There is a hot deal of the day on these Fiskars Performance Accents Assorted Pattern Scissors – get your choice of three different designs (zebra, cheetah and floral) for just $5.99 with free shipping! They retail for $12 and can be found on Amazon for between $9 and $10 so this is a pretty good deal if you can use them. I have a favorite pair of Fiskars that I keep in the kitchen but hubby “borrows” them often and they disappear. I’m thinking there is a better chance that he won’t run off with a floral or cheetah pair 😉
Archives for March 2011
Welcome to the Tuesday Tutorial Roundup where we list some of the neat sewing project tutorials that we found on the web this week . . .
Sew and embellish a denim organizer for your teen’s locker or bedroom. Use the pant legs of old jeans for this cute, recycling sewing project to keep your teen neat and organized.
DIY No Sew Pillow Covers Using Cloth Napkins
Have you ever wanted to make yourself a new pillow cover but have no clue how to sew or don’t own a sewing machine? Well you are in luck. This tutorial will teach you how to make a no sew pillow cover using cloth napkins! These pillow covers are durable
Upcycling Blue Jeans Into a Skirt
Got old jeans? Wondering what to make with old jeans? Here’s an idea. Upcycling Blue Jeans Into a Skirt is a great way to reuse material and create a thrifty sewing project. Follow this simple instructions and make a cute skirt.
Just a Little Purse ~ A Tutorial
Ginger from wienerdog tricks shows you how to make this easy, small purse with your favorite scraps and just a little time…
Scrappy Upcycled Apron
Everyone needs a good apron to wear around the kitchen. Why not make one with material you already have? The Scrappy Upcycled Apron is a free sewing idea for anyone looking to make something useful and thrifty.
Gathered Throw Pillow
Style your couch by adding a little flair. The Gathered Throw Pillow can help with that. With this simple sewing tutorial, you’ll be able to create a beautiful pillow – perfect for adding to your home decor.
Book Buddies ~ Drawstring Bags with Appliqué
Rachel Measham-Pywell from Four Wise Monkeys designed these Book Buddies. The project incorporates easy appliqué on large drawstring bags…
Open Sesame Fabric Doorstop
Instead of using a dull, ugly doorstop, why not make your own? The Open Sesame Fabric Doorstop will inspire you to create a lovely doorstop for your living or work space. Use this free sewing pattern to make this easy project.
The Glam-O-Ruffle Pillow stands out in a crowd. Make this fun pillow and really jazz up your couch or bed. It’s a great sewing project for anyone looking to work with different fabrics.
How to Upholster a Chair
Learn How to Upholster a Chair with this sewing tutorial. You can truly rework the feel of the room by simply changing over the fabric on some chairs. Save money and put your creativity to the test with this home decor idea.
Introducing ~ Thomas
Thomas from Way Cool Kid and Thomas Knauer Sews joins us with a project next…
Dandy Handy Warmers
Keep your hands from freezing with this simple sewing project. Make the Dandy Handy Warmers for yourself and the kids. Bear the season’s chill with this quick winter craft idea.
Teapot Trivets with Tea for Two… Embroidery Designs
Thomas from Way Cool Kid and Thomas Knauer Sews is here today to share a Teapot Trivet tutorial with some special embroidery designs for you to download…
All of us in any type of sewing, crafting or alteration business have SOMETHING that we are “known” for! Do you have a special knack for making children’s painting aprons that every pre-K and Kindergarten parent wants for their children? Perhaps you have a special way of getting more work done than anybody you know! So, how can you capitalize on your special talents and make some extra money? WRITE about it! I’d LOVE to know how you do those painting aprons — I have 5 grandchildren under the age of 6 that have ruined more clothes than you’d want to hear about! Don’t know how to get started? The best place is to look at our book “WriteEbooksThatSell” — which gives all the information on what types of eBooks sell, how to get a topic for YOUR eBook, how to get started, etc.
As an example of “passing along what you know” to others that might need the same information (such as those childs’ painting aprons you specialize in!) — I’d learned the Oriental method of pattern making while my husband was stationed in Taiwan in the early ’70’s. Because the class were all taught in Taiwanese, and an American attending had to have an intrepreter, I was the first and only American woman to attend. It was a novelty for all the “local” Taiwanese girls for me being there, but I was there to LEARN! Later I started writing my own books (and eBooks) about pattern making (you can see some of them at PatternsThatFitYou.com). However the REAL point I want to make is that I learned how to “specialize” my pattern making abilities when I had a plus size (obese) granddaughter and there was literally nothing in the stores that would fit her.
I used my pattern making ability to use HER measurements and made patterns and garments for her. Then we realized that because of the problems she (and by now a friend had also come to me for help with her obese grandson), were having I decided what was really needed were some garment PATTERNS that would fit these children. This is where our Plus Size Children (PSC) patterns idea was born. We gathered actual measurements for plus size and obese children for over a year (requested them from our readers all over the country), THEN set down to put those measurements into a data base so we could make actual patterns that would fit these children. What we NOW have available is a variety of blouses, skirts, pants/shorts, jumpers patterns that have been made according to actual plus size children’s measurements. For example, our patterns at PlusSizeChildren.com use the following measurements:
Size 8 — chest 34″, waist 30″, hip 36″
Size 10 — chest 36″, waist 32″, hip 38″
Size 12 — chest 38″, waist 34″, hip 40″
The size ranges of the patterns at PlusSizeChildren are 4-5-6, 8-10-12 and 14-16, so they cover all ages of plus size/obese children.
Compare those “plus size children’s measurements” up against YOUR plus size/obese child and then compare the “regular” pattern measurements (Simplicity, Butterick, etc) – you’ll see that our year-long effort in accumulating actual data on plus size/obese children’s measurements were put to good use in making actual patterns that are appropriate for the age range of the children.
The whole point of this story is that YOU can do the same thing with YOUR knowledge and what you specialize in! I dare say that every one of us knows SOMETHING that others wish they knew and would be glad to PAY you for that information! I’m back to the great childs’ painting aprons now — please write it up, put it on your website or blog and I’ll be happy to buy that information from you!
On Friday, March 18th the shareholders of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. approved a $1.6 billion merger with private equity firm Leonard Green & Associates that was proposed last December. According to Footnoted, Jo-Ann’s Chairman/CEO Darrell Webb stands to receive more than $29 million once the merger occurs, and if he is asked to leave his job within two years after the merger he will also receive an additional $8 million. With approximately 82% of shareholders voting, 99% were in favor of the merger agreement.
Jo-Ann’s operates 751 stores in 48 states, and Leonard Green & Associates is invested in The Container Store, Neiman Marcus Group, Sports Authority, David’s Bridal, and Whole Foods Market and has also agreed to purchase J. Crew for $3 billion.