Thursday, October 14, 2010

Additional Apron Class

Hello ladies,
Last night was fun, although we had our "troubles"with the bias tape. Just wanted to let you know about the class that will be at my house (Heather) next week. It will be on Thursday 24th at 7:30 pm, so bring your gear and get ready to sew.

*If you wanted to change your bias tape for the thicker kind then get 3 packages. And you should be set.

*Don't worry, we will get it right. And your Aprons will be fantastic!
See you next week.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Aprons, Patterns, and JoAnn's

Ok ladies I had posted about the apron, that you need about 1 yard of fabric. Please get a little more, JoAnn's is now and has been putting labels across there fabric. So by them dong that it cuts off room for the patterns to fit properly on the fabrics.

Please, it is better to get more fabric than to get less. If you have already purchased your fabric, then I can help you make adjustments. Sorry for this inconvenience.

All you need is to purchase a little 1/8 or 1/4 of a yard more. Ok
I am sorry again. But don't worry your apron will look fabulous!

Did I mention our RSVP Giveaway?

Forgive me, I failed to mention our RSVP Giveaway for this month.  It is a darling birdie reusable tote from Joanns.  The birds are chirping, "Craft, Create, and Conserve".  How eco savvy!  I'm loving all the cute designs stores are coming out with for their reusable shopping bags.

So here's what you need to do:
  • RSVP to us via email, comment on the blog, phone call, or Michelle & I's favorite way- a yell across the neighborhood.  Any old way will do.  Our RSVP thing on our blog has disappeared, and I was loving it so much.   Even if its to tell us you aren't coming, we'll still enter you in the drawing.  Make sure to mention WHICH CLASS you will be doing.
  • If you are new to our group or haven't fill out our SURVEY yet, please do so and you can enter a second time.  The survey can be found here.
  • If you haven't signed up to 'FOLLOW' our site yet, sign up and you can enter an additional time.  Just look for the 'Follow' button in the left hand column.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!  If you can help us out by bringing any of the 'Needed Items' listed in the left hand column, that would be awesome.  Thanks ladies!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cooking up Aprons!

An Apron for me and for you.
Here is what we are going to be making, this cute and stylish apron.
I have all sizes to pick from.

Here is all what you need:
~Your fabric should be 100% Cotton or a Cotton blend.
~You need 2 contrasting colors of fabric.
~DONT FORGET!! Prewash your fabric!

For the Apron~
Size Small (10-12)~ 45" or 60" you need 1 and 1/4 or 1/2 yard of fabric.

Size Medium (14-16)~ 45" you need 1 1/4 yards of fabric. (plus a little more)
60" you need 1 yard of fabric. (plus a little more)

Size Large (18-20)~ 45" you need 1 3/8 yards of fabric. (plus a little more)
60" you need 1 yard of fabric. (plus a little more)

For the Contrast pocket and neck band~
you need 1/2 yard of 45" or 60" of fabric.

Two packages of 1/4" wide double fold bias tape
One package of medium Rickrack

Supplies are:
Sewing machines
Seam ripper ( just in case)
Measuring tape
Strait Pins
Ironing board

Ok, so now you know what to get and bring. "I will be providing your pattern so that you can learn to cut it out with help." Its not hard and will go very fast. This Apron is too cute for words and will be a BIG hit when you wear it or give it away as a gift.
I enjoy working with you and helping you all learn.

*Also, if you noticed in my picture of the Apron, there is two aprons. One for mom and daughter . If you are interested in doing "both"......Please let me know before our class this wednesday. And I will get you what you need for the "daughter apron". Ok!

*Please let me know if you are confused in any way, I will be happy to explain it to you and help you out. See you all at this weeks class.
~Like "Briana" said let us know what class you will be attending.
Thank you!
~Heather and Briana

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Its All in the Bag...

 Its finally here...  The supply list and prep instructions for the shoulder bag.  Thank you for your patience:-)  We are up and running.  We will definitely be having class as planned.  You can choose to either make this REVERSIBLE BAG or an APRON (Heather will be posting this soon).  
This Wednesday night, Oct. 13, 7:30 pm, my house.  

The RSVP thing on the blog has mysteriously disappeared so please comment or email me if you will be coming.  Thanks!


We will be following the pattern and instructions for this fun, basic bag from the site Very Purple Person

Fabric needs:
2 different cotton fabrics - Each
1 1/3 yd for 44/45" width                                        
2/3 yd for 60" width

Apparel or quilting cotton will work fine, but home decor or thicker cotton fabric will hold up better

Thread to match each fabric {You can also choose to have an accent thread instead that will stand out on the fabric as I did}
Lots and lots of straight pins
Iron (mini iron would be awesome for this)
Ironing board
Embellishments (optional) - flowers, beads, ruffles, ribbon, buckles, bows, etc.
Basic supplies - see list here

If you need a little review on fabric preparation or cutting please visit this previous post here.  Remember to come with your pieces cut out and marked.  

So where do you get your pattern pieces you ask!  Simply download them here and print them out on your very own printer.  Nifty, huh?

This was the first time I had done this too.  The first page of the pattern shows how the pieces fit together and gives you a test square of 4" x 4".  This test square will allow you to know if your pattern pieces are in proper scale.  My printer printed out the test square at 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" so I added an 1/8" when I cut out my pieces.
Pattern notes**
**Cut 2 of each fabric on fold (read tip here)
**Cut on the outside line, the pattern is just showing you the seam allowance
**Watch for directional patterns when choosing which direction to pin your pattern piece
**Make sure to mark your darts on both sides of fabric pieces (see video below)

**If you wish to add a non-bulky embellishment to your purse, you can choose to do it first before sewing like I did here with my ruffles.  Take into account that you will be sewing a dart in each corner and you will be turning the purse inside out through the width of a strap so nothing too bulky.  You can also choose to add embellishments after the purse is completed.  I can show you how in class.

I'm sleepy, so if I confused you or left something out, please feel free to ask me questions or tell me 'you don't get it'.

You CAN make this bag!  It will take sewing endurance, but its not too hard for you, just more steps than last time.  DON'T BE INTIMIDATED. You want to expand your sewing horizons, don't you?  You don't want to be making pillow covers or pillowcases forever, do you?!  You CAN do this.

Oh and please RSVP and tell us what class you will be doing.