The “Do or die” weekend

January 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

So here’s me, once again taking on projects much larger than I am. My dining/cutting table just wasn’t big enough for this one so I had to use my coffee table, which is thankfully hardcore enough to handle all 50kg of me.

I confess, I’ve been lazing about all week with unfinished projects lying around. My excuse was I didn’t have all the materials I needed. Well finally the day has come that I can’t use that as an excuse any more and have set Sunday as a deadline for myself to finish 4 projects, one of which is the one that barely fits my coffee table. Why such a tight deadline, you ask? Because I AM NOT SANE.

Anyhoo, I’ve found out that I can be quite efficient once I do get my butt off the couch (granted, my TV shows haven’t finished downloading yet). This weekend’s system is to get all the prep work on all projects done first and at the same time. That includes cutting, interfacing, and ironing out the seams. All that’s left for me now is to sew everything together (and for such a momentous occasion I have cleaned and oiled my machine in preparation).

Much as I would love to spend all day sewing, there is such a thing called life and it is calling me away so I’ve got to put all this aside for the moment and go out. But tomorrow, tomorrow, my friends, is most definitely a full on sewing day.

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News to me

January 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been sick since the holidays and the bug has not quite left me yet. The one good thing about it has been realizing that I hate being sick and I’d rather do things than lay back and be sick. So here are just a few things I’ve learned in my “idle” time:

Sewing on a zipper and following a pattern

Interfacing and the value of keeping a flat iron within arm’s reach while sewing

How to make a zipped pouch and making my future wallets more awesome

And lastly, how sewing is a little like engineering, you have to know the strength of your materials and which ones go together and which ones just don’t work. I broke my first sewing machine needle trying to sew four pieces of interfaced canvas together πŸ˜€ Also, why it’s important to have extras in store in case your experimentation doesn’t quite work out.

P.S.

It’s tutorial day! Watch this space πŸ™‚

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is going to be a lame post since I’m busy catching up on my projects so I can post a new tutorial this weekend. Nevertheless, this tip could come in handy for you in the future. Call it cheating since I’m a writer by profession, but ever since I can remember I’ve always had a pen and notebook in my bag. So it came in handy today (despite the ruled pages) when I saw someone on the train with a cute clutch I wanted to make my own version of. I’m not a great sketch artist but it will remind me of what I wanted to do with the design should I have a senior moment about it in the future πŸ˜‰ Now shush while I get back to work πŸ™‚

Placemat clutch

January 4, 2012 § 2 Comments

I’m lazy. I’m bad with numbers and somehow my straight lines are never that. Disastrous for a crafter you might think, but I manage to surprise myself, if not other people πŸ™‚

So, I needed placemats since I get annoyed at having to clean my beautiful hardwood dining table after every meal. Being the cheapskate I am, I headed down to the 7dirham heavan that is Daiso and found what I wanted. But when I got home, I found it too pretty to use and kept it in the drawer. And then I found this videoΒ and the proverbial light bulb came on and I got to work. All I needed to do was sew two rectangular pieces of fabric together to form the lining and then sewed the placemat on top of that. Sewed in a scrap of lace for the button and voila!

Bear with me as my photography catches up on my projects and I can get a proper tutorial up and running. But for now I’ll just post the results. Thanks to Meagan for taking the pics πŸ™‚

Looks simple enough *crosses fingers

January 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

I know I need to learn to sew better for this blog, but to learn presentation too? What have I gotten myself into?

Because I have awesome friends, I got a sewing machine as a birthday gift. Since then I’ve been trying to find ways (ehem . . . excuses) to use it more and more often. For Christmas I made clutches for friends (pics to be added later, though in my astounding lack of foresight I didn’t do any “in progress pics”) and was quite happy with the results. Found this new project prospect hereΒ Gathered Clutch Tutorial | Skip To My Lou. and can’t wait to try this at home.

So here’s one of the clutches I made, as promised. No tutorial, sadly since I was too concerned about getting it to look right while making it that I completely forgot about taking pictures. I would say, though, that I made it from extra fabric, scrap lace and a tablecloth πŸ™‚ And here’s where I got the idea.

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