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5 Reasons Why Sewing Fills My Cup

5 Reasons Why Sewing Fills My Cup 0

5 Reasons Why Sewing Fills My Cup

By Erica Benn

 


There are some things that are just not my jam- like all things food related, aside from eating. Fortunately for me, and -let’s be honest- the rest of my family, earlier this year my hubby took on all things food: planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, and we’re about 50/50 on the cleaning. It’s been the better part of a year on this new plan and everyone is much happier!


There are other things that are totally my jam- like all things sewing related. While my current season of life has not afforded as much time for sewing as I would prefer, I still manage to find some time to devote to this, one of my favorite pastimes. In fact, I’m not even picky if it’s actually sewing because, unlike eating, I love everything that leads up to the actual sewing.


#1 - Researching Patterns

 

Friends, I actually have a Pinterest board (people still use those, right?) titled “Crafts I Don’t Have Time For”, at least I’m real about it, right? But I love digging around the internet and seeing the amazing creations other crafters have made. It always inspires me to create a replica or tweak the pattern just so to meet my needs and make it my own. Which brings me to the second thing I love about sewing.


#2 - Math

It’s true. I’m a total nerd. I love the math that goes along with the patterns. If I’m starting from scratch or modifying an existing pattern I LOVE making all the details perfect. Calculating for seam allowances, which vary depending on seam, pattern, the project. Ah- see! There’s so many variables! I love figuring out how much fabric I’ll actually need and often times I’ll actually draw out my pattern pieces on a rectangle so I know I’m maximizing my fabric and minimizing my waste. TOTAL NERD. Totally okay with it.


#3 - Fabric

Seriously what’s NOT to love about fabric?! I could browse fabric for hours. Alright, it happens- I do browse fabric for hours. In person or online, I’m equally as content. Did you ever find a fabric that you loved so much it actually inspired it’s own project? If you’re reading this blog you’re likely a sewer so the answer is probably yes. And isn’t it awesome? It’s magical how a textile can take on it’s own life. I mean, I didn’t go looking for a picnic blanket but the next thing you know I’ve got six yards in my cart. Again, if you’re a sewer, you get it. Gosh I could go on and on about fabric but that’s just another piece of the greater puzzle so let’s continue.


#4 - Pre-washing and Ironing

 

 

Okay we didn’t go far.. It’s still fabric related. I think we can all agree laundry has to be one of the most tedious tasks that exists. But fabric washing, now that’s a different story! Maybe it’s the anticipation that your project is so close to starting to take shape but pre-washing fabric is completely different from normal laundry. It’s the only time that unique fabric will ever be washed as it is, in its raw state, all subsequent washings will just become laundry. But that first trip through the washing machine just brings me excitement. And ironing! I iron about once or twice a year when it comes to laundry because I hate it and, like food, it’s not one of my strengths. Ironing fresh fabric is so rewarding. It’s that instant gratification of taking something wrinkly out of the dryer and pressing it so smooth, ready for it’s grand transformation. Alright, that might be a tad on the dramatic side but fabric and pre-washing and ironing are so my jam!


#5 - The Project

Finally, it’s time. All the research and prep is done and the real ‘work’ can begin. You’ve got everything you need: your cutting mat, your scissors, your rotary cutter, your straight edge, a tape measure, your pattern, your gloriously smooth and beautiful fabric, your sewing machine, an equally as fantastic thread -or threads. Maybe your project will come together in a hour or two, maybe it will last.. days, weeks, months... years? No shame, we’ve all been there. It’s part of the beauty that is sewing.


So there you have it, five reasons why sewing fills my cup. Take them individually or roll them all together, it doesn’t matter. Each piece is fantastic on it’s own, as a whole, they sound like a pretty amazing day. Certainly beats grocery shopping!

  • Alexa Clauson
Pillowcase Made Simple

Pillowcase Made Simple 0

                                                           Easy Does It Pillowcase

By Bonnie DiSalvo

I have sewn most of my life.  Sewing can be so much fun, but it seems many people get discouraged by the need to have your project be perfect which then leads to giving up. 

The following instructions will hopefully let you enjoy the process of making an original pillowcase of your own without the fun spoiler of perfection. 

I chose an 100% organic fabric from Spindle and Rose.  This lovely fabric feels very soft on the face and is easy to sew with. I chose the elk pattern, but Spindle and Rose has many beautiful organic fabrics that would be great for a pillowcase! It is 45 inches long and 45 inches wide.

First, I needed to fold the fabric in half lengthwise to accommodate the elk pattern so that it will be horizontal on the pillow. (You could pick a pattern where you would not need to worry about this.) I cut the lower edge so that it was 21 inches from the fold.  I left the length at 45 inches which will make a long pillowcase.

Second, for the opened end of the pillowcase, I ironed under about ½ inch on one of the short ends of the case then sewed along edge.

Third, I turned the same edge under again about 4 inches and pressed.  Then I sewed along edge where it was pressed.  I used a fancy stitch but this is not necessary.  A straight stitch is fine and dandy.

Fourth, I folded the material right side together with the stitched edge lining up and pinned around the two sides starting with the folded corner.  I stitched another time next to the first stitch for extra strength.  This probably is not necessary and you could stitch over the first sewing too.

Fifth, The pillowcase was turned right side out and pressed.  Now you have an original pillowcase great for you or a great gift for someone special.

The two other pillowcases are also made from organic fabric from Spindle and Rose.

Please do not fret about exact measurements.   It is difficult to cut and sew in perfect measurements and should turn out just fine!   Have fun!

And, keep in mind, perfection is the enemy of good. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Alexa Clauson
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  • Alexa Clauson