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finished applique t-shirt

Make an applique t-shirt (the simple way to show off your personality)

The easiest way to rescue a boring t-shirt is to transform it into an applique t-shirt. Applique is such a simple way to add some extra visual texture and interest to a plain t-shirt. All you need is some knit fabric scraps, a little bit of time, and you can create an applique t-shirt that’ll …

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buttonhole elastic buttons and jeans

Adding elastic to a jeans waistband (buttonhole elastic tutorial)

Today is all about adding elastic to a jeans waistband with buttonhole elastic. If you have kids, you’ve probably seen buttonhole elastic on pants. And if you have kids with smaller waists, you LOOK for pants with buttonhole elastic. Buttonhole elastic is great stuff it turns out for helping create an adjustable waist. For kids …

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diy reading pillow with books and pens

Make a reader happy with this DIY reading pillow [free book pillow pattern]

You’re going to love learning how to sew this easy DIY reading pillow you can make with my free book pillow pattern. In a house full of readers, I have stacks on stacks of books everywhere, and everyone likes to be cozy. And what’s more cozy than a comfy reading pillow to hold your latest …

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basting stitch on denim

What is a basting stitch in sewing (why it’s awesome)

Ever wondered what a basting stitch is in sewing? That’s what you’re about to find out. If you’ve ever searched in your sewing machine manual, you probably won’t find a “basting stitch” as one of your machine’s available stitches. Yet, basting is something that we do often in sewing, so how do you baste fabric …

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