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Here are the top ten articles for the Sewing Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Upcycle Classic Women's Shirts
A very useful upcycle sewing project is to take a classic women’s button down shirt and re-fashion into a new trendy shirt, one that may fit better, be more in line with contemporary fashion and satisfy a creative urge to transform something old into something new.

2. The Business of Sewing
Sewing, as a home-based or cottage industry, is part of the growing legion of service businesses. If you have contemplated starting your own business and have more than competent sewing skills, you may be able to transform a hobby into a profitable business.

3. Sewing Classic Modest Clothing
It can be a daunting task trying to find ready-to-wear modest clothing in catalog or department stores. Home sewing modest apparel that is simple, classic, and elegant can be rewarding as well as affordable.

4. Free Pattern for a Quilted Bread Warmer
Free pattern for a vintage style quilted bread warmer with assembly instructions. Makes a wonderful hostess or holiday gift.

5. Sewing Collectibles
Antique collectible sewing items are many and varied. Aside from early sewing machines that parallel the progression of the Industrial Revolution, there are unique buttons, sewing baskets, thimbles, ornate scissors, pin cushions and needle boxes that give us a nostalgic look into the past.

6. A Sewer's Button Box
From antique buttons of centuries past that possess now historical significant, to Victorian glass buttons giving a cultural perspective of that time and onto contemporary buttons of the day, the ordinary button that gives us little pause as we dress for the day holds much to think about.

7. Valentine Hearts to Sew
When winter winds and chilly temperatures keep us inside, what better use of indoor time than to sew some warm cheery hearts for February’s Valentine’s Day.

8. Sewing Teddy Bears
Most teddy bears can be very easy to sew and are great for gift giving. A handmade toy can add joy for any child - they can be small or large, quick to sew, and any wobbly seams or mismatched eyes only give creative character to a stitched toy made especially with care and love.

9. Blanket Stitch
Decorative, versatile and functional this overcast or edge stitch is often one of the first beginning embroidery stitches taught to children. Adding beads to each stitch further allows the stitch to add emphasis as an outline to the evenly spaced, even length stitches.

10. Needlework Chatelaines
With meticulous attention to detail the popular series Downton Abbey shows the character of Mrs. Hughes wearing a needlework chatelaine. Often elaborate and very ornate, needlework chatelaines had scissors, thimbles, and tiny cylinders containing needles. Sew a modern one with a nod to the past.



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