It's pretty delightful what some people come up with to make into fabric using services like Spoonflower. These funny little dogs are always favorites for pets for a reason and someone out there desperately needs something made from this adorable fabric. Maybe it's you???
One lovely thing about my job is sometimes I get messages that are wonderful surprises. Today I'm going to reprint part of one here, because even though it came several months back, I still remember it fondly and it is timely for today's post.
"I purchased the fabric bookmark pattern recently and just couldn't stop sewing! I ended up with 70 and donated them to my local library's used book sale. They sold 40 at $5 each during one afternoon (all credited with your information). I sewed them with machine buttonholes instead of metal eyelets."
There are so many wonderful things going on in these 3 sentences--she made 70 bookmarks (blown away!!!), was kind enough to donate them to her library, and then the library sold so many right away.
The button hole mod is perfect too and good practice if you need to master the button hole on your machine--which is something I personally need to do. Maybe my next bookmark will have a button hole.
The pink and black bookmark above was my sewing project for yesterday and I ended up using several of my favorite sewing tools to make this--none of them are truly mandatory for making these--but since I used them it seemed like an a good chance for me to tell you more about them.
The ruler is a Hot Ruler from Clover and I've only had mine for a week, so this was my first time using this tool. I didn't order it from the shop at the link, but they have the best price on etsy for this ruler, and she has good feedback (be super careful shopping on etsy).
To start the hole for the eyelet, I used a Straight Tailor's Awl to poke a hole through the layers of the bookmark. The tips of a small pair of scissors works fine for this too, but the awl got me off to a good start.
Dritz Snap Pliers
I wrote about these pliers in this very long blog post about installing snaps. These can be used for a few different sizes of snaps, and also for eyelets. You just rotate the yellow plate around and it's ready to install your bookmark eyelet.
I don't have any of these pliers for sale right now, but you can find them on etsy here. These are also pretty widely available at fabric shops.
I made one of each of the three sizes in the Grocery Bag pattern since I had enough fabric to make them all the same, and since there isn't a photo of all three together, I thought it would be good to get one. Now my challenge is to figure out how to display them and get a decent photo!
This denim fabric is from Art Gallery's The Denim Studio by AGF collection. It's a medium weight denim with nice drape. It would be great for a skirt! The crosshatching must have been done by some sort of acidic process because it smells like chemicals when it's wet. I washed it twice to make sure all the chemicals were gone. It's nice fabric and a unique take on denim, so don't let that put you off. Just make sure to wash it well! I wash everything that's washable, just in case you were wondering.
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Raking my yard was on my agenda yesterday, but it's been too hot here lately! When it's 70 degrees in November it feels hot. Normally I don't mind raking my postage stamp sized yard, and do it every few days. But earlier in the week when I picked up the leaves, the sun beating down on me made me feel overheated, so yesterday I went to Fabric Depot instead. Any excuse will do...
This print has always had a special place in my sewing heart because it's quirky and kind of retro, and also has a lot of different colors, which makes it perfect for patchwork. I'm pleased to discover it has been reincarnated in a new collection!