Monday, December 31, 2012

My First Leather Project!

We bought one of our granddaughters, the oldest, a used drum set for Christmas.  I hope she learns to play this.  She plays the drums in the school band.  There was a tiny hole in the stool, so I decided to recover it.  I have never sewn with leather, so this was a new experience for me.  I did this several weeks ago, but I could not post it because I was afraid she would see it on my blog.  She likes to keep up on Grandma and see what I post.
Here is what I removed from the seat.  I took the cover apart and used that as my pattern.  The cushion still seemed to be in perfect condition so I reused it.
 



I cut out my circle and then folder the circle in half and then half again to find the center and placed a dot with my ink pen.  Then I drew another circle on the back of the leather in about 1/2 inch.  This was going to be my sewing line.  I knew I had to be perfect the first time because you cannot rip out mistakes without the holes showing. 

I am top stitching around the edge of the seat cushion

Then I stapled the cushion back on to the wood base.
Here is the finished seat.  I also painted her some designer drum sticks.  She loved them!!
 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Did anyone get this Design for Free!!! Hurry!!

 I sewed this design out for Christmas!  It just sewed beautifully!  It was a little slow going and you had to read the directions very carefully, but it was well worth it.  This design is available until Dec.31.  Better go grab It!!  The design comes with 2012 on it, but I took it into my digitizing software and changed the wording to add the name.  If you can't change the year, I will do it for you next year.  The little teddy bear comes out of the pocket and I thought it would also be very cute to sew it in pink and make a little tutu for the teddy bear.  Just an idea!
Here is the link:

http://www.cmemag.com/articles/Stocking_Stuffer

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Candle Wax On My Quilt Update!!!

I just wanted to say a great big thank you to everyone who wrote to me about getting that wax out of my precious quilt.  Well, it worked and it is all out.  I really can't believe it, I thought sure it was ruined.  I did what everyone said.  First I put my quilt in the freezer and scraped off as much of the wax as possible and then I ironed over the wax spot with clean paper towels until all the wax disappeared.

After the wax was all out, I had a great big oil stain.  He is my trick to get out grease.  I sprayed it with a grease relief product and then the trick is to rub it with a bar of Fels Napa.  Yes, good old Fels Napa.  I love it.  I very carefully washed the quilt and hung it on my line in the basement and all the grease is gone.  This is what I use for all my stains.  I usually spray with Shout and rub with the Fels Napa.  It pretty much works on everything! 

Yesterday I have been working on a dress for a cousin of mine.  She bought it in New York and it had an invisible zipper put in it.  The zipper was broken and needed replaced.  The dress is 100% silk.  Oh my, what a mess I had.  This dress was made never to be taken apart.  It is a Juicy couture sewn dress.  It had steps in it that I have never seen before.  The zipper is in the side seam.  I worked for hours trying to remove these little tiny stitches without tearing the thin silk.  I used a gigantic magnifying glass.  The dress has a band that runs around the waist and I was having trouble putting in the new zipper and having that band match up.  The silk was stretching.  I finally had to iron a small strip of iron on stabilizer to it.  I did get the zipper put back in and now I have to see if I can do these special techniques to put this dress back together like they had it.  It probably isn't necessary, but I am going to see if I can do it.  The zipper had matching material running down both sides of the zipper and they used a different technique to hold the bottom of the zipper down to the dress.  Pretty interesting!  I thought I was a good sewer, but they are way better than I am!  ( unless they have special machines to do these tricks) LOL!!