X Marks the Spot, Sewing-Style

April 27th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

X = X Marks the Spot

I’ve found that for most sewing projects, I’ve needed to stop a seam at a corner, rotate the fabric, and then continue on from there. But how do I know exactly where I should stop the seam, needle still down, to turn the fabric? I learned a handy trick for that!

I take my tape measure, figure in seam allowance from each side, and mark the spot with a pin. When I get there with the needle while sewing, I just stop there, take the pin out, and rotate away. It’s that simple — X marks the spot, sewing-style!

(Please note that I don’t actually put the pins going both ways like this — that could very well break my needle! This picture was more to capture the X visual for the A to Z Challenge.)

So, do you do something like this when you’re sewing, or do you just eyeball where to stop a seam?

Sewing to Enhance Your Wardrobe

April 26th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

W = Wardrobe

When I first started sewing, I thought most of my projects would center on home décor. But so far, I’ve already used my sewing machine to hem a pair of jeans and make a cute apron, and I’ve seen tons of bloggers out there sewing adorable dresses and clothes that fit them perfectly.

I’ve even come across some wardrobe-related sewing projects I would love to tackle myself. Take, for instance, this sash skirt by Amy at This Big Oak Tree:

Image via The Big Oak Tree

I think it’s incredibly cute, and she offers a helpful tutorial on her blog. Have you sewn or altered any items in your wardrobe?

Valances: Sewing and Design Inspiration

April 25th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

V = Valances

One main reason I’m learning to sew is to be able to customize my home décor. Right now I only have curtains on one window, but I know one day I’ll probably want to dress them all. Since I do Internet marketing for design companies by day, I often come across pictures of gorgeous interiors. These are some of the inspiring valances I’ve seen on Houzz

I love these scalloped edges, not to mention the color palette!

Image via Houzz

These are scalloped too, but the fabric is more straight across — maybe pulled over a cornice board?

Image via Houzz

 But valances don’t have to be curvy to be beautiful. Look at this clean-lined valance in a luxurious master bath:

Image via Houzz

Maybe one day I’ll be able to sew valances like these!

What I’m Reading Now (An Unrelated Update)

April 24th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

U = Unrelated Update

Believe it or not, sewing isn’t my only hobby. (Shocker, I know.) I also love reading, and I can’t seem to get enough of books lately. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen how excited I was while reading the Hunger Games series. It was just so well written and unique.

A few books before those, I read the first two titles in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. I was about equally obsessed with these as I was with the stories about Katniss and Peeta, but I didn’t read the third book immediately because a friend agreed to loan me her copy when she finished it. So my unrelated update is (cue drumroll): I’m now reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (the third and final book in the series), and I’m not gonna lie — I’m pretty excited about it.

Sorry if I sound a little crazy, but maybe (hopefully) there are other bookworms out there who completely know where I’m coming from. And if so, this post’s for you. What are you reading these days?

Tiny Thread Trash Can: A Handy Accoutrement

April 23rd, 2012 at 8:17 pm

T = Tiny Thread Trash Can

Admittedly, this might sound like a weird sewing accoutrement. But when I first started sewing, I would cut the thread at the end of a seam and just put the pieces down on the table next to my sewing machine. Little strands started showing up here and there on the floor or mixed in with my sewing supplies. (The pieces of thread were like sprinkles or glitter — they seemed to keep multiplying somehow!)

So my mom gave me a handy container that looks like a tiny trash can. I started putting it on the table next to the machine, and any time I have to trim off thread, I put it in said container.



It’s been working out really well, and it also fits easily into my organized sewing setup.

If you’re interested in this “tiny trash can” — those are my words, probably not the official name of it — my mom found it at The Container Store. Enjoy!