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    Susie C Shore Instructions to make Smooth Curved Openings
    
    “HOW TO  MAKE SMOOTH CURVED OPENINGS”
Several people have asked us at Susie C Shore Designs if there a better way to make “Smooth Curved” openings, outside of using a lot of  stream blasting?  Well, there is!  I learned a trick from a lady in my neighborhood when I was learning to sew zippers in (a very long time ago) that eliminates a lot of measuring and pinning, and applied the method to making smooth curved openings.
Stitch to where you want to leave an opening (or as noted on the pattern) and lock the stitch.  Then change stitch length to basting stitch length, stitch to the end of the opening, lock stitch, and change stitch length back to normal.  Finish stitching around the project.  Here’s the trick - iron the seam allowance (in the basted area) open, then remove basting stitches.  You should see a nice line of holes which will be your reference marks  to maintain the smooth line when the item is turned right side out.  Cut away any batting (batting only) even with the line of stitch holes.  Turn item right side out; the opening seam allowance should be inside. If not, you may still need to press a little along the stitch holes, and the curved opening edges should be nice and smooth.  Stitch opening closed.  
However, if you’re lazy like me, try the “Fabric Bandage” below.  I first introduced the concept of a “Fabric Bandage” in my book “Christmas Ornaments In A Hurry”, published in 1994 by American School Of Needlework and written by me (Suzanne Tigue Shore, aka Susie C Shore).
                                
    Susie C Shore Instructions to make Fabric Bandages
    “FABRIC BANDAGES”
It’s hard to get a smooth line on the openings, so I don’t often leave openings for turning.  Instead, I cut a slit on the back of a project, through the back layer only, just big enough for turning. Then I make a “Fabric Bandage.”  Cutting scraps of both the base fabric and paper-backed fusible adhesive about ½” wide by the length of the slit, fuse them together Following Manufacturers Instructions, and trim round the ends (to look like a real bandage).  Then remove the paper-backing, position the Fabric Bandage over the slit  and fuse in place, FMI.  You will need to decide the location where a slit would work best or at all - but if you’re a little lazy like me, you’ll love “Fabric Bandages”!  

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I love a good cup of tea, below is how I brew my tea.

To Brew A Perfect Cup Of Tea1.  Put the water on to boil - a real rolling boil.
2.  Warm the teapot (run some hot tap water in the pot - don't forget to empty it)!
3.  Add tea (1 tsp. per cup) to pot. (or tea bags)
4.  Pour the boiling water over the tea. Stir.
5.  Cover the pot with your tea cozy and let the tea steep, five minutes is all.  Stir again.
The tea is ready!!
6.  Pour a cup of tea - cover remaining tea in pot with your tea cozy, it will be hot and ready for your second cup.

We offer a few cute Tea Cosies and will be offering some more cute one's in the future!


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We prove instructions in our Embroidery patterns but if you want more help
try the link below, it provides a great tutorial provided by Craftsy.

Top 10 MUST Know Hand Embroidery Stitches


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Knitter Uncurl #ST-1512
We're providing a PDF of the label(s) for you because if the label page was included in the pattern, it would've had to have been folded, which could distort the labels when copying/printing. In addition, the labels would need to be scanned and converted into a PDF by you anyway (to print out on the printable fabric), so we’ve done that for you instead.

All you need to do is open the PDF (which you can save to your computer if desired) when you’re ready to print your labels, then print out the labels and use them for a template, or print them directly onto your printable fabric (following manufacturer’s instruction).

Enjoy!



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                                      "Look Who's Sleeping In My Bed"  #ST-1439

    We know you love “Look Who’s Sleeping In My Bed”, so don't forget to try the pattern’s owl projects in sweet pastels combinations for young ladies/men or babies!!! We’ve provided a cute little Bow for the baby/pastel projects; you can find the “Bow” template with more instructions about how to finish the “Bow” by clicking on this   LINK Enjoy and have fun!