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2018 Resolutions: Completing My UFOs

If you’re on a mission to complete your UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and Sewing Projects, you’ll love this blog!

Welcome to 2018!

It’s overwhelming to think about how fast time flies; it seems like this year has flown by so fast. However, I know it’s good to keep busy, and life certainly keeps me busy!

Like most of you, I enjoy setting goals for the new year – and often find myself doing this several times a year just to stay on top of things.

For 2018, I decided to set a goal to work on my UFOs. Those of you that sew a lot probably know what that stands for – UnFinished Objects!

If you are a sewer or crafter of any kind, you probably have a few UFOs of your own hanging around.

I hate to admit it, but I have quite a few. In fact, I have three big bins marked “UFOs #1,” “UFOs #2,” and “UFOs #3.” However, what’s worse is I’m sure there are more than that!

Interestingly enough, most of these projects only needed a small amount of work to be completed.

So here are my goals for my UFOs:

  • Figure out how many UFOs I actually have.
  • Set a deadline to finish them.
  • Get to work on getting them done.

So here is my start…

In UFO bin #1, I found four different projects to complete. Luckily, they were easy to finish and fun to work on!

Project #1:  My sister sent me a pattern for what I call a “snap bag.” Many of my sewing students have made them over the years. I love them, and they are fast and easy to make.

One of my sewing students gave me this fabric. It was leftover from one of her previous projects, and I had enough to make two.

What makes them snap is metal measuring tape, cut into 8 inch pieces. One was already done, and the other one took me just 10 minutes to complete! Here is the finished product:

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Project #2: This project entailed finishing a small and cute drawstring bag. Again, a student had given me this small piece of fabric, and I had wanted to use it to make a bag to put my shoes in so I could put it in my suitcase while traveling to and from my mom’s house in Idaho.

This project was almost done – it took me just 5 minutes to finish! I love the fabric, and I know my shoes will be happy when I travel.

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Project #3: My daughter decided that the colors of her new kitchen would be green. So I made her an apron, and started a table runner in that color. And then she changed her color to turquoise.

As you can imagine, I never finished the table runner. However, I realized her dining room table is separate from her kitchen, and the colors in the room are fairly generic. So I decided to finish it.

The runner just needed to be machine-quilted and edge-finished. This project only took me about 30 minutes to complete. I gave the finished product to my daughter, and she loved it! Here it is:

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Project #4: I made an advent calendar for my daughter years ago, and it just needed refreshing. Numbers had fallen off, and animals (and their eyes) had gone missing.

Thankfully, it’s much better now – it only took me about an hour to make it look like new again. Here’s the finished product:UFOs

There you have it! In a flash, I already have four of my UFOs finished.

So, my challenge to you (if you want to join me) is to start finding and finishing your own UFOs!

Sewing Tip: It can be so much easier to let UFOs intimidate me and to let them go unfinished. That’s because my brain often tricks me into thinking they’ll take WAY longer to complete than they actually do. But, as you can see, I finished all four projects in under two hours! My advice to anyone is simply to take courage and start the process of finishing your UFOs. You’ll likely be surprised at how fun they are to finish – and how little time it takes to do so!

Next month, I’ll let you know how well I did on completing my goals. Happy New Year, and good luck to those of you that choose to join me on my quest to conquer UFOs!

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

 

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I LOVE My New Handsewn Ironing Board Cover!

Did you know? I now have a brand new ironing board cover!

Redecorating my sewing studio has been sew fun! I began decorating the walls, then made brand new sewing machine covers, as well as a beautiful and functional new seawing apron. I thought I was set, until I realized – I could use a new ironing board cover!

Pictured below is one of my original ironing board covers. I’ve loved having it, and it’s gotten a ton of use over the last three years.ironing board cover

Three years ago, I covered all of my ironing boards with the same material. I then separated them by type: one for clothing, one for making quilts, and a third for everything else.

I chose the one for quilts specifically because it has two square ends (rather than rounded ends), making it much easier to iron large pieces of fabric. Sometimes, I need two quilting boards just for one sewing class!

Unfortunately, ironing board covers really don’t last long in my studio since my students and I are constantly ironing our projects every single day. As you can see, my original cover now has a very large burn due to all the heavy traffic!ironing board cover

Sewing An Ironing Board Cover: My Process

As such, I thought it was high time to sew a new ironing cover to replace my old, burned one. Luckily, ironing board covers are surprisingly easy to sew! Plus, the fun part is picking out fabric to really make it your own. You can even choose material that matches your decor.

For my new ironing board covers, I chose a pattern with red and black scissors on it. You can buy patterns at a fabric store, get them online, or just make them yourself.

To begin, I took my old ironing board cover off, laid it on top of my new fabric, and cut around the edges so that it would be the right size.

Then, I placed bias tape over the edges of the fabric. The brand I buy contains iron-on tape on both sides, so I just ironed the tape onto the fabric, and then sewed it on to keep it in place.

I then threaded string into the casing that was formed after sewing on the bias tape. I pulled the string tight, and then laid it onto the ironing board to tie it. Easy as that!   

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I LOVE My New Handsewn Ironing Board Cover!

My ironing board covers turned out great! Here are some pictures of the final product:

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Sewing Tip: The bias tape I used for this project has iron-on tape on both sides. This makes my projects go much faster, with very little stress! However, there are brands out there that don’t offer this feature – and I could have wasted a lot of extra time and hassle had I not known! When you’re selecting new sewing supplies, I suggest doing your research first, looking at reviews of the products (if you’re online, specifically on Amazon), and seeing if there’s a brand out there that works more efficiently than the others. Even if it’s a little more expensive, trust me – you’ll thank yourself later!

Slowly but surely, my studio is coming together. Stay tuned for details on my next sewing project: handsewn pincushions.

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

December 2012 Newsletter

There are many exciting developments with JoLene’s Sewing School. Now we have two locations to serve you! With classes and workshops held in both Woodstock and Happy Valley, you have even more options to learn to sew or further hone your sewing skills. Join us!

This Weekend: Last Chance for Gift-Making Workshops

Last month we had Christmas Workshops During Thanksgiving Vacation. They were mostly full and we had a fun time making gifts for our families. I just love these workshops; seeing these kids make heartfelt gifts for their friends and family members is so satisfying.

I know a few of you were unable to come and had friends who wished they had signed up. So I’ve decided to add two more last-chance options!

Join us on Friday, December 7th, from 4:00 – 7:30 pm, with pizza and pop served in the middle as a dinner break, or Saturday, December 8th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Cost is just $30, which includes all the materials and gifts that the students will produce. The workshops will be held at my Happy Valley location, 16661 SE Rock Creek Court.

Contact me to register or for more information.

This is an amazing gift-creating opportunity. In just three hours, students can make between 7 and 10 items. What better way to get a significant jump on holiday gift-giving?

There will be 15-20 projects to choose from, which will provide a wide selection of potential gifts for children and adults, both male and female. All materials are provided, and will be cut and ready to sew!

Winter Break Workshops

I am offering four workshops for kids over the Winter Break holiday:

On the Wild Side (NEW). December 26th, 27th, 28th; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Make three wild animals stuffies – monkey, elephant, and giraffe. All supplies included. $130.

Become a DIVA. December 26th, 27th, 28th; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. After this camp you will be one step closer to being a diva. Come make a tutu bag to carry your diva supplies, a diva skirt, leggings, diva tee shirt. $120. Supply list provided at time of registration.

Sock Monkey and More (NEW). January 2nd, 3rd, 4th; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Make the old-fashioned sock monkey and sock monkey hat, made from brown, pink, blue, or the original red heel socks. All supplies included. $130.

Animal Hat Camp. January 2nd, 3rd, 4th; 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Come and make the cutest animal hat out of faux fur with scarf and mittens attached, plus matching animal slippers! All supplies included. $130.

 

Holiday Class Schedule

Monday, December 24th – Monday, January 7th: NO REGULAR CLASSES

Classes start back up on Tuesday, January 8th

 

Open Spots in the Sewing School

Have you been waiting for the perfect time to enroll in JoLene’s Sewing School? With two locations, in Woodstock and now also in Happy Valley, you have even more opportunity!

Classes are taught in Woodstock on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:15, 4:15, and 5:15.

Classes are taught in Happy Valley on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00.

For more information, and to register, click here.

 

Project of the Month: Make Your Own Umbrella!

A while ago, a student asked me to help her make an umbrella kit. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to make my own.

So here it is! I had such fun with this, from picking the fabric to the quick and simple assembly. It’s very easy to make; you just purchase the frame and pattern, all available at cool cottons, a fantastic fabric store on Hawthorne in SE Portland. There is only one pattern piece that you cut out 8 times, sew them together, and finish the seams. You put the finished cover on the frame, tack it down, and waterproof the fabric.

For more pictures and information on this project, see my blog, and stay dry this rainy season with your own personalized umbrella!

Tip of the Month: Beautiful Finished Edges

Do you need to own a serger sewing machine to have beautiful finished edges? No! While sergers are nice to have, you can finish your edges without one with the following tips:

  • The easiest way is just to use pinking shears. After you are finished sewing each seam, use the zig-zag pinking shears to trim the bare edge of seam, then press the seams open.
  • Alternatively, pink the edge as described above, then sew next to the pinked edge, and press open as before.
  • Finally, you can make a zig-zag stitch close to the edge and then press open the seams.

These tips help your project stand the test of time while looking and feeling good inside and out.
Don’t let the season pass you by without registering for a class or a workshop! You can contact me for questions or registration.

Happy Sewing,

JoLene Tunison
JoLene’s Sewing School

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