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Sewing Notion Value Packs Make Great Gifts!

Posted By on October 29, 2015

With the Holiday Season coming right up, many of us are already making lists of what to get those friends, family and co-workers for Christmas. Consider the Sewing Notion Value Packs for those who sew, quilt, do crafting, or those who are wanting to learn how to sew.  Do you have a $25 limit on gift price — the Sewing Notion Value Pack is just right!  Actually, you will be getting FIFTY DOLLARS worth of brand new, off the shelf sewing notions and supplies!  Wouldn’t that be a nice surprise for that sewer, quilter, crafter friend or relative?

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Check your list and order early as this super deal won’t last long!  Check them out at SewWithSarah.com.

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Spooktacular $100 PayPal Cash Giveaway!

Posted By on October 20, 2015

Halloween Cash Giveaway

It’s a Spooktacular giveaway brought to you by some ghoulish blogger friends! Enter for your chance to win a $100 PayPal cash!

I know how hard it can be on your wallet to supply all your little ghosts and goblins with those amazing Halloween costumes. Not to mention the cost in supplying your neighborhood with full sized candy bars! So to help a little I’ve teamed up with a few other bloggers to give you a treat this Halloween.

One reader will be receiving a $100 deposit into their PayPal account to say thank you for making your kids Halloween so awesome. It’s easy to enter! Now through November 3rd use the form below and remember to share with your other Halloween Superheroes!

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Fun With Furry Footballs….Make Them Yourself!

Posted By on October 19, 2015

We’re right in the midst of football season, and what would be better for the little guys than a football?
We figured this furry fake fur football would be perfect for the little boys to toss around, but who knows — their Daddy might have a little fun with it as well.

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Materials needed:

Short Pile fake fur
12″ wide x 14″ long main school color
12″ wide x 14″ long second school color  (purple / white, or red/white, etc)
Polyester stuffing

Cut out four pieces of short-pile fake fur in the colors of your local high school football team, using the shape as shown.   The rectangle is 14″ long and 5 1/2″ wide, and the football pieces are drawn on the inside.

On one of the light color pieces you can applique the school initials with 2 or 3 inch letters cut out of another color fake fur.  This is optional, so suit yourself whether you want to do the initials or not.

With right sides together, sew the four pieces together alternating the colors and leaving an opening for the stuffing.  Turn right side out.  Stuff with polyester or chipped foam rubber filling, until the football is firm.  Sew the opening closed and you’re all ready for the football games!

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How To Make New Sleeve Styles From One Basic Sleeve Pattern

Posted By on October 12, 2015

If you’re in a sewing business, whether you sew for children or for women, you can impress your customers by letting them know you can “change up” their pattern by making different sleeve styles than just the one that came with the pattern.  A basic short sleeve pattern is great, but by changing it to different sleeve types, you can make the entire dress or blouse look different.  You can save your customer money by making changes to one basic pattern, and end up giving her a whole wardrobe of designs.

Even if you only sew for yourself, you can use YOUR best fitting dress or blouse and change it into dozens of different styles.

Let’s start with the sleeve.  It’s very easy to change a sleeve into a new style, if you follow a few basic instructions.  For this tutorial, we’re going to change the basic short sleeve into a Bell Sleeve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the sleeve variation, you’ll be cutting the basic sleeve in one or more places, so I would suggest that you reinforce the back of the basic sleeve pattern with iron on pellon, so that the basic sleeve won’t get ripped.  When you make the NEW sleeve style, you may want to pin it to pattern paper and cut the new sleeve style, making a new pattern.

STEP 1:  For the bell sleeve, you will “cut” and “separate” the basic sleeve from the bottom.  On the basic pattern, draw in the center vertical line, then measure 2″ to the left and right of the center line, and draw two additional vertical lines.  Beginning at the bottom, cut each of the vertical lines almost to the top, keeping the main piece attached at the top.

STEP 2:  At the bottom of the sleeve, separate the “cut” sections so there are openings of 1 5/8″ between each section, as shown.  Lay the basic “cut” sleeve pattern onto pattern paper and pin the sections in place on the pattern paper.

STEP 3:  At the bottom of the center “cut” line, measure DOWN 3/4″ and make a mark.  Draw in the new lower sleeve line with a smooth curving line as shown in the above drawing.

Trace around the “new” sleeve pattern on the pattern paper so you’ll have a permanent pattern.  We also suggest that you cut out the picture that’s associated with the sleeve style and tape it to the new sleeve pattern, and perhaps even label it “Bell Sleeve”, so you can keep it to mix and match with other necklines and collars for garment variations.  This new sleeve pattern / style can be sewn according to the pattern instructions.

You can see how easy it is to change the basic sleeve into a completely different style.  If you would like to learn how to make TEN different sleeve styles from that ONE basic pattern, check out the sleeve changing class at SewWithSarah.com.

The sleeve changing class, as well as others, come in size ranges for plus size/full figure size and average size figures.

By offering this service to your customers, you will be able to increase your business and profits.  I would suggest that you make sample sleeves showing the new ones that you can make for the customer to see and choose from.  Since you’ll be using the sleeve from the customers’ pattern package to make any new sleeves for that particular customer, you can be assured that they will fit her.

If you’re sewing for plus size children, you can use the same class to change sleeve styles for children’s patterns.  Or Check the website PlusSizeChildren to see additional patterns and pattern making classes for children.

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Shape-A-Dart – 10 Day Only Sale – 50% off

Posted By on October 6, 2015

From Oct 6 through Oct 16 – First time ever sale on Shape-A-Dart!  Reg. $9.95 – for 10 days only $4.95.  No promo code needed – price is marked.

 

For a fit that flatters – use the Shape-A-Dart on commercial patterns to adjust the cup size to YOUR cup size.

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Why use Shape-A-Dart? Misses size patterns are made with a standard “B” cup and half sizes are made with a standard “C” cup. If you wear a Misses size pattern and wear an “A”, “C” or “D” cup bra, your bodice will be baggy (A cup) or tight with wrinkles (C or D cup). The same thing applies to half sizes that wear an “A”, “B” or “D” cup bra. Shape-A-Dart has PRE-MEASURED dart widths to correct darts on all commercial patterns, beginning with size 6 and going through 24 1/2, and includes sizes 38 to 46. Simply find your pattern size and PERSONAL bra cup size on the Shape-A-Dart and make the correction. Every pattern will give you “a fit that flatters”!

Do your blouses, dresses and jackets look like the “before” pictures? Simply adjust the dart on the pattern with Shape-A-Dart, following the easy instructions that are included, and you will have a perfect fitting garment and a “fit that flatters”!

Do your customers a favor and have one of these handy tools available in order to be able to adjust the cup size on the garments you’re sewing for them.

 Exclusively from Sarah’s Sewing Supplies.

 

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Tutorial: How To Make A Robot Costume

Posted By on October 5, 2015

My Grandson looks AWESOME in the robot costume he actually made (with a little help from Mamaw, of course!)  This project is a “no-sew” creation and simple and quick to make!

Items needed: 1 large clear gift bag (for the body), 1 medium size silver gift bag (for the head) and lots of cool stickers!  First thing to do is remove the handles from the bags, since you’ll be making a robot “body” and “head”.  This costume would fit a child between the ages of 4-6 easily, of course depending on the size of the child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s my boy – the clear gift bag on the table and his HUGE sheet of assorted stickers.  He stuck nearly all of the stickers on the front and back of the clear bag.  We then cut a hole in the “bottom” section of the bag so it would go over his head and of course cut armholes in both sides so it would fit over his body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we took the mediuim size silver gift bag and held it up to his face to see where the eyes/nose/mouth would be, then cut out a cute little area for his face.  We then made a sign, “I Am A ROBOT”, just in case people couldn’t tell!   He also had been coloring the nice eagle picture, so wanted to put it on his robot “chest”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s my handsome robot – all ready for the big day!!!

 

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Change Men’s T-Shirts Into Casual Tops

Posted By on October 1, 2015

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 many ways you can decorate and trim these undershirts, and today I’ll give you a couple of examples.

For a blouson style you will need an undershirt one or two sizes larger than you would normally buy, 3 yards of cording and one yard wide double fold bias tape.

 

 

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Before beginning, open up the wide double fold bias tape and press it flat.  Pin the bias tape over the shoulder seams from the neck down the middle of the sleeves, turning the tape under 1/4″ at each end.  Stitch each side of the bias tape and down the center (by pressing the double fold bias tape, there will still be the slight center mark that makes sewing down the center very easy).  Cut 4 cords the measurement of the tape casing plus 2″.  Insert the cords in the casings and tack the cords at the neck edge.  Make a knot at the cord ends.  Pull the cording to form shirring at the shoulder and tie the cording in a bow.  Determine the length of the blouson, or leave the undershirt the length it is.  Make two machine button holes 1/2 inch on either side of the center front at the hemline.  For the casing, press up 1″ and stitch.  Run cording through the bottom casing, knot the ends and tie the cord in a bow.  You can add additional decorations, appliques, etc to the front of the t-shirt as you desire.

To make a decorator  tank top from a man’s t-shirt, use a t-shirt in the size you normally wear and one package of rick rack, in your choice of color.

 

 

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Pin and stitch the rick rack around the neckline and armholes of the t-shirt, and you’ll have a tank top that’s ready to wear.

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Are You Using The Right Thread?

Posted By on September 29, 2015

All of us that are in the sewing, clothing alteration or crafts businesses can get a little “lazy” sometimes and neglect some of the basic rules of sewing, such as changing our sewing machine needles, or making sure we’re using the right thread for the project at hand.

Thread type is chosen for its compatibility with the fabric’s structure and fiber content as well as the type of project being worked on.

There are many types of threads – carpet thread, darning thread, embroidery thread, crochet thread, basting thread, and buttonhole twist as examples. This post will deal only with the threads that are primarily used with most projects done on a sewing machine.

The following chart shows various types of sewing thread and their usage. Where size numbers apply, the higher the number, the finer the thread – the median size is 50. Where letters indicate the size, A is fine and D is heavy.

GENERAL PURPOSE THREADS

COTTON: A medium thickness (size 50) is available in a wide range of colors, and is used for sewing on light and medium weight cottons, rayons and linens. Cotton thread is usually mercerized, a finishing process that makes it smooth and lustrous, also helping it to take dye better. The lack of “give” in cotton thread makes it an unwise choice for knits or other stretchy fabrics, as the stitches will tend to pop.

SILK: A fine (size A) strong thread for sewing on silk and wool. Its fineness makes it ideal for basting all fabric types, as it does not leave holes from stitching or imprints after pressing. Because of its elasticity, silk is also suitable for sewing any type of knit. Silk thread is recommended for tailoring because it can be molded along with the fabric in shaped areas.

NYLON: A fine (size A) strong thread for sewing light to medium weight synthetics. This is especially suited to nylon tricot.

POLYESTER: An all-purpose weight (approximately size 50) is suitable for sewing on most fabrics, but particularly recommended for woven synthetics; also for knits and other stretch fabrics of any fiber. Most polyester threads have a wax or silicone finish to help them slip through the fabric with a minimum of friction.

COTTON-WRAPPED POLYESTER: An all-purpose weight (approximately size 50) for sewing on knits or wovens of synthetic or natural fibers or blends. The polyester core gives this type of thread strength and elasticity, the cotton wrapping gives it a tough, heat resistant surface.

HEAVY DUTY THREADS

COTTON; POLYESTER; COTTON-WRAPPED POLYESTER: These are coarse threads (approximately size 40) used where extra strength is required for sewing of heavy vinyl, coating or upholstery fabrics.

Regardless of the project you will be working on, it is very important to purchase a good quality thread. The “5 spools of thread for a buck” is not a bargain. The fibers of the “bargain” thread splits easily while you’re sewing and can cause knotting of the thread, breakage of the thread and can also cause a build-up of lint in the bobbin area and along the thread line from the spool to the needle. If you hold a length of the bargain thread up to a light you can readily see the frayed edges and roughness of the thread.

When buying thread for your project it is recommended that you select thread one shade darker than the fabric in order for it to blend in harmoniously. If the fabric is a plaid or multi-color print, select that color that is most dominant.

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WOW! Check out our wide variety of patterns on Craftsy.com

Posted By on September 23, 2015

We are very thrilled to let you know that we have a ton of patterns at Craftsy.com.   We invite you to check out our stores – “Patterns2Go” and “SewWithSarah”.    We have Sewing patterns, quilt patterns, craft patterns, crochet patterns, toy patterns and some super easy pattern making patterns.

We have some of our most popular patterns available in our stores, as well as some brand new favorites that are already flying off the shelves.  Here are just a few of the ones selling like hot cakes:

 

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The Anywhere “T” pattern.  Wear it as a dressy top or add jeans to it.

 

 

 

Don’t forget to check out the girls’ 3-Tier Gathered Skirt pattern at SewWithSarah:

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We also want to let you know that we have FREE GIFTS for each visitor.  Check around the stores to see what all we have.  Be sure to bookmark the stores so you can come back often, as we have some awesome new patterns scheduled to arrive at the stores.

 

 

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How To Make A Bandana Blouse

Posted By on September 16, 2015

Bandana blouses are so easy to make, and bandanas come in a vast array of colors and designs, so every blouse can be different.  The step by step instructions are easy to follow, and the regular 18″ – 22″ bandanas will make tops for girls ages approximately 4 - 8 years old.

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Place two matching bandana handkerchiefs together, with right sides together.  Measure and pin the sides 14″ up from the bottom, as shown (this is for the side seams).  The remaining distance from the 14″ to the top is for the armholes.   Next measure IN from each top side 4 – 5 1/2″ for the shoulder seams.  The opening at the top is for the head, so depending on the age of the child, you might want to do the shoulder measurement and pin with safety pins, rather than straight pins, so you can try the top on to be sure it fits over the head before doing the shoulder seams.  Sew the side seams and shoulder seams.  Turn right side out, and presto! A quick and easy bandana top.

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Of course they’re gonna be a loose fitting top because you’re working with square bandanas.  The great thing is that you don’t have to worry about facings or hems because the bandanas have the tiny rolled hems when you start.

Here you can see the finished product!! Aren’t they just the cutest things ever (blouses AND little girls!)

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I will have to say that the little girls are very small and petite, so the “blouses” are actually little “bandana dresses” on them!  There you go — bandana DRESSES — another concept and item to make!

Oriental Trading has a super variety of bandana prints from the normal blue / red to tie-dyes and other designs.  You could make blouses and dresses for every little girl you know, or for craft bazzars, craft fairs etc.

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