Sunday, October 11, 2009

Holiday craft idea #1: Funky Holiday Scarf

A group of friends and I sometimes get together and do crafternoons where we "make stuff, share ideas, drink yummy cocktails, and have fun!" One of our friends has taken the handmade pledge this year and in her words "basically means I will only gift things I make or I buy handmade...(stick it, corporate America and consumerism!!!)" So that means I am on the look out for cool crafts that we can make since the holidays are creeping up on us. This is a great project that I saw on-line. You use old scrap fabric and if you sew you have plenty of that. I think this would make a good gift for the holidays for that funky friend we all have.

Follow the link for instructions on how to make it.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Not another dress

My sewing machine: Your making another dress?
Sally: Yes I am making another dress.
My sewing machine: Why?
Sally: Dresses are easier to make then tops or pants and more fun to wear.
My sewing machine: Don't you have enough dresses?
Sally: Yes, but I am going to another wedding.
My sewing machine: Can't you wear one you already made?
Sally: Yes, but it is fun to sew and every project I make I am trying to improve my skills. So there!

This is my new project for a wedding I am going to on Oct. 26th. I started working on it today. The 1st picture is the design of the dress and the 2nd is a stretch sateen fabric I am going to use for it.

Friday, October 9, 2009

My Sewing Bible

Two weeks ago I checked out an amazing sewing book from the library. It is actually the best sewing book I have seen and it just came out. It is a large book and covers every thing about sewing and many techniques. It is great because every technique has step by step photos. I am a very hand's on and visual person so this is great. Since the book just came out, I figured I couldn't find it used and it was a $40 book (sadly I can not afford that). I thought I would just renew the book till I couldn't renew it any longer and make copies of some of the pages. Atlas the reason why I am telling you this really intriguing story is that last week it came in the mail. A good friend saw my enthusiasm for the book and knew I would use it like crazy. He found a deal on-line and surprised me. It is very exciting for me. I will be using my new sewing bible all the time! If you want to learn how to sew or advance your skills I would recommend this book: The Sewing Book by Allison Smith