You'll want to fashion lots of these pretty hair clips (enough for friends -- and a few to keep). Using heavy thread, sew a button or two to the top of a colored bobby pin (for a flower, first sew button to a felt leaf). Stamp name on card stock, cut slit, and insert hairpin.
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When you're hemming fabric -- whether for table linens, curtains, or clothes -- accuracy is important. Ensure good results and save time with this technique: To make a 1-inch hem, for example, draw a line on card stock, 1 inch in from an edge. Place the card stock on fabric, with line parallel to fabric edge. Fold fabric over card stock, aligning fabric edge with line; press with an iron. Repeat, folding and pressing again to encase the raw edge. Stitch hem to secure.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2009
Woolen gloves keep hands toasty, but they can make for some slippery situations. To get a better handle on things, try this: Download our template, print, and cut out. (You may have to reduce or enlarge the image, depending on your glove size.) Trace template onto Ultrasuede fabric; cut out. Turn template over, and repeat. Sew onto gloves by whipstitching around edges of fabric using matching thread.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January
Hanging a dish towel from an oven door makes sense -- the towel is always at the ready, and the oven's warmth quickly dispels dampness. Here's a way to improve on the idea, keeping the towel from slipping off:
Make it into a loop by attaching Velcro strips to two ends, one on the front and one on the back, below. Stitch in place, or use iron-on Velcro strips.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, September 2009
Celebrate the new season with place cards that resemble tufts of grass. Cut a 3-by-4-inch rectangle from green card stock. On 1 short side, fold under 1 inch to create a base. Stamp or write a name on the place card. Using scissors, cut a series of grass blades, as shown, stopping about 1 inch from the bottom. To finish, make angled cuts along the top.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2008
A bit of frill adds instant holiday flair. To make a sparkling underskirt, find a slip slightly longer than your dress. Use fabric glue, such as Magna-Tac, to attach overlapping rows of 30-mm gold paillettes to the hem.
For the look: Madison dress, in Aqua Marine, 57grand.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2010
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