Sewing Tips Newsletter – Issue 2

Sewing Tips Newsletter
by Jenny T.
http://www.SimpleSewingProjects.com

So, I’m bending over at the grocery store… lifting up a case of vitamin waters… and PING! There goes the button on my pants! True, I probably could lose a few pounds, but still! It seems that most clothes’ buttons are sewn on so poorly.

But, I’m glad it happened, because it is the inspiration for this week’s tip! How to sew on a button!

In this issue:

1. How to sew on a standard button

2. How to sew on a shank button

3. Ask Jenny T. Now

4. What’s new this month in Simple Sewing Projects

5. Decorating Advice

And now… on to this week’s sewing tip!

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Sewing Tip #2: How To Sew On A Button

One of the most basic sewing skills that everyone should know, is to sew on a button. Yes, this includes men, teens… and college students. The task of sewing a button is so incredibly simple and is one of the most practicle skills you can have. If you already know how to sew on a button, then forward this article on to someone who may need it.

The video for this lesson is at http://www.HowToSewWithJennyT.com

I highly recommend you watch it, because the video is way easier to understand than reading this article.

You’ll need a hand sewing needle, your fabric or garment, and your button.

How To Sew On A Standard Button

1. Double thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of the threads. Doubling up the thread will make the process of sewing a button twice as fast.

2. Insert 2 straight pins in an X pattern over the center of where your button will go. **If the button will be decorative only, then you can skip this step.**

3. Insert your needle into the back of the fabric and up through the center of the X and through one of the button holes.

4. Insert the needle down into another button hole and through the fabric to the back.

5. Insert the needle back up through the fabric, through the first hole and down into the second hole… and back through to the back of the fabric.

6. Repeat this process about 4 or 5 times.

7. Then repeat the process again for the other 2 holes.

8. From the back of the fabric, insert the needle to the front of the fabric in between the button and the fabric. Not through any holes. Pull the needle all the way through.

9. Remove the straight pins

10. Wind the thread on the needle around the threads holding the button to the fabric… about 5 times. **Only do this if the button will be functional**

11. Insert the needle back down and through to the back side of the fabric.

12. Make about 3 or 4 small stitches on top of themselves to secure the thread.

13. Trim the thread and you’re done!

How To Sew On A Shank Button

A shank button is a button that already has a shank on it. A piece of the button that is inbetween the button and the fabric… that has a hole to hold the thread. This is the shank.

1. Double thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of the threads. Doubling up the thread will make the process of sewing a button twice as fast.

2. Insert your needle into the back of the fabric and up through the center of where the button will go… and through the shank.

3. Insert the needle down into and through the fabric to the back.

4. Insert the needle back up through the fabric, through the shank and down into and back through to the back of the fabric.

5. Repeat this process about 4 or 5 times.

6. Insert the needle back down and through to the back side of the fabric.

7. Make about 3 or 4 small stitches on top of themselves to secure the thread.

8. Trim the thread and you’re done!

You can watch the video for sewing buttons by visiting HowToSewWithJennyT.com plus discover video and audio of even more sewing tips, how-to’s and resources. You’ll even be able to subscribe to these weekly sewing tips and how-to’s and receive them as a podcast through your iTunes or podcast player.

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Ask Jenny T Now

While you wait for the next sewing tip, be sure to visit AskJennyTNow.com and submit your sewing question. Your question maybe answered in my next podcast!

I’ve received several requests and questions about making pillows and box cushions with zippers. Next week’s sewing tip will focus on sewing zippers into cushions and into seams of pillows.

July’s project of the month will be focused on custom pillows and cushions.

Also, 2 weeks from now, the weekly sewing tip will be on sewing sheer fabric and sheer window treatments. I will address many of the questions that have been submitted about sewing sheers.

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What’s New This Month In SimpleSewingProjects.com

1. Step by step illustrated instructions for sewing a pleated cut out swag.

2. Step by step illustrated instructions for sewing jabots.

3. How To Sew Buttons Video Series, which includes how to make custom fabric covered buttons.

4. A complete video series of me – Jenny T. – sewing a skirt with an invisible zipper using an easy sewing pattern. This was so much fun!

5. Project of the month: Grocery Bag Totes with reinforced handles and bottoms to withstand all of your heavy duty items! ** This project will be posted by next Monday **

Gain immediate access to all this exciting content plus to all of the archived sewing projects and how-to’s for FREE… for the next 30 days!

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I hope to see you in the member’s site!

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Decorating Advice

Can you advise a secondary colour to gree i have magnolia walls i am going to do green roman blinds and hopefully cushions for table to match but I would like a secondary colour apart from yellow. ~ Mandy from the UK

First, I have to assume that magnolia is a creamy yellow? If so, this almost translates into a warm neutral and gives you flexibility to do a lot.

Now, you’re already putting in green, so your palette is quickly being defined. If you want your room to warm, and energizing, I would add some orange. A muted orange. This will be your accent color. So, maybe add a bowl of oranges, a vase of orange flowers. Find some art that has muted oranges, yellows and greens. Throw pillows that have some orange and green.

If you want your room to be more cool, then I would add blue. You could add some navy blue and baby blue as accents. Add the color through art, pillows, decorative objects.

Hope this helps!

If you have a decorating question, please visit http://www.AskJennyTNow.com and submit your question.

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Happy Sewing!

Jenny T.

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http://www.AskJennyTNow.com

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