elizabethmadethis

Elizabeth Farr is the writer behind the Elizabeth Made This blog where she shares helpful sewing tips, step by step sewing tutorials and videos to help you explore your creativity through sewing.  She has written sewing Eguides and patterns, been a featured teacher at Rebecca Page's Sewing Summit and Jennifer Maker's Holiday Maker Fest and her work has appeared in Seamwork and Altered Couture magazines.  She also created a line of refashioned garments for SEWN Denver.  When her sewing machine isn't humming, she's playing and teaching violin, and hanging around a good strategic board game with her husband and 4 kids.

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How to use fusible interfacing + how block fusing will keep you sane

Today we’re talking about how to use fusible interfacing and the benefits of block fusing. For a long time I really really hated applying fusible interfacing. Interfacing is slippery, it can get your iron gunky. Worst of all, it seems that no matter how accurately you seem to cut it, you always need to trim …

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101 important sewing terms that every beginner needs to know

Let’s be honest: there’s a whole lot of sewing terms out there! The first time you pick up a pattern, your brain might be spinning with all of the sewing words flying at you. My goal here is to give some sewing definitions for a lot of sewing terms you’ll come across. I’m grouping alphabetically …

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How to fix sewing machine tension without chucking your machine out a window

Ah sewing machine tension. It’s one of those ultra frustrating subjects. If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say, “I don’t sew much because my machine’s tension was just off”, I’d have a lot of dollars. Shoot, I gave up sewing for YEARS because I never quite figured out the tension …

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How to upholster a storage bench that’ll make you smile

Today we’re talking how to upholster a storage bench. Why bother, you ask? Well, plain storage benches usually have lifeless neutral fabric with zero personality. When said boring fabric gets gross from life with kids, I start looking at it, knowing it could be better. I’ll show you how to break down a storage bench. …

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How to make DIY ombre curtains and use all your pretty denim

We’re making DIY ombre curtains today! This is the project for those times you want fresh room decor and can’t find any decent curtain fabric. As someone who has spent far far too many hours combing Ebay and Etsy for the *right* curtain fabric, I’ll tell you now you might not find it. Thankfully you …

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13 types of interfacing that’ll make all your sewing better

We’re talking all about types of interfacing today. Why? Because interfacing is one of the key elements to making all of your sewing better. Also, if you go searching for types of interfacing, your head will soon be in a stew of numbers and manufacturers and confusion. I’m not about that. By the end of …

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Everything you need to know about interfacing fabric

Deep but important to know subject today: we’re talking about interfacing fabric. Interfacing can really make or break your projects but raise your hand if you’ve just bought the cheap stuff thinking it’s all the same (waves hand then smacks forehead immediately). The truth is that interfacing is a vital part of a lot of …

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