Category Archives: sewing

Catching up.

Spent the weekend catching up on orders and stock piling cozies for upcoming shows.

I think it was pretty productive!

Pattern sale!?

Perhaps you’ve heard, my favourite pattern maker is having a big ole sale.

It ends tomorrow. Click the link or image and pop over.

Bunting in progress.

I’m making some bunting for Impresario Market. It’s going to hang proudly in the store front window once it’s all done. Oh the prettiness!

Whew.

No really whew.

I’ll admit it, I was bad and there was some procrastination involved, but the cozies did ship on time. My poor fingers, my poor wrist, my poor forearm from all that cutting . . . My poor friend Joanna who came over Monday night to be my minion when I needed help desperately.

There was a day when I was sent an email asking if I handmade my cozies because he was thinking of ordering 2000-4000 of them. After a ‘OH NO WAY!’ moment I thought, “Wait, if I just spent a week going hardcore on making them I could probably do it . . that’s a lot of money”. Having made 200 I doubt I’d survive! The personal injury that would follow would just be insane.

But silver lining, soon 200 new to me people will be holding one of my cup cozies. I made a mysterious event extra special and I did get some money for it all. Now to get on with the teeny tiny but just as important orders I have left in my shop.

Curve balls and silver linings.

I got this order for 200 cozies, my biggest order yet. I called the person who taught me how to screen print and asked if she would have time to make the screen for me but she was too busy. I can make screens but I’m not an expert yet, it’s very hit and miss. So I was on my own for the project.
Here are the hurdles I have experienced since starting on them on Saturday.

– Had to run to Fabricland for supplies, red for the interior, ran out of fabric after cutting 98.
– Went to Staples to make the overhead photocopy I needed for screen printing. Had trouble with the copier, which is silly because as a teacher I could have made the 1 copy at school quiet easily. I put 4 designs on it just in case.
– Came back home and set things up, plugged in the halogen light to burn the screen and the bulb blew.
– Trip to Home Depot
– Pulled out a coated screen I’ve had around for a while and burned it, covering some of the images at intervals to make sure at least 1 of them would turn out well.
– Couldn’t rinse the emulsion out of the screen so I tried again.
– Couldn’t rinse the screen.
– Had to strip the screens down to start over but was out of the chemicals, trip to Michael’s at 8:30pm.
– Came home and coated the 2 screens and rigged up a box covered in a blankie to keep them in the dark while they dried.

Onto Sunday when we had a plans with friends all day.
– Cut the batting fabric I had on hand, only had enough for 102.
– Checked my label inventory, I have 187.
– Massaged my sore forearm muscle while visiting with our friends.
– Came home exhausted and not feeling very well at 11:30pm but burned a screen.
– Washed it out successfully!!! <- a good thing Monday - Screen was dried and ready to go but had some spots I needed to fill, trip to the art store. - Cut the fabric for screen printing, ran out at 119!

Tuesday
– Everything is closed!!!!

Sooooo it’s all manageable but my oh my it’s been a bit of a challenge to get this done. But it’ll be worth it for my cozies going into the hands of 200 people!

Putting it out there.

Ok I guess in some wacky way this week seems to be about publically sharing my accomplishments and goals so I might as well carry on.  I’m working on another Etsy shop. I’ve set it up, it’s got a pretty banner, a cute name and now it just awaits creations!

It’s going to feature all the clutches, wallets and purses I make using the wonderful Michelle Patterns and hopefully I’ll start to move into my own designs.

Over the Christmas Holidays I’m going to work away on the Design Your Own Handbag class.  Click the link for 50% off if you’d like to join in the fun. Eventually I want to move into making my own PDF patterns and helping others to create great stuff. First learning graphics is on my list . . . oh and fabric design . . . and stamp carving . . and . .

Stockings!

I made a stocking for a lady last year, sort of suprisingly since she just asked at a craft show I was at, “Could you make me a stocking?” and I said “Sure, probably”. And I did. Then she emailed in January raving about it and how nice it was and asking for 3 more. So cut to this November and what am I doing but scrambling to sew up 3 stockings! But I think I did ok.

I *love* this cute birdie filled print.

Don’t forget, if you haven’t entered already my Giveaway Day post is here.

Craftsy class.

So on the day when I’m supposed to be revealing the bag I meant to make ages, and ages ago I’m instead going to blog about this great new class over at Craftsy, Design Your Own Handbag As I’ve said before I’m in love with Michelle Patterns (before = a million times over) and I dream of creating my own patterns some day too so I was really excited when this class recently came up. If you’re interested too you can click the link, check out the class preview and get it for 50% off because I sent you. We’re pretty special.

I signed up for their Sassy Librarian Blouse class a while back but after a foray into making a shirt flopped I haven’t been brave enough to actually give it a go yet. But I’m working up the courage.

As the snow begins to work its way toward my home I’m going to make it a mission to hunker down all warm and cozy with some tea and plow through all these To Do projects (did you catch the snow word play?).

You can check out their Feature Classes and Free Mini Classes here.

Did you hear?

Michelle Patterns are all on sale for $5!

I know I rant and rave about this lady and her stuff all the time, but yeah I’m doing it again. Also, how appropriate I post this the same week as my digital hoarding post.

Apron making

So I offered to make this apron for Homespun Dazzle in exchange for some of her fabulously fantastic candles.