Unveil Wreath Sashes’ 10-Year History
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by Christine Warren
1w ago
  It seems like every few years, there’s a new hot trend in the world of home decorating that leaves sewists and crafters scrambling to catch up with customer demands at art and craft shows and design trends on marketplaces such as Etsy. This year’s ‘must have’ item is no exception as it gives customers a cost-effective way to decorate for holidays, special events, and everyday style. The big benefit: minimal storage requirements, endless theme possibilities, and affordable personalization! Wreath sashes began as a popular ‘regional’ product but have quietly and quickly blossomed into a ..read more
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Easy Sewing Project Review – Point of View 17 Inch Wreath Pattern
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by Christine Warren
1y ago
Easy Sewing Project Pattern Review: “Point of View” 17-Inch Folded Star Wreath by Plum Easy Patterns If you are looking for an minimal, Easy Sewing Project that can be completed in one weekend sewing session; consider trying the “Point of View” 17-Inch Folded Star Wreath by Plum Easy Patterns.  This easy sewing project uses strategically placed prairie points around a center focal design to create a beautiful centerpiece for a table.  The finished project can also be hung and displayed on the wall. Easy Sewing Project: Required Items Besides the fabrics listed in the pattern directi ..read more
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Easy Upcycled Sewing Project: Turn Old Jeans Into Tote Bag
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by Christine Warren
1y ago
Upcycled Sewing Project in less than 2 hours! Easily make a tote bag out of old jeans. In this upcycled sewing project tutorial, learn an easy and simple method for transforming an old pair of denim jeans into a functional and useful tote bag.  Upcycling not only keeps discarded clothing out of landfills, but it is also environmentally friendly!   Upcycled Sewing Project Materials needed: 1 pair of jeans (preferably no stretch) 1 spool of denim top stitching thread 1 spool of general sewing utility thread 2 yards of 1.5” nylon strap webbing Upcycled Sewing Project Tools needed: Sewi ..read more
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Applique Sewing Tutorial for Beginners – 4 Simple & Easy Steps
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by Christine Warren
1y ago
A simple & easy applique sewing tutorial for beginners in 4 steps It’s easy to achieve excellent sewing results when undertaking an applique sewing project if you follow 4 simple and easy steps as demonstrated in this applique sewing tutorial. Tools & Materials Needed for Applique Sewing Sewing Project Fabric (preferably cotton) Fusible Web product (see below) Tearaway stabilizer (see below) Permanent Sharpie ink marker for tracing appliques (use the finest point possible) Washable marking pen or tailor’s chalk Applique scissors or sharp dressmaker’s shears Iron with steam function De ..read more
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How to Create an Amazing Purse With One Necktie & Leftover Fabric
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by Christine Warren
1y ago
As we move to a more casual work environment, the demand for traditional business attire has declined leading to a surplus of men’s neckties. Sadly, many of these beautiful ties are tossed into landfills and sewists often look for creative sewing projects to upcycle the fabric. If you need an Amazing Purse for a special occasion, consider making your own with a silk necktie and leftover fabric!  The process is simple and can produce amazing results. Before starting, gather a few necessary supplies:  A necktie with a small or random print (Stripes and directional prints can be tricky ..read more
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How to Upcycle Fabric Scraps Into Beautiful No-Sew Quilted Ornaments
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by Christine Warren
1y ago
Do you have fabric scraps? If you sew like me, you probably have a lot of leftover fabric pieces that are too good to toss.  I often carefully fold them and place them in my ‘scrap box’ for use in a future project. Unfortunately, I’ve never had much luck finding suitable projects for using up these small leftover gems.  Earlier this year I was facing a serious storage issue and decided it was time to downsize my stash.  The dilemma: what could I make with small amounts of fabric?  As I looked around my studio, I had a lightbulb moment.  I could make no-sew ornaments ..read more
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Are Non-Stick Presser Feet Worth the Cost? Sewing Tool Spotlight
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by Christine Warren
1y ago
In the past when working with specialty fabrics like cork or imitation suede that have a tendency to stick to traditional presser feet, I’ve used sewing aids like tissue paper or spray on lubricants. It wasn’t easy, but I made it thru my projects vowing to find an easier way before the ‘next project.’ Since I plan to incorporate cork fabric into several upcoming projects, I knew I had to find a solution to my ‘sticking’ problem. I just wasn’t sure what I needed to buy. Would I ever find a universal solution to my problem? Well, I did. On a recent visit to my favorite sewing machine shop and up ..read more
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Sewing Tools Spotlight: Scissors? How to pick the best styles
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by Christine Warren
1y ago
How to pick the best Scissors Style Other than a sewing machine, a good pair of scissors is perhaps the most essential tool for any sewist. There are a range of scissors made specifically for sewing; so today we will be going through what types you need and when to use them. Dressmaking Shears Full-sized fabric scissors or dressmaker shears are the most versatile of cutting tools for sewing – so if you don’t have a pair, you need at least one pair! They are available in three different lengths, 8 inch, 9 inch, and 10 inch. This measurement refers to the blade length. The longer the blade, the ..read more
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How to Create a Fun and Stylish Pumpkin Topper with Fabric & Trim
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by Christine Warren
1y ago
Create a Fun and Stylish Pumpkin Topper This is the 2nd installment of the new series “From Scraps to Masterpieces.” If you are looking for an alternative to carving and painting pumpkins, then today’s sewing project will pique your interest! With a small amount of fabric, leftover trim, and Halloween accents, I’m sharing my sewing tutorial for creating amazing pumpkin toppers. They are a fantastic option when decorating pumpkins for indoors. These beauties can be used for many years and are a GREAT way to use up Halloween and fall themed fabrics from your scrap bag! I’ve made them in 2 sizes ..read more
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3 Practical Ways to Upcycle Fabric Scraps into Beautiful Designs
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by Christine Warren
1y ago
Recently, a blog reader submitted a tutorial request. We love receiving emails like this as they help us when selecting future article and tutorial topics. This reader requested more ideas for working with scrap fabrics and leftover piecework. Since this topic is of interest to anyone who sews, I’ve made the editorial decision to create a new series called, “From Scraps to Masterpieces.” Hopefully, this new series will inspire you to take a second look at fabric you may have tossed into the ‘scrap bag’ and sew something beautiful with it! If you have ever created an upcycle fabric patchwork fo ..read more
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