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Machine Sewing Your Binding

June 8, 2012 Leave a comment

The video below is about binding a quilt, which is not a wearable item, but bias binding is used on clothing and tote bags and other such wearable things, right? Right! So I have convinced myself that it’s entirely proper to talk about this video on this blog. 😉

The big thing I learned from “How To Quilt Series: Machine Binding Basics” by Riley Blake Designs was how to attach the two ends (or tails) with a nice diagonal seam. Jump to ~8:30 to see the explanation.

Link: How To Quilt Series: Machine Binding Basics

I had my doubts (make a snip into all the layers?!), but let me tell you, this method works! I used a different kind of binding than theirs, and it took me about 4 tries to figure out which way to orient the two ends (or maybe I’m just dense), but in the end, I made a lovely join with my bias binding. See how nice and flat it is?

Okay, it could be better, but still, not too shabby for a sewing-past-my-bedtime-and-can’t-be-bothered-to-iron effort. Here’s an overall view:

(Anyone care to guess what this is??)


Casserole Carrier (made by Mary Jane)

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

This isn’t a wearable project, but a lot of people seemed interested in the casserole carriers that Mary Jane showed at our last meeting. If you want to make one for yourself, here’s how:

Casserole or Pie Carrier Tutorial by Crafty Gemini

The tutorial is actually a video, which generally isn’t my favorite thing. Videos can be useful, of course, but they also can be frustrating when the lighting is too dim, the sound is garbled, etc. Well, have no fear because this video is GREAT! I was really impressed by how well Vanessa (Crafty Gemini) presented everything.

Below are some photos I took of Mary Jane’s casserole carriers (click on a thumbnail to see a larger image). BTW, if you could donate some carriers to the chapter, we’d appreciate it! We’re going to sell our chapter cookbook plus kitchen items such as these at conference.

Magnetic Bookmark Tutorial

January 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Remember Charlotte’s big bag of goodies from the Quilt Festival? One of the items that caught my eye was the magnetic bookmark. While pondering what to post on the blog, I saw a post on someone else’s blog about this magnetic bookmark tutorial. Perfect! So without further ado, here is the tutorial as well as two related links:

Magnetic bookmark

24 Beautiful Purse Patterns

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Not sure what to make for the brown bag gift exchange? Here’s a list of projects from Tip Junkie: 24 Beautiful Purse Patterns. What’s great about Tip Junkie is that she includes photos and brief descriptions of the purses — sooo useful! Plus all of the patterns are free. 🙂 Enjoy!

24 Beautiful Purse Patterns from Tip Junkie

Flutter Sleeves Tutorial & Sleeve Types

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

I saw this tutorial for adding flutter sleeves to a sleeveless dress or top, and I thought the end result was really pretty!

Constructing: Flutter Sleeve

I also found a useful little summary of sleeve types and other sleeve info in this blog post:

Just a Sleeve’s Length Away

Sleeves, sleeves, the bane or highlight of your existence.  They’re funnily shaped and difficult to align, but as the fabulous lady in the below ‘how-to’ videos by Threads says, “no other garment part works as hard as a sleeve does!”