I’m Coming Clean — FREE New Year’s Day Got Sudz Sew-Along

Are you interested in joining a New Year’s Day 2021 Virtual Sew-Along with me?

This coming Friday, 1/1/2021, I’ll be “Coming Clean” with my first ever FREE Sew-along via Facebook Live Video. You’re invited! You can easily find out more and RSVP to this Facebook event by clicking here.

Around 3PM Eastern Time on New Year’s Day, I’ll be sewing up another Got Sudz Soap Saver & Scrubby Bag with you. I’ll also be sharing some modifications I’ve made to the pattern that make it even easier and more fun to work with.

One of the fantastic modifications is the method and type of drawstring. You can use a t-shirt (new or old) to create drawstrings. Find the video how-to on our facebook page by clicking here.

These little soap bags make great gifts all year round and they’re so easy to customize to any recipient. After all, who do you know that doesn’t use soap and wouldn’t like to make their favorite soaps last longer?

The Sew-Along itself will be FREE, but you’ll need to purchase the pattern and supplies ahead of time. If you don’t have the pattern already, you can grab a download now while it’s on SALE.

In addition to having your sewing machine threaded and ready, you’ll need your Got Sudz pattern and the following items, as shown in the picture above:
1. Drawstring
2. Drawstring casing, cut, sewn and turned per pattern directions
3. Soft Poly Mesh cut to size and marked per pattern
4. Cord Lock

Ready, Set…SEW! Let’s get ‘er done. This sew-along is designed to be short and sweet. The plan is to show you how to whip one out in under 15 minutes. We may stay online and have some fun chatting a wee bit longer, but the sew-along portion should be fast and fun which means you’ll need to have your pattern and materials prepped in advance (and do a tiny bit of pre-event sewing) so that you’re ready to go. If you don’t have the pattern already, you can grab a download now while it’s on SALE.

Why do you sew?

Utility, gifting/making, personal joy, creativity, purpose, passion, expression, art, mental health, self care, or some other reason. Why do you sew?

I have been thinking a lot about this lately.

Clearly, there is no single correct answer for everyone. There’s just the right answer for you–for each of us individually–at any given point in time. How we answer today might be different from our answer in 2 days or 5 years.

For me? I guess I sew for all those reasons and because it seems to be one of the main outlets for the “maker, gifter and problem solver” in me. Also because it connects me to the past, present and future all at the same time. The past: I can not walk into my sewing room or pick up a project and not think of my sweet Grams who taught me how to sew. The present: During this time of Covid-19, sewing helps keep me grounded each day in doing something positive…even if it’s only thinking about sewing and mentally working on the next project. The future: Making gifts for children or grandchildren; stitching love for them and pouring out my heart of hope for their future gives me hope for the future. Sewing. It’s part of who I am. It’s just what I do.

I’d love it if you would chime in and share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

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

 

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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I-Zip Wallets — Sewing Pattern Download from Sew TracyLee Designs

I-Zip Wallets sewing pattern
I-Zip Wallets

 

I’m sew excited about my newest pattern.  I spent a lot of time writing and testing and re-writing and testing. 🙂

I hope you enjoy making these cute little zip wallets as much as I do.

The pattern includes lots of pictures and step-by-step instructions to make 3 sizes of I-Zip Wallets.

There are options for interior and exterior pockets (a pieced pocket option is provided) as well as an optional removable wrist strap.

Instructions to make the optional braided fabric zipper pull are also included.

 

 

 

Take a closer look at some of my models:

Clutch wallet size I-Zip
Clutch wallet size featuring pieced exterior pocket, removable wrist strap and braided fabric zipper pull.

 

Cell Phone Wallet size I-Zip featuring wrist strap and braided fabric zipper pull.

Coin Purse size I-Zip featuring single fabric exterior pocket and braided zipper pull.

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