Posts from the ‘Not so tutorial’ Category

“My Favorite Things” Monday’s

Blogging.  After sewing, photographing, editing, posting, bidding, cleaning, and creating, there isn’t really time for blogging.  But, I want to.  I know a need to, right?  I sat down this weekend and tried to develop a blogging plan (Hey, wake up!  You can’t be bored yet!).  My blogging plan will go something like this:

  • My Favorite Things Mondays – I get to tell you about my favorite sewing things!  How I use them and where I find them.
  • Tuesday’s Tools – An overview of tools of the sewing/crafting trade, and mini-tutorial.
  • Wednesday’s Weekly Question – Where I (try to) answer your questions, about sewing, a specific tool or technique, my Cloth & Clutch business, real estate…you get the picture, just about anything (keep it PG people).
  • Thursday’s Tips – Don’t learn it the hard way, like I did.
  • Fabric Friday’s (and sometimes Freebie Fridays!) – Discussions about different fabrics, their uses, history, origin, etc.  It’ll be more fun than it sounds (I hope).

Here it goes!  These are a few of my favorite things……

Blanket binding!

Blanket binding

Blanket bindings are one of my favorite things.  Perfectly packaged, shiny and silky.  Add it to almost anything for a lovely finish.  Blanket binding, is just that.  Satin that is pre-folded in lengths that are suitable for attaching to the edges of a blanket for a silky finish.

But it has sooo many other uses!

Such as on the edges and waistbands of dresses, as ties, made into bows, you name it.

Puffball skirt with blanket binding waist

Binding on a blanket

Satin blanket binding trim

Another baby blanket with binding

Binding edge variance

The best part of blanket binding is that one folded side is ever-so-slightly longer than the other, so when you are sewing it on, you sew on the shorter side, and are almost guaranteed (usually) to ‘catch’ the other side of the binding in the stitch.

That means you don’t have to have it perfectly aligned in order to sew both edges on at the same time  I always put the short side of the binding on the finished or pretty side.  You usually want to sew as close to the edge as possible for a clean look.  Here are some basic directions for sewing on blanket binding.  These photos are all of products I make, usually custom, so check us out on Facebook, My Etsy Shop, or my website!  TODAY ONLY, B1G150% (mix n’ match) on all items with Blanket Bindings, including custom items (maternity/hospital gowns, puffball skirts, baby blankets of all sizes, ruffle leg pants).  Must be ordered and paid by 11:59pm tonight, 2/14/11! Happy Valentine’s Day!


Making of a Hospital Gown – The End!

Sorry, I’ve left you hanging for several days.  I had a bunch of orders come in, and well, customers come first, right?

I’ve been thinking about changing the hospital gown to make it even more chic than it already is, but am struggling with keeping it “hospital friendly”.  I don’t want hospital’s to tell moms they can’t wear them because they are unsafe (meaning if there is an emergency, the doctor can’t easily access the patient).  I’ve seen some with elastic necks and satin ribbon sashes at the waist.  I tend to think sashes are fussy when you are trying to have a baby.   I’d love to hear your ideas!

Anyway, where were we?  Oh yes, adding the final touches to the maternity gown.  Pocket, ribbon ties, satin trim.

I figured out an easier way to add the ribbon ties, but here’s a picture of it, attached between the two layers of neck trim. 

Next we have a patch pocket that secretly covers a stitched hole in the garment meant for access by heart monitors or other wires which are often a necessity. I’ve trimmed the top edge of this pocket in the same trim as the neckline and arm holes.

Then I have to make sure the gown is straight so I can place the velcro in the right spots.  The velcro is what keeps your modesty intact!

The velcro is added in this way so that the back of the gown is adjustable depending on your size, and how you like to wear it (loose, or a little tighter).

The lovely satin trim (on inside and out) adds the finishing touches to this Birthday Beautiful Hospital Gown!  And remember it can be made in maternity, regular adult sizes, and children’s sizes.  50% of proceeds of these gowns will go to benefit the Preeclampsia Foundation between now and October 3, 2o1o.  So order now and also help a great cause. It looks so much nicer in real life.  I need to find a better model. 😉

Making of a Hospital Gown Part 2

If you missed part 1 you may read about it here.

When we parted last, I was off to preshrink the yummy paisley fabric   that will soon be our maternity hospital gown. 

Washed and dryed= preshrunk fabric.  TADAAA!  Preshrinking is a very easy, yet important part of the garment making process.  Cloth & Clutch garments are preshrunk and then washed and dried a second time after construction and before we ship it to you.  Why, you ask?  It’s part of our quality control and assurance process.  We want to make sure all seams are sewn properly, that stray threads are removed, and that the garment washes well. And then we iron it, again!!  See how much we love you?!

We’ve ALL purchased something that wasn’t preshrunk only to have it shrink up a couple of inches the first time you wash it!  AACKK!  No one likes high water pants or a too tight top.  A quality garment will be made with high quality materials  that are properly processed, including preshrinking!  Besides preshrinking the fabric, there are often other elements of a garment that need preshrinking.  For this maternity gown, we must also preshrink the Snap tape.

After preshrinking comes my LEAST favorite part of the whole process…..

Ironing!  Another very important part of the process, even if I don’t enjoy it. 😉  Ironing isn’t only to de-wrinkle the material after it comes out of the dryer.  We must iron throughout the entire garment construction.  It assists in making seams and hems even and flat, and corners sharp.  I am hoping the birthday elves bring me a “mini iron” for this year for working on small dress pieces, and other small projects.

But I digress….and it’s late, so we will pick this back up tomorrow:  Patterns, fabric scissors, and my favorite part….cutting the fabric.  See you soon!

Making of a Hospital Gown

People who don’t sew are always curious about how a piece of fabric and some thread can be turned into a wearable creation.  I think of it as a construction project using fabric and thread and a sewing machine instead of wood, concrete and a nail gun!  So, I thought I’d blog through a current project I’m working on; a hospital gown! These gowns can be made for women, men and children.  And they are completely your creation.  You get to choose the fabric (unless you leave the decision to me), as well as the trim.  For the maternity gown (and kids gowns) I can make a matching minkee baby blanket – perfect for those first pictures.

This particular gown is being made for an expectant mother in my town – a maternity gown.  She has chosen this BEAUTIFUL Paisley woven cotton/rayon blend made by Springs Creative Products Group, LLC.

Trim color is “Ice Mint” – a very pale mint color that grounds the busy paisley. but does not take away from it.  As always, I only use high quality materials, like this German thread from Gutterman. And trims from Wright’s.

Trim will include a 2″ satin hemline, and a soft cotton neckline in “Ice Mint”.

I’ll be washing and preshrinking the fabric today, and getting the scissors out!!  My favorite part….cutting the fabric! Check back in for the next post!