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Seven Essential Sewing Skills

Seven Essential Sewing Skills
Tasia from Sewaholic and Sewaholic Patterns wows us with her incredible style and sewing skills. Her blog is one of our favorite daily reads! Have you seen all of the gorgeous versions of her Lonsdale Dress out there on Flickr, Pinterest and your favorite blogs, all sewn up this past summer? Tasia inspires, and teaches along the way too; she is a fabulous resource for sewing techniques and more on her blog. We asked for some of her favorite tips for essential sewing skills and she shares them here today. Enjoy! Hello, everyone! 1. Helpful Links: 2. 3. Some great posts on pressing: 4. Here’s a great list of seam finishes to get you started! 5. There are plenty of zipper tutorials out there, but here are some great ones: 6. 7. « Hooded Tunic Tutorial Announcing: October Holiday Sew-Alongs + Giveaways »

Circle skirt calculator – for the drafting of full, half and 3/4 skirts. With bonus grading worksheet! | The Snug Bug Special Sunday greetings you naked molerats! Since you’re so naked, I thought you might want to make yourselves some nice little circle skirts. And perhaps, like me, you find yourself with little mole rat patterns just a touch on the small side. But the grading of a circle skirt isn’t so easy, is it you naked rodents? Oh no, not so easy at all… OK. Recently I’ve been plotting about two separate circle-skirt related issues in my head. For molerats who are unfamiliar with circle skirts, here’s the difference between the three styles. For a much more interesting comparison, here’s a full circle skirt. {image Whirling Turban} Here’s the oh, so lovely three-quarter circle skirt. And a slightly pixelated half circle skirt… {image Get Go Retro} The other circle-skirt related problem I’ve been mulling over has to do with grading up circle skirts. OK, I admit I usually grade up my circle skirts the ‘wrong’ way. My problem is (hopefully) solved! Okee dokee. Whew! OK! There we have it!

Sarah at Welcome to the Good Life - StumbleUpon WOO HOO! Call me a big nerd but my heart's pounding because i'm so excited and honored to be here!!! my name is Sarah and i keep a blog over at Welcome to the gOOd life. it's a diary written by me (and sometimes by my hilarious husband) of the good and the ugly as a wife, a stay at home mom, raising two kids under three-just a year apart, and also my weekly DIY sewing projects. so should we get on to my DIY project? inspiration: squeezebox top from anthropologie picture from an anthropologie review blog. i think i literally gasped when i saw this top online. i instantly fell in love and knew i had to have it! i bought 2 white shirts, one in xs which is my size and one in large. i got the large shirt in round neck for more fabric while i got the xs in a scoopneck. you'll need: 2 shirts scissors matching thread pins estimated time: 1-2 hrs. project cost: very reasonable(mine was $8 for both shirts) skill level: advanced beginner to intermediate 3. take one of the piece and begin making the pleates. 4.

Fleece Dog Bed Tutorial | Erin's Blog - Dog Under My Desk - StumbleUpon Loki got a new bed today and the weather held out for photos, so you all get a new tutorial! Read below to learn how to make this cute fluffy fleece dog bed! I’ve made… four of these now? You’ll need 1 1/4 yards of fleece. I cut the 26″ square first, then folded in it fourths. (If you buy 1 1/3 yards, you can squeeze out 28″ circles, but not much more than that.) Now, sew the long pieces together on the short side, right sides together, to make once long piece. Now mark the halfway points on both circles. Now take one circle and place it right sides together with the long piece, matching the center seam to the center point. Sew in both directions starting from this center point/seam to 4″ from the other center point. This diagram will help: Sew the other circle in the same manner. Now pin the seams all the way up to the center point, then fold the excess back and pin it in place. This should give you a finished bed with a hole in the middle where you will turn and stuff the bed. Keep sewing…

All About Decorative Stitches + Project 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.” These fancy stitches might include a nice blanket stitch or perhaps even a scallop or honeycomb stitch. More expensive machines come with perhaps 60 or more such stitches and possibly even multiple width options depending on the features included. You will need: Start by marking the fabric with a circle a bit bigger than your hoop size.

Stuffed animal How-to This is actually quite a good idea! T-Shirt Mod: Boxy to Foxy Make: Projects T-Shirt Mod: Boxy to Foxy Tailor your frumpy tees. Share this: Email I have a bunch of great logo tee-shirts but they’re cut for men and I don’t like the way they fit, so today I’m going to show you how to mod your t-shirts into a flattering shape that you’ll actually wear. Parts Tools Print Project Steps Step #1: PrevNext First, iron your shirts and turn them inside-out.Line up the template at the shoulders and trace around it with tailor's chalk. Step #2: Pin along the new side seams, and cut off the sleeves at the new armhole.Run the new side seams through the serger. Step #3: Lay out the old sleeve under the template t-shirt and mark the new underarm and armhole. Step #4: Serge the underarm, then cut the shoulder curve. Step #5: Flip the sleeve right side out and set it inside the armhole of the shirt.Pin both sleeves into their armholes. Step #6: Serge the sleeve seams and you\'re all done! Becky Stern Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. In the Maker Shed

Felt Baby Shoes - the purl bee - StumbleUpon I think it’s lovely to welcome a little one into the world surrounded by thoughtful handmade gifts, and these itty-bitty boots are just the ticket for such a reception. Brimming over with the “awww” factor, everyone who sees these Felt Baby Shoes wants to pick them up and coo, almost as if they contained a chubby little baby foot already! Sometimes when I get on a roll with a fun and easy project like this, it’s hard to stop. In this case, I ended up with a pile of eight pairs of shoes, all from one Purl Soho Wool Felt Bundle! Our gorgeous Autumn Bundle covers a beautiful spectrum of warm earth tones, just right for boys or girls. I love the idea of sewing up a big bunch of booties to have on hand for baby showers and welcome-to-the-world gifts. Materials To make eight pairs of 3 month sized baby shoes: Note: The template for this pattern is for a 3 month size, which is 4-inches long. Pattern Cutting and Pinning Cut the templates from one of the felt pieces. Sewing Adding the Elastic

Clear Toy Storage Bags (with drawstring closure) Why do kids like toys with so many itty bitty little pieces? I guess it increases the fun factor. Tiny brushes. Tiny shoes. Tiny tea pot sets. So that’s what I did. I made a clear vinyl cinched-up pouch……that she can easily tote around with her little rubber-clothed dolls inside. No more anxiety, wondering where all the little pieces of your children’s toys will go. Just bag it up and make it fun for them to put all their pieces back into their special bag. See? Now, just imagine a whole collection of these……filled with all sorts of things. A perfect way to keep things organized. Would you like to customize your own clear toy storage bags? Supplies: Main Fabric (The amount you need will depend on the size bag you make…….make your calculations below to decide how much you’ll need)Thicker Clear Vinyl (At Joann’s, I bought 17 gauge vinyl I think. First, choose what size bag you want. Bottom Circle Piece: whatever size you want your circle to be Turn the tube right side out. Now you’re all set.

Easy Applique: The Starch Method Joanna from Fig Tree & Co. is one talented, busy woman! She produces over 100 quilting, sewing and children’s patterns and design booklets, and she designs several fabric collections each year for Moda Fabrics. Joanna also regularly publishes a style magazine, Fresh Vintage, and travels to teach her quilting and sewing techniques. You can learn all about Joanna’s work on the Fig Tree & Co. site, and Joanna also blogs regularly at Fresh Figs. (Be sure to check out her fun, recent posts from Quilt Market!). Today Joanna took a little time out of her busy schedule to share one of her favorite sewing techniques with us. Hello, Sew,Mama,Sew! Applique shapes, ready to sew! I have to admit to you that even though I am not much of a gadget girl, over the years I have fallen in love with a few techniques and shortcuts that I just can’t live without, and this process I’m sharing today is one of them. At this point in my quilting journey this is my favorite and only method for doing applique.

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