Daily Calendar

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Tube Turning

I realize that having a little child at home; whenever I have spare time, I tend to work on sewing stuff for her, could be a dress, a pajama, or even a doll, you name it.

As I was working on a top for her yesterday, I learned something new from the pattern.  It actually tells you how to turn a tube inside out, without using any tools, except a thread and a needle.

You simply fasten a thread on one end, put the needle into the tube, with eye in first, (do it carefully, so you won't poke yourself) and pull it through.  After you pull the needle through, pull the thread as you turn the fabric along the way.  When you are done, just simply cut the thread off, and here it is, the tube inside out.  Easy!  I had doubt at first, but it really works.  I am happy with the result, and therefore, like to share with others.  Hope you will find it helpful.


Have a Happy July 4th!
 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My Girl's Little Top

It seems my whole life is either taking care of my little girl, or taking care of the house.  Don't get me wrong; I am not complaining.  It's just that I don't really have that much time to sew!  However, finally, I managed to work on one of the patterns I bought for my little girl.  This is McCall's M6153 pattern for toddlers.  I was a little nervous about it since it called for "knit."  I am not an experienced sewer, obviously.  But I decided to try since I got the fabric as a bargain.  So, here it is!  Just hope that it would fit and look good on her.  I have not tried it on her yet since she is still taking her nap.



For those who are just like me, not an experienced sewer, my tips to you is that when you work on the sleeves, you probably want to baste it by hand first, if it looks good, then sew it on.  Otherwise, if you do mess it up, at least you can easily undo it and start again.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mochimochi

This is what I've been doing lately, something tiny-a "mochimochi."  However, I am still a beginner, so they haven't turned out too impressing yet.  Here are two of them.  The one on the left supposed to be a chicken, and the one on the right is a lion.  Um...yap, need a lot more practice on this one!  I do like the lion though; I think it's kind of cute.  They are both about an inch tall.  Too bad, you can't really see his tail from the picture though.  I got the pattern from a book I borrow from the library last week.

 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms in the world!

I never understand how tough it is to be a mom until I was one.  As every mom would know and might agree with me that it is a very time-consuming job.  God is really testing my patience on this one.  All I can say is that I am glad my husband is home from his business trip, so I can have a break.

What do you do to celebrate Mother's Day?  Please share.

Mine is simple, had my lunch at one of my favorite restaurant.  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cooking Odor

I was reading a book recently about how to be more organized.  And you may ask, "what does it have anything to do with cooking odor?"  Well, other than tips on how to be more organized in your life, the author also gives you some other tips, such as on cleaning stuff, etc.  I was reading this section about kitchen stuff, and there it was, if you want to get rid of cooking odor in your kitchen after preparing your food, you simply boil a cup of water with a tablespoon of white vinegar in it.  I just tried it this afternoon and it works!  It's pretty amazing, never thought of this one before.  Just in case there are some of you out there just like me, hope this one would help.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Giving Up?

So much about being an active blogger!  I totally failed it this year, at least so far.  No thanks to having a two-year old around and on top of it, had moved twice within the last twelve months.  I am thinking about giving up; however, will still try to post any tips regarding sewing, quilting, knitting, or anything that I can think of.

Thank you for any of you happens to stop by my blog.  :-)

Monday, February 13, 2012

How do you store your fabric scraps/remnants?

I finally have some time to work on my fabric.  It really got on my nerves that I was not able to see exactly what color of fabric I have in my box.  As you can see, I used to roll them together.  I thought it would cause less wrinkles on my fabrics.  Not!  No, it's not working; it's about the same as if I had folded them, might be worse.  I don't know how, but it seems that way.  So, instead of this,

 I turned them into this:

You can see some cardboard in between the fabric; I just think that it will hold them better.  And I also write down the size of the fabric on the card for each one of them.  So, when I pull them out, I don't have to measure them again in order to find out how big they are.

By the way, in case if you want to know, I used the acid-free magazine backing boards for this.  I just cut them into the size that I wanted.  It works out pretty good so far.  Plus, I gain more space for my fabrics by storing them this way.

How do you store your fabric?  And, can anybody tell me what is the difference between fabric scraps and fabric remnants?  I always have hard time to tell the difference.  Thanks!  And thank you for stopping by.