Free Sewing eBooks Tangle Tangle Tangle How To: Hand Sewing, Without The Knot 05 Apr 2013 April 5, 2013 We’re brushing the dust off our sewing skills and revisiting some essential techniques in sewing to share with you! Whether you’ve just begun sewing or have been stitching for decades, it’s always good to reassess your techniques and see what’s new in the sewing world. We’re scrubbing the web for sewing techniques and today’s technique is a fun alternative to the traditional hand-sewing knot. It might just transform the way you secure your thread, so follow us after the jump! Your hand-sewing (and knotting) techniques usually differ between projects, as your need for a secure knot can vary on a sliding scale. In just three easy steps, you can create a knot that is secure without the hanging tail, particularly important if your fabric will be flattened for display or stitched over for quilting. We love this hand-sewing technique — what’s your favorite way to start off a knot? About the Author
Core77 / Industrial Design Magazine + Resource 30 Great Places to Buy Fabric Online | The Humble Nest You can make the greatest stuff with your sewing skills but if you don’t have great fabric to work with your projects just won’t turn out as well. Finding fabric that is perfect for your needs can be a bit of a hassle and it’s often a task that’s best done in person so you can gauge weight and texture. Yet, some of the best deals on fabric, especially imported or designer fabric, can be found online. Here are a few sites that I’ve found to be particularly useful in finding and buying great fabrics. UPDATE: I appreciate all the comments and recommendations, but please check out my follow up post for additional sites. Big Sites These sites offer wide selections suited to basic sewing needs. Joann Fabric and Crafts: You’ll find pretty much the same collection of fabrics on the Joann site as you would in the store. Budget Need to do some design on a dime? Fashion Fabrics Club: Lots of fabrics some nice and some, well, not so pretty. Specialty and Imports Designer Sites Like this: Like Loading...
Free Patternless Sewing: Clothes & More Posted on | October 9, 2008 | 7 Comments I originally became interested in patternless sewing, many years ago, because I had a hard time finding patterns in my size. Nowadays, patterns in large sizes abound. Nonetheless, I still love my pattern free sewing. These patterns generally of three types. One type requires you to take your measurements and draw up the pattern yourself. Skirts are very easy to make without a pattern. I came across a few patterns that didn’t fit into any other category, so I gave them their own. We normally assume underwear is too complicated or to time consuming to sew ourselves. Aprons can usually be whipped up in less than an hour. Shirts and dresses are much more complicated to make than skirts. Coats can easily be the most expensive piece of clothing in your wardrobe. Click on the first link to get inspiration. Read More : Sewing or Home Comments
Shirred Pillowcase Top : Daily source of DIY craft projects and inspiration, patterns, how-tos | Craftzine.com Shirred Pillowcase Top By Betz White When summer heats up I am definitely on the lookout for cool summer tops. And I’ve got a great stash of thrifted pillowcases that are the perfect candidates for a makeover. A few rows of elastic smocking makes a super comfy top and adds just the right detail. Materials: Pillowcase Most pillowcases are approximately 20" wide and 28" long. Directions: Before starting this or any project, please read though all instructions that pertain to the size you are making. Step 1: Plan your top.For size S/M (finished top shown), use the width of the pillowcase as the width of the top. Step 2: Deconstruct the pillowcase.S/M: Starting at the hem, cut open one side seam and then cut along the seamed end of the pillowcase. Step 3: Determine the length of the top.S/M: Measure yourself from underarm to top of hip (I used a measurement of 16 1/2"). Step 4: Hem the top edge. Step 5: Wind the bobbin. Step 6: Create the shirring. Step 7: Steam the shirring. All finished!