Another thing I learned at the sewing expo was how important using the right foot for your machine and the right needle. If you are having trouble with your thread breaking while you are sewing, check your needle. You may need a larger needle. (heavier duty) You know all those feet your machine comes with, how many of them do you use? Over at A Woman A Day she has a great tutorial for using a binding foot (flat fell foot). This is a handy foot for those of you who use bias tape to bind your quilts. It gives a smooth even stitch and helps feed the tape through the foot.
This foot will also make the seam like what is on the side of your jeans. Watch the video to see what it will do. Video from A Woman A Day blog.
I had a great deal of fun at the Sewing Expo last week. One of the things we did was to make pillowcase for the 1 million pillowcase challenge. As of Saturday night we were at 1000. It was very easy to make. The idea is to make a pillowcase and give it to a charity of your choice. You can check this out and find more information at All People Quilt. Here is a link to a PDF pattern for the basic pillowcase. If you would rather see a video here is a pretty good one from DIY Dish.The idea so to make this pillowcase for children in need in your area. For a list of suggested charities check here.
Hi! I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to sit down and write. My aunt, mother-in-law and I just got a little space that we are renting in a market. I have been busy sewing and filling the space. It is a lot of fun, a little bit of a gamble, not sure we are in the right spot for us, but it is a start. Then next week I am going the “Sewing Expo”. I am so excited! Four days of classes and products and people who love to sew. And Nancy Zieman (Sewing with Nancy) is going to be there. What fun.
Today I am looking at paper beads. They are fun to make and most of us have the craft supplies we need at home. Recycle junk mail or old magazines, a little glue, tooth pick or wood skewer, and a foam tray are about all you need. I like to add a gloss finish. I have included a few DIY’s so you can decide how you want to make your beads. Remember how you cut the paper makes a difference to the shape of the bead.
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Valentine’s Day can be a lot of fun for kids, but sometimes there are just too many treats. Here are 21 Valentine ideas that don’t use candy from Lolly Jane. If you are looking for more Valentines ideas check the categories on the right and click on Valentines, it will lead you to all the post I have made with Valentine’s Day ideas.
If you are looking for something fun to do with kids head on over to The Crafty Crow. There are six links for ideas to use recycled cardboard. They all look like fun.