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Rad Fashion Friday: Envelope Pillow Case

Summer is in full swing and that means getting out to the great outdoors! Lots of people are out there camping it up with their friends and family. What's a better way to celebrate good times than with a night under the stars?  Or, how about a super fun pillow case to send your little one off to sleep away camp? So while you're packing your bed roll, why not whip up a new pillowcase to show off? This envelope style case will prevent your pillow from sliding out and making you uncomfortable. The envelope style is a lot simpler than it looks; in just 20 minutes you can have a fresh new case to bring on your trip. I'd...

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Rad Fashion Friday: Make a Neck Tie!

Before I tried this project, I thought ties were difficult. I thought you needed a huge portion of fabric, I thought there was a lot of hand stitching, weird pattern placements...but it's a lot easier than expected! I've included some tools and measurements for you to use. These are instructions for an adult's tie, 60 inches long. A typical adult tie is 58 inches long, but can be longer for a taller person. Children's ties are about 45 inches long, so you can take my pattern measurements and adjust them to fit whichever tie you choose to make. Project Time: 30-45 mins Items needed: Scrap that's about 49in x 25in Another scrap of different pattern that's 9in x 15in Enough...

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Rad Fashion Friday: Scraps to Yards + Peasant Skirt!

So, what if I told you that you could turn all the scraps you own into actual yardage (and not only yardage, but an actual piece of clothing)? You'd be all like, "Reggie, you're nuts, these scraps are too small to wear, this isn't a beach in Cancun!" And I'll tell you, "We're not making a bikini, dude. We're makin' a skirt." And you're all like, "No way." And I'm like, "Way."   With the help of fuseable interfacing. There it is, I just gave the whole secret away.     With the bumpy (glue) side facing up, lay out your yardage of interfacing, and lay your scraps down on top however you'd like your new fabric to look. I'm...

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Rad Fashion Friday: Memorial Day Rompers!

Happy Holiday Friday everybody! Long time no see! Well, technically I've never seen you, but that doesn't mean I didn't miss you! Let's jump right into this week's project for what I call a "Choose Your Own Adventure" tutorial. We will be making an infant/toddler romper from scratch...BUT you can also apply a few of the last steps to turn old infant/toddler dress INTO a romper. Heck, you can even apply this tutorial to a grown-up romper if you wish. Don't let anything hold you back, your imagination is your guide! All I do is provide you with measurement ratios and basic sewing techniques. Also, we will be using a French seam in the project, just like the previous article...

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Rad Fashion Fridays: Cinch Bag with a French Twist

All right folks, we've got summer coming up soon. Here in Jersey, it's already been feeling like it; I've already been to the beach this month. Not to swim, just to bike around and get some crab cakes.   This cinch bag is perfect for days like that, where you want to bring the water bottle and the wallet, maybe a sweater if it gets chilly. I made this one from canvas, which I don't feel play in the cinch bag world; it's always nylon or thinner cotton. I like a thicker material for sturdiness and lasting factor, but you can use any 1/2 yard scraps you have around.   We'll also be doing a French seam, which is mainly...

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