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Easy Sewing Projects for Beginning Sewers
Learning how to thread a sewing machine, thread a needle, fill a bobbin, and stitch a straight seam may seem common-sense and elementary to a novice sewer, however there is much for a sewing newcomer to learn about sewing, and seemingly all at once. Just where to begin can be daunting.

Easy To Sew Capes, Ponchos, Wraps
The graceful flowing lines of a cape with its charming hairstyle–saving hood, easy pull-over-the-head poncho or unstructured wrap/shawl styles become chic outerwear when you sew them from this season’s luxurious fleece, wools and wool-blends.

Enduring Patchwork
The terms cozy, rustic, Americana, and old-fashioned come to mind when considering patchwork items. The fabric patches are all of the same size, usually squares distinguishing them from "crazy" patchwork designs where pieces are of asymmetrical sizes assembled in a thoughtful yet random design.

Fabric and Architecture - Unique Partners
In comparison to ancient times, where the use of natural materials was the only practical choice to use for fabric, today’s textiles are near engineering marvels. Just consider the process of incorporating fabrics into contemporary structures that change our sheltered environments in unique ways.

Fabric Dresses Up Small Storage Containers
Ideal for seasonal decorating, functional and practical as a fabric scrap recycle undertaking, softly gather fabric and batting to pouf out and around a reusable storage container to provide a quick and easy cheery home decor or gift giving project.

Fabric Jewelry
Fashioning jewelry out of fabric can produce a distinctive wearable art piece that is surprising, unconventional and unique.

Fabric Stablizers
Stabilizers are generally non-woven textiles placed inside or under fabric pieces during construction to provide support and stability to the garment when stitching, particulary during embroidery. Stabilizers are different than iron-on or sew-on interfacings which also provide fabric support.

Fabric Stenciling
Stenciled designs on fabric can be created by daubing on fabric paint, inks or dyes, even the power of the sun, applied to a stencil template. When the template is removed, the resulting precise image will be visible on the underlying surface. A wonderful fabric embellishment technique.

Fabric to Knit or Crochet
Fabric can be thought of as much more than flat yardage to cut and sew into clothing, accessories and items for the home. Fabric can be treated like yarn – loomed, braided, knit or crocheted too.

Fabric Yo-Yos
Fabric yo-yos, or fabric rosettes, are those delightful gathered circles sewn from little more than a round disc of fabric and a running stitch so quick and easy to make and yet a pleasant way to make use of colorful fabric scraps.

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