Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fabric Destash! Help me clear these goodies out!!!

If you are like me, you often purchase fabric with genuine plans or intentions that well, never seem to materialize. PLEASE tell me I'm NOT alone!!!!! :) I've been holding on to a variety of fabrics I've purchased waaaaaaay too long and am ready to DESTASH to make my sewing space more functional. 

I have a lot of really great polyester print fabrics that I originally purchased with the intent of having laminated for cloth diaper sewing. I've finally accepted....Not going to happen.

I also have a variety of knits available, like this fun thermal knit.

I have a lot of vintage fabrics that I bought....well.....just because I loved them. I've used some, but I have waaaaaay too much and it's time to let some go. There are some REALLY unique pieces for your consideration! :)

I also have a bunch of patterns I have created a variety of bundles from....many of these patterns are vintage. I acquired a BUNCH of vintage patterns, and have not been through them all, so I am not certain of the contents. Prices will reflect this. I will note when they are new on the images.

Lastly, I have separated and bundled all my cotton scraps and have POUNDS of them at great prices ready to head to your homes!!! :)

Find all that's available in my DESTASH Flickr Album HERE.
Comment "SOLD" under any images you want to purchase, note yardage if necessary, and then email me with your PayPal address for invoicing.
Prices do not include shipping. I am happy to combine as many as you'd like and will ship the least expensive way possible including tracking. International interest is welcome, however, I can not provide tracking for those packages and obviously can not be held responsible for them once they have shipped. 

Email me with any questions.
Please, help me clear this out!
Spread the word to all your sewing and quilting friends! 
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Sewing Essential - Simple Serger Shifting Solution

:) Say that 5 times fast! :)

I was working with my serger the other night and it nearly leaped off my my desk! I immediately remembered using a piece of shelf liner on my old desk to help keep it in place, so, went on the hunt.

You can find this stuff by the roll, and pretty inexpensively. I've even found it at dollar and discount stores. I happened to have a roll stashed away, as it is also very good cut in thin strips to use on hairbows to keep them from sliding.....but that's another post. ;)

It's a foamy sort of sheet that completely prevents shifting and slipping. 
 I rolled a nice piece out, cut it and doubled it over to fit nicely under all 4 of my serger's feet. 
Right back to work.....with no machine leaping.
Happier and much safer stitching!
Go ahead and add that to your shopping list. Then, check out some of my other favorite sewing enhancers on my "Sewing Essentials" page at the top of the blog or by clicking HERE.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Baby Quilt for 3rd Quarter Project

This sweet ducky quilt is my latest finish for our 3rd Quarter Project. 
I bought this kit last year anticipating to sew it up for one of our projects and never got around to it. It was a really quick and easy sew and will be perfect for donation to our Crisis Pregnancy Center for our current project. 

The instructions had it to where you would piece the front and then just sew it to the backing. Didn't really say "quilt" to me that way, so I added a little batting and quilted a little wave pattern on the backing fabric first. 
The kit was made up of a variety of soft fabrics.....cotton, flannel, satin and the center is a fluffy, plush fabric. I hope the baby and family that receives it will enjoy using it. :)

This is the first of several baby quilts I hope to finish this quarter for donation. Additionally, I will be participating in the Quilts for Kids 2014 quilt drive for children in need with each one created for donation. You can learn more about how you too can participate in this wonderful project by clicking the image below...
100 Quilts for Kids

Keep sewing and spreading the word, we have the opportunity to encourage many this month with our efforts! Learn more about our current project and how you can be a part here.
Hopeful Threads 2014 - 3rd Quarter Project
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

3rd Quarter Project Progress....Behind the Scenes Busy-ness!

Been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY behind the scenes here!
How's your Baby Sewing going? 
Have you decided where you will be donating your handmade items this quarter?
Would love to see and hear, so please share in our 3rd Quarter Flickr share album!

Here's the first of my finishes....
 So far, 22 burp cloths in bundles of 2 and 38 bibs, many of which where made using minky "bits" from our friends at Binkeez for Comfort

 This set is made with fleece backing from remnants of other projects. Bibs & Burpcloths are great projects for using up smaller cuts and fabric remnants!

It's the beginning of August, so still plenty of time to be part of our 3rd Quarter Project. Get all the details about the project HERE.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

One Minute. Renewed Perspective.

Just Watch.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sewing Essential - Iron-Off Hot Iron Cleaner

 
I received this product from Dritz several months ago, but had just bought a new iron, so didn't need it. Well, this weekend while using some fusible fleece, my hot iron apparently came into contact with some of the adhesive. Not ideal.
 Of course, the way I discovered this was with a nice black streak on my son's shirt as I was trying to iron it. Again, not ideal. 

I couldn't get the sticky mess to rub off. Quickly I remembered that I had a tube of this iron cleaner and figured it was the perfect time to give it a try. Truth is, I hadn't read the directions before, so I was expecting it would be somewhat complicated and require some kind of internal cleaning that I would have to repeatedly rinse out, so I was pleasantly surprise at how easy it was to use. 
 Simply set your iron to the cotton setting. Once heated, get a clean towel and squirt a bit of the Iron-Off onto the towel. Iron back and forth over the cream until your iron is clean. For stubborn (or extra sticky) messes on your iron, you may want to repeat. I did. And just look at this towel!!!

EWWWWW!!!! Right!?!?! Where did all that come from anyway???
 Apparently there was a build up of more than I could see from using starch as well. Needless to say, I was very pleased with the result. Look at my iron now! 

Here's a side by side comparison that shows even better the great results. 
I only had to use a small about of the tube as well, so I am equipped whenever another cleaning is needed. This has been added to my handy box of "Sewing Essentials". 

You can check out more of my favorite "Sewing Essentials" on the tab at the top of the blog or simply by clicking HERE.  
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Introduction to Teeny Tears....a very special organization

I sew a lot for babies. 
However, I don't think I've ever sewn anything quite so meaningful as this.

 These are Teeny Tears diapers. Teeny Tears is an organization that provides these tiny bereavement gifts for families who have lost their tiny bundles. 

My aunt knows how I love to sew, she also knows my heart. When she sent me a link to Teeny Tears I immediately had to check out it. Upon reading through the website, it was without hesitation that I emailed them to find out how to get started and check on the hospitals nearest me that they have served. I received a very prompt and warm reply from one of the coordinators, and well, this is now a new personal project for me. While I am obviously new to the group, the community of volunteer seamstresses is incredibly talented and encouraging, as you would likely imagine. 

I will be sewing these tiny cloth gifts for our local Children's Hospital. After they are stocked, I hope to gradually reach out to other hospitals in my area to see what need they might have as well. 
To give you an idea of the tiny size of these little diapers, that is a Size #2 Safety Pin and is only 1.5" long.

Sewing these has been a very touching experience for me. There are moments it is overwhelming when I consider that this may very well be the one and only item a mother is ever able to cloth her baby in. And, as she says goodbye to her precious one.
I have never experienced the loss of a child through stillbirth, miscarriage or soon after birth....though I have experienced loss of those I mother through foster care, and this has been one of the most difficult grieving experiences of my life. While not exactly the same, it has provided me with something tangible to help me relate to these mothers and their families. I gently swing between feelings of complete unworthiness to have this privilege, to the overflowing blessing of getting to be a part of this sacred time. 

I am humbled.
I am grateful.
I am full of prayers of comfort and hope for these families.
While this is entirely separate from our Baby Sewing project this quarter, I invite you to learn more. Perhaps there are some of you that would be interested in sewing for Teeny Tears or similar bereavement outreach efforts. You can visit the Teeny Tears website here.  
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