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What are the three most important things to consider when making a quilt? Fabric, Fabric, Fabric.

What are the three most important things to consider when making a quilt? Fabric, Fabric, Fabric.

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It’s what you see and what you feel and for most of us, it’s why we sew in the first place–we just love working with fabric. If you’re new to quilting I recommend starting out with cotton because it’s easy to sew and the cotton fabrics available nowadays are just so gorgeous you may not want to consider anything else.

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Quick Tip of the Week:  Incredible Shrinking Thread

Quick Tip of the Week: Incredible Shrinking Thread

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My friend Gail started experimenting with this cool thread to embellish a sweatshirt jacket she was working on. She used it instead of traditional decorative thread to stitch across panels of her jacket. After she was done, she steamed it with her iron. The thread shrunk up, creating interesting texture similar to smocking.

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How to Make Pretty Pincushions

How to Make Pretty Pincushions

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These cushions are a blast to make and use recycled materials. And for friends who haven’t yet caught the sewing bug, these itty bitty cushions are the perfect addition to a jewelry box: they corral earrings and pins in high style.

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How to Make Organza Envelopes

How to Make Organza Envelopes

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Organza envelopes are the perfect gift wrap for sentimental gift-givers. They’re great for heartfelt letters, hard-to-wrap jewelry, and tantalizing chocolates. Learn how to create two basic shapes with this tutorial and let the savvy gift-giving begin.

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How to Make Corset Ornaments

How to Make Corset Ornaments

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Holiday decorations don't have to be the traditional red and green to be festive. These tiny symbols of fashion not only make great ornaments, gift tags, or saches, but they're also super easy to make: you can prepare, quilt, and construct them in less than an hour.

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One-hour Wide Belt

One-hour Wide Belt

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For tying together any look, I love to quickly stitch up a wide, obi-wrap belt. It's super quick to sew.

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Hooked & Pricked

Hooked & Pricked

Hi, my name is Jennifer Stern, and I am so pleased to have this opportunity to share my embroidery stories and adventures (filled with both designer details and character builders) with you. Oh, and be sure to check out the Pricked exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design.

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How to Sew a Tray Cover

How to Sew a Tray Cover

This is the kind of quick and easy project that makes me feel like I am living the dream: sweetly pampered and lavishly lux.

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Embroider Your Own Label

Embroider Your Own Label

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After sewing up a project, whether it's for a gift or myself, I like to add an extra-special touch with a personalized ribbon label stitched with an embroidery machine.

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How to Create a Retro Cocktail Apron

How to Create a Retro Cocktail Apron

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I can't think of anything cuter and easier to stitch up than a perky cocktail apron a la Lucille Ball. It makes a great accessory for entertaining (what a conversation starter!) or the perfect unique gift all for under $10 and less than half an hour of your sewing time.

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How to Make a Mini Clutch for Day or Evening

How to Make a Mini Clutch for Day or Evening

I love patent leather, but can't ever seem to stomach the price tag. A small, chic bag is a great way to get all the style without emptying my wallet.

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A Sewing Spa

Expert Sewers Louise Cutting and Linda Lee hosted a three-day sewing retreat in Orlando - I'll tell you all about the night we worked until 3 a.m.!

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Pulling Up at Puyallup

Pulling Up at Puyallup

Threads staff members recently flew to the always fabulous 2008 Sewing and Stitchery Expo near Seattle for a few days of fashion shows, sneak peeks at the latest sewing products and classes.

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How to Make a Couture Carry-All

How to Make a Couture Carry-All

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I love fine sewing but I don't always have the time to finish an entire garment. To practice my savvy stitching techniques, I like to test-drive them on a smaller project, like a trendy, designer-inspired bag.

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Not Your Average Fabric Store

Not Your Average Fabric Store

Manhattan's Metro Textile is my favorite fabric store ever.

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How to Make a Simply Sassy Purse

How to Make a Simply Sassy Purse

While creating my own purse designs, there are always a few things to keep in mind; so I've compiled a quick refresher course to help you create any design from a pattern of your choice.

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Fast Interface Trimming

Fast Interface Trimming

Cut exactly the right amount of interfacing to avoid bulky seams - and do it fast.

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More Tips and Tricks - Sewing with Silk

More Tips and Tricks - Sewing with Silk

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How to use and treat this delicate yet glorious fabric for sublime, snag-free results.

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Twenty-Minute Table Runner

Twenty-Minute Table Runner

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Create this table runner as a quick gift for the holiday season.

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Pretty Gift Bags for All Occasions

Pretty Gift Bags for All Occasions

Sew these easy fabric bags to add personalized touch to any gift.

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