The Junk Trunk Subscription box opening

Hey guys! this is some photos from my “Junk trunk kit” unboxing, i have been invited to be part of the January Junk Trunk kit team and i recieved the box today! so needless to say i was pretty excited to bust it open and see what i got!

I will have a video linked below of the unboxing but i am posting some photos show casing some of the things, so excited to try and make some of this stuff and my very open junk journal

All things to make fun tassels and keychains

 

Fun ephemera pieces, fabric and printables

Thank you Jessica for inviting me and i hope i can make some fun videos for ya!

Fabric and Faux leather

Lace and trims

 

Top 8 Tools to buy when learning how to sew

New to sewing and not sure what all you need to get you started with your first sewing project? This post will be all my favourite beginner sewing tools and what i use behind the camera for my youtube videos
Online Sewing Class

Of course the first item on my list will be my “Holy Grail” my “baby” my most favourite sewing machine i have ever owned and that would be the Brother CP – 7500

I cant seem to find it for sale anywhere but i will link a very similar model

What i love about this sewing machine is 1. The drop down bobbin! this feature is worth its weight in gold, i cant tell you how frustrating the old style bobbin loaders can be especially when you are a beginner and just learning how to sew.

There are many “beginner” sewing machines on the market at walmart, joann fabrics but honestly spend a little bit more no more then 200-300 and it will bring down the frustration level a ton and as someone who has sewn for a long time i can tell you that if i had this sewing machine when i was a teen maybe i wouldnt have walked away in frustration as much, tension, bobbin gumming up, needles breaking in your face all these things that come with a poor quality machine. i almost thought about wearing safety goggles to sew!

 

Check out my unboxing  video

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Next on my list is of course a pair of Scissors, in a perfect world i would suggest buying a good quailty in a lock box at the front of the store under lock and key but i know i cant afford those and as a beginner i would say just get a good enough for now pair. The scissors i got were around $30, take care of your scissors and they will last longer

How do you “take care” of your scissors?   for one Only cut fabric with them, if your kids steal your scissors hide them, put a lock through the handles to stop any little thief from using them

Cutting things such as paper, opening packages can all damage the blade and reduce the life

If you purchase a good quality pair of scissor you can sharpen them if you know how or take them to a tool-smith and they can sharpen you up

I like to have two types of scissors, my Fabric scissors and my “snips” for cutting away from the machine and snipping loose threads i like to have these as they are lighter and i can keep them right by my machine

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Next on my list would be of course a Stitch ripper, if your a beginner you will get to know your stitch ripper very very well.. so get a good one! I like to get a large one and a small one depending on your stitch length

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Next on my list would have to be Pins and or Clips

If your a beginner mommy sewer then you might stick with clips for fear of the kiddos getting a hold of the pins or loosing one on the floor and getting a happy surprise when your foot finds it… OUCH!

I like to have both because sometimes clips just wont cut it but when i do use my pins i count my pins and when im done i recount to make sure i put away the same amount, 10 pins come out 10 pins better go back in.

For the majority of most projects Clips will do just fine and are very safe especially for the little beginner sewer

5. Measuring tools

I always have a tape measure on hand but honestly i don’t use it much, i love my hard rulers i find they are more accurate for the projects i work on. if you are planning on getting into garment sewing then a tape measure is essential but if you are more into small projects such as the ones i feature on my youtube channel then a hard ruler with a metal edge is ideal


6. Marking tools

Marking tools are good to have on hand when cutting out a pattern you can draw it out, to mark centre points or to just draw your own. i like to use simple things such as chalk but i also have disappearing ink pens

7. Iron

I love my Iron and i use it all the time when i’m sewing, every time you purchase some new fabric you will need to prewash it, 1 because its dirty and 2 because some fabrics shrink and if you make something and then wash it afterwards it will shrink and misshape itself.  so if you purchase a lot of cotton like i do you will iron all your fabric once you take it out of the dryer. I’m going to link the iron i use but of course every Iron is subjective you might not like mine and i might not like yours, this one has been working for more then 10 years and i’m very happy with its longevity so far!

of course with every iron you will need an iron board and if you are not into ironing and don’t necessarily need a huge board i have a great tutorial on a table top ironing board where i show you how to make a quick board out of scrap wood and a staple gun.

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Another headache buster when your just starting to sew is buy some good thread, cheap thread will break and cause you unneeded frustration and believe me when your learning how to do something that is not what you need! The thread that i use it Guterman, pretty sure every store sells this brand it is a very popular brand and i have never had an issue  with the quality of this thread

So i hope you enjoy this little list of Must have sewing supplies Please Share and Like!

Hand Sanitizer Bottle Holder Tutorial

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Hey! Welcome to the blog post for the Hand sanitizer bottle holder

If you are coming from my youtube tutorial you will find the pattern link and products i used

If you are coming from Craftsy.com then you will find more information, photos and links to the products i used, If you havnt already watched the Video tutorial visit www.youtube.com/charmedbyashley

The things you will need

Pattern is located over at - www.craftsy.com

Cotton Fabric, or Canvas fabric

(if you are using Cotton fabric i recommend using an interfacing such as a light or medium weight)

I use pellon light weight fusible interfacing

Kam Snaps

Or you can create a button hole and use a regular button, or sew on snaps

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Head over to www.Craftsy.com to download the pattern and cut out the pieces out of the fabric of your choice

This fabric i grabbed over at Hobby Lobby (2017) i love me some Palm fabric hehe

i used my light weight interfacing and ironed that onto the back of each piece

Now i will take the "pocket Piece" fold it with the wrong sides together and press, then i take my "main pieces" and fold the little tab down at the end and press

 

Now i will top stitch along the folded edge of the pocket pieces and then top stitch along the folded edge of the tabs on all of the pieces

when doing the pocket piece you can lay the piece flat and top stitch either side or you can sew the pocket piece closed, make sure your stop stitch is  about o1/8" of an inch away from the edge

This is how they should all look

Now you will layer the pieces, main piece right sides up, pocket piece on top with the "tabs" lined up, and the last main piece on top right side facing down.

You will sew around the whole thing but dont sew the "tab" part shut as that is the place you will flip your holder and its also the hole your bottle lid will poke through

make sure when you are sewing along you do a quarter of an inch seam allowance, if you need direction on how to sew this please follow my link to the tutorial 😀

Also when you start sewing start next to the "tabs" and lock your stitches a bunch when you go to flip it right sides out there will be pressure on those stitches and you dont want it to bust back open again.

Now flip it right sides out

i did a top stitch around the top of the holder (do not top stitch on the pocket)

put in  your bottle and test out where you want your snaps to be and then install your snaps, i slipped a binder ring around the closure to hook onto my keychain, backpack, purse, or planner