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5 Surprising Things to Do With a Sewing Machine

CraftFoxes | Posted 04.05.2014 | HuffPost Home

Sewing machines have unexpected uses beyond fixing a hem or adding a button. You can use it turn plastic bags into fabric, bind a book and more.

Southern, Queer, Beautiful and a Total Pageant Queen (Part 1)

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

Randall Smith, owner of Renaissance Pageants, stepped out of his luxury sedan, flawlessly dressed. In the backseat of his car sat several big boxes. I asked if they were crowns and trophies. 'No,' he said. They were products.

Jo-Ann Fabrics: A Forsaken Place

Brandy Ferner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Brandy Ferner

I quickly chose my fabrics, knowing full well that I had little time to meander as life with a newborn baby has me on the tight milk leash. I headed to the fabric table, which I will subsequently refer to as the 'hellmouth.'

Back to School: Memories Defined by Dresses

Mary Daily | Posted 11.30.2013 | Style
Mary Daily

I still remember the smell of the newly-dyed material when we walked in and the anticipation of what we would find. In those days, fabric stores got leftover bolts of material and they carried a wide selection of beautiful textiles.

In the Search for Success: The Toy Industry Is No Fun

Jorge | Posted 08.12.2013 | Small Business

I was around 30 years old and I needed to come up with a new plan to achieve success. That's when I decided I was going to be: a Toy Inventor!

Stay Warm On The Coldest Winter Days

The Huffington Post | Amy Marturana | Posted 01.09.2013 | HuffPost Home

We could all use a few of these.

How One Woman’s Bucket List Is Lifting A Community Out Of Poverty

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Want To Sew? Start With This Easy DIY Square Shirt

Jennie Taylor | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Jennie Taylor

Square shirts are the best. They can be cropped and worn in layers or they can be longer like mod mini-tent dresses. They are a great style to wear ...

Illinois Man Who Sewed Son's Buttocks Shut, Takes Alford Plea

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 06.28.2012 | Crime

A northeast Illinois man who stood accused of using a needle and thread to sew his son's buttocks shut has accepted a plea agreement and will not spen...

Confessions of a Non-Crafter: Embroidery and I Might Be Having a Moment

Courtney Cachet | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Courtney Cachet

I have a lot of friends who could be called crafty. You know the type: They try new recipes, make scrapbooks, totebags and headbands for your kid. Truthfully, I find them just slightly annoying. It's just so not me.

Girls Geeking Out With Sewing Machines! | Posted 05.23.2012 | Teen

Fourteen-year-old Luna Ito-Fisher started making her own clothes and accessories when she was nine, after attending a friend’s birthday party at a s...

PHOTOS: Make This Artsy Owl Pillow

Jennie Taylor | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Jennie Taylor

Owls are some of my favorite creatures and since I wrote about owl pellets in a recent post, it just seems fitting to stick with the theme. This is...

PHOTOS: 13 Clever Ways To Reinvent Placemats

Stylelist Home/The Huffington Post | Kaitlyn Davis | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home

Photo: Handmade by Alissa Have you ever noticed that all of the pretty placemats are also ridiculously expensive, and that all the cheap ones are ...

Microloans in America? Rockin' Appalachian Mom Project Launches Program

Amy Guerrieri | Posted 09.17.2011 | Impact
Amy Guerrieri

With the dim news about rising unemployment reaching 9.2 percent, the Rockin' Appalachian Mom Project (RAMP), saw an opportunity to help some entrepreneurial individuals through a microloan program.

Parentless Parents: Remembering Your Dad on Father's Day

Allison Gilbert | Posted 08.19.2011 | Women
Allison Gilbert

Father's Day can be particularly challenging if you've lost your dad. I'm a mom of two young children, and my father passed away when my son, our oldest, was just 18-months-old.

"Do Ask, Do Tell" at the Hammer Museum

Lisa Anne Auerbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lisa Anne Auerbach

My exhibit at the Hammer Museum celebrates conversation. And while it obviously references gays serving in the military, it can also be read as a proclamation about openness more generally.

Fix It, Don't Toss It! 9 Essential Clothing Repair Skills

Planet Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

One of the best ways to buy less stuff is to buy fewer, but higher quality items, and to keep them in good repair. This is very true for clothing, and...

American Quilts as Art as Well as Documents of Politics and History

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Kate Kelly

When we think of quilts, we tend to think of women making them from scraps of material to keep their families warm in drafty houses. The introduction of quilts to this country was actually quite different from this impression.

Rubbernecking: Project Runway, Episode 9 "Race to the Finish"

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

As we rejoin the remaining eight, Gretchen shares that not having Michael D there makes it feel more like a competition, as he was well-liked.

Turn A Broken Umbrella Into A Tote Bag (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

It's that time of year. The time when the streets are strewn with broken umbrellas. But before you discard that umbrella hanging on its last hinge, ta...

5 Essential Green Living Skills Our Grandparents Knew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Our grandparent's generation didn't use the word green to describe their lifestyle, but many of the things they knew how to do are now considered to b...

Grandparents: Experts On Green Living (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Lindsay Armstrong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"Going green," may seem like a new movement, but the concepts behind it are not. As we ring in a new decade today, we thought it would be fun to look...

Minnesota Sewing Circle Makes Magic, Over 1000 Mittens For Needy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In Center City Minnesota, magic is happening through the hands of many. Ethel's Mittens is a sewing circle inspired by Ethel Yund, a woman who gave aw...

4 Videos Show You How To Make Clothes Last Longer (VIDEO)

EcoSalon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

We've been finding ways to make your belongings last longer to reduce waste and weather the economic storm, and here's the latest -- grab a needle and...