Do you own a serger/overlocker that just sits in a box? I have to admit I can have a love/hate relationship with mine. It intimidates me, I hate not knowing how to adjust the tension or how do to deal with common problems. When it works it’s fab, so fast!! And fabulous for sewing stretchy fabric.
I have a basic model from Lidl which works well with thin to medium weight fabrics. I have to confess that if a project requires changing the thread I will use my normal machine instead!!
So when I saw Serger Peppers new Skillshare class: “Learn to love your serger, 1 project at a time (#1: the Scrappy Neck Warmer).” for free I leapt at it.
The course is aimed at those who are new to overlockers. Irene talks you through each part of the overlocker, covers threading the machine with some helpful tips. I love how she covers learning to thread it from scratch first and then moves into a cheat method!!
The course includes a scarf project. Here’s mine in progress. I have a large box of woolen jumpers bought/donated a few years ago just waiting for the right project. This is it!
I love my new scarf made of 100% woolen jumpers. I sewed up the side to make it into an infinity scarf.
They are so quick to make that I have whipped up a few:) I’m undecided between giving them away or selling them…
This one I’m keeping for me:)
If you have an overlocker sat in a box I recommend this course. Make friends with your overlocker! Plus if you use this referral link for the course you will get 3 months of Skillshare Premium for only $0.99 for unlimited access to this and thousands of online classes.
Ps I have put in a request for a course covering tension and how to fix it:)!
Are you sewing for Christmas? It suddenly dawned on me last weekend that a changing bag needed to be ready for sister-in-laws visit to the UK. My danish nephew and wife are expecting their first baby this Christmas, back in the summer fabric was chosen and bag designs discussed…. Nothing like a looming deadline to motivate me to make the bag!
The neutral fabric choices have grown on me, I love the splash of stars as you open the bag.
The bag is a modified version of the free pattern from Sew4Home. I have used standard cotton rather than PUl for the lining, reducing the number of internal pockets but adding in a zip pocket at the front of the bag.
This is designed for wallet, mobile and keys – perfect. No need to go rummaging in the bottom of the bag to find your essentials.
Lastly to add an element of surprise to the gift I whipped up a taggy, lined with the empty packet of wipes to add a sound effect for the baby.
I’m slowly working my way through handmade gifts:) If you have made some Christmas gift this month you may wish to join up with Ho Ho Ho and on we sew Christmas gift link up party here.
On a personal note I have treated myself to the course Product Photography at Home on Craftsy – they have a great Black Friday sale still on, check out the courses here.
PS Not quite sure I have become old enough to be a great Aunty!!!
PPS I am a Craftsy affiliate, any item bought through the link gives me a tiny reimbursement at no cost to yourself.
Today is challenge 12 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges. I have to admit I am rather sad to reach the end. I’ve had great fun and learnt lots:) One enormous thank you to Jill for organising the challenges.
The final challenge – Take a look in your fabric stash and use something up to make some Christmas table decor.
Most of my fabric stash is former clothes – I had a little rummage through and was delighted to find some red trousers. Perfect for making a table runner:) At some point on pinterest I saw some denim mug mats with snowflakes made out of buttons. I have reinterpretted the idea for my red trouser table runner. I have made this runner quickly so it’s not lined (no one sees the reverse!). You may wish to add some wadding and lining.
If you are looking to use old clothes before cutting think how you can gain the largest piece of flat fabric.
With the trousers I have cut up the inside seam and then across close to the pockets.
Laying the fabric out the external seam is not quite straight. I altered this seam, marking so that I then had a flat seam which I stitched. Trim the flat fabric so it forms a rectangle (mine measures 19 by 29″)
Once pressed finish the edges with bias binding. I stitch on the front, then wrapped over and stitched in the ditch. My corners are more curved than right angled, I’m sure you will be better at having neat corners!
Using fabric paint paint on lines representing your snowflakes.
Lastly choose and sew on buttons.
What table decor could you make? Stuck for ideas? Why not visit All Free Sewing which is full of fabulous free tutorials:)
Do link up and join us, the link parties are open until Christmas so lots of time to join in:)