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Spring Break Sewing Workshop and More By Johanna Hicks

Spring Break Sewing Workshop

               Have you wanted to learn to sew, but didn’t know where to start?  Do you have a sewing machine, but you don’t know how to use it?  Are you looking for something to do during spring break that doesn’t break the bank?

               I have the perfect solution for you – the Spring Break Sewing Workshop!  Our 4-H’ers recently participated in a 4-H Sewing Fun Day, and the question was brought up about having a more in-depth workshop, so I agreed.  Here are the details:

  • What:  Spring Break Sewing Workshop
  • When:  March 12, 13, 14
  • Where:  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00-ish p.m.
  • Cost: $10 one-time fee, payable at the door
  • Bring:  sewing scissors, pins with ball heads, tape measure
  • All ages welcome, but children under the age of 10 should be accompanied by an adult

Several make-and-take projects will be provided at no extra charge.  Eight sewing machines are available for participants to use, or you may bring your own.  A sampling of things you will learn include:

–        How to thread and machine and fill the bobbin

–        Machine sewing techniques

–        How to read a pattern envelope

–        How to measure for correct size if making clothing

–        How to prepare fabric for cutting

–        Pattern placement

–        Applique technique to embellish items

–        Hand-sewing: buttons, hems, hook & eye closures, etc.

Do you want to learn to make a t-shirt quilt?  I can help!  Do you want to make a simple quilt block (or three or four)?  I can provide you with instructions for several simple designs.  If you have a project in mind, you are welcome to bring it, and we will help you.

To sign up, please call 903-885-3443 by Thursday, March 8, so adequate preparations can be made.

Are you in Love with your Home?

               My cousin, who is a real estate agent in Dallas, recently provided six tips to re-kindle the romance with your home if the spark is gone.  I wanted to share these with you:

1)      Play musical chairs.  Re-arrange the furniture.

2)      Let it grow.  Potted plants add appeal with little maintenance.

3)      Less is more.  Ditching clutter relieves stress.

4)      Do a deep clean.  Scrub those baseboards and clean the windows.

5)      Make a list.  Decide what needs improving and prioritize your projects.

6)      Give a room a mini make-over.  Add new hardware to your cabinets, or pick up new organizing bins for your office.

Closing Thought

You don’t stop playing because you grow old.  You grow old because you stop playing – Benjamin Franklin

Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax
[email protected]

Author: Savannah Everett

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