Shannon_DennisShannon Dennis, Cleveland, OH, US
As if a full-time job at an advertising agency doesn't keep me busy enough, I am working at building my business Nina (www.theninaline.com), writing articles for sewing and crafting magazines, designing projects for websites and am delighted to be a part of CraftStylish! My husband Jeff and I live in Cleveland (Rocks!) with our two dogs and kitty.
craft interests: embroidery, fashion, gifts, holidays, home decorating, memory making, paper crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing
Member Since: 04/09/2008
Since CraftStylish.com is new, I thought I would try something new in my blog as well. Every month, I will post a “series” of how-tos, and at the end, we will apply everything taught in those mini-tutorials to a fantastic project. Let us begin with the proper way to sew on a button.
Here's a cute, quick way to restyle a picture frame with fabric and some embellishments to showcase your furry friend!
Dress up your little pooch with this cute tulle-trimmed skirt.
Change your pet's collar with the seasons by making this quick and easy pet collar. Learn some tips on sewing with webbing along the way.
Bandanas are a fun way to express yourself through your pet's attire. Try this bandana pattern for a pet of any size, and learn how to properly sew on rickrack.
If you spend time making Valentine's Day cards, why not hold, collect, and carry them in style, too!
Draw-cord gathering is a stable, easy way to create even gathers. Try this technique to recycle a floor-length curtain into a new valance!
Recycling things doesn't mean compromising cute, trendy style. You can make this cute, vintage pinup apron with one place mat and two napkins!
From Polarfleece to swimsuit fabric and T-shirts to "slinky," knits can be great to sew with using these few tips!
Learn how to create a flat-fell seam for beautiful, professional-looking seams.
This isn't your traditional drawstring wine bottle gift bag!
Delicious homemade cookies are the perfect gift for neighbors, friends, and hostesses for the holidays. Make your cookie plate stand out with this adorable plate cover!
A great, simple gift for that coffee guy in your life!
Need a quick holiday skirt for your tree? Try this pleated tree skirt and recycle a used tablecloth while you're at it!
Supercute rings with minimal sewing are a quick fix for a bland table or a gift for a person who has everything!
Just in time for the holidays! These leaf coasters have a double plus: coasters and drink tags in one!
Whether you use these quick wall art projects to decorate for the holidays, to give as gifts, or to deck your walls all year long, they are a hit!
Ever wonder how you're going to turn those tiny tubes right side out for straps or handles? Here's a trick...or two!
The Ultimate Sewing Room contest entry
Here are some great tips on using a traditional appliqué technique with knit fabrics!
Think Pink with this cute cosmetic bag adorned with a cool reverse appliqué.
How do you put in piping that is thicker than your finger? Try these tips to not only sew in large piping but also to keep it from rolling away!
Piping, cording, welt, double welt? Let's talk about them all and how to use them to add fantastic interest to your projects' edges.
Don't forget, thread is what holds things together!
Find out how to pink your edges as well as three other finishing techniques to keep your edges from unraveling.
Let me introduce you to my favorite zipper, Miss Invisible! I'll cover how to put one in using a handy foot and also how to finish it off, top and bottom!
If you feel passionate about taking care of our soldiers in harm's way while they are away from their loved ones, here is a cause for you.
Crafters are always looking for supplies.This site has it all and at a discounted price!
In this zipper post, we will go over a super-easy craft-style zipper I love to use!
Wherever I am music is never far behind.
I never thought I was emotionally attached to my sewing machine. Little did I know!
Zippers. They almost succeeded in ending my sewing passion. In part one of this series, let's look at a standard garment zipper and pick up some pointers on the way!
If you're looking for a guide to fall fashion, check this out!
This is a great technique for giving your garments a professional finish without lining...and in a jiffy!
If you're looking for a way to prepare for the cold weather season check out this cool project!
Nearly every area of sewing requires you to know how to create a rolled hem at some point. Here are some tricks to help you consistently sew the best rolled hem on your project.
I'm may not be a seasoned fabric stasher but I am a decent shopper! Here are somethings I think about before buying fabric on eBay.
If you're having trouble working with a sheer fabric, a French seam is a great way to create a professional finish for your projects. And if you're going to learn a French seam, then why not make a little gift bag on the way?!
If you're thinking of making your own wedding dress check this out!
I found this dress for cheap but hated the glittery gob on the neckline. Here is what I did to make it fit my style!
If you've ever carried a purse or bag and had the strap break on you, you know how annoying this can be. With these quick steps, you'll have a strap, tab, or handle loop that will last.
Here are the onesies I promised from the Urban Threads Embroidery post!
In the days of electronic invitations, use these techniques of sewing on paper to personalize your party!
If you're looking for fun, trendy embroidery designs this is your site!
Everyone loves free...especially with no strings attached.
If you're looking for a sewing machine, here are some tips and hints on things to consider in the process!
Change the complete look and style of a T-shirt with one simple technique...and a handy needle!
Weddings are all around me these days! Here is a beautiful, quick little gift I came up with to give a newly engaged friend or bride-to-be at her shower. With a classic, heirloom hem technique, this hankie also covers the something new and something blue!
Heads up, creative peeps! Heather Bailey has some new releases that will cover any type of craft you can think of!
Turn a pair of ready-made pajama pants into a cute pair of capri pants. All you need is a few minutes and these blind-hem techniques!
Cutting and sewing on the bias is easy with some how-to pointers and helpful hints!
What is a bias? How do I find it? Does any of this really have to do with sewing?! Here we'll walk through the grains of fabric, how to find the bias, and what you can do with it!
If your local fabric retailer doesn’t carry just what you need, there are a plethora of little “shops” online. Here are a few I have used and love. I would love to learn about yours!
Leather is a beautiful, natural “fabric” that can present some tricky sewing issues. Here, I'll help you set up for success as well as teach you a few tricks to make your leather project simply perfect.
Sometimes I get so busy with my life that I forget how lucky I am to be able to do the things that I love. Just last week someone asked me how I started sewing, and it made me think about what really is one of the great joys of my life. This, my friends, is why I sew.
I have some favorite places to sew away from my own sewing room. Places that feel like a second home, where I can nestle right in and be creative. In this post, I will share my favorite places to sew away from home and help you find a sew-away-from-home place for yourself.
Need the 411 on needles? A little needle knowledge goes a long way in helping you make the best choice for your sewing. Read on and learn the difference between a ballpoint, a microtex, a wing, a twin, and everything in between!
My local quilt shop celebrated Arbor Day with "Think Green" grocery-bag kits. Here’s how you can make one, too.
Having trouble finding trendy garment patterns? In this post, I’ll give you a place to start exploring some of my favorite fashion stops online!
Ever wonder what a needle scarf is? Or why there are a million numbers on a needle case? In this first installment of my needle series, I'll break it all down and explore the mysterious parts of a sewing-machine needle.
If you ever feel like you don’t have enough fingers or pins to get your button sewn on correctly, this is the post for you! A little tip goes a long way. In fact, I can't imagine creating a buttonhole without these handy helpers.
If you’re anything like me, I prefer the most professional way to do something in the least amount of time. Specialty feet designed specifically for your sewing machine are one of the fastest ways to do both.
Guess what? I am going to build on the foundation of knowing how to properly hand-sew a button by making it a whole lot easier. Here, I'll introduce you to the basics of machine-sewing buttons. This bit of sewing know-how will make button-sewing easier and less tedious, leaving you with more time and a very secure button.
The absolute highlight of my week was my first pattern-making class. In the past, I’ve made many patterns on my own for accessories and home-decorating projects, but I’ve always been too intimidated to attempt to make a pattern by myself for a garment. But I love learning new things, and I'm especially excited to be learning something that I have always wanted to know how to do correctly, such as draft my own garment pattern.
I'm in a pinch. My sister’s birthday present has to go out today, and I don’t have any wrapping paper! As I looked around the clutter of fabric in my sewing room, inspiration struck ...!
I used to be a teacher with this traveling sewing expo ... But this time, I went for the pure pleasure of being surrounded by so many beautiful fabrics, exciting innovations and thousands of people who love sewing just as much as I do.
This has been a year full of new beginnings: I am recently married, recently thinking about moving into a new house, and recently beginning my blog for the new CraftStylish site. Here's little about me and what I hope to bring to the site.