Sunday June 10, 2012 06:57:57 PM
- Buttons: Organize loose buttons by stringing them on twist ties, and then
simply twist the ties to prevent them from falling off.
- Cut off the unworn part of old sheets to make pillowcases.
- Hair spray Use:
Can't find needle threader? Spray the end of thread lightly and it will stiffen it
enough to thread your needle.
Hemming: To get rid of hemlines when lengthening blue jeans, colour over the
hemline with a blue crayon. Cover your ironing board with newspaper or cloth,
and iron in the crayon colour by pressing the jeans wrong-side-out.
- Hemline marks
let down: Try rubbing around the line with white vinegar, then wring out a
cloth with solution of cloudy ammonia and water and after
½ hr press
the cloth over the hemline on both sides of material.
- Keep your fabric remnants. Even if you can't think of a use for them now, new
projects will come along. You may end up using them in a quilting project or
perhaps making a doll. They may become a collar or a piece of bias trim.
- Make good looking curtains from bed sheets, either plain or fancy.
- Make kitchen towels or table runners out of soiled tablecloths and towels.
Make drapes out of tablecloths.
- Make potholders out of old ironing board covers.
- Old clothes - Use to make quilts, pillows, and blankets. Always save the
- Old pillow cases - Use for laundry bag.
- Patterns: If you have a sewing pattern that you will use often, transfer the
pattern and all the markings to non-fusible lightweight interfacing. It will
last a long time.
- Pinking Shears: To keep shears sharp, cut through a sheet of folded aluminum
foil or coarse sandpaper.
- Pleats: To change pleats in slacks, dip a cloth in a solution of 1/4 cup white
vinegar and 2 cups water. Wring out thoroughly and cover the old pleat. Press
with low setting on steam iron.
- Pressing Cloth: Dampen a brown grocery sack, and use it as a pressing cloth.
- Protect your buttons! Every time I buy a new garment, I put a dab of clear
nail polish on the back of the buttons. I never lose a button and it works a
treat on kids' clothes.
- Quilts: Use an old blanket as the batting for a quilt.
Sew buttons on with nylon fishing line or dental floss. If you need a
different colour, finish the job by using a little matching thread to cover
- Sewing: Leftover rickrack, binding, elastic, etc. can be wound around an empty
thread spool and secured with a straight pin.
- Simply trace around your fingers for the pattern.
- Store sets of buttons on diaper pins, or keep organized in egg cartons. Take
of the lids and stack to save room.
- Store sewing bobbins in empty aspirin bottles. The threads won't get tangled,
making your next sewing project much easier.
- Take kitchen towels or table runners out of soiled tablecloths and towels.
Make drapes out of tablecloths.
- Take of the lids and stack to save room.
- Tape a small bag to the sewing table to get rid of the pesky threads and
scraps. When the bag is full, just throw it away and replace with a new one.
- Thread: To prevent tangled thread when sewing by hand, knot each strand
separately instead of knotting them together.
do a quick hem on a pair of blue jeans, turn them up and tape with silver duct
tape. It lasts through many types of washing. If the blue jeans shrink a
little, simply tear off the duct tape and re-do.
- Threading a needle can be a challenge at times.
Try spraying hairspray on the tip of the thread to stiffen it. This should
make it easier to thread the needle.
get rid of crease marks when lengthening clothes, dampen the crease mark
liberally with white vinegar. Place a damp cloth over the crease mark and
press with a hot iron.
remove creases from permanent-press fabrics, use two to three tablespoons of
white Vinegar to one or two cups of water. Soak a cotton pressing cloth in the
solution. Squeeze out excess moisture. Place cloth over the crease or wrinkle,
and press with a hot iron.
- Update a blouse or jacket by changing the buttons.
- Use leftover candle stumps as pincushions. Needles slide into fabric smoother.
- Use leftover denim from cut-off jeans to make garden gloves.
- Use scraps of fabric to make quilts.
- When basting, thread the needle, but don't cut the thread from the spool. This
way you won't have to keep re-threading the needle.
- When your child's pullover sweaters becomes to tight to wear, turn them into a
cardigan by cutting them straight down the front and binding the front edges
with an attractive trim.