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Thread Sketching and Fabric Paint

25 Jun

Thread sketching is a method of free motion stitching to create a drawing on fabric with thread and your sewing machine.  I wasn’t sure how to go about it, I knew doing it free form was not going to work for me.  But I found the idea of working from a paper sketch.  Here is a tutorial from On Point.  The only thing I did different is I worked from the back.  In doing so you may want to make a mirror copy on your image and the thread that will show on the finished work should be in your bobbin.  That way you don’t have to worry about getting every little bit of paper off your project

I used Derwent Inktense Blocks on fabric to create a watercolor effect.  I love these paints, they work on many different surfaces.  They are solid so they travel well.  I have not put they through the wash yet, but with the fabric medium I used it should be washable. Something you would want to test before painting if the piece is going to be washed.
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Letter Quilt

14 Jun

I enjoy paper piecing and came across these great letters designed by Kelly from kelbysews.  She has kindly shared the four letters of LOVE with Sew Mama Sew.   I took the letters and made a table runner for a friends anniversary present. The whole alphabet is available through Kelly’s Esty shop.

Here is Kelly’s quilt

 

And here is my table runner.
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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

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