Little Hexie Thread Catcher Tutorial

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I’ve been wanting to play with English paper piecing for a long while. Specifically hexagons.  I have dabbled with them in a pattern I wrote a while back, but I would love to make a whole quilt with them someday.

To satisfy my itch, AND create something useful, I made a little thread catcher.

**If you would like a kit scroll down to the bottom**

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I’ve needed this little cutie forever. If you ever looked at my floor or table while I’m sewing you would see that I usually just toss the threads willy nilly all over the place. Now I have a little container to keep the place a little more tidy.

Would you like to play along?

First you will need to print off the 3/4 inch hexagon templates. I got mine here .

I used card stock. Print off a 1 inch template page too.  You can use one of the 1 inch hexagons as a cutting template for the fabric.

PicMonkey CollageThere are lots of tutorials on making hexies online, so I won’t go into that here.  My little tips are: use a baby rotary cutter to cut your fabric around your 1 inch template, and use a dab of sewline glue stick in the middle of your 3 /4 inch templates to keep the fabric steady while doing your tacking stitches.

You will need 10 Hexies for this project.

Lay them out in a pleasing manor and whip stitch them in a row like so:

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You can take your papers out as you go, or at the end. It’s up to you. I took mine out when I was completely done connecting them.

Cutting The Fabric

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5 1/2 x 12 1/2 main fabric

5 1/2 x 12  1/2 lining fabric

5 1/2 x 12 1/2 sturdy canvas or interfacing

2 1/4 x 22 binding

Construction

Let’s begin with the lining.

Fold your fabric in half and sew up the edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. (all seams are 1/4 inch for this project.)

Then sew the bottom with a 1/4 inch seam.  **At this point if your fabric is directional like mine, pay attention to which side is the bottom.

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Next you will box the bottom by fiddling with your fabric until you have a flat  triangle in the bottom corner. Using your ruler measure in 1 1/4 inches from the tip of the triangle, mark a line with a water or heat soluble marking pen.  I use Frixon pens, they rock. Just run an iron over them and it disappears!

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Now sew on your line back stitching at the start and stop. Repeat on the other corner.

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Trim seams to quarter inch and set the lining aside.

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Now lets work on the outside.

Using your ruler measure down 1 1/2 inches from the top (long side) and mark with your marking pen (be sure it is water or heat soluble you don’t want a permanent mark on your thread catcher!)  This is the guide for placing your hexies.

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Next center your hexies , pin, and hand stitch.

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I use YLI silk thread and applique needles to stitch on.

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Now layer your outside fabric onto the canvas.  You can spray baste, safety pin, etc I just used some straight pins to hold the 2 layers together.

 Quilting time! Do whatever quilting you would like , I used 3 strands of DMC floss in pink to go around my hexies.

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When you are done you can remove your marking line. In my case I just had to run a hot iron over it.

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We are going to construct the outer unit just like we did the lining. Making triangles in the corner, marking a line at 1 1/4 inch, sewing on the line back stitching at the start and stop, trimming the corners off.

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Now turn the thread catcher inside out!

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Now grab your lining and stuff it down inside. Use your fingers to push it down into the corners,  and pin the perimeter matching up the side seam. I hand basted a seam around the very top to make it easier to sew on the binding, so the fabrics wouldn’t shift.

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Now sew the binding to the outside using a 1/4 inch seam. Turn it inside out to make hand stitch the binding easier.

PicMonkey Collage8Turn it right side out and admire your adorable thread catcher!

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Pick up all the stray threads you just made and throw ’em in there! =)

Buy A Kit!!!

I have three one left little kits made up if you would like to purchase one.

They are $25.00 which includes shipping.

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Later gators!

Melissa

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Needle Book

I had to try out my new sewing room with a small project.

I used this adorable tutorial to make this little cutie.

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I had so much fun going through my newly sorted scrap boxes.

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I made mine a little bigger than the pattern to accommodate my BIG needles.

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I also added a front and back pocket to mine to hold a little pair of scissors, and some needle packs.

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I give the tutorial 5 thumbs up! What a fun way to spend an afternoon.

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Later gators,

melissa

Sewing Room Makeover

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Let’s talk about how wonderful sewing/craft rooms are for a minute. Is there a more important room in the house? I think not! I mean sure I like to eat, so kitchens are good, but I like to sew more!!  In my house it is the one room that no one else goes, so that means it’s ALL MINE. Can I get a WOO HOO!   If ever I need an escape, I just go in, close the door, then peace and tranquility is mine all mine.

We spend so very much time in our sewing/craft rooms, so why not make them as personal, and as best as they can be.  If that means painting the walls hot pink, or displaying your kitschy collection of Florida souvenir shell art I say Go For It Girl! You don’t have to be a grown up in this room, it’s alllll yours.

Now if all that is sounding a bit selfish, to that I say:

1.  there are way too many sharp objects in a sewing room for kids and the clumsy to be let in.

2. you do so much for everyone, treat yo self!

To make my sewing room the best it could be I took stock of the things that were bothering me.

listOkay these issues are very fixable without having to bust the budget. Paint is a cheap fix, employing my husband and kid to take out the bed was free, I had an old t.v. cabinet my dad built me in the basement for storage, and I shopped around for fabric and a light fixture with more wattage than the one 60 watt bulb that was in there.

I only realized now that I was a bad blogger and didn’t take real before photos. I snapped some iphone shots mid-painting. Everything looks really more of a mess than it normally would be,  but these horrid pictures will give you an idea of the before.

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There was a twin bed in the room that we thought we would need for guests, but in the 2 years we’ve lived here it’s only been used about 3 times.  This room shares a closet with our bed room (it passes through the end of the hallway) and it was so hard to get into that my scrap baskets kept dumping over and everything was a mess in there. So taking out the bed to make room for a storage piece was essential, and moving the cutting table station away from the wall allowed me even more storage in the opening in back. There are rolling drawers under the top of the cutting table.

I drew out a little layout that I thought would give me more space for laying quilts out on the floor.

Sewing Room layoutIt’s not a big room, but I think I have maximized the space was well as I know how.

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The new cutting area with storage under and access from the window wall side:

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Sewing table remained in the same area due to the electrical.

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My little bitty desk.

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With my prized Florida shell art.  It’s so pretty and sparkly in real life, it’s hard to capture in a picture.

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The t.v. cabinet turned scraps and what-not’s storage.

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The hutch with a fresh coat of paint. It holds my ironing supplies because I usually have the ironing board right in front of it nice and close to where I sew.

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 I built this little faux fur covered window bench with a piece of wood, some retro looking wooden legs painted with Martha Stewart metallic paint, some foam, and faux fur. It’s waiting for a cute pillow to be made for it.

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The cute new light fixture that gives off twice the light as before! 150 watts baby!!! hahaha

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Would I still like to rip that wood paneling off, calk the trim around the top, fix the cracking ceiling? Sure, but those weren’t on the list! LOL

It’s still looks much better.

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I hope my little sewing room redo has inspired someone out there to do a little refresh of your own space!

Later gators,

Melissa

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A Modern Take on Cafe Curtains

Project Sewing Room Redo is moving right along.  Even my iphone got a cute sewing themed makeover a little bit ago!

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I have finished the new curtains, put a fresh coat of paint on the storage furniture, made a new ironing board cover (finally!! OMGOSH when I took the old one off it literally stood up by itself from all the starch and grime.)   I am waiting on my fuchsia chandelier to arrive before doing some after photos. It’s looking much lighter and brighter!

The previous owner had sewn simple blinds from cream linen and hung them like a cafe curtain. That is what I’ve lived with in the space. And here you also get a glimpse of the horrifying green  and nasty beige paint!

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Since it is a sewing room AND on the second floor, there really is no need for full blinds or curtains.  I actually love the extra light that comes from having the top portion of the window uncovered.

I wanted to stick with a cafe type curtain, but didn’t want anything ruffly.   Something a little more that just a chunk of fabric hanging there like before was needed though.

I decided to make just one box pleat in the middle and let the print of the fabric be the “design.” They are lined with white cotton on the back.

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I think they turned out looking pretty cool and modern!

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I had just enough left over to make two skinny panels for the other window to bring some pattern to that wall.

Kitschy Sewing Room Craft

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In between coats of paint drying on my re-purposed storage furniture for the sewing room, I’ve been putting the shelves back up, and putting things back ON the shelves.

I stumbled across this kitschy little project and thought I’d share.

It’s probably the easiest craft EVER.

The deer head was my Christmas ornament this year, but it was so cute I couldn’t pack it away, so I threw it in my sewing room instead. When I came across it today I thought HEY! I should hang this up.

You could use an ornament, an old toy, a pez dispenser, anything fun that you like.  Mount it in a frame for some funky wall art for your sewing room.

I hate it when people say this, but I really DID have all the stuff to make it laying around. If you are a sewer/crafter I bet you do too.

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I cut a piece of scrapbook paper, glued it to the cardboard back of my little pink  dollar bin frame from the craft store.  I used E600 to glue the deer head in the middle.

Wha-lah! Instant kitch:

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Incidentally, while I was looking up how to spell kitsch, I read the definition.  Apparently kitsch is considered something in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic way.  Huh, and all this time I was appreciating kitsch completely non-ironically.

Sewing Room Sailor Heart Tattoo Tutorial

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Sure the blog title sounds confusing, but as soon as you saw the craft that goes with it I’m sure you now know what I meant.

I was feeling crafty today and so I went through my “Sew It Up” category on pinterest.  I came across these awesome embroidery patterns that I had  pinned from Urban Threads.com

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I had also always wanted to make a spool wreath, so I put the two ideas together and came up with a kick butt little piece of art for my sewing room.

Wanna make one too? LOL

First you need to gather:

some vintage spools

a pencil/marker

scissors

steak knife or exacto knife

cardboard

batting

glue gun and glue sticks

optional- glitter, elmers glue, printer and paper

Okay warning bad iphone photos ahead, I didn’t want to get glue on my new camera! LOL

1. Start by placing your spools in a heart like shape on the middle of your cardboard and trace around the shape with a pencil.

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2. Take your spools off and then draw some little wings on each side of the heart. I  used pencil first and then went over it with a black marker so I could trace the wing with paper , cut it out then used it as a template for the other wing.

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3. Cut your heart/wings out with an exacto knife.  I seem to have lost mine, so I just used a steak knife….very high tech. I then used some acrylic white paint to paint it out so that I would have a white background if anything showed throw.

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4. Now cut some feathers out of your batting. I cut three or four long feathers for the ends of the wings, and then just some little u shapes for the middle.  I used my paper template that I used to trace the left wing and cut a little “cap” for the top of the wing.  I mostly just fudged this and every feather was kind of wonky.

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5. Start gluing your feathers on with your glue gun. Start with the wing tip and long feathers.

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Then keep going with the bottom row on the bottom of the wing.

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Keep going until you reach the top , then add your little wing cap. (see my wing cap in the top of the picture.)

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6. When you have both wings done, use your glue gun  to  attach a hanger. I used measuring tape ribbon.  Then glue on your spools.

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I added some buttons to the tops of my wings, you could be as creative here as you want….you could add glitter to the wings, hot glue on some scissors or anything else sewing related.

You could leave it plain.

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Or print out a little banner and glitter the edges:

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I had fun! I hope you craft something cool too!

Later gators,

Melissa

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