Flowers from fabric remnants

| August 23, 2012

If you’re like most of us in the sewing business field, we tend to accumulate boxes and drawers full of fabric scraps.  A few months ago I made up my mind that those scraps in the boxes and drawers were NOT making me any money, and decided to put my thinking cap on to see […]

Cushion Tutorial Featured In Sew News

| September 16, 2009

Have you gotten your new October/November 2009 issue of Sew News yet?  If you aren’t a subscriber already, click on the link in the side bar and get a subscription.  Sew News magazine is always filled with creative ideas, projects and tips. Anyway, they’d asked me to do a tutorial on doing a chair cushion […]

Choose Your Favorite Laptop Case

| August 16, 2009

I would venture to say that there are probably as many people carrying around a laptop as there are people with cell phones.  Well, maybe there are more cell phones, but those laptops can become glued to us just as quickly as the cell phones!  Just can’t live without either one of them.This month’s “project […]

Smocked Toddler Dress Tutorial

| August 12, 2009

A very simple smocked dress can easily be made by purchasing pre-smocked fabric.  The finished product is so cute, you’ll want to make several of them.  Purchase the width of pre-smocked fabric that you’ll need for the child’s chest measurement plus 1″ for seam (1/2″ side seam) plus 1″ for growing room.You’ll notice that the […]

How To Make 3-D Pompom Poodle Pictures

| April 18, 2009

Fido and Fifi are two of the most engaging personalities you will hope to meet as they smirk at you from their frames.  These poodle pictures are especially nice for childrens’ or teen rooms.  Each poodle is made using six yarn pompoms.To make Fido, cut a piece of cardboard 2″ x 6 1/2″; wind with […]

How To Make A Clown Bean Bag

| March 21, 2009

Here’s a project that every child would love to have. Make the clown bean bag from scraps that you have in your sewing room, using a combination of stripes, prints or solids.  The collar can be made out of dotted swiss or organdy fabric, with yarn pompoms added for feet hands and one tied around […]

How To Make a Washcloth Doll

| February 21, 2009

This months’ project is a quick and easy washcloth doll that could easily be a best seller at your next craft fair or a favorite toy for the small children that you know.Each washcloth doll takes one terry washcloth — use white, or peach color or brown, as you would like, small scraps of fabric […]

Change Men’s T-Shirts Into Casual Tops

| October 4, 2008

Fun  shirts to wear with jeans or shorts are easy to make from men’s T-shirts or undershirts.  These shirts come in a variety of colors and when trimmed, are inexpensive fashion-right tops.  You can purchase a package of three men’s undershirts for much less than the price of one woman’s top or blouse.  There are […]

Make Perfect Fitting Shorts / Slacks For Your Hard To Fit Customers

| August 2, 2008

With school starting soon, all of us in the sewing business will be bombarded with requests to try to make some pants and shorts for those customers who have overweight and plus size children because there just won’t be anything in ready-to-wear that will fit them.  This year why not try out the following shorts […]

How To Make Jean Purses

| July 11, 2008

Jean purses are very easy and extremely inexpensive to make.  The next time you’re at a yard sale or flea market, look for some children’s or even adult size jeans.  You can probably get a bunch for a quarter or fifty cents each — make them into a variety of jean purse styles and you can then […]