Our Things I heart Category

Jul. 2010 12

Things I Heart #3

This is something me and my best sewing buddy/coworker Heather often talk about. We totally heart Alternative fabric/material sources. Fabric by the yard is great and all, but when you get down to it, it is pretty darn expensive. We have some some alternative sources to get yards of fabric, and save some cash in the process. Here’s what I mean:

-Sheet sets. Marshall’s, TJMaxx, and Ross (and stores like these) carry sheet sets for under $20. I love using sheet sets because you get a wider cut of fabric than you would if you bought it off the bolt, and you already know the fabric will be comfortable on you skin because it’s sheets. I recently got a queen set that is a bright, beautiful aqua for around $15. Now that’s a ton of fabric. I made a couple beach cover-ups out of it (a couple because I messed up a few times). And I still have a ton left over. Here’s a dress I made from navy blue jersey sheets. It photographs a little prom-y, but it looks much more casual in person. This also happens to be the first dress I’ve made.    :)

I heart these straps. The one that comes across my lower back goes the full length of the dress down the side seam

- Pre-made curtains. Talk about a gold mine. You can often get a set of full length curtains for fairly cheap at the above mentioned stores. But here is the great part: You can get lined curtains. This way, you are spending 10-20 bucks, and not only are you getting the panels, but you are getting lining fabric. Which is something everyone can always use. I like to use it for pattern making and as pillow forms. Heather uses it to line her beautiful historic gowns.

I used curtains to add accents in my bedroom. I showed you the Necklace Peg Board last week. I made those side panels from a curtain set I bought a while back. It’s this really great woven fabric. Also, I covered the  book shelf (that I use for pants) below with the same fabric. I then used it in some pillows on my bed to tie the whole room together.

-Speaking of pillows, one of my best tips for pillow making is look out in Target and Walmart for when their  bed pillows go on sale. These can get as cheap as $2 a pillow. This is way way cheaper than you’ll every find the fluff for. Plus, you get the fabric from the actual pillow to make forms. I’ve also found great deals on body pillows, which have a ton of fluff. I actually prefer the fluff in these pillows to the polyfill anyways. So, there ya go… hope I’ve opened your eyes to a couple alternative material sources!

Jun. 2010 28

Things I heart #1

So I want to add a new segment to my page. It shall be called :  Things I heart! (Fitting title, no?)

This will be a segment where I just let you know what I’m currently in love with. It’s not going to be sponsored, so all the products I talk about will things I actually use and like. I’m leaving this segment open to more than just products. I reserve the right to tell you about whatever I heart  :)    I’m going to try to post a new one every Monday, but we’ll see how that goes…

With that being said, the thing I heart this week is….. Buttons!!!!

It’s true, I love buttons and I always have. When I was younger, I would spend hours sit on my mom’s sewing table and go through all her button jars.  There is something about them that’s so fun. They are little, but yet somehow have a ton of personality. I love the variety bags of buttons you can get at Joann’s or Micheal’s. But it’s true what they say: they just don’t make them like they used to. These days, “metal” buttons seem to be plastic buttons coated with something to make them appear metal. I’m not saying I don’t like plastic, it has it’s place. But I miss the real thing that would rust or patina over time. I have a bunch I’ve stolen from my Mom, but I’m always in search of more. I’ve have really good luck at thrift stores looking for good quality vintage buttons. I was recently at one of my local thrift stores and they had a giant bag of buttons for 50 cents a sheet. I was in heaven. Although I was tempted to take the whole bag, I just took a few instead. Look at my haul:

Notice the awesome gold and silver metal flowers (second and third from the right). And there are very nifty military inspired ones on the bottom left.

I’ve already started making things with them. I’ve made a number of button rings, which I’m super excited about. I don’t have any pictures yet (because I’ve been too obsessed with making them), but I’ll post some soon.

I love the idea of using objects for something other than their intended purpose. While I was searching online for a vintage button supplier, I stumbled across an artist who uses buttons as her medium. Talk about stunning! Her name is Lisa Kokin and I’m a hug fan now. I got such a kick out of her work, I had to share:

Leotard by Lisa Kokin

http://www.lisakokin.com/buttonwork/

Come back Wednesday for a new craft/tutorial post!!