And Sew It Continues . . .

fabric scissors needle needles scissors

The next project I am going to create is a scrunchie because I got the fantastic suggestion from both Alex and Allysia on my previous felt owl post. When I went looking for an easy hand sewing scrunchie tutorial I found Sew Crafty Me. The blog had lots of pictures and easy to read text so I think it will be a useful place to begin.

When I was reading the instructions, they indicated that I will need to know how to do a backstitch and the ladder stich. I already know how to the ladder stitch, but I have never done the backstitch before. So before I start making scrunchies and reliving my 90’s, I need to practice the backstitch.

In my first blog post about stitches I used Dixie’s blog and YouTube Channel
Treasurie. I really liked her style of explaining and showing the stitches so I returned to her YouTube channel.

Here is her YouTube video on how to backstitch:

I used white felt and red embroidery thread to practice my stitches so it would show up well in photos. When I make the scrunchies, I’ll probably use a coordinating thread so it doesn’t show.

I think I am ready to start making scrunchies now! What colours or patterns do think I should make?

-Tina

Running with Scissors

Assorted color button pin on brown surface

I have dedicated a portion of my Sunday’s to sewing for my learning project. Last week, I worked on sewing four and two hole buttons onto felt. On Twitter I saw Abby is also doing sewing for her learning project. However, she started with machine sewing, whereas I have to start at the basics with hand sewing. So if you came here learn how to use a sewing machine, check out Abby’s blog instead!

Running Stitch

The first stitch I am trying is the running stitch. It is the most basic stitch you can do and usually the first one beginners try. The running stitch would be used for Running stitches are used in hand sewing to sew basic seams, hems, and gathers. It can also be used in quilting to secure the quilt layers together and secure the batting.

I used this blog to start my stitches and this blog to learn how to finish the stiches.

Blanket Stitch

The blanket stitch is more of a decorative stitch that would be used for the edge of blankets, towels, or ornaments. This stitch was a bit more complicated so I had to use a video instead of just text. The video had over 700K views, but I think that 1000 of them were of just me going back and re watching. The blanket stitch was easy on the “straightaways” but the corners were tricky. I did run out of thread so I wasn’t quite able to go all the way around the piece I selected.

Ladder Stitch

The last stitch I will try this week is the ladder stitch. The ladder stitch is an invisible stitch that can be used to mend holes along seams without being visible. This will be perfect to fix my favourite pair of pants that currently has a hole in them. For the stitch, I used used another YouTube video to learn the method. My stitches turned out ok, but finishing off the thread wasn’t as invisible as I would like.

Ladder stitch on a fake seam

Reflections

I think I now have a basic understanding of these three stitches. The running stitch is the easiest and the blanket stitch is the most difficult, for me. Next week, I will practice the stitches again in a different context to increase my precision so the appearance and quality is better than todays.

-Tina