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Olga Balasa (Ageberry)

Hi, I am Olga. I'm passionate about sewing, quilting, and embroidery, and I want to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with others who are interested in learning how to sew.
Thank you for making me part of your day - I'm so very excited to have friends like you by my side. Feel free to comment or reach out with any questions - my email is [email protected]
If you want more information about me or my site please visit my About page

DIY fabric headbands: a step-by-step tutorial

Headbands are cute hair accessories and often are not only practical but also fashionable. I found a few reasons for wearing (and sewing) headbands.
1. They can absorb sweat and keep it from reaching the eyes when you are running or exercising
2. They also can keep unruly hair out of your face
3. A headband can be a stylish item for your head especially if it has an interesting shape or decorated with ribbons or fabric flowers
4. Headbands can transform ordinary outfit into something special and exceptional
5. A headband is a very easy item to sew for a beginner sewist and can be a step in your sewing journey, it’s a really good item for practicing
6. You can use your scrap fabric to make as many different headbands as you wish
With that being said, let me show you how to make a turban headband.

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How to wash and prewash silk fabric

Manufacturers of silk garments and bedding usually don’t bother to pre-wash fabric they work with. That’s why they put labels saying “Dry Clean Only”. I am against dry cleaning whenever possible because of chemicals even if it is organic. In China, they make silk fabric for at least 5000 years. And people cared for traditional silk garments long before dry cleaning. Silk is tough fabric, it only appears to be delicate! It certainly can be washed in water.

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DIY sleep mask

I made two silk pillowcases recently (you can find a step-by-step tutorial on my blog) and some fabric was left over, so I decided to sew a sleep mask and I would like to share with you the steps, the project is quite simple even for a complete beginner.
Why not make a nice sleep mask from 100% silk fabric especially that is not difficult? You will get the mask exactly as you want it, it can be customized easily to your face if at first it doesn’t fit well and at the same time you will improve your sewing skills and will be better prepared to next more complicated sewing projects.

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DIY pillowcase from natural silk fabric for better and healthier sleep

There is no more sensitive skin than on your face. So why do you sleep on a polyester pillowcase and make skin even more prone to problems? Use 100% silk pillowcase, especially if it is very easy to make so it doesn’t cost a fortune.
I heard many nice things about silk pillowcases. And after I made a silk fitted sheet I decided to make 2 pure silk pillowcases with embroidery on them to go with the silk sheet.
Here is a tutorial to show you how easy it is to sew your own silk (cotton and linen will do also of course) pillowcase.

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How to sew a fitted sheet (from 100% silk fabric)

I decided to make a fitted sheet for my queen bed out of good quality pure silk fabric. And why not? Natural silk bedding feels exquisite but unfortunately, it is really expensive, I looked online and the cheapest price for a queen fitted sheet was 150 American dollars (not for the best quality), and normal price was above $400; I am talking here 100% silk, not the polyester “silk-feel”.
But after all, we spend a third of our lives sleeping. So why not to spend it in luxury and as comfortable as possible?
And here is the result of my work. I think it looks great! And how it feels? Oh, it is the nicest sheet I ever had!

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How to cut chiffon without problems

Cutting out slippery chiffon fabric can be almost a nightmare. You can’t use pins to stabilize the fabric for cutting because they will leave holes in this delicate fabric. You can’t cut it on fold because the fabric will move and shift and you will lose the grain line easily. And you can’t easily mark the fabric with chalk or a disappearing ink pen because the fabric will shift as you can see in this video below. I think what any sewist dislikes the most about sewing garments from silk chiffon is cutting out patterns. But the cutting-out-pattern stage can be almost painless if you practice these tips.

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