Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Sewing Notions...

We all have our favorite sewing notions that help make our lives easier. I thought I would share a few of my must haves. I would love it if you would share your favorites in the comment section too. It's great to learn about new things, especially when they are tried and true!!

These are a few of my favorite things...

Bees Wax


I've always used bees wax when I'm hand sewing. I've always had the bigger size disc, but I just found this package of 5 little minis!! They are perfect to keep with different hand sewing projects.

Bees wax coats the thread so it doesn't knot up, twist or fray. I absolutely love it for sewing my hexagon projects.

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Look how tiny each one. I have a bobbin in the center to compare the size. I found them in the quilting section at Joann fabrics for $3.99.

sewing notions

Thread Cutter Pendant


I also use a thread cutter when I'm hand sewing and this one from Clover is my favorite!!

sewing notions

It's a bronze metal pendant.

sewing notions

and has a hole to add your own chain to hang it around your neck like a necklace.

sewing notions

When you have it as a necklace, you will never lose your scissors. This is especially great when hand sewing in the car or on a plane. This was in the embroidery section at Joann's...$7.99, but use a 50% coupon.

It looks like jewelry!!

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Just pass the thread over any of the openings and it cuts it beautifully. The sharp blade is totally encased in the metal, so you will never cut yourself.

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Seam Fix...seam ripper and fixer


Another favorite is this rubber pen seam ripper. We've all been there when we have to rip out a seam. I'm there more often than I like. Lol

This is a great seam ripper, but to remove all those loose threads...

sewing notions


The cap of the seam ripper is a rubber cleaner. Just run this rubber pen over the seam and it will pull out all the little threads that you have left behind from the seam ripper. It's like magic!!

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Handy Storage Box...


Ok, this is chocolate, but that's not my favorite...the box is!! Don't get me wrong, I love chocolate, but if I had a choice between chocolate and a bag of chips...it's salty all the way. I am a savory eater more than a sweet eater. I digress...

Back to the box. These little chocolates come in a cute metal box. I know some mints do too.

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These boxes are perfect for a little sewing kit or a project holder.

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Here's a little bobbin to show you the size of the box.

sewing notions

I keep my mini hexie projects in this box. It fits in my purse to sew anytime I have a few extra minutes in a doctors office, waiting for my daughter to get out of work or during my lunch time at work.

The box isn't a sewing "notion", but still a must have. It keeps things clean, organize and handy.

sewing notions

Hope you liked some of the items that I showed today. These are my own items and I wasn't paid by anyone to write this post...just wanted to share.

What are your sewing favorites or must haves?

Thanks for stopping by and sharing,
~Karen~


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Faux Fur Rug for Under $30...

Hi everyone! I have a fast and easy project for a faux fur area rug that is no sew and under $30!! Our oldest daughter Courtney moved into her own apartment last year and our other daughter Kelsie decided last week to move into Courtney's old room as a change of pace.

We moved some furniture around and it looked great except it needed an area rug. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but even the cheapest area rug in Walmart was over $75. She wanted a white faux fur rug and those over $100, so I thought why not buy faux fur in a fabric store!! Here's how it turned out!!

Kelsie's "new" room...

faux fur rug

Pop in to see the easy steps to make your own...

Friday, April 3, 2015

Rice Krispie Treat Easter Carrots...

My daughter Kelsie wanted to make something special to bring up to her boyfriend's family's house this weekend. She searched Pinterest and found a cute idea for rice krispie treat carrots. She only had a little bit of time to make them last night after work and she has to work today, so this was the best and fastest treat to make.

Riced Krispie Treat Easter Carrots!!!

rice krispie treat Easter carrot

These bunnies might eat them before Easter though...

rice krispie treat Easter carrot

Come in and see the easy steps to make these little delicious cuties...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

How to Make Paper Pinwheels...

Springtime, Easter, birthday parties or any party for that matter, pinwheels are the perfect decoration and oh so easy to make!!!

In just a matter of minutes, you can make these little cuties...

paper pinwheels

Pop in to see how easy...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Double Use for Phone Charging Station...Sewing Box!!

Some of life's ordinary things can have double duty and make our day a little easier or at least pretty! I found a phone charging box in a thrift store a long time ago. It sits between 2 couches where everyone watches tv. We all have phone chargers in our bedrooms, but that time when you are watching television and your phone is low, I have these plugs available for iPhones and iPads.

I sit right next to this box, in the corner of the couch and do my hand sewing or little projects...charging my phone if needed.

sewing box

I realized I wasn't using the drawer in the front...until now!! Now it holds all my hand sewing supplies for my mini hexies.

sewing box

Then I had a better idea for the whole box. Pop in to see...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

I wrote the below opening paragraph last Sunday and it seems like déjà vu...it's spring, but we had another snow storm again this weekend here in Westerly! It has literally snowed every Saturday this winter, so I need your spring projects or any projects to spark up my day!!!

Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party. Spring is in the air, I think! It said it on the calendar, but we had snow here in Rhode Island yesterday. Maybe to help bring in the warmer weather,  you can share spring inspired posts the next few weeks...ideas to freshen' up our homes, spring cleaning,  Easter crafts or projects, your favorite Easter traditions or recipes etc. You can share anything at all, actually!!  Thanks so much for always being here, for joining in and for visiting all the blogs that link up each week. I can't thank you enough!!

If you're new here, either to linking up or to visiting the links, all the instructions are explained below. Have fun!!

Linking your blog to the party…


Sew Darn Crafty is a "sharing"party. I subscribe to a linking service, which provides the ability to link thumbnail pictures of posts from your blog to my blog. The pictures below are links to other blogs and the projects the blog owner wants to share with us. Each week, I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! Not only are you sharing your ideas and project, but the links will bring lots of traffic to your blog. You can add any project you'd like…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute. Follow directions below.

Visiting blogs at the party…


If you are new to visiting linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!
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