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  1. 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
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  2. Sea-Glass Bracelet

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    Glass and ceramic are used to make this ocean-blue-green bracelet. You'll need sea glass pieces of the same size and color for this project.

    Bracelet How-To
    1. Apply a dot of cement glue to each disk on a disk-and-loop bracelet form (available at jewelry-supply stores). 

    2. Adhere glass to disks, and let dry overnight.

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    7 3/4-inch silver-plated disk loop bracelet (No. 40-347-3), $2.50, from Rings and Things

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2007
  3. Roses and Kale Basket

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    This unusual pairing features two items with similar budlike shapes: creamy-white roses and emerald-green ornamental kale.

    Basket How-To
    If your basket has gaps in its sides, weave a ribbon through the rungs. Next, tuck a plastic liner inside, and then trim a block of floral foam to fit. Soak the foam in water and set it in the liner. Push the kale and rose stems into it. Do the same with sprigs of pine around the edges. Finish by wrapping branches of pine around the handle, securing them with floral wire. The display will stay fresh for several days.

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    Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005
  4. Good Thing

    Tangle-Proof Yarn Case

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    For many of us, knitting is relaxing. But when the yarn inevitably becomes tangled, it can feel more like an exercise in frustration. Here's one way to keep things from getting knotty. Gather empty cookie tins left over from the holidays, or purchase new ones. Apply a coat of oil-based enamel paint in any hue to outside of tin and lid; let dry overnight. Using a grommet kit (available at hardware stores), attach a grommet to the lid's center. Place ball of yarn inside, and thread an end through the grommet before securing lid.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January
  5. Paint-Pan Liner

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    You won't have to bother washing your paint pan if you line it with heavy-duty aluminum foil before using it. This trick is especially helpful if you're painting with different colors -- for each new hue, throw away the old foil (after pouring excess paint back into the can), and put in a fresh sheet, molding it to the inside of the pan.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2004
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