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    How To Make A Baby Sling: Choosing The Right Fabric And Style For You

    2009 - 10.09

     Learn How To Make Your Own Baby Sling!

    As many hip parents know, baby slings have become an increasingly popular mode of transporting baby slingsyour child around – from A-list celebrities spotted wearing a designer Baby Bjorn with baby in tow, to everyday moms and dads on the go who choose to use a variety of baby slings and carriers, the baby carrier is the way to carry your little one in style!

    Saving Green…

    With today’s ever-tightening economy, some parents are choosing to get crafty – and get sewing! While there are many gifted homemakers who enjoy making their own baby clothes, others are merely looking to save a penny or two and design their own easy-to-sew or no-sew baby wrap.

    Going Green…

    There are also environmentally-conscious parents who would prefer to start their child’s life on a green note – and organic baby slings are easily made, using natural fibers and textiles (such as hemp and unbleached cotton) as eco-friendly alternatives to synthetic materials used in traditional baby carriers. Choose the colours you want the baby sling to be may you coud have a green a baby sling!

                              Check Out How To Tie Your Baby Sling In The Video Below!

    Making a Scene!

    Still others choose to express their creative side – crocheting, knitting and hand-stitching hip baby slings to suit their own personal style, crafty folks everywhere can consult a multitude of craft magazines and websites for how-to’s and blogs when creating their own original baby sling designs.

    Ready, Set…Sew!

    So, whether you’re on a budget, looking to express your artistic or creative side, or simply trying to live a greener lifestyle, it’s easy to make your own cheap baby slings – below, DIY instructions to sew your own baby wrap!

    baby sling patterns and fabricHOW TO MAKE BABY SLINGS:

    For anyone who has basic sewing skills, this is a fairly simple project:

    1. First, choose your fabric at a local fabric store – since you will be sewing (or serging) the edges, you may choose woven cloth that is unfinished, as well as fleeces and cotton knits, as long as they don’t curl up when cut.

    2. Next, cut your cloth to the proper dimension – if you’re purchasing your fabric in person, the salesperson can cut the cloth to your specifications; we recommend 20 to 35′ wide and at least 5 yards (15 feet) long.

    3. Finally, you will finish the edges by serging all four sides of the material.

    If you do not have your own serger, we recommend hemming all the way around the four sides of the baby wrap. You may also choose to visit your local sewing machine store, which might let you borrow their serger for free or for a small fee; visiting a tailor or dry cleaners is another affordable option for finishing your baby wrap.

    IMPORTANT TIP: DO NOT buy 2.5 yards of 2 different materials & sew them together to create 5 yards – this will result in a WEIGHT-BEARING seam, weakening your baby wrap & making it less safe!

    Although this is a moderately easy sling project for some, sewing isn’t quite an option for everyone, especially when you consider what you’re transporting! For the rest of us less-than-crafty folks who want to carry their precious cargo stylishly (and safely!), it’s not difficult to find inexpensive and  cheap baby slings. There are many online sources, including Babysling.com, where you can find a great assortment of affordable baby slings & infant slings, including the ERGO baby carrier, Hotslings brand, Moby Wrap, Maya, Ellaroo, Baby K’Tan baby carrier and more! Whether you’re looking for a baby backpack, a linen baby sling, a Velcro sling, organic slings or any other type of kid sling, you’re sure to find a wonderful selection of moderately-priced, eco-friendly and stylish options at Babysling.com!

    By: Philip Morrison

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    Fabric Friday + Announcements « Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog

    My WIP includes 4 sewing kits for Christmas, one doll, a baby sling, a few ribbon blankets and toys, 3 Christmas stockings and a tree skirt. 

    Green Baby Bargains: The Peanut Shell Baby Slings – 66% off

    The Peanut Shell baby sling cradles and comforts your baby. They are made of a variety of fabrics with stylish and thoughtful details and just the right amount of flirt to go with your style. After all, you’re a mom, not ‘your’ mom.

    Super Chic Baby Sling

    I love the stylish designs and all the fabric options of these great baby slings by The Peanut shop. And I truly love their motto of "Your a Mom but not ‘your’ Mom". Would you use these? Happy planning, Shafonne.   

    Baby-Wearing: Why and How

    Enter the baby sling, a piece of fabric I imagined sitting on a shelf next to the little-used blankets and newborn dress-up clothes. In her sling, my daughter was happy. 

    Newborn Slings – There is Simply Nothing Safer | Baby Slings 

    Newborn slings do not have this extra material because they are made from a single piece of fabric. 

    Hugamonkey Organic Baby Sling Review | Mom Most Traveled

    I used the money to get an Organic Baby Sling for $29.99 and a Black Baby Sling for $24.99. I paid about $5 over my certificate because I wanted to spring for the Organic fabric. 

    Make a Baby Sling for Your Toddler – Baby – Families.com

    Finally…you’ve been waiting for it…the lazy way to make a toy baby sling! It’s the baby wrap! Find some lightweight fabric that does not run when you cut it. 

    Baby Sling-reversable-u Choose Fabric

    Baby Sling-Reversable You Choose Fabric And size ^Sherbet^ Essie Designs pouch style slings are made of high quality designer fabrics and are 100% cotton and reversable to a solid color for two different looks. 

    Sewing For Beginners: Choosing Fabric and Preparing

    2009 - 09.25

    Sewing for beginners is pretty simple!

    When first learning to sew, you will read or have many people tell you to stick with cotton or cotton polyester blends for your beginning projects.

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    You will read or have many people tell you to stick with cotton or cotton polyester for your beginning projects. I do agree that these are some of the easiest  fabrics  to work with. However, my girls thankfully removed my fear of working with other materials.

     Learn To Sew Like A Professional, Click Here! 

    When I first started sewing I tried to understand all of the differences between the fabrics: the fibers (natural vs. manmade), the fabrications (woven, knit, non woven)… After being overwhelmed, I stuck with cotton and polyester/cotton blends. Then my kids got involved in choosing their own fabrics and I threw all cares out the window. Anything shiny, see through, or furry were the most exciting to them. We also combined different fabrics, using anything and everything together in the same projects! (That last statement would make most professional seamstresses croak.)

    Through this we learned :

    What we did like working with, what was difficult and why, why some fabrics didn’t work well together, which fabrics needed special seams, some that we would prefer using a serger with…the list goes on. All the things that we could have read about, but we completely understood why through our hands on experiences. Again, barriers were broken down, and problem solving skills were sharpened. We noticed that certain needles worked better than others and we needed special seams for certain fabrics to deal with fraying… Although we still couldn’t name all of the different types of fabrics we recognized them by feel and look. We are just now starting to identify all of them by name.

    Just the other day my youngest daughter and I were looking for fabric for her Christmas presents. We picked up a beautiful linen fabric and she immediately was able to identify that it would not be good for her project because she needs to sew these pillows with the edges exposed. We had done a previous project with linen that had fallen apart over time from the stress on the seams.
    There are some excellent books that discuss all the types of fabric, as well as the special treatment they need. My favorite is Singer’s Complete Photo Guide to Sewing. It is an excellent beginners book .

    If you are wanting to stay with the easier fabrics, look for:

    1. Does it unravel easily. Look at the bottom edges of a bolt where the fabric has been cut. Is it coming apart real easy or staying together?2. For matching seams; solids and small prints are best.
    Fabrics are either Directional or Non directional. Directional fabrics or fabrics "with nap" – means that it either has a design that can only go in one direction, or the fabric looks lighter or darker depending on how you hold it. This type of fabric must be cut in a certain way so that both sides look the same (i.e., the design isn’t upside down). When working with directional fabrics you might have to buy extra to accommodate the design. *Don’t let this stop you from buying these fabrics. However, if you or your child are perfectionists I would steer away from plaids, starting off. Non directional or "without nap" – means that the design can be turned any way and it looks the same, or there is no design at all.
    3. Fabric that do not stretch alot. Some examples of "easy to work with" fabrics include: cotton, polyester cotton blends, denims, firm knits (not as much stretch), wools, broadcloths, poplin, flannel, sweatshirt knits, seersucker, calico…the list goes on. (When I first started, I would look at a list like this and say, "I don’t know what all these are – help". Remember, with you and your child’s first projects being small, you are not having to buy large quantities of fabric, so don’t feel limited. Look, feel, and experiment! )

    Three suggestions for finding fabric:

    1. Buy on sale only. There are great deals out there. *If you go into a fabric store, ask if they have a discount table. Internet sites will have a link to their discount fabrics .
    2. Use old clothes. My husband works on our family ranch and goes through clothes like crazy. We use his old shirts, jeans, and socks. My youngest daughter at 3 even used a pair of her old underwear, stitched the legs up, and made a hat for herself (she was only allowed to wear it in the house with family).
    3. Use other people’s old clothes. My grandmother was getting rid of a huge bag of clothing, so my girls asked if they could have them. We made the cutest quilts, headbands, and purses with her silky shirts.

    Very Important – Let your kids choose their fabrics – even if they don’t match and are ugly!!

    One more thing to consider: will what your making need to be washed often? Fabric is either washable or dry clean only. For the projects that we will wash a lot (our clothes, doll clothes, and some of our tote bags) we buy washable fabrics, due to the expense of dry cleaning.
    **You will be amazed at all of the beautiful faux fabrics available now, that are actually machine washable.

    Preparing fabric for sewing:

    *When buying fabric, look at the information on the care of the fabric (i.e., washing, dry cleaning, if it has been pre-shrunk, or if it will shrink). At stores this is found on the end of the bolt. When buying over the internet they post this info. for you. If the fabric has colors that might bleed, or if it states that it will shrink some when washed – wash it. A great habit to get into is, right when you get your fabric (if it is machine washable) wash it. We put ours in the wash to pre-shrink and we add a little vinegar to help set the colors. We then dry and press.

    This way your fabric is ready when you are ready to sew. I learned this the hard way. I made some precious 4th of July US flag quilted placemats. Although, I didn’t have to preshrink the fabric, we couldn’t use them to eat on because I didn’t set the colors. If I were to wash them now our white stripes would turn pink; we still use them to decorate with.
    Another example: Your child makes their first shirt, it fits perfect, you wash it, it shrinks, and they can’t wear it again! If it states that the fabric will shrink, take the time to wash it!

    Dry clean or machine washable?

    The important thing is to take into consideration what you are making. Will it need to be washed often? If yes, buy machine washable. We use a lot of dry cleanable upholstery fabrics for our pillows and purses. We also use this fabric for special dresses.

    By Kristi Borchardt

    Vintage Fabric

    Whether a fancy frock or a pretty little pinafore, it’s often the fabric so carefully selected by the home seamstress that makes these garments so popular. 

    The Fabric Bar

    Amy from The Fabric Bar wants to give you some fabric! She has a beautiful new website with loads of designer fabric, Japanese goodies, and patterns.

    Choosing The Right Fabric

    In spring and summer, although you want a lighter, brighter effect, the curtain fabric should be heavier, both for privacy and good looks. A high thread count fabric is desirable.

    Sewing Ideas

    I’m also looking for tips on choosing fa fef bric to reupholster these chairs.

    Make Choosing Fabric for Your Quilts Even Easier « Learn How to Quilt

    One Response to “Make Choosing Fabric for Your Quilts Even Easier”. Misty Says: August 23, 2009 at 14:30. Great tips. I started a quilt using curtains, bedspreads, clotes and so forth that I used and discarded throughout my life.

    Types of Furniture Fabric

    Style: It is important to keep the particular furniture piece in mind when choosing fabric. In addition, the style of the room and home in which the furniture will be placed should be considered. 

    Never Give Up Your Dream: Coco Chanel; Rags to Riches Story

    2009 - 09.11

    The woman who designed casual and comfort fashion themes; simple suits, dresses, women’s trousers, perfumes, and of course handbags.  Coco Chanel’s rags to riches story. 

    A Brief History-Learning To Sew 

    Coco Chanel was born in 1883 in Saumur.  Her mother worked in the poorhouse where Gabrielle was born, her mother died when she was only 6 years old, leaving her father with five children  who he would abandon for work  to his relative to care for them.The father then abandoned them in an orphanage of the Roman Catholic monastery of Aubazine,  where she learned the trade of a seamstress.


    She spent her school holidays, she would spend with relatives, where her female relatives taught her how to sew better than what the nuns knew at the monastery. As soon as she turned 18 she left the orphanage and started to work for a local tailor.


    Life Started To Change All Of A Sudden

    Whilst working at this tailor shop, Gabrielle met a French playboy and millionaire, Etienne Balsan. began an affair with him, who lavished her with the beauties of the ‘rich life’ dresses, pearls and diamonds. While living with him, Chanel, began designing hats as her hobby which then became a big interest to her and started taking it more seriously. She would order thread and fabrics of different patterns from other places so that she could use it to sew and design her hats by hand, she didnt have a machine. After realising, that he wasn’t right for her she left him and took over his apartment in Paris. In 1913, Coco opened her first shop which sold fashionable raincoats and jackets. The shop then failed to succeed, and she was at the point where she was asked that she had to surrender her properties. This made Chanel more determined. Chanel met up with Balsan’s best friend, Arthur "Boy" Capel, with whom she fell in love. With his help , he offered her to the deal of opening a hat shop of her own, she was able to acquire the property and financial backing. Her hats were worn by famous Frech actresses, which helped to establish her reputation. In 1913, Chanel introduced sportswear at her new boutique in Deauville.


    From there she took it  step by step with her sewing and became a multi-millionaire its  abeautiful story, i recently watched the film Coco Avant Chanel, a film about her life story and it was very amazing, it makes you feel determined to follow your dreams and never give up.



    I finish with a few of Chanel’s famous quotes:

     “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”


    “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” 


    “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”


    “I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.” 






    By Sabrina A.




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    Classy And Awe-Inspiring Handbags

    The founder and creator of the Chanel handbag is Coco Chanel. She once quoted that girls should be two things; classy and fabulous. Women of all ages are able. … In addition to the leather, sheep skin and other materials that go into creating a quality Chanel handbag, the sewing techniques that are used are done with extra care, making sure you will be able to purchase one of the best types of handbags that are being bought by thousands of women all over the world.

    Coco Before Chanel

    We meet the young Gabrielle Chanel, illegitimate daughter of a traveling salesman who learns to sew in a Catholic orphanage before following her singing ambitions lead her to a cabaret club. 

    Gabrielle Chanel aka Coco | SEW

    Gabrielle Chanel’s early life difficulties inspired Chanel to live a life not quite within constraints of popular mainstream. 

    CoCo Chanel – Sewing Discussion Reviews Forums

    I just read a review of a new CoCo Chanel movie. The name is "CoCo Before Chanel".


    Sewing For Kids: Sewing Space

    2009 - 09.03

    When teaching your children to sew, there are things you can do with your sewing space that will make them more comfortable while they are sewing, and even better, help encourage a greater desire to sew. Give them little project to complete, let them explore their creativity. This a bit of information about sewing for kids.

    Although we would all love to have our own sewing /craft room, most of us have to find a small corner in the house where we can sew. Through experience I have learned, that if you want to learn something, or more importantly you want your kids to learn something, the source needs to be readily available. Otherwise, "out of sight, out of mind".

    I started very early having "centers" around the house (primarily in the areas where we "lived" the most) for my girls. Some years we even gave up furniture in an area in order to have TOOLS for learning. A Reading center, Music center, Building center, Science center… If things were out (neatly organized, of course) and readily available, there was never a question that they would be used. 

    sewing tips sewing was no different . We started sewing in the laundry room, which when everything was set up – the table and machine, we couldn’t wash our clothes. So the girls were only sewing when I set aside the time for it, and it had to be put away immediately afterwards.

    When we moved to an area where it could stay out all of the time, the girls improved rapidly, as did I. Why? Because we could see it, we wanted to sew more often, and the girls didn’t have to always wait for me. **With my 3 year old, at the time, there were limitations.

    Added Bonus
    Moms, we rarely have a chunk of time where we can complete a whole project from start to finish. This set up is a huge advantage for us as well. I will see that I have 15 minutes to spare, and I can sit right down and sew several lines and then walk away!


    We’ve talked about where, now let’s talk about your child’s positioning. It’s very important that your kids are comfortable while they are sewing. It is also important that they are sitting high enough to look down on the needle and their hands. If they are older this is easy. If they are young, you have two choices for those little bodies.

    1. Buy a small child’s table.

    PROS: this is very comfortable for your child.
    CONS: if you are sharing machines, it isn’t real comfortable for you.

    childrens sewing fabric2. Use a regular table.

    If needed, use pillows to raise your child on the chair. For their feet, find a storage box to place the pedal on.

    PROS:you can use what you already have, and it is much easier to share the machine. 

    CONS: at first it may feel a little awkward if your kids are real little. When my 3 year old started sewing, she worked at a child’s table. This was because she never knew where to place the foot she wasn’t using, when she sat at the larger table. However, by age 6 she preferred being at the "big" table with us.
    Whichever one you choose, just make sure they are comfortable!

    3.Buy your child a childrens sewing machine  

    When you know and are surey are capable to work independently. Start giving them hand sewing projects and or just any sewing projects for kids, let their creativity shine out! 

    Kristi learned to sew right along with her daughters. The girls were age 3 and 6, at the time! Because it was such an enjoyable experience she wants to encourage others to pursue this endeavor.

    Kristi experienced the woes of feeling very ignorant just trying to read a pattern and was discouraged from trying to teach her girls on her own. After receiving a new sewing machine from her husband for her birthday, she became bound and determined to fulfill her desire to learn to sew.  childrens sewing machines
    Kristi’s plan was to learn everything before she tried to teach her kids. But as she was learning, her girls caught her enthusiasm and in amazement she watched them flourish in learning to sew right along with her. Kristi says that, "quite honestly, because we knew nothing I experienced a real freedom in my own education".

    At age 8 yrs. old, her younger daughter could sew her own dresses, and her older daughter, at 11 yrs. old, had a passion for sewing, and was a better seamstress than Kristi.

    What Kristi wants to do, is share her journey in sewing; to help others know (with hindsight being 20/20) that the best way to learn is by doing. She has shared with friends and family their way of learning to sew, as well as, the projects and patterns that built their skills. She has seen it not only work for others, but truly bring a delight into the sewing experience.

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     By Kristi Borchardt
    Published: 5/20/2007

     Children’s Boutique Sewing Patterns: Scoop Neck Dress Top Sewing 

    Scoop Neck Dress Top sewing pattern: I have tested the revisions and will be working on the pattern to send out to testers sometime this week.

    Les Petits Anglais: Sewing the t-shirt

    I’m a stay-at-home mother and for the last few months, I’ve been setting up a business from home making european-style clothes for small children. 

    Tips And Basics For Successful Sewing

    From sewing hems to rolled hem sewing, you can learn it all with these sewing tips. Here are few of tips that I would like to share with you.

    Sewin’ Sisters Sowing: Sewing list by priority

    Marcellene Currens is an ordained minister, and the founder of Sewin’ Sisters Sowing, Sew Much for Charity, and Our Sewing Recital. She is passionate about teaching sewing to adults and children. Sewing was the very first profession, … We are self-supported, giving our own time and materials in both learning and teaching others basic sewing skills and tips.

    Oh Sew Busy: Sewing Machine

    This afternoon I put the last stitches into my new sewing machine cover while sitting on a quilt down near the cattle yards while the children played in the dirt and on bikes.

    Tips On Sewing A Hem

    2009 - 09.01

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     Sewing hems is pretty simple once you got the hang of it.

    Do you know how to sew a hem? Sewing hems is pretty simple, and the following instructions will teach you how to sew a neat, almost invisible, hem every time. After, you learn the basics of  hemming you will know how to hem a pair of jeans.

    To start with, iron flat that area of the fabric you need to hem. Now we need to turn up and pin the hem. The easiest way to do this is on a flat surface, such as a table. Your   fabric  should have the wrong side facing you. I know most patterns allow for 5/8" for a hem, but I allow a little more to ensure the hem is not too bulky. Start with a small section of the fabric and turn over about 1/2cm or ". Now fold over again another 1cm or ". Pin this in place. Because I am right handed, I now move to the left about 6cm or 2" and do the same again (if you’re left handed, move to the right). Continue in this way until you have pinned the entire hem. Now check and make sure that the hem is straight, with no bulky sections or gathers. If there are, just rework that section of the fabric until it is more even. Unpin, redo your folding and re-pin. At this point, you can turn the fabric back to the right side and iron it, but this isn’t necessary unless your fabric is particularly slippery (like satin or jersey).

    Next, we need to get together our sewing kit.

     The most critical thing to ensure that your hem is almost invisible is to choose the right thread for your fabric. If your fabric is very light, filmy, or delicate (such as chiffon, satin, jersey, cheesecloth, etc) then choose a very light nylon thread.

    If your fabric is a medium weight (such as cotton, linen, polyester, etc) then use a regular nylon thread.

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    And if your fabric is thick, heavy or bulky (such as denim, canvas, polar fleece, etc) then consider using a heavier cotton thread.

    Once you have decided on the best type of thread to use, you must choose the right colour. If you can get a perfect shade match, well and good. If not, go for one slightly lighter than your fabric rather than darker, as this is less likely to show.

    Your needle has to match the fabric and thread. So for light filmy fabrics use a very fine needle, a regular sized needle for ordinary fabrics, and a larger more robust needle for heavier fabrics.

    To see whether you have the right needle, run it through your material once without any thread in it. If the hole you create with the needle closes up or disappears by itself, you’ve got the right needle. If you can see the hole afterwards, try a smaller needle.

    Now – to sew!                        

    Thread your needle, and leave the short end of thread about 20cm long or 8". (Note: I never sew with the thread doubled unless I am sewing on a button). Tie a knot in the long end of t 1000 he thread.

    I find it easiest to  sew with the fabric   on my lap (or the part to be sewn on my lap).

    The fabric should be wrong side up, with the pinned hem closest to you. Pick a starting point (a side seam is usually good), and insert the needle through the body of the fabric, as close to the top of the hem as you can, and without piercing through to the right side of the fabric (that’s why I usually start on a side seam). Now pierce the needle through the top of the hem by placing the tip of the needle slightly underneath the top of the hem and bringing it up through the outer part of the hem. You can see an image here.

    Now place the needle about 1cm or " to the left (or to the right for left handers) **, as close to the top of the hem as possible, and insert through several fibres of the fabric (try not to go all the way through to the other side of the fabric). Again, place the tip of the needle under the top of the hem and insert through and out to the outer part of the hem. Repeat this until you are back where you started.

    ** How far apart you do the stitches depends on several factors such as how robust the hem needs to be (the more wear and tear, the closer the stitches need to be), the weight of the fabric (generally lighter fabrics can have stitches farther apart than heavier fabrics) and whereabouts on the garment the hem is (if fingers or toes are likely to get caught in the hem when putting it on, the stitches should be closer together).

    To finish off the hem, sew 2 stitches one on top of the other, tie a knot in your thread, and you’re done. Iron your hem (and admire)!

    By: Diane Ellis

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    How To Sew a Hem Video

    Video: How To Sew a Hem. Sure, you can always use iron-on hem tape to shorten those pants, but maybe it’s time to join the 35 million Americans who can sew—yes, with a needle and thread—a hem. 

    Projects How-To’s How To Sew A Lettuce Hem

    Add a natural frill to boring hems and edges!   

    How to Hem Jeans in Three Steps

    Measure the length of the cuff; ignoring the hem; divide that measurement in half, and re-pin using the new measurement as the length of the new cuff. Sew the new cuff in place as close to the original hem as possible. 

    How to Sew a Hem

    Di Ellis asked: Do you know how to sew a hem? It’s pretty simple, and the following instructions will teach you how to sew a neat, almost invisible, hem every time. To start with, iron flat that area of the fabric you need to hem. 

    Lead weight hem « THE SEWING DIVAS sewing

    I love to wear linen blouses but I do not like the wrinkles and pleats of the back hem. I wear a long blouse so it creases a lot at the back hem due to sitting. I wondered if there was a cure to prevent any more bunching up the hem. 

    Basics For Making Roman Shades

    2009 - 08.30

     Brighten up any room in your home with Roman shades.

     Roman shades are primarily a type of window blind or a window covering, made of fabric which folds neatly to the top when they are opened. These are the easiest and most cost effective shades. Furthermore, you can even make them at home. So if you game to know about how to make roman shades. You get ready made roman shades but if you something unique then its always best to sew your own. Start to make Roman shades by following these easy tips.

     A touch of class and a touch of antiquity. This is what could perhaps be the best description of Roman shades. They are simple, yet elegant and better still, they are cost effective!  Roman shades  basically fall into the category of window blinds. It’s just a piece of fabric hung from the top of a window casing, which is adequately wide and long enough to cover the window glass. Now to know what is the system involved in that, you will have to read on a bit further. For example how to sewing, roman shades.tips for foman shades

    Now that you want to know the system, I guess, you would game for knowing the while story behind  making Roman shades . So let me open the magic box for you and lets get down to checking out Roman Shades . How to make roman shades, at first glance may seem confusing and cumbersome, but as the task proceeds, it will become clearer.

    Making Your Own Roman Shades

    The things you would need, piece of sheer fabric, shade cord, 1 eye screw per cord, small plastic rings, yard stick of wood, a small brass ring per cord and a sew-in-weight per cord and 1 cord cleat.

    Thread 1:Measure your window so that you can mount your shade.

    Thread 2: Now after the measurements, cut the fabric so that it allows 2 extra inches for hems on all sides. Then follow it up by adding 4 inches to both length and width measurements to go with the completed shade. Do not forget to cut the fabric on the grain by squaring the fabric.

    Thread 3: Select the cords and rings and their placement. For windows wide till 24 inches, one cord on each side of the shade is perfect. Incase you want the shade to fall in two or three swags rather than 1, you might need another cord or two. Then, each cord should measure the same as the sum total of the length, breadth and width of the shade. You start off with lacing the cords from the bottom of the shade up, till the rings on the top of the shade. After that, the cord will go across the top of the shade to a side and then will hang down from the top.

    Thread 4: For the top ring for each cord, a brass ring is used. Its because maximum pressure is on this ring. The rings are fitted horizontally up the shade. That will facilitate the folding of the shade horizontally when raised. This is an important step, in the how to make roman shades project.

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    Thread 5: Use a brass ring for every cord at the top of the shade and a plastic ring for cords at the bottom. Check the number of rings, if they are adequate enough, as you might just be required to adjust the number of cords, depending on the length of a shade. Don’t forget the sew in weights.

    Thread 6: Follow this up by hemming the sides and bottom. Facing the wrong side up, lay the fabric down. Fold the fabric 2 inches on both the sides and bottom of the shade, fixing them on the spot by pins. You can also iron across the edges. Then fold the 2 inch strip of fabric in half, which tuck an inch under and iron to crease. Repeat this on the other side.

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    Thread 7: Now cut the 1 inch square highlighted by the creases at all bottom corners. Keep in mind that there should be no overlapping with the sides at this juncture. Fold the remaining 1 inch along the crease lines produced, when ironed.

    Thread 8: Fold the corners and tuck under at each bottom corner to create a diagonal line. Pin the place. Now sew the hemming, starting from 2 inches down – from the top, one side down, through the bottom through the upper side and discontinuing, when you are 2 inches short from the top.

    Thread 9: After you are done with the earlier step, mark the positions for the cord rings at the back of the shade. Now sew the rings on the shade, using brass and plastic rings for top row and plastic, as you go down. Placing the bottom row of around 1/2 inch in from the edge, sew the weights below the rings onto the bottom hem. Cut the cord into requisite pieces and tie the cords to the bottom row of the rings. Then lace each cord through the corresponding rings to the top and through the brass rings over to one side.

    Thread 10: Straighten the shade to make it lie flat and tie the chords together, around an inch past the brass string. Now you are done with making the shade. Hold the shade to the window and mark on the underside of the top casing of the window from each brass ring. At each marking, screw the eye screws to make them suspend straight down. After that fix the cord cleat. Open the brass rings just about enough for slipping them over the respective eye screw. Press the brass ring close, once it slips over the eye screw. Now you can straighten the loose cord ends and tie them below the cord cleat or the required length.

    There you are! We have just gone through a bit harrowing and an interesting session of how to make roman shades. So now the next time you go in for interior designing, shade your windows – Roman style!

    By Medha Godbole
    Published: 8/12/2009

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    Decision-Making For Sewing Patterns

    2009 - 08.30

    sewing patterns Sewing has been around for centuries and has recently come back into fashion. Sewing is a popular and rewarding pastime, which has become more and more popular now that people are money conscious and thrifty.

    However, sewing can be challenging and can become overwhelming for those who have just started to learn.One of the most important steps in sewing is knowing how to choose sewing patterns.

    Knowing how to pick an appropriate sewing pattern can save a beginner a lot of frustration and disappointment, not to mention time, effort and money.   simplicity sewing patterns  are the best way to get started.

    When choosing a sewing pattern it is important to consider the difficulty of the project and the experience needed to complete it successfully.Most sewing pattern companies will use a number system to rank the difficulty of their patterns and alternatively you can learn how to do costume sewing patterns

    This information is generally listed on both the patterns package as well as in the pattern catalogues.

    If a beginner is hoping to purchase a simple pattern to gain experience and become more comfortable there are also some  pattern companies which focus solely on simple, easy to follow patterns which are meant for this very purpose.

    Difficulty level is not the only thing to consider when picking a sewing pattern. For most sewing beginners, cost should also be a huge deciding factor. It is easy to be mislead by the low affordable price of the pattern itself. However, the cost of fabric, zippers, button and any other additional materials can add up. 

       Sewing has been around for centuries and has recently come back into fashion. Sewing is a popular and rewarding pastime, which has become more and more popular now that people are money conscious and thrifty.

    However, sewing can be challenging and can become overwhelming for those who have just started to learn.One of the most important steps in sewing is knowing how to choose sewing patterns.

    Knowing how to pick an appropriate sewing pattern can save a beginner a lot of frustration and disappointment, not to mention time, effort and money.  simplicity sewing patterns  are the best way to get started.

    When choosing a sewing pattern it is important to consider the difficulty of the project and the experience needed to complete it successfully. Most patterns will list all materials and quantities on the back of the package. If a pattern calls for a large amount of specialty fabric and numerous additional materials, it may not be the best choice for a beginner.

    Measurements are another piece of information which can help when picking a sewing pattern. Most sewing patterns will be sized by measurements as opposed to large, medium and small.

    The best approach is to purchase a pattern which covers many sizes in one package. This way the sewer can judge for themselves at home which measurements are best. Sometimes choosing the right sewing pattern has little to do with the sewer themselves, and more to do with their sewing machine. Some patterns will require a machine with specific capabilities, parts and functions.

    If the machine being used can not perform some of the needed elements, such as embroidery, buttonholes or even zigzag stitching, then the sewer may find themselves investing more money into what should have been an affordable project.

    Choosing a sewing pattern can be as much fun as choosing the fabric. Reading and considering all available information carefully will help to ensure that the project will be easy, enjoyable and successful!

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    Learn how to sew, its kids stuff

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    Sewing is a fantastic talent and if you’ve got it then why not show it off! Here are some tips and basics for teaching your kids how to sew. Startoff with simplicity sewing patterns then gradually teach them more depending on your experience.

    Teach your kids how to sew and share your creativity with your little ones. You would be amazed at how quickly they can learn, but remember it takes time, enthusiasm, effort and alot of patience.

    Before you start to teach your child to sew, you need to ask yourself 4 important questions about their personality. Based on the answers to these questions, will determine how you approach teaching them how to sew, and more importantly how to give them a joyful experience learning. Tips for sewing

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    In the “9 Secrets to Successfully Teach Your Child to Sew”, I discussed knowing your child’s personality. The 4 questions were:
    1. Is your child a perfectionist?
    2. Do they get frustrated easily?
    3. Do they like following specific directions, or do they like to invent things on their own?
    4. Are they able to stay on task for a block of time, or do they learn in spurts?

    Before we delve into the answers to these questions, it is important to remind you of the crucial point of our teaching. We are wanting to instill a  desire for sewing, not just another thing that our child needs to learn how to do.

    So many times before we start something we think we need to know everything there is to know about it. Think about how our children learn the most important things in life. Did you sit your child down and explain to them the mechanics of crawling and walking prior to them doing it?

    If you do not know how to sew, the best way to give your children a desire to learn is for them to see you learning to sew . Another way, is for your child to see things that other kids have made. We have many friends who have expressed an interest in learning how to sew after they have seen something that our girls have made.

    So, no more saying “I just don’t know how, or I don’t think I can teach them myself”. JUST GO FOR IT!

    NOW, back to the questions. Maturity level is an essential ingredient when considering how to work with the answers to these questions.
    I will use my own children, and a few other kids from families I have worked with, to show how the answers to these questions determine your initial approach to teaching. I will use different colors to represent the different girls. All of these girls had never sewn before.
    A. 3 yr. old
    B. 6 yr. old
    C. 8 yr.old
    D. 9 yr. old
    E. 14 yr. old

    1. Is your child a perfectionist?threading tips for beginners
    A. Absolutely not
    B. No, but could lean that way
    C. Yes
    D. Absolutely not

    E. Not extreme, but wanted her work to look good
    2. Do they get frustrated easily?
    A. No, enjoyed a challenge, and would conquer whether done correctly or not
    B. She enjoyed trying new things but if it got too difficult she would choose to stop instead of conquer
    C. Yes, if something is too difficult
    D. Not when working on own creation. Yes, when what she was doing was not her choice.
    E. No, would follow through until correctly resolved

    3. Do they like following specific directions, or do they like to invent things on their own?
    A. Always liked to create her own things
    B. She preferred following an example if she knew that one was available. If specific directions were on hand she would follow these. Always found great satisfaction in accomplishing the steps to instructions.
    C. Very diligent to follow specific directions
    D. Extremely creative. Preferred to invent her own creations.
    E. Wanted to sew clothes with a goal of creating her own patterns.

    4. Are they able to stay on task for a block of time, or do they learn in spurts?
    A. If creating own thing, could stay on task for long periods of time. If following specific pattern, only in spurts.
    B. Could stay on task
    C. Could stay on task
    D. Only worked in spurt E. Could stay on task

    basic sewing for kidsWays to help them to learn

    Based on each of these precious personalities, and their maturity level, this is how they started their journey of sewing.

    A. Was given a box of fabric and some stuffing. Was taught the basics of how to make the machine sew straight lines, putting the foot up and down, and pressure on the pedal. She was allowed to create whatever she wanted for 3 months before I asked her to follow a  pattern . Her first pattern was for a quilt. She only worked on this project once or twice a month. All other times in the month were spent on her own creations. Because of the freedom given to her, she mastered straight lines and foot pressure very quickly. When creating on her own, she would spend blocks of time working diligently. During the times that we worked on specific patterns, she would sew and then would play or draw while I pinned the next step. Some days she worked for 15 minutes, other days she would last a couple of hours. Time was based on her interest. *Reminder: due to her age she was never allowed to use the sewing machine without me in the room with her. By age 5 she made her first dress. She continued to sew her own creations but at this time they actually looked like quilts and pillows. She just completed her first dress on her own (a little help from me with cutting and following the pattern), at the age of 8.

    Started with practicing straight lines and foot pressure on the pedal. She decided that she wanted to sew a teddy bear first. I was concerned about this because of all the curves and the fact that I had no idea how to make one. I drew the outline on some fabric, cut out the bear and she sewed around it. I told her repeatedly how difficult of a project this was which gave her a lot of confidence when we were done. After this I gave suggestions on some easier projects. She devoured them. Because of her desire to sew clothes, we literally learned to understand patterns together. The amazing thing was how easily we understood them due to the projects we did prior.  She would spend a minimum of 1 hour working on her projects.sewing tips for beginners

    By the time she was 8, she was making her own dresses and sewing costumes. At 9, she was branching out into creating her own doll clothes without patterns. We practiced cutting off and on, but it was very difficult for her to get a good straight line. By age 10, she was doing all of it: cutting, marking, pinning, reading the patterns, and sewing.

    Started with practicing straight lines and foot pressure on the pedal. She wanted to follow whatever pattern I thought would be best for her. I picked something that was very simple and wouldn’t be easy to mess up. We spent a lot of time encouraging her, and the lines had to be really really bad in order to rip them out. After several completed projects, her lines corrected themselves.

    She continued to follow a progression of patterns that built skills one at a time. Now she has the confidence to try harder patterns and isn’t as concerned with perfection. She has also created some of her own designs.

    D. Started with teaching the basics: straight lines and foot pressure. Then gave her a box of fabric and let her go. She needed quite a bit of supervision, with gentle reminders about not sewing when there was nothing under the foot. She had no desire to follow a pattern; instead she made her own. She spent approximately 1 1/2 years sewing her own things. Her skills naturally improved and progressed in difficulty. Afterwards, she decided she wanted to try store bought patterns. Once she learned some of the basics for constructing these patterns, she was on her own again however, her projects became more involved and had a more finished look. 

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    E. Started with all of the steps. She wanted to learn everything in order, from laying out the pattern, cutting it out, marking, pinning, and  sewing. She wanted to start with clothes, so I gave her several choices for easy dress patterns that would build skills one at a time.

    As you can see, each girl started with the  basics of learning to sew straight lines and work the foot pedal but how they progressed in their learning was based on their unique personality. After they mastered these steps and were confident in their ability, the projects increased in difficulty in order to introduce new skills. This reduces the pressure to learn everything at once.

    By Kristi Borchardt
    Published: 5/10/2007

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    Three Basic Stitches For Hand Sewing

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    Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog » » Easy Hand Sewing for Kids ~ Early Years

    I grew up sewing with my mom and he’s growing up sewing with me. I don’t think there’s a “right” way to introduce kids to sewing, but if you want kids to love to sew I think it’s really important to let go. 

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    What great encouragement!! My little 3-yr old also loves to “sew”. I got her a little sewing machine for kids which is not too good quality. So whatever se sews, I re- fef sew on my machine. But have lots of fun! 

    Teaching kids to sew

    Yesterday I started teaching dd10 to sew. She spend the afternoon sewing straight lines on looseleaf paper. Then we graduated to corners, and circles and swirls. She did fantastic.

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    Unique Sewing,Tips to Sew

    2009 - 08.30

    Sewing is a great way to let your creativity and talent shine. Thats why we all should use our creativeness when we sew.

    One of the greatest things about sewing is the opportunity to express yourself, be creative, and show your unique style.I read a great quote (unfortunately I didn’t write down the author in my journal) part of which stated, "the problem with many human systems and organizations is that they… promote unity to the extent that the individual becomes a member of the herd and loses himself". sewing patterns

     Any of us who have gone to school as a child, can understand this statement. How sad it is that some kids get so heavily influenced by peer pressure that they lose themselves, and their ability to celebrate their own special uniqueness.

    Sewing can provide an awesome opportunity for kids/all people to step out of the box and be themselves.  Give them your tips  for sewing for beginners.

    Encourage all of your kids to find a way to place their own mark on what they are making. It can be using a different colored thread for a top stitch, adding a piece of fringe or rick rack,  sewing a zigzag stitch  instead of straight ones.

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    If you are following a pattern, find a way to add something to the directions.

    By doing this not only are you patterns for sewingencouraging them to be themselves, you are also helping them to expand their creativi and to not be afraid to try something new. Some great ways for  beginners  to do something different and special, is by buying a plain colored t shirt, and letting them add some lace on the sleeves or at the bottom of the shirt. Young kids that can’t sew straight, can  sew zigzag stitches  in different colors all over the bottom of a shirt.

    We enjoy giving a special touch to some of our clothes we buy. Especially adding things to our jeans and shorts. The main thing you are wanting them to learn, is that there is no right or wrong with  creativity .

    For those of you who are interested in the full quote:
    "True, we are important as individuals, but the individual is understood primarily in terms of his unity with others. The trouble with many human systems and organizations is that they promote man’s individuality at the expense of his relationship with others, or promote unity to the extent that the individual becomes a member of the herd and loses himself. The key to the balance between individuality and unity is found in sharing ideas with one another in mutual trust and appreciation. Each one finds himself as he experiences this fellowship with others and with God."

    Did you get that, "the key to the balance between individuality and unity is found in sharing ideas with one another in mutual trust and appreciation". You can provide this balance when you are sewing with your children. An opportunity for each of you to work together on completing a project , and each of you sharing, presenting, and appreciating each other’s unique addition to the design.

    Sometimes, as authority figures, we can get lost in having everyone follow the rules exactly, that we miss opportunities for these little ones to show us new ways to see and do things. My girls have taught me completely new ways of putting something together, through their own  unique sewing style .

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    By Kristi Borchardt
    Published: 9/8/2007

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    55 Unique Sewing And Craft Secrets

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