Sewing bug bites again!

Saturday I had to be on the pool deck so I didn’t have a command center post, but Sunday, I packed up a bag of supplies and headed down to Schoharie County for a crafting day/demo/instruction day.

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Littlest crafter!

A bit ago, a friend of mine mentioned that she wanted to make a quilt and that her mother in law had given her a sewing machine to help this along. A sewing machine that she knew very little about other than that she had one now. Being that I adore spending time with her, I’m a helper, and I love spreading the crafting love (and love of crafting) I told her that I was happy to help her figure it out.

From what I understand about quilts (I haven’t made one yet although I’m considering a tshirt one…), they can be simple or complicated and it all depends on what you’re trying to make. They are not all that forgiving though if you want one with straight sides so I suggested that we choose a project that we could do together that was easy. I offered headbands, jammie pants, or bow ties (the last not being easy, but fun to make!) We could have made crayon rolls, tote bags or many other projects.

We decided to make jammie pants for her boys (one little, one big) because they’re not complicated to make and if it’s not done “just so”, they’re incredibly forgiving. I had some fun fabric on hand that I thought her boys would like so we picked a day and I headed down to her house to get our sew on!

(By the way, I highly recommend pj pants for first time projects. :))

A few things to keep in mind if you have a new machine and are just learning to sew (which I am totally willing to come help with):

  • Have the instruction manual handy. I can thread many different bobbins and machines by looking at them, but each is slightly different and some of those little differences aren’t actually so little in the long run. Also there are a LOT of handy tips in there. Your machine may also have a helpful hint or trouble shooting page. Feel free to keep that with your machine, on the wall by your machine or depending on it’s size, taped right to the sucker.
  • Read the instructions on the pattern and get all the supplies you’ll need. I failed to bring a safety pin so we had to get creative with my coffee straw to get the elastic in the pants.
  • Have a small piece of extra fabric that you’re working with for test sewing is really helpful if you’re having trouble getting the tension right. You might need to play with stitch length and tension to get it right.
  • Have a sense of humor and a seam ripper handy. Sometimes you sew the wrong seam or you realize that it’s all messed up underneath and needs to be redone. These things happen but they can be really frustrating. It’ll be okay. So long as you don’t destroy the fabric by just ripping things apart, you can generally undo anything you do.

Although there were some hiccups with the machine itself (that ended up with us taking a field trip to the store to get a different machine because I’m not entirely sure the first one she had actually worked.) we had a lovely afternoon of cutting, pinning, reading, chatting, and sewing and if I’m not mistaken, she might have caught the sewing bug!

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Popping in!

I have so much fun to share with you! New ideas that I think will be big fun, being cleared through NYS for selling, and a new design. Of course I’m also working on legwork for a mortgage and dealing with a bedroom water feature that we did not install nor want so stuff is a little busy right now. Hopefully by Monday, March 3rd, I’ll be up and running.

Just in time for Mother’s and Father’s day.

In the mean time, if you’d like to follow me on Instagram you can.

Projects for good: Project Mittens (@Mittens4Detroit)

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From Mittens for Detroit's Twitter

I actually didn’t have anything for you today, but over on Fiber Flux she posted about doing this project, “Mittens for Detroit“. It seems this particular mitten drive will be over February 14th, but if you can get them to them before then you can be entered into their Lion Brand sponsored drawing. Or if you’re feeling really inspired and connected to other crafters, you can have your own drive! (Email them for specifics.)

I know I’m a little late to the game on this one, but I just found out about it but I had to share.

Or hey if you just want to crochet some mittens here are a few patterns to try (Free Ravelry login required). (Also this one looks really easy.)

*Are you doing a fundraiser or handmade goods drive that you’d like me to share? Email it to me and we can talk about setting up a Project for Good post for you.*

Crochet-a-long with @sugarbeecrafts and @733blog, you in?

UntitledI’m trying hard to use the materials I have on hand for a few reasons. The first being that I have so much and it’s become a little intimidating. The second and equally if not more important, the more I use the less I have to move when the time comes.¬† I found this Crochet-A-Long and decided that this would be a good push to get through some materials.

Project Crochet, a crochet-a-long hosted by Kim of 733 Blog, Heather of Twin Dragonfly Designs, and Mandy of Sugar Bee Crafts, is on like Donkey Kong. I don’t have big projects to do, but I have enough small ones to keep me busy for the month and beyond. It’s a good month for it. Sure the Olympics are on, but that doesn’t take any real focus from me. And we’re going on a road trip.

I like a challenge and I’ll try to stick this one out. Saturday, I posted one of the projects as part of Saturday Morning Command Center¬† which I ended up finishing over the weekend. Now to decide which of my little friends turning 6 it will go to!

The pink yarn? Got wrapped back up into a ball for now. It’ll speak to me and tell me what it wants to be.

Sunday Showcase – The Dreamy Giraffe

On Sundays I’ll be sharing someone else’s work or shop that I find to be excellent, interesting, or super inspiring. I’m in no way compensated for these posts and just want to share my finds with you.

Today I’d like to share Kathy Jeffords from The Dreamy Giraffe. She’s creative, talented, and there are about a dozen pieces I’d love for my own in her shop. It’s “happy, colorful art for everyone!” (Her words, with which I concur.)

It’s difficult to select just a representative sample of her work, so I’m sharing the ones I’m lusting after.

Like this one for my desk:

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I will not stress out. The Dreamy Giraffe

And this one for my craft room:

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Crafty girl print.

And this one for my kitchen:

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Some days require cookies

(She’d need blonde hair and blue eyes though.)

And this one for a baby’s room:

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Hot air balloon print

Check out The Dreamy Giraffe Etsy Shop. You might find something you just love and have to have! If nothing else, you’ll have a smile.