Disposing of broken, old, or blunt sewing needles used to give me the shivers. However, I have found what I think is the best possible solution. We don't want to leave them loose in the garbage, certainly don't want to throw them down the toilet or sink, or leave them in a package that could stick into other items. Solution? Plastic containers that held your prescription medication. Remove your name and information from the container, put your old or broken needles inside, put back the lid. Of course, you can use the same idea for old bent or rusted pins. And to be kind, write "Old broken sewing machine needles" on the container with a sharpie.
Of course, one never knows what happens once it reaches the dump, (what happens to anything?) but at least you will have done the best possible action to keep them away from fingers and paws.
Hello Kitty long tee with dotted fabric added to form frill and create a dress for a little girl (5T)
Purchase a tee and add a fun frill to create dresses for little girls. Kids and teens (and adults) love Hello Kitty and adding other fabric to create something original based on a tee with this theme is fun and interesting. Encourage young teens who sew to make their own in a craft class or for a home project. Take a look at more dresses based on tees.
If you have purchased jelly rolls of fabric (pre-packed color, designer, or theme based fabric) you may find quite a number that you don't like or don't have use for. Don't forget them however. You can join them to create a larger piece of fabric and use them for linings of purses or other craft items. Before you run off to purchase fabric for lining, try putting some of these strips together to form a matching color to the item you are making.
Why is this under the section "decoration"? Well, this is a beautiful platter to decorate a table whether it be for dinner or an event. Great to make for others too - for a potluck or festival. Merely by slicing block mozzarella and placing them on a plate, cutting tomato and laying them on the cheese in a design of your choice, spreading basil leaves here and there, drizzling olive oil, drizzling a little balsamic vinegar and sprinkling with pepper - and you have it.
Did you purchase a serger and never use it? Do you just do overlock stiches on the seams and never use your machine for anything else? This is not an unusual story. Because an overlock machine typically is a bit of a nuisance to thread, many buyers tend to give up and not use the machine. And it really is a fantastic tool. Try looking at Youtube presentations to teach you all the different things you can do, sewing in zippers to gathering fabric. If you can, attend a course at a local sewing machine shop. What a pity to have such a great instrument and not use it. This was my experience and I recently started doing different things on my machine - and it is just great.
The brightness of yellow fabric brings a smile. This purse was made with quilted inside lining, pieced with yellow floral fabric, and embellished with a Pickle Pie design applique on denim. Making bags is always fun.
This little yellow dress was made from pre-rouched fabric (Joann's) with an added frill of fabric. I added the frill because I thought the dress would be small for the little lady who will be receiving the dress, however, I realized that it is a nice idea anyway to mix fabrics. Also, to those of you out there who want to lengthen a dress you have already purchased - this is a neat idea. Look at the other dresses for little girls on this site
The Floriani Heat 'N Shrink product is placed on the back of fabric (instructions are given with the package) and when heat is added by pressing the materials with an iron, shriveling takes place. The effect is a ruffled, or a rouched-like result.
When I feel like sewing something, don't want to do one of my on-going projects or start a new more ambitious assignment, I love to make these little in-the-hoop USB/Lipstick purses/key ring. This particular one is a "Pickle-Pie" design and I love it. I have made these for little girls (they love mini purses), for males (in leather or more masculine fabrics) for students. You could add some keys and sew in suitable fabrics for little boys. Fun, fun, fun. The bags section of the site shows many more.
If you are sewing a simple dress (either based on tees as per my previous blog, or a simple pattern, or single color ) there are embellishments that you can add to make the item special. Here is a list: Add special buttons, a colorful waistband or insert, fun ruffles, a scarf attached in an interesting way, an applique, a fancy pocket, ribbon, a jewelry item that can be taken off prior to washing the dress, a headband to match part of the dress, sew a little purse with the same fabric, tassels, charms sewn on an applique, rhinestones attached in a secure way, fabric paint added to the design of the fabric, the name of the wearer - either embroidered or painted, matching dresses for mom and daughter. Have some more ideas? Send in your comments.