The past May I got the fun (kidless) joy of going to the Portland Spring Quilt Market. While there I came upon the coolest sewing idea I have ever seen, SWATCH BADDIES! Upon getting to play with these super cool cards I immediately had ideas going through my head on how to use them with my sewing business.
Swatch Buddies are 1″ x 2″ hard plastic cards with a hole punched in one end. You use their double sided adhesive tape (which is AWSEOME!) and stick it to back of your fabric. Trim around the tape with pinking shears, peal off the back and stick to your card. The Swatch Buddies also come with stickers for the back of the cards that make it easy to label your card with yardage, fabric name, and store you bought it at.
The Swatch Buddies are ideal for bringing fabrics for projects to the store with you to be able to color match. Ensuring you never buy the wrong color again! I personally am using Swatch Buddies to bring samples of all of my fabrics to the local farmers market with me.
For more info on purchasing yourself some Swatch Buddies go to http://www.swatchbuddies.com/servlet/StoreFront
Now for some pictures, I will have many more pictures to come later but this is just a teaser :p
As many of you know I am a cloth diaper maker. The above sample is JUST of my cotton velour colors. I still have a lot more swatch buddies to make!
Have fun getting your Swatch on!
So a while back I did a post on how to ruler fold wide fabrics. And now I am going to show you how all of that folding will pay off. My husband is in the process of finishing up my very own craft room. It is to the point now where I can actually put my fabric up on my beautiful new wall to wall shelfing! And since I have been prepping for this day for the last 5 months, when he finally got my shelves up I had all my fabric up and pretty within a day! If you want to know how to fold them like this please go here
And needless to say I LOVE my new craft room and cant wait to move the rest of my stuff back in!
There is an awesome tutorial here on how to ruler fold quilting cottons. But if you are like me and have lots of fabrics that are 60″ or more inches wide (not 44″ like quilting cottons) you have to figure out how to make it work. I promise its easy!
First up lay your fabric out nice and flat. This is a 70″ wide fabric and is 2 yards long. I have the 2 yard length left to right in this picture.
Fold the edge closest to you up 1/3 of the width of the fabric
Now fold the top down the other 1/3 of the width of the fabric
Now you can ruler fold. Lay your ruler on the end of your fabric. I like a 6″ ruler for my fabric but you may find a different size works better for your shelfing than the 6″
Fold the end over your ruler
Now keep rolling your ruler until you have almost all the fabric rolled up
It should look something like this
If you are like me and want it really neat you will fold the end in like this
Fold over the rest of the way
Slide your ruler out
Now fold your long log of fabric in half. This is a side view. This is a thick fabric so yours will likely end up thinner.
And this is what you will see from the front
There ya go! You just ruler folded a cut of wide fabric!
Thread holders! I sew with pretty much only serger cones except for a few colors and it is hard to keep those things organized! This of course has caused me to start googling for good ideas 🙂 I like this blog. It has a lot of really great ideas for purchasing for thread storage. My favorite of which are:
June Tailor Thread Rack – which can be wall mounted or stand on a table!
And for bobbin storage – the bobbin savor
But can’t just check out one site! Some other favorites:
Wall mounted spool organizer
I will probably end up going the handmade route though, just because it can be cheaper so I really like the instructions here and here.
I doubt santa will see this….but you know just in case 😉
I am pretty obsessed with diaper sewing lately. But that is not the ONLY thing I sew! My 4 year old just started preschool and just HAD to have some mama made dresses! Patterns I used to make them can be found here
Now onto the dresses! First up is The Any Day Dress which I made a size bigger so that it would last longer and it is a bit looser than I would like. Still fits great though and my daughter loves it as it has a pretty side and a wild side.
Then there is The Perfect Pinafore. This fabric makes it hard to see the details but it is SOOOOOOOOOO cute!
Last but not least The Saturday Morning Dress. I looooovvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeee the girl flowiness of this dress. Such a girly design!
My daughter is such a ham!