A sewing machine is handy, but a seasoned seamstress should know her way around a sewing needle and thread. There are three hand stitches that will get you through just about any basic task -- the slip stitch, the backstitch, and the running stitch -- and knowing how to apply them allows you to mend a seam, hem a garment, or fasten a button with ease. Here are a few basic ideas to practice and master each one.
Between Independence Day, beach weather, cookouts, and hangouts, there is so much to celebrate in July. Here are some simple crafts, decoration ideas, and little pleasures that will hopefully make your month even more enjoyable.