Video – Sew a Skirt in One Hour with Brett Bara

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Obviously I love to sew. And like many people who sew, I have a love/hate relationship with my machine and the craft.

What can often squash the creative bug is taking on a project beyond your skill set. I learned that the hard way.

Which is why I’m excited to share my favorite new find, Brett Bara, a crafty gal with great video tutorials like the one below.

If you’re thinking of dusting off your grandma’s sewing machine and giving it a whirl, this would be a great first project!

 

 

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What I’ve Gained through Sewing

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I recently stumbled upon this article about what can be gained through sewing.

I picked up sewing in 2008 as I prepared for my first trip to Burning Man - never dreaming it would become one of my greatest passions.

Like most of my interests, I don’t dedicate as much time to it as I would like (between work, my girls & blogging), but it has become a hobby that defines me.

Yes, sewing can teach you dexterity and confidence as you learn a new skill. However, if you’ve ever sewn, you know the confidence you gain can just as quickly be stripped away when a damn needle breaks or you can’t get the tension right. Continue reading

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Sewing for Charity – How to Make Turbans for Cancer Patients

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My gal pals and I have built a fantastic sewing community for ourselves. Since early 2012 we’ve hosted Stitch n’ Bitch parties, where a group of us gather to sew, catch up and learn a few new tricks in using our machines. Because the gals who run in the circle are nothing short of incredible, one of our friends suggested we turn our next SNB into a charity sew-along, and so – we did. Continue reading

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Sewing Tutorial: Easy Steps to Recover Your Old Pillows

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This is my favorite time of year. The weather warms up, and we eat all of our meals outdoors. Cleaning and prepping the patio for the summer season was quite the endeavor, but well worth it!

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I’ve always loved this old trunk and milk can in our yard, but it’s always been buried or tucked away in a corner. And while the pillows look decent in this image, they are old and incredibly worn. In less than a couple of hours, I recovered both of these with bright, new fabric.  Here’s how you can easily do the same!

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Step 1

Measure your pillow.My approach isn’t exactly scientific, but it works. I lay the pillow on the fabric, mark the corners and cut.

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Step 2

With your two pieces cut out, pin the fabric right sides together and sew 3/4 sides.

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Step 3

On the 4th side, sew approximately 3″ in on each side, leaving an opening in the middle. You’ll use this opening to turn the fabric inside out and stuff your pillow into the new casing.

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Step 4

Now that you’ve stuffed your pillow into the casing, pin the raw edges to create a clean seam and stitch. Then stitch the clean edges together to close the pillow. This is the most challenging part.

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If you prefer not to close it off, you can add a zipper or try this approach with an open flap.

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