Shout out to all my fellow sewing junkies! Check this out...
The Bernina Swiss Sew Essential Tool.
I'm very much my mother's daughter in that I have a knack for Swiss Army Knives, Multi Purpose Tools, and everything of the sort. But this one tops them all!
It's also know as the 'Lady's Knife' and you can read all about it here.
What other cool sewing accessories do you know about?
I think we can all agree that capes make everything in life more interesting. And this recycled T-shirt cape is the perfect addition to any last minute Halloween costume.
The only supplies you need for this no-sew project are an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors.
(Talk about super easy, super procrastinatable...super awesome.)
Follow the steps below and you'll have your own cape in no time.
Do you have a few extra shirts? Make your whole family into superheroes! Then again, why limit these capes to superhero costumes only? Kitty cats, pirates, cowboys? Add a cape and your costume takes on a whole new level of awesome!
I know I described this as a no-sew project, but designing and sewing are my superpowers!
So, naturally, I added a few optional steps of designing and sewing on a Super Coen logo.
These capes are so cool they may find their way into your regular wardrobe rotation. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Easiest DIY costume ever, right?! Be sure to comment with pictures if you incorporate this recycled T-shirt cape into your Halloween costume or wardrobe.
Have you ever been sent home from work due to a power outage? Remember how excited and giddy you were? Now imagine your studio/office is at your home in a dark basement. Yeah, think about that paradox for a minute.
One day last week I was out of power for 12 hours (of course it was Monday)! So no sewing for me, but I did get some much needed organizing completed and something else semi-productive:
I made a button bowl.
I have been gifted countless boxes, baggies, and jars full of buttons. You know those tiny ziploc baggies holding replacement buttons that come attached to new clothing? You would not believe how many people keep ALL of those. Every. Single. Baggie. And they end up giving them to me because I'm a seamstress and seamstresses need buttons, right? That's what I thought, so I accepted them and was very appreciative. I soon realized that you can have a million buttons, but none of them will ever be the color or size you're looking for.
...unless you're wanting to make a button bowl; then those millions of buttons are perfect!
Do you want to make your own button bowl? Here's what you need:
-1 balloon (blown up to the size of bowl you want).
-1 bowl (to stand the balloon up in while you're working).
-Glue. And lots of it. I used Mod Podge Hardcoat.
-Many, many buttons (the total number depends on the size of bowl you want).
Place the balloon on the bowl with the tied end down and start painting on a coat of glue. Think about the size of bowl you want and paint the coat of glue accordingly. Once that's dry, glue buttons on top of the dried glue as close together as possible. Cover with 2-3 more coats of glue, letting it dry between coats. Deflate the balloon and voilà! (I know these are very simplistic directions. I was working in poor lighting conditions and never captured photos of the process. If you have questions, please ask and I will do my best to help.)
Note: There have been many button bowlers that have come before me and released video and picture tutorials online. Those may be of more help if you're serious about doing it yourself.
I'm using my button bowl to hold my Shop Small Giveaways,
but it would work great for jewelry, keys, change, etc.
Also - a hat. These button bowls make for very silly hats. :)
Check out my other fun DIY projects.
This week we are recycling an old, preferably stained or torn, t-shirt into Garage Rags.
Simply take a pair of scissors and cut the t-shirt into whatever shaped/sized pieces you want. There you have it! Your own little stack of garage rags. Throw them in your toolboxes, on your workbench, tool belt, all around your garage. They come in so handy.
My husband and I are super DIYers...and by that I mean super messy DIYers. These garage rags have saved our skin and clothes from grease, stain, paint, caulking, etc. And we are no longer looking through our towel stack deciding which towel will be sacrificed for the next car repair or home improvement project. The great thing about these little rags is that you can, without guilt, dispose of them if they get beyond messy. If not, wash and reuse them.
I challenge you! Next time you have a t-shirt that you plan on tossing, recycle it into garage rags. You will be glad you did.
The apparel industry is one of the most wasteful industries in the world. While I'm doing my part to change that, I thought I could educate and persuade you to follow. In the coming weeks I will be posting projects and ideas as part of a Recycled T-Shirt Project Series. The point of this project series is to get everyone participating, thinking, doing, etc. These are especially great projects for current and past students of mine to practice working with knits.
1.) Everyone has t-shirts!
2.) T-shirts see a lot of wear and tear, sometimes leaving them in such a condition they can't be donated or handed down.
3.) Stretchy, soft, absorbent...t-shirt fabric is pure gold! (okay, maybe only if you're a fabric nerd.)
4.) T-shirt fabric doesn't fray so I figured I could come up with some 'no-sew' projects that anyone could do.
For these projects I will be using t-shirts that are not in the condition to donate or hand-down (due to stains, holes, etc), but are still usable. While you incorporate your fall/winter clothes back into circulation, separate out the t-shirts you wore out over the summer and (RE)USE THEM!
Have you ever repurposed a t-shirt that was past its prime? I'd love to hear from you! Comment or message me. If I feature your idea in this project series, I'll send you a little gift as my appreciation for taking part. And if you participate in this project series, send me your photos! I'd love to see what you come up with.
Project #1: Garage Rags
Project #2: Car Organizer
Project #3: Dress-up Cape