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Tutorial: Invisible Seams, The Hidden Stitch

Tutorial: Invisible Seams, The Hidden Stitch
To close up a seam without showing any stitches you can use the hidden stitch, sometimes it is also called a ladder stitch. This is a really useful stitch to use when you are closing up stuffies, a turning hole or binding the edge of a quilt. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 8. Finished!

DIY: How To Make Tiny Pom Poms With A Fork! Tiny pom pom's. What more could you ask for in life? This week we thought we would show you how to make these adorable little balls of happiness with just a fork and some wool. Cute, basic and ready to be glued onto everything; now that is my kind of tutorial! Itching to get started? Ok, lets go: 1) you will need some wool and a prong-y fork. 2) wrap the wool around the outer two prongs until it gets really fat. 3) once you are ready, cut the end of the wool and using a new small piece or a little thread, bunch the wool together and tie really tightly so it is secure. 4) take your wool off the fork and cut all the loops. 5) trim all the extra long straggly bits so it is big, round and beautiful.. *Ta*Da* Cute and simple and ready for anything! We like to use these little bad boys to flourish gifts for our nearest and dearist. Enjoy...

DIY Glam Bridal Necklace One of my favorite projects that I tackled for our wedding was creating the necklace I wore on the big day. The end result looks like a million bucks, but the supplies were relatively inexpensive - it just took a bit of time and effort! I first blogged about starting this necklace a year ago in my post, All that Glitters. I ended up deciding not to post the final walk through of the project until after the wedding so the big reveal of my necklace could be at our wedding. As I mentioned in my previous blog post on the necklace, the inspiration came from a gorgeous Jenny Packham necklace that I tried on at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier when I was gown shopping. The first step in the process was to find the crystals to adorn the necklace. The second step is creating the necklace form. Once you have the paper form just right, its time to move to fabric. Next I carefully cut around the paper form using high quality fabric scissors.

Corset Training Page | Corset Training Learn The Secret Skills Of Corsetry From This Professional Two Book Course + NEW 20 minute video – Designed For The Beginner If You Can Sew – You Can Sew A Corset! Pick one of the 20 corset patterns from The Corset Pattern Compendium and follow the simple instructions on how to ‘scale it up’ – make it life size (check out the video below for a demonstration) and alter it to fit your own unique figure.Then using the step-by-step illustrated instructions in The Corset Making Manual sew your corset! So how do you scale up the patterns? The Benefits of Making Your Own Over Buying Expensive Off-The-Peg Corsets: > Look amazing with a fit so perfect it’s like a second skin – a second skin with devastating curves! > The corsets you make are exactly how you want them – customize every aspect > Save by making your own rather than buying expensive shop bought corsets > Save on materials by using my list of cheap high quality online suppliers! > You’ll be the envy of all your friends Everybody Has It Wrong…

Handy Reference Cards for Knitters and Crocheters « The C Side Check out the latest version here Every time I come across a pattern that calls for a needle or a hook thats size is not given in metric I have to go ask Google what size that is. So instead of having to do that every time I decided to make handy reference cards. The PDF includes 3 cards Needle Size ConversionHook Size ConversionWIP, gauge and recommended hook or needle size for different yarn category I also added the WIP card because I buy lots of yarn that does not clearly state what category yarn it falls into. Now I am thinking I need mini project cards and printable ball bands. Download the PDF file for the Handy Reference Cards Print them on card stock, cut them and have them laminated so they can withstand every day wear and tear. For such a lazy person, I spent a couple of hours making these this mornings. Is there anything else I am missing?

DIY: Festivalize Your Shirt Giveaway Festival season is approaching, when fashion becomes that much more eclectic and free. People pull out all the stops to create a perfect festival look that’s eye catching, free spirited, and unique. This week for a DIY we customized one of our High and Low Buttondown shirts with fabric pens and embroidery stitches. Click through to find out how to win it, and how we did it! How to enter: Tweet or Instagram your favorite photo from a festival with the hashtag #FPDIY! Comment on this post and provide your Twitter or Instagram handle. We wanted the shirt to be slightly customized, so we took our two favorite colors: a neon pink and a neon orange fabric pen and created small patterns around the shirt pockets and shoulder seams. What you need: A shirt of your choice, fabric pens, embroidery threads, and a sewing needle. Start decorating! Use embroidery thread to add texture and there you go, a cute shirt for a festival! Don’t forget enter to win! Tags: DIY, fashion, festival, giveaway

Easy No Sew Fleece Blanket Edging What a week I have had – some good and some not so good. How about I start with the good. I think I mentioned the Joann’s fabric store in Grand Island, NE. is having a liquidation sale as they are opening a new store in another location in town and I guess they are not moving any of the merchandise from the old store to the new one so they have had very good sales going on. I purchased the anti-pill fleece in 2 yard segments to make single layer throws for my daughters, sons in law and grand children – 8 in all. I didn’t want the throws to get too heavy so that is why I only used one layer for each. I found directions on the internet for making the throws without the knots you usually see. Here are the step by step photos and directions I used to make them. Step 2 - Cut 1” slits around the entire edge and a 2” square out of each corner. was cutting and either added a little to each 1” fringe or subtracted a little so I wouldn’t have a really skinny or really fat strip at the corners.

the simple image sharer embroidery basics: stem and split stitches Last time, I showed you two of my favorite stitches, and this week, we have two of my least favorites. There's nothing really wrong with them, but everyone has their own tastes, right? My problem with the stem stitch is that it alluded me for so long that I still avoid it, and the split stitch? It always feels messy. Still, they are basic, must learn stitches, and you may love them! Get your hoop ready, and let's get started! As someone who likes the stabbing method (see this previous lesson), I'm tempted to take a single stitch, come up from the back just behind the end of my first stitch, and continue on. Instead, use the sewing method with the fabric a little loose in the hoop. Pull the floss through (not too tight!) Continue along the line, and it looks like this! For a long time, I thought I would never learn how to do this. This way is more like doing the back stitch, and I love that! Again, come up like you're back stitching, and go back down behind the previous stitch.

The Granny Hoodie...A Tutorial Top-toberfest in winding up, with only a few posts left I'm a little bit sad. But today I have a fun project for you. I call it the Granny Hoodie, it features delicate lace trim, and a little vintage applique that I inherited from my grandmother. There's nothing quite as cozy as a hoodie on a cold day, and this sweatshirt fleece is so soft. I LOVE it. A better look at the lace trim and the applique. Since I draft most of my own patterns, I sew as I go, plans change, and things aren't always documented as well as I'd like. I drafted the pattern for the hoodie using an existing sweatshirt. To draft the sleeves I followed the curves of the sleeves and the arm scythe. On the front bodice piece I needed to create a notch for the hood pieces. For the hood pattern piece, I traced my basic hood shape, and then added the needed material to connect at the notch. I also drafted a small front pocket. Materials: Sweatshirt fleece-I'm not sure how much material I used. 1.5-2 yards Lace trim- 2 yards?

The Zen of Making: Tutorial: Sewable Shrink Plastic Buttons Did you know that you can make your own custom plastic buttons for just about any project, any time you need them, and for super cheap? After seeing this awesome button tutorial from , I’ve been dying to make some buttons of my own. Mine aren’t quite as artistically beautiful as Kimanh’s—I erred on the side of simple kitties and polka dots—but I had a great time trying out different sizes, shapes, and shrink plastic colors and textures. A confirmed sewing nerd, I’m a teeny tiny bit obsessed with buttons. * Shrink plastic sheets or #6 plastic food containers (I used Shrinky Dinks sheets.) * Scrap paper * Parchment paper (baking paper) * High quality permanent pigment pens (I used Pigma Micron pens .) * Circle cutter or punches in various sizes (I used the Fiskars circle cutter and the Paper Source 2 1/8″ punch .) * Paper hole punch * Paper scissors * Oven or toaster oven * Baking sheet * Pencil * Die cutting machine and dies (Optional—only if you want to cut special shapes.) I ♥ buttons, don’t you?

How to Make 30 Minute Infinity Scarf - Knit When I stumbled upon 30 Minute Infinity Scarf tutorial by Audra from “The Kurtz Corner” I got very enthusiastic about this fabulous idea. Since then I’ve been so hooked on this method of knitting that I can’t recall how many times I’ve made this fluffy scarf. I’m sure that it’s the easiest and the most fun way to start your adventure with knitting. Since it's still a bit cold outside, we’ve decided to show you a bit altered version of the tutorial. Our idea was to make it even more helpful, so we used knitter’s perpective. Will you try your hand at arm knitting?