Quick And Easy Apron

| December 16, 2014

How many times have you needed a quick little gift for the hostess of a party or to use as a little thank you for somebody special?  We have the perfect quick and easy apron that could be whipped up in no time, and would be a very thoughtful gift.             […]

How To Make a Washcloth Doll

| November 6, 2014

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 […]

Christmas Panholders

| November 21, 2012

With a little over a month until Christmas, you still have some time to make some of these quick and easy Christmas potholders.  Use them yourself or give as hostess gifts or stocking stuffers.               Each of the potholders in this project takes flannel fabric and quilt batting, plus […]

How To Make A Reversable Collar Tutorial

| September 24, 2012

If you’re the kind of person that likes to change that basic dress or blouse (or sweater) into a variety of styles just by adding a faux collar or bow collar, this tutorial is for you!  This collar tutorial will be a “custom” collar that uses your basic blouse or dress pattern as the basis […]

Working With Garment Sleeves

| August 4, 2010

          Today’s garments are designed with a wide variety of sleeves, which differ greatly in look and in the method of construction.  A garment, for example, may have armholes that are merely finished, producing a sleeveless look, or it may have sleeves, either set-in or raglan, that are separately made and attached to the garment, […]

Working With Waistbands And Facings

| April 21, 2010

          There are several ways to finish the waistline of skirts and slacks.  The straight waistband is the most familiar and the most popular, but a stretch waistband  or a simple facing may be used.  The pattern will specify a waistline treatment, but a different finish can often be substituted if desired.           Straight waistbands […]

Need New Toys For Your Customer Waiting Area?

| April 19, 2010

Actually, this post could be “Need new toys for your grandchildren when they come to visit?” or “Need a new product to sell at the next craft fair?”, but sometimes it seems like the toy corner of a customer waiting area gets pretty skimpy!  Not many toys, and the ones you have available are over […]

How To Join A Bodice To A Gathered Skirt

| April 8, 2010

Today we’re going to go over what I think is the easiest and quickest method of joining a bodice to a gathered skirt.            To prepare the skirt for gathering, first machine baste on the right side along the seamline (A).  Baste between the “sections” so that the basting lines start and stop about 5/8” […]

How To Work With Waistlines

| March 31, 2010

         We will be dealing with two types of waistlines this week and next – one is where the skirt will be joined to a bodice to make a dress, and the second type will be in making a skirt or pair of slacks.           Before any waistline seam is sewn, all darts, tucks or pleats must […]

How To Construct and Finish A Bias Facing

| March 19, 2010

         Bias facings on blouses and dresses are not hard to do – in fact you can do a bias facing instead of putting on that collar that came with the pattern.  Here’s an easy and quick way to make and finish a bias facing.            A bias strip should be twice the desired finished […]