I may, or may not, have been absent from the blog for, say 4 months. I hate to say it, but I found another hobby that I fell head over heels in love with! Obviously, by the title, you can tell it’s sewing. My goodness, I have had an absolute blast creating.
I’ve also had fun spending TONS of Kevin’s money on fabric – Shhh. Don’t tell him. HA! Oh Crap. I forgot, he reads this blog. Doh. Just don’t look at my mountain of fabric OR my Visa bill, babe! LOVE YOU!
If you had asked me 6 months ago if I thought I’d be making matching PJs for my kids to wear on Christmas Eve I’d have asked if you were crazy. Then my sister started sewing things up for my nephew, and everything was just so darn cute. I wanted in on it. I love working with my hands and creating, it’s like the perfect hobby for me!
I have a nice, new sewing machine, but most garments made out of knit fabric are sewn with a serger, which I don’t have. BUT my mom happened to have an old one, and I do mean OLD. That magnificent beast didn’t come with an owners manual, it came with a VHS!!! Works like a hot damn though, and I’m pretty sure she won’t be getting it back!
So basically, when I started this new hobby, I didn’t know much – I joined a few groups on Facebook and hoped for the best. In the groups they talked a LOT about pattern weights. I couldn’t figure how that would making cutting the pattern pieces any easier, but here we are. Those gals were right and I basically never want to live without pattern weights again!
The best trick I learned for fabric cutting was to use pattern weights, a self-healing cutting mat, and a rotary cutter. I used to dread cutting, it was the most tedious, time consuming part of the whole project, but now, I can breeze right through!
Some sewists use cans from the pantry, some use heavy washers from the hardware store, but me, well… I googled until I found something that I liked and wanted to re-create! I mean, look at these beauties! You can buy them on Etsy HERE!
You can make them with me!
Here’s what you need:
- Marble tiles – Similar ones can be found here on Amazon!
- Glue sticks – Like these ones!
- Light coloured felt – Can be found here!
- Cheap emery boards – Like this!
- Small round magnets – Found on Amazon
Here’s what you do:
Remove the tile from the backing mesh
Use the file to file off any residual glue left on the back of the tiles
Use your tile to trace a template for the felt backing.
Cut the felt backing, but ensure it’s smaller than your tile
Coat the back of your tile in the disappearing glue – don’t be cheap!
Apply your felt hexagons – If you’re making a magnetic weight, stick your magnet in the middle and add glue to the dry side of the magnet before applying felt!
Place in a single layer on a hard surface and apply weight until the glue dries – I left mine overnight
If desired, use your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut to cut shapes out of vinyl and decorate your tiles!
Admire your handiwork!
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