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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!

Monday, January 8, 2018

"Un-Beweavable" Ruffled Scarf

If you are a serger owner, I would like to recommend the book:
Serger Essentials by Gail Patrice Yellen.
This book includes advice on threading, tension, differential feed, and needles
relevant to all models.
It also give tips for using decorative threads and techniques
 - and -
it includes instructions for 5 simple projects
This lightweight knit scarf is one of those 5 projects.
It is also the project for my February 28 Baby Lock Serger Class
at both Wimmer's locations:  Layton and Ogden
I had this very, very (almost sheer) lightweight spandex knit on hand,
so I decided to give it a try.
The instructions call for t-shirt weight knit fabric.
I'm actually quite pleased with the scarf.

The edges are finished with a rolled hem
and serger chains are woven into the slits that are cut into the scarf,
using a skip cut rotary cutter blade.

Then beads are tied onto the ends of the serger chains.

If you are in the local area, head to Wimmer's and sign up for the class.
I would be pleased to meet you in person.

Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Glo and Go Cosmetic Wrap

Hello sewers and hello 2018!
With the start of each new year, I find myself in organization mode.
This Glo and Go cosmetic wrap from patterns By Annie
is your go to makeup brush and supply organizer.

The pattern instructions call for quilting cotton for the exterior of the wrap,
but I chose to use marine glitter vinyl.
The marine vinyl is easy to sew and easy to wipe clean.
I purchased mine from Pile O Fabric
If you decide to use the marine vinyl for your exterior,
you can omit the interfacing that is called for in the pattern instructions.
The vinyl is more than stable enough on its own.
This wrap is for my daughter, so I machine embroidered her monogram to the font of the wrap.
Before doing so, I searched and searched for blog posts, you tube videos, etc. that might
give me some helpful tips on embroidering on marine vinyl.
I came up empty, as everything I found focused on vinyl applique.
I plan to record a video on said topic, so check my YouTube channel in the near future.

I used my Baby Lock Alliance and I experimented . . .
and it wasn't pretty!
The above photo was the first font I chose for my monogram.
Such a pretty font - not such a pretty stitch out.
I hooped Inspira light cut away stabilizer and placed the vinyl on top.
Do not hoop your vinyl - it is too thick for the hoop and the hoop would leave marks on the vinyl.
The stitches were embedding down into the vinyl, so I added wash away stabilizer
on top of the vinyl (you can see a remnant of the wash away on the second stitch out).
But it still wasn't a pretty monogram.
Soooooo . . .
I changed the font, used the Inspira light cut away stabilizer,
and used wash away stabilizer on top.
Look at that!
The font was the culprit!
The original font was just too delicate.
It got lost in the loft of the glitter vinyl.
The inside of the wrap features mesh pockets to house your brushes and supplies
and a clear vinyl flap to protect your supplies and to keep your wrap clean from makeup
that might be on your brushes.
The top edge of the mesh fabric is finished off with fold over elastic.
Here's a video on how I attach the fold over elastic to the mesh fabric:


The interior (lining) fabric, which is quilting cotton, is coated with Slicker iron-on vinyl.

This pattern can be customized in so many ways.
You can vary the number, the type, and the size of mesh pockets.
Have fun sewing your version to meet your needs.
If you don't want to sew your own, or if you don't sew,
please send me a message,
and I would be glad to sew a custom version just for you.

Okay, back to organizing and de-cluttering my house!

Thank you for stopping by, my friends.
Here's to an organized New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

McCall's MP239 M7261 Exercise Leggings

Hello sewers!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.
I hope you all had a blessed Christmas.

With the new year just ahead of us,
it's time when many of us think about starting an exercise routine,
or changing up an existing routine.
I try to exercise throughout the year,
but I am an eclectic exerciser.
To me, that means I play around at many types of exercise.
I get bored easily with the same routine,
so I switch up my exercise routine A LOT.

I also get bored with my exercise clothing.
And it was time for a new pair of leggings,
so I chose McCall's pattern number 7261.

Just as new exercise routines keep me interested in exercising,
so do new workout clothes.

This is the only pair of leggings I have that are not one solid color.
The panels of color in the mid leg make me happy.
I purchased both fabrics at Joanne.
The black is performance fabric so it helps hold in the jiggle!
The galactic print is a little bit lighter weight spandex knit.

As with all leggings, this is a really quick pattern to sew.
I used my Baby Lock Triumph serger for the entire project.
I was able to neatly sew, trim, and finish the edges of all the inside
seams with just one pass through the serger.
I then used the cover stitch to keep those seams from "rolling" around.
Here's a close up of the outside and the inside of the garment:

I really like this pattern because the waistband does not have a casing or elastic.
That makes the leggings smoother on the tummy and more comfortable to wear.

Here's a short video that I made.
It shows a few more details and I also discuss how to choose your size.

How about you?
Do you already have an exercise routine,
or do you plan to start one in the new year?

Thank you for visiting with me today.
I enjoy your company so much.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Treasures and Trinkets Case

It is so rewarding to sew custom orders for my awesome clients!
We started with the #treasuresandtrinkets pattern from #patternsbyAnnie
and my client (V) customized it for her needs
You see, she is a jewelry maker and she requires lots of little storage pockets
The pattern has instructions for 3 sizes (S, M, L)
V chose the smallest size, which finishes at approximately 4 x 6 x 3.75 inches

This isn't just any ordinary little case . . .
It's like opening up nesting dolls
There's more and more storage as you progress through all the layers
The pattern is designed to have a zipper pocket
only on the lining side of the "flaps",
but V requested double-sided pockets,
and I was happy to oblige.
We also made the little removable pods double sided.
The bottom of the case is designed to just house the strap
that holds those pods in place,
but V requested an additional zipper pocket on the bottom.
If you decide to add a pocket here,
just be certain to allow room to attach
the snap for the pod strap above the pocket
V also requested a mesh zipper pocket on the inside lid of the case
instead of the mesh earring bar as designed in the pattern instructions
I used the vinyl mesh as directed in the pattern, but I made it into a zipper pocket
The vinyl mesh is sturdy and V can still attach earrings to the pocket
and/or she can store items inside the mesh pocket as well (pretty smart, isn't she?)
The small removable pods measure about 3 x 3 inches
and they have a loop on one side to allow them to be attached to the snap strap
at the bottom of the case
This is the perfect size case for travel, but if you are new to bag making,
I would recommend starting with one of the larger sizes
and sew the case as instructed, without the extra pockets, 
as this smaller size can be a bit tedious
and it is a little fiddly to attach the binding
to those double-sided vinyl zipper pockets.
If you are an experienced bag maker,
go for it!  Have fun customizing your own version of this handy case.

V's fabric choices are just lovely and the case is so useful with all those storage pockets.  
Perhaps she should pursue pattern design!     😉

If you have made this, or any other byAnnie patterns, please share in the comment section.

Happy Sewing, my friends!!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Place for Everything Organizer

Here's another custom order for A Place for Everything organizer.
This is a popular #patternsbyannie organizer, and I can see why.
All those vinyl pockets offer so much storage for so many different supplies.
Whether you are a sewer, crafter, jewelry maker, etc.
there is no doubt you have lots of necessities
that you need to keep organized.
The front and back mesh pockets offer additional storage areas.
One is a slip pocket . . .
And the other is a zipper pocket.
The hook and loop tape on the back of the vinyl insert pages
makes it very handy to remove the pages for ease of use.

Isn't that fun fabric that Renee chose for her lining?

If you would like to sew this organizer for yourself,
I sell the supplies in my shop
- OR -
If you would like to hire me to sew a custom item for you,
please contact me via my blog or my Etsy shop.

I am blessed to have such sweet customers and clients.
Thank you, Renee, you were a joy to work with.