Thursday, July 24, 2014

project sewing room: essential wanna haves

Back to the once a month posting about everything concerning your sewing room. Today I wanted to show you some essential wanna haves that can really be practical in your sewing room. What could they be? Since I live in Germany, I have some found some very nice equivalents to American counterparts.

First up is a die catcher. If you are like me and prefer to use precuts and are a little worried if the color is going to bleed, this is a great solution. Just put a sheet in the washing machine when you wash your quilt or patchwork piece for the first time on a gentle cycle with a gentle washing agent.

Next up is freezer paper German style. There is no wax on this paper, but it is a great substitute for foundation piecing especially if your pattern is longer than DINA4. You can cut to the length that you need. It is also lighter than regular paper and easier to tear. One roll is 85 Euro cents!

Third pictured above are two different heat activated marking pens. Now it is a bit of a secret around here that these pens are "magical." You won't find them in a quilt shop but at the regular office supply store. The pens are "friction" activated and the ink will disappear. You should definitely try with a warm iron and see if it disappears. I will give no guarantee if it does not.

The above pictured beauty is a thread cutter and/or an SOS seam ripper. I received this from my mother many many years ago and tucked it away nicely with the two pairs of Gingher fabric scissors. I am very thankful for them and happy that I never lost them. It is also a little strange that this seems to be a German company and some are even made in Germany; I have never seen them available in a store here!! I've always wanted to put a string on the end and hang it around my neck but never got to that either. This is an invaluable tool...a real essential.

And finally...a really awesome goody! Something you can MAKE for your sewing room or any room for that matter.

This idea came to me earlier in the year when I started thinking about Project Sewing Room. I thought of all kinds of cool ways to hang up blocks in my sewing room. This was one of them! You can either make this using a horizontal stick and glue clothespins only on the bottom to hang up blocks, or use it vertically by gluing clothespins alternating on the left and right to hang up fat quarters, or postcards, or cool scrap fabrics, or notions or other cool stuff! Of course you can use a real yard stick if you wish, but since yards aren't very common in the metric world, we used a 90-95cm plain stick. We first measured 2cm from the top to drill a hole and then glued the first clothespin 5cm from the top and every 4cm thereafter. We used 20 clothespins found at a local arts store.

Just think of all the possibilities you could use this for!! A photo advent calender...a recipe holder...a missing sock board in the laundry room...a chore chart...a note board...a mail center...What else can you think of? I'd like to hear from you!

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Now let's get back to sewing!


  1. Great ideas! Your fat quarter holder is ingenius.

  2. I have some snips just like the ones from your mother. I acquired them before I was a quilter ... and I haven't ever seen them anywhere lately either. They are very compact and portable (and I usually take them with me with my hand-sewing projects.

  3. I have something similar to your hanger with clothes pins. Mine is made with a yardstick and I hung it horizontally to hang quilt blocks, patterns I'm currently working on, and a to do list. Gingher scissors are the only scissors I use. The Gingher snips would be the perfect size to put in a take along project bag.

  4. II really like your clothes pin idea. I really am going to try that one for show and tell with all my sample blocks.
    thelady at

  5. Hallo Karen,
    ich hab alles bis auf das Freezer Paper auch, ich weiß nicht wozu man das Papier braucht, das kannst Du mir ja mal erklären.
    Deine Wäscheklammern-Idee gefällt mir gut, auch die Idee von Janarama, so etwas horizontal aufzuhängen!


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