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By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Aug 6 2017 06:15PM

Scavenge and Save Build up your sewing stash the thrifty way
Scavenge and Save Build up your sewing stash the thrifty way

Recycling or up-cycling is all the rage but what the trendsetters forget is that hard up mums have been doing this for years extending the lives of their children's clothes by turning up and letting down hems or making one thing out of another. 


Do a mental inventory of your home what do you have that is made of fabric but either past it's use or out of favour. Off the top of my head I have a single duvet cover with felt pen on one side, a pair of curtains from our old house that don't fit any of the windows here and a gathered full-length cotton skirt that makes me look like a circus tent! Take another look at these items and you can see I have several yards of useful fabric that I can use to make other things. 



Re use old curtains or keep any eye out for sales.
Re use old curtains or keep any eye out for sales.

We have all had times in our lives when money is tight for whatever reason and quite often this is when people start to learn to sew, but fabrics can be expensive especially if you want something really nice. If you look around we are surrounded by items made from fabric. Curtains, table linen, bedding, clothing it's all fabric. 





Duvets can be made into pillow cases and even lightweight summer dresses
Duvets can be made into pillow cases and even lightweight summer dresses

Many years ago, as a young mum I became a fabric scavenger my most memorable transformation was using my wedding dress to make a christening gown for my daughter creating a valued heirloom with huge meaning. It became a habit that before anything was thrown away, or sent to the charity shop or for recycling I asked myself these questions:


Do I like the fabric it is made of? What else could I use it for? Is there anything else on this I could use, zip, buttons, buckles, elastic?



Keep buttons from old clothes which you are going to throw away
Keep buttons from old clothes which you are going to throw away

Then I would sit and dismantle where necessary removing buttons, zips and trims and unpicking where gathered or pleated to make a flat piece of fabric that I could add to my stash. Old curtains are brilliant for making cushions and bags where it is an advantage to have a firmer fabric and an item that isn't going to be constantly in the washing machine. The duvet cover I could re-cut the unstained pieces into pillow cases, but it could also be made into a nightdress, blouse or use as lining on a project. The skirt when unpicked would provide at least three metres of fabric which could be made into a more flattering skirt, child's dress or any number of crafting and quilting projects.



So, if you want to save money become a fabric scavenger and if you haven't anything at home now charity shops sell curtains bedding and clothing that you could reuse for less than the cost of a metre of fabric.


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Photos used from Freepik Artists - Mrsiraphol, Kaboompics & Javi_indy



By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Aug 2 2017 05:38PM


Sewing Decision Maker
Sewing Decision Maker

A quick bit of fun for anyone else who sometimes struggles to choose what to do next. I've had days where I just can't decide which project I'm going to do, but I know I want to make something.


So I made a decision maker. Simply print off the printable, cut it out, and stick the tabs together to make a cube.




Download the Decison Maker Printable Here


The options on it are as follows:


1. Work in Progress


These are usually lingering around. For whatever reason they have been temporarily put to one side waiting for their day to shine. If this comes up its time to stop procrastinating and get one finished.



2. Old Reliable


Favourite patterns which you know you can make and get a good result. You just want to sew something nice without too much hassle.


3. Something New


New patterns which have been waiting in the wings, saved to your pinterest board, tucked neatly in a box ready to go. Venture into new territory and give one of your new patterns a go.




Sewing Decision Maker Printable
Sewing Decision Maker Printable

4. Scraptastic


They're building up, they're beautiful and shiny, hoarded away like a dragon guarding treasure. Get them out and find one of your scrap busting projects to show them off in all their glory. Search online for scrap busting projects. See some of my favourite scrap busters on this previous post.


5. Upcycle


Be ecofriendly and thrifty and upcycle an unused fabric item into something you. Whether it is a top that doesn't fit right, turn a dress into a skirt, a pillowcase into a girls summer dress, find something lying around that could be given a new lease of life.


6. Random Gift


Special Holidays and Birthdays are scattered throughout the year. Get a head start and make some nice gifts to stash away for special occasions. Or give a friend or relative a nice surprise with a random hand made gift.




Download the Decison Maker Printable Here



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By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Jul 26 2017 04:18PM

Lurking in your fabric stash are probably some treasured scraps from previous projects. I find it hard to throw them away, because sometimes you get lucky and that perfect piece just fits your pattern piece.


Fabric Scraps Stash
Fabric Scraps Stash

I love little projects which give me the chance to use these precious scraps. From mug rugs to zipper pouches, wire wraps and little purses.



Always Keep the Scraps
Always Keep the Scraps

The patterns used in the above photo are as follows:


Sew4Home - Italiano Kitchen Mama Apron Free


Boutique Unique - Snap On Pin Cushion $2.00


Sew4Home - Neck Pillows Free


Craftsy - Headphone Wraps Free



Some of our patterns are scrap friendly and we have highlighted this on their pattern page.



Scrap Friendly Projects
Scrap Friendly Projects

The Dotty Folder has small pattern pieces for the pencil pockets and slip pockets on the inside.


Dotty Folder PDF Sewing Pattern
Dotty Folder PDF Sewing Pattern

The Grab and Go Wristlet is a small bag which can feature some of your favourite leftovers.



Grab and Go PDF Sewing Pattern
Grab and Go PDF Sewing Pattern

The Nicky Clutch uses small pieces and has the attractive bow feature which can show off a fabric design.



Nicky Clutch PDF Sewing Pattern
Nicky Clutch PDF Sewing Pattern

Snap On Pin Cushion uses small pattern pieces and also gives you the opportunity to use up some fancy trim scraps.


Pin Cushion PDF Sewing Pattern
Pin Cushion PDF Sewing Pattern

The Alice Bag is a patchworked bag and is perfect for using up all those tasty bits and bobs.



Alice PDF Sewing Pattern
Alice PDF Sewing Pattern





By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Jul 24 2017 04:47PM

New to our store on Craftsy The Jill Bag.


The Jill Bag is a stylish shoulder bag with two feature zip pockets on the front and a feature panel on the back. It has two internal pockets one with a zip and one left open that can be divided to suit a phone, pen, nail file, mirror or whatever you need.




The ideal fabric for this bag is a firm woven fabric with an even weave such as cotton. The grey and gold design shown has a main body of cotton fabric with a feature pocket fabric by Robert Kaufman. It has contrast leather piping and brass zips.



The style of this bag allows you to make different choices and create a unique item. Make the pockets from a great contrast fabric. The piping gives another area for contrast and detail we have used imitation leather on one of the samples and stripey on the other.



If you want to give your bag a professional finish you can invest in up market 'bag furniture' e.g. metal buckle loops and brass zips. These can give your bag that 'shop bought' look.


Buy Now on Craftsy


Or Direct from Us on this link

£4.75





By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Jul 20 2017 04:44PM

Introduction

Bias binding is made in the same way as piping up to the point where you insert the piping cord and it generally sits outside the fabric as a finishing edge or trim, although it can be used in the same way as piping for decoration but is left flat with just the edge peeping out from a seam. Like piping, bias binding can also be purchased ready-made and comes in various widths and a riot of colours and designs


The Alice Bag
The Alice Bag

Binding can also be hand finished and if you enjoy hand sewing this is an ideal opportunity use thread that matches your binding and keep your stitches small using the machined seam underneath as a guide. You can bind around corners and curves because the binding is cut on the bias it gives it the flexibility to be sewn around virtually any shape giving a nice clean edge.


Tools and Supplies

Fabric Quilting Ruler Rotary Cutter Binding Tool Iron Machine


If you are making your own binding once you have cut your strips of fabric and joined them together it is not necessary to iron the edges in but it does make it easier when sewing. You can buy a little gadget to help you with this - they come in various sizes to suit the width of the binding you are making.



Download the Practical Guide to Binding Printable Click Here

or click read more to read the blog version


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