ASG May Photo A Day Challenge Week 1

May is Sewing Month and the Waverley Group from the Australian Sewing Guild (ASG) is holding an Instagram photo a day challenge. Each day there is a theme and you photograph what that means to you. It sounded like a fun thing to be involved with so I took up the challenge. I thought each week I would share them on here too.

Day 1 – May sewing plans

Day 1

My May sewing includes a few softies that need to be made (I’m a little behind on my gift making this year) plus a couple of craft swap items that need to be finished by the end of the month

Day 2 – Most colourful piece of fabric

Day 2

This fabric is by Melly and Me when I saw it I just had to have it in my stash. I’m not too sure yet what I will make with it. It looks so bright a cheerful.

Day 3 – Buttons

Day 3

These are very special buttons. They are from mum’s pyjamas when I pulled them apart to keep the fabric. I’ve used a couple in different projects so far. Not entirely sure what I will do with the rest of them. I did hear about a person who makes sentimental jewellery out of buttons so I will keep that in mind.

Day 4 – Most sewn patterns

Day 4

Without doubt the most sewn pattern of mine is WIRES pouches. I don’t know how many I’ve made in the last few years. I usually make a batch of 30-50 several times and year and post them in. I’ve also sent pouches interstate to other animal organisations in times of bushfires.

Day 5 – Favourite sewing tool

Day 5

Until I had to take a photo I’d never really thought of my favourite sewing tool. I thought about the tools I use most often and realised my rotary cutter and my rule steady get used on every project. Even if I’m making a soft toy I first use them to cut a panel of fabric from the main piece so not to waste any. This is my second rule steady, when my first one broke I was lost until I could order another one. You place it on your cutting ruler to hold the fabric still whilst you cut. It makes it so much easier.

Day 6 – Quickest make

Day 6

The quickest item I can whip are burp cloths which I give in new born gifts. They are so simple to make yet very practical I’m told by parents. All you need is a bit of cotton fabric and some towelling, it is literally sewing 2 rectangles that are stitched than turned right side out and topstitched around the edge.

Day 7 – Your sewing space

Day 7

My sewing machine lives in the lounge room. I’m lucky enough not to have to put it away each time. As much as I try I’m not a tidy person. I get lost in what craft I’m doing and don’t have time for things such as housework and cleaning. Its messy but its a good creative mess.

I’m enjoying this challenge. It’s getting me to think back to sewing which I love doing but sometimes get side tracked from.

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Thread Stand

Thread Stand

This is an item I assume I got when I was sorting through mum’s sewing things. Once of those things you grab thinking it will be useful at some point. It has always remained in the packaging in my cupboard. When I couldn’t get a spool of thread to sit on my machine I knew my solution. It’s really designed for larger overlocker cones but my smaller thread spool fitted nicely on it. It worked really well and I was able to sit it just behind my sewing machine. Once I finished sewing I unassembled it and now it lives in the storage bin of my sewing cabinet ready to be used when I next need it. It was good to use the gadgets in my stash. I think the more that I develop in my sewing the more I’m starting to learn about all the small gadgets and things that you often see in the craft shops and think that looks great but why do I need it.