Monday, July 26, 2010

Sewing Tips And Giveaway Winners

July 28, 2010

Sewing Tips And Giveaway Winners

I decided to pick six basket winners instead of two.

Nana Go-Go
Mary Lea of Pink and Green Mama
Tonya of Plain and Joyful Living
Allison of Field Wonderful
Maple Ridge Vintage

Please e-mail me @

Whom ever e-mails me first, second, third and so on gets first pick.
Please e-mail me your address and which basket you would like. (A first and second choice).
Two baskets haven't been made yet, so you can pick the size and color if you wish.

Please choose from the baskets in the photo or specify a color and size in your e-mail.
Whew, that was a lot of instructions.
Do they make sense?

I hope you are not too overloaded with basket photo's because here is another.

Freya's 'Dorothy' basket.
The 'Dorothy' fabric is canvas and works awesomely.

I think I have mentioned that Zakka Sewing is an outstanding book.
It's my second favorite sewing book ever.

Here are a few other projects in Zakka Sewing that I am anxious to make.

Fantastic camera satchel.

I think I'll adapt and fancy-up this pin cushion and wear it as a cuff.

Freya and her cousins really need this bunny pencil case to start the new school year.

Now to my first sewing tip.
Madly organize your craft and sewing supplies and spaces.
Being organized and knowing where all your stuff is saves so, so much time.

( Beware: The 'before' photo's are disturbing and may cause anxiety and discomfort).

This is my basement sewing space and storage.

When I started my blog in August 2009 I wanted to post projects you could create from start to finish in two and a half hours.
(When Oliver and Freya go back to school, I will blog tutorials of projects you can finish in two and a half hours).
It took me six weeks to organize all my sewing and craft stuff.
It was well worth the time.
I can find what I need quickly and clean-up time is fast.

The green metal cabinet was a $10 thrift store find.

After three weeks it is slowly coming together.


I bought two metal shelves at Target for $20 each.

I love using vintage suitcases for storage.
They are easy to find at thrift stores and inexpensive.
Most of the time you pay less for a suitcase then you would for a plastic tote of the same size.

Cereal boxes wrapped in Sunday funny papers and packing tape is a great way to mail light weight items. (Like fabric baskets).

'The Store' wall, as Chris calls it.

Old books and file folders stuffed with ephemera's to decoupage with.

In my bedroom closet I keep WIP's, ribbon and ric-rak, buttons, favorite fabrics and favorite embellishment pieces.

Everything got refolded, rewound and labeled into plastic totes and zippy bags.

Vintage patterns all in one place.

Doilies all together.
I don't have to search in 'this drawer' or 'that tote' to find exactly what I want to use.

I really like plastic totes and zippy bags.

Organized and pretty.

It makes me happy to house notions in old tins.

I never pass on reasonably prices tins.
Their uses are endless.

Cigar boxes.

Creative storage is essential when your home is as tiny as ours.
I found this chest of drawers at an antique store for $125 several years ago.

Loads of space for more stuff.

Ribbon collection.

I love that my kitchen table has two drawers.
Until I found my mini chest last week, the drawers were overstuffed with sewing machine notions.

This is the fifth and last photo I have posted of my green mini chest.
I might sell it for $500 if someone really wants it.

At the end of the day every sewing do-dad I own has a place, including my sewing machine in the kitchen closet.

Thank you everyone who entered my basket giveaway.
I wish I could send a basket to everybody!

P.S. Sorry about the post date discrepancy.
I started writing this on Monday and it's now Wednesday.


  1. way to go on the organization! it's looking so good.

    i can't wait to see all of the projects you make from the zakka sewing book. i'm definitely going to have to check out that book. the camera satchel is so cute and so are the pencil cases.

    and i'm so glad i'm a winner! thank you, camille!

  2. Oooh, Camille, I am so jealous of all your craft supplies! Your collection puts mine to shame! Good job on the organization. It looks great! Sometime when I am feeling better, I will have to join you for a Crafternoon.

  3. you have so many fun crafty things !!! it must have been a huge job to reorganize all your craft stuff, but so worth the effort as now there's a place for everything & everything's in it's place ~ good job !

  4. The Dorothy fabric is so stinkin' CUTE!! I love it!!

    The art studio is looking great -- I'm overrun with clutter in my own studio right now while I'm teaching summer art classes and have to keep random things stored in there like empty boxes for marble painting/oatmeal containers/etc. It's driving me crazy. One more month then I can clean out and organize as the kids go back to school and I can get my afternoon sewing and scrap-booking time back.

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to have a little piece of your home sewn goodness in my own house. I'm thinking it will be a book basket for the girls (or my own crafty reads!) here by my favorite chair -- or (appropriately) my sewing basket!!

    Thank you!!

    (pink and green mama)

  5. Got my basket yesterday and it's sitting here in the family room stuffed with the kid's books - we all love it!! (even my mom and my sweet hubby commented on how cute it is!!)

    Thank you!