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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

4H sewing club

I am running the Oklahoma County 4H sewing club this year, with the help of another lady. We've had a pretty good sized group coming each month, about 10-12 students. The projects we've sewn so far are velcro pouches, ruffle towels, pillowcases and tote bags.

If you're interested and would like more information, send me an email! It costs $1 to join, sewing machines are provided and it's open to OK County residents ages 9-19.

Here are some pictures from the last meeting:






Monday, December 31, 2012

Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar - December 2012

Here are pictures of my booth at the Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar. It was December 8, held in the Centennial building at the Oklahoma state fairgrounds.

I had some fun decorating my booth this year. Since it's a local show, I can stuff the car and fill up a trailer with things I don't normally have room for :) I also got a double space (10x20') so had twice as much room as I'm used to having. It was nice for customers to be able to walk through the booth and there was plenty of room for moms with strollers!





Square! Best app ever. I have used this for my last couple craft shows and it has been great! I use it on my iPod touch, so have to pay for internet service at each show, but even with that cost it is still worthwhile. So many people don't carry cash anymore, so you don't want to miss any sales because you don't take credit cards. The fees from Square are very reasonable (only 2.75% on each sale and no monthly fees) and you can use it on your iPhone or iPad too. I would definitely recommend it!
(If you're not familiar with Square, it is a credit card reader that plugs into the headphone jack on your iPhone or other device, so you can accept credit cards)



Old window frames are always a good idea :)

Cord covers (hanging on the pegboard), a new item we started selling

{Flannel baby quilts}

{Ruffle towels hanging on our wooden drying rack}

{Felt owls my sister Anna makes, aren't they cute?!}

Happy New Year, hope everyone has a blessed 2013!

"Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 
The Lord is my portion, says my soul, Therefore I hope in Him!"
Lamentations 3:22-24 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar


It is at the OK State fairgrounds, in the Centennial building. Admission is free, so you don't really have any excuse to not be there... other than the fact that I only put the info on my blog the night before :)

You should try and come by if you are local! You're sure to find something unique to buy from one of the 80+ handmade vendors. I always have fun looking around when I get the chance to break away from my booth :)

Some of the new items I'm excited to have this year are: ruffle towels, microwave potato bags, knit baby hats, flannel baby quilts and cord covers. {pictures coming soon....}

For more info: http://www.deluxeok.net/



I have been busy with school this semester (I'm taking EMT at a local community college), so my blog has not been my highest priority. Hopefully over the Christmas break, I'll make time to get on here and update it :) I do update my Facebook page sometimes, if you don't already "like" it, go hit that thumbs up button: www.facebook.com/juliasews

Friday, November 16, 2012

War Eagle Craft Show

Anna and I drove to Arkansas last month to do War Eagle Craft Show. It was a 4-day show, and was a great experience. I will definitely be doing it again next year! We sold out of microwave potato bags on the first day, so I went to Hobby Lobby and bought more supplies so we would have some for the rest of the show! It was pretty crazy, I was sewing them at the booth, and almost as soon as I got a bunch finished... they would sell! I think it's safe to say they were pretty popular :)

My list... thankfully we didn't forget anything!



We're finally here :)

Booth set-up. It was a different sized booth than I'm used to doing (it was 8x13') but it ended up working really well. I made the frame out of PVC pipe, found some carpet that was the perfect size and we arranged the tables differently. It was interesting getting everything packed in the car!

I took my machine and sewed at the booth...

Anna and I. We look really tired in this picture! We were staying with friends that lived an hour away, so got up at 4am every morning and didn't get to bed until around 10. After 4 days we were feeling pretty sleep deprived :)

Beautiful sunset, on our way home

I try not to buy very much at craft fairs, but this sign was too funny!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Any day spent sewing is a good day...

{Yellow and Gray reversible nursing cover up I made for an order last week}

{Matching burp cloths}

{Ruffled kitchen towels} 

I've been lovin' the gray/yellow combo recently... can you tell? :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Knit baby hat

I found a tutorial for knit baby hats last night. They looked so easy to make I had to whip one up right away! Mine only took me about 5 minutes and turned out really cute :) 

I used: Sew Classic knit interlock fabric from JoAnn's that I had leftover from another project

Here is the link to the tutorial:  Zaaberry: Baby Hats - TUTORIAL and PATTERN


Lydia and her "baby" :)

These would make great gifts!

What it looks like inside-out....

Friday, August 31, 2012

Zipper Tutorial


A friend showed me how to put zippers in this way a couple years ago, and it's the best method I've tried. Once you get the hang of it they should only take you about 10-15 minutes to do. 

Cut your pieces of fabric out. I used 2 different shades of denim to show contrast. Obviously, if you were making a skirt or other item the fabric pieces would match :) If you were putting the zipper into a skirt, these would be the side or back seams.

Serge raw edges. If you don't have a serger, zig-zag the edges or skip this step.

Line up side seams and put right sides together. Lay the zipper on top of the fabric. Line zipper up with the top edge of the fabric. Place a pin right above the metal piece at the end of the zipper. Where the pin is, is the place where the zipper will end once it is sewn in. Pin the 2 pieces of fabric together the rest of the way down.

You can see it a little better here...

Sew from the pin to the end, leaving the space above un-sewed for the zipper

So that it looks like this...

Press the seam you just sewed and the un-sewed edges open

So that it looks like this from the back...

And this on the front...

I find old zippers at garage sales and use them to practice on. You can usually find them cheaper and in some pretty wild colors :) Avacado green zipper anyone?

Open the zipper and line upper edge with the top of the fabric. Pin so you can barely see the "teeth" visible underneath. You will be sewing it on the top side of the fabric, so this doesn't have to be exact... you can re-align it as you're sewing.

Pin it all the way down and up the other side

Pinned view from the back...

Zipper feet vary in appearance, this is what mine looks like. You can't sew close enough with a regular sewing machine foot, so you'll need one!

Put the zipper foot on your machine and move it (if it's adjustable) to the right side...

Start sewing at the top of the left side of the zipper. You just want the "teeth" of the zipper to be sticking out a little bit from under the fabric. Whatever is sticking out is what you'll be able to see when it's finished, so the closer the better.

The zipper foot (at least mine does) has a groove that makes it easier to keep it lined up as you sew...

When you get about an inch from the end of the zipper (this is a view from the underneath) stop sewing and with the needle down, close the zipper. I usually have to lift the presser foot so I have more room to get my hand under there.

With the needle still in the fabric, lift the presser foot and turn the fabric to sew over the end of the zipper.

It is bulkier here, so sew slowly to avoid breaking your needle. I usually sew it and then backstitch a couple times to make it more secure.

With the needle back in the fabric, lift the presser foot and turn the fabric to sew up the other side...

Sew for a couple inches, and then stop the machine with the needle down...

So you can open the zipper back up. Keep sewing until you get to the end.

Finished zipper!

Underside...

Close-up of the sewing at the end of the zipper. 

Hopefully this is clear enough to follow.  If you have any questions, leave a comment and I'll get back with you! Enjoy =)