4th Annual Sewing for Others

Sew many toys & beds!!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, 2018

(Please use the SignUp Genius button on the right (or bottom) to save your spot!)  

Did you know that September is National Sewing Month?  I think that’s cause for CELEBRATION!  What better way to celebrate than by getting together to sew, learn a few new skills, sewing with old and new friends and most importantly, to give back to our community!

Textiles by Tawny is hosting Sewing for Others in celebration of Nat’l Sewing Month.  We will be making toys, beds and handkerchiefs for the cats and dogs in area animal shelters and rescue homes.  We will have patterns, fabric and stuffing for you to use.

If you have a sewing machine, thread and basic supplies please bring them with you.  If you have any extra, clean pillows, clean t-shirts and or upholstery fabrics, please bring those also.

Come for an hour or come all day!!  PLEASE BRING A LUNCH if you’re staying all day.

Age 8 and UP and all skill levels, including beginners are welcome.  Come & have some fun, meet other people who share you love of sewing and let’s make some cats and dogs really happy again!  The doors open at 10:30am!

10:30am-4:00pm

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 8600 Potter Rd, Matthews, NC 28104

Union County Animal Shelter Donations

This year I asked the Union County Animal Shelter if they had any donation needs.  If you feel you would like to donate to the shelter during the Sewing For Others day, please feel free.

We will be at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 8600 Potters Rd, Weddington, NC from 10:30am – 4pm.  All donations will be dropped off at the animal shelter the week following Sewing for Others on September 29th.

You do not have to be one of the sewists to drop off your donations (although you are more than welcome) .  We will be sewing, cutting, stuffing and braiding, so there is something for everyone!

This is a great activity if you need community service hours for school!

If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email and if you would like to sign up for the day please use the SignUp Genius button on the site.  Thanks so much and hope to see you there!

Here is the Donation List for the Union County Animal Shelter

Cat/kitten food

Dog/puppy food

Collars

Leashes

Brushes/combs

Toys – cat and dog

Treats

Towels

Paper towels

Dawn Dish detergent (blue)

Clorox wipes

Clorox

Cat litter

Hand Sanitizer

Anything else related to pets

 

Come Join the Fun! Sew for Free!

In the past 3 years we have donated OVER 275 BEDS, TOYS & HANDKERCHIEFS!!  Please help us continue this wonderful contribution to our furry friends.

The Sign Up Genius is up and running.  Take a minute to check your calendars and carve out a bit of time to sew cat & dog beds, stuffed animals & tug toys!

Don’t want to sew?!  How about helping to braid and cut out handkerchiefs.  All help will be greatly appreciated!

Chew and Tug from tshirts
Fun for all ages
The only kind of mice you want in your home

 

 

 

Twin Needle Sewing


As the Zentangle butterfly was coming together, I realized I haven’t used my twin needle in a while and thought I would share some information and tips. This needle is 4.0mm wide with two needles that are the same size. (Twin needles also come with a single needle and wing needle, used mainly for heirloom sewing.) I’ve chosen to use invisible thread but only had one spool. You can conquer this problem by using an empty thread spool and winding thread from one spool to the other. This saves money and time running to the store.
When you’re working with such thin thread it helps to have a thinner bobbin thread, so I grabbed my embroidery bobbin thread and wound a bobbin for this project.
Since the bias tape is 1\4″ wide, I used the 4.0mm needle. It’s always a good idea to lay the needle against what your sewing so that you can gauge which needle you will need. This bias tape was colored with Derwent pencils to match the butterfly and cut to 1/2″ wide before using the bias tape maker. The bias tape, after it was made, also has 1/4″ wide fusible strips ironed on the back. It allows you to adhere the bias tape before sewing in to the fabric.
Quick tips for using twin needles:
NEVER use your Manual or Automatic needle threader, if you have them. (It won’t work and may actually mess up your threader.)
If you can’t bypass your machine’s automatic threader, take the needle out and THEN press the button. Put the needle back in and hand thread each needle.
Sew slowly and take you’re time.
Don’t turn while the needles are down, this can harm you needle and even your bobbin case. Gently pivot while the needle is up.
Always make a test piece first. This will save you from having to rip out later.
Looking forward to finishing this for the Charlotte Quilters Guild Show in March, 2018!

3rd Annual SEWING FOR OTHERS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2017

Did you know that September is National Sewing Month?  I think that’s cause for CELEBRATION!  What better way to celebrate than by getting together to sew, learn a few new skills, sewing with old and new friends and most importantly, to give back to our community!

Textiles by Tawny is hosting Sewing for Others in celebration of Nat’l Sewing Month.  We will be making toys, beds and handkerchiefs for the cats and dogs in area animal shelters and rescue homes.  We will have patterns, fabric and stuffing for you to use.

If you have a sewing machine, thread and basic supplies please bring them with you.  If you have any extra, clean pillows, clean t-shirts and or upholstery fabrics, please bring those also.

Come for an hour or come all day!!  PLEASE BRING A LUNCH if you’re staying all day.

Age 8 and UP and all skill levels, including beginners are welcome.  Come & have some fun, meet other people who share you love of sewing and let’s make some cats and dogs really happy again!  The doors open at 10:30am!

10:30am-4:30pm

 Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 8600 Potter Rd, Matthews, NC 28104

Check the Website for directions

 

Transform Your Dress!

This lovely princess style dress was made with linen fabric, an invisible zipper and also the back was changed on the pattern so that it wasn’t so deep.  Avy added specialty stitching on the sleeves and bodice of her dress using embroidery thread.  It has a wonderful tone-on-tone effect.  (Which is always hard to see in pics)  Also check out the wonderful job she did on her neckline!  This dress is NOT lined so that it works for all seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After she made this wonderfully fitted (princess style) dress and wore it a few times, we talked about either making another dress or giving it a new look.  We decided on finding fabric to create an overlay!!
This it what Avy did!

 

This beautiful, fitted linen dress that she used her specialty stitches on the sleeves and bodice was transformed by adding an organza overlay skirt.  She also made a fun lined, linen purse with specialty stitching to go with her dress.  The green dress fabric that she selected will work with so many colors if she wants to change up her color palette.  I was thinking something fun for Christmas in red?! Or maybe a shorter overlay that looks like a peplum?

It is fun to let your imagination run wild!  Grab a piece of paper and draft a new look today!

Happy Sewing!

 

Hand Stitching and Creativity

Are you interested in Hand Stitching?! And want to be Creative?!  Check out this hand stitching with muslin, fabric scraps and DMC floss.  It’s really easy to get started and can be great for younger ones that maybe aren’t quite ready for the machine yet but want to SEW!  This is how many young children started a long time ago.  (I think it’s because mother’s needed a little time to get things finished, but you didn’t hear that from me!)
This is easier and more creative than an alphabet sampler from long ago!

Grab a fairly large piece of muslin (12″x14″) especially if pleating will be done.  Pick fabric scraps from your stash and then find or pick up some DMC and a hand sewing needle.  Straight pins help to keep the pieces on but aren’t totally necessary.

I started with folding a pleat across by hand and sewing a running stitch onto the pleat to hold it down.  (I used only 1 strand of floss)  And then pleating another one down the other way.  Again sew it down with a running stitch.

Cut your fabric in shapes you like.  I chose circles because I like them!  I layered my shapes first and held them down with straight pins.  This way you will know where the shapes overlap.  (There is no need to do hand stitching under shapes.  It creates bumps and why waste the time.  😉  Next week we’ll have the finished piece with some hand embroidery stitches to get you started.

Happy Sewing!

 

July Classes

Christmas In July!

July 11th-14th 9:30am-noon
July 25th-28th 9:30-noon
Christmas will be here before you know it! Wouldn’t it be great to be ready? Use your fabric stash and make a bunch of fun gifts. Pot holders, luggage tags, table runners, snappy bags, coin purse, tote bags, hand towels, bathroom rugs OR make a larger project for one special person. Make a list, check it twice and dive in!!
$120/4days

Bring your machine and learn to sew! This is a basic sewing class and assumes no previous experience. You will learn to use your machine, how to find and sew seam allowances, follow a pattern, sew straight and curved lines & buttonholes by making a pillowcase, shorts and tote bag.

Do you have an old jacket or sweater laying around? Bring it in & turn it in to a tote! A couple of classes that will be tons of fun. Anything goes…leather jacket, suit jacket, sweater, etc… Use the pockets, buttons, zippers as design details when cutting out the tote. Everyone’s will be different.

Ever wonder what colors are in those flowers if you pound them hard enough? Come and find out!! We will be pounding flowers on cotton fabric, learning about layouts and the best flowers & leaves for pounding. There will be a demo on how to preserve those pounding with our computers and scanners. All you need is a hammer and any flowers & leaves you want to try. Flowers and leaves will be provided also.

Kids Sewing Camp II
July 17th-21st
1-3:30pm $150 + supplies
Bring Your Own Project OR make a summer top, skirt with a ruffle, zippered pillow & (if time) a quilted tote. You will learn about facings, ruffles, casings, zippers & quilting with your machine.

Project Organizer with Handmade Note Pad
August 2nd&3rd
$60 + supplies or $10 kit using the sample fabrics

Are you looking for a way to keep all those projects organized? Join us for the Project Organizer class.
Bring all your project ideas and shopping notes together! Learn how to make your own notepads and an organizer to keep your project ideas together. Get ready for special occasions and the holidays!! Plus an extra project if we have time.

It’s hard to believe that the year is half over and we’re talking about Christmas gifts but it’ll be here before you know it. Take time now to sew and beat the heat too!

Happy Sewing!

Flower Pounding

Ever wonder what colors are in those flowers if you pound on them hard enough??!!  Come and find out!  We will be pounding flowers on cotton fabric, learning about layouts and the best flowers and leaves for pounding.  After we’ve gotten that out of our system.  There will be a demonstration on how to preserve those poundings with our computers and printers.  The only thing you’ll need for this class is a hammer!!

Kids Sewing Camp II

Kids Sewing Camp II enables you to bring your own project!!  OR make a summer top, a skirt with a ruffle, a zippered pillow and (if time allows) a quilted bag.  With these projects you will learn about facings, ruffles, casings, zippers and quilting layers with your machine.

June 26th-30th   9:30-noon

Call today to save your spot!!