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How to keep your sewing space organized

By Guest Blogger Helen Spencer from the Blog “HelloSewing

You can’t expect to be efficient at your work if you aren’t organized properly. If both your work area, tools and materials are in a big ridiculous pile of mess without heads or tails, you won’t be going anywhere soon. And don’t try to justify that behavior by saying it’s a creative mess. You’re not fooling anyone.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been really tidy, strict and methodical. All of my toys had their place where they’d stand when I weren’t using them, I never allowed myself to be greasy or stained and I always responded seriously when someone would talk to me. Since that kind of behavior is something very atypical for a small child, people would usually find it funny and laugh. As I grew older, it turned out that my peculiarness came in very handy in various situations. The diligence helped out in school, the tidiness helped when I started living alone and the systematization helps me with my work on a daily basis.

Anyways, you don’t need to be weird like me but as a sewing enthusiast and practitioner, you should definitely be well organized. If you don’t know how, fear not, for I am here to come to your aid! Having said that, allow me to help you keep your sewing space organized with these useful tips and tricks. Let’s begin!

Use Binder Clips

These bad boys provide you with an easy solution for all those things that just love to get tangled all together and make your life a living hell while you desperately try to unravel them. From elastic straps of material to narrow strips of fabric, just roll them up into a circle and clip them with the binders and you’re done. Now you can put them anywhere you like and they won’t intertwine as soon as you avert your eyes from them.

Use Jars or Pill Trays for Buttons

Buttons should be stored together in a sealed container because you don’t want them rolling around your house causing mayhem. So, you should choose either a jar for that, or a pill tray. Jars are transparent so you can put all of your buttons inside of them and you’ll still be able to choose certain ones with ease since you’ll see them right away. But you can also use a pill tray and sort your buttons by appearance. For example, put all of the red ones in one tray, all of the metal ones in a different tray, all of the big ones in another tray and so on.

Use Cardboard for Trims

We all have a ton of leftover trims from various sewing projects because it would simply be a shame to throw them into the garbage. They can be used for to sew something cute in the future after all so keeping them around is a logical thing to do. But if you just toss them into the drawer or a box, they too will probably get tangled together. Besides, you can’t really see all of them clearly if they’re in a form of some big ball.

That’s why you should cut out a small piece of cardboard, wrap the trims around it and secure them in place with a pin needle. This way you can easily store them and you’ll be able to see all of them individually without even touching them.

Use Canisters for Tools

This one basically explains itself. Get some cups, jugs, mugs, small plastic cases or something similar and put your seam rippers, scissors, needles, and other tools inside. Not only will they be more accessible this way, but you’ll also improve your sewing workspace safety by avoiding accidental injuries while searching for them.

These tips should be enough to make your workspace decently organized. Trust me, as soon as you implement them, your efficiency will improve and with it, the quality of your projects as well. Let me bid you farewell with some wise words from Benjamin Franklin. “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”

Free Pattern – Crochet Spider and Web Poncho

By Guest Blogger, Liz Meehan, from the blog, Crafty Woman Shop

Hi! My name is Liz and I’m the woman behind Crafty Woman Shop. I first picked up a crochet hook during the spring after my daughter was born. With the help of YouTube videos, I quickly caught on to the craft and began making items ranging from baby headbands to amigurumi. The items I made were either for my daughter, myself, or as gifts to others. Time and again, friends and family would tell me I should start sharing and selling my creations. After a few years of telling myself I would open up shop, here I finally am! I design both free and paid patterns, and today I am sharing a fun Halloween design that I hope you will enjoy creating!

Well it seemed like it was finally summer, but now fall has quickly rushed in.

Not that I have anything against fall. It is almost tied with summer for being my favorite season. Mild weather, fall foliage, holidays, deliciously scented candles (apple pie, anyone?), seasonal desserts (again, apple pie anyone?)…. I’m sure we can all think of many reasons why fall is so great. The only drawback is the winter chill that begins to creep in, but I guess a positive to this is having an even better reason to crochet!

Halloween is also creeping around the corner, which is a good reason to stretch my creativity into designing some bizarre creations. This week I decided to sit down and design a spider web poncho. I even took it a step further and made a black widow spider to go along with it.

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How to Make a Moss Stitch Washcloth

By Guest Blogger Barbara

My name is Barb, and I started doing crafts during high school while taking a home economics course. The class taught me how to crochet, knit, cross-stitch, macrame and sew. I have been doing these crafts for over 35 years and I still love to learn new techniques and challenging myself. I don’t know everything, but I love to learn and I’m always excited to try new things.

Visit Barb at her blog, One Crafty Gal today! 

I love to make washcloths, not only because they are useful and are so much better than the rough ones you buy at the store, but because they give me an opportunity to try new stitches. Whether it’s crocheting or knitting, making a washcloth allows you to practice a new stitch or one you have not used in a while without making a huge commitment. You can make a small mistake here and there and no one will ever know. Once you finish the washcloth you can confidently take on a larger project because you’ve gotten some great practice.

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Crocheted Back Packs

By Guest Blogger Jasmine

Visit Jasmine at her blog, PinkOlay Crochet, on YouTube here, and be sure to visit her Etsy shop today! 

   

So me and my daughter’s were walking through the mall and they saw these cute little back packs that they wanted, looking at these back packs I said I could make these so I set out to make my own pattern for these back packs, as well as my own graphs. My younger daughter want something simple just zigzags, ( which you can get here) and my older daughter want Bendy and the it Machine, ( mind you I had know idea who this was I had to do a whole lot of research, you can get that here) my daughters love there back packs and can’t get enough of them. Now you can use any graph you like on the front of your back pack these are just the ones my daughters like. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much I did making it. Also don’t forget to check out the video here

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Stenciled Backgrounds With Kaleidacolor Ink Pads

By Guest Blogger Heidi

My name is Heidi and I have been a papercrafter for over 10 years now.  I love the process of finding inspiration and using lots of fun supplies to turn it into a beautiful project.

Visit Heidi at her blog, Blue Scallop Creations today! 

Lately, I’ve been breaking out some older stencils and experimenting with ombre ink blending.  This is my comfort zone as far as mixed media is concerned, LOL!  I love the smooth look of the blended colors.   For this project, I used my Kaleidacolor ink pads along with the Daisy Flower Cluster stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop for even more color variation.

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