Let's Get Organized

 January is a cold month for most so I like to use the indoor time to get a head start on "Spring Cleaning." Because come Spring I want to be outside! This is a good time to go through the studio (house in general) and de-clutter, donate unwanted items, and organize. This can be a lot when I have a studio full of supplies and not that large of a space to work with. It's all about getting creative with how you store and organize your materials. Here are a few of my go-to products, projects, and hacks that instantly make it easy and visually appealing to keep studio supplies organized!

Ruler Rack: When it comes to my cutting table I like it clear. Initially I would have my rulers in a different spot but now I use Dritz Ruler Rack. It keeps the rulers and templates organized, within easy reach, and off of my work space. It has 10 different slots for all the different types of rulers.

Bobbin Ring: Bobbins...they tangle up and can get lost or put anywhere (who else finds bobbins in random locations around the house?). I usually had a little container I'd place them in but this always lead to a tangled mess. I saw this Dritz Bobbin Ring on IG and instantly got this. It keeps them secure, tangle free, and it's an artsy way to see all the colors.

Thread rack: I've had this Thread Rack for years (I have 3 now) and it's one of my favorite studio storage products. Because I sew and embroidery I have a lot of thread so this is essential for keeping them organized and tangle free. I have 2 other ones that are just for embroidery thread and color coordinated.

Magnetic Pin Caddy: Stores pins and easy pick up with the magnet. 

I'm a huge bin/ fabric basket fanatic. I have all types and make (& buy) them all the time. I use them for scraps, patterns, specific projects, materials, pretty much everything. These are easy to make and a visually appealing way to store supplies. Here are a couple tutorials of fabric baskets you can use to make your own: here, here, and here.

One thing I use a lot is this scrap caddy. I have it by my sewing machine at all times. I place thread and all the little scraps that add up. It helps with all the sweeping too. Make your own in this quick tutorial below.

Measurements above. I used a small bowl to trace the bottom. Use a medium to heavier material with a stiffness like cotton duck or canvas. You can adjust the measurements to be wider or longer just be mindful there is no liner or interfacing. 

Fold right sides together and sew (1/2" seam allowance). It's a good idea to finish the seam allowance raw edges. I serged mine, but if you don't have a serger use a bias tape or even Dritz Fold-Over elastic over the seam allowance. 

Fold the top hem over 1/2", press, and stitch. 

Pin bottom circle right sides together with main bucket piece. Sew (1/4" seam allowance). 

If you don't have a serger, finish the seam allowance with a Fold-Over Elastic or bias tape. 

Other good projects that work for all spaces not just the studio:

Cords all over the place and tangled in a mess is one thing that irks me. I love these Dritz projects for getting those cords contained: Cord Roll Organizer or No-Sew Cord Wraps. 

What are some products, hacks, or projects you use to organize your space?


Sew your own "faux leather" leggings

 I wanted to kick off the New Year (Happy New Year all) with something futuristic and FUN for 2020. I've been eyeing the recent trend of faux leather leggings lately so I went ahead and bought some. After trying on a couple of brands I felt all of them were too restrictive and uncomfortable to actually wear. I assumed they must all be like this and they weren't for me. Then I got this Metallic Foil material from Stylish Fabric that had the shiny appearance of a faux leather legging in all sorts of colors with 4-way stretch for movement. Once I got the material I knew it would work for these leggings with the weight and coverage of the fabric. I made a sample pair and ended up making another pair. I compiled this blog post to share the steps and tips to sew your own "faux leather leggings" you will actually want to wear. Using Coats & Clark Eloflex Stretchable Thread for the waistline and seams was essential to a comfortable yet fitted legging. I like that they work for casual to dressy, and even athletic wear. I made a gold and black pair for our family's "Resolution Run" we do every New Year's Day (photo below). Get the details below and sew your own. 



Sew a "Gaming Robe"

One gift I planned to sew my kids this year for Christmas was their own robes. My boys like to take mine and wear them on the weekends. I typically find them snuggled up in them while playing their various weekend video games. A "gaming robe" will be a perfect gift for Christmas break. For the pattern I went with this Indygo Junction's Kimono robe as the base.  I also wanted to add a hoody and pockets for their snacks and controllers when they get in the "gaming mode." I used Dritz Fold-Over Elastic for the belt loops and it can also be used as a binding for the interior and exterior edges. I wanted a quality fabric that was soft and cuddly and the pro's in this field is Shannon Fabrics. Since I was in the "mode" I made one for myself as well...I call it the "But First, Coffee Robe." Get the details below to make your own. 



DIY Christmas Skirt

I've always wanted to make a Christmas skirt and I'm not talking about the one around the bottom of the tree, although very similar in design. So when my mom gave me boxes of my late Grandma's sewing patterns I found this Simplicity 2654 circle skirt and couldn't wait to sew it. I loved that she had it cut out and pinned to a striped taffeta fabric my mom said she was "suppose to make her for a Christmas skirt..."(I'm going to finish that one next). When I think of a Christmas look I think jewel toned colors in fabrics like taffeta, velvet, or satin. I went with this lovely Ruby Taffeta from Stylish Fabric. I also wanted to add embroidery using Coats and Clark Metallic Embroidery Thread. I initially had plans to embroider around the bottom hem but silly me forgot how large a circle skirt circumference.  I've made Free Standing Lace (FSL) many times but never in a metallic thread so I thought why not for a sash to wrap around the waist. This metallic thread went through my machine like a dream. If you sew with metallic thread you know it can be tricky at times. I love these FSL accessories from Mo's Art Design Studio. Get the details below for tips and tutorials on how to sew your own Christmas Skirt.




DIY Embroidered Hanging Towels.

Tis the season for making your loved ones smile! The way I enjoy doing that is making handmade gifts. These embroidered towels are a perfect example. I love to find cute and funny embroidery patterns from Embroidery Online and ScissorTail Stitches to embroider. There are so many patterns to choose from to fit anyone in your life. Not only are they kitchen towels easy to make they're also (somewhat) practical. Now I typically don't use them to wipe off my hands, but to each there own. Get the details below and make your own. 



DIY Christmas T-Shirt Set

Tis the season for sewing all the festive projects! I have been looking forward to making a little Christmas set for my youngest son Louis and I (my older sons just laugh at me haha). I wanted to make something that could be worn as a pj set and out and about. Louis loved his little custom shirt and even helped me make it. I made a raglan pattern so I could add a contrasting sleeve and neckline. Because the project was knit material it was a good time to use my Eloflex Stretchable Thread from Coats and Clark, especially along the neckline. I then created an appliqué for the front and added a topstitch to add more detail. Get the details below and make your own.



DIY Coat Sew Along

The cooler temperatures have inspired me to start sewing some coats and jackets lately. I've noticed I always wear a sporty puffer coat to keep warm and want to add more prints and styles to my wardrobe. I've been wanting to sew a classic coat to wear to dressy occasions and with a neutral color like beige/camel (I already have a black one). I liked this simple yet elegant Sophia Swing Coat pattern from Indygo Junction. I can pair this coat with anything from a sweater and jeans to a holiday dress. To finish off the center front closures I used Dritz Sew-On Toggles. These add instant detail and professionalism to any coat and are easy to apply. Get the details below and make your own.