Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Urban Home Goods Swap
Remember the pillow swap I did a few months ago? Well, the same crafty ladies just hosted an Urban Home Goods Swap. My partner (it's a blind swap, so I can't tell you who she is yet) said she liked Russian Nesting Dolls and rainbow colors. One of the items on her Wish List was placemats. So, I ordered fabric and started making placemats. Then I felt like I should include some napkins. Then egg cosies. A whole breakfast set was born.
Lesson One: Don't be shy at the cutting counter. In the past, I've allowed myself to feel intimidated by the women who cut the fabric at my local sewing stores. I felt like I had to pretend that I knew what I was doing. But for this project, as I faced a pile of rick rack, with no idea how much I would need, I decided to bare my soul and admit I didn't know what I was doing. I marched up to the cutting counter, rick rack in hand and said, "I'm making four 12"x12" napkins and I want to edge them in rick rack. How much do I need?" She very kindly, with no condensation, explained how many feet I would need and how that translated in to yards. And she was right on the money. I realized that I was always over-buying what I needed because I was afraid to ask for help. Or, even worse, I would have to run back for more supplies in the middle of project! These kind fabric cutters, for the most part, are long time sewers. Why wouldn't I take advantage of their wisdom? (By the way, I used to be financial controller, but for some reason, fabric measurement confounds me.)
Lesson Two: I learned how to make linings! I read about a dozen online explanations and it kind of hurts your head to think about it when you are sewing (don't forget to leave a spot open for turning!), but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy.
Lesson Three: Everyone has to pull out stitches. I used to get really, really cranky about pulling out stitches. I thought I should be a better sewer and shouldn't have to do it. After reading a couple of sewing blogs, I realized that everyone has to pull out stitches sometimes-no matter how good they are at sewing.
Lesson Four: I learned how to sew rick rack as an edging. Check-out this blog. It's so much easier than how I used to do it. (I'm not telling how I did it before. It's embarrassing!)
I'm so proud of the breakfast set I made. I'm especially in love with the egg cosies and am thinking of making some more for my shop. Would you buy them? Or should a make a tea pot cozy or something instead?