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October 13 2008 Sewing Newsletter

As the holidays approach, sewers are always looking for quick-to-make holiday gifts from fabric leftover bits and pieces.

For the quickest ever plastic-tube-hanger-cover that keeps garments from slipping off the plastic hanger: cut fabric scrap 12" X 18"; fold fabric piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Cut a small hole in the center of the fold just large enough to slide over the plastic hanger hook. Blanket-stitch or whip-stitch around the hole to prevent fraying. With the fabric over the plastic hanger, pin over the hanger's top edges following the hanger shape from the center hole just down to each edge and over the rounded ends. Leave the bottom part of the fabric open. Remove the hanger, hand or machine stitch alongside the pins, on either side of the center hole following the hanger shape. Trim any excess fabric to within 1/4" of the seam. Turn up 1/4" of the fabric on the bottom of the hanger cover and stitch a hem. Turn right side out, place over the hanger; add a ribbon bow or other decorative trim at the base of the hook. The hanger cover should fit somewhat snuggly over the plastic hanger. Make two or three for a quick charming gift idea. Fleece, holiday-themed cotton prints, softened denim, and corduroy are great fabric choices.

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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.

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