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Bias Tape – a love & hate relationship

Dear fellow Sewers, Crafters & Hobbyists out there,

I have a confession to make. I am not sure if I love working with Bias-tape or absolutely hate it.

Here’s why:

I did the dreadful and looked up Pinterest to find a new craft project for myself and stumbled upon Make a Case for your Hot Iron (hair straighter or roller).

I admit, I was in a dire need of one, as when I travel, just before leaving for the airport, do my hair only to realize that the hot iron is too hot to pack in my bag so I give it another 15 minutes to cool down just enough to NOT-burn my other belongings in the bag.

Here’s the method I decided on from Sew 4 Home.

I picked out two coordinating fabrics. Cut the layers as measured, sandwiched the layers together, stitch them together and  then quilt them with straight lines.

Then came the part I was really looking forward to. Sew 4 Home made using bias-tape to hide edges, look so easy. My previous experience with bias-tape was with making bunting or flags and with making blankets which by-the-way use very broad blanket bias-tape.

I used two coloured ones to give it some edge. Purple and Red. First, I bias-taped the top of the two layered fabric with purple bias-tape.

I struggled the most with the red.

When I had to turn around the edges, my knuckles hurt from having to keep  it pulled enough to get caught in the machine stitching. Needless to say I did not have any fancy quilting clips or pins that other crafters use. Then, of course for some reason the pink fabric escaped the bias-tape while stitching. So I had to unthread a whole side, cut the fabric and the batting to fit-to-size and again stitch them together.

The edges nearly drove me crazy.hot iron case 1

On the last edge, my machine needle broke with only an inch to finish the project. Changed the needle and  finished the remaining inch (that seemed like a mile left) to extreme satisfaction.

However, I LOVED how it turned out. The bias-tape gave it such a nice cut, crisp and fine-looking shape.

I’ll let you be the judge of it! Viola.

hot iron case 2

 

 

Roll it up!

Okay, it all started with a birthday invitation for a boy turning 6 and a girl turning 3 coming up in two weeks.

I wanted to create something that they can use and enjoy. I embarked upon a journey over my laptop looking for ideas. After twenty or so reading blogs and viewing vlogs (kinda), I decided to make a crayon roll. I also thought of using not so expensive fabric just yet. Instead I made a prototype with left over fabric. I used the measurements in this video and used a canvas cloth for stuffing. Here’s a snap shot of the first roll:

crayon roll wheels 2     crayon roll 3crayon roll wheels           crayon roll wheels closed

I wasn’t satisfied with the short length of the roll. I also am wondering how to add another pocket to keep some paper or a small note pad in it. The fabric I used for stuffing didn’t help with the shape of the roll. Also crayon pockets needed to be more than just an inch wide.

I was so itchy that I gave it another try the same day right after I made the first one. This time I used licensed fabric but up-cycled it from a pillow case. I added another 5 – 6 inches to the length and 4 inches to the width. I also used felt for stuffing.

Here are the results. Get ready Thomas and Friends fans to be blown away!

thomas roll 1   thomas roll 2

thomas roll

Lesson from my second try: I would use batting for stuffing as the felt created a thick padding around corners.

I have yet to add another pocket for keeping paper. Let me know what you think and if and how I can improve it.

Till next blog!

Upcylcing or Recycling; I’m loving it!

Today I did something I never thought I could: I up-cycled a nice item into a nicer one and with a process which was much easier from the original one. Well, something called a sewing accessories organizer mat caught my eye when I was Googling ‘organizers’. It was less to do with de-cluttering my work space and more to do with finding an interesting project. Here’s what I found. http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/2012/02/free-sewing-machine-mat-tutorial.html

As you will see the instructions were to buy quilted fabric. Now that’s expensive for a beginner like me who has no idea if the project will work or not. Instead of going to the box store, I went to a thrift store and looked at the ‘bed and bath’ section. Found these gorgeous quilted pillow cases and rest is history. Here’s the story in pictures with some details: quilted pillow 1     quilted pillow 2  quilted pillow 3

1. Pillow case in original form

2. Cut out tie-backs

3. Open seams to release fold back cloth piece, iron on open seams and stitch them to close.

sewing 1    pockets 1pockets 2

4. Made pockets from the fold back cloths. I added inter facing to add some strength to the fabric as it will be holding my scissors.

5. Mark pockets.

6. Sew pockets on lower half of the case and Voila! Done in an hour! finished 2

Finished!If you happen to stop by, do let me know what do you think. Yes, I know I have a very small table. Cheers! ….J

Next step in sewing adventure: Zippers

O my! I had no idea adding zippers to your bag would be such a challenge. I made my first-ever top zip make-up bag.

Well, to start with, I don’t have a zipper foot for my machine so I just swiveled my ‘regular’ foot around.

Then I forgot to insert the zipper edges into the side seams. You won’t see it in the pictures (Creative Photography!). I added a tote bag to go with the make-up bag. What I absolutely love about the project is the fabric, both the oustide and the inside. I named the bag, Oriental Spice. I like naming my products. It brings them to life and adds a personality to it. This will become a gift for my mother who will be travelling to Pakistan end of March and I am sure both of these items will come in handy for her. Also because she loves bags.

tote set  insides of tote

I added a buttons design feature which was inspired by Whitney Sew’s video:

Very proud of how that turned out.

buttons on bag

I have more of the fabric so am open to custom orders, once I am better skilled at the zipper.

Over and out for now! … J

Buying a new sewing machine is like looking for a job while having one. You need just the right perks. You want a much sturdier future together and you hope it doesn’t bail out on you when you need it the most.

A few of you will remember that my old Sew broke down after making four yoga mat bags. Read related blog here. I had been looking for a new one for a few months now. I visited the two stores: The Peachtree Quilt Shop and Cindy-rellas Quilting and Sewing in Regina. SK. The ladies there were very helpful but none of the machines appealed to me so much that I could take one home.

After a lot of research and reading reviews on Google, I settled on buying a Janome HD1000. I came across a really useful ‘Consumer Alert’ video on YouTube. Its possibly 5 years old but still pretty valid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExSnXtx34QI

My reason for selecting Janome HD1000 is that it comes in an aluminium body. It is a work horse (as many call it) for beginners. As beginners, we are not professionals. We tend to mistreat our appliances a lot. Your machine needs to ‘put up’ with you big time. Janome Hd 1000 has 14 basic stitches, that’s enough for a beginner like me. No bells or whistles, exactly how I like it. Also, what I found was this particular machine can sew through up to 9 layers of fabric easily. Many US and Canadian users said that. Also it comes with a classic old bottom-feed bobbin.

HD 1000

When I set out to buy it, I realized its something mainly available in the States. I finally found a web page called Janome Flyer that offered to ship this machine from BC to Regina. I just paid for it and they say it will be here on Tues. Its Saturday today. Can’t wait for my Sew 2 to arrive.

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