5 Reasons Everyone Should Learn to Sew

A few weeks back I taught an appliqué class at a local sewing store which is 30 miles from my house. While I was driving {a term I use loosely because of the awful Austin traffic} I was pondering this idea: Everyone Should Learn to Sew. Cosmo stated that to get a life, one must learn how to sew when you choose to become fashion designer.

1. Home Decor

Around the home, sewing can be a real door opener. With an inexpensive sewing machine from Walmart or Joann’s you can take a builder’s grade home and turn it into something magazine worthy. And it doesn’t take a lot of skill or time either. If you can cut fabric and sew a straight line then you can make throw pillows and curtains for every room in your house.

With a little practice you can make a fabric-covered headboard, recover dining room chairs, slipcover an occasional chair, or make some custom kitchen towels. The sky’s the limit here, too. Walk down the aisle of any fabric store and you will be amazed at the choices. If you love the cottage style, there’s a fabric for that. Is modern more your thing ~ well, there’s fabric for that. And there are tons of tutorials on the web to take you from total novice to complete expert.

Holiday decorating becomes a snap with limited sewing skills. If you can sew a straight line you can whip up a seasonal table runner and some kitchen towels. In no time at all you’ve got a new look.

Sewing skills can make your house a home by allowing your own personality to shine through ~ not to mention the money you will save.

2. Kids

Sewing for kids could be an entire blog post ~ I will try to break it into smaller bits here. First, there is the obvious: sewing kids clothes. There really isn’t much to making a simple gathered skirt for a little girl or a cute t-shirt for a boy. Both of these don’t require a lot of skill and your little one will really love them. Plus, they will be unique to your child and his/her interests {such as ninja’s around here}. Minimal sewing skills can allow you embellish ready-made garments making them personal and unique.

There are so many kid-themed fabrics it can almost be overwhelming. If your child loves trains or Disney there are fabrics you can choose from to satisfy their fascination. Sew something simple like a pillowcase and you can rock their little world.

Simple bags for little girls, hair bows, embellished t-shirts, repurposed dress-up clothes, matching Dolly & Me dresses ~ an unending list.

Fabric nunchucks for little {ninja-obsessed} boys, a play tent, super hero capes, pull on pants with really deep pockets {for all that hunting and gathering}, and soft things for throwing {if you’re around boys, you’ll get this one} ~ again, an unending list.

Of course, babies are the most fun to sew for. Think bedding, blankets, and burp cloths to name a few. If you’re a young mom with kids you are going to need baby gifts for your friends. Learn to sew in a straight line and you will always have affordable gifts to share with new moms.

3. It’s Green

If you’re concerned about the environment then sewing should definitely be your thing. Sewing allows you to repurpose almost anything made from fabric. Thrift stores and yard sales will net you the best selection of fabrics waiting to be transformed.

Upcycled thrift store curtains become throw pillows for a bed. A used duvet becomes a new shower curtain. A men’s dress shirt becomes a little girl’s dress. Add a piece of fabric to some repurposed curtains to personalize them for your home. Turn an old sweater into a beautiful throw pillow.

With minimal sewing skills anything can be cut apart and turned into something unique. #unlimitedresources

4. $ave $ome Ca$h

It’s no secret that sewing can save you money. Knowing how to sew allows you to make simple repairs to garments. Hem your own jeans, sew on a missing button, repair an open seam. All of these will extend a garment’s life and save you a little money.

I cannot tell you how many baby gifts I’ve made using leftover fabric scraps and a little imagination. Think about your holiday shopping list and imagine all of the gifts you can make. Aprons, bags, pillowcases, and quilts make beautiful handmade gifts that everyone will love.

5. Sense of Accomplishment

The best reason for learning to sew is the sense of accomplishment that comes from creating something handmade. Seeing your own hand-sewn creations ~ well if you’ve ever felt it you know what I’m talking about. Conquering sewing jeans gave me this sense of accomplishment. I now have the confidence to make my own custom-fit jeans anytime I want.


A piece of fabric, an hour or two of your time, and you can transform almost any room in your house. Then, for months afterwards, you can admire your handy work. That’s the real value of learning to sew.

Sewing gives you power over a limited decorating budget. It opens creativity when you sew a simple garment. Over time, sewing can save you money by providing a means for making gifts. And, it insures unlimited possibilities for repurposing almost anything made from fabric.

How to Make the Best Baby Bibs from Old Jeans and Tee Shirts

Make a durable, spill-resistant homemade bib from the pant leg of an old pair of jeans. They’re durable and spill-resistant and great for a baby, toddler or preschooler. These are the only bibs I use in my home daycare!

In addition to our awesome repurposed denim craft aprons, these homemade bibs are one of my favourite ways to use old jeans.

Making baby bibs from old jeans and tee shirts is fun and easy, and the quality is such that these are thee only bibs that I use in my daycare anymore.

Just look at them! The bibs in the photo below are almost 10 years old! They’ve been used daily by dozens of kids over the years, and there’s not a stain on them. It’s not like they’ve been scrubbed or bleached either. I only ever wash them with my homemade laundry detergent. These bibs just get better and better with age.

They’re more durable and stain-resistant than any store-bought bib I’ve ever had, and they’re as comfortable as… well… a favourite old tee and a pair of jeans.

If you don’t have an old tee shirt to use for the back of the bib, a flannel shirt or the pant leg from pair of worn out pyjamas will do. Anything goes, really. You just want the back to be made of something soft and supple so the bib won’t be too stiff.

Easy to make!
These bibs are super-duper-simple to make too, so they’re a great beginner sewing project.

If you can sew a straight line, you’ve got the skillz, baby.

Great gift for baby!
These bibs also make great baby shower gifts! For my daycare, I keep things plain and simple. To give as a gift, I jazz the bibs up by using darker denim and adding strip across the front.

Whether you have one or two children, or a whole houseful of them, you’re going to love these bibs for so many reasons!

Why I love our repurposed denim bibs:

  • easy to make
  • give a new life to an old pair of jeans
  • stain-resistant
  • durable
  • can be custom-sized to fit any age
  • easy to clean
  • comfortable
  • reversible
  • makes a great homemade baby gift
  • Durable and stain-resistant

Think about how durable denim is. It’s the work-horse of the fabric industry. And it’s actually very stain-resistant too.

Spaghetti sauce, ketchup, blueberries, raspberries… Believe me… these bibs have seen their share of spills over the years. All stains and spills wash right out, and I do not pre-soak or scrub. If the mess is really bad – like spaghetti, I’ll just run the bibs under the taps right after lunch, and then they get tossed in the hamper.

To make your denim bibs you’ll need:

  • a pair of old jeans (one pant leg per bib)
  • fabric for reverse (old tee shirt/flannel shirt/flannel pj pant leg)
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • velcro
  • store-bought bib to make template from
  • Make a simple template or pattern:
  • To make a template, use a bib that you already own and love (the bigger the better, in my opinion).

Trace that bib on a piece of newspaper (or waxed paper, wrapping paper etc), adding 1/4 inch seam allowance, and cut it out. Voila… instant pattern.

Making your bib:

  • Cut off the bottom-half of a pant leg (from the knee down)
  • Cut open the pant leg along the thickest inseam
  • Cut your tee-shirt open as well (or your pjs or flannel shirt – whatever you’re using for the back of the bib)
  • Lay your tee shirt over your denim (right sides together).
  • Place your pattern on top, and pin in place.
  • Cut around your pattern.
  • Remove your paper pattern, but leave your bib pieces pinned together.

*Don’t worry if your denim piece has a seam running across it. That’s ok. Look at my finished pics. My every day bibs have a seam running across the front. It’s all part of the re-purposed look.

  • Sew your front and back pieces together, leaving a 1.5 inch hole along one side of the bib for turning right-side-out.
  • Turn your bib right side out and iron it flat.
  • Pin the hole shut, and stitch it closed.
  • Top stitch all around the edge of the bib so that over time, the front and back layers don’t shift.
  • Last step: sew a couple of squares of velcro to the ends of the bib for fastening, and you’re done.

 

How to dress your bib up with a strip of fabric if you’re giving it as a gift:

If you’d like to fancy up your bibs a bit to give them as a gift, simply top stitch a piece of cotton or flannel across the good side of the denim piece before you sew the front and back together. You’ll want to fold the top and bottom edge under and iron in place before top-stitching it on so your strip has finished edges.

Do you love it?  Do you?  Do you?  Isn’t it awesome?  Wasn’t it easy?

Aren’t they just the best?  They’re so cute.  They’re totally easy to clean.  I love that denim is somewhat water resistant, so these bibs don’t get all soppy if there are spills while eating.

These babies can take a TON Of wear and tear too.

Like I said, I’ve had mine for almost 10 years now.  They’re used almost every day, and they’ve gone through dozens of kids.  They’re still in great shape!

Best Matryoshka Nesting Dolls You Want To Consider Buying

When and where did the nested doll first appear, who thought it up? Why a wooden folding toy doll is called a matryoshka nesting doll? What does this unique piece of folk art symbolize?

To begin, let me remind you the main versions-myths, regularly copied for carbon paper and wander through the pages of various publications.

Frequently repeated well-known version: A matryoshka nesting dolls appeared in Russia at the end of the 19th century, it was invented by its artist Malyutin, turned by turner Zvezdochkin in the Mamontov’s Child education workshop, and the prototype of the Russian matryoshka nesting dolls served as a figure of one of the seven Japanese gods of luck the god of learning and wisdom Fukuruma. He is Fukurokuju, he is Fukurokuju (in different sources there is a different transcription of the name).

  • The prototype of the Russian matryoshka nesting doll (also has Indian roots) is a Japanese wooden doll. For the sample they took a Japanese toy daruma, a doll. According to its origins, it represents the image of the ancient Indian sage Daruma in the V century, moved to China. His teaching in the middle Ages was widely spread in Japan.
  • Daruma called for the comprehension of truth through silent contemplation, and in one of the legends he is a cave recluse, plump with immobility. According to another legend, his legs were deprived of his immobility (hence the legless sculpted images of Daruma).
  • Nevertheless, the matryoshka nesting dolls immediately gained unprecedented recognition as a symbol of Russian folk art.

Matryoshka nesting dolls – it’s warm and cozy in the house

It is difficult to disagree with the latter – the more places in the matryoshka nesting dolls, i.e. the more internal figures, one is smaller than the other, the more you can put there little notes with desires and wait for them to be performed)) This is a kind of game, and the matryoshka nesting dolls here acts as a very charming, sweet, homemade character, a real work of art.

We know that, in the traditions of our Ancestors, various jewelry (female and male), household items, as well as toys carved from wood or made from clay, played the role of not just objects that brighten life – but were also carriers of certain symbolism, which something meaningful. And the very concept of symbolism is closely intertwined with mythology.

Also surprising, it seems, is the coincidence of the name of Matron, who migrated (according to the generally accepted version) from Latin to Russian, with the ancient Indian images.

In the Mythological Dictionary, the following is written:

Other Mother, emphasis is placed on the first syllable in Hindu mythology, divine mothers, personifying the creative and destructive forces of nature. The idea of ??active femininity began to be widely recognized in Hinduism in connection with the spread of the Shakti cult. Matri were considered as female personifications of the creative energy of the great gods.

The classic Russian matryoshka nesting doll consists of five or seven dolls, the smallest of which is a child. A Russian souvenir matryoshka nesting doll is made of oak or alder, covered with lime mortar to prevent desiccation and varnish. They paint matryoshka nesting dolls with gouache or do not paint them at all, but they burn the drawing, so skillfully that at first glance you don’t understand that there is no paint on the doll.

The peak of the popularity of matryoshka nesting dolls fell on the beginning of the 60s of the twentieth century, when foreigners began to come to the Soviet Union to participate in festivals and studies. They all tried to buy Russian matryoshka nesting dolls in memory of Russia. Now, you don’t have to go to Russia to buy these festive dolls, you can now buy them at online stores such as https://nestingdolls.co.

Why precisely dolls, and not, say, scarves or jewelry boxes?

Most likely, the reason for the popularity of the souvenir matryoshka nesting dolls was that it was the personification of Russia itself with its wide soul, colorful clothes and large families. Matryoshka nesting dolls symbolizes the continuation of life. A woman gives birth to a daughter, who in turn will give life to the world, and so on. Matryoshka nesting dolls a symbol of fertility, wealth, motherhood. That is why she enjoys such popular love.

The outfit of a Russian matryoshka nesting doll can be very diverse, but, as a rule, there is a painted scarf or kokoshnik and floral ornament. In the hands of the doll can be a basket of mushrooms, a bucket of water, a sickle. You can meet a matryoshka nesting dolls bride, and even a matryoshka nesting dolls groom, a matryoshka nesting dolls girl for marriage and a matryoshka nesting dolls doll a mature woman. Sometimes the artist puts on the nested doll in a winter outfit a fur coat, a warm scarf, and even felt boots. Russian matryoshka nesting dolls are very diverse in shape and painting, depending on their place of origin.

Today, the Matryoshka nesting dolls brand is actively used throughout the world. Designers from different countries offer various stylistic solutions, as well as the most unexpected options for the Russian matryoshka nesting doll.

How to choose a women’s gold bracelet?

The gold bracelet on the hand often becomes a favorite jewelry for beautiful ladies, as it emphasizes their tenderness, fragility and grace. In addition, this elegant accessory demonstrates to others the success, wealth and good taste of its owner, so it is very popular among fashionistas and beautiful women.

A women’s bracelet on a hand is a very expensive thing, therefore its choice should be approached with all responsibility. Unscrupulous sellers and manufacturers give poor-quality materials and various mixtures for the precious metal, so you can pay a large amount for a low-grade counterfeit. To avoid this, it is recommended to buy such items only in proven places where professional jewelers work. In addition, when purchasing any such jewelry, you may request a certificate.

Even real stylish and beautiful gold bracelets for women can look unattractively on a beautiful lady and do not fit well with other components of her image. So that the accessory is always pleasing to the eye, before purchasing it is useful to familiarize yourself with the following recommendations of fashion stylists:

Gold bracelet on hand is not worn with the watch;

The ideal length of this thing exceeds the circumference of the wrist by 1-1.5 cm. Such a decoration will lie freely without causing discomfort and will not fly off during movement. It should be borne in mind that the gold bracelet on the right hand and the exact same model on the left may differ slightly in length;

For fashionistas, who very often shed and gain extra pounds, the gold bracelet on the arm, the length of which is adjustable, is best suited;

Thin wrist bracelets for women will look good only on the owner of a miniature wrist. On a wide and full body, such decorations may be lost;

Gemstone inlaid is not always appropriate. Very good, if the same decor is on the necklace or earrings;

Women’s large gold bracelets on the arm, which look too massive, are best suited for wrists of medium width.

On which hand are women wearing a gold bracelet?

Often, the fair sex thinks about the hand on which women’s bracelets are worn, and what fashionable rules this regulates. In fact, the stylists do not give any strict instructions on this matter, and every girl has the right to wear her favorite accessory as she is comfortable. Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of beautiful women prefer to wear a gold bracelet on their right hand, and this choice is explained by the following motives:

If a girl is used to wearing a wrist watch and is right-handed, it will be more convenient for her to look at the dial on the left side. Since these two objects are not combined with each other, only the right hand is left for the wrist decoration;

The right side of the body is often in the field of view of others, so a beautiful accessory on it will be more noticeable;

In the right palm women of fashion hold a clutch, an umbrella, a handbag strap and other items. With all these things, a gold bracelet on hand is able to make a harmonious ensemble.

Women’s gold bracelets

Hand bracelets for women are made of gold by various methods. Some of them have many identical links, while others – are modified along the entire length. However, most models are delicate, elegant and sophisticated, but among them there are extravagant, bold and a bit rough options. A wide variety of such jewelry allows each woman of fashion to choose the product that she likes and will suit her more than others.

Hard Women’s Gold Bracelet

Beautiful women’s rigid bracelets made of gold are a closed or incomplete ring, or they are made from two parts interconnected by a hinge and having a snap lock. They should not be too close to the skin, on the contrary, between the surface of the dermis and the metal can be up to 2-3 cm. These accessories can be thin or wide. Very popular items decorated with monograms or various curls.

Women’s gold bracelets with stones

Jewels with precious stones, especially diamonds, are not suitable for everyday wear. They are appropriate for special occasions and evening events, so they are purchased as a gift or for a special occasion. Meanwhile, every day you can buy a gold female bracelet with cubic zirconias, which looks luxurious and can decorate the image of any beautiful lady. These small pebbles seductively shimmer in the rays of sunlight or daylight, so they are very popular among the fair sex.

Women’s wide gold bracelets

Massive and wide gold bracelets for women are suitable only for owners of large wrists. This does not mean that only women of the fair size plus-size can wear such jewelry – slender girls who have a wide bone in this area can also decorate their image with this product. When creating a fashionable look, it should be borne in mind that this type of accessory is not compatible with others.

Female cast gold bracelet

Molded jewelry is best suited for everyday wear. Such gold bracelets for women can have a wide variety of variations. They can be thin and wide, long and short, smooth and openwork. In addition, these accessories are often made from a combination of several materials, for example, yellow and red gold.

Women’s bracelet in white gold

White gold bracelets for women are less popular than similar products made of yellow and red metal. Meanwhile, they look incredibly elegant and elegant and fit almost all outfits. According to fashion stylists, such accessories are appropriate at any gala event and, moreover, are not able to spoil the daily outfit.

Fashionable wrist bracelets for women

On jewelry, as well as on shoes and wardrobe items, current fashion trends apply. At the same time, among such jewelry there are main trends, with the help of which each girl will look stylish and attractive. Fashionable women’s gold bracelets remain popular for many years and every year attract more and more fans.