(Baby) Girl’s Bandana Dress

I hope all the fathers out there had a wonderful Father’s Day! We had a nice family BBQ on the BBQ we finally got… well, the kids and I split and got one for Chris for Father’s Day. We had burgers and salads for lunch and I got Chris and Dillon some HUGE steaks to BBQ for dinner… so a good day all around and I got to spend some time with Kim and my grand-baby while the boys did their own thing!

I think I saw this idea originally on Pinterest and it stuck out in my head for awhile. I think it is so cute and not only is it a dress on my granddaughter right now, it can double as a bathing suit cover up and even a little tunic with leggings as she grows. I have already ordered another 2 bandanas in a nice turquoise colour to make her another one!

Sandie

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Sewing – Day I Don’t Know lol

I don’t know why, but I have been so busy I haven’t had much chance to play with my sewing machine.

Yesterday I finally found enough time to sit down and do this t-shirt for my son-in-law for Father’s Day.

He is an avid fisherman some this pattern seemed very appropriate.

Today or tomorrow I have one I also want to do for Chris… fingers crossed!

For now, here is the first one!!!

Sandie

Fabric Clothespins Bag

I bought one of those hanging clothespins bags from the dollar store years ago. I am really surprised it has lasted as long as it did. When I was hanging clothes on the line last week I noticed that every time I put a clothespin back in the bag I could hear a little clunk noise…. I had a big hole in the bag and my clothespins were falling out into one of my gardens!!!

At first I was going to just buy another one seeing the last one lasted as long as it did but then decided I would just make one.

I used the old one as a pattern from the new one but you could just as easy make your own pattern. It is after all only rectangles with a circle on one to put the clothespins in and a small hanger to actually hang it. But I took the easy route and just used the old one.

Sandie

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Fabric Baskets from Dollar Store Placemats

Big title for a cool idea lol! And Happy Wednesday!

I can’t remember if I saw this idea on Pinterest or Facebook but it was something I had locked away in my brain for another day…. and it has taken me this long for it to fall out of the “vault” again lol! It was such a cool idea that I really wanted to try it.

Last time Dillon and I were at the Dollar Store I was looking for something else in the aisle that had the placemats and when I saw them I remembered the idea and grabbed a few. With a few simple straight seams I had a couple of really cute fabric storage baskets! I haven’t decided what I am actually going to use them for but I am happy with them!

These are great for storing whatever you want…. in the bathroom, bedroom, baby’s room… wherever you want!

Sandie

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Using an Overcast Stitch

When I saw my mother-in-law last weekend she was asking me about using the overcast stitch on our (she bought the same machine I did because she really liked all the features that made me buy it lol). She said she used it on something but it didn’t turn out anywhere near how she expected it to.

I thought it might make a good post because there may be other people out there making the same mistake we did, or just wanting to see how the overcast stitch works/looks.

I told her that I had a tablecloth I needed to shorten and hem and that I was planning on using the overcast stitch function to do it. Now keep in mind that until my new sewing machine I had been sewing on one that was probably about 30 years old. It didn’t have any of the bells and whistles this one does lol. That machine’s overcast stitching consisted of my zigzag stitch lol!

The new machine, my Brother HE300, has a few overcast stitch options. The first time I tried it I lined the fabric edge up with the space in the presser foot and started to sew. Definitely not the “finished” look I wanted for my tablecloth. I couldn’t figure out at first what I was doing wrong.

This is what my tablecloth edge looked like doing it this way.

It wasn’t completely awful but it still wasn’t how I wanted it to look. I stopped stitching at that point trying to think of what I was doing wrong. Apparently…. and all of you expert sewers, don’t laugh at me lol…. I needed to let a bit of the fabric go into the space in the presser foot. This gave the presser foot and the little appendage (for lack of being able to think of another word lol) fold over the edge of the fabric and not only overcast as it’s supposed to but fold under and sew over the raw edge of the fabric, catching all of the loosening threads where it was already starting to fray.

The outcome was way better and definitely more what I was looking for on my tablecloth.

This is the picture of the edge after I used the presser foot properly (or at least proper enough that I have a nice tidy edge now)…

You can definitely see a difference. I am happy with how the edging turned out when I did the second, and hopefully proper time!

I also took a video of the presser foot/machine in progress using the overcast foot/stitch to send to my mother-in-law to show her how I made it work. I will include the video after this paragraph.

That was the lesson I learned to today on my new sewing machine!

Sandie

Sewing- Day # 9

I want to start by saying Thank you to http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/ for giving me the great advice on how to embroider items that don’t fit in the hoop! I finally took the time to try it yesterday!!!

I couldn’t figure out how to embroider on an oven mitt because they wouldn’t fit in the hoop. In the comments section of one of our previous posts it was suggested that I baste the oven mitt and let it “float” on the hoop. I’m not sure if I did it as described to me but it worked!!!

Here is what I did…

I centered the hoop on my piece of stabilizer and used a fabric marking pen to trace the outline.

I sewed a basting stitch just inside the marked line to hold the oven mitt to the stabilizer.

I attached the hoop to the stabilizer only, allowing the oven mitt to “float” on top of the hoop.

And then I stitched the pattern on the same way I normally would.

And then all I had to do was remove it from the hoop, remove the basting stitch and cut the threads. I finally embroidered on an oven Mitt!

Thank you again http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/

Sandie

Day #7 – Playing with my Sewing Machine

Sunday I was having a bit of a crappy day and I thought maybe sewing/embroidering something might help. I have barely had a chance to get into my craft room to do any sewing in what feels like weeks.

I bought a bunch of inexpensive tea towels, pillow cases, towels, handkerchiefs and such to practice on and will share what I make as I do them!

This time I decided to make myself something. And I did a little embroidery on a shirt for Dillon… a shirt that I was supposed to do something else with ages ago!

Because Dillon is so into cycling, I thought I would make his shirt in that theme. I downloaded a cyclist from one of the sites I mentioned in “Finding Free Embroidery Patterns,” and put it on the shirt with his name! He was pretty happy with how it turned out!

Next I decided to make myself a couple of tea towels with some kind of “Grandma” theme. Again, I found these patterns on one of those sites and I was really happy with how well they turned out. I now have them displayed in my kitchen so I can enjoy them all the time!

I am still trying to navigate my way through the Embroidery software I bought but once I do, I will share with everyone the patterns I make!

Sandie