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Make Your Own No Sew Blanket

Fast, easy no sew blanket you can do in an hour. #NoSew Grace Garden And Homestead

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In our home, we make presents for each other, in lieu of worrying about what to buy for everyone—which often leads to gifts that just fill a box instead of leaving a lasting impression on a loved one’s heart.

A popular one this year was the no sew fleece blankets.  Kids as young as 7 in our home were making these.  It’s the perfect gift for those little hands as well as bigger ones that don’t sew.

And who wouldn’t want a soft, fuzzy blanket to cuddle up to?

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8 Classy Aprons For Mothers (With Mostly Free Patterns)

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Every country mother has a collection of aprons.  Let me reassure you, that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t welcome another one.  Most of us could window shop for aprons endlessly.

If that sounds familiar, then let me help you out.  Here are 8 of the classiest aprons I can find—most of which have free patterns or instructions.

Whether you are looking for an apron for yourself or for your mother, you are sure to be inspired by one of these.

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Brother SE1800 Sewing And Embroidery Machine Review

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One of the highlights of this winter’s sewing season was receiving a Brother SE1800 Sewing and Embroidery machine from Sewing Machines Plus.  Any avid seamstress knows the excitement—your mind fills with the colors of the season, the texture of fabrics, and the femininity of laces and fine stitching.

It was delivered to my doorstep in only a couple days, and I immediately got to work.

As soon as it arrived, I pulled the Operators Manual out and read it front to back, highlighting and marking everything I wanted to do for this review.  Since it’s such a magnificent machine, I am unable to go into the details here of all of it’s capabilities, but I’ll share all the ups and downs of what I’ve been creating with it these last few weeks.

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Tips And Tricks For Sewing With PUL (Polyurethane Laminate)

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Polyurethane laminate (PUL) is a special fabric consisting of two layers.  It consists of a lightweight polyester interlock knit fabric laminated to a thin (1 mil) film of polyurethane.  Clothing manufactures (and those of us who sew at home) enjoy this laminated fabric for its special properties to act as a wind and/or water barrier.

It’s most commonly used in making cloth diapers, wind-break garments, and shower curtains.  Personally, I only use it for it’s water barrier properties to make diapers, trainers, pull-ups, nursing pads, wet-bags, feminine pads, etc.

As unique and wonderful as it is, learning to sew with it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.  Here are some tips and tricks to help you sew with PUL.

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Make Your Own Child’s Dress Form

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Most of the sewing I get done is after the kids go to bed.  And that means while I’m making clothes for the kids, they can’t try them on as I work.  If I don’t have a form to fit, then I can only get so far before stopping and waiting to fit them the next day.  With the amount of sewing I do (or would like to at times), it’s really helpful to have a dress form.

I would love, love, love to have an adjustable child’s dress form for the various stages of my children’s growth.  However, right now it’s just not an option for us. In lieu of going without, we simply make a form for each child.

Since a homemade dress form is not adjustable and children grow fast, it’s important to make one while doing a stack of clothes for that child.  After finishing the stack, move on to the next child, do his/her form and work through that stack of clothes.

Here’s how we just made dress forms for a couple of the girls:

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Sewing A Hood On Costumes Or Pajamas

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You’ve seen them in stores… Hoods on towels, hoods on sweatshirts, hoods on pajamas, hoods on costumes.  Most of the time, adding a hood to these items not only makes them adorable, but also hikes up the price you’re going to pay.

Why not learn how to sew a hood on your own costume or pajamas?

Because it’s intimidating?  Nah… Once you see how easy it is, you’re going to find yourself sewing hoods on to all kinds of things.

(Be careful, you’re kids will start to expect it.  Trust me!)

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DIY Vintage Boot Stockings

I love all things vintage.  And the stockings I made this year?  No different.

I know this style won’t appeal to everyone, but if you’re looking for something a little different than the norm, take a look at these cuties!

 

I like to decorate the inside of my house in pale blues and greens, so even though this quilted material doesn’t have a Christmas theme, it still fits in perfectly.

I picked the quilted material for it’s durability, but feel free to try a leather, or something else fun.

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Where To Get Cheap Fabric

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The snow is on the ground, and that means our harvest is done and it’s time to start sewing like mad until spring comes again.  I have a list a mile long of clothes, costumes, and holiday items to get started on–and it’s going to take a lot of material.

Anyone who also sews a lot for their family, or is just crafty, knows that material isn’t cheap.  Even plain denim for pants and skirts for a family can be enough to break the bank.  So how does a homesteader on a serious budget do it every year?  She’s got to find a source (or two) of cheap fabric.

Here are eight places I look for cheap fabric without compromising on quality:

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How To Sew An Invisible Zipper

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I have a love affair with hidden zippers.  I never knew it, but apparently I do.  They are nearly all I use.  And honestly, they are easy.

It wasn’t until recently that a friend grabbed this costume I made and asked with disbelief, “how did you get this zipper on?”

“Um…with the machine?”  I wasn’t sure what the fuss was all about.  Apparently it’s not easy?  I had no idea.

If you’re in the “It’s a hard skill” boat, then pin this for future use.  I’m going to make it super easy for you.

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Reinforcing Toddler Underwear

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Do what?  You may be asking yourself.  No, you read that correctly–reinforcing toddler underwear.

Why?  You know…because accidents happen for awhile after they are potty trained.

We don’t buy diapers because we use cloth.  I also make cloth training pants, and then for their first set of underwear, I reinforce those too.

These won’t hold everything when a full-on accident happens.  But they catch the “almost made it.”  And that’s what I want for all my kids so they don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed.

Here’s how I did it.

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