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Maddie Kertay from Domestic Anarchy is back! She shared the Sweet Dreams Nap Mat in our Back to School series , and today she fills us in on the worlds of possibility in all of those decorative stitches you might just have on your sewing machine. Learn more about Maddie in her introduction , and be sure to stop by Domestic Anarchy where she writes about her “obsessive love of sewing and crafting” and how to homeschool several kids while working from home, all while keeping sane and happy! Today even the simplest mechanical sewing machine comes with at least a few decorative stitches built in; these are sometimes erroneously called “embroidery stitches.”
Last Friday, I mentioned there possibly was a tutorial in the works for little H.'s bag . It's been tested now over the weekend and she loves it - and so do I!
If you've got paint chips sitting around begging to be made into something, try folding them into boxes for paperclips, thumbtacks, party favor candies, or tiny gifts. I made these from Behr swatches, available at Home Depot. You'll need paint swatches, double-stick tape, an X-acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat.
Replace a broken or worn-out watchband with grosgrain ribbon. Measure wrist with a tape measure; add 2 1/4 inches, and cut a length of ribbon to total. Run ribbon through slot on one side, over back of watch face, and through other slot. Fold over 3/4 inch of ribbon on each end; iron flat. Use a hammer to attach snap fasteners to each folded-over side, following package directions.
Can you find the fake ones?
any kind of paper you like (I've used an old poster, kraft paper, neon paper, a page from a Japanese kid's book, magazine pages, newspaper, scraps of wallpaper, maps, and wrapping paper) ruler (optional for folding) Take the old boring envelope and unfold it by lifting the glued corners apart. Be very careful not to rip any of the edges.
My husband set aside a few days last week to clean the garage. He's a truly great man. Had you seen our garage before the clean-up you'd think so too.
I wish you a Merry Christmas in July! Sing it with me! Are you singing?