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DIY – Reusable Cotton Rounds | Mabe, With Love. Ahhh, the scrap fabric bin. What to do with it all? I try to use as many reusable products as I can. I have always hated the way cotton balls feel so I was happy to find a reusable alternative in fabric cotton rounds. If you don’t have time to make your own face scrubbies, we have some handmade ones in our shop that are ready to ship. Cotton rounds are a great way to use up fabric scraps and have many, many uses.

These little guys are super simple to make and are a great beginner’s project when learning to sew. The Tools What you’ll need: Scrap Fabric – (flannel, fleece, jersey, hemp, etc) Scissors Pins Sewing Machine Thread Compass to draw a circle or a round object to trace one You should be able to finish off a set in 15 minutes or less. Come back and show off what you made! Using your compass, draw a circle that is about 3″. If you don’t have a compass, no worries. Place your two pieces of scrap fabric with wrong sides touching other. Pin your circle to your stacked pieces of fabric. Doll + Toy Carrycot Tutorial | Sew Mama Sew. Folding Templates (free download)! I've gotten so much great feedback on the printable folding templates that I include with most of my e-patterns. They are just little cardstock guides, but they are really great for making accurate folds. I've gotten to the point where I use them with almost every project, and if I don't have one that has the fold I need, I'll draw an extra line (or I'll try to eyeball it, which I'm not so good at - ack).

Anyway, I thought it would be nice to have some universal folding templates with multiple lines. I've put together a pdf "e-booklet" that you can download here. It includes a straight template and a curved template, each marked with multiple lines at 0.25" increments. The instructions are included with the file, but I will go ahead and post them here as well: Folding TemplatesTemplates are great tools for making accurate folds.

For a straight fold, place the numbered edge of the Straight Folding Template near the edge of the fabric to be folded (a). How to Make a Satin Sleep Bonnet. Seam Finishes Simplified | Sew Mama Sew. Tess has style. She’s full of fun, creativity and her talents are limitless. She produced this comprehensive Seam Finishes Simplified guide to share some of her sewing expertise with all of us. Armed with this guide you can create even more style in your women’s clothing, incorporating finished seams for a more beautiful and sophisticated final product. Tess blogs at Made by Tess and she has a Made by Tess shop featuring beautiful pins, bags, aprons and much more. Bookmark her blog and her fantastic resource for seam finishes below! When I took my first (last, and only) sewing class in college my teacher always said our garments should look “handmade not homemade.”

Since they I’ve realized my resistance to seam finishing and tidy sewing was likely a personality conflict with my teacher, and that seam finishing isn’t our enemy… It’s our friend! Just a Sewing Machine All this time you thought you were stuck without fancy seam finishes because you don’t have a serger. Tools of the Trade: Add a Seam Allowance | Five Green Acres. Using A Seam Ripper What is the little ball for? Have you ever wondered what that little ball is for on your seam ripper? I’ve been sewing all my life and just found out a few years ago! I had been doing it wrong all this time. I’ve even taken sewing lessons and no one ever explained it.

I just thought it had no purpose…..but it does! So I thought you might want to know, too! Put the ball under the seam you want to rip out. The ball lets you glide the seam ripper through the seam as the edge cuts the seam. Seam rippers | brass seam ripper | seam rippers w/bag | seam ripper set | seam ripper w/needles | sewing kit | bobbin organizer | sewing organizer-large | sewing organizer-medium (tap on to view) If you want to see it in action..Pam Damour gives a demonstration below.

Some of the links above are affiliate links that help pay for this website, and never an extra cost to you! How to Sew Your Own Sleeping Bag. How-To Thursday: Create a Bias Tape Maker - Stitch-N-Smile. Tonight, the Great Britsh Sewing Bee‘s semifinal is on and to celebrate, how about a sewing How-To? While sewing my new blouse the other day, I had to make a sort of binding to encase the waist ties.

The instructions said to cut a 60 mm/2″3/8 wide rectangle and fold 10 mm/3/8″ on each side, kind like a binding, but only in a weird size. After struggling with my iron and failing to make a neat band, I decided to try and find a way to help the edges fold themselves before pressing. I’m well aware that there’s already bias tape makers on the market. After a few tries, I came up with something that worked and could be personalize to fit any size! Want to make your own?

First, let’s do some math. Knowing that, you can now cut your continuous bias strip. Now let’s make a DIY bias tape maker! These are the measurements I’ve used to create a bias tape maker for 25 mm/1″ binding. Now comes the fun part! Insert your fabric into your new bias tape maker. Fun, right? DIY: Sew a Kids Bean Bag Chair in 30 Minutes - Project Nursery.

All kids deserve a snuggly spot to call their own. Whether it’s for lounging, movie nights or just curling up with a good book, a pint-sized bean bag chair fits the bill. And while there are many of these available in stores, wouldn’t you rather make one as unique as your child? Complicated bean bag tutorials can be intimidating with all their sections and circle-ness. But what if I told you that with two pieces of fabric, one zipper and a straight stitch you could have an adorable kids bean bag chair in 30 minutes—would you believe me? Materials: two pieces of fabric (upholstery weight fabric is preferable), one 22″ zipper, 3.5 cubic feet of bean bag filling In the following directions, all seam allowances are 5/8″. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. If this chair doesn’t beckon “come, relax,” I don’t know what does!

Choosing to use two different fabrics means the bean bag chair is reversible too. Keep in mind that bean bag filling pellets are a choking hazard! SaveSave. Face Mask Pattern - Free Sewing Patter • Craft Passion • Page 2 of 2. Contemplating the ever-rising pollution level on our Earth, the respiratory face mask will soon become an essential item in our life.

Every year around May till August, we will be attacked by terrible haze, as our neighboring country started to mass-burn their plantation wastes during this dry weather period to clear out their land while producing fertilizers for the next cycle (hmmm, not a right way to recycle, huh~). The hazardous smokes and burning particles were being transported by the wind which is blowing towards us, settled in and won’t go anywhere else unless the rain washes them down. At times, the API (Air Pollution Index) can go up to 400 (hazardous) in a certain area. The haze is dusty, smokey and obscuring the clarity of the sky, the most important thing is that it caused eye and respiratory irritation, it is life-threatening especially to the young and elderly person, and those with weak heart and lungs. See us posing for the face masks… For Better Life, cheers!!!

Bag Hag: How to Make Upcycled Grocery Totes with Old T-Shirts (in 5 Minutes) - Paper and Stitch. Last weekend, Jeff and I cleaned out our dresser and when we got to the pajama drawers, I realized that the pjs section is starting to consist almost solely of t-shirts that neither one of us really wanted anymore. So, we stacked them all up in a pile and I brought them to the studio because I’m a hoarder so I could repurpose them for something new. And that’s how these DIY reusable grocery bags came about. There’s only a couple lines to be sewn and the rest is just clever cutting, so this project literally takes less than 5 minutes to make.

Can’t beat that. Materials old t-shirtsewing machinescissors Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. And here’s the different handle options that you can do. Use these grocery bags to replace plastic bags at the store or use them as extra storage in your car, etc to keep items from rolling around in the trunk, etc. Sewing Liz ScoperModel Stephanie ReaganPhotography Brittni Mehlhoff Think you’d give this upcycled project a try? Toddler Backpack Tutorial-Crazy Little Projects. What’s the Project? This cute backpack pattern is perfect for young kids-toddler and preschoolers will love to throw this fun bag on their back as they head to school. You’ve got to love something cute like this! It’s a toddler backpack pattern and it’s perfect for things like trips on airplanes or to Grandma’s house or to preschool or daycare (it can be a preschool backpack too). And it’s adorable and kid friendly and fun. Perfect for little people! Fully lined and an inner pocket: Zipper closure: And adjustable straps.

I thought this could be a fun project for plane rides or going to Grandma’s. Please Note: I want to be clear up front, especially since I am teaching the Learn to Sew series right now, that this is not a beginner’s sewing project. Supplies Needed: 1 yard of main fabric1 yard of coordinating lining fabric1/2 yard of heavy interfacing (optional-use this only if you are using a lightweight fabric for your main fabric and you want to make the backpack more sturdy. 1. 2. 3. 5. 6.

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