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How to Make a Fabric-covered Belt Buckle

I love fabric-covered belt buckles! So when I saw this kit at Lacis in Berkeley, I bought it right away. I had only seen some vintage buckle kits at second-hand places. If you don’t live in the Bay Area, you can order this kit and other styles and sizes (square, circle, rectangle) from Lacis’s online catalog. […]

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Green swiss dot fabric - basted

What Color Is Your Basting Thread?

I’ve basted fabric together using thread that matches and thread that’s a contrasting color. When I’ve used a contrasting color I usually pick black or white for two reasons: I always have plenty of those colors on hand, and it’s easy to see and then remove the thread. However, the benefit of using matching thread […]

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A Tale of Three Threads

A couple nights ago after I ran an errand after work, I remembered that I didn’t have any thread yet for my Fall for Cotton project. I finally decided on using my vintage Swiss dot voile fabric to make Decades of Style pattern 1940s Girl Friday Blouse. I would be near Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics […]

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Tutorial: Centering Fabric on a Covered Button

Covered buttons are a really nice detail. You can buy covered button kits at any fabric store or online at Joann Fabric and Craft or from Etsy sellers [search "covered button kit"]. But how do you center an image on a covered button? This post assumes you already know how to cover a button. But in case […]

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Choosing the Right Thimble

Last fall I began doing a lot more hand sewing and I quickly realized that a thimble could be pretty useful. But what I didn’t know was that the most important part was choosing the right thimble. I had a metal one that I got a while ago but when I tried it on, it […]

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