This week has been so amazing for me... even though school ended for my kids (mixed feelings about that!). I felt so inspired to sew after coming back from Spring Quilt Market plus I had new fabric and toys to play with... it was a perfect sewing storm!
Oh, and I'm going to try a Facebook live video at 11am EST today... don't you think Facebook live would be the perfect thing to go along with Show Off Saturday??? I'm imagining that it will be so much fun to show you these things in person - kind of, lol. Plus I'll tell you how to pronounce Lecien - something I had to ask, lol!
And to entice you to come watch it, I'm going to giveaway that High Tea mini charm pack in the photo above to someone who has joined in. So come visit my facebook page and see!
Anyway, at Sample Spree last weekend I bought 4 mini-charm packs of Jera Brandvig's new High Tea fabric collection from Lecien. I suddenly have a crush on all fabrics with strawberries and I can't explain why!
I used most of one little bundle to make another patchwork basket (using the pattern I taught in my Craftsy class Colorful Patchwork Bags and Baskets) and for the handle I really wanted to try leather like Melissa did on her Wonderland basket.
Lucky for me I have a friend who just started working for an upholstery shop. She gathered up a huge bag of yummy leather scraps for me, can you believe it? Some are new, some seem like they came off an old couch (he he!), and some aren't real leather, but I'm sure I will find lots of uses for them. If you have a shop like that nearby I totally recommend stopping by to see if they sell or giveaway scraps like these.
So when the basket was almost done I used my rotary blade to cut a 1'' x 5'' strip of leather. I inserted a leather needle into my machine, and then finished the basket by sewing on the handle. It was way easier than I expected. :)
The other thing that I wanted to show you is this amazing set of serrated scissors that I bought at the Kai booth at market. They came in the mail 2 days ago.
Scissor story: Before I found Kai scissors, I was a scissor snob who only cut fabric with all metal scissors. I thought scissors with plastic handles should never touch these hands. But last October when I was trying to walk by the Kai booth with my nose in the air, the guy stopped me and persuaded me to cut some fabric with his scissors. They were amazing! I gave in and bought one small pair. That little pair of pink handled scissors quickly became my favorite (how embarrassing for me).
So now I have 3 more pairs of Kai scissors and I think they are beautiful because I have learned to look for beauty on the inside, not just the outside. :) And no one is paying me to say that. I love to use them for cutting cotton fabric, slippery fancy fabrics, and especially knit fabrics. And those cute little ones are great for snipping threads. And I'm pleased to say that Kai scissors are very reasonably priced - probably because the name is not very recognizable yet.
So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.