How To Make a Personalized Name Pillow

It’s really easy to learn how to make a personalized name pillow. This DIY personalized name pillow makes a great gift that can be made any time of the year. You can make them for Christmas, birthday, Mother’s Day or any reason! You may even want one for yourself! This pillow can be made with…

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A Quick Christmas Gift Idea!

This is a cookie bag made two ways: a gnome and a simply decorated bag. Let’s make the gnome first. If you want the simple bag, follow the instructions all the way until I begin discussing how to make the hat and then skip to the last paragraph. For the gnome, I had alot of…

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How To Add Lining and Hem Your Drapes or Curtains

Finding drapes in the color, length and fabric you need is not an easy task, unless you get them custom made. But that is expensive. I found a set of drapes in the color and style I wanted, but the length was too long. Also, when I stood on the curb outside, they didn’t look good…

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How To Replace a Zipper in a Jacket or Coat

Update: October 19, 2020 If you read my last post on How Much To Charge To Replace a Zipper, I promised I’d be back to show you how to put in a new zipper. Here’s the jacket with the broken zipper: On this jacket, the zipper teeth didn’t hold together when the jacket was zipped.…

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How To Make a Sewing Pattern

A question came in yesterday asking how to line the inside of a nightgown. Without having the original pattern, you might think it’s impossible. But, even if you don’t have the original paper pattern for a garment or any item (and you won’t have it if the item was purchased online or in a store),…

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How To Sew On Satin Covered Buttons

I admit I don’t get a request to sew on satin covered buttons very often. It’s happened twice in the last eight years. But, you’ve seen satin covered buttons before, right? They are usually seen on wedding dresses or other bridal items. The button is covered in white satin on one side and has a softly…

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A Question For You

Each morning my inbox is full of great questions. I love to help you figure out your sewing dilemmas. Today, however, I thought it would be fun for you  to answer a question from one of our readers! It isn’t about an alteration. It’s about technique and experience. And I figure there are probably many good answers…

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How To Sew a Button on By Machine

Do you know how to sew a button on with your sewing machine? For those of you who don’t know how, or feel a little intimidated in trying, here’s my technique. Find a button for the garment and push the button through the hole to make sure it fits. Place the button over the original…

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Are You Overcharging for Alterations?

A college student sat in our kitchen last week and told me of his experience at a local alteration shop. He had needed some sewing done and noticed a shop along the road. He didn’t know to call around and see what the going rate was for what he needed. He needed three repairs done…

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How To Take in Side Seams and Facings

This is a mother of the bride dress and jacket that a customer brought in. The short jacket needs to be altered at the sides. The jacket does not have lining, but it does have facings. And because of the facings, we will need to alter both. So, let’s learn how to take in side…

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