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Scrappy Fabric Ideas from A to Z
Finding ways to use the inevitable scraps of leftover fabric is as much a joy as finally finishing the larger sewing projects from which scraps are born.
September is National Sewing Month
Whether you sew to express personal creativity, for economic necessity, or for charitable contributions, sewing has a long storied tradition. September is officially recognized as National Sewing Month!
Sew a Child's Bean Bag Toss Game
The roots of the bean bag toss game, also known in times obscure as Cornhole, is originally a lawn game where players take turns throwing small bags of beans onto a raised area that has a hole cut into it. Why not sew small colorful bean bags for a delightful children's game!
Sew a Garden Flag
Welcome visitors and friends with a garden flag to hang from a wrought iron garden flag pole, wall bracket, or mailbox. These celebratory flags add welcoming visual interest to home, garden or business and provide an extra display of color and whimsy for any outdoor space.
Sew a Lace Bolero or Shrug
The traditional season for weddings and prom festivities, late spring to early summer, brings great joy and new excitement as many bride-to-be’s and young lady prom goers search for a gown, often opting for the sheer elegance and sophistication of a revealing neckline and bare shoulder look.
Sew for Baby
Soft fabric sewn together with love can make an enduring gift for any baby. Most baby items are quick and easy to make to show you care and to welcome a new little one.
As we sew today, consider sewing ‘green,’ mindful of a concept of sustainable sewing – one that is heedful of and practical for our planet.
Sewing with plaids need not be frustrating. Simple matching of horizontal and vertical lines at every seam opening - side seams and the front notch on the arm scythe, for any patch pockets, pocket flaps, and welts, plus pinning and hand basting every seam, every time, ensures great results.
Sew with Summer Tropical Flair
Sewing for summer weather with airy and breezy cottons, linen types, hand-dyed batiks, Swiss batiste, and brightly colored tropical prints with vibrant coordinating solids all bring to mind those visions of barefoot living and dreamy seaside cabana suppers.
Sewing and Color’s Influence
Color subtly influences our perception of the world around us. Sewers may use this influence in fabric choices to evoke a desired response - blue tones are identified as cooling whereas reds are considered warming. Perceptions and reactions to color are myriad across age, gender, and culture.
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