Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tailor a Shirt in 15 Minutes

     Surprisingly, this was one of the easiest sewing projects I've ever attempted!

- Sewing machine
- Black thread
- Scissors
- Sewing chalk 

     First, figure out how much you need to take in. I ended up taking in half an inch from both sides. Turn you shirt inside out and mark along the edges how much needs to be taken in.

     Sew along the lines.

     Lastly, cut off any excess material and serge the raw edges (or if you're like me and don't have a fancy serger, use a zig-zag stitch). 

     You're finished! Put on your new shirt and proudly show off your tailoring skills. 

~ Gloria

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tri-Fold Birthday Card

     We have a fairly large family so when it comes to birthdays, we always have difficulty finding a card with ample room for all of us to write a birthday note. Recently, I came across a great idea for a large card.
Introducing: the tri-fold card!

- 1 sheet of thick, patterned paper
- 1 sheet of construction paper, the color of your choice
- Glue stick
- Scissors
- Decorative edge scissors
- X-acto knife (or in my case, box cutters)
- Calligraphy pen

     First, cut your sheet of patterned paper in half.

     Then, fold each panel in half.

    Open up both panels, place the inside ends on top of each other, and glue down.

I was using double-sided patterned paper, so never mind the inside pattern.

     Measure and cut two pieces of construction paper, leaving enough to overlap on the ends of your card, and glue them on the inside of the card. 

     Fold over the overlapping ends of the construction paper and glue down.

     Using you X-acto knife (or box cutters) cut a slit in the right side on the front of your card.  

     Cut out another piece of construction paper. 

     Glue it onto the left side of the card. Don't glue down the opposite end of the paper as it will be inserted into the slit you cut and act as a "clasp" for your card.

     To create a centerpiece for the card, cut out an oval piece of the patterned paper using decorative-edge scissors. 

     Then, cut out another smaller oval from the construction paper using regular scissors. 

     Glue the two pieces together.

     Using the calligraphy pen, write out a birthday greeting. 

     Glue it to the front of your card, and voila! The card is complete.


Friday, January 20, 2017

How to Remove a Turtleneck

     I've never liked turtlenecks. They're like built-in-nooses designed to choke the very breath out of you. Imagine my joy when I discovered there's a way to remove them without ruining the sweater! 

- Turtleneck sweater 
- Thread-picker
- Pins
- Sewing machine
- Sewing chalk (optional) 

     First, turn the sweater inside-out. You'll notice there's a line of stitching connecting the turtleneck to the sweater. 

     Insert your thread-picker into one of the stitches and unstitch for a short stretch. 

     Turn the sweater inside-in. You'll notice a thread has been loosened. Pull on this thread and the entire turtleneck will "unzip."

     At this point, you could do several things: 1) leave the raw edge as it is, 2) fold the edge over and sew it down, or 3) turn it into a v-neck. I opted for the third choice. 

     First draw with your sewing chalk how deep you want the v-neck. Keep in mind you'll need to fold and sew the edge down, so leave room for that. 

     Cut out your v-neck. 

     Fold over the edge (I decided to double fold) and pin. 

    Finally, sew it down. Be very careful to NOT STRETCH the sweater. I accidentally did that and it caused the edge to be wavy. Just allow the machine to pull the sweater through. 

     Ta-da! Your sweater is done!