Students Honored for Eco-Friendly ‘Ideas’

These students are sewing reusable tote bags out of old t-shirts. What a great green idea!  — SaraD at Sewing Ideas http://esewingideas.com

"sewing ideas"

For another project, students aimed to reduce plastic bag usage by teaching others how to convert old t-shirts into reusable tote bags by cutting the sleeves and necks and sewing the shirts together. Green Your School projects were reviewed for
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Tutorial: Shirred skirt with pockets

This looks cool and comfortable for summer!  — SaraD at Sewing Ideas http://esewingideas.com

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Jessica from Running With Scissors shares a tutorial on her blog for making a pretty summer skirt with pockets, inspired by a similarly shaped skirt from Anthropologie.  The wide waistband is made with shirring for easy construction and a comfortable fit.  I’m loving those scooped out pockets! Get the tutorial.

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Tutorial: The Knot So Hard Flip Flops

What a great way to liven up a pair of flip flops!  — SaraD at Sewing Ideas http://esewingideas.com

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In the summer, there are flip flops, and then there are flip flops.  There are the plain discount store versions, and then there are the cute ones that can cost quite a bit.  Destri from The Mother Huddle shows how to take a pair of discount store flip flops and make them fashionable.  She replaces the plastic thong with a fabric version.  This is such a an easy way to upgrade a simple flip flop.  Love!!!  Get the tutorial.

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Video tutorial: Edgestitching and topstitching

This is a great video on topstitching and edge stitching. I really like Wendi's tip on using masking tape as a guide for your stitching.  — SaraD at Sewing Ideas http://esewingideas.com

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Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World shares a video tutorial explaining the difference between edgestitching and topstitching, and showing you how to do both stitches.  Go to the video.

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8 Easy Pieces – Travel Wardrobe for Summer

Here's some good tips for a summer travel wardrobe.  — SaraD at Sewing Ideas http://esewingideas.com

8 Easy Pieces

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Pattern Picks

The basic framework for the featured summer travel wardrobe consists of two tops, a tunic, a cardigan or jacket, one pair of shorts, one pair of pants, a dress and a strapless top/skirt (see "Double-Duty Shirred Top" below). Once you've decided on a destination, look for patterns in each category that will suit the vacation environment and your style. Choose relaxed rather than tailored styles and avoid patterns with back buttons or ties that might be uncomfortable while sitting on a plane or car seat.

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Tutorial: No-sew sequin flower tank

What a great way to embellish! You could use this technique for all kinds of things. — SaraD at Sewing Ideas http://esewingideas.com

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Megan from Brassy Apple guest blogs on I Make Stuff with a tutorial showing how to make her sequin flower tank, no sewing required!  She starts with a store-bought tank and embellishes it with sequin trim.  Get the tutorial.

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Summer Sewing ~ Color Me Fabrics

What a great idea for kids – fabric that you color yourself. — SaraD at Sewing Ideas http://esewingideas.com

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Check out the new Color Me fabrics in the shop… It's something fun to do with your kids this summer!

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