I intentionally chose something less complicated than a skirt because… 1) It’s Wednesday and 2) It’s February. I’m not sure if other teachers share this feeling, but February has always been a bit of a doozy for me. In January, I’m still somewhat rested from having 1-2 weeks off, and March brings the promise of spring break. February, though, just has some bad weather. And Valentine’s Day. It’s only the third… oy.
Anyway, this is the test of a new blade for our Silhouette Cameo- one for fabric! I obviously decided to cut out a brontosaurus. The flower is just to take a little more advantage of the space.
1) If you want to use the Cameo to cut out fabric, it needs interfacing. Silhouette makes its own, but I used leftovers from an old project without any trouble.
2) Make sure you have the adhesive side of the interfacing touching the wrong side of the fabric, and iron the smooth side of the interfacing (glue dots facing the board).
3) Attach the fabric and interfacing to the cutting mat.
4) Make sure you have swapped out the normal blade for the blue fabric one, and line up the mat.
5) Use the fancy cameo program to choose a design. I would go into more detail here, but Max did it for me tonight.
6) Watch it go! It’s more fun than it sounds.
Look at them! Aren’t they precious? Now I just have to go find something to put them on…
So last night, I had papers to grade. A lot of them. I also was dropping rank in my Fitbit ‘Workweek Hustle’ challenge, and needed to actually exercise.
So what did I do?
Make a skirt, of course!
This is fabric I got on sale at Hobby Lobby— I love when the ‘end of rolls’ section actually has cute patterns! It is technically a knit, but I feel like it just barely qualifies. It stretches slightly, like jersey, but holds shape more like normal cotton.
I started off using the waist band tutorial from Make It & Love It. My plan (before I read the entirety), was just to follow the directions in general. I was already proud of myself for not using a straight up pattern- it was a first, and I was definitely was more willing to take risks in my new space!
However, the problem with using sewing as a procrastination tool, is that you don’t always have all of the materials needed. In this case, the tutorial called for a circle skirt. These are cute, but need a much larger piece of fabric than I had. What to do?
I started off creating the waistband as directed- reading ahead was never my strong suit.
First of all, how tall do you want the band to be? I wanted mine to be about 3 inches. Since you will end up doubling it up AND folding it over, multiply that by four. Add an inch for seam allowance, and that gets you the height for your waistband. For example, mine was 13 inches. In order to make sure that your waistband fits snugly, subtract two inches from your actual waist measurement for the width.
I used my amazing new roller-cutter-thingy. How did I not have one of these before?!
Now, sew the two edges with the right sides facing each other. This should form a tube of fabric. Use a zigzag stitch to allow for stretching.
After I finished with the waistband, I was left with a good bit of fabric, but not quite enough to actually follow directions. Measuring it out, I had a 58” x 19” bit of fabric. I set my machine to the loosest straight stitch possible, and sewed a quick line down the length of the fabric with 1/2” seam allowance.
Without doing anything else, this brought my 58” down to 43”. I then just held onto the top thread and ‘slid’ the fabric down until it was actually the size of my waist. I then sewed the two sides together to make a skirt shape.
From here, I picked back up at the lovely lady Ashley at Make It & Love It. Fold the waistband onto itself, wrong sides together. Place 8 pins equidistant from each other along the bottom, pinning the open ends together. Do the same thing along the top of the skirt piece.
Then, line up the pins. There will be extra skirt fabric between the pins (Remember, the waist band was supposed to be -2 inches from the waist). You’ll end up having to put the skirt inside the waistband. while doing all of this.
Then, flip it so that the waistband is on the inside, and the skirt is on the outside.
Sew the tops together, using the zigzag stitch again (1/2 inch seam). After doing this once, I used a seam ripper to get rid of my earlier ‘loose stitch.’ I then added an additional zigzag stitch around the top.
Cut away extra fabric around the top, and iron flat.
Now, if you used ‘real’ knit, you wouldn’t necessarily need to hem, as knit doesn’t fray. However, I felt mine needed it.
Did anyone else use to avoid ironing before sewing the hem? Because I did. “Oh, that isn’t actually necessary…” “That’s just an extra step…”
Yeah. That was wrong. Iron before you hem. It’s so much easier, plus better looking.
I’m here to kick off my weekly Wednesday post. I’ll do my best to hold my own, although Max is really the ‘man with the plan.’ In my real life, I teach fourth grade- and absolutely adore it. It doesn’t hurt that my commute comes with views like this:
I’m going to write up the first installment about our one-room renovation of the room above our garage, or ‘FROG.’ While it was quite an adventure- including flooring, yards of shelving, and possibly the largest craft table known to mankind- I would like to talk to you about my happy spot, my sewing station.
There are several things that I love about this spot. It is large enough to really spread out. Also, it has some personality. I’d love to be someone who could sit down and focus no matter where I was, but that just isn’t the case. Even with larger sewing projects, I have more than enough space. Finally, I have storage coming out of my ears!
We were really able to take advantage of the space by opting to create a desk rather than buying one. The base of my workstation is two IKEA Kallax shelving units on their sides- one a 2×2, the other 4×2. Laying across them is an IKEA tabletop- so not only is there a lot of workspace, but it’s even on top of shelving.
The pegboard is an essential piece, and made more of a difference than I thought it would. It has a dual purpose- storage and aesthetic. Now this may seem obvious to other people (I wouldn’t have gotten there by myself, I’m not going to lie), but… the boards are attached to the studs on the wall, and the pegboard is attached to them. This lets them actually be functional!
For the chevron pattern, Handmade Utah (@2crafty4myskirt) has the best tutorial. Really, it’s easiest to tape out overlapping diagonals, and then use a razor to cut out the chevron pattern. I used a roller, and the extra paint from our front door.
I am so thankful storage is ‘in’ these days- it made the finishing touches so much more fun!
Did y’all see these at Michaels? They had some in their little ‘bargain’ section.
They’re magnetic storage bins- so I have them on the same strip as my good scissors. Pins of various sorts, price tags, paper clips, and binder clips all have their place. I LOVE them! Just as exciting was their tilt out bins, which I have mounted on the side of the table.
Target also had some great bins in their bargain section— Do you see a theme here?
I have one for stamps and sparkly things, one has my punches, and then the other has ribbon.
I could seriously go on about all that I have here for days… and probably will 🙂 I’ll be putting more of a focus on the actual sewing side next time! Thanks for reading 🙂