I bought a bottle of wine as a gift for one of my best friends, and although it was her favorite wine, I felt it was just a too impersonal to simply hand over a bottle of wine. SEW….I decided to dress it up a bit with a personal touch!
Using two pieces of double-faced quilted fabric for the sides (that measure tall enough to hide the bottle inside) and a round piece of the same quilted fabric for the bottom (that’s larger than the base of the bottle and allowing for seam allowance), I whipped this wine bottle bag together, finishing it off with scrap bias tape to cover the top of the handle. Bias tape the seams on the inside and it’s reversible! I cut a heart out for the handle and hand-sewed around the heart’s edge to give it that homemade touch.
I filled this pretty bag with the bottle of wine surrounded by delicious chocolates and even added a gift card to a restaurant my friend is known to frequent! I love the way it turned out! Since the inside has coordinating fabric, it is pretty to look inside of it as well!
I love how this bag is not only cute, but reusable too!
Sew…what have YOU created to give that ordinary gift a personal touch of love?
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If you are like me and have a desire to broaden your sewing knowledge as well as try your hand at new projects all the time, you may want to invest in a good book!
I have found a lot of helpful information on the internet by following sewing blogs (both novice and expert) and learning about different techniques I can apply to my projects. While free information on the internet is fun and a wonderful resource for learning, I also found the book New Complete Guide to Sewing by Reader’s Digest to be an abundance of information! Not only does it explain the basics of what is needed to get started as a newbie to the sewing world, but it also has illustrations and step-by-step techniques for home projects and for making clothes! My friend who is a pro (nearly 60 years of experience!) at sewing everything from clothes and stuffed animals, to everything in between, was so impressed with this book she purchased one for herself after reading mine!
I know there are a ton of good sewing books and guides out there. This one seems to cover it all in a user-friendly, easy-to-follow way, and because of that – I thought I would share the news!
Do you have a favorite sewing guide?
Although I love cooking, I can sometimes be a bit clumsy in the kitchen…which is what inspired me to create this Hot Handle Pot Sleeve! Easy to make and it matches the tortilla cozy I made last year!
Here’s how I did it!
First I measured the handles on my pots and pans for which I will be using the “sleeve” for, so it will fit on all of them. I made a dome-like pattern that measured 3.5″x7.5″. Then, using that pattern I cut out 2 pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of Insul-Bright and sandwiched them together so the fabric connected to the Insul-Bright was facing down and the wrong-side of the patterned fabric was against the batting of the Insul-Bright.
I then basted around the edges to keep the fabric and the Insul-Bright together.
Then I folded down 1/2″ of the straight edge on the short side of the basted piece and zig-zag stitched it down, folding the fabric in to make a soft edge. (Of course using scrap bias tape would also work if you prefer that look instead.)
Now take both finished pieces and place the patterned fabric sides together and zig-zag stitch around the edges, careful not to sew the short, straight side which will be the opening.
Trim the edges so they are even, then turn inside out.
And that’s it!
Sew Easy, even a novice like me can do it!!
I recently had a co-worker bring me a bunch of different fabrics that range in texture, pattern and size and with the cost of fabric, even for remnants, I certainly appreciated it! She said when she heard I sewed and how much I loved learning new techniques and trying my hand at new patterns, she wanted to give me some of her fun patterns and lots of fabric to create with, especially since I’m trying my hand at quilting! She is one of those talented ladies who makes her own fabulous work clothes, among other things, and always looks great! Not only did she give the gift of fabric but I also have a new resource when I have questions about a project.
So the lesson learned here is to share the news about your sewing hobby and maybe your friends will share some free advice, patterns, or…free fabric!
Sew, what do you have the “notion” to share?
Ever wonder what a “reverse applique” is? Well, I had no idea but found it to be a simple technique to show depth in a sewing project. Reverse applique can be used on various projects, such as adding dimension to pillow designs, quilts, purses, etc.. In my case, I will be using a reverse applique on a quilt intended as a wall display.
Reverse applique is accomplished by pinning two fabrics together, drawing the pattern to be cut on the top fabric and sewing around (by hand or machine) the pattern. Then, with sharp scissors, cut along the pattern lines for top fabric only. The bottom fabric shows through and is framed by the upper fabric. I have seen reverse applique done in multiple layers too, just be aware that the project can become quite thick if too many layers are added to the project. I will share an example once I have my project started! Do you have one you would like to share?
If you love that old sweatshirt but it’s too small I have just the project for you! Turn it into a washable Stadium Seat Cushion. How about those old cargo pants and t-shirt your son outgrew? Why not make a messenger bag! No need to toss out those old clothes when you can get creative with them and give them a new life! There’s lots of ideas floating around on the web to reuse those old clothes and create something new! Check out my projects! What have you recycled that you SEW love again??
It seems to be a younger generation of people picking up “old-fashioned” projects such as sewing, canning and gardening that their baby-boom mothers and grandmothers had so eagerly given up. Could it be curiosity? Better control of what we’re eating? Being more careful of how we’re spending our money?? From TV shows to social media, there’s a million ways to learn “how-to”. Whatever the reason, it’s definitely SEW TODAY to DIY!
There’s a huge opportunity out there to learn and teach new sewing ideas. I’m always on the look out for new sewing ideas and suggestions so if you have sewing projects that you’d like to share – I’d like to hear about them!
When I first stepped into the fabric store after getting my sewing machine I was surprised to see how expensive fabric and all the notions can be! So I did a little research, chatted with some friends and spoke to some very helpful employees at a local fabric store and found it really doesn’t have to be expensive to sew! Save money by signing up for fabric store mailers and sign up online to receive store emails – before you know it you’ll get coupons in the mail and right to your inbox! I’ve even found my Entertainment Book had coupons for fabric stores in my area. Some stores like JoAnn Fabrics allow more than one coupon per purchase too, but be sure read the restrictions on coupons for details. Another money saving idea is to visit your local thrift store…purchasing some used curtains made with pretty fabric for a dollar will make creating your next project just that much more rewarding! And don’t throw away that old sweatshirt or t-shirt with your favorite team logo! You can find free patterns online to transform them into stadium seat cushions or tote bags and you can even create really cute Jean Purses with those old jeans your daughter has outgrown!
What money saving ideas make you Sew Giddy?
When I was a kid I remember my mom spending a lot of time preparing to sew a project by having to dig her sewing machine out of her closet, lug it to the dining room table and get her sewing supplies laid out, then make time to pack it all up so it wasn’t in the way – only to repeat it all again the next time she wanted to sew. NOT very convenient..in fact, kind of a hassle! Lots of time setting up and packing up takes time away from the project and takes the GIDDY out of your enthusiasm! As a busy mom I know there’s no time for hassles like that – I just won’t do it. One of the things I found helpful was to set up a sewing “station”. Time is always an issue so convenience is key! By setting up this little area where I can leave my sewing machine and unfinished projects out, I can work on them when I have some time, even if it’s just 30 minutes! If you’re worried about how it looks (which was certainly my mom’s concern) then keep it organized and clean up as you go. You really don’t need a lot of room and having your tools ready and waiting for you will make all the difference in your motivation to keep sewing and enjoying it!
Giddy Giddy Giddy!!!
I’m Sew Giddy about my new-found love of SEWING! I was reading blogs and seeing projects created by bloggers and decided to read through some free sewing patterns online when it finally hit me! Hey, I think I can totally do this! Until recently, I thought sewing was a talent, like drawing or singing and that someone like me would find it only to be a lot of stressful work but guess what?? ANYONE can sew! Don’t get me wrong, I know there are those who can sew more amazingly then a novice like me, but my point is that more people should try it! Just a little research and patience and whoala! your very own creation! There’s a bit of a learning curve at first to understand the lingo, get to know my sewing machine and find my way around a fabric store – but it’s absolutely a past time I enjoy and look forward to. I find it therapeutic and rewarding when I see the things I can make with my very own hands and the idea that there are no boundaries on what one can create excites me!
What are you Sew Giddy about?