Why You Need to Learn to Sew

Quilted Hexagon Table Runner

You may have noticed that I love to sew. I have dozens of sewing projects in my blog repertoire, sewing is one of my favorite things to do. Here’s why:

Finished fabric stack

 

  1. Believe it or not, I can sew just about anything cheaper than I can buy it. The only exception is with specialty items like winter coats or sequined evening gowns. Most of us already own a coat and few of us actually wear evening gowns. I suspect most people today would like to learn to sew to save a few bucks here and there, alter the clothes they already own or just for their own knowledge. At any rate, learning to sew will save you MONEY.

Kids Travel Pillow

2.  I can sew faster than I can order things online and have them sent through the mail. You would be amazed at how quickly you can make things at home that cost a considerable amount of money to buy in a retail store. I often go shopping and come home with nothing except photos in my phone of things I want to make, or ideas for those I can make cheaper than I can actually buy them.

Cutting out the tree appliqué

3.  I can whip up gifts at a moments notice. This is a huge benefit of sewing. Once you have a stash of fabric and supplies built up, there is no stress in putting together a last minute gift that is unique and special because you made it just for them.

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4. I can sew my own clothes or make clothes for others. Let’s face it, it’s really hard to find things that fit, that in your price range and look really great. It takes time and a bit of patience to sew your own clothes, but it is well worth it. You will be able to make better fitting, longer lasting garments than you can buy in the store.

DIY: How to Hem Jeans

5. You can alter or repair the clothes you already own. Even if you have no time or desire to sew your own clothes, by learning to sew you can repair the ones you already have. If you pay someone else to hem slacks or skirts, shorten sleeves, repair worn spots, or replace zippers it is far cheaper to learn to do this yourself. You can even get paid by your friends to do it for them! Plus, it’s fun!

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6. You can sew fun projects for your home decor. Let’s say for example, you see a cute pillow that you love in the store. Small decorative pillows run anywhere from $13.00 on up. You can make one your self for less money that you will like better! Not to mention, it’s easy to cover an old pillow with a new cover that you can make yourself for free!

I can even leap over my sewing machine in a single bound. Well, not really.

But, you know what I mean? Sewing and making my own stuff is part of my Homemade Super Thrifty existence, without it life would be very dull indeed. And expensive!

I am hoping that you love to sew too. But, perhaps you never had an opportunity to learn?

Here’s your chance! I am starting a new sewing series call SEW FIRE. I chose this name because I am passionate about sewing and can teach you to sew IN A FLASH. When I went to Googled this title, I discovered an article about a tragic fire in New York’s garment district  in 1911. Hundreds of young women lost their lives trying to escape from a building where they were seamstresses. This really touched me, and I decided that SEW FIRE was also a way to recognize the garment workers who sew for pennies in deplorable conditions even today. I have been inside similar buildings in the garment district of NYC, and let me tell you, they aren’t pretty. I fact, many of them are downright scary. I can’t imagine being trapped in one by a fire. If you would like to read more about this tragic fire, click here.

This Sew Fire series is for those of you who have never sewn a stitch in your life, don’t know how to turn on a sewing machine, or even thread it. This series is sewing from the VERY, VERY BEGINNING.

You are going to love it! I am doing weekly videos on Facebook Live and posting additional tutorials here on the blog and my You Tube Channel.

Here’s the introduction teaser video:

Join me on FB live Monday and Wednesday mornings, 10:00am CST for the Sew Fire series!

I am really excited about this, and I have much more in store for you here on the blog including some free printables that I am working on!

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Burlap Party Favors

finished party favors

It’s been quite a week around here. We have had parties, a funeral, and a birthday.

I have been working steadily on several projects, still haven’t finished any of them.

My phone died, our car died, and our son needed a tow.

Life seems to have gone crazy in just a few days.

I crave calm and simplicity.

I also crave chocolate when I am under stress.

I love these simple Burlap Party Favors, filled with chocolates and candies.

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The flowers, although they look pretty real, are faux Daisies from the Dollar Store.

I beheaded them for the cause. It made me feel better.

These were very easy to put together. It only took a few minutes while I was watching TV.

Burlap and candy

I used 6″ squares of burlap. I pre-washed the burlap so it’s not quite so stiff and messy. The squares were filled with chocolates and candies also from the Dollar Store.

Then I tied them up with twine, and inserted a pretty flower into the holes in the burlap above the bow.

burlap and flowers

I left the flowers a 2″ stem to insert into the fabric, it was just short enough to disappear in the folds of the burlap.

These Burlap Party Favors were part of some dinner decorations I made, you can see the Budget Fall Centerpieces that went with them here.

finished party favors

Simplicity is beautiful!

 

 

Charmed Collections

Bracelet and necklace

 

I thought I would build you up today.

Somedays we all need some encouragement.

You know the encouragement I mean, the kind that takes you by surprise when you least expect it, and fills you up so you can pick your pathetic self up, off the floor and do great things against all odds.

Who doesn’t need something like that?

Trouble is, it’s hard to find.

 

These beautiful jewelry items from Charmed Collections are just the ticket. They are meant to build you up, no matter what stage of life you are in.

These pieces were a gift from the SNAP Conference that I attended recently. It’s amazing how much I have worn them. They fit very comfortably, which is rather unusual. Most costume jewelry that I find runs very small and is usually too tight around the neck in the necklaces, and too small around the bracelet to even get it on my arm. These pieces though, are different, they fit. I am even allergic to most costume jewelry (it turns my skin green), but these don’t bother me at all.

It must be a SIGN.

 

necklace

In my mind I am afraid of so many things. Put on this necklace and suddenly……………..

I am fearless. I can do anything. I can take on the world and be successful even though I have no idea what I am doing.

Sometimes I feel like I drag my feet all day long. I trudge through life, shuffling one foot at a time because I am in a time warp where I can’t keep up no matter how hard I try.

Have you ever felt that way?

bracelet

But today, I put on this bracelet and suddenly I can …………………

Hustle.

Then the world has to keep up with ME.

I feel energized. Who doesn’t need more of that feeling?

Hummmm, I could use more of this inspiration.

I am very tempted to order these adorable custom rings.

Check out Charmed Collections for more beautiful things that will build you up in every day living. Oh, and if you read the testimonies of some of their customers, be sure to have a box of Kleenex handy. You’re going to need it.

 

Blessings!

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream

This is a sponsored post that I was compensated to write. Any opinions stated are my own.
cream and lilacsI have a confession to make. I have a baby gut belly. This may not be that unusual, after all I am a Mom. Most Moms have baby gut. However, it is irritating to me. It’s irritating because, despite all my efforts, it won’t go away. My kids are nearly grown up and I still look like I just gave birth yesterday.

Who wants to look like that?

Not me.

I have tried cleanses, colon water therapy, vitamins, herbs, exercises, diets, you name it.

There is one thing I haven’t tried, that is using a body firming cream.

So, what do I have to loose? Nothing but wrinkles and fat.

Sounds like a plan to me.

cream and lilacs2So, what does this magic cream do?

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream will “improve the appearance of cellulite and dimpling and help smooth, tighten and firm the appearance of loose skin”. You can use it on your abdomen, hips, thighs, upper arms and buttocks. The recommended application is twice per day, until you achieve the results you are looking for. Then you can reduce it to one application per day.

What have you got to loose?

This is an all natural product that has been developed with more than 5 years of research.

Celebrity David Kirsh is a believer, check out his video testimony:

Are you ready to try it? You can order this amazing product here.

 

 

cream and flowersI have used the Nerium Products with great results for the last couple of years and LOVE them. If you would like to read my success story, here it is!

If you would like to learn more about their fast growing company, inspire others and learn how you can earn your products for FREE, click here.

I will have some before and after pictures in 30 days so stay tuned!

What have you got to loose?

 

Valentine Loot Bags

lead valentine

 

February is here and I am all about hearts right now. Heart charms, cookies, cakes, valentines, chocolates, love letters, sappy romantic Hallmark movies, you name it.

I am a sucker for romance, I admit it.

Being such a romantic, I couldn’t resist putting together some little Valentine Loot Bags for an upcoming class I am teaching.

No particular reason, just because they are do darn cute.

Who doesn’t love Valentine Loot?

It’s the best kind there is!

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I bought the little fabric bags in the “blanks” section of the craft store.

Blanks are fabric items pre-made and ready for your personal decorating touch. There is no sewing involved.

The bags come in packs of four and run about .50 cents each.

These bags are small, about 5″ square.

Just the right size for collecting Loot.

supplies

I also picked up some polkadot ribbon, heart and arrow charms (Walmart), Heat Bond (in the sewing notions) and 1/2 yard of red fabric.

Directions:

Cut a heart shape out of scrap paper.

Using the paper as a template, cut a heart out of the Heat Bond material, and the red fabric.

Using an iron on the medium setting, iron the Heat Bond fabric to the wrong side of the red fabric. Keep the iron moving slightly so it doesn’t scorch the bag.

When the two pieces have adhered together, peel of the paper backing and position the heart on the bag. 

Iron again so the heart adheres to the bag.

Cut a length of ribbon for a bow to decorate the handle.

pin detail

The final touch was a big safety pin with some cute button and charms.

Just thread the buttons and charms on the pin and attach to your bag.

That’s it, your finished!

love letters

 

You can fill your Valentine Loot Bag with any number of things. I love these little plastic hearts from the Dollar Store, and of course, chocolate.

I even added one of my Grandmother’s love letters, there is quite a story about her.

She will be the topic of another post!