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Add Textural Dimension to Fabric star
Fold, twist, pleat, ruffle, ruche, crinkle, applique, embroider, smock, gather, pin tuck and shirr are just some of the various methods for adding interesting depth, ornamentation and texture to fabric.

Countdown Calendars to Sew star
Countdown calendars, with a nod to Advent calendars, can be used to count the days in eager anticipation of an upcoming holiday or special occasion event. Use scraps of fabric to make a simple one for a fun family activity. When completed all can see just how many days remain until the festivities.

Covered Button Tutorial star[offsite link]
Learn how to make covered buttons without the kit.

Crochet Flower - Tutorial star[offsite link]
Not sewing, I know. But, I love embellishing my sewn items with these, and they can be expensive.

Denim Belt star[offsite link]
Instructions for making a lace embellished belt from denim.

DIY Headband Collection star[offsite link]
A collection of five headband tutorials.

Fabric Corsage - Tutorial star[offsite link]
Make a fabric flower to match every outfit!

Fabric Flower - Tutorial star[offsite link]
Make a cute flower from your leftover scraps.

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

Fabric Rananculus - Tutorial star[offsite link]
Jazz up a plain tee with this fun fabric rananculus.

Fabric Roses star[offsite link]
Learn how to make ruffly roses out of fabric strips.

Fabric Roses star[offsite link]
Stop and smell the roses with this easy project using a variety of fabrics.

Fleece Edges star[offsite link]
Ideas for embellishing the edges of fleece.

Free Flower Themed Sewing Patterns star
If you are looking to add a little breath of spring to your life, make some colorful, bright flowers. Here is a list of links to free flower patterns available on the web.

Fur Muff star[offsite link]
Make a fur (faux) muff to keep your hands warm.

Hand-made vs. Machine-made star
Sewing is a form of the verb, to sew, commonly to enclose or join securely with stitches while art is a noun giving us the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. Imagine connecting both!

Lace Odds and Ends to Sew star
Lace has a sentimental quality, evoking yesterday’s keepsakes while becoming tomorrow’s treasures. Small pieces of lace can accessorize antique buttons, aromatic sachets, padded satin hangers or jars of homemade jams and jellies for gifting.

Loopy Felt Flower Tutorial star[offsite link]
Make a few of these cute felt flowers.

Nine Hole Buttons - Tutorial star[offsite link]
A link to instructions for making buttons out of polymer clay.

Patchwork Belt - Tutorial star[offsite link]
Illustrated instructions for making a pieced belt.

Pleated Pocket Tutorial star[offsite link]
Accessorize your garments or bags with this stylish pleated pocket.

Quick Quick Mittens - Tutorial star[offsite link]
This tutorial shows you how to make fleece mittens in no time!

Sashiko - Mending and Embroidery star
With the application of a simple yet versatile running stitch, you can create beautiful hand worked embroidery that is both organic and pleasingly geometric in design.

Scrunchie Sets star[offsite link]
How-to for several methods for making hair scrunchies. Includes instructions for a scrunchie holder made from a paper towel holder.

Sewing for a College Dorm Room star
Most colleges inform incoming dorm room freshman to bring only the essential items at the beginning of the semester, however the dorm room will be home for most of the upcoming school year so it is nearly essential to make it comfortable from the start.

Sewing Projects for Repurposed Clothing star
Refashioning a unique item of clothing whether in the style of shabby-chic, causally altered or a remix that is whimsical, elegant, and eco-friendly is satisfying and creative fun. Re-purposing clothing today is a continuing trend.

Simple T-Shirt Makeovers star
The comfortable-to-wear, go-everywhere casual unisex top is hands down the T-shirt. Modern day tees have become the equivalent of walking product advertisements, designer name branding and for sending personal messages about the wearer’s politics, social attitudes, sports, music and much more.

Smocking as Embellishment star
Smocking in its simplest description is embroidery over even, tiny gathered pleats of fabric. It is a fine needle art form for garment decoration usually seen on sleeves, yokes, and bodice fronts with origins now obscure.

Super Easy Keychain - Tutorial star[offsite link]
Make a keychain to match your bag with this easy tutorial.

Upcycle Classic Women's Shirts star
A very useful upcycle sewing project is to take a classic women’s button down shirt and re-fashion into a new trendy shirt, one that may fit better, be more in line with contemporary fashion and satisfy a creative urge to transform something old into something new.

Upgraded Yoyo - Tutorial star[offsite link]
Make a double layered yoyo.

Using Piping or Cording star
Much more than a decorative outline to garment seams or pillow edges, piping can ease the strain on finished fabric seams subject to much wear or minimize abrasion of seam edges on much used pillows or sofa cushions adding strength to seams and curvy corners as well.

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