How lucky are we to have such a fab online resource for all of our sewing needs?! Pinterest, YouTube, and fab bloggers mean that we can find the answer to pretty much any crafty problem, all with a few clicks!
This week we've been talking about the best crafty tips/advice we've been given, whether from family, friends, or the interwebz, and we'd love to hear yours too.
We'll be putting together a list of your top tips, and here's a few of ours to get you started:
• Screwing-up is an integral part of growth. Look at babies; they never let a tumble (or 200!) stop them from figuring out how to run and jump about all over the place. Screwing up is disheartening, but stick with it and then reward yourself for your eventual sucess (I find treating myself to a new sewing gadget or an expensive lip balm is a great motivator). Seriously, I do dumb stuff like cut pattern pieces upside down or sew stuff WST all the time!
Another tip: Whatever you do try and always be as prceise as you can, take your time to match edges, side seams, darts, stick to your seam allowances and cut pattern pieces accrurately etc. You'll find that working (not that it is work!) this way will have a profundly super-duper effect of your finished results.
• Iron, iron, and iron some more! This a is tip ingrained into my skull from uni, and it really can make all the difference. A good press will make fabric easier to work with, give a polished look to the finished project and also cover a multitude of sins!
• Clutch control! Treat your foot pedal like a clutch and not an accelerator and you'll have full control and get super straight lines.
• This is a poem from a craft book from my childhood and the words have always stuck with me.
"When a task is once begun,
Never leave it til it's done,
Be the labour great or small,
Do it well or not at all."
And since working here at U-Handbag, I've also discovered the joys of interfacing (Woven is my favourite by far!).
Leave your best tips in the comments and we'll be back soon with the top tips list!
And don't forget to check out our free tutorials page where you'll find tons of useful bag making tips :)