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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It's hard to keep track of small hardware such as washers, grommets, and nuts. Here's a handy way to organize them by size and type: String them on shower curtain rings. Hang the metal rings on a board above your workbench so the loose hardware will be even easier to spot.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2006
Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to dress up a gift of flowers? Using scallop scissors, cut several inches off the top of a colored gift bag (available at crafts and party-supply stores). Arrange blooms (we used tulips) inside a low vase with just an inch or so of water in it, and carefully place the vessel inside the bag. (If the bottom of the bag seems flimsy, reinforce it with a piece of cardboard cut to fit.) Inscribe a gift tag with a message, and tie it around the bag with twine in a complementary color.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, January
Send Halloween party invitations adorned with a familiar grin.
Print the pumpkin template and cut out. Trace template onto orange card stock; cut out. Form eyes, nose, and mouth from rickrack, and affix with craft glue. Glue a length of green rickrack to the back for the stem. Then glue pumpkin to the front of a plain card, and inscribe a spooky -- or sweet -- message for your guests.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2007
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2008
Give pretty spice or candy containers a new life in seconds by turning them into refrigerator magnets. Place a small, powerful magnet inside the back of an empty tin, which makes the tin itself magnetic. (Nonmetallic containers will work if you stick an adhesive magnet on the outside.)
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2011
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