National Sewing Month Hooray for September 

  

http://www.nationalsewingmonth.org 

Official Home of National Sewing Month
The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

National Sewing Month is a time to indulge your passion for sewing and is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to the craft if you’ve never tried it before. New and experienced enthusiasts can find free sewing projects and Guidelines for sewing, embroidery, craft and appliqué articles available on the Sewing & Craft Alliance (SCA) website at http://www.sewing.org. Looking for an instructor? Try the SCA searchable instructor database to find one in your area.
Another place to start is the American Sewing Guild. With chapters and neighborhood groups across the country, members meet monthly to share their skills and ideas, enjoy education sessions and participate in community sewing projects.

September is a time to celebrate our passion, but we know the creative, therapeutic and calming effects of sewing are joys that we can celebrate throughout the entire year.
Happy sewing!

 

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Barbie Clothes – Stash Buster

My daughter is the very proud owner of a Barbie house, she was so very patient riding the bus home and then waiting for mummy to construct it, even helping with some of it she is very good at telling me where each piece went☺️

Once built ohhh the excitement of putting the new furniture inside and then ooohhhhh mummy we neeeeeeddd the Barbies ……..

Out they came in a whirlwind of Barbie stuff looking like they were having the worst bad hair day EVER, oh no what a messy mess mum, time for a brush we think, and whilst your brushing the hair I will have a go at making some clothes for them, even more smiles.

Here is how I made a skirt and top

IMG_3381 Two rectangles 16″ x 4″ and 4″ x 3″image Overlock or zig-zag stitch all the way around each piece.

image Hem the bottom edge

image Make a casing for the elastic along the top edge.

imageJoin the two short edges right sides together leaving the casing open for the elastic to go through.

imageThread the elastic through and their you go a Barbie skirt.

imageHem the two long edges.

imageMark where you want the ribbon straps to go, I did this by holding around the doll and marking with a erasable pen.

imagePin into place and sew across going back over it twice for strength.

imageRepeat for the back of the straps.

imageMeasure once again for where the Velcro should go, sew into place.

imageimageAnd their you a pretty Barbie.🌸🌺

Handmade Fabric Doll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello I thought I would share the new addition to the handmade fabric dolls that I have been making, please let me know what you think.

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Thank you 🌺🌸

Love Sewing issue 6 Shoulder Bag

   
After a extremely stressful week at work and at home one of which included my beloved dog to go missing luckily he was found by the police quite far away from home who sent him to the dog warden who brought him back to me 23 hours later a massive thank you to everyone’s kind messages and to the police and dog warden 😃 we are all so very happy he is home safe and well.  

 I decided that some sewing was called for after all that, so a look through my magazines for inspiration and this is what jumped out at me to make.

So after cutting out 26 separate pieces it was fairly straight forward, starting with ironing with interfacing followed by sewing the main body of the bag using a T box or flat bottom seam for the bottom of the bag, next the D-ring tabs, bag flap, and the main tab.

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   
          

Next up was the lining pockets nice and easy pockets and sewing the main body lining together followed by sewing the king to the main bag pulling through/right side out, top stitching around the top of the bag, then the bag strap a good iron and Ta-Dah a bag 😊☺️😄

   
      
💜💛💚💙❤️

I used my new bag today when I went out for lunch with my three beautiful girls, it held all my stuff from my old shop brought handbag and it didn’t fall apart 😃😄😀 X 

Love Sewing issue 6 Shoulder Bag

   
After a extremely stressful week at work and at home one of which included my beloved dog to go missing luckily he was found by the police quite far away from home who sent him to the dog warden who brought him back to me 23 hours later a massive thank you to everyone’s kind messages and to the police and dog warden 😃 we are all so very happy he is home safe and well.  

 I decided that some sewing was called for after all that, so a look through my magazines for inspiration and this is what jumped out at me to make.

So after cutting out 26 separate pieces it was fairly straight forward, starting with ironing with interfacing followed by sewing the main body of the bag using a T box or flat bottom seam for the bottom of the bag, next the D-ring tabs, bag flap, and the main tab.

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   
          

Next up was the lining pockets nice and easy pockets and sewing the main body lining together followed by sewing the king to the main bag pulling through/right side out, top stitching around the top of the bag, then the bag strap a good iron and Ta-Dah a bag 😊☺️😄

   
      
💜💛💚💙❤️

I used my new bag today when I went out for lunch with my three beautiful girls, it held all my stuff from my old shop brought handbag and it didn’t fall apart 😃😄😀 X 

Make Do and Mend 

Look what I found in my local charity shop  

Although I haven’t read all of it just yet, I have looked at the sewing bits and think it’s fairly interesting on how things have changed and how things were made and fixed back in the day.

 

All I can say is thank goodness for the sewing machine button hole function.

Just imagine having to sew button holes by hand 😐 I think I would of had a full on melt down

  

I love the N.B. Tip

It says make horizontal buttonholes for coats, jackets and all fitted garments, for looser things like shirts and blouses, the buttonholes should be vertical. Who knew ????

Thank you 🌸🌸

Hemming a Circle Skirt

This is the method I use to hem a circle skirt or anything that needs hemming that has a curve to it, it helps if your pattern requires you to cut with your grain on the bias, I know this is difficult as the skirt is almost circular but if you have some of it on the bias this helps by giving you a less lumpy edge 😊

STEP 1

Zig-zag your raw edge using regular zip-zag or using your edging foot/overlocker foot or your overlocker

image I have a overlocker foot which since I don’t own a overlocker machine is the one of the best sewing machine feet I own.

image I think it gives you a nice neat edge and leaves you with no stray threads that will need trimming of.

STEP 2

Sew a straight stitch about 1cm from the edge.

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STEP 3

Iron along the line of stitches

STEP 4

Sew next to the zig-zag stitch trying to keep as straight as possible as this will show on the right side of your fabric.

STEP 5

Iron you skirt and that’s it

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You can also do this method for a double fold you just don’t zig-zag your raw edge.

Thank you  😊🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸😊