How to sew: lace, embroidery and other notions

Adding lace, ribbon, bows, and buttons to an outfit isn’t all that hard, but some beginners are overwhelmed by the thought of such tasks. By beginning with something simple like attaching a button, you’ll gain the confidence you need to try more difficult projects later. When sewing on a flat button, thread your needle, knotting […]

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How to add a lace-up slit to skirts and shirts

The next time you get an urge to go shopping for a new shirt or skirt consider doing something radical to a garment you already own. Changing a garment to look much different can make you feel as though you’ve purchased something new. Simple things like changing the hemline or making short sleeves from long […]

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How to make girls’ clothing alterations for longer wear

It’s easy to tell when a girl has a growth spurt – clothing suddenly doesn’t fit anymore. Kids go through clothing so fast it can be quite expensive keeping them supplied. Many parents save money bypassing the clothes down to the next child. That does help stretch the clothing budget but there are other ways. […]

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How to you single crochet?

GETTING STARTED. For practice, any size crochet hook and any type of yarn will do, so long as they are compatible in size (i.e. you’re not using a very small hook with thick yarn). These instructions will assume you are right-handed; if you are left-handed, reverse them. To hold the hook, grasp it with your […]

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How to do a basting stitch by hand

Hemming a pair of pants, shorts, or just about anything requires a few basic steps to ensure that it is handled neatly and correctly. One of the most important steps is to first baste the hem before shortening it permanently. Here is an outline of the basic procedure, which many people these days are not […]

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How to start knitting

The art of knitting is an age-old skill which is learned by both women and men nowadays. Knitting is used to make hats, blankets, sweaters, hats, and even mittens and slippers. KNitting is simply making fabric by putting together loops of yarn. There are two basic types of knitting stitches and they are called the […]

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How does one learn needlepoint

Needlepoint is a type of embroidery done with a large needle and yarn on a canvas background. The fact that you can use a large blunt needle and that canvas has large holes make it ideal for children and those who are visually impaired. That doesn’t mean that those of us who enjoy needlework wouldn’t […]

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How to make a simple needle holder

For those of you who sew, embroider, or do any sort of craft projects that involve needles – you know what a safety hazard needles can be. They’re small, not always easy to see, and sharp. This simple needle holder will keep the sharp edges away from hands and keep the needles in a safe […]

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How to cross-stitch – a simple but rewarding hobby!

You peer at the carefully stitched picture hanging on the wall; wondering if you could ever create such a beautiful piece of art. The answer is: Yes, You Can! The secret of successful cross stitch is that it’s NOT hard to do at all – with a little preparation and patience you can be churning […]

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How to make a child’s angel costume

Any little girl looks beautiful in an angel outfit. Make the costume for her and you’ll be proud of your accomplishments. It’s not hard but is somewhat time-consuming, depending upon how much detail you give the outfit. You’ll need fabric and elastic to make the outfit then your choice of embellishments to make it look […]

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