Material Mama Podcast Show #23

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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



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Material Mama Podcast #22

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Show #22 Notes

“my” baby ducks are growing up so fast!

Noun tees with Audrey– she was inspired by the MiniBoden catalog. Now that I’ve looked there too, I have some great ideas as well!

A noun t-shirt is a big-ol’-noun on a solid color boy’s t-shirt. Sam has: paper airplane, humpty dumpty, stop sign, safety cone, gorilla, tiger, waffle, see saw, and one of his own 2D self. I’ve used fabric paint & applique, and if I’m feeling super crafty, both together. Here are her samples, quite inspiring!

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Podcast paper with Anne

Great fabric ebay seller if you like Japanese inspired wovens

Free Ottobre Tank pattern inspiration

New books from Amazon Japan and Yes Asia — Biggest difference is shipping time!

New book from Amazon

Neat new fabric color matching website

Appliqué ideas and hints from Carol

Fabric cards, and ATC’s using fabrics. Denise Schmidt has a sample of her book, that features fabric cards here. I found a great tutorial here for fabric postcards. I use thi method, and I adore that she uses wine as part of her process LOL!

New shipping information on MaterialMama

Great information for coverstitching people

Awesome free bikini pattern from Blueprint Magazine Tie One On: DIY Swimsuits :


Lots of links to free patterns at this blog: My Half of the Brain

I created a public Ottobre Design group on Flickr. Please join in! I’d love to see your creations.

Top Ten Patterns for Beginners, from Pattern Review

I’m a little verklempt.

Expo was amazing. The retreat was amazing. The amount of clean up I need to do is amazing daunting. I have so much to share with everyone, I’ll have to break it into more podcasts. I’m hoping to get some supporters so I can podcast on a more regular basis. If you are interested in supporting a bit, check out the “support the show” page, the link is above.

I love the Seattle area. I love the sewing mamas I got to know at the retreat. I loved the sewing mamas I met at the Expo. I love being able to hit up the women on the airplane coming home and talk about the wool from the Vogue booth.

Honestly? I got really choked up many times over the days knowing that so many women can work so hard, and come together for sewing. For 45+ women to hang out for 4 days with no arguments or warm discussions is touching and inspiring. I was sure when I ate a hot dog (hey it was the cheapest eats on the menu at the expo LOL) or bought paper plates for dinner I would get at least a little static. Nope, everyone was totally supportive. My only regret is that it was over so fast. That I didn’t get enough one on one time with each person. ah well. Next year.

Here are some links I want to share. There will be a new podcast in the next week or so, but I have a lot to edit and put together.

I just found this great source for very inexpensive stuffed animals. Buy some and send them to Iraq!!!

Grab up this lovely wool — I was able to fondle touch it at the Sewing Expo and it’s awesome! Special Buy- Italian Doublefaced Wool Coating They had this at Vogue Fabrics at the Sew Expo. I didn’t get any and regretted it! Now I just ordered 4 yards, and shipping was just 9.00 so I suppose it was worth it, not having to pack it home. This is really really nice stuff. It should be 25.99 a yard at least. If you just blanket stitched around the edge, this would be a GREAT blanket or cover for a bed. Also a great coat. Personally, I’d felt it up a little for a blanket but it’s really nice as is.

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Material Mama Podcast #6

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With a surprise at the end for your children!

Vogue Pattern 7894

funky monkey flannel
Sunrise Design
Dharma Trading
Juggling Jello
Nutmeg’s method for gathering
Nutmeg’s method for tracing Ottobre and other European/foreign patterns
Doll pattern instructions for practicing tracing
Here’s the doll pattern

Ottobre’s Website click the button on the left that says “in English”
Free Ottobre patterns to try.

These are in .pdf format:
Tank Top

Material Mama Podcast #5

This is a short one, Mamas. I decided to go ahead and read aloud my Material Mama Manifesto, and while I was at it, give out homework! Can you tell I used to be a teacher?

I’d love you to post your homework here, or you can record it and send it to me at megan at cookiepants dot com and I’ll try to get it on one of my shows. I love to have listener interaction!

Some links to stuff I chatted about on Podcast #5

Material Mama Sewing Manifesto

Sewzanne’s TFD (to die for) brown and rust stretch cord.

If you hurry, you might score some kitty twill or Farmer’s Market (The Farmer’s Market is very spendy at 18.95 a yard but it’s yummy!)

The song I played at the start and end of the program is Illuminated Soul by Joshua Kadison