Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sewing As Cheaply As Possible!

As most of you know, sewing is no longer a cheap hobbie.  Most times, I find it costs more to sew than to just go out and make a purchase, so we as sewers have to start to be more creative in making our purchases.  First, I never make a purchase at JoAnn's, Hancock's etc. without using a coupon.  If you watch their ads, you can get patterns for $1.99 or cheaper.  I would never pay the regular price for a pattern.  I always wait until they are on sale.  I just start a list of pattern numbers I am interested in and then make my purchases during the sale.  Always use a coupon when buying material at these stores.  Also be sure to look at the mark down section.  You would be surprised at the bargains you can get there. 

Now for other material purchases, do not be afraid to use tablecloths, sheets, especially flannel kid's sheets, and also look at shower curtains.  These items give you wide yardage to sew with.  If you need an item to be water repellent, be sure and look at shower curtains!  I first learned this trick many years ago.  I made a pair of pants and wanted a vest to match it.  Well, it was an unusual color and I could not find a match anywhere.  I even looked out of town.  Then in a little craft shop I saw a tablecloth that was just the color I needed.  I asked myself, could I use this?????  Who would know???  Would someone say, are you wearing a tablecloth???  Well I ended up buying it and I still where that vest.  Here is a picture of it. 


No one has ever said that it looked like a table cloth! Now, I always browse those departments when I shop
and watch for mark downs.  If you see something cute, I would grab it. 

A few more places to look for fabric are your Salvation Army and Goodwill stores.  These are places where material is usually donated.  I have found many large rolls of material in these stores.  Be sure to watch garage sales also, sometimes ladies will be cleaning out their stash of material.  

Look at buttons also at your favorite stores.  Buttons are not cheap and sometimes you can find cheap ones on a blouse or jacket at Goodwill and Salvation Army.  It is worth picking up the item just for the bling!! 

Here is also a part of the article from www.moneysavingmom.com where a young mother  has learned these techniques and had fun sewing for her daughters.

Instead of buying fabric on the bolt, she began looking for other items made of fabric that she could use instead. For example, on a recent trip to Target, she found two cotton tablecloths in adorable floral prints for only $6.99 each. At 102 in. x 60 in., she scored more than three yards of fabric from each tablecloth at 60 inches wide rather than the standard 45 inches, more than enough to make three simple summer dresses for all of her girls from each print.

She also found cute prints in fabric shower curtains, curtain panels, throws and even bedsheets. She and her best friend just made skirts and hairbows for their daughters from a patterned $2 crib sheet that was elasticized all around, providing instant waistbands!

Good job Saskia!!  Hope you can use some of these tips!!  Happy Sewing!  Cindy

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dritz Ezy-Hem Sewing Tool

I had several ladies asking what tool I was using to make the curtains for my grandson's room.  It is called the "Dritz Ezy-Hem.  I have had this for years and years.  On one side it has markings to hem on a curve, and the other side, it has markings to put in a straight hem.  You just fold up your material to the line and press in your seam.  It sure helps to get things even.  What I was doing in the pictures to make the curtains, was folding over my material to the 1/2 inch mark and pressing.  I did this all the way down the curtain.  You do have to watch your little fingers because if you touch the edge of the ezy-hem where you just pressed, it will be hot.  Just always remember to pick it up from the opposite end. 





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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sew A Quick Curtain!

                
My daughter came up the other day and brought me a sheet that she purchased.  She had bought a comforter and a sheet set for her 3 year old son's room.  They did not carry curtains to match, so she bought an extra flat sheet and asked if I could make curtains.  Of course,  isn't that what Mama's are for!!  She sent me the size of the window and here is how I made them.  I removed the larger hem which would be the top of the sheet.  I then made a small cut in the center of the sheet and tore it all the way down the middle.  This left me with a raw edge on one side of the sheet and a sewn edge on the other. I measured the sewn edge and it measured 1/2 inch and I wanted both sides to match.  So, I folded the raw edge on the other side over 1/2 inch and pressed and then folded another 1/2 inch and pressed again.  I then sewed this edge. Now both edges were the same.



There was still a sewn edge on the top of the curtain and I folded that down 2 inches and sewed it across. That will be where the curtain rod goes.   Now all I had left to do was put in a hem.  I folded up 1/2 inch and pressed and folded up again 2 inches and sewed across and the curtains were finished.  This was exactly what she wanted.  I was lucky because the sheet was exactly the size that I needed to make the curtains.  You could always make adjustments if the hem would be to long.  Now he has curtains in his room that match and it was so easy to do and cost less money also!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

No Sew Outdoor Chair Cover!

My husband and I purchased some new wicker lawn furniture last fall when it was reduced for closeout.  The cushions were in a red sunbrella material.  Even though I new this would not match my front porch, I planned on making new covers.  No Biggie Right??  Well, when I started looking for material to make the new covers, I found out that I did not like the prices.  Anywhere from $20.00 a yard to $40.00.  These covers would of cost more than what I paid for the furniture. 

I guess I should tell you that my front door is Lavender, and red cushions, just would not go.  I really did not want to invest that much money, nor did my purse. 
My husband said "Oh they're fine!"  Well you know how men are.  It doesn't matter if it clashes!  I still wanted to make some covers, so I thought maybe I could just put some sort of sheer material over them or eyelet.  then I came up with the idea to find a curtain or tablecloth in eyelet and see what I could with that.

I went to our local discount store and found a set of curtains and a tablecloth that I liked and here is what I did.  I just turned over the cushions and just sewed them around the cushions in a lace up fashion. It really toned down the red and blends perfectly!  I didn't even ruin the curtains, so some day, it might be hanging somewhere else!  Well here is the final results and I am very happy with it.  Even my husband said, "Hey, I really like that"!.  Best compliment ever!

FINAL PRICE!!!!!  Wait for it!!  Wait for it!!!    $3.50!!  What a deal!!