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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. Nostalgic Sewn Toys
Spanning the decade of the 1930s The Great Depression was a time of severe economic downturn that began in the United States and spread worldwide. Although this time period found many families enduring great hardship, there was still an attempt to find ways to give children gifts at holiday time.

2. Sewing, Piece by Piece
For the novice stitcher sewing elemental pieces to fashion into placemats, table runners or colorful wall hangings to the most skilled fiber artist who has mastered the techniques of cutting, piecing, stitching, and assembling into an astonishing design, patchwork has an appeal to many.

3. Sewing with Selvages
Sewers have often been instructed by pattern layout details to not use the fabric selvage edge, a word combined from self-edge, which was expected to be cut off and discarded. These factory loomed finished edges today no longer fill the waste basket or cutting room floor but have surprising uses.

4. Sewing and Rag Rugs
With rustic hospitality assembled into stunning folk art or unstructured design, unassuming strips of wool fabric, thin thread-worn bed linens, denim jeans and shirts made soft by much wearing, today’s modern t-shirts and more are economically transformed into humble and functional floor coverings.

5. Countdown Calendars to Sew
Countdown calendars, with a nod to Advent calendars, can be used to count the days in eager anticipation of an upcoming holiday or special occasion event. Use scraps of fabric to make a simple one for a fun family activity. When completed all can see just how many days remain until the festivities.

6. Halloween Costumes to Sew or No-Sew
As autumn approaches and the weather turns slightly cooler in northern climes to banish the warmest of summer days - it is not too early to think of sewing kids’ costumes for Halloween.

7. Invisible Zipper Tips
It can be done. It is possible to sew an invisible zipper with great results. Actually it is not the zipper itself that is "invisible" just the fact that the sewn zipper is concealed, visually hidden from the outside and neatly tucked within a seam allowance once zipped closed.

8. Applique for Embellishment
Applique designs, those smaller pieces of fabric overlaid onto a larger fabric background, are often seen on quilts however they can be used as whimsical decorations on clothing, elegant patterns on curtains or artistic expressions on throw pillows, totes and fabric purses.

9. Dorm Room Sewing Ideas
Few living spaces can be as tightly cramped as a shared dorm room. The college of course would have a dorm room checklist as a guideline of essential items for the student to bring. Yet, it can become difficult deciding what to bring from this list, since it all seems so very essential.

10. 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.



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