DIY: How To Make Tiny Pom Poms With A Fork! Tiny pom pom's. What more could you ask for in life? This week we thought we would show you how to make these adorable little balls of happiness with just a fork and some wool. Cute, basic and ready to be glued onto everything; now that is my kind of tutorial! Itching to get started? Ok, lets go: 1) you will need some wool and a prong-y fork. 2) wrap the wool around the outer two prongs until it gets really fat. 3) once you are ready, cut the end of the wool and using a new small piece or a little thread, bunch the wool together and tie really tightly so it is secure. 4) take your wool off the fork and cut all the loops. 5) trim all the extra long straggly bits so it is big, round and beautiful.. *Ta*Da* Cute and simple and ready for anything! We like to use these little bad boys to flourish gifts for our nearest and dearist. Enjoy...
DIY Glam Bridal Necklace One of my favorite projects that I tackled for our wedding was creating the necklace I wore on the big day. The end result looks like a million bucks, but the supplies were relatively inexpensive - it just took a bit of time and effort! I first blogged about starting this necklace a year ago in my post, All that Glitters. I ended up deciding not to post the final walk through of the project until after the wedding so the big reveal of my necklace could be at our wedding. As I mentioned in my previous blog post on the necklace, the inspiration came from a gorgeous Jenny Packham necklace that I tried on at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier when I was gown shopping. The first step in the process was to find the crystals to adorn the necklace. The second step is creating the necklace form. Once you have the paper form just right, its time to move to fabric. Next I carefully cut around the paper form using high quality fabric scissors.
Sew Serendipity: Don't Fear the (invisible) Zipper Today I am going to talk about the dreaded zipper. I know there are many of you out there who despise them....really they are not to be feared! Honestly, I avoided learning how to install an invisible zipper for a long time because I thought there was some sort of magic that I didn't know, so I continued to put in conventional zippers until I designed the Sabrina Tunic. I decided then and there (this was just LAST SPRING, people!) This was the inspiration for this post as well as a recent email conversation that I had with someone asking if my tunics required the installation of a zipper and that she really didn't get along with zippers too well. You will notice in the following photos that I use a regular zipper foot. It is also important to note that you can substitute an invisible zipper for a regular one in just about any article of clothing. Here goes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. And that is it! Happy Sewing!
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Handy Reference Cards for Knitters and Crocheters « The C Side Check out the latest version here Every time I come across a pattern that calls for a needle or a hook thats size is not given in metric I have to go ask Google what size that is. So instead of having to do that every time I decided to make handy reference cards. The PDF includes 3 cards Needle Size ConversionHook Size ConversionWIP, gauge and recommended hook or needle size for different yarn category I also added the WIP card because I buy lots of yarn that does not clearly state what category yarn it falls into. Now I am thinking I need mini project cards and printable ball bands. Download the PDF file for the Handy Reference Cards Print them on card stock, cut them and have them laminated so they can withstand every day wear and tear. For such a lazy person, I spent a couple of hours making these this mornings. Is there anything else I am missing?
DIY: Festivalize Your Shirt Giveaway Festival season is approaching, when fashion becomes that much more eclectic and free. People pull out all the stops to create a perfect festival look that’s eye catching, free spirited, and unique. This week for a DIY we customized one of our High and Low Buttondown shirts with fabric pens and embroidery stitches. Click through to find out how to win it, and how we did it! How to enter: Tweet or Instagram your favorite photo from a festival with the hashtag #FPDIY! Comment on this post and provide your Twitter or Instagram handle. We wanted the shirt to be slightly customized, so we took our two favorite colors: a neon pink and a neon orange fabric pen and created small patterns around the shirt pockets and shoulder seams. What you need: A shirt of your choice, fabric pens, embroidery threads, and a sewing needle. Start decorating! Use embroidery thread to add texture and there you go, a cute shirt for a festival! Don’t forget enter to win! Tags: DIY, fashion, festival, giveaway
Installing an Invisible Zipper Zippers can be daunting even for experienced sewers. The reason? Zippers are often installed the wrong way. With this tutorial we cover how to install an invisible zipper. Items Needed: invisible zipperthreadscissorspinsinvisible zipper footzipper footgarment Before we start, take a look at the back of your invisible zipper. 1. zipper tape is usually smaller than 5/8″ 2. place the pins parallel to the zipper 3. 4. sewing slowly helps prevent the fabric from puckering 5. 6. double check your zipper before sewing 7. remember to back stitch at the end of the zipper 8. 9. make sure the seam allowances line up 10. keep your seam line even to avoid puckering 11. 12. And there you have it!
Easy No Sew Fleece Blanket Edging What a week I have had – some good and some not so good. How about I start with the good. I think I mentioned the Joann’s fabric store in Grand Island, NE. is having a liquidation sale as they are opening a new store in another location in town and I guess they are not moving any of the merchandise from the old store to the new one so they have had very good sales going on. I purchased the anti-pill fleece in 2 yard segments to make single layer throws for my daughters, sons in law and grand children – 8 in all. I didn’t want the throws to get too heavy so that is why I only used one layer for each. I found directions on the internet for making the throws without the knots you usually see. Here are the step by step photos and directions I used to make them. Step 2 - Cut 1” slits around the entire edge and a 2” square out of each corner. was cutting and either added a little to each 1” fringe or subtracted a little so I wouldn’t have a really skinny or really fat strip at the corners.
the simple image sharer Thread sketching on fabric: techniques and tips Recently I've done a little free motion machine embroidery, or thread sketching. From some of the comments I received it's clear that this seems all a bit fancy, mysterious and only for extreme sewists. It's not. So I've written this post to demystify the process of 'thread sketching', and hopefully some of you will be encouraged to give it a go. Tools: FABRIC & NOTIONS- A piece of plain, preferably medium-weight cotton or linen (i.e. woven) material. - Just your regular sewing machine, set up with your regular sewing foot and a universal needle. - No, you do not need a special foot, or to lower your feed-dogs. That's right, 'free motion' does not mean '100% improvised'. Stuck for a design? Techniques 1. Using an air-soluble marker, draw your design on. 2. Now you want to 'draw' over the outline with thread, just once, to make it clear on the fabric: To do this, set your machine on a plain straight stitch, set to its shortest length (this will make it look like one long line). 3. 4. 5.
embroidery basics: stem and split stitches Last time, I showed you two of my favorite stitches, and this week, we have two of my least favorites. There's nothing really wrong with them, but everyone has their own tastes, right? My problem with the stem stitch is that it alluded me for so long that I still avoid it, and the split stitch? It always feels messy. Still, they are basic, must learn stitches, and you may love them! Get your hoop ready, and let's get started! As someone who likes the stabbing method (see this previous lesson), I'm tempted to take a single stitch, come up from the back just behind the end of my first stitch, and continue on. Instead, use the sewing method with the fabric a little loose in the hoop. Pull the floss through (not too tight!) Continue along the line, and it looks like this! For a long time, I thought I would never learn how to do this. This way is more like doing the back stitch, and I love that! Again, come up like you're back stitching, and go back down behind the previous stitch.