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  1. Cutting Woven Fabrics

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    Use this tailor's trick whenever you need to cut a straight line through a woven fabric such as cotton or linen. Tease several threads loose at the point where you'll make the initial cut. Then gently pull out the threads to create a trail of perfectly aligned holes in the fabric, which can then guide your shears.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
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  2. Tissue Cherry-Blossom Tree

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    Crafty young gardeners know just how to make bare branches bloom in winter -- they just add tissue paper. Gather branches that have fallen outside; let dry, if necessary. Cut out 2-inch squares of pink tissue, pinch tightly in the middle to create blooms, and affix them to branches with white glue. Display in a tall container, such as a canning jar with the lid's center removed.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 11 2004
  3. Knitter's Gauge Cards

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    Whether you're new to knitting or a seasoned veteran, keeping track of yarn sizes and needle gauges for each project can be a complicated affair.

    Stay organized with Knit Gauge Cards -- simply fill out a card with color, gauge, pattern, and other relevant information for each project and store cards together in an easy-to-access place.

    Download the Knit Gauge Cards

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    The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010
  4. Make Crisp, Even Hems

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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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2009
  5. Gilded Stationery

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    Use a gold-colored metallic-paint pen to "gild" the borders of invitations, note cards, gift tags, envelopes, and place cards. Purchase the paint pen from a crafts or art-supply store. On a covered work surface, run the pen's felt tip flush along all edges of the paper; the paint will bleed slightly, creating a glimmering border.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  6. Chinese New Year Envelope Place Setting

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    Giving red envelopes filled with coins is a custom at Chinese New Year (which starts January 26), designed to bring good fortune to the recipients. Here's how to share the luck with dinner guests. 

    1. Rubber-stamp a red envelope with a New Year's greeting -- in any language -- using a gold-ink pad. 

    2. Fill it with change, and then lay it on a folded napkin wrapped with a band of patterned paper. 

    3. Tie in back with gold cord.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
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