5 Minute Reusable Shopping Bag

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todays tutorial..a 5 minute reusable bag/tote using canvas napkins! amazing right..

i stopped using plastic bags a couple years ago, and our area is slowly but surely doing away with plastic shopping bags all together, so customers will have to bring their own bags, purchase a reusable bag or carry all their items out in their arms.

so, why not make your own cute bag with fabric you like and no big ugly store logo printed across the front!

see how…

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Quilt Efficiently by Chain Piecing

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chain piecing is a technique to piece your quilt together efficiently. half square triangles, squares, no matter what the shape or size of your piecework, chain piecing will save you time, effort and thread!

tutorial.

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chain piecing is simple,  place your fabric pieces right sides together, line up the raw edges and begin feeding each square, triangle, etc through your machine, making sure to keep your 1/4″ seam allowance [how to sew a scant 1/4″ seam], continue until you have chain pieced all your pieces together, snip threads and you’re done!

using this technique is quick, because you no longer have to start, stop, cut thread, lift the presser foot, re-align your next piece, drop your presser foot, and begin stitching again, repeat, repeat, etc..

you will start once, and stop at the end of the line of pieces.. it’s like a choo choo train of fabric pieces.. easy peasy!

How to sew a [scant] quarter inch seam

How to sew a scant quarter inch seam

one of the very first things to learn when quilting is the scant quarter inch seam. what is a scant quarter inch seam..? in laymen’s terms, it’s a seam that is just shy of a true 1/4″ seam. in the above photo, you will notice that the white stitching is not a perfect 1/4″, if it we’re we would see the stitching directly under the yellow 1/4″ ruler marking, as it is, the stitching is slightly to the right of the marking, this is a scant quarter inch.

i’ll show you just how to set-up your machine to sew a scant quarter inch seam.

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[Sewing Tutorial] Machine Sew A Button

Machine Sew A Button_

the instructions below are part of my ‘sewing with baby lock’ series, but can be performed using this universal button presser foot by distinctive, on all low shank snap-on singer*, brother, baby lock, euro-pro, janome, kenmore, white, juki, new home, simplicity, elna and more.

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[Sewing Tutorial] How to Finish Seams

How to Finish Seams

i’ve been sewing since i was 12 and first started taking classes, so a lot of sewing basics are old news to me. recently my sons roommate was handed down a sewing machine and asked if i’d help them learn how to use it.

this prompted me to ‘go back to the basics’ and begin posting tutorial, tips and techniques for those just learning to sew.

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