranges.  You can get the S-M-L-XL pattern or 1X-2X-3X-4X size range.  Patterns include all patterns pieces to make the various sizes mentioned and comes with easy instructions for making the items.

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Advertising Opportunities and Strategies on the Internet

Posted By on November 10, 2015

Today’s consumers are much more informed about new products than ever before.  Whenever a new product “hits the marketplace”, there seems to be a buzz about it throughout the internet.  Whether the product is being talked about in the social networks (Twitter, FaceBook,  etc), or written about in the various blogs, you can be assured that it IS being talked about, whether in a positive or negative manner.

If you are considering introducing a new product, we would highly recommend that you start by searching the internet for blogs or forums related to the type of product that you want to sell.  You can be reading the blogs and forums to see what people are saying about related products.  You might even want to do some posts about what you have that you’re wanting to introduce.  The readers of the blogs and forums will be quick to give you some of their opinions on your topic —- some may want to jump on whatever it is that you’re going to offer, while others may be a little more leary about it.  Get some feedback, answer any questions that they may ask, etc.

By “testing the waters”, so to speak, you might get some great ideas on how to advertise your item so that the advertising itself will answer the questions that have been asked.

When you are ready to do the official launch of your product, be sure to present solid facts about it, give a very positive image of your product, and try to implement some of the opinions that were expressed in your internet research.

If you don’t already have a blog, we would recommend that you do set up your company blog — invite reader comments and make regular posts to it.   Let others in the social networks know about your blog and invite them to check it out.

By using blogs, forums, and the social network systems, you’re basically introducing your product to a large audience with minimal effort and at no charge to you for the advertising.

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Sewing Notion Value Packs Make Great Gifts!

Posted By on October 29, 2015

With the Holiday Season coming right up, many of us are already making lists of what to get those friends, family and co-workers for Christmas. Consider the Sewing Notion Value Packs for those who sew, quilt, do crafting, or those who are wanting to learn how to sew.  Do you have a $25 limit on gift price — the Sewing Notion Value Pack is just right!  Actually, you will be getting FIFTY DOLLARS worth of brand new, off the shelf sewing notions and supplies!  Wouldn’t that be a nice surprise for that sewer, quilter, crafter friend or relative?

Sewing Notion Value Pack



Check your list and order early as this super deal won’t last long!  Check them out at

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Spooktacular $100 PayPal Cash Giveaway!

Posted By on October 20, 2015

Halloween Cash Giveaway

It’s a Spooktacular giveaway brought to you by some ghoulish blogger friends! Enter for your chance to win a $100 PayPal cash!

I know how hard it can be on your wallet to supply all your little ghosts and goblins with those amazing Halloween costumes. Not to mention the cost in supplying your neighborhood with full sized candy bars! So to help a little I’ve teamed up with a few other bloggers to give you a treat this Halloween.

One reader will be receiving a $100 deposit into their PayPal account to say thank you for making your kids Halloween so awesome. It’s easy to enter! Now through November 3rd use the form below and remember to share with your other Halloween Superheroes!

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Fun With Furry Footballs….Make Them Yourself!

Posted By on October 19, 2015

We’re right in the midst of football season, and what would be better for the little guys than a football?
We figured this furry fake fur football would be perfect for the little boys to toss around, but who knows — their Daddy might have a little fun with it as well.









Materials needed:

Short Pile fake fur
12″ wide x 14″ long main school color
12″ wide x 14″ long second school color  (purple / white, or red/white, etc)
Polyester stuffing

Cut out four pieces of short-pile fake fur in the colors of your local high school football team, using the shape as shown.   The rectangle is 14″ long and 5 1/2″ wide, and the football pieces are drawn on the inside.

On one of the light color pieces you can applique the school initials with 2 or 3 inch letters cut out of another color fake fur.  This is optional, so suit yourself whether you want to do the initials or not.

With right sides together, sew the four pieces together alternating the colors and leaving an opening for the stuffing.  Turn right side out.  Stuff with polyester or chipped foam rubber filling, until the football is firm.  Sew the opening closed and you’re all ready for the football games!

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How To Make New Sleeve Styles From One Basic Sleeve Pattern

Posted By on October 12, 2015

If you’re in a sewing business, whether you sew for children or for women, you can impress your customers by letting them know you can “change up” their pattern by making different sleeve styles than just the one that came with the pattern.  A basic short sleeve pattern is great, but by changing it to different sleeve types, you can make the entire dress or blouse look different.  You can save your customer money by making changes to one basic pattern, and end up giving her a whole wardrobe of designs.

Even if you only sew for yourself, you can use YOUR best fitting dress or blouse and change it into dozens of different styles.

Let’s start with the sleeve.  It’s very easy to change a sleeve into a new style, if you follow a few basic instructions.  For this tutorial, we’re going to change the basic short sleeve into a Bell Sleeve.








For the sleeve variation, you’ll be cutting the basic sleeve in one or more places, so I would suggest that you reinforce the back of the basic sleeve pattern with iron on pellon, so that the basic sleeve won’t get ripped.  When you make the NEW sleeve style, you may want to pin it to pattern paper and cut the new sleeve style, making a new pattern.

STEP 1:  For the bell sleeve, you will “cut” and “separate” the basic sleeve from the bottom.  On the basic pattern, draw in the center vertical line, then measure 2″ to the left and right of the center line, and draw two additional vertical lines.  Beginning at the bottom, cut each of the vertical lines almost to the top, keeping the main piece attached at the top.

STEP 2:  At the bottom of the sleeve, separate the “cut” sections so there are openings of 1 5/8″ between each section, as shown.  Lay the basic “cut” sleeve pattern onto pattern paper and pin the sections in place on the pattern paper.

STEP 3:  At the bottom of the center “cut” line, measure DOWN 3/4″ and make a mark.  Draw in the new lower sleeve line with a smooth curving line as shown in the above drawing.

Trace around the “new” sleeve pattern on the pattern paper so you’ll have a permanent pattern.  We also suggest that you cut out the picture that’s associated with the sleeve style and tape it to the new sleeve pattern, and perhaps even label it “Bell Sleeve”, so you can keep it to mix and match with other necklines and collars for garment variations.  This new sleeve pattern / style can be sewn according to the pattern instructions.

You can see how easy it is to change the basic sleeve into a completely different style.  If you would like to learn how to make TEN different sleeve styles from that ONE basic pattern, check out the sleeve changing class at

The sleeve changing class, as well as others, come in size ranges for plus size/full figure size and average size figures.

By offering this service to your customers, you will be able to increase your business and profits.  I would suggest that you make sample sleeves showing the new ones that you can make for the customer to see and choose from.  Since you’ll be using the sleeve from the customers’ pattern package to make any new sleeves for that particular customer, you can be assured that they will fit her.

If you’re sewing for plus size children, you can use the same class to change sleeve styles for children’s patterns.  Or Check the website PlusSizeChildren to see additional patterns and pattern making classes for children.

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Shape-A-Dart – 10 Day Only Sale – 50% off

Posted By on October 6, 2015

From Oct 6 through Oct 16 – First time ever sale on Shape-A-Dart!  Reg. $9.95 – for 10 days only $4.95.  No promo code needed – price is marked.


For a fit that flatters – use the Shape-A-Dart on commercial patterns to adjust the cup size to YOUR cup size.






Why use Shape-A-Dart? Misses size patterns are made with a standard “B” cup and half sizes are made with a standard “C” cup. If you wear a Misses size pattern and wear an “A”, “C” or “D” cup bra, your bodice will be baggy (A cup) or tight with wrinkles (C or D cup). The same thing applies to half sizes that wear an “A”, “B” or “D” cup bra. Shape-A-Dart has PRE-MEASURED dart widths to correct darts on all commercial patterns, beginning with size 6 and going through 24 1/2, and includes sizes 38 to 46. Simply find your pattern size and PERSONAL bra cup size on the Shape-A-Dart and make the correction. Every pattern will give you “a fit that flatters”!

Do your blouses, dresses and jackets look like the “before” pictures? Simply adjust the dart on the pattern with Shape-A-Dart, following the easy instructions that are included, and you will have a perfect fitting garment and a “fit that flatters”!

Do your customers a favor and have one of these handy tools available in order to be able to adjust the cup size on the garments you’re sewing for them.

 Exclusively from Sarah’s Sewing Supplies.


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Tutorial: How To Make A Robot Costume

Posted By on October 5, 2015

My Grandson looks AWESOME in the robot costume he actually made (with a little help from Mamaw, of course!)  This project is a “no-sew” creation and simple and quick to make!

Items needed: 1 large clear gift bag (for the body), 1 medium size silver gift bag (for the head) and lots of cool stickers!  First thing to do is remove the handles from the bags, since you’ll be making a robot “body” and “head”.  This costume would fit a child between the ages of 4-6 easily, of course depending on the size of the child.










Here’s my boy – the clear gift bag on the table and his HUGE sheet of assorted stickers.  He stuck nearly all of the stickers on the front and back of the clear bag.  We then cut a hole in the “bottom” section of the bag so it would go over his head and of course cut armholes in both sides so it would fit over his body.











Next, we took the mediuim size silver gift bag and held it up to his face to see where the eyes/nose/mouth would be, then cut out a cute little area for his face.  We then made a sign, “I Am A ROBOT”, just in case people couldn’t tell!   He also had been coloring the nice eagle picture, so wanted to put it on his robot “chest”.










Here’s my handsome robot – all ready for the big day!!!


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