DIY Yarn Cabinet

A little after the Christmas holidays, I began crocheting skull caps for various charities affiliated with my employer as well as local hospitals. I also crochet baby clothes and blankets. Lately, my yarn stash has become ridiculous, therefore I’m at a point that I had to catalog my yarn in an iOS app to know exactly what I currently own. This ensures that when I am in a yarn shop, I am not unnecessarily buying yarn that I already own. Once I reached 103 skeins and hanks I felt that its best to buy a shelf.  The problem is, I was against investing in a Sauder shelf because they are compressed wood and I found Raymour & Flanagan too pricey if it’s just a yarn shelf.

Then I thought, “Wait a minute! I can do this!

Using a little ingenuity and an Xmas gift card from my daughter, I decided to make my own shelf to store my yarn and the flat screen in my sewing room.  I take pride in this because I did this without anyone’s support.

Here’s what I did:

First I picked up 8 wooden crates. Initially I wanted the heavy-duty $28 crates but yarn isn’t heavy so I opted for the $10 crates instead.  In reality the $28 crates would have defeated the purpose in saving money.  (If you use this idea for a desk or table that will hold lamps, books, a laptop, please invest in the $24-28 crates)

Even though I knew that my yarn would not weight much, I was unsure if the crates would provide stability,  so I decided to go to Home Depot and buy wood to support the back and base (I used birch – no specific reason other than color was close to the crates). .

Then next day, I felt that it would look really cool if I painted the crates white and stained the top and made the base.  To support my little flatscreen, I had the base cut 3″ deeper to ensure that it does not tip over.  Here’s where the fun began:

After work, and any time that I wasn’t watching Netflix, I began sanding. This was necessary to ensure that the wood does not snag the yarn.

I read that stain applies better if you apply wood conditioner so after sanding, I applied a coat of wood conditioner and allowed 30-45 minutes for it to absorb.  As I began toying around with the assembly of the crates, I got the idea to add feet. Ugh!  Here I go back to Lowes on Memorial Day weekend.  When I arrived, I honestly did not know how I was going to affix them or Lowe’s selection. I was overwhelmed and stared at various legs and bums for 30-45 minutes. I selected on a 4″ to raise the shelf off of the ground.  Because my shelf is going to be roughly 70″ wide, I felt support in the middle would be best, so I invested in 8.

Just look at the rich color! I was so pleased in this stain choice.i knew this would definitely pop once I painted the crates white.

The first really looked good. So I gave it a few days to completely dry, did a light sanding and added a second coat.  I then waited a few days to ensure that there were no sticky areas before assembling.

This is the outcome.

On Father’s Day 2018, I had the privilege of finally getting around to emptying some of the bags and boxes of yarn.  I wiped down the shelf, brought it upstairs to my sewing room, stocked it, and stood back to stare at my work and smiled.

I would have made my late mother proud!

Women’s Bomber Jacket (Simplicity 8222)

This fully lined jacket was truly a labor of love. Made using Simplicity 8222, I actually did not have fabric in mind but fell in love with the fabric that I used for the lining and had to have it. That led me to a quest for fabric that complemented it for the jacket.

It features side pockets, rib knit cuffs and waistband with a faux buttoned belt embellishment on the back

I hope that my niece Nasariyah likes it

Skylar: Grandpa’s Greatest Blessing (Valentine’s Crib Quilt)

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was making a crib quilt for my childhood friends first grandchild.   I rarely free motion sew but the weather lately has been extremely cold.  This will ensure that she is warm. 

What better way to say Happy Valentine’s Day than present his little princess with a pink crib quilt ?

  Outer layer  Outer later

  Inside says “Skylar Grandpa’s Greatest Blessing”

 (Drumroll please)

 

Recycled Sweater

Do you know when you wash a waist length pullover sweater one time too many and the bottom becomes stretched out of shape? RECYCLE IT!! By attaching the last 5″ of my husbands button down shirts sleeves and 10″ from the bottom of the shirt, I created a completely different look. Now I have something super casual to wear with my skinny jeans and riding boots. Yeah I know….He will find out about his shirt when we get dressed.

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Custom Diaper Bag

Someone special is expecting and I missed the opportunity to sew for her first child.  What better way to surprise her with a custom diaper bag by The Selfless Seamstress?   Today my metal hardware arrived which permitted me to apply the finishing touches. Her she is:


The exterior is made out of duck cloth. The underside of the flap and straps are a solid  pink that complements the floral exterior.   In addition a magnetic flap closure was added. 

( My first time working g with a magnetic closure)
One of the things I love about the this bag is the water resistant interior that was made out of PUL (just in case a bottle isn’t closed properly.  In addition, I  included an adjustable slider (pictured above) so that she can set the desired strap length and a swivel ring in the to attach her car keys👍🏼 (or extra pacifier?)


(Yep! That’s my label.  Say my name dang it!  I can’t hear you.  Say it louder LOL)

The bag includes an exterior side pocket for mommys water bottle (or wine depending on how much the little one is crying on any given day) and one large exterior pocket big enough for her MacBook or magazines/papers to grade.    


This bag was CHALLENGING to say the least.  It’s my first time working with PUL, magnetic closures or metal hardware but it won’t be my last. 

What do you think?  Please let me know. 

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Christmas Advice – Don’t Buy Her Cheap Thread

If you’re gifting someone with a sewing machine this Holiday season, please do not buy them cheap thread. I know that bin near the counter looks like it’s too good to be true, filled with white and black thread to the brim.  It’s akin to findng a diamond in a pile of zircon.
When you understand the impact of cheap thread on a sewing machine you’ll thank me. It will suffice for hand sewn items but please avoid cheap thread for sewing machine use. Sewing thread, especially cottons, have a shelf life. Further, poorly spun, aged thread will dry rot and the fibers will cause machine problems due to loose fiber or repeatedly break in the needle or bobbin area.  So if the spools in the discount bin are dusty, there you go. Leave it there to collect more dust.

Cheap thread will lead to disappointment and the Sewist will think something is wrong with their machine.  This results in costly yet unnecessary sewing machine repair of $75 or more. Often it’s cheap thread.  Their needle will snap.  It’s cheap thread.  The stitches aren’t neat.  It’s cheap thread. Bobbie thread constantly tangles? It’s cheap thread.

Even if you buy her a Walmart sewing machine, pass on the cheap thread and invest in just 2-4 spools of quality thread.

– Smooches 💋<<<
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