December 2007 Archives
December 28, 2007
Christmas is over! Good food and fun was had by all. As we wrap up our year, we have a "no pattern required" wrap for you. As I was just putting up my sewing machine for a deserved rest, here comes Nancy. "I need help!" she exclaims. "I need a present for my girl's gift exchange and my sewing machine is broken" she says. "What can I do" I said somewhat reluctantly. I know Nancy, and this could be trouble. Suddenly she whips out the velvet burnout: "Don't you think this would make an exquisite wrap?" My worst nightmare- sheer fabric and velvet together. I am a cotton person. I do not do fancy fabric. Suddenly, there is a voice whispering in my ear " You can do this! " It is the Fabric Maverick. I thought she was a fairy tale. I say to myself- the fabric will slip, I have no pattern or instructions. The Fabric Maverick says "Just think it through". I agree to try. I might ruin it, but again it is Nancy's fabric.
As you can see, I did not ruin it. Natonda, our newest merchandising employee, is modeling our wrap. I used the BC-226 You can make this wrap with 2 yards of fabric within 30-45 minutes. I folded the fabric in half lengthwise wrong sides together. I pinned it about every 2 inches, then sewed a straight stitch about 1/2 inch. Trim the seam. Turn inside out, right sides will be together. Pin and stitch another seam 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Lightly press with a pressing cloth to protect velvet. Turn fabric. You have just done a French seam. It covers any raw edges. All you need to do now is finish the ends. I found this to be the hardest part. Turn in about 1/2 inch to 1 inch. Pin thoroughly. It helps if you hold the edges tautly. You have just completed an elegant wrap for very little time and money.
This wrap was a huge hit at the gift exchange. We think this should be a present to yourself! A great way to start off the New Year and leave the old year behind. Dress up your New Years outfit and pamper yourself.
Have a Happy New Year!