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Tutorial: Simple Fabric Armrest Covers

Tutorial: Simple Fabric Armrest Covers | The Zen of Making

Fabric armrest covers: the dirty little secret of confirmed cat ladies everywhere!

Okay, okay. They’re not really just for cat ladies. Whether it’s pets, kids, thrift store scores, stains, or just extra-comfy seats that have seen better days, it’s amazing how quickly a simple fabric armrest cover can transform a ratty looking couch or chair into a piece of furniture that’s pretty and presentable. So, after my darling Pixel-the-Cat simply couldn’t resist sinking his claws into my poor living room couch like a vicious tiny tiger (oh, would that we had discovered Soft Paws claw caps earlier), I decided that something had to be done to disguise the damage. And, having zero interest in, say, reupholstering my entire loveseat, I whipped up a set of quick and easy DIY fabric armrest covers to hide the offending holes and scratches.

Tutorial: Simple Fabric Armrest Covers | The Zen of Making

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Want to spiff up your most welcoming rooms before the start of the holiday season? Here’s how to make your own set of custom fabric armrest covers:

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Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants

Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants | The Zen of Making

I am a deeply practical woman in most areas of my life, but sewing thread just isn’t one of them. When it comes to beautiful thread ends and bits of leftover embroidery floss, I simply can’t bring myself to throw them away. Instead, into the giant glass jar they go, destined to look pretty while uselessly cluttering up my craft studio until the collapse of all space and time as we know it. Because, those colors!

Sound familiar, stitchers? Well, put down those thimbles and hoops, set aside your needles and spools, and get ready to turn those lovely leftovers into super-cute resin sewing thread and embroidery floss pendants! Make them for your friends! For your sewing circle or quilt guild! For the gal who cuts the yardage at your favorite fabric shop! Heck, if you’ve got as many floss and thread-filled jars on your shelves as I do, you might want to make one to match every conceivable outfit in your closet! ;)

Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants | The Zen of Making

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Tutorial Update: Plus Size Fit Guide for the Perfect Summer Skirt!

Tutorial Update: Plus Size Fit Guide for the Perfect Summer Skirt! | The Zen of Making

I’ve added a fancy new plus size fit guide to my Perfect Summer Skirt (with Pockets) tutorial! (Huge thanks to Amy at Knitty for her helpful feedback!)

The updated fit guide includes the following fixes:

  • Removing extra fabric fullness that can make the skirt look puffy/make the gathers around the waist look and feel too bulky in plus sizes or when using thicker fabrics
  • Adjusting a too-big waistband for a snugger fit and better fabric gathering around the waist

Tutorial Update: Plus Size Fit Guide for the Perfect Summer Skirt! | The Zen of Making

Ready to start sewing? You can find the suggested changes to the pattern and waistband construction in the blue box in step 1 of my Perfect Summer Skirt (with Pockets) tutorial.

That’s all for now, my crafty pals! Go forth and sew some skirts!

The Sewing Party + A Giveaway

The Sewing Party + A Giveaway | The Zen of Making

Have you heard about The Sewing Party?

As one of the blogger partners for this awesome all day online event, I’m super excited to tell you about The Sewing Party AND offer 5 lucky readers the opportunity to take part in the festivities for free with the giveaway below! (Scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter. Each ticket is valued at $40.00.)

About The Sewing Party:

The first ever all-day online DIY event in history!

On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIYers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts.

PLUS, the Party continues for 90 days AFTER the event. You’ll continue to have access to view ALL the classes (or re-watch your favorites!)

Connecting. Crafting. And Creating.

If you love to sew, you definitely won’t want to miss this party. Space is limited and likely to fill up fast!

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