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Part 4 of Recovering Lawn Chair Cushions – Making Matching Buttons

Posted by supermom on March 5, 2012

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Part 4 of Recovering Lawn Chair Cushions – Making Matching Buttons

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Part 3 of Recovering Lawn Chair Cushions – Sewing the Back and Seat Together

Posted by supermom on March 2, 2012

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Part 3 of Recovering Lawn Chair Cushions  – Sewing the Back and Seat Together

 

 

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Part 2 of Recovering Lawn Chair Cushions – The Faux Piping

Posted by supermom on February 29, 2012

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Recovering Lawn Chair Cushions – Part 1

Posted by supermom on February 27, 2012

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How to Join Strips of Striped Fabric

Posted by supermom on February 22, 2012

While searching through and organizing my computer photo files, I came across pictures I had taken while joining the striped borders for the flying zebra baby and child-sized quilts.  At the time, I thought maybe others would like to see how I went about sewing the strips of border fabric together on the diagonal while at the same time matching up the stripes, so this is rather long overdue catch up post.

I realize that I could have simply sewn the strips together by placing the strips right sides together and stitching across the end but I prefer the way the diagonal seam makes the seam almost disappear.

And there may be other methods out there for matching up striped fabric, but this is the method I use.

First, I place one strip of border fabric right side down on the ironing board.

Then I fold the upper right corner down to form a point, making sure that the two raw edges of fabric meet as pictured below.

Press well.

Next, with wrong side of the folded and pressed strip to the right side of a second strip of border fabric, I carefully line up the stripes.

Open up the folded strip and pin to the second strip as shown.

Fold the top strip back to make sure that it didn’t shift during the pinning process.

Add more pins if you wish.

Sew along the pressed crease line to join the strips together.

Trim seam allowance.

Press seam open.

Turn the strip over and press again from the right side.

As you can see the seam is almost invisible.

You’re now ready to join more strips, depending on how long you need to make your quilt border.

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How to Mend a Torn Sheet

Posted by supermom on February 17, 2012

Last summer, the sheets were on the line when we had one of those pop up thunder storms come through.  We hurried out to rescue the sheets before they got soaked.   They hadn’t had a chance to completely dry, so we decided to hang them over a couple of bedroom doors.

Except… when I was trying to fling the fitted sheet over the door, it didn’t go over far enough, so I gave it a bit of a tug (something I’ve done lots of times before.)  But this time when I did it, I heard that awful sound of ripping fabric.

Just look at that:

I was so upset, because these sheets are only a couple of years old and should have lasted several more years.

Here’s how I went about mending the tear:

First, I needed some matching fabric for the patches, so I used the end of one of the pillowcases that go with this set of sheets.

I turned the pillowcase inside out and then measured and drew a line an inch from the end of the pillowcase.

Then I sewed along that line with my serger to close up the end of the pillowcase and the piece that got cut off became the fabric for the patches.

As the end of the pillowcase was on a fold, I got a strip 2” wide.

I measured the tear to determine what size of patch I needed to cut.

I like to have a good size patch covering any tear in fabric that I’m repairing, so I cut the patches 5 ½” long.

Next I folded and pressed under a ¼” all the way around each 5 ½” X 2” patch.

Then on the wrong side of the sheet, I pinned the first patch in place, making sure to have the tear centered in the patch.

A tip when pinning… think about which direction you’ll be sewing along each side of the patch and place your pins so that the points are away from you.

Once pinned and before starting to sew, it's a good idea to turn the sheet over to make sure that the tear is centered on the patch.

I then machine basted that patch in place.

The sheet was turned to the right side and the second patch was pinned and sewn in place, making sure that I lined up the top patch over the patch on the wrong side of the sheet.

Patching both sides of the sheet may seem like overkill but from past experiences with mending sheets, I’ve found that a single patch doesn’t have the durability of this double patching method.

Case in point… six months later and the repaired sheet is still in use and the patch has remained strong.

Note:  Our sheets were one of the things I packed to bring with us.  It was great to have them when we were in the temporary housing in Ontario at Christmas time.  It helped it to feel a little more like home.  And they will do so again once we’re settled somewhere.

 

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How to Remove a Vintage Singer Sewing Machine from Its Cabinet

Posted by supermom on February 15, 2012

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A Glimpse Into the Past

Posted by supermom on February 1, 2012

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Handmade Christmas – Gifts for Youngest Son

Posted by supermom on January 6, 2012

Last year, one of the items on our son’s Christmas wish list was a set of throw pillows to match the striped comforter we bought for him to use at college.  We chose other things from his list to give him but I kept the pillows in mind for a future gift.

Earlier this fall, I was lucky enough to find a cool print with all the colours of his comforter.   So for Christmas, I made him these two pillows.  The covers have a concealed zipper in the back to make it easier to remove them for laundering.

Our son is a great cook and so for his second gift, I made him the apron that Dave is modeling in the picture below.

I also copied out several of our favourite family recipes and put them in a cool recipe box along with extra cards for him to add his own favourites.

His third gift was, of course, a set of Christmas Elves.

Then to add some extra goodies to his stocking, I made him a set of luggage tags and an Ipod case with matching earbud case.

Also to fill his stocking, he received one of the fleece patchwork scarves pictured below.

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Handmade Christmas – Gifts for Middle Daughter

Posted by supermom on January 4, 2012

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