Personalization is always a great choice for gifts. I really love to create special items for people that would be difficult to find in retail stores. When their name is on the gift, it shows the receiver you went that extra step. It doesn't have to be fancy. The little burlap sign above is made entirely with remnants. Burlap is a homey textile and the family this was designed for loves that style of decorating.
The embroidery is a combination of a purchased design and software creation. Red canvas material really makes it stand out while muslin gives it a solid background to frame the design. Layering fabrics and trims helps to give the sign a more substantial look.
The best part is seeing the sign in the home of this wonderful family. They really loved it. If you would like to see my process for sewing this sign, there is a download below. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
There is always a need for homemade items where commercial markets may leave a gap. I am constantly looking for things that are easy to sew or construct and useful. If you have read any of my other posts, you can see that I am fond of dish drying mats. They are usually made of forgiving materials and can be transformed quickly. I have read many blogs about Blankets or mats for Alzheimer's or dementia patients. The idea behind these is to stimulate the reflexes and keep idle hands busy as people with these ailments fidget and repetitively work things they can grasp.
I thought the dish drying mats would be a great thing to use because most of the work is done on the material. They are like a blank cushy canvas. I wanted to have a very soft back on my mats in the event they were placed on a lap or hugged to someone's body.
I used fleece cut slightly larger than the mats and sewed it right sides facing around the perimeter, then turned right side out and closed up the seam. This made for a larger finished size and also allowed me to do all of the decorating on the mat enclosing the unsightly seams inside once complete.
If you have small scraps or leftover ends and pieces of lace, elastic and ribbon, you can have a lot of fun with these. I also used some rubber stamps and heat set ink to do small details like the little pillow above. Buttons, beads, Ric Rac can also be used. The most important thing I did was use industrial strength thread like you might use for upholstery. I also made sure to use an anchor button on the back of all buttons that could be manipulated on the front. This should help with aggressive twisting.
Small pieces of hook and loop tape, will provide a wonderful sensory experience.
Little plastic pockets can hold pictures of family members and be changed out.
Fussy cutting material that has themes like this recipe will stimulate reading or memories of cooking
Zippers and ribbon can be sewn directly on top of the mat using decorative stitches.
Appliqued fabric shapes and different stitches will help imaginations go to work.
Beads and buttons can be moved back and forth across ribbon or twine.
Sweet pieces of lace can be held and admired.
This mat even has two bows that can be used to attach the mat to wheelchairs or the arms of a sitting chair.
Here is another color combination with more ideas. It is really up to your imagination and creativity what you decide to add to these mats. There is a gallery below with more pictures to inspire you. If you have small scraps, don't throw them out. We used several embroidered items that were on other projects but had to be cut apart because of mistakes. Everything is a possibility. For a minimal investment, you can create something that will be helpful for the patient and it may also assist the caregiver as it will help comfort the loved one they are watching over. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work
Mermaids are very popular right now and I have a little friend who is redecorating her bedroom. I have been collecting fleece remnants for a little while and they are starting to fill up my stash. This gave me the perfect excuse to sew something really sweet for her and reduce my fabrics a little bit.
The embroidery is from Designs by Sick. (*no affiliation*) This little Mermaid stitches out beautifully. The applique is very easy to follow and it doesn't take long to complete. I didn't have a pattern to follow, but I did create some instructions to show how I worked through the process. You can download below. My little friend really enjoyed receiving this pillow and the fleece is so soft. It is a forgiving fabric to work with as it does not ravel. The applique is not very big so there is not a lot of detail work in this project. If you are looking for something to sew in an afternoon, this might fix the creative urge for you.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you create, Someone will appreciate your hard work.
Sewing gives us a unique opportunity to create whatever makes us happy. It also will enable us to make others happy. When I am sewing, I usually have a person in mind that will be the receiver. For many of my projects, I am drawn to useful or things that will have a purpose. Difficult times are sometimes made easier when our friends feel we genuinely care about their hardships.
This month I have devoted much of my sewing time to being mindful of others and giving back. I have a friend who is going through a difficult time and I found a beautiful pattern offered by Embroidery Library. It is free to download the embroidery file as well as instructions to sew this very useful pillow. It is meant to be used after a surgical procedure to relieve the pressure and weight on tender areas.
I wrapped the gift and surprised her with it and she really did enjoy receiving it.
In speaking to her about the procedures she is going through and the time between appointments when the wait for results is so hard, I started to do more research and found more patterns available. I realized the scope of Cancer is so very broad and it touches everyone in some way. So I sewed more gifts for people I don't know.
These are Port Pillows. They are meant to be installed on a seatbelt and worn above a Port-O-Cath that is being used for Treatments. My understanding is the seatbelt applies pressure to that area and these help cushion the rider.
The pattern I used can be found here. It is very easy to sew and for minimal cost also. I did alter the pattern slightly as I had some 5x5 charm squares and it calls for 5 1/2 inch squares of fabric. As per usual, when I sew I love to find things that are premade and the Dollar Tree had some very soft polishing cloths in their automotive section. They are a bit messy when you cut them up, but WOW they are very cuddly.
After sewing a couple dozen, I printed off some little cards and attached them with string. I also made sure to sew pillows for the gentlemen as well as the ladies.
Here they are bagged up and ready to deliver to our local Treatment Center. I know they will be a most welcome diversion for the patients. I hope you are inspired and have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
I love quick projects and everyone at some time will need an oven mitt. I used one I had on hand that has seen better days and traced around the shape adding a little extra for seam allowance. Then I decided to use a dish drying mat for the interior to see if it would work well. I can usually find these at my local Dollar Store for $1.00 which is a really good price for something finished. My mat had terry cloth on the outside and a nice foam inside. I would estimate that this project took me about 2 hours to complete and that included taking all of the pictures for the pattern which you can download below.
This would be an excellent gift for someone or a fun project if you feel creative but don't want to really get too engrossed. If your fabric stash has grown too much, these will certainly help eliminate extra material. The temperature rating for this has not been tested so please be very careful when using. In order to get full protection, you would want to line the inside with heatproof material. This should be able to be used with caution like most oven mitts or be decorative. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
Mermaid Tails are really popular right now. If you look on any of the social media networks, they are everywhere from costumes to actual swimming tails. I have a few little friends that I like to sew for and surprise every once in a while with special gifts. Recently, while visiting with one of them, I was shown all of the beautiful choices online and questioned as to whether I had ever sewn one before. I kind of took the hint and got to work. Instead of purchasing new fabric in one big piece, I went through my fleece stash and found two coordinating remnant pieces that would work well together.
I carefully planned the finished size so that it would be long enough to last through a couple of growth years and set to piecing the cut panels together. As you can see from the picture, they will be able to stand up in it and kind of shuffle around the house. The fleece made it really soft and snuggly. It was not hard to sew and I used my Serger for most of the seams. My sewing machine came in handy to lock in some of the curved seams because I figured it might get some heavy duty use once they realized their feet would go all the way into the fins. The entire process took an afternoon and I was able to accomplish clearing out some of my cabinets to make room for new material. Fleece is wonderful, but it does take up more space than other fabrics.
According to my little friend's mom, it was a big success as they kind of live in it now. I have a downloadable pattern detailing how I constructed it below. All measurements are guidelines as you can piece your remnants together to whatever size you need. I love using the leftover pieces of fabric because not only are they staying out of landfills, the finished project is unique and very special. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
I have fallen in love with the Sewing and Quilt Expos. Recently I spent my week's vacation enjoying many classes, shopping, exploring you name it. It really is almost too overwhelming when you are trying to see everything in a certain span of time. A couple of hours into it you may realize you're carrying a lot of weight just in your bag or purse. This year I decided to lighten my load by downsizing my bag. I did away with everything that was not essential and then sewed a small lightweight cross body bag that would control all of my items I thought I really needed to have available. This allowed me to keep my hands free, no shoulder aches or too much shifting straps. When I needed to make a purchase, squeeze into a booth or learn a quick demo technique, I could shimmy by people without destroying displays with bag whacks or alienating myself from other attendees.
The bag has an outer pocket that will hold a larger smart phone. That really was the bulk of my weight but how can you get around carrying one of those? I haven't figured it out yet. There is a clear vinyl pocket on the outside that can hold a name tag or business cards also. You want to introduce yourself to people at these events because your next best friend may be just around the corner. There are a couple of interior pockets that are optional. They will add some bulk to the purse so decide if you want them.
Everything in the bag uses remnants so it will help your stash also. More room to buy new fabric! I came back from my trip refreshed and very inspired. So many talented people are out there. I have to mention that I did use two embroidery designs. One was from Urban Threads - UT 8413 and the other was from Designs by Sick CW Sewing Machine 002. (no affiliations) I really love these digital designers. If you have time, check out their sites. Both frequently have free embroidery designs that you can download and try. Very generous of them! There is a download of the bag pattern below for you to try or if you are like me, download and say you are going to sew one day because there is not enough time for all of the cute ideas. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
Some dogs like to wear clothes including Jean Luc. Check him out in this custom fitted coat. You might think that sewing a coat for your fur buddy will be an easy process where you can cut out a pattern and it will fit perfectly. I found out that the French Bulldog breed is quite different when I purchased a ready made coat. His shoulders and neck are broad but he is short so standard sizes don't work well for him.
I decided to try an industry pattern instead. Once I made a few measurements and compared the options for sizes, I realized that I would still need to do some alterations in order for his completed coat to fit well. None of it is very hard. The only problem you may have is holding the piece up and marking places to cut or adjust while your puppy is moving around. A sewing partner would be very helpful at that time.
With a little extra effort, this coat turned out pretty cute and it fits him really well. He isn't able to pull it off and when he runs around outside, it stays in place.
There is a downloadable document below that shows some of the techniques I used to work from a purchased pattern. Your little buddy would look just as cuddly in a custom coat. I hope you have enjoyed this post, pass on what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
Taking care of our teeth is not always what we think about on a daily basis; until you have to deal with it everytime you eat or drink something. If you take for granted you can pick up a snack or flavored drink anytime you want to, count your blessings. For people who have dental devices or braces, it is not so easy. Braces change every meal, snack, cup of coffee, soda you name it. To make matters worse, it becomes a little inconvenient if your meals are not always at home. You suddenly have to deal with public restrooms, offices, schools and your car to become a hygenic place to attend to your new personal matters.
This little bag is not a new idea but it is pretty neat to be able to customize your own depending on what you feel like you will need. I like the idea of having items to clean my hands if soap and water are not available. This bag has an individual tissue holder so you always have something to wipe up with. Also, when you change your devices or get your braces tightened, you will have soreness, so different types of pain relievers come in handy. Brushing and flossing your teeth several times a day becomes customary. The all important lip balm will be your new best friend also.
The size is small enough to put into a handbag, suitcase or glove box. If you need to carry it to a restroom, it looks pretty cute and no one will know what you have inside unless you tell them. Once you are ready to use it, the bag opens flat and gives you a clean work area to spread everything out. If you are interested in sewing a little Tooth Care Bag for yourself or a loved one, click on the download below. There are instructions and pictures. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
This year my Christmas tree is a little different. I get alot of junk mail like most people do but when I received one from Home Depot (no affiliation) a few weeks back I decided to click on the crafty ideas. They were advertising a Christmas tree using a dress form. As you can see from the picture above I successfully followed their directions. It is not hard at all and if you are a crafty person you might have most of the items needed already.
Of course you need a dress form, a couple of crates depending on how tall you want it to be and some chicken wire. I used three crates and was able to get a three foot wide roll of the wire for about $14.00. I only used about 8 feet of it so a lot left over for another project. I also used burlap to create the dress bust.
If you look at their project they use real cuttings from trees and zip ties. I pulled out our artificial tree and was able to just hook the limbs in starting at the bottom and working my way up. The tree I used is a 7.5 foot so I had enough branches. If you use a shorter tree, you may find that three crates is too tall to cover everything up.
Here is a close up of the burlap. I just wrapped it around the form and used straight pins to anchor the top in several places. Then I took folds or darts in the front on each side using the same pins.
Here she is ready to decorate. That was so much fun. You could literally go wild with this part. I can imagine using trees that were white or pink. If you used real branches it would smell really great also.
This idea would be so pretty in a craft room or if you have a little boutique I am sure you will get a lot of positive comments on this tree. You could even keep it up throughout the seasons. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
The time honored turkey hand has been around for so long and my latest project had me remembering my primary school days. I am in the process of learning not one or two but three embroidery programs. I am discovering each program will do certain things and that some parts of each are more user friendly or easier to grasp. It really depends on what you want to accomplish. If you are interested in viewing designs that you have purchased to sew out, they are all great at that. However, I am trying to learn how to design or digitize my own creations. This has been both frustrating and exhilarating at the same time. The programs really can do a lot and I am excited each time I open my computer to play with them. The hardest part is planning a design because of so many choices.
With my Turkey hand project, I started with an outline of my actual hand. Once I had it drawn out, I scanned it into the program and then used the drawing or Bezier tool around the outline. This takes a little getting used to.
Once I had the basic outline done, I had to decide on the stitching around the perimeter. This project was going to be an applique, so I had a placement stitch then a securing stitch then finally a finish stitch around the hand. I also drew a shape for the beak and added some fill to it, placed an eye, some little feet and text.
What looks good on the screen does not always stitch out that way. My first trial run shows that I didn't trim close enough around the placement stitches. Also my finish stitch was not wide enough to cover the fabric. The text
I originally chose was way too dense also. I didn't even let it finish stitching. You can see at the top right corner, it tore into the stabilizer. Back to the computer.
My second trial run, I used a cotton fabric instead of the felt for the applique and if you can't tell from the pictures, I am actually stitching on two layers of tear away stabilizer. This time after some adjusting, the finish stitch worked better, but the point on the beak had way too many stitches and the needle just punched right through the stabilizer. Back to the computer AGAIN....
Finally after some tweaking, success. Everything seemed to work better. My stitches entered and exited pretty much where I wanted them to with minimal thread jumps. It is not the quality of design that I would feel comfortable selling, but I have purchased some designs that sew out worse believe it or not. So I will continue to practice and I know I will get much better. This shows that it really is a process. If you are learning a new program and are frustrated that it doesn't look right the first time, don't give up. I have to go back to the manual a lot while I am working and I also utilize the internet for videos. These are so helpful.
For now, I have a cute project that would be fun to put over a chair back.
Or I could drape it over my oven handle to dress up my kitchen. Either way I am proud and "Thankful" that I am lucky enough to have this hobby of mine. Sometimes I don't think there will be enough time to learn everything I want to. I hope if you are reading this post, you have something enjoyable in your life that makes you thankful and that you share what you learn and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work. Check out the slideshow below for pictures of the project as I worked my way through the design and construction.
Nobody is perfect. No matter how long you have been doing a hobby, you will have boo boos. Some times in my sewing studio it feels like all I am doing is fixing my own mistakes. Instead of getting upset with yourself, and doing something drastic like throwing your project away, take a break.
The quilt in the picture above was going pretty well until I got to the sashing. It just did not line up properly. Instead of ripping it out, I put it away for a little while. (Two weeks actually) When I went back to it, I had fresh energy and ideas.
I could look at my errors and think clearly on what I wanted to achieve. Mainly not starting over. In order to do that I had to get a little creative.
Now my pieced top was looking better. Instead of concentrating on vertical seams that didn't line up exactly, I had some cute little pops of color that disguised my problem areas.
The center panel really stands out with the addition of the diamonds.
There is a download below showing a few stitches and techniques that I used to disguise my sewing errors. Remember, to get better at sewing and maintain your skills, you will have to practice. This is hard when you look at online sites that only show perfectly finished seams. I promise there is a pile of unfinished projects in most stashes out there due to problems with construction. Go easy on yourself and have fun learning. I hope you have enjoyed this post, pass on what you have learned and share what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work. (even if it is NOT perfect)
Quick and easy projects are always fun. If you are in need of a gift idea for a college student that will have their own dorm room or apartment, these items will be really useful. When I am shopping at my local fabric store, I ALWAYS head to the remnant bin. The best time to find great prices on fabrics is at a change or end of season. If you have the space to store fabric, you can get a nice stash built up for last minute gifts.
I tend to purchase remnants no larger than 5/8 yard. These are sometimes looked over because they are under a yard and a lot of patterns will call for you to purchase at least that quantity. If you will look at the fleece blanket above, I used a strip of fleece that has the college logo on it and then the larger quantity is a solid color. By being very careful with my cutting, I was able to use the printed fabric equally on each side. I rounded the four corners and Serged all of the seams together. Now it looks like a very nice Designer Blanket for a minimum cost because the materials were purchased when the prices were best.
A matching pillow was an easy project to go with the blanket and again, using a printed fabric that was purchased as a remnant, a pocket was added. This is a great place to stash a remote control.
Kitchen towels that can be folded over an oven handle are both useful and show school spirit. These were very easy to embellish simply by fussy cutting a strip of the decorator fabric and using a zigzag stitch to attach. If you have an embroidery machine, you can also customize these with a school saying. The little scrubbies are crochet with tulle. Patterns for these are very easy to find on the internet and Tulle is inexpensive and goes a long way.
Cozy and inviting! If you are looking for thoughtful gifts to sew for a very special person, give these a try. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work
If you are like most people, you tend to get in a habit of doing things methodically or habitually. Then you may become bored and lose interest. This can happen with Sewing. You may also purchase a tool that you already have in your Sewing Space if you are not organized. Unpacking that little bag of implements that came with your Sewing Machine or Serger can give you a boost of enthusiasm. You may ask your self what does that tool do? Or what is that for?
When you have everything laid out you are going to need a place to put it. I found a perfect solution for my space. This is a jewelry organizer that I received as a door prize. I was so happy to win it but I put it away and later inspiration hit that it would be great to hang up in my studio.
I organized all of the sewing feet that came with my machines labeling the foot names and what they are used for on card stock.
Additional feet that I purchased have their own place as well. I kept all of the instructions and the card descriptions.
The random sewing accessories for each machine have a special place also. Now when I have a specific need for a specialty foot or tool, I don't have to dig around in a little bag to find it. I don't know about you but if I have to look for something, my creativity tends to go away. Also, just having this hanging on my wall makes me feel accomplished before I have sewn a stitch.
My view from my machine. So easy when a project dictates a change or I have to get a new needle or tool. I simply reach out and everything I need is right there. It really is true that you will use what you can see. Your sewing machine was designed to do wonderful things and it is so much fun figuring that out. I hope you have been inspired and enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
If you have been lucky enough to attend a sewing retreat you know that it is both relaxing and energizing at the same time. To be in an environment with people that have your interests while learning together is truly a great thing. When you are attending any function for the first time, you may be nervous especially if you are going alone. It shouldn't take long for you to meet a few friends because after all, you already have something in common. Recently, while planning my trip, I decided that having something to use as an invitation to mingle would make networking easier. So I sewed a little fabric basket that would hold some important items.
This basket has spaces on either side that allow business cards and blank paper to be stored until you want to give them out. There are also folds on each corner that can accommodate pens and pencils. Inside the basket, of course is the teaser, some yummy chocolate. If you can imagine while at a retreat, you will be so busy learning new things and keeping up with your neighbors, visiting, eating and doing it all over again each day. It might be hard to get the names and numbers of your new friends and keep up with them. This little basket really helped me to stay organized.
Some of the other important things to think about is your luggage and how you are going to keep up with all of your sewing gear. I was driving so I did not have to worry about weight limits for airplanes but keep that in mind. Some of the ladies at my retreat brought an extra suitcase to hold all of their sewing projects once completed for their return trip. Others packaged everything and shipped home from the retreat.
Not knowing what the room conditions will be you may want to bring a sweater to layer. Also, the chairs may not be as comfortable as you are accustomed to at home, so a nice chair pad helped me a lot.
I was interested to see what everyone else used for their tools. Since I had never attended, I didn't know how much working space I would have. These stackable bins worked perfectly for me. I was able to divide them according to the tool size and when I needed something, it was right at my fingertips.
See how neat they are. You can attach them on top of each other and move them as a group or by themselves. They sat nicely on the corner of my work station and didn't interfere with everything else I had going on.
Here you can see that I used a sewing machine cart for all of my notions. The stackable bins slid in easily. I also printed out itineraries, maps, stashed my chocolate and fabric basket. Everything was portable because it has wheels. This is important of you are trying to wrangle luggage and all of your sewing gear. If you are staying in a hotel and have to transport your things each day, wheels will be your best friend. I was lucky and once set up, our things stayed in our sewing area for the week.
Most sewing retreats will include some kind of prepared meals. You may not eat at those specific times normally so planning a few snacks will be a good idea. I carried a large purse that held my snacks, cell phone, I pad, chargers, wallet and odds and ends. This was easy to carry back and forth from my hotel room each day. I knew everything would stay organized and in one place.
If you are thinking about attending a sewing retreat you might be concerned that you won't be able to keep up with the projects offered, or that you may not fit in. I can tell you from my experience that Sewists are some of the most generous people I have met. They are eager to show their own tips and love to learn new things. It is a joy to wake up each day knowing you only have to get dressed and create until it is time to eat, sleep and do it all over again. I am already planning my next trip. I have a download below that you can use to sew your own networking basket. The basic shape has been around for a long time so you have probably seen it used in other ways, but it goes together quickly and easily. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work. Happy Sewing Travels!
We have had a lot of fun sewing a costume for a LARP or Live Adult Role Play Event. Our attendee wanted a costume that he could move around in easily and be comfortable. So we went in search of a Standard Industry Pattern at our local big box store. We found Simplicity 1582. It is an easy pattern to sew and has several different options in the lengths of the tunic and cape.
We did a few simple alterations to personalize it like adding sleeves, belt loops and a collar.
Instead of wearing regular shoes, our attendee is going in style with a homemade pair of spats custom fitted to him. We found many patterns and DIY tutorials on the internet but the best one that gave us the most inspiration was from Niler Taylor on You tube. She has a two part video detailing a pair of Spats that look like cowboy boots. It is really worth checking out along with her many other video tutorials.
We have included a couple of documents you can download below. They do not include any patterns but they do have a lot of techniques you can incorporate if you are looking for ideas to alter a costume.
This was a fun project and as you can see, he is really getting into playing the part. We hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
Do you have a little friend that loves to carry a bag with them but needs a little organization? Maybe they have to keep up with school papers or artwork. A plain three ring binder can turn into the most beautiful transportable cover that anyone would be proud to take with them.
The binder cover can also be personalized with their name to make it more special. Pencils, pens, colors, erasers won't be a problem to keep up with if you include a pencil case. Our little pencil bag is convertible so that when it is not clasped neatly in the binder hardware, it can be worn like a cross body purse.
The binder cover has so many pockets that there will be a place for everything. The front area has a larger pocket to slip paper into and two smaller divided pockets with Velcro Closures. The entire back area has a large pocket with a Velcro Closure as well as a smaller pocket for more papers.
Look how neatly the Pencil Purse fits into the Binder Cover. If need be, it can be removed and utilized by itself! This would be great if your child needed to carry lunch money to the cafeteria; or maybe medication to the school nurse.
We even made a matching key ring from the fabric remnants so our little friend has a matching set.
There are three patterns for download below. Each project is outlined and the fabric quantities listed on the Binder Cover will allow you to complete all of them. The binder used has a one inch thickness. It would not be very difficult to alter the pattern to accommodate a larger binder as all of the cuts are rectangles.
We hope you have enjoyed this post, pass on what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
Doesn't this little collar look good enough to eat? Believe it or not, it was made out of cloth napkins! I was lucky enough to find a set of four on clearance. At the time, I didn't know what I would sew with them, but the fabric was too hard to resist. They also already had a red lining and enough stability to stay crisp.
I used a pattern that I found at a local thrift shop. It had several different collars that were really popular in the 80's. I thought it was time to bring them back. This little project only took about an hour to complete since there were only two pattern pieces. As you can see, I also had a special someone in mind when I was sewing and I embroidered her name on it. I used a hook and eye on the front as a closure. It really lays so pretty and flat.
I think a little collar like this could be worn with a plain shirt and it would definitely help to make a statement. I hope you have enjoyed this post, pass on what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
Have you looked at ready to wear shorts lately for women and girls? Are you surprised at the lack of length on them? Don't let it dissuade you from purchasing them if the fit, style and color are looking promising. If you love them and they have a hem that has been turned up at the bottom, you might just have a favorite item for your wardrobe. As you can see from the picture above, these shorts have a stride that is unbelievably short. These are also for a little girl so it is kind of scary to think she will be playing and actually sitting in these. With a few quick fixes, a transformation took place.
Check out the length that these shorts had on them. The fix is very easy and I have some instructions that can be downloaded below with pictures for inspiration. I hope you have enjoyed this post, pass on what you learn and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
Finding the value of your project is an important step if you plan to move your crafting hobby toward operating as a business. One of the hardest parts of putting a price on a crafty item is valuing your time. It is pretty easy to see how much your raw materials cost, but time is negotiable. It is also surprising to most people what they should be charging for their work. There are ways to streamline these costs. You can get better prices on your materials and you can also get proficient in your process thereby cutting down on the time it takes to complete projects. In order to work toward these goals, you have to have a place to start. We have created a spreadsheet that may just help you out. We call it the Project Markup Worksheet. It is free to download and use. When you open the sheet, go to the second tab to see an example as well as instructions. It will tell you how to fill it out and give some special hints on items you may forget. At any rate, it is what we like to call a quick and dirty way to see if you are charging enough for your items and if you can move toward sourcing the labor to free up your creative time. Like we said, it is free to download, use and pass on. If you like it, we'd love to hear how it helped you.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
What is a Lagniappe Peddler?
ˌlanˈyap,ˈlanˌyap - something given as a bonus or extra gift