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Make a Pair of Cufflinks with Buttons!

Materials:

  • Four shank backed buttons
  • Two 10” lengths of metal wire
  • Directions:

  • Thread the wire through the shanks in pairs.
  • Space them ½” apart at the wire center, and torque the wire between the two buttons into a figure eight.
  • Wrap one end of the wire 3 – 5 times around the center of the figure-8, between the two buttons, toward one button shank, and pulling the wire through the shank. Trim the sharp end.
  • Repeat with the other wire end, wrapping it towards the remaining button shank.
  • Repeat steps 1 – 5 with your other two buttons.
  • Voila! You now have a set of suave double-button cufflinks.

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    Baby Bib Pattern

    Chickpea Studios presents this free cute and easy baby bib pattern. You only need one third of a yard of cotton for the front, and one third of a yard of flannel, cloth diaper or terry for the back to give you enough material for four or five bibs. Make bibs up with Day of the Dead fabric, daddy’o flames, jolly snowmen, or frolicking kitties. These are just the thing to keep applesauce and mashed peas off your wee tykes clothing!

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    Spooky Halloween Fabric

    It is not too late to scoot on down to Britex Fabrics for some spooky Halloween fabric. Sew up an easy to make tote bag to carry your candy corn, caramel apples, and Sweet Tarts around. Compwalla posted easy directions for a beautiful and study bag on Instructables.com. You are never too old to eat candy while sitting under a tree in the moonlight. Devil-licious!
    Halloween fabric copy

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