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Inspiration Friday: TeePees & Playhouses for Kids

Inspire your child’s imagination with a whimsical indoor play tent. All kids love crawling into cozy little places to play & pretend; a teepee can provide a safe and fun indoor playspace where kids of all ages can play, dream and create. Teepees don’t require allot of space, an unused corner or spot in a child’s playroom can easily be transformed into a play fort.

On this weeks ” Inspiration Friday” post we’ll showcase a selection of cool indoor teepees & playhouses for kids. And if you’re feeling crafty, you’ll want to check out our comprehensive list of online tutorials ,patterns and sewing supplies so you can begin making your child their very own teepee!

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Courtesy of thebooandtheboy.com

Courtesy of thebooandtheboy.com

Courtesy of Bohemian Treehouse

Courtesy of Muse of Mine

Courtesy of Rosenberry Rooms

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Want to make your own teepee? Here’s what you’ll need.

There are tons of great tutorials online, this one is my absolute favorite: A Beautiful Mess.com

Short on time & sewing skills, you can buy a fabulous ready made Teepee at these retailers.


New Items In Our Store: Drapery Tassel Tiebacks

We’ve just added some gorgeous new decorative tassel tiebacks to our online store. We now carry gorgeous beaded tassels, mini  tassels, key tassels, ball tassels and more. Why not stop by our store. There’s No Minimum Order Amount Required to purchase and we ship fast!

We have a large assortment of by the yard fabric trims in our online store and if you Need something you don’t see listed? Contact us as we are always willing to see if we can get that special trim for you.

Here’s a Small Sample of Our New Arrivals:

11" Gold ribbon tassel tieback

11″ Gold ribbon tassel tieback

  Wrights 9" Brown Cotton Tassel w/Tiebacks


Wrights 9″ Brown Cotton Tassel w/Tiebacks

11" Decorative Green Ribbon Tassel w/Tiebacks (set of 2)

11″ Decorative Green Ribbon Tassel w/Tiebacks (set of 2)

  8" Tan and Ivory Bell Tassel w/tieback (Set of 2)


8″ Tan and Ivory Bell Tassel w/tieback (Set of 2)

Large 8.5" Decorative Green Tassels w/tiebacks (Set of 2)

Large 8.5″ Decorative Green Tassels w/tiebacks (Set of 2)

 

8" Burgundy Bell Tassel w/tieback (Set of 2)

8″ Burgundy Bell Tassel w/tieback (Set of 2)

 


Christmas Tree Skirts You Can Make!

In less than an hour you can make a lovely Christmas tree skirt. These fun and fast tutorials prove you don’t need to have the skills of a master seamstress to craft a wonderful holiday decoration for your families tree. And you don’t need allot of money either!

Take a look at what you can create with a little bit of creativity,  fabric and embellishments like cutouts, ribbon and fabric trim.

Pleated Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial from Mommy by Day...

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Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Or you can customize a store brought Christmas tree skirt by embroidering your families name on it.

Make Family memories with this one of a kind tree skirt!

Make Family memories with this one of a kind tree skirt!

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Short on time but still want to make an impact? Well check out how our friends over at “Make it and Love it” crafted a great Christmas tree skirt with just a couple of yards of fabric and a beautiful brush fringe fabric trim. Click here to view the tutorial!

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Quick Tip: Basic Sewing Kit

Beginners, here’s a list of the top ten basic supplies you should have in your Sewing Box before beginning that next project.
The old adage that the “Right tools can make any job easier” is especially true when it comes to sewing.  The right scissors, or needles can determine how professional your project will look once it’s completed.

If you are new to sewing you may be wondering where to start. Sure you have a sewing machine, fabric and tons of enthusiasm, but before you make a single cut, make  sure  that you have these basic items on hand to make the job easier.

Ready to build a basic sewing kit? Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Tape measure & Straight edge Ruler- For measuring proper cutting lengths.
  2. General purpose Scissors – For cutting out patterns and general use.
  3. Pinking Shears
    – Perfect for adding a zig zag edge to fabrics which tend to fray.
  4. Sewing Needles & Needle threader
  5. Beeswax – A wax coating strengthens thread and prevents tangling during hand-sewing. I always apply a bit of beeswax to my thread prior to attaching buttons by hand.
  6. Fabric Glue – Todays’s fabric adhesives can easily become the workhorse of your sewing room. Need to quickly repair a hem? Well just grab some iron-on hem tape. And just a drop of Fray Check can prevent the threads on your favorite trim from unraveling (this is seriously good stuff!)
  7. Seam Ripper – when you need to remove mis-placed stitches. Even and expert sewer makes mistakes, and this little tool makes taking your seams apart much easier.
  8. Fabric Marking Pen and Pencil – Use pencils, tailors chalk or vanishing markers to draw temporary cutting or dart lines on fabric project pieces
  9. Thread
  10. Pin Cushion – I use glass pins when I sew and have a decorative pin cushion handy to keep my work area neat & tidy.

Sewing Machine Review : Brother CS6000i

We recently had a chance to test drive the BROTHER CS6000i and must admit we were pleasantly surprised. It has tons of features, comes with a great selection of sewing feet but the real shocker was the price –It’s just $154.99.

MANUFACTURES DESCRIPTION: A computerized sewing machine with 60 stitch functions, and an oversized table for large sewing & quilting projects. This light weight computerized sewing machine is heavy on the features that you are looking for! The CS-6000i has 60 built in stitches including, utility, decorative, heirloom, quilting and 7 styles of one step auto-sizing buttonholes. Whether you sew for crafting, garment, home decoration, or quilting; this machine has it all for you at an affordable price! The CS-6000i also includes a wide assortment of sewing feet

WHY WE LIKE IT: There’s a reason the CS-6000i is so popular among sewing enthusiasts; It offers great features at incredibly affordable price (I mean seriously it’s just $154.99) . I learned to sew using a Brother and can personally attest that the brand makes solid, reliable machines. Plus the CS-6000i comes with lots of accessories,extra bobbins, a needle set, an extra spool pin, twin needle, seam ripper, cleaning brush, and much more. Best of all it includes additional specialty machine feet.While most machine only come with a zipper foot as an add on, the CS-6000i comes packaged with a Monogramming Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Overcasting Foot, Zipper Foot, and Button Fitting Foot.

PROS:

  • It’s Quiet!!
  • Drop in Bobbin winding system.
  • 7 styles of button holes (yup this isn’t a typo, it really has 7 styles of button holes).
  • 60 built in stitches.
  • It’s very easy to use the automatic threaded. Plus the directions with steps & pictures are printed on the machine so even a beginner could do it.
  • It’s surprisingly light weight.

CONS:

  • Forget about using that cheap dollar store thread in this baby- otherwise you’ll probably encounter problems with the tension.
  • It doesn’t come with a cover or carrying case
  • And while this isn’t really a CON, I thought that I’d point out that just like any other piece of technology, it’s important to READ the manual. Yup I said it,learn about your new machine first then start sewing!

BEST FOR: Every day use.


Quick Tip: Sewing with Zippers

Quick Tip: How to Sew with Zippers If you dread inserting zippers into your D-I-Y project because you’re afraid of turning your masterpiece into a dud, I’d like to tell you that with little bit of planning it is possible to ensure a professional result each and every time. Here are some of our favorite tips for perfect zipper installation.

  • Always use a zipper foot when machine basting and permanent stitching zippers into your projects.
  • To ensure perfect placement before permanent sewing, machine baste or glue the zipper into place first.
  • To shorten a zippers that’s too long, first close the zipper. Then Measure down from the top of the slider to the desired length and mark. Next sew a straight line across the mark you just made and working from one side to the other making sure to stitch tightly across the teeth ( do this at least 8 times). Finally just cut the zipper 1/2″ below where you just stitched.
  • Create your own top stitching guide. Prior to top stitching your zipper in place, apply a piece of 1/2″ wide transparent tape to the top of your fabric- then just sew around its straight edge.
  • When top stitching around the zippers slider and tab, stop stitching just before you reach the slider leaving the needle in the fabric. Then raise the presser foot and pull the slider down below the needle. Finally lower your presser foot and just continue topstitching.

Need step-by-step help? Check out this great tutorial at Sew Mama Sew!


New Arrivals in Our Store: Decorative Tassels

We’ve just added some gorgeous new decorative tassels to our online store. We now carry gorgeous beaded tassels, mini  tassels, key tassels, ball tassels and more. Why not stop by our store. There’s No Minimum Order Amount Required to purchase and we ship fast!

We have a large assortment of by the yard fabric trims in our online store and if you Need something you don’t see listed? Contact us as we are always willing to see if we can get that special trim for you.

Here’s a Small Sample of Our New Arrivals:

Wrights Black Mini TasselsDescription: Wrights 1-1/2″ Mini Tassels from Wrights are the perfect finishing touch for many apparel and home dec projects.  Use these mini tassels to adorn purses, scarfs, pillows and many other sewing projects.

Composition: 100% Polyester

Care: Hand Wash Cold / Reshape / Dry Flat

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Conso Princess Bell Tassel 3"

Description: Our Conso Princess Bell Tassel has a  3″ (76mm) Tassel awith 1 (25mm) Loop. It is composed of  99% acetate/ 1% cotton. The colors are Oyster, Shell and Sandstone. The Conso color name is: Dreamsicle, Color code: 11309 PR01

Composition: 99% acetate/ 1% cotton

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Trading Spaces beaded tassel with tieback

Description: Our 6″ Trading Spaces Beaded tassel with tieback features a 16″ spread.