Paint Smocks For School Or Play

| August 19, 2009

With school starting right around the corner, and “pre school” and day care all year long, I found a perfect tutorial for making painting smocks.  You might even be able to recycle an old vinyl table cloth (I have two of them here that desperately need recycling and 3 1/2 year old quadruplet grandbabies that […]

Book Review: Junky Styling, Wardrobe Surgery

| August 11, 2009

Deconstructing, re-styling, and completely transforming old clothes is all the rage right now and this 160-page book, Junky Styling: Wardrobe Surgery is a beautifully designed and illustrated softcover publication that will inspire all who read it to take a new look at their discarded fashions. The authors, Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager, launched a successful […]

Cut The Cost By Making Your Own “Frills”

| July 26, 2009

I LOVE to run across ways to do fancy trims and decorations on garments — especially where the “purchased” ones of similar type cost a bundle of money.At the Enchantresses3 blogspot, there is a super tutorial on how to make a corsage decoration on a regular tee.  They say the “real deal” costs $29.95 from J. Crew […]

8 Ways to Reuse Tissue Patterns

| June 5, 2009

There’s a great post at Crafting A Green World that I wanted to share with a bunch of neat ideas on how to reuse your old tissue paper patterns.  Their ideas include gorgeous paper roses with button accents, wrapping paper and matching gift tags, decoupage letters and sewing boxes, and my favorite drink coasters and […]

Recycle The Shoes Off Your Feet

| May 29, 2009

I simply had to post about these shoes when I saw the tutorial – what a great idea!  I have horrible, hard to fit feet and it never fails, as soon as I get a pair broken in to where they’re finally comfortable – I’ve got them all scuffed up and they no longer look […]

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

| April 22, 2009

Today is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than to figure out ways we can reduce, reuse and recycle — not just in our businesses, but in our homes as well.If we all determined to do a little more recycling of things we’d normally toss into the trash can, we could literally “save […]

Remaking Old Garments Into New

| April 12, 2009

We here at SewingBusiness.com are all about reuse and recycle, and have posted many articles telling about using old leftover scraps and turning them into gift items, flea market items, etc.  I love to see tutorials about turning old “tossed aside” garments into new garments, or into craft items – just reuse and recycle!Recently I […]

How To Do Spool Weaving

| October 25, 2008

If you do a lot of sewing, quilting or alterations you already know how quickly the thread spools can run out of thread.  So, what do you do with the empty ones?  I’ve always put mine in a bag to save for children’s projects or other types of projects that would call for the spools.  […]

Recycle CapriSun Containers

| August 31, 2008

A couple of years ago my granddaughter, then a senior in high school, made CapriSun purses.  Small purses, just what all the girls wanted, and she sold TONS of them!  She sold them for $15 each, and had a waiting list for them.  Now if I’d been smart, I would have watched her make them, written […]