Quick Sewing Room Clean-Up


Don’t laugh…This is the current disaster in my sewing room.  I’ve completely neglected it over the last few months (yes, that’s my pink Christmas tree that I never got around to decorating).  But now with the new year, it’s time to get my act together.  You know your sewing room is in the same state of disorganization, so let’s get it cleaned up quickly.

A few years back, I wrote The ABCs of Spring Cleaning Your Sewing Room over on SewMamaSew.  There’s even a printable PDF for your convenience.  I know it isn’t Spring yet, but heck, you’ll be getting a jump start on it!


While going through the piles of crap on my cutting table, I found lots of treasures I had forgotten about.  Yes, the bags of fabric from Joann’s Black Friday Sale were yet to be unpacked.  It’s mostly more flannel that I don’t need.  I know…don’t judge me.


I did find all the goodies I purchased during a recent NYC shopping adventure with my dear friend, Sara Norris.  Sara and I met online about 7 years ago while sewing children’s custom boutique clothing.  When she told me she was coming to New York City for a few days, I just knew I had to show her my fabric playground (aka NYC’s Garment District).


Sara and I had a ball while her husband, Mike, waited patiently as we went treasure hunting.  Our first stop was Pacific Trimming—an old favorite of mine for rhinestone buttons and buckles.


We discovered a trim shop, Hai’s Trimmings Inc.,  I had never visited before.  This place had more high-end trims than the other shops I usually go to.  I was even able to finally find 24 row rhinestone trim to recover my bathroom switch plate!  This place was AMAZING!


Sara surprised me with the cutest spool of velvet trim she found at Antropologie.  Love it!

Now it’s time to find a home in my sewing room for all these sewing things.  Hopefully, once I get my kid back to school tomorrow, I’ll get back in the groove!  Hoping to sew a lot more this year than last!


Sewing a Ruffled Bed Skirt aka Dust Ruffle


I had put off sewing this project for so long, because my Socialite Sister™ wanted to change my Godchild’s bed from a Queen size to a Twin Size.  That never ended up happening and in the meantime, I got distracted.  But it was now time to get cracking on this Queen Ruffled Bed Skirt.

Using this tutorial, I spent hours tackling this project.  Lots of yardage.  OMG.  I have a new respect for my Mom who always sewed Home Decor—everything from King Size circular bed skirts to ornate pillow shams.

If you’re going to make one, I strongly suggest you buy a cheap bed skirt and use the decking (base fabric that sits on the box spring) instead of buying wide width material.  For $13, it was more cost-effective than ordering oversized material online.

Rip off the cheap polyester bed skirt from the decking and serge the decking edges (or sew a zig zag stitch to keep it from fraying).


This one-way print was a nightmare.  I suggest you find an all-over pattern to cover up any mistakes you make.  I had to sew 14 panels together to get the required length for the ruffle panels.  And then I realized the fabric was off grain…UGH!  So I did what every good seamstress would do…I fudged it.  Hopefully, it won’t be noticeable.

The bed skirt requires 3 lengths of fabric:  2 long side panels and the bottom panel.  To help me keep track of which panel was which, I used quilter’s clips—one clip on panel one, 2 clips on panel 2 and 3 clips of panel 3.


Since I don’t have a gathering foot for my sewing machine and I can’t estimate the amount of ruffling needed using my ruffler foot, I opted for my 5 Groove Pintuck foot and did things the old fashioned way.  It’s times like this when a Cording foot would come in handy.


Anyway, the pintuck foot has a groove on both the top and bottom.


I used buttonhole thread (you could use any thick thread), placing the spool on the extra thread stand.


I then passed it through the groove in the front of the foot and pulled it through the back, leaving a long thread tail.


I lined up the top edge of my fabric panel and stitched a wide zig zag over the buttonhole thread.  Make sure you don’t catch the buttonhole thread in your zig zag stitch.


I then divided both my fabric panel and decking into quarters (mark with a water-soluble marking pen).  Match up the quarter marks and pin at each quarter.  Now pull the buttonhole thread at each quarter to gather up the fabric panel to the size of the decking.


Space out your gathers evenly and pin to the decking (right sides together).


I then used my Edge Stitching foot to sew the gathered fabric panel to the decking.


Then I ran it through my serger to give it a professional look.


Oh…and one thing I should mention:  Extend your fabric panels around the side if you have corner bed posts.


Overlap the fabric panels.  This allows the dust ruffle to hang nicely.

Done!  Another UFO crossed off my list!  Next up…two matching pillow shams.  But that will have to wait until next week.  I have a big BBQ this coming weekend!


Happy Sewing!

With friendship,


Sewing Here and Around the Web


Good news…darling daughter decided she didn’t need me to add a slit to her lined sequined prom gown.  Whew!  But I still had to hem it…both the lining and the dress itself.  Easy enough, I thought.  Wrong again.


See, I have a habit of “imagining” I have these advance sewing skills.  In my mind, I tell myself, “No problem.  I can easily do that.”  But then reality sets in (usually the night before a deadline) and I panic.  Often I am paralyzed with fear of screwing up.  I have thoughts of ruining the fabric with a slip of the rotary cutter, hemming something too short, or any number of things that can’t be fixed.  Truth is I’m usually winging it…trial and error (with mostly errors).  But last night, I had to suck it up and get it done.

The satin lining had a scalloped rolled hem.  I needed to take off about an inch.  Being that I’ve never perfected the rolled hem, I opted to finish the raw edge with a 4-thread overlock stitch, press up the hem and do a simple edge stitch.  It came out decent enough for a slip (no one is going to inspect it, I hope).


Next dilemma…trying to mark a cutting line on the sequin/beaded gown.  You simple cannot mark this fabric with anything…I tried chalk (which just made a mess of my cutting table) and  tape (I couldn’t curve it).  Neither solution worked.


Then I got the bright idea to baste the cutting line on my sewing machine.  I used blue painter’s tape to mark the 4 inches distance for the basting.  Basting such thin fabric just ended up making it gather randomly.  I tried doing it on the sewing machine, but kept breaking needles (even metallic/sharp needles).  At this point, all I wanted to do was stick a needle in my eye.sequin4

I decided to just “eyeball” it.  Not perfect, but good enough.  I cut away all the sequins and beads in the path of the needle and did a 3-thread rolled hem on the serger. Worked pretty good.  And she’ll only be wearing the dress for 3 or 4 hours.  Then the gown will be thrown in the bottom of her suitcase never to be worn again.sequin5

I have to spend today cleaning up the mess the darn sequins and beads made.  They are everywhere!  Never again will I sew with this type of fabric.  I detest it.


But really…it could have been so much worse.  Originally, she wanted me to alter this teal sequin gown (pictured above) from my wedding (20 years ago!!!).  It’s fully sequined, lined and has boning.  Thankfully, she picked out the brown sequin gown and it’s done!  I’ll post pictures of her in the brown gown tomorrow after prom.


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Here’s an easier way to sew an elastic casing:  Elastic Casing

Luvininthemommyhood posted about How the Heck to Buy and Choose a Sewing Machine

Wildflowers and Whimsy has a great Bustle Back Dress Tutorial posted.

Pam Enry (one of the most talented shirt makers around) shows us how to sew a designer elasticated casing.

Laurie Anderson shares a great Lace Insertion Tutorial.

Check out Dawn’s (Olabelhe) new sewing room!!!  WOW!

Happy Sewing!

With friendship,



Appliqué Tutorial with Silhouette SD and Fabric Interfacing


Have you tried using your Silhouette SD with their new Fabric Interfacing?  It’s really quite simple.  Here’s a quickie tutorial to get you started…


Within your Silhouette design software, pick a shape and do a Trace of the Outer Edge.


For this project, I’m using their SEWABLE Fabric Interfacing.  Cut off a piece about 1 inch bigger than your design.


Iron the ROUGH SIDE of your Fabric Interfacing to the WRONG SIDE of your fabric.  Then just peel off the paper backing of the Fabric Interfacing.


Place the Interfacing side of the fabric onto the THICK cutting mat.  Using the PINK blade cap, set your machine to cut at a SPEED between 3 and 5.  Then set your THICKNESS between 25 and 33.  Press CUT!


You just then peel away excess fabric.


Find something to place your appliqué on such as one of the hundreds of bloomer blanks in my sewing stash.


Iron on your appliqué.  Note:  I used a little Basting Spray to hold it very secure to the bloomers.


Then just go to your sewing machine and stitch inside the edge of the fabric!

I felt like being a little extra crafty, so I embellished my little bloomers with some bows.


Good News!  Silhouette is doing a fantastic promotion during the month of March that I wanted to share with you.  You can purchase a Silhouette SD electronic die cutting machine, one of each type of fabric interfacing (clean cut & sewable) and a roll of white flocked Heat Transfer material for only $229!  That’s a savings of $100!

Also, for those of you who are already lucky enough to own a Silhouette SD electronic cutting machine, you can get 25% off their new Fabric Interfacing. This promotion will run through March 27th.  Code word is DIVA.


Lots of other bloggers are having fun with the Clean Cut Fabric Interfacing:

The Stories of a2z

Crap I’ve Made

Sugar Doodle

House of Smiths

Living with Lindsay

Homemade by Jill

Other bloggers are experimenting with the Sewable Fabric Interfacing:

My Blessed Life

Beneath My Heart

Southern Sassy Pants

The Idea Room

Sew Dang Cute

Craftaholics Anonymous

Shanty 2 Chic

And check out A Lemon Squeezy Home’s tutorial for using Heat n Bond!

For even more ideas, head over to the Silhouette Blog!

If you don’t own a Silhouette machine yet, here’s a few blogs currently having Giveaways:



A Bowl Full of Lemons

In The Fun Lane

Happy Money Saver


Needle n Thread

Prudent Baby

Happy Crafting!


Sew Red

After my post, Sew You Need a Personal Shopper, last week with all the PINK goodies, Lynn asked for REDAnyone who knows me, knows I can’t stand RED.  There is absolutely no RED in my garden, wardrobe, home and even at Christmas time.

However, being the wonderful sewing friend I am, I’ve collected all the great RED sewing items on the web.  Enjoy!


Check out this adorable Vintage Red Child’s Sewing Machine!


Ooooh!  Here’s a Miniature Vintage Sewing Machine, too!


Heck, bet you don’t have a Miniature Sewing Machine LIGHTER!


Found this Vintage Red Spool Holder (even thought I think it’s really a poker chip holder).


What’s a sewing room without Vintage Red Scissors?


You could use this memory card case to store sewing machine and serger feet!


This Red Tupperware Case would always work!


Check out this awesome Red Metal Doll Accessories Trunk!  You could store your sewing notions and trims in it.


Or if you wanted something smaller, these Vintage Red Sewing Tins would be perfect.


How about this cute Red Velvet Cake Pincushion?


Or an adorable Red Velvet Tomato Pincushion?


Even better, a Red Velvet Shoe Pincushion with a secret storage compartment for thread.


Of course, you’ll need Red Pearl Pins for your pincushion


and Red Heart Pins for your bulletin board.


Although a Bingo Chip Collector would do the same as this Red Magic Pin Collector, this is made by Singer (so you’re supporting the sewing industry).


What’s a sewing room without a Red Sewing Tape Measure which reads, “LIVE LARGE!”


And you can jot down all your measurements or design a new quilt with this Red Quilt Happy Notebook!


This Red Train Case / Sewing Box could store all your hand sewing projects.


Even better, this Vintage Red Sewing Box would hold the mother load of sewing items.


Of course, you’ll need some Red Needle Grabbers for hand sewing.


What about a Vintage Red Record Box?  You could use it to store your sewing patterns!


Singer even makes a RED Dress Form!


Look at this luscious Red Silk Velvet Fabric


and this Red Silk Dupioni!  I could think of a hundred things to make with these fabrics!


You’ll also need some Red Velvet Gathered Trim,


Red Velvet Trim with Sequins


and some Red Gingham Elastic Trim, too!


If you’re a fabric hoarder, these Red Storage Crates would be perfect!


What sewing room is complete without a Red Crystal Chandelier?  You’re welcome!  LOL

Oh…came across a post about Things I’ve Learned From Sewing at 2:00 a.m. that I just have to share with all of you. Hilarious!


Sew, You Need a Personal Shopper?

Figured I’d be your personal shopper today for all your sewing needs and desires…LOL!  Came across some neat sewing stuff on Ebay and Etsy for all my sewing buddies.  Yes, I know everything is PINK…but I also know you love PINK, too! Enjoy!


This is one of the best Child’s Vintage Pink Sewing Machine I’ve ever seen on Ebay.  No wonder bidding is already over $300.  Still, it’s beautiful!


If the Singer machine is too pricey for your budget, what about this adorable Kay-ee Sew Master?


The heck with the kids…get yourself a pretty Pink Atlas Sewing Machine!


I am tempted to bid on this sweet Vintage Pink Leather Sewing Box, but I have to stop myself.  I think I have at least 3 of them.  Besides, you really need one.  I know…how nice of me?


Oh!  Pink Thread Snippers!  I’m liking these!


Perhaps you would prefer Hot PINK cushioned Thread Snips instead?


Heck, if you don’t sew, you could always use this pink sewing awl as a weapon.  Just saying.


How adorable are these Felt Rose Embellishments?  At this price, I wouldn’t even bother trying to make them, KWIM?


How delicious would this Vintage Pink Embroidered Collar be added to a cashmere sweater?


I have both the Original Chaco Liner and the Slim Chaco Liner, but not this Clover Pink Chaco Liner Pen.  Check out the design of the tip which lets you mark directly up against your ruler.  That’s definitely an improvement over the other two Chaco Liners.


Look!  A Limited Edition PINK Side Winder for bobbin winding!


What a cute PINK Sewing Kit to keep in the car for little emergencies.


Has anyone tried one of these Needle Threaders?  If so, did it work easily?


How stunning is this Pink Velvet Rhinestone Trim?  Don’t know what you’d add it to, but it is unique.


Forget that old ugly red tomato pin cushion.  Check of this yummy Pink Velvet Pin Cushion.


The Ott Lite now comes in PINK!  Oh my!  I already have two Ott Lites…hmmm, maybe I need a third one.  Oh and it’s HD…didn’t know HD (high definition) lighting even existed.  I really must get out more.


This Pink Rhinestone Beaded Trim is scrumptious!  Don’t you think?


Looking for unusual fabric?  Check out this  hand screen printed fabric from Flippafabric.  Too stinkin’ cute!


One can never have enough pin cushions.  Especially pretty handmade pin cushion like this.  It even comes with a few pins!


I’m loving this Poster!


The seller even has a Keep Calm and Sew On Poster which can be order in PINK (or any other color of your choice).


Need to spruce up a boring sewing room?  Perhaps a cool Dress form Wall Decal would do the trick.


I love vintage sewing finds.  How about a Vintage Hoop-La to make a bouffant skirt?


How adorable are these Hand painted Pin Boxes?


And for my church-going friends, I found this Sew Blessed Sign.


I think I might have this saying on one of my little sewing stickers.  But this is a vinyl Dressmaker Sign.  Put that on the door to your sewing room to scare away unwanted children visitors.

  With friendship,

Lisa needle

Since it’s National Sewing Month, how about some FREE FABRIC?

EDIT:  WE HAVE A WINNER!  GIGI WINS A YARD OF FABRIC IN HER CHOICE OF TYPE AND COLOR! (Gigi….email me at domesticdiva@si.rr.com )

September is National Sewing Month (you can follow along on Facebook)!  So I guess it’s time for me to get back to my favorite thing to do:  Sewing!

I’ve recently stopped working and just got the kids back to school, so I now have my days to enjoy sewing once again.  Yippee!


First things first.  After shrinking my beautiful white smocked shower curtain in the wash, I needed to find a replacement for my Tiffany inspired bathroom.

At HomeGoods, I found a black polyester/cotton waffle-weave shower curtain.  Although nice, it needs something to make it unique.  Searching through my trim stash, I came upon this beautiful sequin trim in Tiffany Blue (I know you’re thinking the trim looks silver, but it’s not in person).


Great.  But now I need to figure out how to attach the sequin trim to the shower curtain.  Do I sew it?  If so, what type of sewing machine needle, stitch type and thread do I use?  Glue it?  Would I use hot glue or another type of adhesive?  What about Res-Q Tape?  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


FREE YARD OF FABRIC TO WHOEVER COMES UP WITH THE BEST SUGGESTION on how to attach the sequin trim!  POST YOUR SUGGESTIONS BELOW!  The Winner will receive a yard of either Quilter’s cotton or cotton knit in the color of their choice.  Contest ends tomorrow at 5pm EST.


July 25th – It’s “Thread the Needle” Day


July 25th is Thread the Needle Day, referring both to sewing and the aphorism “to thread the needle,” meaning “walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues,” according to Holiday Insights.

More info over at The Daily Green.


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