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Sew (or Craft) A Special Gift for Dad this Father’s Day!

Still not sure what to get for Dad this Father’s Day? Yes you could just head on down to the mall and get him yet another tie, but before you do, why not consider sewing (or crafting) him a special personalized gift this year. Need ideas or Inspiration? Check out this roundup of fun & easy tutorials we found online!

iPad SleeveFather’s Day: iPad Sleeve with Removable Cross-Body Shoulder Strap

Help Dad keep his beloved iPad  safe with this iPad Cover from Sew 4 Home. Its quick to sew and this great tutorial has tons of pictures and easy to follow step-by-step directions.


Stamped Initial Cufflinks

Dad will simply love these handmade personalized cufflinks. Check out the full tutorial at Tatertots and Jello.


Reverse Applique Tie Banner

Talk about a creative use for old,worn out ties!



With a little help from Mom, even the smallest members of the household can make something extra special for dad.

Handmade Father's Day cards Kids can Make!Some construction paper, markers, a ruler and a couple of pennies are all that’s needed to create this one of a kind special Father’s Day card that Dad will be sure to treasure for years.


Make Dad’s day, give him a trophy!

This project is a bit more complicated so I wouldn’t attempt to make this with very young children, but it will definitely put a smile on dad’s face .


His Morning Coffee will Never be the same again!

This is one of those projects that looks more difficult than it is. Just purchase a plain coffee mug, and enamel paints then let your little artist create a one of a kind mug!

Fantastic Window Treatments : How to Make Roman Shades

If you’re looking for a fast and inexpensive way to add a dramatic window treatment to your homes decor consider using fabric roman shades. Roman shades are blinds that, when raised, stack in rows known as pleats. They can be made in a variety of styles that can be chosen to fit the style of the room they are used in. Because they combine the room softening elegance of a draped fabric and the usefulness of a light blocking shade, roman shades are frequently referred to as fabric shades.

Making fabric shades can be a fun way to express your creativity and add a personal touch to your home’s decor.

Interested in making your own Fabric Roman Shades? Check out this easy tutorial at Home Decor Ideas.

Looking for more Window Treatment ideas? Check out this post on Fantastic Window Treatments!



Etsy Craft Party 2011: Will you be attending?

Attention sewers and crafters have you heard the news? Those crafty folks over at Etsy are up to it again. On Friday, June 10, 2011 Esty is having their second-annual Etsy Craft Party and you’re invited!

It’s easy to get involved. You can either host your own party or attend one of the many events in your area. To Find or Host a Craft Party in your area, visit

And if you are planning on hosting your own party, Etsy and the Craft Party sponsors have posted a free downloadable Craft Party Kit containing how-to project instructions ,templates, party decor ideas, and other tips and ideas for hosting a party.

Whether you attend or host, you’re bound to have tons of fun getting together with friends and family to create fabulous crafts.

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Yes, we know that summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st, but we’ve decided to kick off the summer season  a bit early. So For a limited time you can get  $5.00 OFF your Sewing Trims order at ,

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Book Review: 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers

On an impulse, I purchased 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips at my local bookstore this week and I have to say, I’m not disappointed. As a busy mom and a business owner I almost never have a free moment to myself.  I’m always looking for easier, faster and more professional ways to sew things and I love books that are filled with clever sewing tips.

This book contains the best hands-on insider sewing tips from the sewing website, which is a community of more than 170,000 members. The tips are collected from the website’s enormous database of members’ shared comments and advice. Also included are five special how-to features by‘s master teachers and pattern designers, who regularly conduct online chats and workshops

The thing that impressed me most is that the tips are from everyday sewing enthusiasts who just happened to devise a cleaver solution for an annoying problem. It’s like having a bunch of sewing experts on your bookshelf sharing their secret time saving sewing techniques.

As I was reading this book for the first time I had so many ahhh haaa moments where I kept wondering  “why didn’t I think of doing this?”

Here of some of my favorite tips from the book:

#43 To Clean a dirty iron, spray Dawn Power Disolver on the soleplate and let sit for 10 minutes. Then use handi-wipes to wipe clean. Once this is done just run a half tank of water thru the steamer to ensure that none of the foam inadvertently entered the iron thru the holes.

#97  An electric carving knife is the best tool there is to cut foam.

The Bottom Line: This book will be a permanent part of my sewing library and is a really great resource to refer to before tackling a new project. It’s  perfect for beginners as well as advanced sewers.