Let’s forget about last week, shall we? But I do strive to create weekly and I did manage to make a couple of things. I did not manage, however, to snap photos because I didn’t find my creations all that exciting. What is exciting is HOW I created them. I used this:
Oh yeah! I got a serger. Who knew what I was missing? I certainly did not. But in order to try to match the Lovely Sarah’s crafting productivity, when she got one, I did too. Then I told Hubby it was all her fault 😉 I don’t know what came over me.
However, I finally felt well Sunday and got to play with my new toy. It is wonderful. For those of you who don’t know what a serger does, it sews overlock stitches – look inside the clothes you have on now and there’s most likely overlock stitching putting them together. Overlock is definitely in your knit clothes. The finished product is clean and professional looking because the serger also has knives which trim your seams as you go along. I LOVE THIS! Also, no pins. Not pinning things together saves lots of time.
So what I got created was a polar fleece scarf: with wrong side out, serge the tube. Turn out the right side, top stitch with your regular machine down both sides and above where the fringe will be on the ends. Cut the fringe. Done. 10 minutes.
I also created more hot packs for the boys. Cut a fabric square (I love flannel for this) roughly twice the size you’d like your pack to be, fold right sides together, serge two sides, fill with rice. Sew the top shut with your sewing machine. Roughly ten minutes each.
I serged around a two yard piece of polar fleece to make a lightweight blanket for the Khan.
Last, I made a pillow case (aka the easiest thing in the world). To make a pillow case, keep in mind these dimensions:
Full Sized Pillow: 21×30 inches
Queen Sized Pillow: 21 x 34 inches
King Sized Pillow: 21×40 inches
So when you cut the fabric, you have to allow for seam allowances and a hem on the end. Using a full sized pillowcase as an example, it would be roughly 43 inches long with the width based on your desired hem length. Pillow cases bought in the store usually have a three or 4 inch hem which would mean your fabric piece would be 34″ long give or take your desired seam allowance.
Yesterday, I made the pillow case by folding the fabric right sides together and serging the open long side and one short side of the rectangle. I then finished the open edge of the rectangle with the serger (not sewing it shut, obviously, but serging around the edge of the fabric to prevent it from raveling. Then turned the hem, pressed it and finished the pillow case using a decorative stitch on my sewing machine. They turned out quite nicely. Again, ten minutes. 15 tops.
What have you been up to?