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Friday, May 29, 2009

Featured in Turkey!

Spool {} has drawn the attention of an extremely cool website in Turkey called 10marifet.org! I can't read it but the owner has an awesome collection of craft postings from around the world. Check it out!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Featured on Craft Gossip!

Anne at Craft Gossip is great at finding projects for the Craft Gossip Sewing blog.
Check out all the projects she posts daily!

She's also says the nicest things :) My slippers are on a Lookie this morning!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Christy's Craft Challenge May

All done with my Craft Challenge entry for May! Click the link to join us next month!
I made these slippers by wrapping paper around my feet, then smoothing out the paper to cut the fabric. They were fun to make but a little too fiddly for a tute. Here are a few pics anyway :)

Watch for classes coming soon. The first class is a freebie!

I love these! I've been wearing them ever since I finished them and they feel great!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I Don't Have Any Projects to Share...But Check Out My Cool Iron!

Well, I got some sewing in today! Too bad I didn't finish anything...but I'm working on some good stuff :)

In the meantime, I'd like to share my newish iron. It's fabulous and amazing and was only $20 at Target! I love my good deals you know :) So, the name of this most fabulous and thrifty iron is the Black and Decker Steam Xpress. It has a very steamy steam button and gets hot hot hot. Since I use a lot of interfacing it's perfect.

It has other good stuff too, like a no steam switch (who cares - we need steam!) and different settings for different fabrics (if you have to turn the iron down to iron the fabric you probably can't put the fabric in the dryer, so again, who cares!) and an auto shutoff switch set at 30 seconds in case the iron is left lying on it's hot side (well I guess that's good, although I'm really not planning on leaving the iron lying around, since I love my fabric and all...). As I was saying, it gets hot hot hot and has a steamy steam button :)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Did You Know?

Wild Ginger Software has a free downloadable pattern drafter. It's called Wild Things and will draft patterns for bags, hats, belts, wraps, and slippers. Of course it's very simple software - it's free after all - but there's a wider range of bag patterns than I expected to see. They also offer a free non-printing clothing pattern drafting demo. While it doesn't print, it might be good for inspiration...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Christy's Craft Challenge May

I received my packet from Christy for the May Craft Challenge! It has pretty blue fabric and floral paper. I wonder what I'll do with the fake flowers! So much fun making something with predefined limitations :)

Come join us! Click on Christy's May Supplies pic to learn more!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Family: The Man

Here he is: The Man.
Very helpful with pickle jars and hammers.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Spoonflower Fabric - Home Decor Weight

I had my kitty illustration printed on home decor weight fabric. I like the weight, but it's expensive! I'll probably stick with quilt weight. I also submitted a color card pic to get a sample size, using basic colors from the program I use to make my little illustrations (erm, that's just MS Word, lol!). Maybe I'll be able to get the color right on the fabric if I know what the color looks like before I use it!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Featured on Craft Gossip!

Thanks again to the very sweet Anne, we are on Craft Gossip!
If you've never been to Craft Gossip, run on over - they have all the best stuff!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Free Table Runner Valance Tutorial!

Need some instant sewing gratification? Here's a super quick project that will have you happy in no time!

This Table Runner Valance will fit windows that are 48" to 54" wide. The basic formula for a gathered cafe type curtain is window width x 1.5. So 50" x 1.5 = 75".
Table runners are 72" long - close enough, the valance just needs a bit of gather in it.

1) Buy It
Buy a table runner off the clearance shelf, and a 1" or less flatish curtain rod.

2) Pin It
Fold over one long end 3", enough room for a .5" seam allowance, a 1.5" pocket, and a 1" header.

3) Sew It
Sew 2.5" from the fold, and then 1" from the fold.

4) Show It
Finished! Hang it up and take a bow!