Saturday, November 27, 2010

EZ Shawl2 - changed my mind

The graphic I have offset the two smaller pieces so you could see where they should be placed. Then you could see how they are folded down and either tied in knots or just left as fringe.

I changed my mind at the last minute. I cut the (width of the fabric) 58" x 16". Then I cut two small piece 16" x 6". Sandwiched the long piece between the two short pieces on the end of long piece. Serged across and then folded down the short ends. Then I sliced the two pieces so I could tie them in knots. One lady made hers without tying them in knots - just left it as fringe. They turned out great.

The original idea sounded pretty good, but was too difficult for my ladies at the Nursing Home to get the idea. This was easy and some of the shorter pieces I used different colors and it looked snazzy!!!

There are some really great books on fleece - for making jackets, vests, shawls, hats, mittens and lots of other neet stuff too.

Since I have been sewing for 47 years - I have accummulated quite a library. :-)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ez Shawl

To make a shawl in a flash here is how I plan to do it.

Cut a strip of fleece 2 yards by about 14" - 16" (haven't decided yet). Fold in the bottom pieces to form a triangle. Then serge the short ends to sort of form a cone shape. Then using a sewing machine stitch down th sides of the new pocket on the right side to hold the pocket shape.

Other idea....from cotton cut a folded piece and put it on the bottom short end. Fold all pieces to form a triangle and serge the short ends together to form the pocket. Again you can stitch down the sides of the pocket to hold it's shape.

This is one of the projects I plan to do for the Nursing Home Crafters Club this month. I will take pictures and let you know how they tunerd out.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Miss you........

Oh my goodness, it has been so long since I have written anything on my blog. I didn't forget, I have just been working my day job and loving every minute of it.
Winter is here in the North - frost has been on the pumpkin and I am wearing my flannel robe. It is one that I made years ago with my serger and my trusty sewing machine. It has (the fabric) toasters, fried eggs, alarm clocks, cups of coffee etc on it. I love it. I bought the fabric when I was shopping with my BFF Alice.

Well now to write something of value for all of you.
Remeber when I wrote the instructions for a round table cloth - well how about making it reversible for the holidays. Thanksgiving on one side and Christmas on the other? Yes I made one and I still put it on my table for the holidays. Of course I didn't know then how to make it easy, do now!

Some other ideas are Christmas stockings made with the serger. I am sure you can find a pattern for the base of the sock but the fun part is always putting the white cuff on. So I put it inside the stocking, serge all around the top and then flip it over and it looks GREAT! About serging the cuff, you can notch to start or just ease on and serge off - both techniques work just fine.

Then there is the famous serger tree skirt. I have to tell you one of my favorite notions is my yardstick compass (for making circles). I have made numerous tree skirts for myself, family and friends using that sweet notion. I make a large circle with it, smaller circle in the center then draw lines across the center. Next on ONE piece add about 1/2" seam allowance on both long sides.
Use it as a pattern to cut the fabric. THEN I flatlock the pieces together. Finally I put the decorative thread in both looper and use a 4 thread overlock stitch and edge the center curve and the outside curve. Believe it or not, it doesn't take very long to complete one. (You can use the curved outter edge or cut it any shape you like.) Here are a few graphics to spark your imagination. :-)

Maybe Saturday or Sunday I will put some ideas on the blog on how to make a basket - lickety split.

Have a wonderful weekend, and use your serger to share the love!