Quilting Tips Archive

 
To make a dust ruffle that stays neatly in place, purchase a fitted mattress cover of the correct size. Bind the gathered edge of the ruffle with...
 
Gift Idea
When I give a bundle of fat quarters at our guild's Christmas gift exchange, I include a business card for the shop where I bought it. The recipient...
 
If you have a project that you are not interested in finishing, put the pieces and instructions in a new, tissue-lined gift box. Wrap it, tie with a...
 
Use an ultra-fine steel crochet hook to fish out a wayward dark thread from between your quilt top and...
 
Graph Paper
After searching several stores for the right graph paper, I discovered you can print free graph paper online. Search for graph paper, and you'll find...
 
Growth Record
I trace my grandchildren's handprints on paper, and then onto fabric. I embroider the handprints, and write the child's name and age with a permanent...
 
Take a small paper lunch bag to a workshop and masking tape it to the table to catch all your scraps and threads. Clean up is quick and...
 
Safety pin a 4” to 6” square of low loft batting to your shoulder to stick threads on when you are machine...
 
To save time when preparing for workshops, make a permanent class kit. Put all the basic, essential tools or supplies into it. Just grab the kit when...
 
Handy Containers
I use sugar-free drink mix containers for many things in my sewing room. A few examples are: storing my rotary cutter (especially for traveling),...
 
Handy Fabric Kits
I like to keep my fabric and kits in paper bags rather than the plastic ones that stores use. You can buy these inexpensive bags at...
 
Handy Gadget Tote
Here's a cute way to keep your gadgets handy when you're on the go. Place six sealable snack bags on a potholder so the bottoms meet in the center....
 
If you use a basting gun, try using lighting grids for fluorescent light fixtures under the quilt as you tack baste. The grids are usually 24" x 48"...
 
When you sit on the couch to do hand sewing, push a straight pin with a glass head into the back or arm of the couch at a slight angle. Then, you can...
 
Place a small table-top ironing board across the arms of your favorite chair to make a comfortable work space for hand...
 
To raise rectangular tables like those you find in schools and churches to a comfortable height for cutting, extend the legs by slipping them into...
 
If the thread cutter on your sewing machine is in an unhandy place, make yourself a substitute. Tape the floss cutter from an empty dental floss...
 
When using your embroidery machine to sew a multi-colored design, select all of your threads before starting to stitch. Use an egg carton to hold the...
 
Put a small piece of self-adhesive hook-and-loop tape on your seam ripper and the opposite piece on your sewing machine. Your seam ripper will always...
 
Handy Tool Storage
I keep my scissors and rotary cutters in potholders, which I hang under my work station. My tools are always handy while I am...
 
I use the smallest skweres you can buy them in a grocery for under a dollar for 50. I use them for guiding fabric thru the sewing machine and for...
 
Use an empty boutique-style tissue box as a portable waste container. It's pretty, portable, and can be at your fingertips. Even if it is...
 
When finishing a wall hanging, I add a fabric sleeve at the bottom of the back large enough to hold a 1/2"-diameter dowel. This weights down the...
 
Try using a multiple skirt hanger to organize your rotary cutting rulers. Just hook the hanger over your closet door and keep all your rulers handy....
 
Carry your iron to workshops in a basket or metal bucket. At the end of the day, you can place the hot iron in the basket or bucket for the trip...
 
Heavy-Duty Needle Threader
I use dental floss threaders to thread needles when I'm working with pearl cotton or embroidery...
 
Store fabric pieces in special zip-top plastic vegetable storage bags. The bags store flatter because they have small perforations that allow...
 
When you give a quilt as a gift, include care, washing, and storage information with the...
 
I have a great tip for you—get a great husband like mine who will cut all your quilt pieces perfectly. (Sorry, mine is not available.)...
 
Store a quilt in an old, white pillowcase. Make a border to add to the case from scraps of fabrics used in the quilt. This will tell you at a glance...
 
Many photocopy machines produce copies that may be used as hot iron transfers. The copy will transfer when ironed, but only for the first hour or so...
 
To create attractive storage space from a metal or plastic trash can, cut plywood circle larger than the top of the can and put cross strips of wood...
 
You won't feel guilty about the time and money you spend on quilting if you get your spouse interested in a hobby that requires at least as much time...
 
Tablecloth clips designed for picnic tables will help keep fabrics smooth in preparation for cutting or basting. They are inexpensive, flexible, and...
 
The little plastic tripod included with a delivered pizza will hold thread and bobbins for storage while you work. Invert the tripod, and put spools...
 
As a gift tag for a handmade gift or quilt, fuse a piece of leftover fabric to an index card. Trim card to size, fold in half, punch a hole near the...
 
Make a homemade and very portable light box by placing an opaque white plastic storage box with a smooth bottom upside down over a plug-in...
 
Homemade Note Cards
Apply fusible web to a favorite fabric and cut out a motif. Adhere the motif to a plain note card, and add some "stitches" with a fine-point marker...
 
Homemade Pincushion
I used some leftover fleece to make pincushions. Cut a strip about 2" wide by the width of the fleece. Roll the strip into a tight spiral. Glue the...
 
To make environmentally safe spray starch, combine 2 cups cold water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch for light starch or 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch for...
 
To create corner holes in plastic templates that include the seam allowance, heat the end of an ice pick or a tapestry needle held in a piece of cork...
 
To keep track of the location of an article or idea in magazines, photocopy the table of contents and highlight the item you want to remember. Keep...
 
If you use a rubber finger stall to help pull stubborn stitches through when hand quilting, turn it inside out. The bumpy surface reduces finger...
 
It takes forever to finish a quilt if you don't work on...
 
When working on an intricate appliqué design, trace it onto clear upholstery vinyl. Use this as an overlay to position the components of the design....
 
I recently found myself with only a spool of invisible thread available for doing hand appliqué. I discovered that I could make the thread more...
 
Place an old pillowcase over your ironing board to protect the cover when using fusible...
 
Try this trick to help press out stubborn fabric creases or folds such as the center fold. Mix a few drops of white vinegar with distilled water. Use...
 
A Lazy Susan on your work table keeps tools in easy...
 
Before chain piecing many pieces together, fold down the top of a large grocery sack and masking tape the wider side of the sack to the back of your...
 

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