Tips for Mending Your Clothes

When you have some clothes that need mending the job is not a hard one and you can do it yourself. Some of the things you will need are a nice selection of needles, different coloured threads, scissors for sewing, pins, a pin cushion, and a tape measure. You should have other materials and accessories and if you need to replace something you can do so. Some of these things can include buttons and zippers.

When you have some clothes that need mending and you want to do it yourself here are some easy tips to follow:

1. Check out the garment you are looking to mend and see how to best match things such as the stitch pattern, thread, and buttons. Make sure you can match these things before starting by already having what you need to mend the garment.

2. You want to get good at threading the needle to do the job faster. An easy way to do this is to make the end of the thread stiffer by moistening the end of it after a clean cut. Then roll it back and forth using your thumb and your forefinger. What this will do is make it much easier to get that pesky thread end into the needle’s eye.

3. You have to know the difference between buttons that you will sew through and ones that are shank buttons.

4. You will have to match the stitches to the design of the stitches on the other buttons. You want the garment to look as good as new and it will look a little off if the stitching on the buttons are not matched.

5. You should not sew the buttons on too tight, as you want to have the opportunity to overlap the layer of the garment that has the buttonholes. You also have to make sure that you wrap the thread around the shank in a tight manner. The shank has been made between the button and the fabric to not only keep it strong but tight as well making it look nice and sharp.

6. For every buttonhole stitch through them 3-8 times. The number of times that you stitch through the buttonholes will depend on how big the holes are, but the more you stitch through them to stronger the hold will be on the garment.

7. You should let the garment hang for about a day before you start to cut and hem it. This allows for the fabric to settle making it much easier to cut and hem.

• You want to make the straightest cuts possible and you can do this with some chalk. Draw on the garment with the chalk, which comes off easily with water, and by doing the hem job is much easier.

8. When you iron rather than sliding it back and forth on the ironing board lift it up and down on the garment, as this will not only keep the folds flat, but they will stay in place as well.

9. If there is any excess thread under the knots trim it away for a cleaner look.

How to Make a Collage Picture Frame

A collage picture frame is a fun and unique idea to frame pictures or photos and making one can be fun for you and your kids. One of the nice things about this arts and crafts project is that it is very inexpensive to make and you can often complete the project with things you already have in your home. You can create a unique piece of art making the frame how you want, and as a project, it is a great one for kids. When doing the project with children make sure to have some cleaning products handy, especially since you will be using glue.

Things needed to make a Collage Picture Frame

• A pencil
• Thick cardboard
• A picture to frame
• String (wool string works well)
• Paint and materials for the collage such as beads or buttons
• A Stapler

Putting the Material Together

Now that you have got the materials you are ready to go! First cut the cardboard to the size you want the frame and then draw around the picture that you want to frame. Once you have the size, you will need a frame and to make the outline simply turn the cardboard over, cut some string making a loop then staple the string to the upper middle part of the cardboard in order to hang on the wall. Make sure the string is attached firmly to avoid it falling off the wall, and it can be a good idea to use stronger tape to reinforce the string.

Turn the cardboard back over and decorate the border and you can use many things such as beads, buttons, magazine clippings, small pebbles, and glitter. The possibilities are endless in decorating the outside of the frame. While glue works well for things such as beads, buttons, and pebbles while for things such as magazine clippings or other paper items, stick glue can be a better option. Before gluing anything on, you can also paint the border of the frame any colour you want. Now simply place the picture in the frame, and it is ready to go up on the wall.

Creating a Collage is a Fun Family Activity

Creating a collage picture frame is not only fun for adults, but a great arts and craft activity for kids as well. Fir younger children one very popular to decorate a frame is to use pasta. Even toddlers can do this, and it can be fun for them as well as the adults. You have to closely supervise the use of the glue while the kids are working, but allowing them to do this on their own helps to improve their motor skills with gluing the pasta on the frame in whatever decoration they want. For older children, the use of mosaic techniques can be a popular choice. No matter how old the child is making a collage picture frame, it is a great craft idea, and they can make great gifts as well as look nice in a kid’s room. There are so many different options when making a collage picture frame, as the sky is the limit in what you want it to look like and the things you can use to decorate the frame.

Tips to Follow for Making Your Own Clothes

When you want to create your own fashion and make your own clothing, there are a few tips that you should follow to make the process easier. The inspiration and design may be there, but making clothing is not easy, and you need to do it the right way, so that get exactly what you want. Following these simple tips can help you do that.

Your Sewing Machine

It is likely that the most important thing you will use when making your own clothing is your sewing machine. Because of this it makes sense to have your sewing machine be in tip-top shape. You are making clothing for yourself and need your tools to be the best they can be and treat your sewing machine right and have it ready for the job.

A few things you can do to ensure this is to give it some oil, make sure the needles you will use are sharp ones, and remove the bobbin case to get out all of the fluff from the previous fabric. A “well-oiled machine”, pardon the pun, when it comes to your sewing machine is key when making your own clothes.

Stay Sharp

You will need a solid pair of fabric scissors, and while there are a lot out there the ole-adage goes, you get what you pay for. Have a nice pair and, just like your sewing machine, take care of them. Before you start any craft job that involves fabric, take time to sharpen your fabric scissors with a sharpening tool as it will make your cuts closer and your measurements easier.

Use a Good Thread

When making clothing, you have tons of options when it comes to thread. The best one to use is a very strong one in one that will not break just by using your fingers. The better the thread, the less likely it is that your clothes will not fall apart with the rigours of wear and washing them. If you plan on sewing your clothes by hand than it is a good idea to use waxed thread. A wax thread will not only make it stronger but also will also decrease the chance of knotting. You can use tailors wax for this and also plain candle wax.

Use the Iron Often

You have to iron the clothing you are making often to make sure of the right fit. You need to press your garment accurately and by doing this, the sewing process will be easier. Make sure that the iron that you use has a decent steam function to aid in getting the clothing more pressed, which will, again, make the sewing process easier.

Try It On!

When you are making your own clothing, you are your own mannequin. Try on the clothing often when creating it to make sure the size will be just right for you. You need to do this at every step of the process, and by doing so, you will have more of a chance that the finished product will fit. On the other side of the coin not doing this can make refitting very difficult.

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