Saturday, January 12, 2013

12 Dresses.

I have enjoying my cutting out and preparation for sewing today, This is 12 dresses ready to sew.

Laundry Bag Preparation.

 Tilli is happy to watch me work from above. (really she wants to get inside the built in robe).
 This afternoon I spent the time cutting the fabric I that was posted to me this week.The total is cut out and ready to sew are 28 laundry bags in 7 different styles.
 Meggie on the first lot of fabric trims.
Meggie actually fell asleep on the second lot of trims.

Sewing Room Tips.

 As I am lucky to have my own sewing room I have sticky taped two tape measures to the edge of the table, one in centimeters and one in inches.
This tip is from my daughter in law and one that she uses in the classroom to keep her cords neat and tidy. They are bull dog clips and they keep the cords from getting tangled. I have my appliances in the power point and then clipped to the end of the table, sewing machine cord, Ironing cord, mini fan. I also have a non slip mat on the whole of my sewing table too.

Handy Iron Mat.

Today when I was in my sewing room I thought of this, A quick and simple Iron Rest.
 On the Ironing board.
What I used is this. I had some foam backed fabric, added for the top layer an applique mat, (I am sure you could use a silicone mat) and some iron on interfacing, some fabric and elastic and a button.
Trace around your iron onto some interfacing, add about 2 inches to this and you have your pattern. Iron on the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric place that onto your layers in the following order. fabric, silicone mat or applique mat foam backed fabric with the foam on the bottom.
Pin the layers together, sew all around leaving an opening for turning. Trim it all, turn it right sides out. Now the sandwich should have the fabric on the bottom and the silicone or applique mat on the top. Where you have the opening pin in the elastic ends, You are making a giant loop (measure how much you need first to go around your ironing board). pin to hold and top stitch all around to help make it flat and close the elastic in at the same time. Sew a button to the top of your mat this will hold your elastic in place and it won't slip.

Cats and Crafternoons

 Tilli having a cuddle and a brush. Tilli has very soft fur and an ordinary cat brush could not pick up anything from her fur, it just slipped through, At the pet store I explained the problem and they showed me this, ShedEze by Purina. It is the smallest one, (available in 3 sizes). She Loves It!
 Meggie playing with her favourite toys, She Loves her shoe lace chasers.
 This is just a couple of the things we are going to make in our Crafternoons. The bag is from a free Craftsy class and the pencil case, well no pattern needed for that, and if you look closely you will see a little peg doll perched on the top.
I have only 3 rules in my Crafternoons, 1. Make something for yourself. 2. Make something for gifts. and 3. Charity Makes. This year as they will be using the sewing machine for the first time they will be sewing squares together in rows, I will then square them up and sew the rows together then when there is enough it will be made into Laundry bags for Aussie Hero and Laundry bags.