Saturday, July 30, 2011

Printed Silk Fabrics Sewing Tips: How to Make Hand Made Baby Shoes!

Author: Printed Silk Fabrics

Whether for your own child or someone you know, an easy baby item to make is shoes. Because the pattern only requires three pieces, and the fabrics are used in small quantities, you can make handmade baby shoes with leftover scraps from cotton quilting fabrics, flannels, and even fleece. Try making a pair in an afternoon and suddenly you'll be making baby shoes for every baby you know.

1. Fold the fabric to make two layers. Place the sole and upper pattern pieces over the fabric and pin down. Cut through both layers to cut out each pattern piece, making two fabrics for each. Unfold the fabric and cut out one heel piece in a single layer of fabric.

2. Fold the heel over lengthwise with the right, or patterned, side facing out. Pin to hold the fold in place. Trace a faint line 1/2 inch in from the fold. Sew along the line to create a hem.

3. Put a safety pin on one end of the elastic and run it through one hole in the heel hem to the other side. Pin the elastic in place 1 inch away from each end, holding the elastic in place with its end aligned with the end of the hem hole. Sew a straight stitch on each end over the heel and elastic ends to secure.

4. Set one of the upper fabrics down on a flat surface with the right side facing up. Pin the side edges of the heel to the flat side of the upper piece. This should create a loop out of the heel piece with the elastic running on the inside of the loop and the raw edge along the outside.

5. Place the other upper over the heel, right side facing down, and pin it to the same set of edges. Sew across the upper edges, trapping the heel in between. Fold the pieces of the uppers over the seam, pairing up the wrong sides. This should show the top face of the shoe and cover the seam.

6. Place the two sole pieces, wrong sides together, on the table. Set your shoe top over the soles and pin all the way around the connected heel and upper, keeping the edging as flat as possible.

7. Zigzag stitch the layers together all the way around the shoe, catching the edges under the stitching. Turn the shoe right side out to complete. Follow the same steps to create the second shoe to complete the pair.

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Printed Silk Fabrics Sewing Tips: How to sew a pillow cover!

Author: Printed Silk Fabrics

Change or enhance the look of a room simply by changing the covers on your throw pillows. Covers will also help protect your pillows from everyday wear and tear. The instructions here are for 24-inch pillows.
1. Choose 1 1/4 yards of 45-inch-wide home decorating fabric for your pillow cover. Choose a coordinating thread and 20-inch zipper as well.
2. Prewash fabric, and iron if necessary.
3. Use a fabric-cutting board, yardstick, fabric-marking pen and scissors to measure and cut out two 25 1/4-inch squares of fabric.
4. See "How to Keep Raw Fabric Edges from Fraying" for instructions on how to finish the cut edges of the pillow squares.
5. Add any fabric paint or appliqu├ęs to your pillow before you start to sew the cover.
6. Place your pillow pieces right sides together and pin one edge to another. Make sure that edges line up evenly.
7. Insert the zipper into the center of the seam. Open zipper and pin the other pillow edges together.
8. Stitch 5/8 of an inch from the pinned fabric edges and sew the remaining seams. When you reach a corner, lift the presser foot of your sewing machine and swivel fabric so that your stitching line remains straight. Keep needle inserted in fabric as you reposition. Turn the pillow right-side-out. Push out all the corners and insert the throw pillow. Close zipper.
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Printed Silk Fabric provides you with the highest quality silk prints. We always feature the latest styles of designer silk fabric. Our knowledgeable staff has been working in the silk industry for more than 15 years. This allows us to purchase and acquire the silk fabrics in bulk at a lowest possible cost, and pass the savings on to you.
Our art studio has a full-time staff. We created these unique and tasteful designs for you, our valued customers. We add new designs to Printed Silk Fabrics every week.
At Printed Silk Fabrics we are passionate about our products. We want to provide you with the highest possible customer satisfaction. We check and maintain the quality of our products threw out the shipping process. We pack your items carefully to insure that your product arrives in the same beautiful condition that it was sent in.
Our goal is to provide you with quality silk fabrics and have your 100% satisfaction with every order you make. Our promise is to work hard everyday to keep and surpass this promise.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thimbles for Arthritic Hands

This article about Ergonomic Thimbles for Arthritic Hands has been moved to the Sewing Tools page of this site.

Sewing Doll Clothes Patterns –How to Get Your Doll Clothes to Fit other Dolls!

Making doll clothes is a great way to have fun expressing your creativity while stretching your sewing muscles. Learning to add miniature details to doll clothes can even improve your sewing skills for making full-sized garments and handcrafts.

Author: Roise

I often hear mothers complaining that they have to make several different sizes of the one doll clothes outfit for their daughter's dolls because they are all slightly different in size and while one outfit is perfect on one doll, it may be too tight or too loose on another doll. This is especially the case with their American Girl Dolls because they are all stitched and stuffed individually and therefore vary in size considerably.

Good news Mom/Grandma! I have come up with a solution that has worked brilliantly for me over the years and I am constantly being told my doll clothes fit perfectly even though I don't have the doll to try the clothes on as I am making the outfit. Some clothes even fit both the American Girl Doll and the Cabbage Patch doll which vary in torso size tremendously.

Clips and buttons are the traditional method used to fasten doll clothes, however Velcro is far more flexible and adjustable. Velcro is a fantastic invention and can be used when sewing doll clothes patterns to create flexible sized doll clothes with great success…without the hassle of adjusting your doll clothes patterns! It has ‘loops' on one side and ‘hooks' on the other side and when they join together it fastens beautifully and lasts forever.

There is no hand sewing required and no mucking around with button holes. Using a straight stitch, simply attach the ‘loop' onto the top on one side of your garment and attach the 'hook' to the underside of the garment on the opposite side. Make sure to line up both pieces of Velcro so that they connect properly but you don't have to be as accurate with this as when sewing clips and buttons.

The Velcro can be cut as big or as small as you require. The bigger/wider the ‘loop' side of the Velcro, the more adjustment or flexibility given to your doll clothes pattern. When putting the outfit on your smaller doll, the Velcro is overlapped completely and you do not see any Velcro. Then when your larger doll wears the same outfit, the ‘hook' side of the Velcro is attached to the ‘loop' side but not overlapped as much and some of the ‘loop' is visible. The size of the doll determines the amount of overlap of the Velcro. This method also lets you adjust the pattern to fit tightly, just right, or loose, depending on the look that you want.

Velcro is also fantastic for small children who find it difficult to do up buttons and clips. With Velcro there are no such problems and the child feels pride in being able to ‘do it themselves' without Mum or Dad's help.

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Rosie Saw has created a fantastic website that has a range of 18 inch American Girl doll clothes patterns and 18 1/2 inch Cabbage Patch doll clothes patterns. These patterns are in PDF format so are downloadable and the best part is they come with step-by-step videos (streamed via her website) that show you how to make the outfit.
Rosie has also developed a fantastic How to Make Doll Clothes video course that has over 100 instructional videos that teach you all the tips and secrets to making doll clothes the easy way and as a special bonus comes with 8 Free 18 inch doll clothes patterns. So visit now to take advantage of this great offer.

How to: Sew on a Button

This post is for new sewers, who might be unfamilair with attaching buttons, or who might be looking for a simpler way to sew on a button. Buttons are a great closure for garments, and they also make cute decorations on many craft items.

Author: Karisa Tell

Learning to sew on a button is useful for novice sewers and non-sewers alike. Really, anyone who wears clothing should know how to sew on a button, unless you avoid clothing with buttons or can afford to replace clothing when the buttons fall off instead of just sewing them back on.
If you don't fall into those two categories, then read on to discover just how easy it is to mend your own clothes.
  1. Grab a needle and some thread. The thread should be about a foot and a half long, but there is no standard length to follow. Thread the needle by pulling one end of the thread through the needle's eye.
  2. Knot the end of your thread. You can do this however you want. Try this technique for hand sewing without knots. My favorite technique is to wrap the end of the thread around the needle a few times and slide it down.
  3. Hold the button against your fabric wherever you want it to be sewn. Usually when a button falls off of an article of clothing, it leaves behind some thread in the spot where it was originally sewn. If it does this, you know exactly where it needs to be reattached. If not, just estimate based on where the button hole is.
  4. Bring the needle through the back of the fabric and the first hole in the button. Pull the thread until the knot is secure on the back side of the fabric (where no one will see it).
  5. Bring the needle back down through the other hole in the button and the fabric underneath that.
  6. If your button has only two holes in it, repeat steps 4 and 5 until you feel you have secured your button adequately. If it has four holes, you'll want to make x's with your thread, going up through the top right hole, down through the bottom left, up through the top left, and down through the bottom right, repeating until the button is secure.
  7. To finish, knot the thread on the back side of the fabric and trim the extra. I always weave my needle under the stitches a few times to make sure it's secure before cutting it.
Now that you know how to sew on a button, you can stop throwing away clothing with missing buttons. Now you just have to learn how to do laundry…
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Sewing Table Can Save And Create Space

Author: Chrystal Holman

If you are a sewing enthusiast then you understand the importance of having a sewing table that makes your sewing work easy rather than being a hindrance and frustration.

There are a number of designs that you can consider to maximize the available space on your sewing table, including the U shape, L shape, or I shaped sewing tables.

Space in the house is always at a premium. As a lover of sewing, it can feel like a luxury to find enough room to place a sewing table in the corner of the family room, let alone having sufficient space to allocate an entire room for your sewing activities.

If you don't have the space for a full sewing table in the available space, there are compact tables that you can expand when you need to use them. They easily fold back to around half the size when you are not using them.

If you do not have the financial means to buy the sewing table that you dream of, an innovative idea is to create extra space by using stackable containers or boxes to store supplies, using wall shelves to maximize the space you do have, and place your sewing equipment out of the reach of children.

The ideal is to have a sewing table with ample workspace and storage space.

Sewing requires a lot of sewing supplies and they are always a number of things that you need within arm's reach.

To maximize the available space on your sewing table you can use things like sewing baskets to organize the sewing supplies and always have it within reach when needed; you can place several sewing books in a small book rack that you use when you create different designs; a finger tip cushion is a must-have; as well as a sewing table caddy where you can place those items that need to be within reach but still out of the way.

If you can afford it, the best idea is to design and have your own custom sewing table manufactured to perfectly fit your particular needs and make the best use of whatever room you have available.

There are many sewing tables on the market that can not only be space savers, but can also create space by incorporating very clever storage ideas that you can either benefit from by buying that particular sewing table or incorporating some of the ideas into your own design.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Sewing Studio of One's Own – Plus a Good Sewing Lamp!

Author: Denny Langston

The expression, "A place for everything and everything in its place" is true when it comes to sewing. Having to set up sewing projects and then put them away every time you want to sew uses up much of your creative time. The room and the natural light you choose to illuminate your projects are also important factors. Natural light is suggested for all projects to make your work faster and to avoid eyestrain. An OttLite sewing lamp is the best one for the job.

If you sew often, consider a well-designed, convenient sewing studio. Large or small this space will save you time and energy. Your designated sewing studio does not have to be a whole room dedicated just to sewing. It can be a seldom-used closet, an out-of-the-way corner or a cabinet especially designed for sewing. Wherever you sew, careful planning is important for the area to be functional. And, whether it is a corner or an entire room, the basic requirements are the same.
  • A Sewing table (for the machine)
  • A Pressing table

The type of sewing studio you design depends on the amount of sewing you do. Consider into which category of seamstress you fall:
  • A person with brief time blocks for sewing and needs a place where things can be left out until a project is completed.
  • Someone who does small sewing jobs every once in a while and needs a place where things can be stored and taken out easily and quickly.
  • A professional seamstress who needs a more organized, quiet place with space for business records, as well as space to store equipment, notions, fabrics, finished garments and other related supplies.

Also consider when the sewing will be done. If you combine sewing with meal preparation or supervising kids, a sewing studio close to the kitchen may be desirable. If you sew in the evenings, a location near your family room is a good location. A studio or sewing center close to the laundry lets you take care of mending in a timely manner, and puts you close to the ironing board, and makes the iron readily available, which will save you steps.
Design your sewing studio to fit your work habits. Create a sewing studio or center that fits you and your work habits. Have the cutting, sewing and pressing areas separate, but close to one another to provide efficient work areas. Above all, consider the lighting of the area and use natural, full spectrum lights (OttLites) to help you match fabric colors and threads, and to soothe your tired eyes.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How to Assemble a Sewing Kit

Author: Hector Milla

Like any other hobby, a successful sewing project starts with the right tools and a little knowledge of the craft. Yes, you can easily find the basic sewing tools in your home: your old pair of scissors down in your garage; pins from your drawers, or rulers that your kids use in school.

You will have a more convenient sewing experience if you use the right tools intended for the job. They are very easy to find in your home.

Romina Abrigo Editor of the "Sewing Machine Reviews" website -- -- pointed out;
"…Before you start any sewing activities, make sure you have a checklist to round up all your sewing tools and have a basic sewing kit near you…" Added Romina Abrigo
A basic sewing kit includes a:
  • Tape measure
  • Dressmakers shears
  • Trimming scissor
  • Fabric markers both for dark and light markers
  • Invisible transparent tape
  • Pincushion and glass-head pins
  • Hand needles
  • Needles for sewing machine
  • Seam ripper

You use a tape measure to take your own measurements, to check the right measurements on patterns, and some other tasks that need to be measured. There are different types of tape measures but the most practical and easy way is the fabric tape measure that is fabric coated. To keep the tape measure handy, try draping it around your neck.

Dressmakers SHEARS
Have the eight-inch bent shears. Dressmakers shears are the most efficient tools in cutting fabric. These shears have one bent-angle and one straight blade, a rounded thumbhole, and for precise and comfortable cutting, an oblong finger hole. The bent angle blades provide a spot where your index finger can rest for long-cutting jobs. And to ensure more accurate cuts, the bend on the shears blade stops you from lifting your fabric off the table.

These scissors are intended for trimming smaller areas. They blades of these types of scissors are straight, and they have round holes for the thumb and the finger.
When you shop for shears and scissors, see to it that you properly test them first. Make sure that they cut all the way to the blades tips.

Remember that in sewing, it is important to match up the right pieces of the project precisely, otherwise, the fit won't be right. So you match the pieces of the fabric patterns correctly, project patterns today now include match points called the dots and the notches, printed on the pattern tissues. The fabric markers especially designed for sewing provide ease in transferring the notches from the fabric pattern to the fabric itself. Some types of fabric markers include:

Disappearing dressmakers chalks: These are great for dark fabrics. The chalk markings disappear after five days or after the fabric is washed and ironed.

Wash-out pencils: These are also suitable for dark fabrics and can be erased with a drop of cold water. It looks similar with a regular pencil and the lead is white, pink or light blue.

Vanishing Markers: Ideal for marking fabrics that are light colored and disappears in twelve to twenty-four hours.

Water-Erasable Markers: These are felt-tipped markers used to mark light to medium colored fabrics.

These tapes are useful but not important marking tapes. These tapes can be easily seen when placed on fabric because of its cloudy appearance. Removable tapes are ideal in some types of fabrics like corduroy, velvet or velour since the tape doesn't pull of the nap from these types of fabrics.

These are essential things you need for your sewing projects. You need them to pin securely the pattern to the fabric. You can also pin fabrics together before you sew them. Glass-head pins are recommended because they can fit securely in your fingers especially when you pin multiple layers of fabrics. And if you accidentally iron the glass heads, they don' melt like the plastic ones.

It is also important that you have a safe place where you can keep your pins. Glass-head pins are sold in convenient plastic boxes that serve as the pin holders. However, experts say wearing a wrist pincushion is very practical so that the pins stay wherever the sewer goes. Magnetic pincushions are also handy. Aside from pins, other metal objects like the seam ripper or small scissors can stick to the surface that is magnetized.

When buying hand needles, have the variety pack. This pack provides you most of the needles important for hand-sewing projects. Although variety packs of needles vary from brand to brand, they generally have about ten needles per pack in varied lengths and thickness. Others even have varied sizes of eyes.

The standard size of a sewing machine needle is size #11 based on American sizing, or #12/80 from European sizing. About eighty percent of the fabrics today are good for these needles. However, if you aren't sure about the size of the needle for a particular fabric, take time to read the Operating Manual of your sewing machine. There are some needles that provide varied types of points, designed to cater to different stitching techniques as well as different fabric types.

A seam ripper is a type of sewing tool that has a point designed to lifts stitched off the fabric.
"…It is important that you have the right tools for your sewing activities. Start your sewing activities by obtaining the proper dressmaking tools…" Added Romina Abrigo

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Recreating fashion icons with Retro sewing patterns

Author: Colleen Reese

Fashion is a fascinating and constantly evolving and developing phenomenon. Every few years, trends change and the manner and design of clothing undergoes a radical shift. Over the years, there have been some spectacular fashion trends which have remained forever as iconic images in the minds of people. Fashionable clothes retain style and element regardless of the time and era in which they were worn. This is why there has been resurgent interest in vintage sewing patterns in recent times. From long elegant evening gowns to Mod Mini skirts and designs from the 60s, these retro sewing patterns have found increased popularity in recent times.

Sewing as a hobby has always been a popular pastime.This allows many seamstresses the freedom to create their own artistic designs and express their creativity through dresses and other fashion items. Moreover, this is the simplest and most effective way for many people to recreate their favorite dresses from the past without having to spend hours scouring the market looking for them. Some Retro sewing patterns are difficult to recreate and require a thorough knowledge of the craft of sewing. While other Retro sewing Patterns, combined the help of the right sewing techniques and skills, a seamstress will be able to recreate the quality fashion and elegant style of the past with little if any difficulty and can bring to life the most memorable dresses in fashion history. For example hippie sewing patterns have been a popular favorite in recent times.

From the Grace Kelly "step-in" dress of the 1950s to the A-line mod dresses of the 1960s, knowledge of the right sewing techniques will help people recreate the fashion of their choice from the past. There are many numerous websites offering quality information on sewing classes from beginner to advanced helping the seamstress to master these techniques. From the butterick sewing patterns to vogue sewing patterns, people can access these techniques through the internet. Sewing is not just a pastime anymore, it also helps people to find the best solution for creating a cost effective wardrobe. You can also create and wear dresses which fit you to a T without worrying about your body type.

Using retro sewing patterns is not just fun, it is also a spectacular way of people to learn and create fashion designs from the past. These retro sewing patterns can help fashion conscious people in experimenting and creating their own designs from these patterns. Recently, the popularity of retro fashion has escalated raised leading to an increased demand for these clothing styles. This is one of the many reasons why so many people choose to opt for these discontinued sewing patterns instead of buying new those from the retail market. It offers them an individual and distinct identity, setting them apart from the crowd. This is why the vintage dress patterns have grown so popular.

The internet has become home to a number of informative websites. There are many websites which provide information about quality simplicity sewing patterns and butterick sewing patterns for fashion conscious users. People can use these websites as a source of information and improve on their designs. Designers can access and learn a range of sewing patterns and recreate the fashion of the past. It is important to choose a renowned and popular site for this purpose as it would help reinforce the sense of style.

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