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Pattern Fitting

23 Nov

If you have been following my blog for any length of time you know I like Nancy Zieman. (Sewing with Nancy)  One of my major sewing problems is getting a pattern to fit.  On Nancy’s latest show “Solving the Pattern Fitting Puzzle” she gives some great tips.  This is the first part of two and I have already learned some simple tips that I can put to use.  I hope this helps you too.
Free Mini Pattern Pieces from Solving the Pattern Fitting Puzzle by Nancy Zieman

Tree Change Dolls by Sonia

26 Feb

Here is an interesting video by Sonia Singh Tree Change Dolls by Sonia.  She takes dolls that are over the top and makes them into ones that young girls can relate too.  I like her story and the idea of changing these dolls for the better.  Hope you enjoy it too.  You can check out Sonia’s website here. Below Sonia shows the before and after results.tumblr_nk9yfusrJy1u8oyeuo4_540I found three dolls in the second-hand shop and took off their make-up.  I used straight acetone which works very well. (placed a little in a throw away cup and used cotton pad and q tips)  I will post pictures after I get mine all done.

 

Sewing Bags

17 Dec

If you are wanting to sew up a bag and need a pattern or just a little instructions head on over to Pattern Pile.  There are hundreds of ideas and many free patterns to choose from.  I picked out three that I want to start with.  You may have to become a member of Craftys for some of the patterns.

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Nap Time

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Tablet Carrier Bag

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Ruffled Clutch

Acts of Kindness

9 Dec

I am tired of hearing all the things that are wrong in the world so I started a campaign on my Facebook page to post acts of kindness.  Maybe you will join in and add acts of kindness to your Facebook page for the month of December.  Maybe we can make a difference.  Here is my post for today.

Acts of Kindness:
Sewing with Nancy has been a favorite show of mine for a long time. At the end of her show she does a segment call Nancy’s Corner, during that time she interviews people who are making a difference with their sewing talents. A few are teaching women in third world countries how to sew and make a living, making pillowcase and giving them to children in hospitals to brighten their day, hats for people who have lost their hair due to chemo, dress for girls in Africa and the list goes on. Thank you Nancy Zieman for bringing this to our attention.

Here are two other links with acts of kindness;
UPS an Chick-Fil-A

 

Zippers

26 Sep

Does the thought of sewing in a zipper scare you?  I am surprised by how many people avoid this task.  Here are three different tutorials on how to sew in a basic zipper.  They all approach it in a similar manner, but with a few different touches and points.  See which one you like the best and give it a try.  They all machine baste their seams, I hand baste, makes it easier for me to pull the thread back out.
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From Make It-Love It

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From Nancy Zieman (Sewing With Nancy)

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And from Sew Mama Sew

Woven Potholder

22 Sep

I came across this pin at Pinterest and thought it looked like a fun idea.  I just followed the pictures as this is not a language I speak or read.  It was easy to follow the pictorial.  Took a little time to get everything to lay flat after it was woven together, that is why it is important to match up the middle of both fabrics.  But with a little pressing and fussing it came together.  Took me about an hour from start to finish.
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Here is my potholder
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Quilt As You Go

13 Sep

Many years ago I signed up for a class to make a quilt as you go quilt.  I didn’t read the fine print and this quilt took a lot of hand stitching.  I don’t like hand stitching.  It took a very long time to finish.  Fast forward to this week when watching Sewing With Nancy and about half way into the show they showed a quilt as you go method that requires no hand sewing.  So I sat down at my sewing machine and finished this baby quilt in one afternoon.  I am very happy with the results.  Of course you can add more detail to the squares, but I just wanted something quick.  I about got booed out of the house as everyone here are Seahawk fans, but the baby’s family are die-hard Bronco fans, so it works.  I brought the backing fabric around the edges and finished it the same way I put the squares together. I mitered the corners simply by folding and pressing.

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Here is where I got information on how to make this quilt.
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De Beer Designs Video

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You can’t see the quilting in this picture, but about 13.30 minutes into the show there is a quick tutorial on quilt as you go.
Quilt by Donna Fenske on Sewing with Nancy.

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