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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Doodle Stitching Transfer Pack Review

Today I want to tell you about a book I was given in exchange for my review. It's called the Doodle Stitching Transfer Pack {affiliate link}.  The first few pages of the book teach about embroidery, with tips for fabrics, embroidery floss and needles to use.

 There is also a section about different stitches with diagrams on how to complete them. This is great for beginners and those who haven't picked up a needle for a while.

By far, my favorite part of the book were the transfers. There are floral, whimsical, animals, food, and outer space designs, just to name a few.  I was amazed at the ease of transferring the design to my fabric. And you can re-use the transfers 4-5 times. You simply iron them onto your fabric.

This book will definitely get used at my house!



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Monday, June 15, 2015

Secret Garden Embroidery Review

Daisy Chain Bracelet
 
The last few weeks, I've had a chance to review a new book called Secret Garden Embroidery: 15 Projects for Your Stitching Pleasure{affiliate link}. Inside are tons of new and inspiring embroidery crafts. I was pleasantly surprised by the unique, fun craft ideas that accompany the embroidery patterns.There are so many projects that I want to make. I would definitely recommend it.

Secret Garden Embroidery Review

The first project I tackled was the Daisy Chain Bracelet.

I made two for my two little girls. They were pretty easy to make and the girls loved them. Of course I had to add my own touch to them. Instead of french knots for the center of the daisies, I added some yellow seed beads, courtesy of Cousin Corporation.
Daisy Flower Bracelet


I learned something new too. I had never heard of waste canvas. Basically, you tack it to your fabric and use it like a counted cross stitch. When you're done you remove the waste canvas, strand by strand. And you are left with a professional, perfectly even stitches.

Waste Canvas


There are a total of 15 different embroidery projects in the book. There is something for everyone from beginners to intermediate to advanced. Go check it out!





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Monday, June 8, 2015

How to Make a Drawstring Bag - Beginner Sewing Project

These little bags sew up quick and they are ideal for a beginning sewer.  If you feel sewing is intimidating, this is the perfect project for you. All the seams are simple straight lines and you only need a few supplies. You can even use fat quarters for these fun bags. I taught a group of 12-13 year old girls how to make these bags, some of which had never sewn before. You can do this too! I'll walk you though each step.


How to Make a Drawstring Bag


You will need:
12" X 14" piece of fabric
4" X 4" piece fabric for applique
wonder under or heat n bond
yarn
safety pin
scissors
sewing machine
cookie cutter {to use as a stencil for your applique}

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag

Begin with your 12" X 14" piece of fabric.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

Fold and press 1/4" down from long 14" side.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag
Fold and press another 1" on same side. This will make the pocket for the drawstring. For now, unfold the folds.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

Fold your piece of fabric in half with right sides together. It should be folded so it's 12" X 7".

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

 Sew along the bottom and side. Leave an opening from 1 1/4" and 1 3/4" from the top edge. 

**Now that we're sewing, a quick word about back stitching. Typically when sewing projects you will want to start and end each seam with a back stitch. To do a back stitch you begin sewing for about 1/2 inch. Then reverse and go backwards over your stitching for 1/2 inch. Then sew to the end of your seam and backstitch again. This basically knots your thread so that it won't come undone. **

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

Clip the corner.

Fold over the previously pressed area - make sure to keep the seam allowance spread open so that you can thread the string through.  Yeah....I learned this the hard way.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag
 Now sew along the bottom edge of the top fold, as pictured above. Make sure not to sew your bag closed!


Now let's make the drawstring. 

I opted to use yarn instead of cord since I had it on hand.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

Cut 3 pieces of yarn 20" long. Knot one end. Braid and knot the other end. Using a safety pin, thread the yarn through opening in the bag. Knot together the two ends of yarn. {I untied the previous knots.}

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

How to add an applique

You could stop there, but I wanted to personalize the bags a little. I grabbed some cookie cutters to use as stencils.

How to add an applique
 Iron Wonder Under to a small piece of fabric. Trace the desired shape onto the paper. Cut out and remove paper backing. Place on bag and iron into place.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag
There you have it, a fun little drawstring bag. These would be perfect little car bags for kids, just put a mini coloring book and some crayons, or little notebook and pencil. What would you use your bag for?





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