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button 053When you’re sewing on one button, doing it by hand is just fine. But when you have a whole row (such as with this pillow from last week or a shirt), it’s well worth the time to set up the machine and sew them on that way. It also comes out much neater than when you sew by hand (at least for me!).

(Also see “Using masking tape to align buttonholes.“)

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It’s time for our monthly giveaway! Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Warehouse Fabrics Inc. There have been some late snows in some parts of the country, but hopefully all of that nonsense will be over soon! We’ve got lots of great outdoor fabrics to choose from, and we know you’re eager to get outside and enjoy the sun. To enter to win, simply comment at the bottom of this blog post using the entry requirements below.

Note: you must put each entry in its own comment in order to get the separate entry points. The drawing is automated.

Note 2: The first two entries are easy for anyone to answer. The rest are just extras. If you don’t have an account for whatever social media we are featuring this month, then you still get the first two options to enter. Part of what makes the Internet great is the ability to share and pass on. That’s why we have a social media option each time.

 

1. 1 entry – Find a fabric on our site that you love and share the link.

2. 1 entry – Tell us what you’ve got on your sewing agenda.

3. 2 entries – Follow us on Pinterest (click here). Provide a link to your Twitter account in the comments (will be verified) — you must leave two separate comments for this one so that they all count as separate entries.

4. 2 entries – Tweet about this giveaway. Share the link to your tweet here. (On your tweet, click “expand,” then “details.” When it opens in a new window, copy the URL.)

 

Good luck, everyone! Contest ends Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 10 a.m. MDT. Each entry may only be completed once by each entrant. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification or new winner will be drawn. Winner’s first and last name and city/state will be provided by winner for use on our site.

Apr 12
2014

Button pillow cover

button pillow 041There are all kinds of pillow form slipcovers — some have zippers, some have envelope closures. This one has buttons. It’s a bit more work, but the point is to make your buttons the focal point of the pillow. Here, I used a fun but neutral chevron fabric and bright yellow buttons and piping to make it pop.

 

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button pillow 022Here’s a nifty trick to keep your buttonholes aligned down the edge of a piece of fabric. Use two pieces of masking tape to keep track of either end of your buttonhole. Depending on how you do them, you may only need a piece of tape for the bottom edge. I find this works much better than simply relying on marks made on your fabric with a marking pen because you can see it much better when the presser foot is in place, and also because you get a more consistent, well-measured starting point.

At the bottom is a video showing the automatic buttonhole foot in action, for those who haven’t used one before.

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April specialEach month, we offer a fabric at a deep discount. This month, it’s London Fog Rosemary, a floral chenille. Normally $6.98/yard, for the month of April, it’s just $3.98. Order your samples early, because this deal is gone with the month of April.

021Take one of those cheap folding tables in your garage and make it into a play place for kids. This one even has windows to let in light (though, I must admit that I made them a bit large!).

I’ll give you the dimensions I used and also some tips so you can calculate yours if your table is a different size. Many run from 32″-37″. Mine was 33″ square.

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Mar 22
2014

Lumbar support roll

043Often, when thinking of sewing projects, I look for everyday things we need. That’s where being able to sew can come in handy and save money. My husband has serious back problems and has been trying to use a rolled up towel to support his back at work. Of course, every time he stands up, it falls down and unrolls. I wanted to make something that looked nice and also stayed put.

For this one, he wanted something very stiff, so I used rolled up hand towels. This made it a bit heavy and it sags a bit when attached to the chair. I’m thinking some stick-on Velcro for the chair and roll could help. If you stuff yours with stuffing, it may be “mushier” and also lighter, which might keep it from sagging. Just a few options depending on your needs! Read the rest of this entry »

052I took an ugly, old TV stand and turned it into something cute and original. You can do this process with any old table that could use a makeover.

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gift-certificate

 

Leanna was drawn as the winner!

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It’s time for our monthly giveaway! Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Warehouse Fabrics Inc.! I think everyone is probably a bit tired of winter and looking forward to outdoor patio life. We’ve got lots of great outdoor fabrics to choose from. To enter to win, simply comment at the bottom of this blog post using the entry requirements below.

Note: you must put each entry in its own comment in order to get the separate entry points. The drawing is automated.

Note 2: The first two entries are easy for anyone to answer. The third is just an extra entry. If you don’t have a Facebook account (or an account for whatever we are doing that month), then you still get two options to enter. Part of what makes the Internet great is the ability to share and pass on. That’s why we have a social media option each time.

 

1. 1 entry – Find a fabric on our site that you love and share the link.

2. 1 entry – Tell us what you’ve got on your sewing agenda.

3. 3 entries – Follow us on Twitter (click here) and tweet our giveaway. Provide a link to your tweet in the comments (will be verified) — you must leave three separate comments for this one so that they all count as separate entries. (On your tweet, click “expand,” then “details.” When it opens in a new window, copy the URL.)

 

Good luck, everyone! Contest ends Monday, March 17, 2014, at 10 a.m. MDT. Each entry may only be completed once by each entrant. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification or new winner will be drawn. Winner’s first and last name and city/state will be provided by winner for use on our site.

024We have this foam wedge pillow lying around that needed a cover. I thought it might make a good tutorial to show how to make a cover for an odd-shaped pillow. I’ll show how I made this one, and you can apply the steps to make one for your funky cushion. I did an envelope opening for ease of access without messing with a zipper. Read the rest of this entry »





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