Magical Malibu Bicycle Bliss Tour – 2017

October 8th, 2017

Tomorrow marks a week since I rode my bicycle into Malibu.

When a very dear cycling friend invited me to accompany her on a road trip to Malibu, CA that culminated in a 60 mile bicycle ride along the Pacific Coast Highway, of course, I enthusiastically accepted the invitation.
 

On Monday, October 2nd, we rode the Magical Malibu Bicycle Bliss Tour: 60 Miles for 60 Years in celebration of my friend’s 60th birthday which was earlier this year (August). For my part, I also rode in celebration of the lives of my sweet younger Sister (Trina) and my beloved Grampa (Earl) who would have celebrated their birthdays on October 2nd had they not been taken so soon. They have been gone for many years now, but I still feel the sad ache in my soul because I dearly miss them. They were good and kind people. They are part of me and that will never change.

 

Over the years I’ve found it helps if I do something significant and  physically challenging to celebrate their lives. This ride was the perfect thing to do this year. Here are a few pictures from our time in Malibu:

This is me just after we finished the 60 miles. Beams of love and thanksgiving shooting into and out of my chest. I am SEW thankful.

 

Last but not least…the video below shows highlights of about 17 of our miles riding into Malibu (shortened into one and a half minutes).  It’s my first attempt at using a trial offer of some new video editing software (thus the watermark…trial offer). I suspect I will end up purchasing the software as it seems much more intuitive than others I’ve tried. I still have a lot to learn but was pleased to be able to put something together without having to spend weeks learning how to use the product.

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Discovery Day Sewing — Adding a Carry Strap/Handle to Glamsy

September 24th, 2017

Glamsy vinyl mesh Spa Bag with Carry Strap

On Thursday last week (9/24/17), I did some Discovery Day Sewing. I wanted to add a carry handle/strap to the Glamsy Spa Gift Bag (pictured here). She’s  for my brand new StandZa Zip Bags sewing pattern.

 

I filled Glamsy with delightful bath/spa items chosen specifically to pamper and please, including: lavender scented Epsom salt soak, body wash, buff pad, spa eye mask, lip balm, shower brush, lotion and more. I *loved* that she could hold so much so beautifully; but then I decided that I really wanted an attractive and easy way to carry and present her.

 

Sew…I decided on adding a single carry strap as a quick, easy and inexpensive solution. After making this, I do believe the method should not be limited to this project. I think it would be great for adding single or double straps/handles of any desired length to a multitude of different bags types and styles. Why spend a bunch of money on designer pre-made straps or handles when you can easily make your own custom straps?

 

What do you think? Would you like to know how I did it?

 

If I get at least 200 unique and positive responses combined I will make a 1-page, step-by-step tutorial full of pictures and provide it as a FREE PDF in NEXT Sunday’s eNews (10/1/17).

 

My time is super limited, so I need your feedback if you would like me to do this for FREE.
There are four easy ways to let me know:
  1. Make a comment on the pinned post on our SewThankful Inc. Facebook page.
  2. Email me directly.
  3. Follow us on Instagram and like the Glamsy with Straps picture.
  4. Make a comment below, on this blog post.

How to make & add a hanging loop to your project in 3 easy steps!

September 16th, 2017

 

Do you have a small project–like the Double-sided Button Rick Rack Flower used here as a decorative zipper pull–that you’d like to hang as a decorative zipper pull or wall ornament or tree ornament or attach to something like a gift/package, etc. but you need a way to do so?

 

 

Adding a hanging loop is a super simple way to solve that problem and here’s how to do it in 3 easy steps:

1.  CUT a length of string, yarn, narrow ribbon, bakers twine, etc. I usually go with about a 6 – 8 inch length unless I need a longer dangle. If longer dangle is necessary, then cut a longer piece.

Remember, the length of dangle will be 1/2 the length you cut MINUS about 1 inch give or take depending on how close to the end you tie your knot AND whether you are looping around a button (or similar) or through a hole.

2.  KNOT the ends. Make the knot as close to the ends as possible.

Knot the ends.

3. ATTACH to your project. Loop the string around (or through–if there is a hole to insert through), then insert the “folded” end of your loop through the strings of the knotted end.

Click image to enlarge picture and view detail. Pull the “folded” end so that the knot disappears behind the button (or on the back side of your flat item if inserting through a hole.)

If you have a small fabric item that you need to add a hanging hole to, you could use an awl to pierce a hole.

Want the pattern for how to make the Double-sided Button Rick Rack Flower shown here?  It’s included as a bonus in my StandZa Zip Bags sewing pattern.

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New Release: StandZa Zip Bags Sewing Pattern

September 16th, 2017

Introducing StandZa Zip Bags

 

StandZa Zip Bags are flat-bottomed bags that are designed to stand up for you and make a statement of their own. The pattern includes 3 fantastic sizes: Bitsy, Giftsy and Glamsy.

Make great gifts out of leftovers and scraps.

No paper pattern or template pieces to fuss with. This is a rotary cut sewing project. Use your ruler and rotary cutter.

· SKILL LEVEL:  Easy enough for beginners, fabulous fun for experts.

 

Amazingly EASY, super cute, flat-bottom standup bags in 3 sizes: Bitsy, Giftsy and Glamsy, made from your choice of vinyl mesh or fabric.

Bitsy makes a sweet coin purse, small decorative fabric candy dish or paper clip holder for your desk. Attach a ribbon handle with buttons and  you’ll have created a gorgeous doll purse.

Giftsy is lovely for:
· Filling with wrapped  candies, chocolates, snacks , etc. Make your favorite grab ‘n go bag.
· Organizing/storing kids’ crayons, puzzle pieces or small games.
· Doggie treat travel bag…tuck a baggie full of biscuits or other treats inside. Your pup will love it.
· Making a travel sewing kit or mini first aid kit.
· Making a hot drink gift bag…fill with hot chocolate, tea or coffee packets.

Glamsy bag made out of vinyl mesh makes a fabulous spa gift set. Simply fill with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, loofa, shower poof or glove, plush facecloth, lotion, and other spa type products etc.  Glamsy also makes a great project bag.

BONUS:  Step by step instructions for making the Double-sided Button Rick Rack Flower used as decorative zipper pulls on the Giftsy and Glamsy bags shown on the pattern cover image are included in this pattern.

 

Whip up a slew of StandZa Zip Bags to have on hand and fill with trinkets, treasures or treats for last minute hostess or “thinking of you” gifts. This versatile pattern makes easy, inexpensive and thoughtful gift making all year round.

You may choose to make StandZa Zip Bags out of:

StandZa Zip Bags are perfect for gift making and giving. Use up scraps and small pieces of fabric from your stash. StandZa is very easy to make.

Want to turn some of your fabric stash into cash? YES—you have permission to SELL finished items using this pattern, no annual limits. NOTE: Our permission applies only to the use of the pattern, not to any fabric company/designer fabric licensing restrictions, where required. For any applicable fabric licensing permissions, you will need contact the specific fabric manufacturer.

Click here to take a closer look and order your pattern today!

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Holy Super-Sized Spooky Sweetpea!

August 6th, 2017

Giant Sweetpea PodsJust one 18″ square of vinyl mesh and some rick rack, ribbon, a zipper and two zipper pulls made these Spooky-Sweet Treat Pods of Deliciousness.

You’ll need to use Sullivan’s Make-A-Zipper On A Roll  and cut it a few inches longer than the longest side of your triangle (see pattern for cutting instructions).  Also keep in mind– if you’re going to swap out the zipper pulls to a different color than your zipper tape–you must be sure to use the SAME BRAND and SAME SIZE pull as the tape. Test your zipper tape and pulls for compatibility BEFORE using in your project.  Not all zipper brands will work.

It’s SEW FAST and SUPER EASY to make this super-sized babies because you omit the interfacing and lining steps! For the zipper pull strings, I used thin strips of recycled bicycle tube. If you don’t have the LazyGirl Sweetpea sewing pattern yet, get it ON SALE NOW. Click here and order yours today.

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