A Dozen Clothing Care Tips that Will Save You Money

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We all spend a lot of time spend a lot of time and money on our clothes and this is particularly true if you’ve learned to sew your own garments.  I was thinking the other day that we sewists may not pay as much attention to how we care for our clothes after we’ve made them as we do when we’re making them.  I know I’m certainly guilting of this, so I thought we’d share some clothing care tips from a new contributor to the blog. A Dozen Clothing Care Tips that Will Save You Money Clothing, especially your career wardrobe, is an expensive investment, and taking proper care of your clothing can save you considerable money over time, not to mention the time and frustration of having to repair or replace garments unnecessarily. Excessive cleaning of clothing wears it … Continue reading

Home-Made Buttons: Three Easy Techniques

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When you’re looking for just the right buttons for your latest clothing project, as jewelry components or as trimmings for your scrapbooks, there’s nothing like the DIY approach for that perfect finishing touch. Homemade buttons are easy and fun. Once you’ve made your first batch, you’ll never want to use store-bought buttons again! Home-Made Buttons from Rustic Wood You can make wooden buttons very simply, either from a length of dowel or from a natural tree-branch. Using a branch will give you lots of interesting natural variation in the shape and color of your buttons, but you need to be quite choosy in selecting your material. Choose a hardwood such as oak; softwoods are too fragile. Use the straightest branch you can find — this will give you the most even buttons. Only use seasoned wood that’s had time to … Continue reading

How to Make Old Clothes Look New and Stylish

Make Old Clothes Look New

When you open your closet and stare at your clothes, does boredom sweep over you? Are you tired of looking at the same old pants, skirts, and tops? Before you go out and blow a paycheck on a new wardrobe, why not consider recycling what you already have? With a few clever changes you can give your old tired clothes a new life. Here are some ideas: Make old clothes look new: Put new buttons on old blouses There’s no quicker way to revamp the look of a blouse than to change its buttons. Pick a blouse from your closet and take it with you to your local fabric store. Go to the button section, and hold different buttons over the current ones. See what a difference a button can make? Pick out some interesting ones and have your tailor … Continue reading

How to Salvage Damaged Clothing: Tips and Tricks

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Getting rid of clothing may be hard to do when the garment is fairly new or it’s an article of clothing you really like.  Sometimes it takes time and luck to find clothing that looks fantastic on you and fits well so you may really want to avoid throwing it away. With a little creativity and some basic sewing knowledge, you can salvage damaged clothing and even enhance the way your clothes look.  Use these sewing tips to get you started and back into the clothes you’d rather not throw away. Small Holes Sometimes a small hole in an article of clothing can suddenly appear without you ever knowing how, or why, it got there.  Often, a tiny hole in a garment is barely visible, but a hole barely there is still a hole that can detract from the appearance … Continue reading

Inexpensive Sewing Projects to Practice Your Skills

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Sewing is one of the most immediately useful crafts to learn. It can save the crafter money in household expenses and provide extra income from the production of marketable goods that can be manufactured and sold from home. It’s also a very versatile skill that can meet a variety of needs to adapt to changes in circumstances and market opportunities. However, as with most skills, it takes practice to gain competency and comfort with the endeavor. New sewers can become frustrated if they expect too much from themselves too soon instead of enjoying a more relaxed, natural progression rate. One potential hindrance to this practice phase can be cost of materials. While a sewing machine and other tools used are a one-time expense for the beginner to accommodate, materials are consumed with each use and cannot be easily restored or … Continue reading

Tips for Sewing with Small Children in the House

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The reality for most is that, with small children in the house, it is very difficult to complete any task, other than the most basic one – and often that is beyond reach. Small children are synonymous with interruptions, distractions and interferences (as well as being absolutely adorable) and the best tip that I could give anyone planning to sew with children around would be: don’t bother! However, for those who need a regular “fix” of sewing, knitting or any other craft activity, there are some ways to minimize the frustration inherent to any activity that does not centre on the children. The ideal situation would be to sew when small children were either asleep or being fully cared for by another adult, or a much older child. Whether you can structure your day so that the childrenís sleep time … Continue reading

Angels on the Tree, Easy Christmas Decoration

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Making an easy Christmas decoration is a great way to get the kids involved in decorating the house for the holidays.  One of my most happy Christmas memories is sitting down with my kids to make some decorations.  Of course, I would have already done the stitching and some of the more complicated steps and left them to draw faces on the angels or glue parts of the bodies.  As they grew older, they were happy to take more interesting tasks, like using the glue gun.. I have so many memories of all those years, sitting in the corner we had designated to doing crafting in the house.  So here’s one of my favorites because it is so easy to make.  When you’re finished, the kids will hang it on the tree and they’ll feel so proud.  Mine certainly did. Materials you will … Continue reading

Sustainable Sewing: How your hobby saves the planet

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What’s Sustainable Sewing? The whole idea behind “sustainability” in general and sustainable sewing in specific is that of leaving a minimal impact on the planet.  This idea incorporates issues like carbon footprint, waste creation and disposal, and labor practices.  Nowadays, producers and designers are always under public scrutiny and those who operate without eco-integrity face an onslaught of negative press, particularly in social media, given the connectivity made possible by the internet. When it comes to fashion and sewing, among other things, sustainability means quality and durability as well as the incorporation of more timeless designs that can be worn for years rather than replaced or thrown away as soon as the style or fad changes.  A garment represents sustainable sewing when it is well-constructed (ie. made-to-last) out of eco-friendly natural fibre fabrics that will last longer than your standard disposable/cheap … Continue reading

Sewing Classes: A Cool Business Idea

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In the last couple of years, sewing is getting new and enthusiastic interest from kids and teens, so much so that starting a sewing classes business is becoming a cool idea!  We’ve written a lot before sewing for profit, sewing and selling and how to transform your sewing passion into something profitable.  Here’s what I think is another great sewing business idea. There is no doubt that the growing interest in sewing amongst young people is enhanced by the popularity of the long running Project Runway TV show, a popular reality TV show  where new and promising designers compete by designing and creating their own clothes. There is also a growing trend in turning old clothing into teen accessories like tote bags and the like. Plus if you’ve been browsing the internet lately, you will likely notice that there’s a subculture online … Continue reading

Transforming Your Sewing Passion Into Something Profitable   

Sewing Passion Into Something Profitable

Sewing Passion Into Something Profitable People who are very passionate about sewing know that it is a truly compelling hobby. There are so many intriguing things you can fall in love with when it comes to sewing –like beautiful fabrics, unique designs, exquisite buttons, and that extremely gratifying feeling of satisfaction when you gift your family and friends with something you created yourself! Indeed, passionate sewers regularly fantasize about the number of beautiful things they can create with their sewing machines. So if you can transform your passion for sewing into something profitable, then you could be in the enviable position of doing something you love and earning money at the same time. Talk about having your cake and eating it too. To Sew or to Commute? You’ve probably thought about this whilst stitching a beautiful dress until the wee … Continue reading

Why Millennials Should Learn To Sew

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I think millennials should learn to sew and here’s why. One of the fastest growing waste products being thrown into our landfills nowadays is textile waste. In the United States alone, it is estimated that there is an alarming 3.8 billion pounds of textile waste that’s being dumped into the country’s landfills every year.  Additionally, lots of byproducts come out of the textile manufacturing and disposal process resulting in a staggering total of ten million pounds of hazardous waste contaminating the nation’s waterways annually. The irony of all is that 95% of this textile waste can be recycled. The Main Reason Why Millennials are Generating Textile Waste Research shows that millennials are wasting scores of textiles more than the baby boomers simply because they don’t know how to sew!  Most of the textile waste is due to clothing being discarded just … Continue reading