FABRIC SCRAPS BECOME TWINE

Fabric Scraps Become Twine

Those who sew and quilt have mounds of excess fabric.   Some pieces are too small for future projects and are discarded.  How can you upcyle or recycle these tiny scraps of fabric?  The tutorial video below illustrates a very simple way to turn fabric scraps into spools of twine.  A simple, easy, DIY project!

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The Sewing Spider

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Did You Make That?

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How long does it take a spider to become really good at webs?

I was chatting with a friend at the weekend. She’s probably a couple of years into her sewing career and we discussed some of the challenges. ‘Part of it,’ I said, ‘is that you just need to get a lot of sewing hours under your belt.’

There’s a popular conceit that it takes 10,000 hours to become really good at something. Is this true? After five years of sewing, I’m nowhere near that! But I do think that better sewing is about more sewing.

I realised it might help to touch on some of the frustrations my friend has felt as she’s patiently taught herself how to sew.

I Sew Clothes That I Don’t Wear

This is really common. You toil for hours to complete an item … and then it languishes in a drawer. Why? There are two main answers: you’re…

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GOWNS FOR ANGELS

Kansas City Couple Makes Little “Angel Gowns” For Newborn Babies Who Have Passed Away

He attends garage sales around Kansas City searching for and purchasing second-hand wedding gowns, fine fabrics and bits of lace.  He takes them home to his wife who cuts and refashions the fabrics into tiny gowns.  The beautiful tiny dresses are known as “Angel Gowns.”

John Wright and his wife Diane create and donate the gowns to parents who have lost a baby. The infants include preemies who didn’t make it as well as stillborns.  One upcycled wedding dress,  can be used to make anywhere between 8-15 angel gowns.  (View touching video at link below)

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In 2013, NICU Helping Hands started the Angel Gown Program to provide “comfort for bereaved families through the gift of a beautiful custom made gown for final photos and for burial services.”

Visit and Support Helping Hands Angel Gown Project Online

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HOW TO SEW A DOG COLLAR

HOW TO SEW A DOG COLLAR

Instructional Video and a clickable list of materials

for making a collar for a medium to large sized dog.

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List of Materials Needed/Links:

Fabric Scissors

Sewing Gauge

Straight Pins

Fabric Sealant/Stop Fray

Flexible Tape Measure

1 Inch Wide Strap (Purchase measurement x 2)

7/8 in. Wide Fabric Ribbon (Purchase measurement x 2)

Parachute Buckle

Strap Adjuster

D-Ring

Top Stitch/Heavy Duty Thread

Sewing Machine

Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Needle

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Resources:

Supply List:  ShopJoya

Webbing/Strap Material, D-Rings, Buckles:  Country Brook Design

Dog Accessory Hardware Kits: Country Brook Design

Video:  Professor Pincushion

CALCULATING YARDAGE – DRAPES & CURTAINS

Calculating yardage for drapes and curtains can be tricky!

We found an awesome tutorial on the subject by Imagine Design Blog and want to share it.

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  HOW TO CALCULATE FABRIC YARDAGE FOR DRAPES AND CURTAINS

1. Measure from the top of your curtain rod to where you want your drapes to fall. Some people prefer drapes that end below the window, while others prefer floor-length window treatments. Write this length measurement onto your paper.

2. Measure from one end of your curtain rod to the other to determine the width of your window. This is more accurate than measuring the window itself because your rod likely extends a bit to the left and right of the actual window frame. Write the width measurement down.

3. Add 3-4 inches top & bottom (6-8″ total) to the length measurement to account for seams, a slightly stiffer header to be hung from rings and material used for sewing a rod pocket. For instance, if you need 90-inch drapes, your material will need to be 98 inches long.

4. Multiply the width measurement by 2.5 to account for the fullness needed in proper window treatments. Add 2 inches to this number to account for seams. For instance, if your width measurement is 80 inches, your lengths of material will need to add up to 202 inches wide.

5. Divide your final length measurement by 36 to determine the necessary yardage. There are 36 inches in a yard. If you need 98 inches of length, that is the same as 2.72 yards of fabric.

6. Divide your final width measurement by the width of the fabric you are purchasing. Since most upholstery material is 54 inches in width, you can estimate that you would need about four 2.72-yard lengths of it, or a total of 10.88 yards of material. Most fabric stores will simply round that up to 11 yards of material.

7. Multiply the length of each panel by the amount of panels to get your total yardage.

Click here to view a formula chart for the above steps.

NOTE:  It is imperative that you have the right sewing machine, thread and needles

for the project and type of material used!

Resources below:

SEWING MACHINES

SEWING MACHINE NEEDLES

THREAD

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