DIY: Build a Top Notch Sewing Kit

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/20/08

Nothing satisfies a seamster more than fresh new supplies. Whether it be sharp new shears or a handy cutting mat, sewers (not soo-ers) love their supplies.  Opt for ala carte when putting together a sewing notions kit. That way you can choose higher quality items and eliminate the unncessary ones. The best thing about this is that you can spend a little or alot and get credit for everything. Here's a list....

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Sixteen Recycled Handmade Gift Ideas

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 11/10/08

  If you're condsidering handmade gifts this holiday season, you most likely have some creative genes already in place.  For that reason, this is a quick "off the top of my head" list of found objects you could artistically and lovingly incorporate into your own sweet handmade offerings.  Feel free to expand this as the ideas start flowing. Don't be tempted to buy used and re-give in the same condition.  Your family and friends will treasure...

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How To: Make Perfect Cardboard Pillow Patterns

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/06/08

If you're planning on whipping up some custom throw pillows it can be such a time saver to make cardboard pillow forms in varying shapes and sizes. I have an entire set of these under my work table so I don't have to re-measure each time. For the sake of the reader's eyes, I covered a large piece of cardboard with green paper so you don't have to look at brown cardboard.

In order to make the perfect knife edge pillow, there are a few tips. If...

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How To: Attach Your Comforter to Your Duvet

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/13/08

If you battle the comforter scrunch night after night, help is here. This is a quick and permanent solution to keep your comforter evenly distributed inside your beautiful duvet.  Everyone will be warm and toasty and happy. 

What you need:

8 pieces of 10" pieces of non-satin ribbon or twill tape (shoestring with ends cut off)

seam ripper

pins

sewing machine

What you do:

1. Turn duvet inside out 

2.  Fold ends of ribbon or tape over...

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How to turn a Tea Towel into a Kitchen Rug

by DIY Maven

How to turn a Tea Towel into a Kitchen Rug

Ric rac lover Hannah was in a predicament. The space in front of her kitchen sink is an odd size, so finding a rug to fit the space had been difficult. She spotted a rug she liked on Plow & Hearth whose pattern was inspired by that of vintage tea towels. The rug was too big, but it did inspire this clever how-to. To replicate Hannah’s technique, you’ll need a tea towel, an old woven rug for backing, however Hannah also suggests using an old...

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Make A Laptop Messenger Bag

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/26/08

Made from Anthropologie-looking fabric, the Laptop Messenger Bag has  a smooth chocolate brown recycled leather strap (from an Ann Taylor skirt) and a back pocket cut out of a recycled bomber jacket.  To be perfectly honest, I did take the outside pocket right off of my original Placemat Hack: Flaptop Laptop Cover.  This handy messenger version is easy to carry, quilted on the inside and has the added details of topstitching and that fabulous...

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DIY: Sew Your Own Chevron Upholstery Fabric

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/18/08

Chevron striped fabrics are no where to be found, so after finding this awning-like  fabric, I cut and sewed my own.  Fabric cut on the bias is a blessing and a curse.  You need the stretch when sewing welt cord, but you don't need the stretch when sewing flat seams. 

To sew your own modern chevron design, follow this simple tutorial:

here's what you need:

  • striped fabric
  • scissors
  • straight edge
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • hot iron

created on: 07/18/08

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Sewing: Khaki Shorts Mend

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 06/13/08

created on: 06/13/08

When you blow out your very fav summer khakis, something has to be done.  DON'T discard just because of a little wear and tear.  These khakis came with the frayed hem for the broken in look, we won't mess with that.   The big problem happened later, as seen below, on the front and back of these well worn shorts.  The technique used to mend these tears is exactly like the Ottoman Tear Repair. Same technique-many uses.

created on: 06/13/08

 

created on: 06/13/08

Supplies you need...

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Suede and Hide Silhouette Art

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/15/08

This silhouette art makes PB silhouettes look like child's play. (Whaaa?)  Suede samples cut into silhouette of a boy and his Great Dane.  The suede silhouettes were temporarily adhered to the fabric and then stitched on.  The Great Dane hide pillow was made from scrap hide available at a leather store here in Indy and sewn onto white, remnant fabric with cotton velvet cording. 

created on: 04/15/08

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How To Reupholster Your Round Bar Stools

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 03/13/08

AFTER

created on: 03/13/08

BEFORE  

Some of the bar stools you pick up at Target or Wal-Mart in a weak moment are soooo cheap.  Instead of discarding this piece of manufactured junk, just reupholster it with nifty fabric and keep it in your DIY shop.  I use the same techniques to recover expensive round bar stools for clients.

This EASY round stool re-do took only two hours.  I found this GIRLY DIY fabric at a quilt shop and it cost 6.99 a yard.  It's not...

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ApartmentTherapy Contest

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

If anyone reads ApartmentTherapy online, please be sure to look for my two entries of furniture re-dos and vote.  Here are my two Before and After entries.  Let me know what you think.

Check out the materials and how-to on www.fliptstudio.blogspot.com.                                       

AMY BUTLER UPHOLSTERED NIGHTSTAND

 

ApartmentTherapy Contest

  

 and......SLIPCOVER FOR A SCRIBE

                                               

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October 15th is Sewing Lovers Day!

by Chris Gardner

Everyone deserves a little special recognition, and today, October 15th, is Sewing Lovers Day. (Lover's? Lovers'?)

[It's also the birthday of the Roman poet Virgil, Emeril Lagasse, filmmakers Mira Nair and Todd Solondz, and Sarah Ferguson.]

Celebrate with some of these cool sewing and fabric related projects and links from Curbly.

HOW TO: How to Make an Envelope Pillow

HOW TO: How to Sew a Button On the Right Way

HOW TO: Easy-to-Sew Micro-Fiber...

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My New Craft Room: Window treatments (and how I made them)

by DIY Maven

My New Craft Room: Window treatments (and how I made them)

Now that the big pieces were completed, I could turn to the fluff, which included window treatments. I had just enough fabric left over from my chair make-over to sew a simple valance. And I mean REALLY simple.

All I did was measure the interior width of my window and added about an inch to each side and about 4 inches to the bottom for hemming and attachment. HOWEVER, you could easily use a table runner or even a rectangular scarf for your...

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Teach a man to sew....clothe him for a lifetime.

by Chris Gardner

I'm a postmodern guy: I recognize the social construction of gender roles, and the institutionalized injustices that pre-determine one's lifestyle based on gender identity, social background, economic status, and education.

So, last night- when my wife was out of town- shhh..don't tell [not because I'm ashamed, but because she'll get mad at me for spending money]- I bought a sewing machine. It's a middle-of-the-road Singer, which I hope I won't...

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