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How I made article 1

  Here’s how I made a small custom gift! In this make, I will be creating a design then adding the design to a small velvet-like drawstring, after that I then create two info cards for a couple gemstone bracelets.   What I used: Cricut HTV (iron-on vinyl) Easy press mini iron Cricut black fine point pen Cardstock 2 gemstone bracelets Small velvety drawstring bag How I made it: To start off this project, I went into my mobile Cricut design space and spend a *significant* amount of time looking at different images and fonts.  Eventually, I decided that look I was going for was a cute animal with a cursive type font.  I looked through the different images already in Cricut design space for their membership and found this adorable and simple sloth! Although I continued to search for a font that I actually liked the look of combined with the sloth… we aren’t kidding when we say finding a good font is hard or when picking between all of the good fonts… I decided on the ‘Aphrodite Pro’ font a

How to make a gag gift: ‘no gift’

  Gag gifts, elephant gift exchange, Yankee swap or Dirty Santa are of my favourite Christmas traditions! They’re a great way to have fun with your friends and family. Here is a small gag gift idea that you can make.   What you’ll need: Cricut Printer Paper Gel pen  3 batteries  Plastic bag  Stapler      1. Cut the paper to about 8” x 8” and fold in half. I also folded the horizontal edges of my paper in just about a 1/2” too.       2. Using this svg ( here you can find the design made by me for free through cricut design space!) set up the paper on the mat and prepare the cricut to draw. Draw out the design.       3. Place 3 batteries inside the plastic bag and sandwich the folded paper with the plastic bag and staple the sides.  There you go, easy as that! These also make great stocking stuffers.

What is top stitching

  When sewing, almost all projects will call for top stitching.   To put it simply, Topstitching is when you complete a stitch on the right side of a garment to either sometimes help keep certain things in place or to give a crisp edge.  Ex. Sewing coasters, if you take a look at this project how to article , you will see how top stitching is done to not only give a crisp edge, but to also sew up the gap.  Ex. Top stitching patches of fabric or even an actual patch to a garment to keep it in place. Here’s how you can make your own patches too!

How to sew a quick string out of bias tape

  Are you making anything that requires string and don’t have any around or don’t feel like going through the effort of actually making string, I got you!      1. Take a strip of already made bias tape and cut to size.  If you do not have bias tape that’s already made, no worries! In this article you can learn how to make bias tape, then once you’re done making it, come on back here!  Wait… but what is bias tape?? I got you, check out this article .       2. Choose a thread colour that matches the bias tape and sew straight down on the not folded edge.  You should end up with a nice strip of bias tape that is closed on both sides.       3. To finish it off, you can fold down the top by about half an inch and sew straight along the bottom of that horizontally. Do the same to the bottom and you have a nice easy string out of bias tape! Use this string on clothes, in drawstrings, in hoodies and more! 

How to sew bias tape

  If you don’t know what bias tape is, go check out this article where I explain what it is then come on back here to learn how to make it! What you’ll need: Cotton fabric Sewing machine  Sewing needle + thread iron + ironing board The steps:      1. Cut a strip of fabric 2.5” tall and very long.  Bias tape is cut on the bias of the fabric rather than on the selvage or cut edge. The bias is just a 45 degree angle from the corner of the fabric.  Bias tape can be purchased and you can also purchase something called a fabric jelly roll (I know fun name right!) these a strips of fabric that are already 2.5” tall!      2. Fold the strip in half, lengthwise (hotdog!) wrong sides together and iron.       3. Remove the fold and fold the top down, lengthwise, so that the raw edge of the top is in line with the crease. And iron in place.       4. Fold the bottom up, lengthwise, so that the raw edge of the bottom is inline with the crease. And iron in place.  Important to note here: you do  not

How To Sew Quick And Easy Coasters

  Are you interested in making some coasters? Here’s a quick and easy way on how to make them and using the least amount of fabric as possible so they are cost-effective! These coasters are easy to make, use a very minimal amount of fabric, look so nice and finished (not sloppy and cheap!), are machine washable and are reversible!  Here’s how to make a set of 4 coasters for your living room table (or anywhere else in the house), you can make more or less, it’s up to you.  Reference the photos for any help you may need with the instructions! What you will need: 100% cotton fabric, quilting cotton works best! You can use two different patterns if you’d like the coaster to be reversible! Rotary cutter (or scissors, if you’re using scissors you’ll want to use a measuring tape or a ruler) Rotary cutting mat (if you’re using scissors you won’t need this) Batting Pins Iron + ironing board  Basic sewing supplies (Including, but not limited to, sewing machine, thread and a sewing needle) The st

How to cut those pesky jump stitches when machine embroidering

  Jump stitches can be annoying, little threads along your design that are hard to cut really close to the design! There are two options for when to cut the jump stitches, you can either wait till the very end of the embroidery and cut the stitches after you take the design out of the hoop or you can cut the stitches as the machine does them.  Let me explain more,      1. You let the design stitch out as normal then once it’s done, take the material out of the hoop. Use small, sharp scissors and cut each thread from the starting part. The hard part about this method is that often the jump stitches get stitched over which can either, a: hide the jump stitches and now you no longer need to cut them, or, b: stitch over the jump stitches in sections so that your one stitch is now five different sections to cut.       2. After the machine completes a jump stitch, let it stitch a few reinforcement stitches, then cut the stitch from the source, then cut from where it is now. The problem with

How to make branding labels/tags

  For my other shop, Howes It Sewing, I was looking into how to create branding labels. I did not know how to create tags and I surprised to see that there was quite little amount of tutorials on how to do the type of labels I was interested in.   So to figure them out, it took quite a bit of trial and error, but I’m happy to say that I did figure it out in the end and I now have some awesome looking, and professional, tags! And now that I figured it out, I’m going to share what I learned with all of you! What I used: Satin ribbon with a woven edge Cricut machine and supplies, including iron I found my biggest problem in trying to figure out these labels was the fraying, no matter what I did the ribbon always frayed! In the end, what I realized was the the woven edges of the ribbon could stay as the sides and I could fold the ribbon over to have both of the raw edges on the inside of the seam. All I had to do was buy a wider ribbon. Yes I know it seems simple enough but yeah it was not

How I got my first sewing/embroidery machine

  When I got my first machine, it was actually a sewing machine! I had an older machine because I wanted to see if I would like it or not. I instantly fell in love! I had that same sewing machine for about three years before I got my first embroidery machine. I started to sew more and I was realizing that I couldn’t do everything that I wanted to do on that sewing machine because of its age. I started to do some research for sewing machines, and that’s when I found the brother se600! I continued to look into the machine, and the more I looked into it, the more I loved it! I just knew that I would love machine embroidery and it was a huge sewing upgrade! But the best thing about the machine for me at the time, was that it was an amazing budget machine.  I’ve been using the brother se600 for a while now and I absolutely love it! And I love sewing and embroidery.  What’s your first embroidery or sewing machine story?

What I use to slice my 3D print files

  Don’t know what slicing is? Read this article all about it! Now to the beef of this tiny but very important article..  To slice my 3D prints I use a software on my laptop. I buy/download my STL files online from other designers, and to slice them I use Cura! What is cura you may ask?  -Cura is an open source slicing application for 3D printers- So basically, you import your STL file to cura, look at the basic settings, change them a little (you don’t even have to know how to do this, you just look at the description of the design your downloading and the designer will tell you the settings to use!) and you get your GCODE. Put that GCODE onto your SD card, eject it from your laptop, put it into the 3D printer and click start on your 3D print. And I mean I would say watch the magic but uh let’s just say it takes a little bit of time…!

What is slicing in the 3D printing world

  Slicing when 3D printing is online. It’s when you take your STL file, which is the file for your 3D prints that you will download online but this format is not compatible with your machine, yet; and you slice it into individual layers.   After converting your STL file and slicing it into individual layers, you will be give a GCODE file of the design. The GCODE is the tool path. This file format is then compatible with your machine.  Wait a second, but what do I use to slice my STL file? Here’s an article! You can then save the GCODE to an SD card, then place the SD card in the 3D printer and start your long awaited print! And you might just have to be patient for a little longer… 3D prints take longer than you would ever expect!

What is pul fabric

  Pul stands for polyurethane laminated fabric. It’s a type of specialty utility fabric.   Pul is often used in wet bags and diapers due to its waterproofing properties.  It’s flexible and easy to sew with as well as lightweight and breathable. It is also durable enough to withstand use and machine washing/drying.    Many people will also use laminated cotton for this purpose as it as a layer of polyurethane film attached to one side.  There is also another very useful attribute to this fabric, when checked to be food safe, you can use pul fabric to create snack bags!  It’s important to make sure that if the fabric is going to be in contact with food, that you make sure it’s food safe. Once you know that it’s food safe you’ll want to know which side of the fabric should be in contact with the food. The side of the fabric that is smooth and has the most colour to it/ has the design, is the side that does not touch the food. The side that is not smooth, looks shiny/laminated is the right

What are feed dogs

  What are feed dogs? How can that be on my sewing machine? Why am I feeding dogs?? No no no! You’ve got it all wrong! Feed dogs are on your sewing machine, and they are not actually dogs (lol of course they can’t be real dogs).  You don’t feed them, they actually feed your fabric through the machine! -The feed dogs are the short thin metal bars that have ridges like teeth. They are placed underneath your fabric and used to guide the fabric through your machine. - Now feed dogs believe it or not are actually optional, you can lower them, meaning that they are underneath the needle plate and they will not move your fabric at all.  They are very useful in sewing, for without them you would just be sewing in the exact same spot over and over.. which would create a huge knot.. which you would have to then try to cut.. ahhh I’m getting nightmares already.  But, and that’s a big but, there are times in sewing when you want to lower the feed dogs, this is for when you want to free motion quil

Should you use prewound bobbins for machine embroidery

Not sure if prewound bobbins are worth it? Find in this article! No matter what, when you machine embroidery you’ll have to use a bobbin. You have two different options, you can either wind your own bobbins or you can purchase prewound bobbins.  Convenience Most of the time prewound bobbins are more convenient, but if you go and wind a whole bunch of bobbins and put them in a little container, both are now very convenient! But, you still have that added work of having to wind all the bobbins yourself.  Cost For winding your own bobbins there are two things you need to purchase, the thread and the bobbins.  For prewound bobbins all you have to buy are the prewound bobbins themselves. Problems that might occur Often times prewound bobbins come very full and you might have to pull off a few yards before using it or problems like bobbin thread on the top may occur.  It is much more likely for problems to occur if you’re using bobbins that you wound yourself. For reasons like the bobbin bei

What is bias tape

  Bias tape is a long strip of fabric that has been cut on the bias of the fabric, rather than on the selvage or cut edge.   This strip is then folded once or twice, hence ‘single fold bias tape’ or ‘double fold bias tape.  Multiple strips can be sewn together to create larger stripes. When sewn together, they often are sewn together on diagonals to reduce bulk.  The bias tape is first folded by having the two sides of the length meet together in the middle. The next fold in the the top comes down to match the bottom.  Double fold bias tape is commonly used on the edges of quilts for a nice clean finish. Check out this article to learn how to make it!

How To Sew A Basting Stitch

  A basting stitch is a great way to put in a temporary stitch. For holding together to pieces of fabric temporarily. The trick is that you want the stitch to be easily removable, hence the word temporary.  To to this, you can just sew with the regular straight stitch on your sewing machine, but set the length to it’s max.  The max length on my machine is 5mm.  But also make sure that you do not backstitch, as this will make it more difficult to remove! You should now have a nice, and easily removable, basting stitch!

How to sew an overcasting stitch

  An overcasting stitch is like a serging stitch on a home sewing machine. It looks very professional and is easy to do.   You’ll need a different sewing foot than you normally use. On my brother sewing machine, i use the G foot.  Important to note: you don’t want to back stitch with this foot and when lifting the foot and removing the fabric, remove the fabric towards the  back  do not remove the fabric towards you.  Place the fabric so that the stitch with go just over the edge of it and use the overcasting stitch on your machine. On my machine, the brother se600, I use 1-14.  Do a couple reinforcement stitches and start sewing, you should end up with a nice finished seam!

Milestone reached: 300 sales!

Thanks so much to all of you for helping me reach this milestone with Lizzsews. I’m very grateful for all of the support and wouldn’t have been able to get this far without all of you!  Coming up in the summer will be even more articles! 3D printing, sewing, embroidering and even more crafting!!

3D printer

Recently, I purchased a 3D printer! Along with it the filament, which is pretty much just the raw plastic. I’ve been playing around with it and learning a lot! I’ve done tons and tons of research for this printer.  I got the Anycubic Mega Zero 2.0. On 3D printers, the nozzle tip goes all the way to 200 degrees Celsius, and the bed to 60 degrees Celsius! To create an object, the 3D printer melts the filament and creates the object layer by layer. One that was a big surprise to me after getting my 3D printer, was how long that it takes to print! This small little owl that I made, which came as the tester pattern with my machine, took 3 hours! Along the way I have come over multiple speed bumps and made many mistakes. Would you be interested in me sharing my learning process through this 3D printer? Share what you think in the comments, it helps me know what type of content you guys all want to see (read)! A few of the speed bumps/learning process main points: - Changing the filament - pa

How to sew a fabric tray; the quicker way

In one of my previous articles, I shared how to make a fabric tray. These are one of my favourite projects for they are so fun to create and the final result is always so beautiful! The only thing that wasn’t as fun with making the trays was that bindings are a lot of work sometimes. So, I created this pattern. This new fabric tray is just as beautiful, but can be made quicker! This leaves more time for free motion quilting if wanted and also makes the perfect last minute gift. But the one receiving the gift would never be able to tell it was last minute! What you will need: Cotton fabric Iron and ironing board Batting Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or scissors) Seam gauge or measuring tape Sewing machine Sewing machine thread and needle Free motion quilting foot Optional: pins and safety pins The steps: Cut  two pieces of fabric and a piece of batting to 13” x 13” Optional: you could embroider one of the pieces.  ‘Sandwich’  the pieces together. Place the two pieces of fabric right si