This weekend my main sewing goal is to finish up two grocery bags. When I get them done, maybe I'll start a Pocket Clutch. I've had the fabric picked out to make one, and need to get it started before the fabric gets buried in my stash and I forget all about it!
So what is on your sewing to do list this weekend? Is there a certain project you've vowed to finish up this weekend, or maybe you are starting something new?
If you are adding a button onto a flap for embellishment sometimes isn't as simple as sewing through the button holes and under the button. In a few of my patterns I've added buttons to the flaps, and there is almost always a magnetic snap on the other side. The trick I've found is to sew the button on in a figure eight pattern, rather than a circle where you go through the button holes and under the button.
Here is how I do it:
1. Insert the needle through the fabric, going just through the top layer.
2. Thread the button.
3. Sew another stitch horizontally. Pull the thread so the button is held in place.
4. Thread through the button again, but don't insert the needle into the fabric just yet. Grasp the needle (push the side of the flap down if you are having trouble grabbing the needle) and pull the thread all the way through.
Now sew one stitch vertically just to the side of the button hole. Sew the stitch close to the button holes and under the edge of the button to hide the thread.
5. Once you've made the vertical stitch, pull the thread through and
slide the needle through the button holes. Come out on the other
side with the needle and sew another vertical stitch. Continue sewing in this figure eight pattern until the
button is firmly in place and then tie off.
While a lot of the US has been getting plenty of snow this winter, here in the Pacific Northwest it has been a very warm winter. By mid January many of the spring flowers were already sending up shoots. I imagine the tulips will be blooming soon.
If you are buried in the snow and cold, maybe this sweet fabric will remind you that spring is on the way.
You may have noticed a few changes here lately as I continually try to make this an interesting and helpful place to visit for those who love to sew. One of the changes is sponsorships are now available.
These are links to other crafty businesses where you can find fun supplies for your projects, inspiring books and magazines, and hopefully a great deal from time to time. Only sponsorships from businesses I think you'll appreciate visiting will be included.
So we now have our first sponsor...Crafty Girls Workshop. Please stop by to see the pretty fabrics and other sewing supplies they offer.