Saturday, March 18, 2017

Your Slip is Showing Shirt Extender

Did you see my post about the shirt extender lace edging? I told you I would write about how I made the slip. I am not a professional when it comes to using my sewing machine. We have a love hate relationship, but I'm learning to love it more and more.

Supplies needed:
  •  sheer fabric
  • lace edging
  • strip of elastic
  • sewing thread
  • sewing machine
I started by making my crochet edging. I made it to be 4 inches more than my hip measurement.

I found some sheer fabric at our local Value Village, and it just happened to already be cut the exact length I needed. 15 inches. Then you want to cut the width of the fabric to be 5 inches more than your hip measurement.

I added a small hem on the side of the fabric that I would be putting the lace using my rolled hem foot on my sewing machine.

Then I made a french seam connecting the two widths together making a circle.

I then added the lace to the rolled hem.
It almost looks like a finished skirt. I rolled the other waist edging to make a large 1 in hem, and I sewed it around, leaving an opening to add the elastic.I'm really embarrassed by this picture. After I used my rolled hem foot I went to put on my regular foot and it was gone. I couldn't find it anywhere. I had to order a new one on Amazon. So I finished all the hemming with my zipper foot.
I cut the strip of elastic (which I saved from a ripped fitted sheet) slightly tighter than my waist.
and I threaded it through my waist with a safety pin.

 Then sew the two elastic ends together, and then sew closed the opening in the hem.

You're Finished.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Embroidery Bookmark

A Free Embroidery Tutorial

I have another little project to share with you. I also have a crochet project that is getting closer to being ready to go up on the blog. But first the book mark.

This is a great project for when you need a quick gift for some one. It shows off your embroidery skills and shows that you care enough to spend the time to make something by hand.

Book Mark

Finished Size:3in by 7 in.
Item Needed 
  • Fabric 
  • felt or interfacing to put in between the fabric pieces
  • embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle 
  • pinking shears
  • embroidery hoop

 Start by drawing a simple pattern that will fit in a 3 by 7 inch space.

 Take the fabric out of the hoop. Add the interfacing and other piece of fabric stacking it with fabric facing up, interfacing, and fabric facing down. Cut the stack so that it measures 3 by 7 and with the embroidery picture centered.
Add a chain stitch around the outside edges of the book mark.
Tip: Start with your tail in between your layer of fabrics.
Finish off by trimming the book mark with pinking shears.
Now Go, and enjoy a good book.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Mini Still Life Emboidery

A Embroidery Tutorial


I wanted to make a quick post about an Embroidery project that I worked on recently.
I thought I would go through the process a little about how this came about.

One of the ways that I like to gain inspiration in my designs is looking through color pallets. For this particular design I saw a picture of an aqua basket sitting on an old farmhouse stool. And the basket had a beautiful spray of pink peonies, and lavender. I thought how can I translate that into embroidery.

I started with the basket by weaving a square and then adding a chain stitch handle. I made short and long stitches to make the "stool." Then For the peonies I used the bullion stitch circles with straight stitches coming out of the middle of the circle. I also added a bow around the basket with gold string.
I then added some green stem stitches and lavender french knots around the stems. I took care around the handle making sure some of the stems were in front and some were in back to give it more depth.
I finished with a lattice stitch for the background.

I am happy with how pretty it turned out. It is a nice little masterpiece to add a chain to and where it around my neck.

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