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 […]

Construction and Finishing Shaped Neckline Facings

| March 10, 2010

Construction and finishing shaped neckline facings:              To help maintain the shape of the facing, and not stretch it, it is good to staystitch a line ¼” inside the neck seamline of each facing section, as indicated in the left hand illustration show above.             With right sides together and the markings matched, stitch the […]

How To Attach A Stand Up Collar

| March 3, 2010

I really like the “stand up” collars – it’s so easy to add a little extra to dress up the garment.  A necklace or two looks very nice, or you could add a scarf to make a professional look.  And the great thing is that the stand up collars are easy to make!           After […]

Recycle Old Sweaters Into Cozy Throw Pillows

| February 20, 2010

If you’d like to add a little something “extra” to your sewing business, I’ve just run across something that I think would be useful for making a few extra bucks. FaveCrafts has a great tutorial by Heidi Borchers for creating throw pillows from old sweaters. They say you can pick up old sweaters from thrift […]

Sweetheart Pin Cushion Tutorial

| February 6, 2010

Two days in a row we’ve gleaned super Valentine’s Day tutorials from Jessica at HappyTogether blog.  Today we’re going to show off her Sweetheart Pin Cushion tutorial.  As you probably already know, I love pin cushions, and really need to start a pin cushion collection!  One of those small shadow boxes that people use to […]

Gooey Hearts Toddler Shirt

| February 5, 2010

We’ve had the pleasure of using wonderful tutorials from Jessica at HappyTogether previously, and we found another one for you.  This one is just in time for Valentine’s Day — and I believe every little girl should have one of these Gooey Hearts Shirts!!! Isn’t that just the prettiest little girl and cutest little shirt!  […]

How To Make Boo Boos Feel Better!

| December 30, 2009

If you’d like to sew something that every toddler (and older person as well) would love to have for those boo boos, try this BooBoo Buddy that Trish from Simple Up shows how to make.  The fabric looks so soft, and they recommend putting it in the freezer until you need it for a boo […]