Enter to Win the Sew Warm Contest

| January 29, 2010

Instructables and Singer have teamed up to bring you the Sew Warm Contest and it’s super easy to enter!  Just make a new instructable showing how to make something that will warm you up and submit it before March 6, 2010.  There is no limitation on the materials you use or the function of the [...]

How to Sell Your Own Downloadable Products

| January 28, 2010

Gloria, one of our fave readers, wrote in with a question that inspired today’s post. When I buy one of your patterns, I am directed to a page for instant download. How do you do that? Is there a website that sets that up for you? I have some patterns that I would like to [...]

Tutorial – Construction Of A Flat Collar

| January 27, 2010

Awhile back I did a post entitled “Types Of Collars”,  with those types being flat, standing and rolled.  I said I’d do a tutorial on how to construct and attach each of those collar types, then got sidetracked onto other topics.  Today, and for the next several weeks, I will pass along the tutorials for you. After [...]

Project Tutorial: Grocery Bag from a Pillowcase

| January 26, 2010

Creative Kismet has a great tutorial on how to make a grocery tote from a pillowcase.  I think the design is super cute and I can’t wait to have my four year old girls “help” me make a few.  The directions call for a thrifted pillowcase, thread, and about an hour of good music – [...]

How Many Times Have You Changed The Direction of Your Sewing Career?

| January 25, 2010

A few weeks ago I had a call from a lady who wanted information about our Profitable Clothing Alteration Business book.  She told me she had been doing garment sewing, but that the sewing had been really slow so she was wanting to start taking in alterations.  She said she needed more information about alterations [...]

Enter to Win Gingher Pinking Shears & Snips

| January 22, 2010

We’re pleased to announce our first giveaway of 2010!  You can enter to win this awesome pair of Gingher 7 1/2″ pinking shears, PLUS a pair of 4″ featherweight thread snips.  To enter simply reply to this post with a comment about a project you’re currently working on or would like to get started working [...]

Quit Buying Patterns

| January 20, 2010

Last summer I did a post on my personal blog entitled S-T-R-E-T-C-H Your Dollars – Quit Buying Patterns, and since it was posted it has continued to be the top post visited there. As the economy continues to crumble, we have to be creative in thinking of ways to save money.  One of the best [...]

Project Tutorial: Child’s Valentine Holder

| January 19, 2010

Sew What’s New has posted a tutorial for these adorable Valentine’s Day themed bags.  These fun bags are designed to attach to the back of your child’s chair so they can be filled with Valentine’s Day goodies at school or perhaps at a special holiday breakfast at home.  My little girls would both adore having [...]

Add Affiliates To Increase Your Income

| January 18, 2010

We talk so much about how to increase your profits, increasing your services and encouraging you to step “outside the box” to add those extra dollars so necessary in this drab economy. Today I want to mention adding affiliates to your website or to your blog to generate income.  Actually, once the affiliate “button” is [...]

Free Sewing/Craft Patterns

| January 17, 2010

A few days ago I ran across a free “25 Sewing Crafts” downloadable book from FaveCrafts.  This book has a lot of great ideas and patterns for sewing and craft items – and the best part is that it’s FREE.  Here’s a picture of the ebook, so you’ll know what you’re looking for when you [...]