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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday

I am pretty new to sewing. In fact I'm not that great at it. I've made 3 quilts and a couple pairs of flannel sleep pants. (I have yards and yards of flannel because JoAnne fabrics has an after Thanksgiving sale every year and they always have flannel for .99 a yard.)So needless to say you only need so many sleep pants and I can't not buy it for .99 a yard, I mean "Hello, Bargain!"
Anyway there is a reason I'm talking to you about sewing today. My thing that works for me is when you take a pattern out of it's original envelope, unless you are schooled in the art of origami you can never fold it the same way and fit it back in (but if you can I'd like to see a tutorial on it). So what I do in order to keep my sanity and not tear my pattern into pieces is I put it in a ziploc with the envelope in the front so you can see what pattern it is. Then all you have to do is fold it neatly however you can in (shove)...I mean neatly place it in the ziploc. Here is my lovely photo.

If you sew you've probably already figured this out, if you don't but are thinking about it then you will definitely enjoy this tip. And yes I'm attempting to make this dress too. But that's a whole nother post. Can I say nother? What does it mean? LOL!


  1. I do the whole zip lockie thing too, when I sew, which isn't that often except for making zebra curtains for the game room a few weeks ago. I much prefer my hot glue gun any day. Blessings to you.

  2. Wonderful tip!! I wish I could even thread a needle, but I'm hopeless.

  3. I love zip lock bags. I use them a lot in my sewing and craft room and take a bunch with me on travel.

    I know quite well what you mean about the origami part! ;-)

  4. Great tip! Maybe I should start using patterns :) I wish we had a .00 flannel sale here.

  5. Thanks for the idea! I recently started sewing and thought about putting them in Ziploc baggies as well. My mom, however, is the seamstress of the family and has never done that, so I didn't want to look like a total newbie! Here is a picture of my first real sewing project: Shorts

  6. That's a really practical idea. I don't sew, but I'm hoping to start doing that soon, and this will be a helpful tip.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog - Google has changed my life. :)


  7. I've been sewing for a long time, so I do know this trick. Another good idea is to store the small things you need for any given project right there with the pattern--thread, a threaded bobbin, the zipper or buttons, for example. That way, it's all there together when you want to get to work.
    Now, I'll tell you why you can't get those patterns back in the envelope. They don't fold and glue them and then tuck the patterns inside. No...they put the pattern pieces on top of an unfolded envelope, and then fold and glue! So see, it isn't that you can't do it...it's just that you can't really compete with a machine, LOL!
    Good luck with your sewing. And regarding that flannel: how about making up some flannel pillow cases for the fall and winter? Just use an old pillow case for a pattern, and don't forget to allow extra for the seams and the hem.

  8. I do the ziplock thing too. But I did NOT know about the 99 cent flannel sale at Joanns! I'll be watching for that this year.. I love flannel!

  9. that is a wonderful idea...But I don't sew. At all. I mean I don't even hardly sew on buttons, or hem pants. Although my daughter makes me do that for her once in a while. I am no good, and do not enjoy it. Should have taken home-ec classes instead of FFA. Oh well. I can build a fence! and weld a little! Does that count?


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