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Grocery Feedbag

Making a grocery bag out of this ‘plastic burlap’ material was pretty easy, and took a bit more than an hour. The design of the bag includes a square, flat bottom. Sewing this panel on was fairly challenging. It would probably be much easier to turn the material inside out, and sew the bottom in one straight line. The bag wouldn’t sit flat on the floor as easily as it does not, but the bag would be much simpler to sew.
Bags like this would be good to use as a fundraiser, and people who are interested in horses would find lots of uses for such a sturdy bag Continue reading

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Threading a Sewing Machine

Getting started with sewing is a bit easier if you know how to thread the machine. My friend Gina came by to help me with a machine I picked up at a yard sale. First we threaded the top of the machine, then we threaded the bobbin in the lower part of the machine.

If your machine is already threaded when you start, you won’t have to do this immediately, but if you want to change color, or when you run out of thread on the top or in the bobbin case, this step will become important. Continue reading

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Conductive Thread – Pen Stylus

Make a smartphone or tablet stylus from a scrap of fabric and some conductive thread. The design of your pen stylus can be adjusted quickly with this easy to do project. It should take only a few minutes to make the first one, which you can then test with your phone or tablet. With the feedback you get from testing, you can make another, test it and then make another. Continue reading

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Laser Cut Felt Jewelry

Maria designs necklaces that she then cuts on the laser. She uses an industrial wool felt. The smell as they outgas is a bit like burned hair. Her blog’s got information about her jewelry and other creative projects.

Laser cutting felt is a great way to create complex shapes in felt, which can then be sewn or glued together with traditional crafting techniques.
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