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Sewingclutch5

Do you remember when I was working on this sewing needle case?  Well, I finished it!

I’m so pleased with the way this turned out that I’m going to write up some instructions in case you would like to make one too.  I will try to get that finished next week.

Sewingclutch1

When we last talked, I had just completed the embroidery.  I made embroidered labels for the different types of needles (tapestry, embroidery, etc.) so that everything would stay organized.  I used this post on hand sewing needles at Craft Stylish as my guide.

Sewingclutch2

I added two pockets — one for a pair of small sewing scissors and a second smaller pocket for some needle threaders.  I didn’t want the scissors to slice through the felt, so I took the plastic packaging the scissors came in to make a shield for the pocket.  The plastic protector slips right in and holds the scissors in place.

Sewingclutch4

For some reason, it’s very satisfying seeing all of the needles lined up like this and arranged by type.

I went with a sparkly button for the front and now I feel so much more glamorous when I’m sewing.  It could almost pass for a clutch…

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I have another big project that I want to tell you about tomorrow.  I’m pretty excited about this one… so stay tuned!

Fabric Organizing (an update)

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Today, I thought I’d give a quick update on my fabric organizing progress.  Since we last talked about making fabric mini-bolts, I purchased the comic book boards and have started folding my fabrics.  (There’s a nice tutorial on this fabric organizing method here.)  I have just barely started, and I can tell this is going to take a while.  However, it’s already making me very happy.

Here’s the good news:

  • I found a pack of 100 comic boards from Amazon for $12, so this is not expensive.  I’m not sure if this is going to be enough for all of my fabrics.  The irony is that right now, they are too disorganized for me to tell!  We’ll see…
  • I think this is going to make it much easier to pull fabrics for a project and put them away.  I’m pretty good about folding and organizing my stash a few times a year, but I dread trying to wiggle the fabrics back into their stacks.  It only takes a few projects, and then all of the organizing falls apart.  I found a very inexpensive bookend at Ikea so I can line up all the fabrics on my closet shelf:

Fabric_folding

For me, the critical step is securing the fabric with a pin.  I’ve seen a few people online who skipped this step and I thought about doing the same.  However, ultimately, if you’re going to spend all of this time folding and arranging your fabric, why not make it a little more secure?  The whole point for me was to keep the fabric from flopping around when I try to put it away, so the pins keep the whole bundle nice and neat.

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The downside?  Well, it may be a few more weeks before I can share the glorious “after” photo.  This is going to be time consuming.  I’m trying to set a daily quota so I don’t have to fold a gazillion pieces of fabric all at once.  I’ll let you know how I feel about this project again once it’s all done.

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Sew Fancy

Sewingclutch5

Do you remember when I was working on this sewing needle case?  Well, I finished it!

I’m so pleased with the way this turned out that I’m going to write up some instructions in case you would like to make one too.  I will try to get that finished next week.

Sewingclutch1

When we last talked, I had just completed the embroidery.  I made embroidered labels for the different types of needles (tapestry, embroidery, etc.) so that everything would stay organized.  I used this post on hand sewing needles at Craft Stylish as my guide.

Sewingclutch2

I added two pockets — one for a pair of small sewing scissors and a second smaller pocket for some needle threaders.  I didn’t want the scissors to slice through the felt, so I took the plastic packaging the scissors came in to make a shield for the pocket.  The plastic protector slips right in and holds the scissors in place.

Sewingclutch4

For some reason, it’s very satisfying seeing all of the needles lined up like this and arranged by type.

I went with a sparkly button for the front and now I feel so much more glamorous when I’m sewing.  It could almost pass for a clutch…

Sewingclutch6

I have another big project that I want to tell you about tomorrow.  I’m pretty excited about this one… so stay tuned!

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