Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sherlock Holmes Skirt

Spousal Unit's work holiday party this year was Sherlock Holmes themed. I love Sherlock Holmes. I'm a huge fan of the BBC series, and I've read all the books, so naturally I got pretty excited. Of course I had to make something for it!

I spent some time putting the text from "A Scandal in Bohemia" into an image. This is one of my favourite Sherlock Holmes stories. It took a lot of tweaking, but eventually I got something I was happy enough to order from Spoonflower.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Furoshiki: Cloth Wrapping Paper

In this post title, "wrapping paper" is a metaphor, since there is no actual paper involved in making a furoshiki cloth. It is as fun to use as wrapping paper, however, and just as gorgeous, but with the added benefit of being 100% reusable!

Making a (near-)perfect square of fabric is extremely easy to do, and furoshiki is useful year-round, for many purposes.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Stocking Variants

This incredibly tardy post has a couple of stocking variants that I made while I was working on that holiday stocking tutorial. I had an idea to make one out of an old t-shirt.

In many ways, a t-shirt stocking is actually better; you probably have lots hanging around, so you don't need to buy more fabric (although really, who needs a *reason* to buy more fabric?), you don't have to worry about finishing edges, and it's stretchy, so you can pack more in there!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sewing Book Gift Ideas

Most of the Thanksgiving long weekend was spent playing video games with Spousal Unit, but on the Sunday we got a little tired of doing nothing, and ended up sorting through all the book boxes we've had in our storage closet. I figured it was a good time to start going through my craft books, too... of which I have many.

I picked out six books from my collection, for you to check out if you're looking for a great sewing related gift for yourself or someone else!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Edge Stitch Foot

Sometimes called the stitch in the ditch foot, the edge stitch foot is by far one of my favourites. I mostly use it for edge stitching (yes, really) to finish off my projects, but it has other uses, too!

Most machine manufacturers I looked at sell some variation of edge stitch foot, which has a little metal bar in front to mark the centre. This isn't a standard foot; you're unlikely to find it included with your machine. However, finding an edge stitch foot is well worth the effort.

This post shows 10 things you can do with an edge stitch foot. Exciting!