Filing Fabric & A Fabric Organization Round-Up

Filing Fabric & Fabric Organization Round-Up | The Thinking Closet

In case you missed it, here’s my fabric organization solution that I shared at Made with Hugs & Kisses a few weeks ago…plus 15 other ideas to suit your fancy. When Hannah generously invited me to be a part of her “Spring Clean Your Sewing Space” series, I leapt at the opportunity to join in on the fun.  In fact, it was just the motivation I needed to come up with a new organization system {read more…}

Yes, I Filed my Fabric

Filing Fabric & Fabric Organization Round-Up | The Thinking Closet

None of us wake up and decide, “I’m going to be a disorganized slob today!”  Most of us start off with the best of intentions; but as the second law of thermodynamics tells us: There is a universal tendency for all systems to go from order to disorder. My fabric stash was no exception to that rule.  What began as a neat, nice stack quickly turned into the leaning tower of Pisa…three leaning towers, in fact. {read more…}

Burp Cloth Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist

Burp Cloth Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist by The Thinking Closet

With my friends having babies left and right, you didn’t think I would stop at the rhinestone and heat-transfer vinyl onesies, now, did you? No siree, Bob!  Time to bust out the sewing machine for some super cute, super easy burp cloths: I have to credit my M.I.L. for inspiring me with this one (and she credits her friend, Robyn!).  Last year, she made some burp cloths for expectant mothers, including my two sisters-in-law, so, {read more…}

Sewing 101: Shirring

Sewing 101: Shirring by The Thinking Closet

My poor sewing machine was totally and utterly neglected over the holidays.  My crafty projects just seemed to call for a hammer and nail or glue gun instead.  I even thought I heard my “Brother” crying during those eight hours of working on my No-Sew Christmas tree skirt. Let’s just say I had some making up to do. Yesterday, I pulled my Bro out of the closet, sat him on the table, asked for forgiveness, {read more…}

Romantic Rose Headband

I want to extend a huge welcome to Robyn, my first guest blogger here at The Thinking Closet!  She has an awesome tutorial to share with you all that has me swooning.  Take it away, Robyn. Hi everyone! My name is Robyn, from Ruffly Ribbons & Ramblings, and I am super excited to be guest blogging on Lauren’s amazing blog! I met Lauren through one of her posts (check it out here) and she has {read more…}

Sewing 101: Tucks

Sewing 101: Tucks via The Thinking Closet

It has been over a month since I last tackled Raechel Myers’s Sewing 101 course…but it felt good to dust off the ole new machine and get back into the trenches today. I never knew what the term “tuck” meant in the sewing world…until now.  And I’m proud to say that I have conquered three different types!  Spaced tucks, blind tucks, and pin tucks: Apparently, tucks are well above Sewing 101 level, but once they’re {read more…}

Nifty Item #3: It’s a Fabric Bonanza!

It's a Fabric Bonanza via The Thinking Closet

bonanza [bəˈnænzə] n 1. a source, usually sudden and unexpected, of luck or wealth. I’m one of those people who never wins things.  Raffles?  Stopped bothering buying tickets.  Contests?  Not since the seventh grade poetry contest.  Giveaways?  Please. Until now!  This past September, by a wild act of God, I won the September Sponsor Giveaway on one of my favorite blogs, Lil Blue Boo.  I was shocked – – floored – – when I heard {read more…}

Easy Denim Skirt Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist

Easy Denim Skirt Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist via The Thinking Closet

They say the best way to learn something…is to teach it.  Right? So, I’m going to attempt to teach what I just learned in my beginner sewing class at my local Jo-Ann’s Fabric store last Monday: how to sew a denim skirt. There is no pattern involved, and it’s a very do-able project for novices – – I can attest.  Our instructor, Jeanette, has been teaching at Jo-Ann’s for fourteen years, and this project is {read more…}

Sewing 101: First Stitches

Straight stitch examples from Sewing 101

Yesterday, my Brother sewing machine and I shared a lot of bonding time.  I carefully unwrapped him from his box, gave him the ‘ole once over (about twelve times over), and even put him to work! I’m working my way through a free online Sewing 101 course by the amazing Raechel Myers from Finding my Feet, a punny blog that covers everything from design to family life to sewing tutorials.  In her course, Raechel shares with {read more…}

The Brother I Never Had

My new brother CS-6000i sewing machine

If I had emerged into this world with a Y chromosome instead of a second X, my name would certainly not have been Lauren; according to my parents, it would have been Luke.  So, logic follows, that if I had had an older brother, his name would have been Luke.  Luke, Lauren, and Lisbeth.  It has a sort of ring to it, doesn’t it?  And the alliteration makes the English major in me swoon. Growing {read more…}