Monthly Archives: January 2019

Thread

For years, I’ve been using a small(ish) thread rack to hold my spools. It was never really large enough to hold everything (so they just stacked and spilled onto my table) and would sometimes get knocked down because of it’s location. But this weekend I changed all that.

I wound up purchasing a June Tailor Mega thread rack which holds 120 spools and hung it up along with my smaller rack. As you can see, it’s almost completely full! It also keeps my table a bit more free of clutter and I can see what colors I own a lot better (I also noticed they sell a cone rack which may be my next investment… the smaller rack really doesn’t hold these well at all).

But let’s take a moment to talk about those racks. Both come with stands and you supposedly can use them without (which you would assume would be for hanging), but there aren’t any holes\brackets to hang the largest size! I can’t imagine how much space this would take up as a stand (or how frustrating it would be to knock over) and was really disappointed that I had no way to put it on the wall. What we wound up doing is taking off the legs and using them as scrap to attach to the top, back row of the rack, then attaching a bracket to that so it can hang on a nail. FYI if you wind up getting one for yourself and want to mount it!

State of the Sewing Room

I’m not going to sugar coat it. My sewing room is a hot mess.

I am fairly certain that photos don’t accurately capture how bad my current area is at the moment, but here’s a glimpse into what I’m dealing with (keep in mind you can’t see the fabric stashed in the closet and what’s to the left as well). I’m sure most of us deal with this from time to time, but I’ve come to the realization that I need to tackle the mountains that are taking over the room…. which means purging, organizing, and prioritizing what I need.

Part of this is due to the fact that we’ll be beginning the process of selling our home (and who wants to walk into this?), but also with it comes the moving part and I realized that I can’t keep all the remnants and that I’ve held onto (because they would make a cute pair of underwear or sleeves or what about that scrappy quilt I might make?).

So I’m walking into my sewing room with the Marie Kondo attitude of “if it doesn’t bring you joy” don’t keep it. There’s a lot of fabric that I’ve been holding onto for quite some time and clearly it’s time to evaluate if I’m ever using it! So, if you live in the Wichita area and need fabric, talk to me before you go to the store.

Linky Thursday

I can’t think of a better way to stay warm this winter than this pretty fur trimmed hat.

Tired of winter? This basket tote screams spring to me!

If you got a new laptop for Christmas this year, you’ll definitely want to protect your investment by carrying it around in a laptop sleeve. Check out this quilted version or this pieced case for some fun options to sew your own!

With the weather getting back to our “normal” chilly temperatures, it’s still soup season here! Make sleeves for your bowls and curl up in front of the fire to eat it!

One of the bigger trends in clothing is the “balloon sleeve.” Learn how to create this look on your next shirt project, with this easy tutorial.

Get ready for more play-off games this weekend by whipping up bottle coozies for the occasion! No embroidery machine? No problem! Whip some up with your favorite NFL team fabrics, instead!

Enter to win a beautiful Japanese fabric bundle from Lecien.

Any cat lover would love this “Cat’s Meow” applique pillow.

I’m pretty sure that I’ve shared this one before, but every time I see one, I think “I need to make this!” – what is it? The Uvita Top.

These fabric heart page markers would make a great gift for classroom treat bags!

Why am I just now seeing this cross back apron by Pearl Soho? It’s so modern and easy to sew!

Trims

Yesterday I put the finishing touches on an upcoming article – which means I can’t show you the whole project. However, I can give you a sneak peek!

One thing I can say about this project is that really mixed up the trims with this one. Generally I’m very “matchy matchy” and like everything to coordinate, but this time around, I changed things up to give it a very kitschy feel… and I like it!

YOKO

Jalie’s free pattern, YOKO

Finally, the first project of the year (that I can show you, at least) is complete! This is Jalie’s free pattern, YOKO, a square-shaped, loose top with a roll-neck and drop shoulders. While I found the pattern pretty awesome, the fabric was not. I wound up using Girl Charlee’s space dye hacci – a very thin fabric that did not “behave” well while sewing (it did iron nicely, but that’s about it). If I had to to it all over again, I’d shoot for a completely different material.

Overall, this was a very quick and easy sew – just 4 pieces, making this a perfect pattern for beginners. Plus since it’s designed to be loose fitting, you don’t have to worry about alterations! I’m anxious to pair this up with a pair of skinny jeans and boots.

Linky Thursday

School doesn’t start again until next week – which means we’re still hanging out in pajamas. If you’re like me, you’re probably needing a few more pairs. Grab this version for free and pair it up with this adorable raglan for a complete, stay-at-home look! (both patterns require you to join Facebook groups to get the free codes).

Have a pair of old jeans you’re just not sure what to do with? Transform them into an overall style skirt.

Don’t settle for a boring journal. Personalize it with a pretty cover (complete with pockets and a sleeve for your pen).

This phoncho wrap looks cozy to wear and whips up quickly too.

Forgot a sewing buddy on your Christmas list? Whip them up a personalized pin cushion.

For the girl who loves ruffles – the Villeta Top (sizes 9mo-14).

Got scraps? Transform them into a pretty new pet leash.

If sewing a tote is in your future plans, don’t go for the ordinary. This one is reversible so you can change up your look whenever you feel like.

This mug organizer is perfect for teacher’s gifts or just cleaning up your office or sewing space.

Happy New Year

2018 has come to a close and as we welcome in the new year, I like to sit down and see what sorts of projects I’ve completed. Unfortunately, this year, I found that sometime in October I stopped keeping track of what I was working on. This is due in part to a huge slowdown in productivity because I started having to take care of my mother who was diagnosed with dementia this summer, but also sheer laziness.

However, with what I did record, I am happy to report that I used a lot of my stash (that’s not to say that I even made a dent in it, but I still used a lot of it) – a trend that I would like to continue into 2019. My favorite pattern company continues to be Jalie, with about 75% of my projects being made with their patterns. Peek-a-boo patterns was definitely my second favorite with a lot of projects sprinkled in there as well.

So, what’s coming up for 2019? Hopefully a return to more regular sewing (and recording of my projects)- I find that it really is a good stress reliever\keeps me sane. A massive clean-out of my sewing room – not only is it over run with remnants, patterns that I’m not using, etc. we also found out that we will be moving this summer (more on that in another post) so it’s time to make that room look more presentable. Lastly, I’d love to give a quilt a try again this year – not something “traditional”, but more a long the line of a photo or art type quilt.

What’s on your agenda for 2019?