Monday, May 6, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
Try using weights in place of pins when
cutting out your patterns
I posted about these last year when I made them, but my set has been so useful that I thought they should be
included on this list. It's definitely something I wish someone had introduced me to earlier!
Pattern weights are pretty much anything that you can use to weigh down your pattern so you don't actually have to pin it to the fabric when cutting it out. (usually with a rotary cutter) They sell weighted bags specifically for this purpose, but I have seen people use pretty rocks, tile coasters, random chunks of metal, piles of coins, cans of food, homemade bean bags filled with anything from rice to BB pellets, butter knives, fishing sinkers, and even the obvious choice...paperweights. Mine are made from piles of extra large washers from the hardware store, but you can use anything you have around the house that is heavy enough to stay put while you're cutting.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I've finished books one and two, but an still waiting for the third to become available at my library.
Not sure how to describe them, other than a steampunk, mystery, love triangle, meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
But I liked it! You can check out my reviews for these and some of my other favorite books on Goodreads.
TV & Movies: Once Upon a Time
I know it's already time for the season finale, but we've just now gotten caught up on Season 2. Somehow our DVR manage to record all the episodes except four through nine, so we've been planning to have to wait for the discs from Netflix. Luckily I found the website below, and we've been cramming the entire season into the past 2 weeks. I'm super not liking this Tamara character by the way!
I still don't know why Costco always seems to have the best produce in the area,
but when that pallet of strawberries shows up it is always a good day.
This may seem like an odd thing to enjoy, but the fluffy "wish" dandelions around our house have been keeping the kids really busy for the past few weeks. I'm sure the allergy sufferers are pretty ticked off at us, but Reli can spend hours working on these things! It takes us longer than usual to take a walk, but sometimes a little peace and quiet is worth a few sniffles and some zyrtec.
It's time to bust out the short sleeves, and I've finally had a reason to pop the tags off the Old Navy Vintage tee's that I bought last year! How sad is that? I love how soft they are, although I do wish that they came in a few more colors. How do they expect me to complete my wardrobe without a teal one? Oh well. There's always purple.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Choose your pattern, and trace it onto the flat (non-shiny) side of a piece of freezer paper.
If you are working with printed or striped fabric add markings to the paper
that will help you align the pattern pieces with the stripes or repeats.
(my stripes are 1/2 inch apart so I drew lines every 1 1/2 inches)
Cut your pattern piece from the freezer paper and align it properly on the fabric.
Carefully iron the pattern piece in place shiny side down.
Cut out you pieces without worrying about anything shifting!