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Category Archive: Projects

Easy to Sew Lined Curtains


Rachael at Sew, Mama, Sew made up this easy to follow tutorial for making basic lined curtains. She demonstrates by sewing up a pair of charmingly classic gingham kitchen curtains. This method could be used for any simple lined curtain; I would love to make them up in luxurious mustard velveteen, lined with violet cotton sateen.

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Cross-Stitch a Faux Pumpkin


Meg from elsiemarley.com has posted this handy tutorial on cross-stitching a faux citrouille. All you need is patience, creativity, a fake pumpkin, thick yarn, a bamboo skewer (the ones you use for kebabs) or an ice pick or something similar, a yarn needle, and a pencil. We love the wonderful vintage feel of this Halloween project…and of course, one could also cross-stitch a pattern to any faux item! I imagine a Thanksgiving cornucopia centerpiece of happily grinning vegetables! FYI: Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Free Vintage Detachable Collar Patterns


We have peered into our glittery glass ball, and predict that detachable collars are making a come-back! Here are over a dozen patterns for men’s and women’s detachable collars from the 1850s to the 1930s – update: you must log in to see these now! These are copied from collars in the collection of Tara Maginnis, and brought to us courtesy of the fine folks at The Costumer’s Manifesto. One culd make starched and snowy white linen collars, paisley Liberty of London collars, or a plethora of colored collars to match ones mood. I am quite enamored with the “Lido” gent’s wingtip collar…..now all I need is a dove grey frockcoat and an ebony cane! Of course, Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor has many luxurious cottons, linens, and shirtings that would be eminently suitable for your next detachable collar.

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Vintage Transfer Embroidered Vegetables


How could anyone not eat their veggies! These embroidered vintage vegetables were originally published by doe-c-doe and are from The Vitamin Ball. Love is all around, with adoringly smooching squash and radishes, and carousing squash playing a squeezebox of peas. All brought to us by the wondrous Cherie of French-Knots: All Things Stitchy.

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Cable-Knit Fisherman Sweater Pattern


Norah at Knitty.com designed a swingin’ cabled fisherman sweater with a nod to the 1960s beatnik. We love the groovy boat neck, 3/4 length sleeves, and fitted shape. It makes me want to get down and do the wah watusi!

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Felt Cat Broach Tutorial


Salley, author of Felt Wee Folk, offers up this folk art inspired kitty cat broach tutorial. It is an easy way to practice some basic embroidery stitches including the blanket stitch, chain stitch, satin stitch and fly stitch. These would make lovely tokens of love for all of your furry loving pals, and are a great group craft project. Meow!

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How to Sew a Morticia Adams Dress


Bombase hails from Lille, France, and made this sweet video tutorial on how to make a slinky Morticia Adams dress.
“They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They’re altogether ooky,
The Addams Family.
Their house is a museum.
When people come to see ‘em
They really are a screa-um.
The Addams Family.”

(By Vic Mizzy)

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How to Choose the Correct Sewing Machine Needle


Manda from Tree Fall talked with the folks at Sew, Mama, Sew about choosing the correct sewing machine needle for your project. Ball point needles for knits, sharp points and universal points are discussed at length, along with the standard sizes and how to match your needle size to your project’s fabric. She also points out the invaluable and difficult lesson that one should always replace a dull or damaged needle straight away, as they can be responsible for skipped stitches and damaged fabric. Yikes!

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Knit Mini-Candy Corn & Cook Candy Corn!


Candy corn lovers unite! Mochimochi Land brings you miniature humanoid knit candy corn….sprinkle them around in a Halloween tableau, make them into jewelry, or decorate a favorite sweater or pair of socks. And Don brings us a recipe to cook your own kitchen-fresh candy corn.

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Free Wee Cross-Stitch Patterns from France


Owl-lover, Catherine, from Boutique.Chouettalors has a lovely handful of les grilles gratuities on her website, including simple, easy-to-make cross-stitched silhouettes of owls, squirrels, mushrooms and reindeer. These would be tender and sweet embroidered upon coasters, potholders, cards or bed linens. I’d like to drink English Breakfast tea while snuggled in a set of cream cotton sateen sheets with nut red squirrels standing in an obedient line upon my pillowcase’s edging. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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