Friday, 11 July 2008

How to...the giveaway


In preparation for the final chapter in this tutorial series, I am giving away a little 'everything you need to appliqué' pack. It’s just something little that may get some new comers started and may renew interest in some old hands…

I will send one lucky reader a small pack containing some Vliesofix, some Fusable Tearaway, a piece of baking paper, 2 little patterns, some little fabric squares from my collection and a little babies tank/singlet on which you can create a masterpeice. All I ask in return is that you share either one of your favourite sewing or craft tips (you know, like don’t cut a pattern out on your lap as you made cut your pants – that is my tip for the day). Or if you don’t sew or craft, share something that your love about winter or summer (depending where you are in the world).

I will announce the winner next Friday (18th July 2008). Part 3 of the appliqué tutorial will be out over the weekend.

10 comments:

starry said...

I have a tip that I learnt the hard way yesterday. Make sure you have enough on your bobbin to get round your whole project.

It also might help to pre wind some bobbins too.

I still haven't perfected my appliqué yet...

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

My favourite tips are:
#1 Make friends with your unpicker
#2 Measure twice, cut once

Love your applique tips - I haven't done much in recent years but you are inspiring me to do more!

Suzanne said...

What a lovely idea. My best sewing tip is to read and research all you can so you do have some idea of what you are doing.

Jessica said...

I love that shirt! My best sewing tip is have someone close to you who was actually "taught" to sew a la a grammie or someone like that. I've taught myself most of what I know, but my grammie learned the "right" way and is always there if there is a crisis.
I do love Donna Hay's cookbooks-they are the best! I am definitely in the business for more of them-the pictures are great and the recipes are sooooo yummy! Have a great weekend!

Kirsten said...

What a cute idea! Not sure if I am too late, but with sewing I too am a big fan of measure twice, cut once - not doing that has messed me up more than once. Another thing that helps is to keep focused on what you are doing, I find if my mind wanders, my stitch will wander, it has been a great lesson for me to clear my mind and focus on the sewing task at hand. Oh yea, and when machine quilting, remember to breathe!

Eva said...

My favorite sewing tip is don't be scared, just give it a try.
I know a whole heap of really talented seamstresses who don't dare stray too far from a pattern. They oh and ah over my simple made-up patterns even though they could sew circles around me if they dared try. "pattern bound" I call it.

Joanne said...

My favourite sewing tip is to use the iron! I never realised just how important pressing as you go is. It gives a much more professional finish! Thanks for the lovely tutorials - can't wait to give it a go.

Natalie... said...

This is a lovely post, and a really sweet idea. My tip at the moment, is to always double check when you are cutting nicks (so corners will turn out nicely)that you are not cutting through another layer. I have ended up with little nicks on the front of dresses and tops countless times, I do it all the time :)

Jelly Wares said...

What a great give-away!!! My sewing tip would have to be... If you're using a store bought clothing pattern that comes in several sizes. Trace the pattern size that you require onto baking paper. This way you can reuse the pattern over and over again using all of the sizes instead of cutting out one size from the original pattern which usually makes all of the other sizes useless... Also another great tip that my Mum taught me when I first started sewing was to leave about 1cm around the edge of your pattern when cutting it out. That way when you pin it to the fabric and cut the 'actual' line of the pattern out your sissors will glide through the fabric much easier giving you a much smoother, straighter cut... I hope I haven't confussed too many people with these tips, it's always much easier to understand when you're actually doing it...

Take Care
Jodie :)

Selina said...

mmmm... my tip would be
SEW WHEN YOUR TODDLER IS ASLEEP