Category: Sewing tips

Sewing tips

Beginner Quilt-As-You-Go Mistakes

Quilting is the process of joining two or more layers of fabric together to form a thicker fabric. While the amount of preparation involved in traditional quilting projects doesn’t appeal to me, quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) projects do. I’ve been looking for a small quilt-as-you-go project to learn this technique for a while. This post is about …

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Upcycling Old Raincoat New Purse

When my single-layer raincoat started to fall apart, I knew it was time to retire it. I decided to salvage as much of the fabric, zippers, and other hardware as I could. There was enough exterior fabric to sew a purse. This post describes upcycling an old raincoat into a new purse. Introduction Upcycling involves …

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Mask Tips For Glasses Wearers

I wear glasses and many of my friends and family members do too. Now that we’re dealing with winter weather the issue of masks fogging is important to more people. Masks are mandatory in more indoor spaces than before so people who hadn’t worn masks previously are doing so. In my June 7, 2020 post …

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Weighted Ruler Holder Tutorial

My 18” long and 2” wide sewing ruler tends to go missing when I’m working on sewing projects. I blame it on the fact that I doesn’t fit in my sewing basket and doesn’t have a dedicated storage space elsewhere. It’s also transparent and clear. In this post I show you how I sewed a …

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Sewing Non-medical Masks

Health Canada has been recommending people wear non-medical masks (or fabric face coverings) in situations where physical distancing is difficult to maintain or unpredictable since May 20, 2020. Many stores and businesses that have re-opened are requiring that customers and/or clients wear masks. If you don’t already have masks, you may be wondering if it …

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Piping & Cording Made Easy

In April 2019, I showed you how I make continuous bias strips and continuous bias tape. If you know how to make continuous bias strips, you can make your own piping. In this post, I’m going to show you how I make piping. What is piping? You may have seen piping and/or cording at your …

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Teflon Presser Foot

Since becoming serious about my sewing, I have purchased a number of specialty presser feet. One of them is a “Teflon presser foot” (also known as a “non-stick presser foot” or an “ultra-glide presser foot”). What does it look like If you’ve used a universal presser foot (aka zigzag presser foot) you will recognize the …

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Bias Tape Foot

Since becoming serious about my sewing, I have purchased a number of specialty presser feet. A bias tape presser foot is specifically designed to sew double fold bias tape in a single sewing step. If you’ve sewn double fold bias tape with a universal presser foot (aka zig zag presser foot), you’re likely familiar with …

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Continuous Bias Tape

In the previous post (Continuous Bias Strip) showed you how I create continuous bias strips. In this post I’ll show you how I transform those strips into continuous bias tape. Bias tape is a bias strip that has been folded (wrong sides together) and pressed. It’s used for concealing cut fabric edges in a variety …