Saturday, August 22, 2015

Craft organization: Fabric continued

So I was really inspired to organize all my fabric after making my mini bolts the other day. So much so that I was wrapping fabric around the magazine boards for another session the other night. I decided to categorize my fabric so that it would be easier to find what I need.

I have solids, patterns, flannels and fleece, and other most home decor.  I feel so inspired to see something seeing all my fabric together. It's like my own little fabric store. I realized that I have a lot of fabric. I need a few more boxes I think. One for interfacing and the like and one more for fabric. 

Here's the latest:


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Craft organization: Fabric

I've been kind of excited about my organizing efforts. I saw this idea, I found it in So Sew Easy blog. It used comic book boards, called magazine boards, to make mini bolts of fabric.

Fold the fabric selvedge to selvedge. Fold again the folded edge to selvedge.  Place board at one end.  Start to roll up the fabric. One site I saw said to use a pin to hold the edge, but I didn't do that. 

I tried it and was quite pleased. I am planning on having boxes separated by different categories. I was happy to clear out bags of fabric that were piled up in my closet. I can see my fabric. I don't think there is anything more inspiring. 

I used a plastic filing box with a lid. I bought three more and plan on having all my fabric in one place. It's been strewn over the house for like a decade. I'm not kidding. :). Only thing is how to I organize tiny scraps. I will let you know. 

These are the boards I purchased for this project. 

Link to description:
http://so-sew-easy.com/neat-way-fold-organise-fabric/

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sew Mama Sew Contest: Something I've been working on...

Over the last few weeks, I have been trying to finish this bag.  It the It's a Cinch bag from U Handbags.  I made it once before with a red and white island fabric.   I made it for the Sew Mama Sew Online sewing contest that happened 2 years ago.

I wanted to make this pattern in a more neutral, and useful to me, more my style for quite some time.  The Sew Mama Sew Online sewing contest is happening again and I decided that it was reason enough for me to make this bag.

It's been a trial this time.  I was all excited to have a bit of time to make the bag and I put it 50% together and realized the hardware that I had looked silly with the straps that I had purchased.  The pattern called for a 1 inch strap which I couldn't find.

So I had to take out a lot of stitches, try to find hardware that would work, wait for the hardware to arrive and try again.  I had another block of time to work on my bag and sewed something I shouldn't have so there was more taking out of stitches.  It took much longer than it should have, but c'est la vie!

The good news is that I am done and I love it!  I used fabric from my stash that I have had for years so bonus there.  I think it turned out really nice and I will definitely use it.  :)

I love this pattern and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in making a bag.  I learned how to sew zippers with confidence and make a bag with some body to it.
Here's the link to buy the pattern. It's a download.

http://www.u-handbag.com/products/copy-of-lisa-lam-its-a-cinch-tote-pattern-booklet

This was the bag in progress. 




This is the bag un- Cinched

This is the bag with it Cinched with the clips and D rings


Contest ends August 28th.

Enter here:
http://www.sewmamasew.com/2015/06/join-the-super-online-sewing-match-community-match-info-prizes/