Thursday, June 20, 2013

It all fit in one bag...

This was fun. I went over to JoAnn's around noon to pick up a couple things, and here is part of what came home with me :-) I didn't even know I needed all this! Especially the Spiderman thingies (you put them in water, and they make small towels. Of course. Spidey is my grandson's super super hero - he will have a blast with these).

The purple thread is for this pretty calico, destined for wide leg pants like the cocoa dots I sewed last summer.

Vogue 8584

I also wanted self-threading sewing needles. They actually come as a pack of 10 on this cute pink magnet. It is perfect for keeping my basting needle and a couple sewing needles at hand as well. I can't stand to have them on the pin cushion with my straight pins because I knock them off or they fall off into the carpet - and I have a horror of sliding one into my bare foot. 

Back to the self-threading needles - Dan R. ( Piece and Press) mentioned in a post reply at Male Pattern Boldness that he uses them when he is pulling through his thread ends, knotting and sinking them. Brilliant! I've been using a regular sewing needle, licking the thread ends together, hoping they both go through the eye. This needle makes the process so much easier and faster. Thanks, Dan!

Confession time. I did not make it out of the store without fabric. I tried, I really did. But I remembered that I needed to look at faux fur, feel it actually, because I'm planning a jacket this fall. I don't want anything that too static-y or sticky or stiff. Faux fur is tricky and expensive! Fortunately I had a coupon for 40% off...

So pretty - very soft, deep brown, a little swirly, about 5/8" long, 100% poly. The knit backing is very well done, and the selvages are even. I gave it the fluff test (it didn't give up any) and the static test (no shocks). I do plan to use a cotton lining, both for comfort and to minimize static potential. And I already have my pattern, Simplicity 2150. I'm pretty sure I'll leave off the collar and raise the neckline slightly to compensate.

Felt like Christmas. BTW, the Spiderman goodies are from the Dollar Store next to my JoAnn's. Where I also got this 2013 must-have windmill to go out in the garden... Ciao! Coco


  1. ooh- that furry business will be so fun!!!

  2. Nice notions you picked up. Now I am going to have to see if I can find those self threading needles!
    I like the windmill too!

  3. I like the idea of the self threading needles wonder if you can get them in the UK

  4. I like how certain things just jump into the cart!

  5. Your notions haul is terrific. I like the idea of the faux fur jacket, and it will look great on you!

  6. I am so excited to see the jacket! I love your blog; I've nominated you for an award.


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