I think we’ve all worked on a project when we just didn’t have enough fabric! You know the drill, you buy what you think is plenty of fabric, get to work and then BOOM! You’re running out of fabric and you’re not even close to being done! You could go get more fabric but you’re on a deadline! Maybe it’s just me, but that is exactly what happened for this project when I designed it many years ago! I had to use every little scrap I had to make the background big enough to do my applique patterns on top! Although I was sweating overRead More →
Have you ever bought fabric that ends up sitting on a shelf because it’s just too perfect to use? Or maybe you bought it for a project, then switched gears and went with a different color scheme instead, leaving that fabric to collect dust and go out of print. This week’s tutorial is perfect for those precious pieces that we love but don’t have plans for! Follow along as Rob shows us how to embellish and machine quilt a piece of fabric to become Framed Fiber Art!! Enjoy! Click HERE for all the details!
It’s that time of year again, the kids are getting their haircuts, picking out new outfits and preparing to take on the new school year! This year I wanted my kids to go back to school with backpacks that would be easily distinguishable from other students’ bags but I wanted them to be safe! (Bags that are personalized without having personal information!) So I’ve teamed up with ROSS Dress for Less to help parents get their kids back to school with bags that are easy on the wallet and fun for the kids! Enjoy this week’s tutorial! To get all the supplies and watch theRead More →
I often wonder why humans have such sensitive feet! You would think they would be tough, especially since they carry us from place to place! Maybe it’s just me but when I stub my toe, my vision is instantly blurred with watery eyes and my vocabulary is a little more bold than usual. Have you ever stepped on a lego? Oh gosh, it’s game over when that happens!! Someone might as well amputate my foot because my feet are just so sensitive!! Stepping on things is definitely a common problem in a household with kids! That’s why I am so jazzed about today’s tutorial! InRead More →
It’s that time of week again and we have a sweet tutorial for you! You’re in for a fun treat! Follow along as Rob shows you how to create an easy and fun Pentagon Ball that’s great for your kids or pets! Stick a bell inside and boom! Instant entertainment!! Use the free template in the link below and adjust it to make your Pentagon any size you want! Click HERE to for all the details! Or check it out here:
Let’s be honest here, a person can never have too many bags! My wife has so many that she has a bag to hold all her bags! It’s a little ridiculous but it’s okay because I love her. It’s also okay because I’m an enabler of the bag craze! Today’s tutorial is a great example of that!! We live in California and go to the beach a lot! So this bag was a necessity for my families’ bag collection! We use this one for grocery shopping, days at the park and just about any time we have to carry things! (Except for sneaking snacks intoRead More →
Summer is one of my favorite seasons because of the food! BBQ, s’mores, watermelon, corn on the cob, I could go on forever! I’m especially excited for the food this summer because I’ll be preparing it in style! In today’s tutorial I’ll show you how to make an apron that’s perfect for any dude or chick that’s cooking! This apron is unique because it has a grommet to slip your towel through! If you’re like me and like to stay clean while cooking then you want to make one of these! Click here for all the details: http://land.mansewing.com/bbq-utility-apron
This is a tutorial for something that everyone needs or wishes they had. It would make a great gift too, just in time for Father’s Day or you’re looking for a great functional gift for a teenager (boy or girl)! It’s a charging station for your favorite electronic devices, whether it’s your cell phone, iPod, MP3 player or tablet. Find all the details here: http://land.mansewing.com/cell-phone-charging-holder Transcript Coming Soon!
What do you do to keep your sewing room tidy? I don’t know what I would do without my weighted pincushion and scrap bag, so I’m showing you how to make one for yourself! Find all the details here: http://land.mansewing.com/weighted-pincushion
We all need ways to tidy up our earbud cords, phone chargers etc, so here’s a great tutorial (sewing optional) that you can easily carry in your pocket! This is also a great stocking stuffer or gift for any occasion! For all the details, CLICK HERE. Video Transcript: Hey, everybody! It’s Rob from Man Sewing and I’ve got a tutorial around here somewhere, oh! There it is! Here’s today’s tutorial. That’s right, I’m going to show you how to make these awesome earbud cord keepers. So, I love having my earbuds with me always in my pocket, but they used to be this nasty, tangled mess and the phone would be ringing and I would be trying to get them plugged in and listen. Or, maybe I’m listening to music and I’ve got a knot in the cord or something. So, I was shopping in a Target years ago, and they have all those little things along the counter that you play with while you’re waiting in line, and there was this piece of plastic that was called a cord keeper and I thought, “what on earth is this?” And, so, I didn’t get it. And all of the sudden I got home and thought, “man, I sure wish I had something to wrap my little earbuds around to make them comfortable and keep them in my pocket.” And I don’t like stuff in my pocket, really, so I didn’t want them all over the place. So, watch how this works. This is awesome. It’s just a piece of leather. You can use fabric or ribbon or whatever and it just has a set of snaps in it. So, that’s the main working part right there, ok? And I’ve been using this for about six or eight months. So, this has got some real longevity and use out of it. And then my cord just unwinds, just like that, super easy, ok. Let me put this away, real quick, just by wrapping it around my hands. Ok? And I kind of give it a little pinch, like, yay. I made that look terribly difficult, didn’t I? And snap it closed and it’s ready to go back in my pocket. Alright? So the supplies you’re going to need for something, like, really, is just a set of snaps, and you could probably also use velcro if you are using lightweight fabrics, but I want to show you how to do the snaps. That’s actually mostly what you’re getting out of the tutorial, right, is how to install the snaps. So, a set of snaps actually has four pieces that all work together. So, you’re going to need one of those. You’ll need the snap setting tools and these generally come in the package. So if you’re buying snaps, make sure you don’t buy a replacement package if you don’t already have the working tools you need, ok? We’re going to need a pair of scissors to cut a hole in our fabric, we’re going to need a Sharpie marker to mark where that hole’s going to be, and then my favorite of all my tools today, yes, the 12 pound sledge hammer. No! We’re just going to use a nice, lightweight hammer, but we’re going to give this thing a couple good smacks when we’re done. So, you ready to get started and learn how this works? While you’re watching this, I want you to be thinking about the different kinds of ways you can do this. I’m going to show you real quick with leather. This is a lightweight suede we have here, a little flexible. That kind of makes it nice for gripping around. It’s nice and pliable. And, again, I don’t like a lot of weight in my pocket, so this one was a three inch by one inch strip that I just made and snapped together. The raw goods kind of just look like that, right? Easy. Another one I was making this morning, just for fun, was one that I picked up in Nantag. Actually my wife and I were working at an event together, so we have nametags. So, don’t tell her that I am making her a very nice Christmas present right now, ok? So, this is going to snap together the same, right? You could also do fabric. If I was doing two pieces of fabric, I would put some interfacing inside just to give it a little bit of body and that would be a good time to stitch through velcro also, ok? So, oh! I know there’s something else I’ve got to tell you because I was talking with Jake, the camera guy, a little while ago about this. Don’t try to sew through sticky backed velcro. This would be a perfect place for sticky backed velcro, but I don’t want you to needle through the sticky back. It just does terrible things to the needle and thread. So, if you’re thinking, oh, this is the perfect place for those sticky dots for velcro, no, no. I want you to stitch your velcro on if you’re using that. Ok, enough words, let’s get started on this. And, like I said, let’s finish out my wife’s Christmas present here before Santa shows back up. And, for this, the first thing I really want to do is just figure out where I’m going to put the snap. I need to cut a very small hole. And so, for this, I could try to put a little bit of pressure here and see if it will mark the back of my fabric. It’s done a little bit. If I couldn’t see it, the other thing I could try to do is, I could try to put my snap through here, right? Take my Sharpie marker and feel where that post is going to come through the fabric, right? What I don’t want to have happen, is, I don’t want my snap to fall off of the edge; I want it to be nicely centered in there. Ok, so I want that to finish in, like that. Nice and easy. So, once you’ve figured out where you’re going to put your snap, you’re going to fold it over. And what I’m going to try to do is use the back end of my scissor and make just the littlest cut possible to bring that post through, just like Read More →