Idea for Fashionable Clear Handbags Launches Family Business

| March 31, 2009

Judy Clark, an obstetrics nurse in Fort Worth, came up with the idea for fashionable clear handbags while she was at work.  She’d noticed that clear backpacks and tote bags had become very popular as more hospitals, schools and retail establishments began requiring them for security purposes, but the designs she’d been seeing were far […]

Easy Ways To Cut Business Expenses

| March 30, 2009

Many of your business expenses for the last year could have been cut dramatically!  As you get your taxes in order for the tax man (or if you’ve already “come and gone” from the tax preparers’ office), you can readily see that business expenses, such as office supplies (paper, pens, printer cartridges, mailing envelopes, etc),  fabric […]

Quilting Just For Fun

| March 29, 2009

While there are many of us that do quilting for a business, there are others of us who just do quilting for the fun of it.  Today I’ve picked a couple of quick and easy quilts that can be made for yourselves, for a child or just to tuck away as a memory!The first quilt […]

How To Make A Bandana Blouse

| March 28, 2009

Bandana blouses are so easy to make, and bandanas come in a vast array of colors and designs, so every blouse can be different.  The step by step instructions are easy to follow, and the regular 18″ – 22″ bandanas will make tops for girls ages approximately 4 - 8 years old.Place two matching bandana handkerchiefs together, with […]

Fabric of Life Gives New Life to African Girls

| March 27, 2009

The Fabric of Life store in Edmonds, Washington opened last fall and is interested in more than just making a profit.  Sales from the store go back to the girls who made the fabric in Mali, Africa.These girls live in one of the poorest countries in the world where it is common for young girls […]

Hancock Fabrics Sponsors “The Ultimate Prom 2009″ Competition

| March 26, 2009

“The Ultimate Prom 2009″ competition will see three students from the High School of Fashion Industries in New York City competing to design a prom dress that will impress a panel of fashion industry experts.  The competition will be aired via online “webisodes” at YouTube and at teen magazine sites like Cosmogirl.com and Seventeen.com.Hancock Fabrics will […]

How To Measure Clothing Garment Hems

| March 25, 2009

The last item in constructing a clothing garment is putting in the hem.  There are a variety of hems that can be used for finishing the garment.  We will cover a number of hemming stitches and instructions for them in another post.Before any hemming can be done, you will need to mark the position of […]

Print Your Own Fabric Designs On Demand

| March 24, 2009

Quite often I have outfits in my mind that I want to make for myself or for the kids, but I can’t find the fabric that I’m picturing in my head.  Then along comes Spoonflower with the ingenious idea of printing fabric on demand based on the customer’s design.The current handmade revolution is evident everywhere […]

What Type of Business Organization Do You Have?

| March 23, 2009

We are right in the middle of tax season, so we figured this would be a good time to discuss the types of business entities that are available to you as a home business owner.  If you haven’t already made a decision as to what type of business organization you want, this may be a […]

How To Make Cell Phone Carriers

| March 22, 2009

Everybody has a cell phone.  In reality, we all believe we can’t live without the cell phone!The problem is that they are small enough to get lost in our purse, bulky enough to not quite fit in a pocket, and we certainly can’t carry them around in our hand all day.Cell Phone totes, cell phone […]