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Stop Staring and Start Sewing!
Improving the world one stitch at a time...
Interests: My family (1 wonderful husband and 5 brilliant kids!), sewing, decorating, craft blogs, thrifting, rain, roses, homeschooling, inspiring and encouraging others.
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It's nearly February and I've been sewing my heart out on everything! My neighbor has a darling pillow on her porch chair with a wacky heart appliquéd to it so I totally stole that idea and made one for myself.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know. Jona :)
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I'm clearing out nearly every piece of fabric from my etsy stores at MY cost! Just go to Fabritopia and take a look. This stuff is perfect for holiday sewing projects (table runners, stockings, place mats, anything!). It's all 56"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I'm still feverishly (at least it feels feverish) sprucing up the house but have avoided the downstairs/guest bath since our oldest daughter was using it and I just didn't want to deal with all of her stuff. Well she moved... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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If you haven't discovered Periscope yet, you're missing out! Periscope is a live streaming video mobile app and you can download it and then watch your favorite people live. I will warn you that it will use your data minutes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Very good question! If your pillow is firm then make the cover the exact size of your pillow (you can always alter to make it smaller if it's too loose). If your pillow is very squishy then make it an inch smaller in order to give it a fuller look. I hope that makes sense. Let me know how it works for you. Thank you!
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Carolyn, I usually try to focus on beginners when posting tutorials so I just assume they don't have any other feet than what their machines may have come with. But I highly recommend getting more specialized feet as folk build up their "tool chest" of sewing supplies. I hope you got your pillow finished!! :)
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I'm so sorry for taking so long on this! I'm going to do a tutorial for that very thing as soon as I get all the pieces together here. Great idea! Thank you!
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I'm so sorry for taking so long to get back to you! I'm going to do a tutorial for that very thing as soon as I get all the pieces together here. Great idea!
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I received an email from Holly at Chairish.com asking if I'd like to take part in their latest design board challenge and I said "Yes!". Chairish is an online store where you can both buy and sell beautiful items for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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I'm in the process of decorating some new shelves and really wanted a pop of turquoise in a couple of spots. I'm also trying to add meaningful items as I spruce things up so these state canvases were the perfect... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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We've been going hot and heavy on the home improvement front and are finally putting the finishing touches on some rooms. The dining room is the most recent room to get the final seal of approval from me and that's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Teri, You're welcome! I use glue every day when I'm sewing! It's become one of my best tools and I load up on glue sticks when they're on sale.
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Fredaf, Wonderful! Let me know how it goes for you!
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Helen, honestly I have my iron set on high and press the living daylights out of the coil and I've never had it melt. My iron is an 1800 watt iron so it's almost the hottest iron out there. If you're worried about it melting try ironing it from the side first and pressing it so it "unfolds" from the zipper tape. Good luck and let me know how it works for you!
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Liz, it definitely sounds like that's the problem. Next time make sure you press the coils open really well and then get your needle as close to the coil as possible when sewing. Let me know if that works for you! Good luck!
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I've been sewing like crazy and stocking my stores with all sorts of goodies. I realized I haven't had a sale in my Hipster Haberdasher store for a year and I have so many new things available now! So until... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Yes! I've used it to do my quilting because the space is perfect for it. It worked out great and my machine stayed put the whole time.
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Mary, I didn't paint them. I knew I'd be covering it with a cutting board and other stuff (I may make the other end into an ironing surface), so it didn't matter to me. I think a nice, easy to wipe, coat of paint would be a great idea though.
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I get a lot of questions about how I made my big cutting table and it's so simple you'll be amazed. It's got a big work surface (80" x 60"), oodles of storage, and it goes together quick and easy.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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Make an easy table square with self binding, or napkins too (anything square!). Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Michele, I really like the ones at JoAnn (with a 50% off coupon!). I actually like mine to stay kind of firm and square but those down ones with the karate chop do look more "high-end" (and they have a good squishy-ness to them). I once found a good down/feather pillow at IKEA in the AS IS section for around 6.00 so that's a great place to look too. :)
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I had a customer request a pillow insert that is 24" x 16" and it's a bit of an oddball size so I don't have one in stock. I looked into it and they're at least 17.00 on average and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
Dee, it's never been an issue. I use glue sticks and regular liquid glue in my sewing and I've never had needle problems. The heat setting process dries the glue enough that it's not gummy. Plus it's invisible when it dries and washes out.
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Make a pillow cover with a seriously invisible zipper (and no pins required!). Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Stop staring and start sewing!
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