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Tips for Sewing Fabric Selvedges
Don’t throw fabric selvedges away! Put those narrow strips of fabric edges to good use instead. Selvedges or selvages (self-edges) are the long factory finished side edges of woven fabric generally less than a half-inch wide. Selvedge edges do not fray or unravel and can be used to make many items.

Sew Holiday Kitchen Decor
Brightly colored seasonal fabrics paired with simple to sew items for the kitchen and dining room bring a festive air to the most functional areas of the home. Décor items can be quickly sewn using fabrics that display the bright colors of the holiday season.

Machine Patchwork
Patchwork is a practical fabric craft that can be made simply and quickly on any sewing machine. Various size fabric pieces too useful to discard, relegated to the sewer’s scrap basket awaiting new purpose, can be joined together to form an eye-catching design or a riot of mismatched color and fun.

Fabric Greeting Cards
Fabric trimmed handmade cards are easy to make from leftover scraps and plain cardstock for a uniquely personal holiday or special occasion greeting. Personalized cards can be created in little time and effort. They are sure to be endearingly impressive to the recipient.

Applique Methods
In applique, fabric pieces are folded and tucked at the edges to create desired shapes, traditionally hand stitched onto a base fabric, today often machine stitched in place. Applique has many uses, to strengthen worn clothing, patch obvious holes and tears or simply beautiful ornamentation.

Quick Fleece Halloween Costumes
For warmth and simplicity using fleece to construct simple Halloween costumes can’t be beat. Fleece fabric is economical, easy to sew or no sew, and creative ideas are always available online to spark the imagination.

Sewing Prims
Prims, whimsically shortened from the word primitive, are handmade crafts that are anything but. Prim crafts mostly use natural materials such as berries, twigs, pine, and other woods as well as fabrics in muted tones of red, rust, gold, and brown.

Sewing Tips for Piled and Napped Fabrics
Sewers use the terms piled or napped interchangeably when referring to fabrics with a raised soft surface simply as having a nap. A piled or napped fabric looks darker or lighter depending on how it is viewed and is said to be directional. The rich surface texture needs a few sewing considerations.

Sewing with Flannel
The end of summer nears as a breath of autumn meanders by whispering to trees it is time to reveal hidden brilliant gold and red hues, for gardens to hurry the last of their bounty and nudges our thoughts to cooler days ahead. Time for flannel and warmer clothing to make an appearance. Time to sew!

Sew Easy Halloween Decor
As the intense warmth of summer’s heat slowly gives way to the welcome change of autumn breezes, thoughts turn to pumpkin harvests, bountiful market stands of garden produce, fall craft fairs, leaves changing to golds and rust colors and the upcoming mystery and shadows of Halloween festivities.

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