Bullet journal for beginners

 

What is bullet journaling?

A bullet journal is a customization and forgiving organization system, it can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, diary, calendar, and over all life tracker.

What do i need to get started?

First i would suggest finding a notebook you love, there are many notebooks designed for the bullet journaler in mind but at the end of the day any notebook that you love will do just fine

weather its lined paper, grid paper, dotted or blank these all are totally up to your own preference and dont add or take away the end result.

I will include a list of popular notebooks on the market today, the one i love to use is the Leuttreum1917

BondiBook

North Books

Miliko Transparent Cover

Miquel Rius

Moleskine

Once you have found the book of your dreams now you will need to find the tools, if you have a pen or felt tip marker that you love test it on the last page to see if it goes through your pages, the last thing you want is to start a page spread the discover your pen has bled through to the other side rendering the other side useless

I found these great pens from U-Brand that are bleed resistant from homesense and i only wish i could find them again here in Canada

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens

Copic multi-liner

U-brand Gel pens

Tombo duel end brush pens

Different tools such as rulers, protractors, erasers, pencils, sharpeners are great to have on hand, i like to map out my spreads with pencil and then retrace with a black felt tip pen

From here you can of course add decorative touches, if you are a minimalist then you can of course stop there but if you are looking at this as a life tracker/creative outlet then you can add some personality with Decorative washi tape,  Water Colour, Markers, stickers, stamping and so many other things

OK! you are ready to start your spread, What items would you want to include in your planner? what things would you like to track?

Check out this awesome list, check off some of them and write them down.

100+ bullet journal ideas

plan out your first few pages, start off with a Title page

this can be very overwhelming to start and a bullet journal wont be made in a day just like Rome, even if you start planning for the month of February but work on making the journal in January so you are ready to go on the 1st of the month.

your first journal might not be everything you want it to be as its a work in progress, don’t get discouraged and write down all the things you like and disliked so next month or year when you buy your new journal you will have exactly the way it worked best for you

The great thing about this is its can be a journal of your life and you can collect these books over the year to have  to look back at memories and moments in time.

 

 

 

 

Bowl Cozy Sewing Tutorial

For this tutorial you will need Cotton fabric (or flannel) and a insulating fabric there are many different options on the market and even some that are used for the inside of oven mitts but for hot soup or cold ice cream you can use two layers of a fleece or fusible fleece

I just had some yellow fleece on hand so i used that and two pattern cotton

The first thing you will do is cut out two pieces of fabric 10″ x 10″ and 2 of your lining fabric at 10″ x 10″

This bowl cozy fits a standard cereal bowl” in the photos i have a correlle bowl

Watch the tutorial here!

place the lining and outer fabrics wrong sides together and sew an X from corner to corner such as shown

At this point you can of course experiment with your machine, do some quilting, maybe add more lines or use your free arm and put swirls and curvy designs totally up to you if you want to add some personality to your bowl cozy

Now you take a square fold it in half and on the folded edge you will measure 2 inches down and 1 inch from the corner on the raw edge, draw a line from both points and you will sew on that line

you will do this on each side of the square and do the exact same on the other square for a total of 8″ times these are referred to as “darts” so you will have 8 darts which you will then see the fabric start to form into the shape of your bowl cozy

This is how they will look after you have done all your darts, from here you will place them right sides together making sure you line up the seams and the corners with each other

sew along the edge with a quarter of an inch seam allowance and leave a hole at some place about 2 or 3 inch’s long to be used for turning

turn it right sides out and make sure you poke out all your corners, the great thing about this is it is reversible also!

top stitch about 1/4″ away from the edge to finish off the edge and then your Done!!

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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

2.

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

3.

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

4.

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.

8.

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!