Throw a sewing soiree for a fun night with your sewing friends. All you need is a table or two, some yummy snacks, and let everyone bring sewing tools to share.
Last night was our first Sewing Soiree, and it was way more fun than any regular party could be. I know that most of you are spread out all over the United States and the world which makes it impossible to all get together like this, but I hope our party inspires you to try it in your hometown. We started by asking around to find out ‘who sews?’ and the invitations just multiplied from there.
The party was held at Sarah’s house and we somehow managed to fit 14 sewing machines plus gals to go with them! There was a make-and-take project planned (a cute and easy library bag) which about half of of us did.
Sarah and I put together some of our favorite foods, including some green sauce to remind us of Houston and Quilt Market and eating at Ninfa’s… yum! A bunch of the women also brought a treat to share without even being asked so we had quite the spread (including fried pickles!).
Bonnie of Fishsticks Designs came too. She brought an apron to work on for her daughter plus a handful of patterns to add to our door prizes. <3
Our ironing station was the perfect spot to chat and make new friends. Plus everyone loved getting to try the smart Oliso pro iron. 🙂
Speaking of toys, I also set up my digital Slice cutter for us to play with.
I had fun helping Kim with the hem of this gorgeous dress she made. Isn’t that shoulder detail amazing!
Most of all there was just lots of sewing. Being used to kids’ parties, I was so relieved we didn’t have to have any silly games or whatnot. Who needs them? We did have a sweet collection of door prizes including Bonnies’ patterns and items handmade by Sarah and myself. Plus everyone went home with a grown up goodie bag with just a bit of fabric and ribbon to remember our night.
So, who else is going to try this? I promise you’ll love it!
Sew an organizer covered with pockets that you can hang in your closet! This easy sewing project is great for organizing sewing and craft supplies, fashion accessories, bathroom necessities, gift wrappings, and more. There are pockets on both sides plus a big interior pocket so every bit of space is used. I’ll show you easy step by step instructions for sewing this organizer and putting it to use in your home. Get sew organized today.
At my daughter Chloe’s high school (can you believe my baby started high school???), the lunch lines are so long that she has been skipping lunch! She’s always starving by the time she gets home because she doesn’t want to carry a big lunch bag as well as her heavy backpack – poor girl!
I am so in love with the beautiful look of simple patchwork quilts with lots of squares. This is the perfect way to use up fabric scraps like I did, or you can make a beautifully coordinated quilt with pre-cut 2 1/2’’ square fabric pieces that come in mini-charm packs.
I’m also in love with the process. If you feel like quilt making is your escape from the world and sitting down to sew for a few hours makes your troubles fade away… this is the quilt for you!
Sew an easy beautiful apron with this free sewing pattern that only uses one yard of fabric! Whether you are sewing for yourself or for a friend, an apron always comes in handy and makes a great gift. This blog post includes a link to a free template that I digitized for you.
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Let’s talk about color value. Harnessing the power of color value can make key elements in your quilts really pop! It can make your quilts go from ok to amazing. Here’s a free pattern for a Pinwheel mini quilt, plus lots of tips for using color value to make all your quilts showstoppers!
This week’s Friday Spotlight is the perfect gift idea for your favorite sewist! Spoonful of Sugar is sharing the Free Pattern to make this irresistible Crafty Patchwork Tool Wrap. It’s the perfect size to keep all your essential crafting tools right at your fingertips.
Hand sewing seems to be one of those ‘love it or hate it’ activities. I used to hate it until I got better at it and learned a few tricks. I hesitate to admit that this trick for hiding thread ends is something I learned way too late. Now that my hand sewing looks invisible, I love it.
Sew an adorable modern baby quilt with sailboat blocks and a gorgeous ocean pieced with quarter square triangles! This easy baby quilt pattern includes tips for sewing fast and easy half square triangles and quarter square triangles. It’s perfect for a girl or a boy, because everyone loves sailboats.
I would love to see some projects to make with the slice cutter. I’m already thinking applique drapes.
What an interesting idea… if this is my friend Kim Turley, you’re welcome to come borrow the Slice Cutter :). If not, sorry, but I think I’ll try that idea myself. I’ll be sure to show it off here on the blog. Thanks for the idea!
What a great idea! It looks like a ton of fun and makes me wish we lived close so I could come sew with you.
I’m a first time poster–I found you from "Sew Pretty Dresses". I love the idea of a sewing soiree,and I would love to host something like that. I would love to hear more about suggestions for setting one up!
In the meantime, I’m going to try a mini version of the idea and do a craft day on my birthday, which is coming up in a couple of weeks.
Thanks for the ideas!
I have friends coming over to sew tonight to celebrate my birthday! A few of us have a bit of a tradition about sewing parties on birthdays. Lots of fun!
We are also putting on our third annual quilt retreat at the end of the month – sounds a lot like your sewing soiree – good food, door prizes, goodie bags!
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Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been searching for a way to do something like this. I am definitely planning one for late spring early summer. ..