Sew…Are You A Gift Wrapping Diva?

How cool is this gift bag template?  Ingenious.  Get it here.  Heck, I’m sure one could use stabilized fabric, too…right?

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Super Duper Compact Sewing or Scrapbook Organization and Storage

Ummm…it doesn’t get more compact that this…LOL!

The Original Scrapbook Company

With friendship,

Lisa

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SEW Totally Stable and a Quick Machine Embroidery Applique Tutorial

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Since Missy just got a new embroidery machine, I figured I’d post some useful information on machine embroidery…

MACHINE APPLIQUE & EMBROIDERED TOTE BAG TUTORIAL

Kacey asked me to make her another Embroidered Applique Tote for one of her fellow teachers.  Perfect timing for a quickie tutorial using a machine applique embroidery design.  You can either sew your own tote bag or buy a simple tote bag at your local craft store:

Let’s get started…

Prepare your applique fabric:  Remove the protective sheet on a piece of Steam-A-Seam 2 Double Stick Fusible Web and fuse it to the wrong side of your applique fabric.

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Next, remove the other paper side of the fusible and put your applique fabric off to the side for the moment.

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Cut a piece of Sulky Totally Stable™ fusible stabilizer and hoop it in your embroidery hoop (fusible side up).

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Use a pin to make the center of the stabilizer outside the hoop.

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Use another pin to make the center of your tote.  Match both pins up for perfect centering.

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Using a printed template of your embroidery design, decide where you’d like to place your design.

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Make a pinhole in the center of the template and mark it using a water soluble marking pen

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and draw a cross.  Now lightly fuse the tote bag to the stabilizer.  You can easily fit your iron inside the larger embroidery hoops–just be careful as you don’t want to melt your expensive embroidery hoop…LOL!  If you are using a small hoop, you’ll need a mini iron.

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Threading your Embroidery Machine:  Do not put your embroidery thread on the spool holder.  Instead, place your embroidery thread in front of your machine and thread it between two spool holders.  Then thread it through the tensions and needle as you would normally.  This helps the embroidery and other specialty thread go through the tensions easily.

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Change your embroidery machine needle to a sharp needle and put embroidery bobbin thread in your bobbin case–it adds less thread weight to your project and helps pull the top embroidery thread to the underside of the fabric.  You can purchase pre-wound bobbin thread in bulk.

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Place your hooped tote bag in the machine.  Move your sewing machine needle so it lines up with the marked cross.

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Place your applique fabric right side up on the tote bag.  Hold your embroidery thread taut and start stitching.

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Most machine applique embroidery designs have at least two running stitches before the actual satin stitch is placed.

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After the first running stitch is finished, remove hoop and cut away excess applique fabric from the tote.

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Return hoop to the embroidery machine and stitch out second running stitch.

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Any fabric which extends past the second running stitch will create “pokies” (fabric not covered by satin stitch), so be sure to trim them as close as possible.

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Without removing your project from the hoop, slide hoop off embroidery machine and iron the applique fabric to the tote.

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Return hoop to the embroidery machine.  Start your satin stitch and the rest of any embroidered design.

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Remove hoop from your embroidery machine.  Pull tote off of the hoop.

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Remove excess stabilizer from the back of the applique with tweezers.

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Give both the front and back of the applique a quick press being careful not to melt the embroidery thread.

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All done!

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There are so many different methods of machine embroidery…this is just the way I do it when using heavy fabric.  Some people prefer Cut Away Stabilizer.  Some people prefer to use machine embroidery needles.  It’s all a matter of preference–do what works for you!

MACHINE EMBROIDERY LINKS

Selecting the Right Stabilizer

Thread Artist’s Embroidery Stabilizer Lessons

HTCW Products including 2 Videos

Ann’s 7 Rules of Stabilizing

Embroidering Sweatshirts Video

Embroidering “In The Hoop” Tissue Holders Video

Embroidering “In The Hoop” Pot Holders Video

Embroidering on Velvet Video

Embroidering on Fleece Video

How to do Machine Monogramming

Embroidering T-Shirts Video

Embroidering on Satin Video

How to do Machine Applique Video

Embroidering Towels Video

Smocking In the Hoop Tutorial

How to Use Fusible No-Show Poly Mesh

Floriani’s Quick Stabilizer Reference

Pamela’s Floriani Stabilizer Workbook

Threads’ Making Sense of Stabilizers

Sulky Stabilizer FAQ

Happy Sewing!

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Organizing Your Sewing Room: Fabric Stash – Fat Quarters, Fabric Scraps and Even Fabric Bolt

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Irene of Mushroom Villagers asked what to do with all her fabric scraps, so I added some ideas on organizing fat quarters, fabric scraps and even fabric bolts to The Sewing Room Organization Challenge – Part I – Fabric Organization.  Check it out!

Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

lisa

 

SEW Organized Re-Cap and Links for Sewing Studios, Craft Rooms and Scrapbooking Corners

SEWING ROOM ORGANIZATION RECAP

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Since so many of you crafty gals’ New Year’s Resolutions are to tidy up your sewing and craft rooms, here’s a quick re-cap of my Sewing Room Organization Challenge:

Getting Started

Part I – Fabric

Part II – Thread

Part III – Needles and Stabilizers

Part IV – Laces, Trims and Ribbons

Part V – Sewing Library:  Patterns, Embroidery Designs, Magazines and Books

Part VI – Notion Commotion

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

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Candy Goff’s Managing Your Stash

Dawn Duperault’s Getting Organized, Making Space to Quilt and Storing Notions

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Organizing Tips from Quilter’s Review

How to Organize a Sewing Area by eHow

HGTV’s Organizing a Sewing Space

Masterstech’s Fabric Storage FAQ

Cut Out and Keep’s Fabric Brochure

DIY’s Clever Organizing

Buzzle’s Organize Your Sewing or Craft Room

Heartblossom’s Organizing Stashes

Shari Armstrong’s How to Organize Your Sewing Equipment

Women Folk’s Challenge of Organizing a Small Quilting Studio

HGTV’s Organizing Your Sewing Room for Quilters

Organizing Sewing Rooms from Mrs. Clean

Needleworks Tips and Techniques’ Organize Your Stash

Thrifty Fun’s Organizing a Sewing Room

Get Creative’s Organizing your Craft Room

Home Organizing Ideas’ Sewing Room Organization

NMSU’s Designing a Sewing Center

Quilt Net’s Sewing Room FAQ

Home Decorating’s Sewing Room Plan

Woman of a 1,000 Hobbies’ Sewing Organization

That should keep you girls busy…LOL!

Happy New Year!

With friendship,

Lisa

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SEWING ROOM ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE – PART VI – NOTION COMMOTION©

NOTION COMMOTION

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In addition to your Sewing Room, any of these organization ideas can be used in your Craft Room, Scrapbooking Corner and/or Jewelry Making Studio.  Get creative!

Ok…it’s time to get back to work! We have a few little things we need to still need to organize, so let’s get started.

CLOSURES

There are literally dozens of ways to fasten a garment or home décor item. Get yourself some clear containers or cheap photo boxes and start sorting your closures. Make sure you label each container and stack it on your shelves. Here’s how I divide them:

Zippers

Buttons, Snaps, Eyelets, Grommets, Hooks and Eyes

Elastic, Velcro and Snap Tape

ZIPPERS

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Teresa Franco’s awesome zipper storage idea

You could also organize your zippers with safety pins, but instead put them on a tie rack:

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Revolving Tie Rack from Harriet Carter

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Wall Mounted Tie Rack

Just bought my husband this motorized revolving tie rack.  Think he’d mind if I borrowed it for my ribbon?  LOL

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Brookstone Motorized Revolving Tie Rack

BUTTONS, SNAPS, EYELETS, GROMMETS, HOOKS AND EYES

There are literally hundreds of ways you can organize these small objects.  I store my snaps and buttons in these See n Store magnetic containers:

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I currently have 36 of these nifty containers and plan to add more as needed.  They can be mounted on the wall or free-standing and in a variety of combinations:

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5 Tin Magnetic Standing Storage at Organize.com

5 Tin Magnetic Hanging Storage at Organize.com

8 Tin Magnetic Standing Storage at Oriental Trading

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Custom Magnetic Spice Racks

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Kamenstein Magnetic Spice Rack

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Making Memories Modular Storage System

If you’re trying to keep costs down, Make Your Own Magnetic Storage Board.  You only need FOUR things to make this quick and easy board to hold your sewing and craft notions:

1 -STEEL SHEET

2 – SMALL METAL CONTAINERS

3 – MAGNETS

4 – GLUE

  • Crazy Glue™
  • Hot Glue

Have your husband or dad drill four holes in the corner of the steel sheet/board for mounting, if desired.

Hang sheet/board on wall or store in drawer.

Glue a magnet to the back of each container.  Let dry.

Stick magnetic containers to sheet/board.  Done!

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Martha Stewart adds Buttons to her Magnetic Containers

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Add a photo to your containers if you’d like.

Additional magnetic board tutorials:

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Amber’s DIY Spice Rack

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Lowe’s Magnetic Board Tutorial

Other clever storage ideas:

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Solutions Station Set

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Deflecto Revolving Clear Storage at Shoplet.com

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Drawer Cabinet at Shoplet.com

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Button Bank

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Making Memories’ Jars

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Economical Glass Jars by the Case

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Fancy Jars

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Storage Tins

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ArtBin 24 Compartment Slide ‘n Store

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Making Memories’ Sortables

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Carousel Organizer

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Snap or Button Organizer from Stacks n Stacks

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60 Translucent Drawer Unit

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Bead and Embellishment Tower

Bubblebox Organizer w/36 Compartments

36 Compartment Bubble Box

You could also use a rail system installed on your wall:

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Rail System

and add the coordinating wire basket and/or containers:

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Wire Basket

I absolutely love my Deflect-o Tilt Out Storage Bins.  They are my favorite storage system in my sewing room:

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These bins come in all different sizes to suit your needs and lock together.  They can be mounted on the wall or placed on a shelf:

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Deflect-o Tilt-Out Clear Storage Bins at TheNerds.com

Deflect-o Tilt-Out Clear Storage Bins from Staples.com

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Provo Clear Mini Drawers

ELASTIC, VELCRO AND SNAP-TAPE
With all the different sizes and applications, it is easy to accumulate a large “stash” of elastic. I sort my elastic into three stacked storage boxes:

Thin Elastic (includes elastic thread)

Foldover Elastic and Decorative Elastic

Waistband Elastic

Here’s my pink leather boxes (once again from Home Goods):

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My Velcro and Snap-Tape are stored in similar leather boxes.  Any type of storage container, box or drawer will work:

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IKEA CD Boxes

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GLIS Plastic Boxes

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IKEA Decorative Boxes

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Interlocking Clear Containers

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Clear Acrylic Stackable Storage Drawers

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Small Organizer Drawers

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10 Drawer Tower Organizer

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Foremost Modular Storage Drawer Cubes

You can cover these drawers with either fabric or paper and then use decoupage to seal them:

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IKEA Wooden Drawers

You can even make erasable labels on each drawer:

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Erasable Label Tutorial

MARKING AND CUTTING IMPLEMENTS


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Are you constantly trying to find your favorite scissor or disappearing (literally) marking pen? A great solution is to find some type of utensil caddy which can be placed on your cutting table and then moved next to your sewing machine when needed.  I found this great revolving caddy (pictured above) at my local Home Goods store.

Check out your local office supplies store in their desk accessories aisle for lots of good ideas.
In this type of caddy, you can store:

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Prior to getting my neat revolving caddy, I used to store all my extra marking pens, scissors, tube turners, etc. in leather containers (also found as Home Goods).  For the items I don’t want to keep on my cutting table, I use one of these nifty Tupperware Utensil Caddies:

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Here’s a few more organizers to consider:

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The Caddy at HSN 

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Rubbermaid Rotating Desk Organizer

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Donna Dewberry Storage Spinner

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Grabbit Tool Caddy

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Cabela’s Revolving Tool Caddy

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Cutter Cubby

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Portable Supply Caddy

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Table Top Caddy

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Economical Caddy

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Tool Holder

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Utensil Holder with Adjustable Dividers

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Shabby Chic Utensil Holder

If you don’t have the space on your cutting surface or it’s portable, consider hanging your cutting implements on the wall:

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Plastic Perf Board

EZ Wall Organizer

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Metal Rail System at HSN

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Clotidle’s Peg Board

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Wall Hutch

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Wall Pocket

Tip:  The height of your cutting surface is so important as to avoid an aching back.  I use these under the legs of my table:

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Adjustable Bed Risers

 RULERS

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I use a wire mesh letter holder from my local office supplies store to hold my rulers at the end of my cutting table.  You can easily organize your rulers by either hanging them or standing them up like I do.  Here are some ways to do it:

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June Tailor Rule Your Rulers

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Quilting Ruler Organizer Shelf on Ebay

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Ruler Holder Rack on Ebay

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Ruler Holder Shelf on Ebay

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Ruler and Mat Organizer

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Rulers & Ruler Rack Combo Set

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Clotilde Ruler Rack

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Ruler Korral

Stop your Ruler from sliding on fabric.  I really works:

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Quilter’s Review

If you need a paper ruler to attach to the end of your table, here’s a free printable one.  Consider sending this ruler link to those you sew for (family, friends, customers, etc.) to get easy measurements:

Free Printable Rulers

SEWING STATION

There are a few things I like to keep next to my sewing machines:

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Get yourself a small bowl, container or divided tray (I use a dog dish…LOL) to keep all your necessary sewing supplies next to your sewing machine.  You’ll be able to easily find what you need without going through drawers and cabinets.

Here’s some other ideas:

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Sewing Station

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June Tailor Sewing Station

Make your own Sewing Station:

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Sewing.org’s Sewing Station Tutorial

Consider purchasing sewing machine and serger cushioned pads (helps with machine vibration) and thread/scrap catchers:

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Pedal-Sta’s Sewing Machine Pad w/ Thread Catcher

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Clotilde’s Serger Pad and Thread Catcher

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Pedal-Sta’s Serger Pad w/ Scrap Catcher

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Pioneer’s Serger Pad Thread Catcher at Joann’s

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Joann’s Sew Essential Scrap Caddy

You can also make your own:

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K Quilts’ Pincushion and Thread Catcher Tutorial

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Kezza’s Pincushion and Thread Catcher Tutorial

SEWING MACHINE / SERGER PRESSER FEET

Do you always find yourself looking blanking at a strange sewing machine foot and wondering what on earth is its purpose? Well, then it’s time to sort through them. I have dozens of sewing machine and serger feet. I use a divided pink leather case to easily store my sewing machine feet. If you label each section, it will be easy to locate the one needed.

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I keep my serger feet in a divided leather tray:
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You can use a cigar box (decoupage it with fabric):

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Cigar Boxes on Ebay Express
or any divided box:

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Clear Box with Moveable Dividers

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Small Parts Storage Case

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Budget 12 Compartment Storage Case

and label it like Mean Jean did:

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Mean Jean’s Presser Foot Organizer

You can even use a cutlery tray!
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Expandable Bamboo Flatware Tray

A jewelry organizer will also work!jewelryorganizer

Jewelry Organizer at Stacks n Stacks

or Jewelry Case

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PINK Jewelry Case

You can also purchase a great “foot organizer” from your local sewing dealer or use clear baseball card plastic sleeve protectors in a regular binder:

 

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Home Depot’s Sewing Notions Organizer

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Nancy’s Notions’ Presser Foot Storage Cases

Or make your own:

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Husqvarna Viking’s Presser Foot Organizer Tutorial

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Petit Debutante’s Presser Foot Organizer Tutorial

PRESSING SUPPLIES

Keep a small shelf over your ironing board for your pressing supplies. This would include:

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I keep two boxes next to my pressing station.  One contains all kinds of fusible tape which I use when I’m taking sewing shortcuts…LOL.  In the second box, I store my small pressing aids such as my Ezy Hem Guide, Iron Cleaner and Point Turner.

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I hang both my Tailor’s Board and Sleeve Board on the wall next to my ironing board.

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I purchased one of these Slim Drink Dispensers to keep water (holds a gallon!) next to my ironing board. It saves me dozens of trips back and forth to the sink to refill my iron!

You could also use a mounted peg board with hooks to hang all your pressing essentials.

MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLIES

I’m sure you have lots of other supplies which need to be organized and stored.  The list seems endless…LOL!  Here’s two more great storage ideas I came up with:

First, I re-purposed some doll accessory drawers.  These drawers store my size labels, garment labels, bow-making clips, etc.

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Next, I came across this neat piano-hinged box at TJ Maxx.

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The front cover folds down to reveal my hot fix tool and glues.  I glued a piece of cork board sheeting to the inside of the cover to make a nifty little bulletin board:

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Since you’re nosey, here’s a close-up of my stickers:

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You can get your own stickers here:

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Hope your creative space is finally becoming a place to love to be in–not a dreaded space.  If you have any ideas for additional sewing room organization topics, just email me!

Happy Sewing!

lisasiggie

My Christmas Wish for My Daughter

I wish you warmth on cold days…

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Dear friends who you can count on…

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The ability to choose the right path

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The foresight to see things ahead…

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The ability to overcome adversity…

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Empathy for those who are suffering…

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Strength to stand up for yourself…

If only I could wrap it all up for you, I’d put it all under the Christmas Tree.

With love,

MOM

Yes, all the gifts are for one special daughter who I love more than life itself.  Forgive me…I have a habit of getting a little carried away when it comes to my Sunshine Girl.

Quick Digital Photo Frames

Instead of messing around in Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop, check this out:

Big Huge Lab’s FRAMER

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FRAMER gives you the option of doing several different types of frames.  It also links to your Flickr and Photobucket account for easy uploading!

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Best of all, it’s FREE!  Go check it out!

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Embellishing is SEW Creative

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Sew Mama Sew moves on to Day 26 – Embellishments!

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I created these crocheted flowers with rhinestone button centers and simple freestanding appliqued leaves.

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Here I embellished an appliqued flower with hand beading using clear monofilament thread.

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For this hat, I made three fabric rolled roses and some leaves.

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I’ve made so many embellished baby gifts using Alencon Lace.  First I sew down the lace and then secure each and every bead and sequin by hand…it’s labor intensive, but it looks stunning once finished.

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Simple crocheted flowers spice up a fabric headband.

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For these flowers, I ironed on fusible stabilizer to the back of the flower.  I then cut them out and alternated tulle between the layers.  I finished off the flower with dozens of black seed beads in the center.

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On this dress, I finished the overskirt using a Madeira applique technique called Madeira Magic.

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I just love to monogram!  Everything from wedding items to baby items gets a personalized monogram in my house…LOL!

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Anna Maria Horner’s Embroidered Applique Flowers

How to Make a Fabric Flower

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Candace Kling’s Fabric Flowers

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Beast Bunny’s Fabric Flower on Craftster

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Made by Trish’s Neato Fabric Flowers

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Dena Fishbein’s Fabric Flower on DIY Network

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HGTV’s Ribbon Flowers

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Maize Hutton’s Frayed Flower

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Head Hugger’s Giant Fabric Flower

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Head Hugger’s Button YoYo Flowers

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Vaughanville’s Fabric Origami Flowers on Instructables

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Molly Chicken’s Fabric Flowers

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Clover’s Flower Brooch

Clover’s YoYo Technique Video

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Simple YoYos from Sew News

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Lil Birdie’s Stitches’ YoYo Flower

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Heather Bailey’s Couch Flower

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Polarcat’s Flower Tutorial

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Pixie Blossoms’ Fabric Flower Tutorial

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Artsy Crafty Babe’s Fluffy Flower Tutorial

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Simplicity’s Attention to Detail Techniques

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Alternative Windows’ Rosettes

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I Love to Create’s Fabric Roses

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Offray’s Ribbon Roses

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Bev’s Ribbon Roses

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Helen Gibb’s Coiled Roses on HGTV

trapunto

HGTV’s Trapunto Tutorial

tshirts

Simplicity’s Tshirt Embellishment Ideas

jeans

Simplicity’s How to Embellish Jeans Tutorial

handbags

Martha Stewart on Personalizing Handbags

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Hot Fix Queen™

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Aprons

Sew Mama Sew – Day 1 – Aprons

Additional Apron Tutorials

Pincushions

Sew Mama Sew – Day 2 – Pincushions and Pins

Additional Pincushion Tutorials

For the Home

Sew Mama Sew – Day 3 – For the Home

Additional Sewing for the Home Tutorials

Lunch Bags

Sew Mama Sew – Day 4 – Lunch Bags

Additional Lunch Bag Tutorials

Tote Bags

Sew Mama Sew – Day 5 – Totes

Additional Tote Tutorials

Blankets for Baby

Sew Mama Sew – Day 6 – Blankets for Baby

Additional Baby Blanket Tutorials

For Your Purse or Pocket

Sew Mama Sew – Day 7 – For Your Purse or Pocket

Additional Tutorials

Whimsy

Sew Mama Sew – Day 8 – Whimsy

Additional Whimsy Tutorials

Fabric Ornaments

Mama Sew – Day 9 – Fabric Ornaments

Additional Ornament Tutorials

Ties and Belts

Sew Mama Sew – Day 10 – Ties and Belts

Additional Ties and Belt Tutorials

Reading and Writing

Sew Mama Sew – Day 11 – Reading and Writing

Additional Reading and Writing Tutorials

For the Table

Sew Mama Sew – Day 12 – For the Table

Additional Tutorial for the Table

Placemats

Sew Mama Sew – Day 13 – Placemats

Additional Placemat Tutorials

Kids’ Clothes

Sew Mama Sew – Day 14 – Dress the Kids

Additional Kids’ Clothes Tutorials

Booties, Slippers and Socks

Sew Mama Sew – Day 15 – Warm Those Toes

Additional Booties, Slippers and Socks Tutorials

Gifts for the Crafter

Sew Mama Sew – Day 16 – Gifts for the Crafter

Additional Gifts for the Crafter Tutorials

Purses

Sew Mama Sew – Day 17 – Purses

Additional Purse Tutorials

For Baby

Sew Mama Sew – Day 18 – For Baby

Additional Baby Gifts Tutorials

Tech Gifts

Sew Mama Sew – Day 19 – Tech Gifts

More Tech Gift Tutorials

Organization Gifts

Sew Mama Sew – Day 20 – Gifts for Organization

More Organization Gift Tutorials

Pillows

Sew Mama Sew – Day 21 – Pillows

Additional Pillow Tutorials

Fun for Hair

Sew Mama Sew – Day 22 – Fun for Hair

Additional Hair Goodies Tutorials

Soft Toys and Games

Sew Mama Sew – Day 23 – Soft Toys and Games

Additional Toy Tutorials

Sachets

Sew Mama Sew – Day 24 – Sachets and Therapy Pillows

Additional Sachet Tutorials

For the Kitchen

Sew Mama Sew – Day 25 – For the Kitchen

Additional Stitching in the Kitchen Tutorials

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Want to see what everyone else did for Handmade Holidays?

Handmade Holiday PHOTOS on Flickr

Happy Sewing!

lisasiggie

Sachets Smell SEW Sweet

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Sew Mama Sew is sewing up some sweet Rice Heat Therapy Bags  along with other Sachets on Day 24 of their Homemade Holidays!

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Big Silk Potpourri Sachet

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I just stitched up a big silk potpourri sachet and thought I’d write a quick tutorial.  This big sachet was something my Mother taught me when I first learned how to sew.  These sachets make great holiday gifts for teachers, secretaries and even moms!

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Cut out a 16 inch circle.  Use an aluminum party platter or tray as a template.

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Choose lace or other trim from your stash.  I selected a vintage needle run lace.  You can also use a fabric ruffle trim.

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With Right Sides together, fold over beginning of lace and pin to fabric.

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Continue pinning until you reach the end, fold over lace and place your last pin.

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Once pinned, thread your needle and bobbin with thread the same color as the fabric.

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Stitch down the edge of the lace using your presser foot as a guide.

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Once stitched, it should look like this.

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Be sure to press so the lace lays nicely.

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Using your edge joining foot and moving your needle to the left, topstitch fabric from the right side.

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Turn fabric over to the wrong side, add cotton batting and your favorite potpourri.

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Gather the edges of the fabric.  This takes some practice…it’s not as easy as it looks.

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Cut a long piece of floral wire using your craft scissors (don’t you dare use your fabric scissors until you want to ruin them).

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Secure fabric with floral wire.  Add rattail cord or ribbon.

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Glue crocheted or silk flowers on the sachet to embellish it.

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Add a vintage rhinestone button or other embellishment.  Done!

The possibilities are endless.  You can use ANY fabric, ANY trim and ANY embellishments to suit your taste.  Get creative!

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Beverly’s Lavender and Rose Sachets

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Simplicity’s Holiday Potpourri Sachets

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Art Tea Life’s Lavender Sachet Teapots

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BHG’s Curly Cue Sachet Ornament

christmassachets

Kattitudes’ Christmas Sachets

vintagenapkins

Dina Fishbein’s Vintage Napkin Sachets

lavendersachet

Kattitudes’ Lavender Sachet Pillow

thriftyfunsachet

Thrifty Fun’s Lavender Sachet

bedpostsachet

Sewing.org’s Bed Post Sachet

fabricpears

Dacia Ray’s Linen Pear Sachets

412sachet

Savoir Faire’s Lavender Sachets

image

Sung Joon Ahn, Yuri Kavka, and Rebecca Shpargel’s Sachets

satinsachet

BHG’s Satin Sachets

silkysacheets

BHG’s Silky Sachets

lavender

Wedding Gazette’s Lavender Sachets

organzasachet

Singer’s Organza Sachet

hanger

Martha Stewart’s Hanger Sachets

sachetpillows

Martha Stewart’s Sachet Pillows

lavendar

Martha Stewart’s Lavender Hearts

lavenderpillows

Martha Stewart’s Lavender Pillows

mothsachets

Martha Stewart’s Moth Repellent Sachets

lavenderdryer

The Creative Life’s Lavender Dryer Sachets

weddingsachets

Sewing.org’s Wedding Sachets

cedarsachets

Martha Stewart’s Homemade Cedar Sachets

organzalavender

Martha Stewart’s Organza Sachets

silksheer

HGTV’s Silk Sheer Sachets

sweetsachets

Martha Stewart’s Sweet Wool Sachets

heartsachet

Sewing Web’s Heart Sachet

collage

Mari Robeson’s Collage Heart Sachet on HGTV

HeartSachet2

Craft Elf’s Heart Sachet

amandaheart

Amanda Formosa’s Heart Pillow on Kaboose

EnvelopeSachet

Cranston Village’s Envelope Sachet

purplehearthanging

Cranston Village’s Lavender Hanging Heart Sachet

handmadeholidaysrecap

Aprons

Sew Mama Sew – Day 1 – Aprons

Additional Apron Tutorials

Pincushions

Sew Mama Sew – Day 2 – Pincushions and Pins

Additional Pincushion Tutorials

For the Home

Sew Mama Sew – Day 3 – For the Home

Additional Sewing for the Home Tutorials

Lunch Bags

Sew Mama Sew – Day 4 – Lunch Bags

Additional Lunch Bag Tutorials

Tote Bags

Sew Mama Sew – Day 5 – Totes

Additional Tote Tutorials

Blankets for Baby

Sew Mama Sew – Day 6 – Blankets for Baby

Additional Baby Blanket Tutorials

For Your Purse or Pocket

Sew Mama Sew – Day 7 – For Your Purse or Pocket

Additional Tutorials

Whimsy

Sew Mama Sew – Day 8 – Whimsy

Additional Whimsy Tutorials

Fabric Ornaments

Mama Sew – Day 9 – Fabric Ornaments

Additional Ornament Tutorials

Ties and Belts

Sew Mama Sew – Day 10 – Ties and Belts

Additional Ties and Belt Tutorials

Reading and Writing

Sew Mama Sew – Day 11 – Reading and Writing

Additional Reading and Writing Tutorials

For the Table

Sew Mama Sew – Day 12 – For the Table

Additional Tutorial for the Table

Placemats

Sew Mama Sew – Day 13 – Placemats

Additional Placemat Tutorials

Kids’ Clothes

Sew Mama Sew – Day 14 – Dress the Kids

Additional Kids’ Clothes Tutorials

Booties, Slippers and Socks

Sew Mama Sew – Day 15 – Warm Those Toes

Additional Booties, Slippers and Socks Tutorials

Gifts for the Crafter

Sew Mama Sew – Day 16 – Gifts for the Crafter

Additional Gifts for the Crafter Tutorials

Purses

Sew Mama Sew – Day 17 – Purses

Additional Purse Tutorials

For Baby

Sew Mama Sew – Day 18 – For Baby

Additional Baby Gifts Tutorials

Tech Gifts

Sew Mama Sew – Day 19 – Tech Gifts

More Tech Gift Tutorials

Organization Gifts

Sew Mama Sew – Day 20 – Gifts for Organization

More Organization Gift Tutorials

Pillows

Sew Mama Sew – Day 21 – Pillows

Additional Pillow Tutorials

Fun for Hair

Sew Mama Sew – Day 22 – Fun for Hair

Additional Hair Goodies Tutorials

Soft Toys and Games

Sew Mama Sew – Day 23 – Soft Toys and Games

Additional Toy Tutorials

othersewingdivas

Want to see what everyone else did for Handmade Holidays?

Handmade Holiday PHOTOS on Flickr

Happy Sewing!

lisasiggie

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