Diagonal Seam Tape — LOVE IT!

I’ve been meaning to write this product review for weeks.

Then I made a video demonstrating how to use it to make 3 different quilt blocks/units and after that I promptly got distracted by other projects. Sew…now it’s time.

Let me start by saying that when I initially heard of Diagonal Seam Tape and how it worked, I was relatively unimpressed. But I try to keep an open mind until I actually try a product for myself.

After purchasing some, installing it on my sewing machine/extended table, and giving it a try, I have to say I was totally wrong in my initial impression and assumption. This stuff works and it works well without costing a lot of money or needing to fiddle with fancy feet.

Not only is the tape great for sewing diagonal seams to make Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese, it’s fabulous for sewing an accurate 1/4 inch seam any time you need one. You can watch the video to see for yourself, but here is the 4 patch block that I made super fast that turned out perfectly:

You can use the tape to make HSTs in 2 different ways.

The first way, you sew 2 squares together, diagonally from point to point using the red center line. Then trim your 1/4″ from your seam. This will give you a single HST.

The second way, you sew 2 squares together, diagonally from point to point using the black 1/4″ line, then flip and sew the other side in the same way. Then you simply trim between the 2 seam lines, giving you 2 (smaller) HSTs.

You can also make Flying Geese Blocks in the same manner as making the first HST variation above, sewing from point to point on the smaller square using the red center line as your guide.

In conclusion, using Diagonal Seam Tape to sew HSTs and Flying Geese blocks is so much faster, so much less frustrating and so much more accurate than drawing diagonal lines on the back of each unit you want to sew together. Given that it’s priced well under $10 at this time and there are 10 yards on the roll, I am SOLD on this stuff and won’t be making HSTs or Flying Geese without it ever again. You can find Diagonal Seam Tape ON SALE NOW, click here.

Honestly, I love the stuff and I think you will too.

Here’s a link to watch the full video demo on YouTube:

Vinyl Mesh vs. Soft Polyester Mesh

Mesh material is mesh material, right?

I’ve often been asked if Vinyl Mesh and Soft Polyester Mesh may be used interchangeably.

In MOST cases, the answer to that is NO! That means it’s really important to understand which product you need for your project and why choosing the correct product matters.

OK…sew…what’s the diff, you ask? I made a quick youtube video showing you the differences and why you really can’t use these products interchangeably.

In a nutshell, Vinyl Mesh (sometimes referred to as “Pet Screen Material”) is stiff/firm, has body and can “stand” up. Soft Poly Mesh is has none of those qualities.

Here are some examples of items that may be made using Vinyl Mesh:

Custom Size StandZa Zip Bag by Sew TracyLee makes a
WONDERFUL WonderClip Pincushion and Sewing Table Tool Corral

Psst! Pouches by Sew TracyLee
make great project pouches!

Conversely, Soft Poly Mesh is soft, limp and has no “body” of its own.

Here are some examples of things you can make with Soft Poly Mesh:

I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever used Vinyl Mesh or Soft Poly Mesh? If so, what did you make? (Please note, I have to approve each comment to protect everybody from spam & spambots, and I’m just one extremely busy person with lots of balls in the air so it may take a day or 2 for me to approve and publish your comments.)

Wrapping up a Sweet Valentine

Snack Size — beautifully holds just a few home-baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

For me, it’s all about beautiful, functional simplicity and sharing love from the heart.

I’ve always loved handmade and home-baked gifts. Both giving them and receiving them. That’s how my Sew TracyLee FabMagic Wrap sewing pattern idea was born. Isn’t she pretty!?!!

The pattern offers 4 sizes that are loosely based off of common plastic food storage bag sizes. The snack size is wonderful for making a lot of gifts quick as just one batch of cookies should yield several gifts (depending on the batch and cookie size). For example, the picture above shows 4 cookies (heaping tablespoon of dough per cookie) made from a single batch that nets 3 dozen. That makes a total of 36 cookies and divides out to 9 gifts from just one batch of cookies! And, since you can make 3 snack size wrappers out of just 1/4 yard of fabric (assuming 42″ wide fabric), you’ll be stunned at how economical these pretty and delicious gifts will be to make.

SEW…this Valentine’s Day (which is just a week from today!) I’m wrapping up a bunch of snack size sweet Valentine gifts for family, friends and neighbors.

My oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are shown in the picture above, but you could choose to use almost any cookies you love to make. Voila! With the snack size wrapper, you’ll be able to give delicious home-baked treats that are just the right amount of sweet packaged in beautiful, hand-made, re-usable fabric wraps.

How does it look all wrapped up? I’m so glad you asked. What do you think?

Sew TracyLee Designs Introduces: FabMagic Gift Wrap pattern

I’m over the moon with excitement to announce the birth of my newest pattern, FabMagic Gift Wrap, RE-USABLE fabric gift wrappers with a beautiful built-in ribbon.

Everybody loves beautifully gift wrapped packages. But who loves throwing away all that pretty wrapping paper (money) every year? Not me. Who likes storing wrapping paper in a closet and it gets all wrinkled and crumpled by the next time we need it? Not me.

Sew…NOW is the perfect time to change the way we gift and save both time and money in the long run.

Most of us already have tons (literally?) of gorgeous quilting cotton fabrics in our stash that would make incredible gift wrapping. But how do we use it and make the package look sleek and professional without using pins or everything going wonky? The answer is my new FabMagic Gift Wrap sewing pattern.

The pattern includes 4 sizes that are loosely based on common food storage bag sizes: snack, sandwich, quart and gallon. So it’s the perfect wrap for gifting a variety of your homemade baked goods as well as small, soft items such as socks, hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and more. Depending on the size wrapper you choose to make, you could make several from one half yard of 42″ wide quilting cotton fabric.

The finished FabMagic Gift Wrappers are washable, press-able, RE-USABLE and bound to be collectible. There are no exposed raw edges, so the finished wrap looks sleek and professional. They’re gonna last for YEARS of repeated use. Simply sew up a stack to have ready to wrap…and, once you’re ready to wrap, you’ll discover that wrapping time is cut in less than half because you simply insert gift, fold over flap, wrap ribbon around and tie a bow. BOOM…you’re done. No measuring paper, no paper ripping, no tape, no fuss. It’s almost magic. It’s FabMagic!!!

We are offering an Introductory Special Sale Price this week only (special ends 1/30/2021), so you’ll want to be sure to grab yours ASAP! Click here for a closer look…

Custom StandZa Zip Bags = Wonder Clip “Pincushion” & Storage!

Custom Size StandZa Zip Bag

I recently made a wonderful discovery I just have to share with you. I’m so excited about it because it’s making my sewing life ever so much more stress free and enjoyable.

You see, I was getting super frustrated with wonder clips (which I absolutely LOVE) getting sucked under under my sewing machine along with several of my favorite sewing tools.

So one day, in my frustration, I grabbed a custom size StandZa Zip Bag that I had made a few years ago and I quickly loaded her up.

I placed Jumbo clips across the top edge of the bag and the smaller clips across the lower lip of the open zipper. LOADS of extra clips are stored inside the bag. Then I put my most favorite tools inside–standing up–where I can see and quickly grab them when I need them (and quickly put them back where they belong). I can’t tell you how much time this has saved me, not to mention less stress and frustration (who needs any of that?).

Shown in this picture (in addition to the Wonder Clips), I have my Loop Turner Tool, Sew Easy Tweezers, Awl, a crochet hook, and a stiletto tool. It’s not shown in this picture, but I also keep my Point2Point Turner stored here.