material mama podcast #24

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Show 24 Notes

Measuring standards

ASG Conference here in Sacramento! I hope to see you, be sure to say hello!

New dress pattern, with many easy adjustments to custom fit

Click for a free printable to put by your machine:

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Change your bobbin, change your needle – some little products I made up, when you purchase them you help support the show!

Great dye tutorial videos are up I have one from Sewing With Nancy on how to change the sizing of knit patterns, but I can’t get it from .tivo to a format YouTube will take.

Fabric magnet buttons, I got the idea from NotMartha:

and some button push pins:

New patterns are up from Kwik Sew! Also the new Ottobre has been posted! I love these times of year. I am planning on ordering these patterns:


3542 Tunic and Dress


3536 Dress

Two-Hour Tote Bag by Be Sew Stylish

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Sew A Clean Sweep Apron!

Take a look at BurdaStyle, they’ve changed the interface a bit and new patterns are added all the time!

Kerri from Miss You Sew Much (http://www.missyousewmuch.com/ have offered a free zippered bag tutorial! Check it out!!!!!

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Special thanks to Sarah from Mad Mommy Blog (one of my favorites!) for leaving me this voicemail. Check out this awesome mommy patch site she found!

Listener Ginger asks:

Hi,

I have a couple of suggestions for topics. One of the things I had down was sewing for boys but I was thinking about my 8-year-old son. What can I practically sew for him that he would actually wear? I’m thinking in the 8 to 10 year range.

Another thing is sewing motivation. I have a hard time just getting up to do it. I have a jacket cut out now that I need to mark and sew but I have a difficult time.

Any advice sisters and brothers? Send me an email or give me a call! Thanks for listening and I’ll be back on the air in a week or two.

I want to thank everyone for their wonderful support! If you’d like to participate you can:

email me materialmama at gmail dot com
Got a phone? Leave me a voicemail question or comment 1-775-593-5136
Got a Mic? Record A Two-Minute Question or comment.

How can I help support this podcast?

Would you like to see more shows? I’d love to be able to afford the webspace. You can help support this show by taking a look at my sewing advocacy items. I also have a PayPal donation link here. Or you can shop my recommended books. Thank you so much!

I also have a list of online shops you can click through and I’ll get a small percentage:

Do you have links I can put on my blog or website?

Please use these, by putting them on your favorite picture storing site and link to: http://www.materialmama.com

Nutmeg

Material Mama Podcast Show #23

Welcome friends!

There are many ways to listen

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Got a Mic? Record A Two-Minute Question or comment. Click here to leave a message

Show 23 notes

This just in! Make fabric labels, and don’t forget your 40% off coupon

Fabric Cards

These are just about the most fun thing I’ve ever sewn! So easy and they turn out so pretty!

I got my wovens together, mostly scraps. I ironed them on to heat and bond. I sewed them in patchwork style, cut them up, resewed them until they looked like a crazy quilt.

I then ironed it on to some thick interfacing. I popped on my darning/embroidery foot, lowered the feed dogs and using a variegated embroidery thread I quilted the heck out of the sheet of fabric in a random pattern.

Then I cut them out to fit the card, so that there was a bit of a margin all the way around. I used a straight stitch around the card to secure it to the paper. I didn’t have any spray on glue, or I would have used that too.

I either sewed on the tag or a button to the front by hand. Then I cut a piece of cardstock to fit the inside of the card, again with a small margin, to hide the stitches.

I can’t decide if I should put some in the summer swap or the card swap or sell them LOL. I scanned them to the color is a little stark, they are softer IRL

Fabric at Ikea

Dying tutorial on Uncommon Threads — YouTube Link

dying pillowcases, fabric and dresses for the girls I used Dharma dyes, salt, hot water and dark green, rasberry and ice blue to make some lwi dyed clothing and pillowcases.

Other finds:
Home dec sewing – bathroom valances, pillowcases, etc.
I like using shower curtains (not plastic) for drapes and grocery bags. tough and generally pretty water resistant.

I visited JapanTown, and picked up some (more) fabulous Japanese craft books. Bags, home decoration, patchworks, and some girl’s wardrobe 110-150. I’ll have the ISBN numbers on my podcast notes

I didn’t do any fabric shopping, but my husband’s company gave him a fun little digital camera. It’s truly just point and shoot! I’ll have to do a few little projects for an upcoming podcast.

block printing –
I found some linoleum squares for a dollar and a wood block for a few more, and some cutting tools at the Japanese shop in SF as well. I have been practicing printing/stenciling with styrofoam from meat trays, like I did back in my childhood.

For dying: Look at H and M, if you have one close. I don’t think you can order online but I could be wrong. They have really cute tops for around 4.00 each for kids. Much better price than Dharma or anywhere else, IMO.

Purses and bags!
I made the purse I chatted about earlier, as well as one out of the fabric I bought from that eBay seller in China. I used one of the patterns from my Japanese Bag book I got in San Francisco.

New purchases from JapanTown:

There is a bag contest going on over at Sew Mama Sew

and another contest at Sewing Mamas

A day in my life: I took a 2 hour nap in the middle of the day, but I didn’t document that LOL. Here we are on a very typical day You can use the slide show feature to watch it easier, IMO.

Neat blogs: CraftApple

Lotus bag free bag pattern
neat seamstress apron

Pink Chalk Studio
Note Taker Pattern

A fabric folio designed to hold an 8 1/2″ x 11 3/4″ paper notepad. Built in pockets provide roomy storage for important papers, writing utensils and business cards. Wherever you go, take notes in style. Great for gifts too. Pattern includes instructions and full sized pattern sheet. Make everyday art today!

Jointed Waldorf Doll Sew Along

DIY:

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I want to thank everyone for their wonderful support! If you’d like to participate you can:
email me materialmama at gmail dot com
Got a phone? Leave me a voicemail question or comment 1-775-593-5136
Got a Mic? Record A Two-Minute Question or comment.

How can I help support this podcast?

Would you like to see more shows? I’d love to be able to afford the webspace. You can help support this show by taking a look at my sewing advocacy items. I also have a PayPal donation link here. Or you can shop my recommended books. Thank you so much!

Support Material Mama

I also have a list of online shops you can click through and I’ll get a small percentage:

Do you have links I can put on my blog or website?

Please use these, by putting them on your favorite picture storing site and link to: http://www.materialmama.com

Material Mama Podcast #17

Just back from the Sew Expo in Puyallup Washington! You can see some of the fun on our flickr pages here. If you were at Sew Expo, you may have seen us or even been accosted by one of us. We always are trying to get new members because it’s so much fun with friends!

BIG thank you to Sarah of Home Dream Birth and Allison from Harmony Threads for creating such a wonderful retreat for us to hang out at.

I got some great machine embroidery tips from Walt Floriani. They have a great line of embroidery products. I particularly liked that they don’t have a machine to promote or sell so the interview was just about embroidery tips.

I LOVED learning a new way (to me) of silk screening. Ginny Eckley from PhotoEZ silkscreens was at the Expo and had some great artwork on screens.

Nancy Cornwell says hello to everyone! She was chatting about her new book. Please run out and get it, or click this link to purchase it Nancy Cornwells 90 Minute Fleece: 45 Projects for Beginners And Busy Sewers

Linda McPhee sent us some great ideas as well. She has some very creative patterns, check it out!

Pattern Review’s best patterns of 2006 by Diane Egelston — some great ideas and patterns!

Support the show! — special thanks to Mary from Frourishes.com Check out her ADORABLE ‘poofs’!

Update from Edmay in Iraq: 423 boxes of toys so far!

Hi to all,
Wanted to give you an update on the toys, clothes, school supplies, candy, etc. As of today 3/6/07
we have received 423 boxes filled with love from the wonderful, caring, generous people in America (1 from Japan). I cannot thank you all enough. We had to order a conex for the boxes of toys and we now have our teams distributing the items and also the Army (82nd & 1/34th) doing the same – and we will probably have the Air Force taking some too. I am going to also check with the Romanian troops that serve with us – they probably would like some to distribute also. May God bless and keep each and everyone of you. All items sent will be used and given to the Iraqi people. /Edmay

Link to free diaper patterns:

Sewing for an interview:

I made a skirt using the “Kori” method for the waist and Kwik Sew 3003 bias cut chevron for the rest. I LOVE this pattern! I used a cotton/rayon/lycra blend finewale cord for the waist (no elastic). I got this at Sewzannes, and some Donna Karan over run cotton lycra for the skirt, from Vogue Fabrics at the Retreat.

Sewing for mama:

I am very excited to sew up this new Kwik Sew (3490) pattern! It reminds me so much of a 1950′s swing coat my great aunt made my mom. I plan on extending it to the knees, and using black wool, or this beautiful white flannel from Vogue fabrics.

Lots more next time!

~~~ Nutmeg

Material Mama #13


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Hello and welcome to Show #13!

I neglected to put these links up from last week’s show: Free to Stitch, Free to Bitch

Griffin Technology iTalk Pro Voice Recorder/Dock for iPodToday’s podcast was recorded using the iTalk.

I have some previews and reviews of these books and magazines that I got over the last month or so.

Pixie Purls chats about Flickr :: Undies patterns — Ottobre (4/04) or Kwik Sew ( 2405 and 2411) :: Home Sewers Association :: Kwik Sew basic , easy to sew patterns:

Today I wanted to chat about a Sewing Room but I ran out of time. If you’re interested in seeing the ‘sewing room under the stairs’ click here. I don’t know where I got the link from, so if you know the originator, please send me an Odeo voicemail or send me an email.

I wanted to share with you the cool 15.00 vaccum I got from Wal-mart. It’s a great addition for any sewing area. Kid friendly too.

Intro and outro, Talk Talk Talk Cheryl B. Engelhardt

If you get a moment, please leave me feedback at iTunes. I appreciate and read each one!

Help support this podcast

Clotilde.com for all your sewing needs. Click here!

AllBrands.com Singer Quantum Sewing Machines and Sergers

Fabric.com Coupon Corner

Free Shipping at Joann.com! ($25 order minimum) code JANFSA725

Material Mama #11.5


My Jr. Excutive is helping me today ;)

Oops, I forgot a whole section on my last podcast! Well my brain cloud is your little gift for today :). I added in a letter from my friend Amanda over at Drip Drop Designs. Copy and paste, then print out and tape to the October section of your next year’s calendar!

1. Don’t buy the kids their gifts from Santa until the week before Christmas, since they’ll change their minds a thousand times.

2.Save money all year, because that’s the one thing I always run short on!

3.Sew their matching outfits early, so they can get their picture taken with Santa before the mad mall rush.

4.Sew the kids matching Christmas Eve pjs way ahead of time, and just leave them unhemmed in case they grow.

5.Make more gifts than I think I’ll need, because there is always someone I don’t think I’m exchanging with until the last possible second.

6.Sew Christmas items for my store in the summer, because there is not enough time in December!

7.Don’t be so ambitious with making gifts, especially for the kids. They don’t notice the difference between an item that took me 1 hour, versus an item that took 12 hours.

8.Have Christmas cards bought, addressed and stamped before Thanksgiving, to be mailed later.

Boutique Cafe Creative Mom Podcast Listener Kim’s Blog

Entrepreneur Magazine had a great article, Plus Sized Opportunity

Check out Violet and Lime to see how you can help support Violet

Here is another last minute gift idea, one I’m using today. Make a small tissue pack holder! A great way to use up fun wovens. Or you can have your children decorate, then sew them up. Tissue Holder Sew Along

Yesterday I made this simple sewn cake slice. I’m planning on doing three more, adding velcro so they can cling together in the middle. You could decorate with ribbon and trim before sewing up!

Center ‘cut’ of cake. You could really go crazy with decorating this!

Back of cake:

And the potholders I’m making. Each themed to the family I’m giving them to.

Need to finish. I ran out of bias tape. I guess I could have made my own but didn’t think of it until this moment LOL.

Oh and I caved and tacked a Harry Potter Christmas by Joel Kopischke at the end of the podcast. Enjoy!

Merry Merry!

Material Mama #11


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Welcome Friends!

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I’m so glad you took the time to check out the website. I try to get all the links up but sometimes will miss one or four. If you want a link to a specific item I talked about, and you don’t see it here, let me know by emailing me at materialmama at gmail dot com. Thanks so much!

Today I featured the following music, and a story.

Christmas In The Sun Joel Kopischke

Little by Little Jan Linder-Koda and Justin Gordon

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

I put the whole first chapter on the podcast, and if you’d like the rest, please visit the link above. You can download the whole story there for free! What a great service.

Our Diaper Sewing Website is going really well! Check it out!

You can find more free mama patterns at FitzPatterns.

Fun toys for your children at Hearthsong and Nova Naturals

What I’m reading: Craft Magazine Use your 50% off coupon at JoAnn’s, or check out their website. Very cool.

What I’m listening to as I sew (and do carpool!): Creative Mom, Cast On, Chubb Creek. Lime and Violet

The Bone Setter’s Daughter (I downloaded it and listen to it in the car with my oldest daughter.)

What I’m sewing:

Two Christmas dresses. I ADORE this Butterick 3316 pattern. It has a curved bodice and is super simple to put together. I removed the little loopie thing in the back (where a button would go) so it’s a pull over dress. Cotton Velour bodice and sleeves, interlock knit skirt.

and the dress I made:

Robe- flannel backed satin for my 15 year old daughter. She’s been asking me to make her one, and I think she’ll like the flannel, I know I do. Ottobre 04-05, the women’s size small

Quilt for Mr. Big’s grandmother. She is sick and a lap quilt is something I think she’ll find useful and comforting.

Training pants for m. She is almost all done, but I think I’ll make some for the sew along at Cloth Diaper Sewing, and for long trips, just in case. I’ll be making her underpants as well, I like the Ottobre boxer pattern. I altered it so it’s two pieces instead of four. I’m lazy like that.

Thank you for all of the nice emails about Misty. Here’s a picture of the both of us the day we got her (March 1988):

She saw me through the 80′s, the 90′s, the new century, two marriage, three children, four houses and two other dogs.

On to brighter news, I wanted to take some time to talk about podcasting. We need more crafty podcasts! I can literally count them on one hand. Podcasting is the great equalizer, there is no FCC and it passes all borders. If you do a search on iTunes you’ll find many great ‘how to’ podcasts. I recommend Podcasting for Dummies and The Daily Source Code.

Looking for some great gift ideas? Check these sellers out at Hyena Cart:

Sewing Mamas

beckyspapercreations

phoenix_flats

MonkeyStars

Melinda’s Lotions & Potions

llamajama

theplaygroundshops

feast

NaturalHomePresents

huckleberry knits

madebymaria

PoshBug

Bear Bottom Britches

fiarellacreations

Want some last minute ideas for things to make? Check these out:

Potholders

Green Pepper # 504 Fleece Socks

Gaters/babylegs/legwarmers

Wee Wonderfuls Kitty, paperdolls and more

Dollheads

Craftgrrl cheap screenprinting

Salt Dough Art

Echoes of a Dream blog – Waldorf crafts

Craftster Tutorial Page

Don’t forget to check out my new Material Mama Bookstore

Thanks so much for listening!

~nutmeg

Material Mama Podcast #9

Today I have changed the format a bit, added in some music and lengthened segments.

The music all comes from the Podsafe Music Network, and today I featured some really great artists. I hope you give their songs a listen and support Podsafe music! Please take a listen:

Farm Boy Spaghetti Cake
Grandma’s Piano Eliot Popkin
rise again Joshua Kadison

I also chatted about holiday sewing, and I found some resources for fun gifts to sew here here and here. Take a look at Wikipedia and add some to the Sewing area! I talk about my admiration for Brenda Dayne of Cast On podcast. Take a listen — even if you don’t knit I think you’ll enjoy her podcast. There are some great fabric card tutorials here. I made bacon and eggs out of wool felt for my girl’s Christmas gifts:

The adorable smocking from Caren at Baby Blue Yonder:

With a matching twirly skirt, modified from the Sew Baby twirly dress pattern.

I didn’t podcast about it, but my oldest daughter made this fun top herself! We traced a ready to wear top that she knew fit her well:

The wedding knit I got from Suz:

Thank you for all of your kind words, emails and support! It is greatly appreciated. I’m still learning the audio side of things, thanks for hanging in with me.

~~Nutmeg