Sewing Machine Cover

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Love sewing? Me too! Making a fabric cover for your sewing machine protects it from dust and other grime. A sewing machine cover is a great beginner project. Basically, this pattern has you sewing together rectangles of varying sizes. This is also a good opportunity to use stash fabric. My sewing machine cover was made from leftover fabric from my Upcycled Apron.

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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.”

Ask the Experts – Stamping & Embroidery

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

 

     

Q:  I wanted to highlight some places on my card with glitter so I used my glue pen over the top of the stamped image and now it won’t work.  What can I do to glitter stamped images?

A:  Before you go over the image with your glue pen be sure that the ink is completely dry.  It is best to use an ink such as Memento which is made to dry more quickly and becomes water resistant which prevents it from clogging up the glue pen as it is rolled across the surface.

 

     

Q:  I’m trying to color my stamped image, but having trouble with my ink smearing.

A:  You want to use an ink such as Momento ink and even with it it is best to allow it to sit for a little bit so that the moisture evaporates out of it.  Using a heat tool will help speed up this process.

 

Q:  I just can’t get the hang of stamping first and then die cutting around my image.  Is there an easier way?

A:  A stamp positioner will help you.  You can first die cut your image and then use the positioner to line up the die cut with the stamp.

 

Q:  Even with using an Anti Static Pad, I still get areas where embossing powder sticks.  What am I doing wrong?

A:  Try to handle the paper as little as possible especially after rubbing it with the Anti Static Pad.  Oils from your skin will also attract and hold the powder in place.

 

Q:  I would like to do a little stitching on my cards, but am not real good at sewing.  Is there anything I can use to achieve this look?

A:  These embroidery kits are the perfect way to achieve the look.  They come with everything you need to get you started.  They come complete with a template to use to get a variety of images and looks.

DIY Pincushions

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I don’t know if I need as many pincushions as I would like to make, but they are seriously addicting. There are so many adorable pincushion crafts out there that I probably make pincushions more often than I actually use them. Pincushions are a wonderful way to use up scrap fabric and they make great gifts for your crafty friends. Here are some of my favorites.

Wrist Pincushion

Wrist Pincushion

This is one of my own creations, made from some fabric left over from a failed clothing project. I’m so glad I got to use the adorable elephant print anyway, and I love using this handy pincushion whenever I can.

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