Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Free Labels for Organizing Printable

Today we've got a few little surprises for you.  First of all, we are extending the $50 Sew Sweetness giveaway.  Go, go, GO enter to win!!!

And secondly, we've got another giveaway everyone can win!  Long ago I learned that even though all the boxes in my sewing space are clear, it helps to have everything labeled.  So I made some labels for everyone.  Hopefully you will find them to be useful in organizing your sewing space too.  There are 2 sets, sewing supplies and pattern labels.  They should print nicely on standard 1" x 2 5/8" address labels.   Just click on them and they are yours!


There are extra spaces at the bottom of each of these printables in case you need them.

 

I realized I spend a ridiculous amount of time hunting for my PDF patterns, so I organized them by type into binders and labeled them.  


I keep my patterns in clear plastic page protectors like the ones pictured above (affiliate link) inside binders.

How do your store your patterns?  Share your pattern organization tips in the comments below!
Monday, January 16, 2017

Becca's Sewing Space

Happy New Year, Project Run & Play fans! I'm Becca, sew blogger at Free Notion, and brand new owner of a turn-of-the-century row home in Richmond, Virginia. 

My family and I spent most of 2016 in the housing market, and we lost a lot from our list of "must-haves" along the way. Thankfully though, the space I'm going to show you today was not one of them.

So head on down the ​hallway, to the back of the house, up the "secret" staircase, into the re-purposed servant's quarters that I proudly call my studio:

This is our third bedroom - theoretically a "guest room" with the addition of the futon - and the only one with a closet. In fact, it's the only closet upstairs, a recent add-on from the previous owners. Sadly, that storage space is already 100% spoken for as a catchall of family garbage ...er... heirlooms. Not great news for a woman who unloaded half-a-POD's worth of craft supplies! If this was going to be a successful studio space, I was going to have to 1. purge and 2. organize. 

​I made a point of keeping only those fabrics that brought me joy. They had to be pretty to look at, and they had to be usable. The guilt-laden batik I swore would become a bag for my mom Christmas 2013? Gone. Those odd-shaped, long-outgrown-kid-print, knit scraps that "could make such cute bindings!"? Gone. Donated to various local sewing friends who will put them to better use than I ever would. 

Purging was such a freeing process - but one I'd be bound to repeat year after year if I continued to keep my fabric hidden away in totes, forgotten about and replaced with new stock in a matter of weeks. So the "organizing" step came with a promise designed to keep me honest: all fabric I owned would be on display. 

I wrap all my fabric around these comic book boards to create ridiculously-satisfying uniform folds that I keep on three bookshelves. They're super easy to search through, and when I've finished auditioning fabrics for a project they slip nicely back on the shelves.




My first book case is all quilters cottons. My second is full of seasonal apparel fabrics. The third, seen in the first photo beside the fireplace, is a medley of all kid's apparel fabrics and out-of-season women's apparel fabrics. It's admittedly a work in progress, but the comic board trick is here to stay!

I do still keep scraps - mostly in paper bags awaiting donation - but also to reserve for future quilting projects, neutral knit scraps for bindings, and the kid's inevitable patch-these-knee-blowouts emergencies. I keep those in canvas totes I picked up from target's back-to-school specialty stock, but they're essentially just more colorful versions of these.



There are a couple more of those wood crates in the other storage cabinet, where I keep my patterns. I purged those too, and any I kept are in labeled gallon bags so I can find them easily and keep all the pieces together. The other crate is filled with cones of thread. Neither crate is pretty, but these things have to go somewhere! 

Now, I take zero credit for this last storage idea (or any of the others, really...) - but I feel clever anyway every time I see this genius re-purpose of the IKEA grocery bag holder. Doesn't it look like it was made to display my vinyl collection?? Bonus: It's an extra splash of color and sparkle that brightens my studio every day!



Thanks for touring my sewing storage today! And thanks, Project Run & Play, for having me guest blog, and giving me the nudge I needed to clean up my studio. Just.. mind the fresh trail of 3 year old on your way out...

​Happy organizing!! Xoxo, Becca
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Thank you Becca for giving us a peek inside your amazingly organized space! 
If you would like to see more of Becca, you can find her over at her blog Free NotionInstagram, Pinterest, Facebook .
Be sure to link up your sewing space here, and today is the last day you can enter the Sew Sweetness Giveaway!
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Audrey's Sewing Space

Welcome to my sewing space!  This is Audrey from Skirt Fixation, and one of the Virtual Assistants for Project Run & Play, and I’m so excited to welcome you into my sewing space today.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

Although I have set up my sewing space in many different places, currently I feel VERY lucky to have an entire outbuilding dedicated to my creative endeavors.  Here’s the back story.  This little building right outside our back door was the smokehouse/summer kitchen to the original house on our property, built sometime in the mid 1800s!  Our current home, which was built in 1916, has 3 bedrooms (and we are expecting child #8!) so needless to say, every spare inch of space is used inside the house!

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

Several summers ago, we decided to remodel the old smokehouse/summer kitchen into a guest house so any company could have somewhere quiet to escape our boisterous brood.  Mr. Skirt Fixation further added plumbing and electrical to commercial kitchen standards because we were contemplating a chocolate truffle making business in the little building at some point in the future.  The kids promptly christened it the “Chocolate House.”  This past fall, I made it my sewing space, with the caveat that it is still 1st and foremost a guest house.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

Because I need to move out at a moment’s notice, organization is the key.  My large, raised cutting table is collapsible, and can be moved out and a bed set up in less than 5 minutes.  It stands 37” high, which I really appreciate due to my 6’ tall height!  I keep my extra large cutting mat on it and usually stage whatever project I’m currently sewing on top.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

Underneath the cutting table are my knit fabric storage boxes.  I have found that rolling my knit fabric and storing it vertically is the boxes is the best way to keep it organized.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

My next organizing savior is this tall industrial wire metal shelf.  I have it filled from floor to ceiling with all my sewing supplies and fabric.  Everything is stored in clear plastic boxes of all sizes.  Because many of my children also like to sew/craft, we've found this organization method to be the most successful.

Separate small shoeboxes hold zippers, seam binding, cutting tools, elastic, hardware, and extra sewing machine parts.

Medium sized boxes are the perfect size for ribbons, embroidery, fabric art supplies, felt, and projects in process.

Large boxes on the bottom shelves hold woven fabrics sorted by color.  Since a large fabric purge last year, I have it down to 4 of these boxes.  Bulging, but only 4!

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

All my pdf patterns are stored in binders next to my sewing books.  The wire metal shelf usually has at least one garment hanging on it waiting for me to take photos.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

I keep my buttons in small glass jars sorted by color.  Personally, I am saving spice jars as I use them up, but if you don’t want to wait that long, here is a set that would work perfectly!

 My mission style computer desk (which sometimes doubles as my ironing station when I’m working) is pretty clean and clear thanks to a 3 drawer organizer and a pretty storage box to hold all the miscellany that blogging requires!

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

Probably the happiest place in the room is my sewing table.  I have a 6 foot long collapsible table.  Often I tease Mr. Skirt Fixation that there is plenty of room on it for more machines!  But since it’s sadly bereft of more machines, I usually manage to fill it with whatever project I’m working on and staging my next project.

  Skirt Fixation sewing area

The wide windowsill holds sewing supplies, including this small 3 drawer organizer where I keep my scissors, needles, extra sewing machine feet, and seam rippers.  The button lampshade was a hand painted gift from a sewing aunt, and the floral artwork is the sole piece of art in the room!  It was painted by my sister-in-law for Mr. Skirt Fixation’s birthday, but because it matches the roman shades I made for the room perfectly, I stole it!  

Because of this post, I’m noticing how bare the walls are…I have several mini quilts that I need to hang up, but I need hanging tips because duct tape probably isn’t classy enough! My favorite thing about sewing in the “Chocolate House” is all the light from every side!  Many of my flat lay photos are taken from the cutting table, and I don’t even need to add any extra lighting. 

 Thanks for visiting my sewing space today, I’m sorry there was no chocolate!  Please link up your sewing space in our link up so I can come visit you.

*Although affiliate links might not be one of your favorite things, a blog that pays for itself is one of ours!  So we’ve included a few in this post.  If you click on one of them, and purchase something, you will be supporting one of everyone's favorite things, Project Run & Play!*
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

$50 Sew Sweetness Giveaway

1st of all we get to reveal the (random) winner from last week’s $50 Fat Quarter Shop giveaway.  Kathy E. commented: I'd like the Fat Quarter Shop to come rescue my sewing room with all of their notions for organizing! One of my favorite items is the Combo Kit The Sew Stack Noble Notions. I'd use a few of these to keep my small projects and tools together.  Watch your email Kathy!


If you didn’t win, don’t worry, we’ve got a new giveaway for you, a $50 gift certificate from Sew Sweetness!  Today we get to introduce you to one of the sweetest sewing ladies ever!  Sara is the queen of bag patterns, and her online store makes it easy for you to make your 1st bag or your 50th!  



If you’ve never sewn a bag before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.  I’ve personally sewn more than one of the Sew Sweetness patterns, one of them my 1st bag ever, and it was totally doable and even fun!  Here’s a rewarding one you could start with for your child: the Cumberland Backpack.  It comes in 2 different sizes, and has a zippered front pocket.



One of the cool sewing related bag pattern at Sew Sweetness is the Camp Stitchalot Bag.  With this large bag you can tote all your sewing and crafting supplies with you!  Put your cutting mat in the outer pockets, and in the 4 inner zippered pockets, everything else you need.  The bag opens up completely flat, which is great for a clean workspace on the go!

Perhaps one of your organizing goals is to get your purse-onal life in order?  (I crack myself up…)  There are plenty of patterns to fit your style.  I’ve got my eye on the Byebye Love Bag.


With 3 sizes, the Creative Maker Supply Cases will work for you and your little one.  I know my kids like to craft right along side of me, and would love one of these!  There are mesh and topstitched pockets, and elastic for holding items in place.  For even more organized options, try the Ultimate Art Organizer!  


Need a camera bag to get everything safely to the next photoshoot of that darling outfit you just finished sewing?  The Paparazzi {camera} Bag is waiting for you.  The front and back are padded, and the thick dividers can be moved around to accommodate your camera.  There are also plenty of pockets for everything else.  

Beside some of the neatest bag patterns, you can also find some incredible bag making supplies in the Sew Sweetness shop.  How about cork for the base of your next bag?  Sara has just about every color and pattern of cork you can imagine!  And then there’s the glitter vinyl… swoon!

Finally, you can get hardware kits and many individual difficult to find hardware supplies in the shop.  They are great quality, and you have the comfort of mind knowing you’ve got everything you need to make that great bag!

To enter the $50 Sew Sweetness giveaway, visit the Sew Sweetness shop and leave a comment below of which bag pattern you’d love to make.  


The 2nd way to enter the giveaway is to sign up for the Sew Sweetness newsletter, and then leave another comment below letting us know you did.  And when you do this, it’s one of those everyone wins options because newsletter subscribers get the Oslo Craft Bag pattern FREE!!!  


Be sure to follow Sew Sweetness on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest for lots of bag sewing inspiration.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Free Children's Measurement Chart Printable

We've got another giveaway that everyone wins!  (And also today is the last day to enter to win the $50 giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop.)

Do you ever sew for your child when they are at school, napping, or not with you?  And have you ever forgotten a certain measurement or just KNOW their measurements have changed due to that last growth spurt?  Well, here is the answer to those difficult situations, a free children's measurement chart printable.


Just click on the image above (it's in PDF form) to grab yours.  There is space for 2 children per page, or one child 2 times...you know, like after that huge growth spurt.  The date will help you keep track of which one is the most current set of measurements.  

We put in all the measurements we could think of (and added approximate places to measure on the darling children!) and left a few lines at the bottom blank of you to add any other measurements you might need.  Like head circumference if you're making a hat.

We hope this helps you speed up your sewing projects.  Print as many as you like and tell all your sewing friends about the great FREE printables you're getting from Project Run & Play this month!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Cassie's Sewing Space

Hey readers! It’s Cassie, from Lily Shine Boutique and PRP Season 10, here to share some of my sewing space tips and organization strategies with you all!

First, let’s talk sewing space. Some people have their own “she-shed” and some people sew on the dining room table. Either way- every creative mind needs a space to play! In our previous house, I sewed in our utility room. It had a walk in closet for fabric storage, two built in desks for my machines and I simply ironed and cut on top of our washer and dryer. Reallllllly fancy, right?? When we moved to California, we were blessed with a four bedroom house, giving me a WHOLE ROOM to make my sewing space. There’s something really beautiful about being able to close the door to either hide the crafty stash, or hide from the two mini-me snack monsters.

The room isn’t huge, and I wanted to keep a “minimalistic” approach so I didn’t get overwhelmed or stressed. I have this great L shaped desk from IKEA that is the perfect size to house my sewing machine and serger, my laptop for easy pattern reading and keep all my favorite sewing tools within an arm’s reach. I love that it has a pull out section that can be pushed back in for when I need to use my sewing room as a guest room. The desk sits by the window so I can look out and watch my kids play outside, and also get some great natural light to keep me refreshed and focused!



On my desk, I have several little tins, bins and storage containers to keep all my needed sewing supplies right at hand. In this three tin organizer from Joanns, I have my rotary cutter blades and extra sewing needles, various sizes of elastic, and a plethora of scissors, snips and seam rippers. Also in the organizer, I store my most commonly used sewing feet (button, zipper, topstitch), sticky note pads and my credit cards for online purchases (because you know, walking downstairs to get my purse sometimes is just too much work haha!). I also have two containers to store all my pre-wound bobbins. Usually on my desk are a handful of water bottles because I am always thirsty, and always forget to bring them downstairs. Just being honest here, guys! You can see my crazy pincushion/clip wrist cuff that I can’t live without. I made it from this tutorial, and I really think you should make one too! If you’re catching on to my trend, I love having everything right where I need it without having to walk all around the room.



Across from my desk is my cutting area. I use a nice big cutting mat and keep my rotary cutter, favorite paper cutting scissors (to cut out the pattern pieces), a glue stick (to put the pattern pieces together), my new favorite fabric cutting scissors (thank you Fiskars for these epically smooth shears!) and more sewing clips right at hand. I wish my cutting table was sitting higher off the ground because my old lady back starts to get tired after cutting out several patterns in a row. Hmmmm perhaps that will go on my “honey do” list next.



I don’t have quite enough space to fit a full size ironing board, but I like the height I get from putting a table top ironing board on top of my fabric storage cube. Fabric storage cube aka kid's bookcase from Target. I promised myself when we moved from my walk-in-closet-size fabric storage, I would to keep my fabric stash to a minimum. And what is pictured here...it’s honestly all I keep on hand! Sometimes fabric shopping can be addictive and exciting, but I mostly find it to be distracting and too overwhelming when it comes time to sit down and sew. For me, less choices seems more efficient. I also have three cloth bins on the bottom shelf to store my Silhouette supplies, printer paper, and various trims and laces.



Now, let’s talk about two of my most favorite organization tools. Most important: my white board calendar. This is my life!!!! I am super visual, so having space to write deadlines, a monthly calendar to write out daily tasks and mark off “breaks” from work, and a space to write notes on current pattern progress is everything to me. I find myself getting bogged down with “to dos” and feeling overwhelmed but once I get everything up on the whiteboard I feel so much less stressed! I have two cork boards next to my calendar to pin up special handwritten notes (yes, if you write me a note in your fabric package, I will hold on to it like the good crafty hoarder that I am!), various pictures and art projects my kiddos have made, etc.



Last (are you still with me, or did I lose you to amazon shopping?!?!), I must have these great storage bins. I use these storage bins to keep current projects organized. In each bin, I will have the fabric for each project, the pattern pieces needed for each project, elastic or buttons, etc. all stored in one handy little tote. I love that they have space to write with dry erase marker and erase after the project is completed so I can keep track of sizes, models, patterns, etc. Since I typically sew for both my girls, keeping their different-sized pattern pieces, trims, elastics, etc separate is realllllly important (don’t ask me how I know this HAHAHA). Usually I have about 3-4 projects in progress at any given time so this keeps all the UFOs (unfinished objects) tidy and separate, as well as making it super easy to stash away in the closet when I need a break from them! They have lids, but let’s be honest, I don’t take the time to put the lid on but rather I just stack them up and move them out of the way.

Well, that’s all folks! I hope you made your shopping list of new gadgets, sewing supplies and storage bins and are dreaming up an organized, clean workspace! Thanks for taking a peek into my sewing space and reading how I stay focused and efficient...and CRAFTY! Xoxo. Cassie.
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Thank you Cassie! You can find more of Cassie on her blog, and on Instagram.
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*Although affiliate links might not be one of your favorite things, a blog that pays for itself is one of ours!  So we’ve included a few in this post.  If you click on one of them, and purchase something, you will be supporting one of everyone's favorite things, Project Run & Play!*
Friday, January 6, 2017

Michelle's Sewing Space

Hey Project Run and Play readers! Michelle, one of the Virtual Assistants, here, and today I get to share where I sew, with you...AND what keeps me organized (affiliate links ahead).

My space is actually part of our livingroom, which also houses our piano, computer, TV, and couches. Truly, where most of the "living" takes place. I set up in one corner, and everyone knows that this space is mine all mine. The nice part about it is I still get to be a part of where the action is, while working on what I need to. This is also the reason I need to be super organized. It is ALWAYS on display.


My husband and I built the longer desk, specially with my needs in mind. We added a shelf on the front to hold trays of notions, and a yard stick tacked above, for quick measuring.


Those mesh metal baskets fit perfectly on the shelf, and hold everything I need to have close by.



You can find those here.


That fabric basket in the left corner, holds any fabric scraps I may get from whatever project I am working on. It gets emptied once a week. I love the neutral color that blends in with the wall. You almost don't see it over there.


Like this one.


I honestly don't know what I would do without my red apple pin cushion and my scissor bowl (it actually used to be a planter!). I use them all the time! They both stay right next to my machine, so I can grab or put back a quick pin or scissor.

Baskets and bowls/ pots are so very handy, and they help keep my space neat and clean. I use them to hold thread, paint brushes, pens, scissors, tape, markers, pencils, staplers, paint, scraps of yarn, stamps, and glue! I even have this one under my desk, holding all the juice pouches I use to make these.


That embroidery hoop on the wall actually holds my marking pens. To make it, I separated the rings. Then took a piece of fabric, and placed it on the hoop. I took a second piece (the polka dotted one), and folded it in half so that the folded edge was lying in the middle. Then I closed the second ring on top, and trimmed the excess! That second folded piece of fabric creates a pocket, so I could I slip them in. Plus, it functions as art. Bonus!


That's it! I hope you enjoyed coming on a tour of my small, but efficient sewing space.
You can find me, as always, over at Falafel and the Bee (newly F&B Creations), and on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Don't forget to enter our giveaway this week. You have a chance of winning $50.00 to spend at the Fat Quarter Shop!
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*Although affiliate links might not be one of your favorite things, a blog that pays for itself is one of ours!  So we’ve included a few in this post.  If you click on one of them, and purchase something, you will be supporting one of everyone's favorite things, Project Run & Play!*