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Back To School Sewing

No Sew Shrug

No Sew Shrug

My oldest just started kindergarten last week and I’ve been doing tons of hemming on his new uniform pants and shorts since our local public schools require uniforms, all of which seem to be a mile too long.  He’s growing so fast that I didn’t want to cut too much off the bottoms, which inspired me to share this tutorial from Sew Stylish magazine on how to add cuffs to pants.

If you’re lowering hems, maybe lengthening last year’s uniforms, the wear line from the old hem can be a problem.  There is a neat trick you can use to disguise this problem if needed – pin the new hem so that you can put the stitch line along the wear line and topstitch using a thread that is a shade darker than the pants.  This will help to blend and hide the faded area.

Since I haven’t had much time to do any sewing for myself lately, I made this easy no-sew shrug from a plain long sleeved t-shirt that I bought at the craft store for $3.  It’s now my favorite thing to grab and throw on in the cool mornings on the way to drop off my son at school!  Make one for yourself, or for your girls to wear while waiting for the bus in the morning.

Pattern #5301

Pattern #5301

If you have children or grandchildren to sew for during this busy back to school season, you could also check out the huge sale on plus size children’s patterns at Sew’N Fit.  Hurry in, the patterns are 47% off and the sale is only for a limited time!

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