We all know how fun creation can be. There’s nothing as satisfying as making something from scratch. Whatever your reason for creating, you’re sure to find the experience worthwhile. We all have creative hobbies we’ve wanted to get our hands on for years. Life gets in the way, and we never get around to them. It’s time to change the habit of a lifetime. If not now, then when? We’re going to take a look at how you can finally get around to learning to sew. Imagine the clothes you could make for you grandchildren! Plus, the clothes you could make for yourself! These tips should give you an idea of how to make your sewing dreams reality.
GET THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
Before you can get started, you’ll need the right equipment. If you’ve had a sewing machine in the attic for years, get it down and see if it’s working. If not, shop around for one. There are many good machines on the market, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to get one that’ll last! It’s not just the sewing machine itself you need to worry about, either. If you’re serious about sewing, you’ll need to think about finishing machines like the ones on http://www.scovill.com/. And don’t forget to stock up on thread, fabric, and a good set of sewing scissors. Once you have these basics, you’ll be able to get started. Other things will crop up along the way, but you can get those as you need them! So long as you’ve got everything you need to create some simple pieces, you’re good to go.
GET A GOOD TEACHER
Learning sewing is easiest if you have a teacher. If you’re unfamiliar with your machine, a book about sewing will make no sense. If you learn best by reading, get a comprehensive sewing manual and give it a go. If not, it might be best to learn from someone else. There are sewing classes in most fabric shops. Go to your local store and see if there’s a course you can sign up for. If you don’t have the time, or would rather learn at home, video tutorials like those found on https://www.youtube.com can be a lot of help. Seeing someone else talk through the parts of your machine is the easiest way to familiarize yourself with what goes where.
TRY SOME PRACTICE PROJECTS
Practice projects are an excellent way to get the hang of things. Try simple things, like toys and cushion covers. Don’t push yourself too far here because you won’t be ready. The simpler, the better. To start, it may even be worth getting used to sewing on a piece of paper. This will allow you to practice sewing a straight line. It’ll also give you a pressure free chance to practice tricky corners! The less pressure you put on yourself at this stage, the better. The more you try to do, the more likely you are to scare yourself out of trying again!
Wow! This week has gone so quickly. But it's been fun, too. We've had birthday parties, family commitments, new courses to try and books to read.
How has your week been? Busy too?
Well... just in case you've missed it, I've listed just 4 fun things that I noticed and enjoyed this week. You can find the full details below but, just in summary, you'll find an interesting and helpful home app, a gratitude journal that it great for the beginner or those who regularly journal.. plus it includes doodling and drawing ideas and colouring pages.
There's a wonderful online drawing course that will teach you how to create your pet's portrait using pencils. (They look amazing!) And... last, you'll find the link to a wonderful chia pudding with grain-free granola. It's delicious and.. it's gluten-free! A real winner, in my books!
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So.... what about your week? What did you discover or enjoy?
Remember, 'Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.'
Where are you now? Reading this in front of the TV? Enjoying your first cup of coffee for the day? Glancing through the sub-headings before flicking over to Facebook?
Wherever you are and whatever you're doing right now, it's important for you to know that, starting today, your tomorrow can be better.
In ten easy ways your days can grow into a life full of possibilities, meaning and purpose.... not just backward glances and memories of the past.
Don't believe me? Check out the following list of actions you can take right now to leave the past behind and look ahead to enriching your life and building in lasting satisfaction and enjoyment.
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So... are you ready to accept the challenge? Choose one of the above options today to get started. Extract, develop and use your hidden strengths. Let go of the past and look ahead.
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Add a dainty floral arrangement to the lid of a gift box or bucket and turn a simple gift into something amazing!
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I wish to do something great and wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were great and wonderful. - - Albert Einstein
There are times when I just want to give someone a small gift, an encouragement or a thank you, maybe. I don't need something big or want to make a big deal about it.... just something small but special.
Do you know what I mean? Are you the same?
Sometimes you just need a small but memorable gift idea
Recently, I wanted to give my daughter-in-law a small encouragement. She had been unwell but she still kept going, home-schooled her little family and organised her ministry team for the upcoming week.
I know that she loves liquorice but I didn't want to just hand over a pack. I know she'd still appreciate it and enjoy it. But I wanted to make it a special gift, a special memory.
So instead, I filled a clear-sided tub with liquorice allsorts and added a simple floral arrangement to the lid. It took very little time to complete and looked amazing.
Here's how to create one yourself.
Watch the instructional video below
I've created a simple instructional video that you can watch, and pause as you need, to complete the project yourself. Or... if you prefer to read instructions, I've listed the steps below.
1. Here's what you'll need to make this gift box decoration
*small container or box; *a pack of sweets, candy or dried fruit & nuts; *round mini florist foam; *small leaved greenery; *small flowers; *ribbon; * paper butterfly or other embellishment
2. Soak your mini florist foam and adhere it firmly to the top of your box.
I find the easiest way to soak the foam is to fill an eggcup with water, flip the foam upside down and rest it in the egg cup. Once the foam is soaked and heavy with water, attach it to the lid of your container or box. The mini foam has a circle of adhesive to make it easy to attach.
(N.B. You don't have to use a round container. If you can't find one, a square box or even noodle box will work as well.)
3. Add the greenery to your arrangement first.
Using small sprigs of greenery, push gently into the mini foam and begin to create a ball of greenery. The greenery should not extend much beyond the edge of your lid.
Continue to add small sprigs of greenery between the ones you have already pushed into the foam.
4. Once your foam is covered with sprigs of greenery, start on the flowers.
5. Attach a strip of ribbon around your container and a bow.
The bow will sit flat on your container if you tie a separate piece of ribbon into a bow and secure with some double-sided tape.
6. Finally, add a small embellishment to the handle of your box and it's finished.
If your box doesn't have a handle, attach your embellishment to a piece of wire or short bamboo skewer and push into your arrangement.
And... it's finished! Include a small gift tag if you wish. I'm sure your beautifully presented gift will be truly memorable and appreciated.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.