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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Types Of Seams

| June 23, 2010

          There are three main types of seams that you will be using for most of the sewing items you will make. (1)  A straight seam is the one that is used most often.  In a well-made straight seam, the stitching is exactly the same distance from the seam edge the entire length of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]