Learning to Sew Teaches MANY Skills

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SCHOLASTIC & LIFE SKILLS TAUGHT WITH SEWING CLASSES At the Sunroom Sewing Studio here in Jackson, TN my students learn a wide variety of skills necessary to successful living as a well-rounded, educated person.  Below is a summary of the types of things I naturally teach along with sewing skills.  Read on…I think you’ll be AMAZED!                             
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Toddler Fleece Applique Butterfly Jacket

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Sewing for a granddaughter is a special delight.  This toddler has SO many clothes, that I am making only a few and very special ones.  This polar fleece jacket was quite delightful to design and create.  Even though a big machine with embroidery capability sits in my sewing studio, I honestly am more comfortable with the traditional method of applique and I KNOW I enjoyed 'painting with my machine' and being
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How To Sew a Fabric Bowl Cover

bowl covers
  Just like Grandma (or Great-Grandma) used daily, SAVE $ and be ‘Green’ by using act RE-Using these Fabric Bowl Covers instead of plastic or foil.  When they get dirty just throw into the wash (or wipe off  if you fuse vinyl to the fabric).   This is a great Beginning Sewing Project and makes a super Gift! The aqua/lime bowl cover has been ‘vinyl-ized’ using Therm-O-Web Iron On Vinyl. Follow
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Arm Chair Organizer to Sew…a GREAT GIFT!

This ARM CHAIR ORGANIZER will make a great gift for upcoming Mother's Day or Father's Day to keep remote controls, pen, book, magazines all in their place so they are never lost again!  After surveying many photos of such organizers online, this is my 'solution' for tried and tested directions.  I'll be using this as a project with my advanced students at the Sunroom Sewing Studio in Jackson, TN.   Supplies
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Londa’s Hints for Teaching Kids To Sew

Londa's Sunroom Sewing Studio
In hopes that sharing will help you teach youngsters how to sew, here are some techniques and experiences that I've found work for me, and the challenges I' have experienced during the last 2 years here in my home Studio, and years ago at Summer Sewing Camps at my retail storefront. AGE RECOMMENDATION 1.  START THEM EARLY!!!  If you wait until they are teenagers, other 'passions' have ignited in their
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Stretch Lace for Creative Sewing Fun

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STRETCH LACE on display at JoAnn's Fabrics today made my creative heart go 'pitter patter'.   Tis a good thing I was 'on a mission' and on my way OUT of the store, or a cut of the aqua bolt would likely have come home to 'age' in my stash - AND it was 30% off of $21.99!  Why did these tempt me?  Feast your eyes - then read my ideas below... IDEAS
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My Rolled Knit Trim How-To’s in Sew News April/May 2018

How To's for trimming with knit strips is the subject of my column in Sew News on the magazine racks now - April/May 2018.  When the editors accepted my proposal, I had no idea how much ADDITIONAL knowledge I would gain as I tested and tested and tested knit strips, grain, and rolling.          Which Way DO Knit Strips Roll? I always assumed that cross grain cut strips
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YEAH!!! Wide-Legged Pants Make Huge COME-BACK!

A recent trip to a Memphis area 'hoity toity' (as my sister calls it) shopping district gave me the chance to do some of my favorite Snoop Shopping.  ALAS, wide-legged pants are making a comeback. Seen at Anthropologie My first stop was at Anthropologie.  I snapped some pictures, but decided to go online to their website to make sure my 'conclusion' was on point.  Indeed, under Pants, you can select either
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Adding a Ruffle to Lengthen a Top Pattern – a Peek at Londa’s new Trendy Tunic Tops pattern

ruffle bottom top
Take just a few minutes to take a peek at my new pattern:  Trendy Tunic Tops.  You'll learn how I was taught years ago in college fashion class to add 'grace' to your rearview, how to adapt ready-to-wear fit, and more.  Order your printed pattern for shipping Feb. 26, 2018 at this link HERE. Trendy Tunic Tops covers how to add length to an existing garment, and also how to
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Pea Coats: History and Take a Peek Inside One to Mend

pea coat
Mending this PEA COAT for our local lumberjack got me curious to find out more facts about this classic coat.   Here is a video 'tour' of my challenge, and the insides that I think you'll find interesting.  Then read on for some interesting garment history from THIS SOURCE.   The name pea coat originated from the Dutch word “pije” (they pronounce their j’s funny), which was used in the Dutch
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