Tuesday Tutorial Roundup

| May 10, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial Roundup How to Make Yarn from T-shirts Photo-tutorial showing how to make yarn from t-shirts Mini-Tent Pattern + Tutorial Kerry from Kid Giddy joins us today with a pattern + tutorial for her cute Mini-Tent… Henley Tee Reconstruction Photo-tutorial showing how to reconstruct a plain t-shirt to turn it into a Henley t-shirt […]

Tuesday Tutorial Roundup

| April 9, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial Roundup Headband Tutorial from Georgia of Puking Pastilles Georgia from Puking Pastilles joined us as a board member in the fall, and she’s back today to share a fun headband tutorial. The tutorial includes a free PDF download of embroidery designs inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe… From the Archives : Hand Knit Bunny For […]

Tuesday Tutorial Roundup

| March 29, 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 . . . Denim Organizer 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 […]

Project Tutorial: Dragon Tails for Playtime

| March 15, 2011

These dragon (or dinosaur) tails by Jennifer Hadfield are just the most adorable thing I’ve seen lately!  I adore the bright colors she’s used and the waistband straps with Velcro make them super easy for kids to strap on by themselves for lots of pretend dragon fun.  This is a great idea for using up […]

Project Tutorial: Message Board from an Old Frame

| March 5, 2011

My kids come home from pre-k with tons of terrific artwork and I’d been trying to find a good way to display the precious pieces when I found this large framed print of Marilyn Monroe on clearance at Michael’s and it sparked an idea for a padded message board.  Of course you can use, or […]

Hemming Stitches For Your Garments

| November 10, 2010

HEMMING STITCHES are used to secure a hem edge to a garment.  There are a variety of hemming stitches you can use, however we’ll highlight only a few in this post. UNEVEN SLIPSTITCH  is a durable and almost invisible stitch suitable for a folded hem edge.  Stitches are worked from right to left.  Fasten the […]

Hand Stitching In Garment Construction

| November 3, 2010

          During your garment construction, you’ll be using a variety of stitches, including basting, gathering and hemming stitches.  Shown on this post and following posts are some of the more common stitches you’ll be using, along with instructions on how to make the stitch, and where they are typically used.            BASTING:  Hand basting is […]

How To Measure Hems

| October 27, 2010

         The last item in constructing a garment is putting in the hem.  There are a variety of hems that can be used on your finished garment.  You will find a number of hemming stitches and instructions for them in the next section.           Before any hemming can be done, you will need to mark […]

How To Sew A Separating Zipper

| October 20, 2010

Sewing A Separating Zipper           The separating zipper is best sewn in before any facings or hems are in place.           To begin (A), machine baste the opening closed, then press the seam open.  Finish the seam if necessary with a zig zag stitch.  With the wrong side up, position the closed zipper face down […]

How To Sew A Lapped Zipper For Shorts Or Slacks Front

| October 13, 2010

Zippers can be tricky, but the lapped zipper for shorts or slacks fronts are usually “super” tricky.  Once you get the basics down, and do this type of zipper a few times, it will get easier each time.            With right sides together (A) measure the length of the zipper, then start stitching from the […]