Toddler Poncho Sewing How-To’s

My daughter requested new ponchos for my granddaughters (3 and 18 months) for Christmas - so of course, I complied.  With some experience under my belt (since I had made the older girl a poncho of heavy polar fleece a year plus ago), I was ready to improve on the design, especially of the hood.  Fitting grandbabies from afar is not an easy task!  I did take some pictures as
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How To Sew Skinny Turned Tubes

Sometimes you want REALLY skinny, narrow tubes of fabric.  I learned this technique from Roberta Carr years ago, and share it in this video.  Give it a try - being SURE to stitch WIDER as you begin on the bias-cut tube. The picture of the flower finished off with skinny tube comes from Roberta's book: Couture: the Art of Fine Sewing...a GREAT book you can find at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Couture-Sewing-Roberta-C-Carr/dp/0935278281
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Patch Pocket Sewing Magic Hints

I've used these 2 techniques so many times over the years.  If you give these sewing techniques a try - I just bet you'll fall in love with them, and use them frequently yourself.  A video teaches these sewing how-to's the best:  


Screen Base Tote Bag Sewing Directions

screen bag tote
SCREEN BASE TOTE BAG  from Londa’s Sunroom Sewing Studio   Starting with 52" of Pet Screening 36” wide, (or 48”)* and following these directions, you’ll have 1 Tote for you and 1 to GIVE as a gift!  I've used this as a great project for even beginning sewers in my Sunroom Sewing Studio here in Jackson, TN, and I made 4 of these for gifts this last Christmas.  Totes like
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Pressing Techniques & Equipment

Take a few minutes to watch my video tutorial on pressing techniques AND my personally-recommended equipment needed to do this all-important task that is part of every well-made sewing project.  Everything from expensive irons, to cleaning the sole-plate, and even FREE sewing equipment are included in this video. The most important How-To is:  Press, don't iron!  And, use Steam and the Clapper.  I even explain the beauty in the science
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CHRISTmas Gift Round-Up

One of my favorite ways to celebrate CHRISTmas is sewing gifts to give.  Though sometimes I think it would be easier to just go buy gifts, that just isn't as much fun, and certainly not as meaningful - at least to me.  While I stitch, I contemplate the real meaning of CHRISTmas - that God sent Jesus here to teach us how to live and love. SEW - now that
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Memory/Inspiration Throw Sewing Saga

Finally - the last CHRISTmas present I've sewn this year is finally DONE, but only after MANY necessary changes!  Even my hubby said that I was very persistent with this gift project. Sew...feeling others can learn from the failures I experienced, AND have answers as to how to avoid them in the future, I'm sharing this experience. The PLAN As a soft, cozy 'Memory Throw', my concept was to do
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Gift Sewing Continued…Sewing with a Sheer Knit Fabric

The Fabric It's always fun to come up with a sewn gift of love for my great niece in FL.  This sheer knit caught my eye because of the unicorns on it as I was in JoAnn's one day.  Affirming with my sister that her granddaughter likes unicorns, I purchased just 1/2 yard of this 60" fabric.  On another visit, I found a metallic activewear knit  (60" wide) in perfect
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Simple Machine Sewn Gifts for Kids to Make

My next few posts will be sharing my kid-tested directions for some great gifts.   At the outside, I think 3 hours will accomplish this project, with you guiding the child.  If you have any questions, just text or give me a call:  217-369-4687, and I'll be happy to answer. SEAT BELT PILLOW  Pillows seem to have 'feet' in the car, so strap them to the seat belt with these directions.
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Gift-Making Ideas for Kids to Sew

girl with sewn bird ornament
Since my focus in life these days is teaching kids to sew, and gift-making season is upon us, here is a collection of ideas for you to consider.  Any of these will accomplish BOTH goals:  making a gift and teaching kids to sew.  The BONUS? Planting the beauty of giving gifts they've made themselves in their hearts and minds! Hand-Sewn Gift Ideas SUPER SIMPLE FELT ORNAMENTS    My 6-8/9  yr
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