Crafty Idea:  Christmas Towels

Crafty Idea: Christmas Towels

I know that it is a little early, but I thought that I would get a start on doing a few small projects so that I  have a nice little handmade gift on hand for those unexpected guests  or people who I would like to give a little something to during the Christmas holiday season. And face it, there is never enough time during the holidays to do everything that we would like.

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Closing Shop and Moving On

Well, it is not without a bit of sadness that it is time for me to close my ribbon shop, Creative Trims. This wasn’t an easy decision for me, but something had to give.  There just is not enough time in a day for me to do everything I would like.

As much as I enjoy selling ribbon and all of the other trims in my shop, I don’t have the time to do some other things I would like to do.  I have some Craftsy classes that I have signed up for to learn some new quilting techniques, and a knitting class. I have been wanting to learn to knit as long as I can remember.  And I would love to be able to expand my other shop, The Stitchin’ Chicken. I have so many ideas that I would like to pursue. So after weighing everything, I am letting my trim shop go.
What does this mean for you, my customers?  Some great deals on some wonderful ribbon and trims! I am starting to list some whole spool deals on 3/8″ and 5/8″ dotted grosgrain, one of my best sellers!  Right now is a great time to stock up to do your projects for the upcoming holidays, and stock your handmade items in your shops.  I am offering the 25 yard spools for 1/2 the price of the yardage.  That makes the 3/8″ ribbon $4.50 a spool, and the 5/8″ ribbon $7 a spool.
Each week I will be adding more deals on ribbon spools for 1/2 the price of the yardage listings.  I will be posting the deal of the week on my Creative Trims Facebook page, so make sure you keep an eye out, or ‘like’ my page to see my deals. If you don’t see a whole spool listed for a color that I carry in yardage, contact me through my shop, and I’ll check to see if I have any in stock.  I may miss a listing along the way.
I plan on having the shop closed by the end of the year, so stop by soon to get the best selection of what you are looking for!
Thank you so much for being so great to work with.  And I look forward to seeing you at the shop!

Crafty Project: Covered Buttons

I love doing covered buttons.  They allow you to add a unique touch to your projects, and are so easy to do!

I thought it would be fun to make a few for some fall and winter crafts.  The buttons come in a wide variety of sizes and are generally sold as a kit, which means that you receive everything that you need, except the material.

You generally receive two types of backs, one with a shank to use as a button, and a plain back so that you can use them to make jewelry or other accessories.

I gathered up a couple of different Halloween fabrics that I thought would make cute buttons to use on tote bags. First I place the clear plastic template (they didn’t use to have this template, you had to cut out a piece of cardboard, great improvement!) over a part of the printed fabric that I wanted to show on the button.

I drew around the template, then cut it out.

Place the fabric, right side down, into the soft plastic cup.  Center your piece of fabric so it lays evenly inside.

Then place the rounded side of the button front inside.  Finger press the fabric edges into the center of the button front.

It should look like this orange one.  Then place the back that you have selected on the top.  Make sure that all of the edges of the fabric are tucked underneath.

Press down.  You can use the tool that they provide (the round blue item), but I found on these large buttons, that I didn’t need it.

Here it is!  So cute!  So I did more….

You can take all of your scraps now, and make all types of buttons or jewelry, or magnets.  Whatever your imagination can dream up!  And this is a great idea for kids!

Take care,

Sewing Tip: Pressing (Sleeve) Boards and Hams

OK, the title here sounds way too serious!!!  Or maybe you are saying, what does ham have to do with sewing?  Ha, ha!  But I’ll tell you, I cannot live without my pressing board and ham. You don’t need to sew clothes to get some great use from these two items. I use one or the other almost every time that I sew.

This is my pressing board.  It has two sides, one with a wider and more rounded back-end, and a narrower and more pointed end….

And you just flip it over, and the other side also has a wide end, but it is shorter and narrower than the wide one on the other side, and the more narrow end is a bit more rounded and wider, than the narrow end on the other side. You can see this in the following pictures.

This board works great when you are trying to press seams, especially when the material is something like a fabric basket, or a sleeve, or anything that doesn’t fit well on the end of your ironing board.  Or if you are trying to get into a corner to press it, this works great!  And it folds up flat for storage, so it’s easy to keep it close by, without it getting in the way. Just flip the little lever in the middle.

I don’t use my pressing ham as often as I do the board, but it is still great for smoothing out rounded items.

This wonderful item, shaped like a giant egg, is made from two different fabrics.  The plaid side is wool, and the white side is cotton.

You use the wool side for synthetic blend fabrics and wool, any fabric that requires low to medium temperatures.  The cotton side is for cotton, linen and other fabrics that require medium to high temperatures.  Again, the ends are two different widths so they work great for different sizes of areas.

I have found that having these two pressing aids available has helped me get through a project more times than I can remember.  I hope that you find them useful as well.

Thanks for coming by!

UPDATE:  My apologies to any of you that may have gone looking for a ‘pressing board’ at your fabric stores, or online.  The board is actually called a ‘sleeve board’, and I have been using it so long, I totally named it something else, in my mind.  I hope that this hasn’t caused you a lot of difficulty and time.  Thanks so much!