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Sewing Articles

Sewing Tips & Patterns

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Sewing is ever popular and has many uses. One of our contributors likes to sew parts of her greeting cards as a way of adding interest.

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Sewing Articles

Bed Skirts
How to sew your own bed skirt.

Blind Hemming Silk
Tips to get the best results.

Blue Jean Book Bag Pattern
Recycle an old pair of blue jeans using this simple pattern.

Crafty Solution for Bed-Wetting Pets
My crafty solution for my bed-wetting dog.

Creature Pillows
Kids will love these easy-to-create almost no-sew creature pillows.

Crochet Needle Holder
How to put together a crochet needle holder, a great gift for crocheters.

Uses for Fabric Samples
Make gifts from fabric sample books.

Felt Box
A handy hold all.

How to Make Terry Potholders
Pictorial tutorial on how to sew your own terry potholders.

How to Sew a Handy Hanging Towel
Recycle old towels into handy cloths to hang by the sink.

Knotted Scarf
An easy to make scarf.

Panadiére, A French Bread Basket Pattern
An easy to make pattern for a Panadiére, a French Bread Basket.

How to Resize and Stiffen the Pattern

Custom Tote Bag
Add your own designs to your tote bags.

Customized Tote Bag Pattern
This is a pattern of one of my personal best sellers, a self-enclosed tote with a customized logo.

Do It Yourself Sewing Machine Repairs
Written by a sewing machine repairman: try these tips before calling for service.

Double Eyeglass Case Pattern
A simple easy-to-make pattern.

Craft Ideas: Embroidery Keepsakes
An embroidery kit that can be dedicated to each child or grandchild.

Decorative Pin Cushion
How to make fancy pin cushions using fabric remnants.

Embroidery Machine Buying Tips
What to look for when buying an embroidery machine.

Fabric Flowers
How to make fabric flowers from cloth remnants and some uses for them.

Finishing a Quilt
The final steps in making a quilt.

Garment and Shoe Bags from Recycled Shower Curtains
Clean out that linen closet and put some old fabric shower curtains to a new use.

Getting Crafty With Your Cell Phone
Some crafty ways to dress up your cell phone.

Hanging Fabric Baskets
Hanging fabric baskets can be made in many sizes to fit your needs and have many uses.

Heart Shaped Quilted Wish Pillow
Sleep on your wishes.

How to Sew the Curves of an Ivy Cap
No matter what you call it, sewing the curves on a flat cap can be tricky.

How to Update a BIG Sweater
An easy way to re-style a bulky old sweater.

Infinity Scarf from a Tee Shirt
How to turn an unused tee shirt into a infinity scarf.

Lace Coaster Stabilizers
Ways to stabilize lace coasters.

Mini Quilted Wall Hanging
A beginners quilting pattern.

No Sew Decorator Pillows
A simple way to dress up plain pillows.

How to Dart a Shirt
Sewing tips.

How to Choose a Sewing Machine
Helpful advice if you’re in the market for a new sewing machine.

Large Tablecloths
Adjusting the length of large tablecloths.

No Pattern Sewing
How to sew a pair of pants without a pattern.

What is Oilcloth?
What is oilcloth and why is it so popular?

How to Make Oilcloth Totes
Tips on getting professional results.

Pet Collars and Totes
Three craft ideas for dressing up your pets.

Phoomph No-Iron Fabric Bonding Sheets
Phoomph No-Iron Fabric Bonding Sheets makes fabric crafting much easier.

Picnic Wine Cooler Caddy
How to sew a wine cooler caddy to keep your drinks cool while on a picnic.

Pin Cushion Bracelet
How to make a simple pin cushion bracelet using left over scraps of fabric.

Pretty Crafty Drawer Organizer
How I designed and made a pretty craft drawer organizer.

‘Pretty in Pink’ & Lime Christmas Stockings
How to make ‘Pretty in Pink’ & Lime Christmas Stockings: a new take on traditional red & green.

Quilted Christmas Place Mat
Festive holiday decorations.

Quilted Coaster
How to sew a quilted coaster.

Quilted Lap Robe
How to make a lap robe using upholstery samples.

Quilted Trivet
Make a trivet to match your decor.

Repair a Oilcloth Tote Bag
Tips on methods on how to repair a damaged oilcloth tote.

Road Trip Toy Bag
Road trip toy bag keeps children occupied and cars clutter-free.

Ruffled Flower Pillow
Dress up a room with a lovely flowered bolster pillow that costs pennies to make.

Serged Stitch Removal
Pulling serged stitches.

Seaming Panne Velvet
Sewing crushed velvet requires special sewing techniques.

Sew Perfect Mitered Strips
How to sew perfect mitered strips.

Sewing Angles and Curves
Tips on getting tricky pieces sewn correctly.

Sewing Machine Adjustments
How to adjust your sewing machine for optimum results.

Sewing Secrets of the Pros – Part One
From picking the right sewing machine to making a perfect corner, lots of tips are included here.

Sewing Secrets of the Pros – Part Two
More helpful tips.

Sewing Tips: The Right Needle
There’s a needle for every job. See which is best for you.

Sewing Tips: The Right Thread
There a tread for every job. See which is best for you.

Sewing Tips: What to Do with Old Thread
The right thread to buy and how to preserve it.

Sewing Velvet
How to get a perfect finish when sewing velvet.

Skirt in a Jiffy
A very simple sewing pattern.

Stretchy Shoe Bag Pattern
Made with Lycra, shoe bags that will fit mens or women’s shoes.

The Joy of Sewing
Rekindling an old passion.

Tailoring a Shapeless Tee Shirt
A simple way to tailor a tee shirt to make it more fashionable.

Templates to Make Flat Bottom Tote Bag
Tips on how to sew flat bottoms into tote bags.

Tote Bags

Denim Pocket Tote Bag
Yo-Yo Decorated Tote Bag
Ric Rac Dahlia Tote Bag
Easy Applique Tote
Easy ways to make your tote bags special.

Travel Pouch Pattern
Pattern for a secure travel pouch to wear around your neck.

Using for Upholstery Samples
Some ways to reuse upholstery samples.

Wedding Dress Pillows
Creating memories from your old wedding dress.

Wine Bag Assembly
Tips for easily sewing a wine bag.

Zippered Oilcloth Bag Pattern
Make colorful oilcloth bags.

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