Archive | February, 2016

Fabric: To Wash, or Not To Wash…that is the Question!

13 Feb

 


So this may seem like a silly question to those of you who have been sewing garments for any length of time, but for a novice like me who’s only made craft-type things and hasn’t sewn anything wearable – I found it to be my first question when I brought out my bright, crisp, and beautiful fabric in preparation for my first-ever clothes making project! Should I wash the fabric before cutting it…or is it really necessary to take that extra step?? Will it really make a difference one way or another?!

Okay, okay…so it’s not really clothes that I’m making..it’s an apron! : ) I’m excited about it though and I’m even attempting to follow a store bought pattern. Of course, I have used patterns before…but they were those easy templates printed from the internet that guided me to outline a shape, or I’d draw my own pattern to make a crafty project…but a real pattern on that flimsy, thin paper from an envelope for what seems to be a simple apron was…well – it was kind of intimidating when I laid it all out! Then, this fabric question popped into my head! Wash it? Don’t wash it?? What to do!?

As usual, I went surfing (on the internet of course) and found a great article about this exact subject at Makeit-Loveit.com and thought I should share it with all of you since you too may have had the same question! After all, if I have heard conflicting opinions, maybe you have too! Some quilters say NEVER to wash the fabric first, some crafters say it’s not necessary, and others say that washing fabric ahead of time may cause the colors to fade and only delay starting your project! Still, there are some who swear that washing beforehand is the only option, without exception.

Opinions on this subject may still vary but what I found img_8663to be the best choice was…(drum roll please…)….WASH, DRY and IRON….and always, always, ALWAYS iron after washing. I admit, I hate ironing. Ironing the freshly washed fabric, however,  ensures proper measuring and cutting, and makes the fabric easier to work with than a freshly washed and dried crumpled and twisted piece of fabric would be.

If you want to know more, click here for the ins-and-outs of why fabric should always be washed before sewing anything – yes even before sewing those crafts! You’ll also learn why we should wash our crisp new fabric as soon as we bring it home from the store!

Hopefully this little tidbit of info will help you get more out of your sewing experience and keep you happily sewing along!

If you have any sewing tips you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Sewing!!

Whimsical Button Heart on Burlap

11 Feb

As I mentioned in my last post, I LOVE HEARTS, and this Whimsical Heart, filled with an array of buttons, is my latest project! Perfect for decorating this Valentine’s Day! A pretty cute gift idea too, don’t you think?!

This quick creation has personality and is popping with color and texture! I used buttons of all shapes and sizes, layered and hot glued onto a stretched burlap canvas. Everything was conveniently purchased on Amazon.com and delivered to my doorstep! What’s easier than that!?

These little eye-pleasers are great for Valentines Day (or any day really) and the canvas can be hung on a wall or propped on a shelf or mantle! Not a burlap fan??…you could use  white canvas, or hot glue the buttons to a patterned fabric and frame it!

I think buttons are fun and are great for decorating up just about any space, and for any occasion! Click here for more Button Projects on Pinterest! The ideas are endless!

Have you made a project using buttons? I would LOVE to see your creations!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone and THANKS for stopping by!

 

UPDATE March 2016:

Just a quick update to show you that this Button project is open to other ideas too! Here are a couple of my other projects; one is on stretched burlap canvas, the other on stretched white canvas.

Stay crafty my friends!

Mini Heart Basket

7 Feb

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I love Valentine’s Day! In fact, the heart is my favorite shape! I see hearts everywhere!…in the clouds, in the snow, in a dribble of spilled milk on the counter, and even in a coiled up hairband on my bathroom counter. Heart shapes vary, just like our moods. They can have straight lines meet with curves or they can be built with nothing but curves…or hard, straight lines. Some have points while others do not. They don’t have to be symmetrical, they can be tall and skinny, uneven, short and wide, doubled up with another heart, and so on. Oh the symbolism of a flexible heart!!

While browsing through twitter, I came across a quick and easy pattern for a little heart basket and immediately had to make these soft little treat holders! You can find the pattern here at PetalsToPicots.com for these adorable Hugs & Kisses Heart Baskets. I was able to create a bunch of them in no time! These easy to make, little baskets have an XO pattern on the side and can be filled with sweet treats for your special Valentine! They are inexpensive but personal. Here’s a couple I have made! Filled with Hershey Kisses, it gives you an idea of their small, but practical Valentine size. I used soft yarn so the baskets’ heart shape changes as they are filled with candy and well…that’s okay with me! I love that no two baskets are exactly alike. I fill them then cup my hands around them to mold their shapes to be skinnier, fatter, or a bit uneven. Besides, who wants a stiff and unyielding heart anyway!? 🙂

Tell me about the fun projects you have made for all of the Valentine’s in your life?

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