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Hair elastics for closures

Hair elastics for closures

Hair elastics make excellent button loops, and they’re perfect for many other embellishments as well. I use a simple circle elastic joined with crimped metal, glue, or stitching. The elastics...

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Decorate and Organize with Spools of Thread

Decorate and Organize with Spools of Thread

Organize your jewelry, sewing supplies, or just make a cute wall decoration with your old spools of thread.

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Looped button closure

Looped button closure

To make an interesting button closure, I start with a small standard buttonhole (about 3⁄8 inch long), one for each closure. I tie a 3- to 5-inch piece of decorative ribbon, rope, or thin...

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21 Days 21 Dresses

21 Days 21 Dresses

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Check out Melissa Caringer's site documenting her pledge to make 21 dresses in 21 days.

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Friday Etsy Roundup: Cosas Minimas, Fuori Borgo, and drika.b

Friday Etsy Roundup: Cosas Minimas, Fuori Borgo, and drika.b

Check out these three shops for new handbags, crocheted jewelry, and printed items.

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Easy seam-allowance guide

Easy seam-allowance guide

A rubber band around the base of my sewing machine is an excellent way to temporarily mark a wider-than-usual seam allowance. It’s easy to follow and stays in place securely, but itrsquos...

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Friday Etsy Roundup: Dutch Door Press, The Pin Pals, and Be Something New

Friday Etsy Roundup: Dutch Door Press, The Pin Pals, and Be Something New

This week check out the lovely paper goods from Dutch Door Press, the amazingly cross-stitched pieces by The Pin Pals, and the beautiful hair accessories by Be Something New.

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Used-needle identification

Used-needle identification

Some projects require that you change needles after you’ve used them briefly, e.g., switch from a lightweight needle to a heavyweight one. To know if a needle is slightly used or brand new, I...

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Add a Blast of Color with Fabric Spray Paint

Add a Blast of Color with Fabric Spray Paint

Master one of these painting techniques and get creative with your plain fabrics to create amazing garments.

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How to Make Your Own Prints and Patterns

How to Make Your Own Prints and Patterns

Watch this segement from the Today show highlighting how to create your own prints like in the SewStylish Spring 2010 issue.

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How to Make a Tote Bag in 20 Minutes

How to Make a Tote Bag in 20 Minutes

This quick project is simple enough to make a dozen for favors or gifts, and cute enough that everyone will want one.

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Tepee relaxes magnetic pull

Tepee relaxes magnetic pull

My magnetic pin holder secures my silk pins so tightly that it’s difficult to remove them, so I push a knitting needle or stiletto under the pins to sculpt them into a tepee shape. Then I can...

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Friday Etsy Roundup: Fink, Supayana, ES One of One, MonkeyPoo & Nervous System

Friday Etsy Roundup: Fink, Supayana, ES One of One, MonkeyPoo & Nervous System

Check out a few of my favorite Etsy shops and see how to enter your shop for a chance to be featured on our homepage.

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Sewing tools from the art- and office-supply store

Sewing tools from the art- and office-supply store

On my latest forays to art- and office-supply stores, I found some useful marking and cleaning tools. While a lot of sewers know the virtues of drafting tape—it’s inexpensive, can be...

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Streamlined shirt collar

Streamlined shirt collar

Whenever I cut a shirt collar that has a straight edge, I remove the seam allowance from the outer edge of the pattern piece and cut the collar on the fold. That way, there are no intersecting seams...

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Recycled Gum Wrapper Prom Dress

Recycled Gum Wrapper Prom Dress

See how one high school student transformed recycled goods into her prom dress.

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Easy, elasticized swimsuit straps

Easy, elasticized swimsuit straps

This is a trick I learned when trying to figure out how my bathing-suit straps were made: Cut elastic for the strap as long as the desired finished strap plus two seam allowances and 3 inches. Cut...

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Edible Sewing Machines

Edible Sewing Machines

Cake decorating can come in different forms, but celebrating the sewing machine seems to be a popular choice for many.

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Free Twinkle Sews Dress Pattern

Free Twinkle Sews Dress Pattern

Download this free project from Wenlan Chia's newest book, Twinkle Sews.

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SewStylish Spring 2010 is here!

SewStylish Spring 2010 is here!

The Spring '10 SewStylish hits newsstands today! Check out this latest issue for sewing and fashion tips and techniques from the pros.

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