Thursday, February 25, 2016

Leggings - A Wardrobe Staple

Hello Sewing Friends!
I'm a true legging lover
they are comfortable and
they can be worn in numerous ways

Dress them up with a stylish topper and heels
wear them under a dress or skirt
for added warmth in the winter with boots
for a simple pulled-together look in the summer with sandals

You can make them full length,
or bermuda length

Use a ball point double needle or a serger
to achieve the ready-to-wear hem look
and use a ball point (stretch) needle for your seams so they don't 'pop'
no extra equipment required

I'm teaching a legging class on March 2 from 1-5 p.m.
at Nuttall's in Layton
if you are local, won't you come join us?
You will go home with a new pair of custom sewn leggings

Pattern:  Kwik Sew 3636
Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the sense of accomplishment
from such a short investment of time and effort

Thank you for stopping in to say hello.

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Little Tote for a Little Iron

Here's a quick and stylish way of transporting your travel iron
the Travel Iron Tote & Ironing Pad Pattern for Mini Irons by Sisters' Common Thread
is what we used in the class I taught last weekend
if you missed this one,
don't fret,
our next class date is:  Thursday, March 31 from 5-9 p.m. at Nuttall's in Layton

The inside of the tote is heat resistant fabric (included with the pattern)
how great is that for setting up your own personal ironing station
when you take sewing classes or when you travel?
It's also ingenious in that it allows you to pack up your hot iron
and transport it when you're finished with class
without having to wait for your iron to cool

There is lots of measuring and marking with this pattern,
but I've come up with a handy template for us to use during class
that makes the process so much more efficient

Once the rectangular layers are stitched together,
a line is drawn and stitched and trimmed across each corner
resulting in the eight-sided origami-style tote

Binder clips work perfectly to keep the elastic closure loops in place
while stitching the binding around the edge

The handles are attached after all the other sewing is complete
I carry the SteamFast Home & Away Steam Iron in my tote
Nuttall's sells these irons and
if you wait to purchase yours the night of the class (March 31),
you will receive a discount on your purchase

If you live in the local area,
I hope to see you in class at the end of March.

Peggy and Phyllis from the February class,
share their beautiful new iron totes

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends.
Happy Sewing!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine Pillow

Thanks for stopping by, friends
lately I've been smitten by the sweet KimberBell designs

this pillow is featured in Oh, the Possibilities...For Winter! (and Valentine's Day, too!)
if you're looking for quick projects that also have a bit of detail,
give this one a go
it can be completed in a couple short hours
and if you like applique, this one is for you

I used Floriani applique wonder to back my letters and hearts
that makes them stay in place nicely while I get them stitched down
the applique wonder is a bit heavy, however
so if you plan to applique a project that needs to have a softer 'hand'
choose a wash-away spray adhesive or a light wonder under product
to stabilize the main fabric behind the the applique,
I ironed on some no-show mesh
it is much more fluid than a traditional stabilizer so my pillow stays soft

you could always choose to hand stitch the applique
but I used a few of the stitches on my sewing machine

no zipper or opening in the back
this one is just stitched to the front, rst, with an opening left for turning
I stuffed it with poly fiberfill and hand stitched the opening closed

I've enjoyed our visit
please stop by again soon