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Make a reader happy with this DIY reading pillow [free book pillow pattern]

You’re going to love learning how to sew this easy DIY reading pillow you can make with my free book pillow pattern. In a house full of readers, I have stacks on stacks of books everywhere, and everyone likes to be cozy. And what’s more cozy than a comfy reading pillow to hold your latest …

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What is a basting stitch in sewing (why it’s awesome)

Ever wondered what a basting stitch is in sewing? That’s what you’re about to find out. If you’ve ever searched in your sewing machine manual, you probably won’t find a “basting stitch” as one of your machine’s available stitches. Yet, basting is something that we do often in sewing, so how do you baste fabric …

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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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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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7 home dec sewing tips that’ll help you make a beautiful home

I secretly love home dec sewing. But Elizabeth, sewing for your home is b-o-r-i-n-g. I’ll admit sewing a pillow isn’t as glamorous maybe as making a tailored jacket with all the fixings. Still, that humble pillow will be enjoyed by everyone who enters your home for years to come. When you sew for your home, …

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