When Sears contacted me a few months ago wanting to sponsor a Craft/DIY post by providing me with a fabulous new Sewing Machine you know I just had to jump at the chance. Sewing by hand is fine and gets the job done, but a sewing machine does it better and faster. I was already listing off in my head all the projects I could get to work on thanks to the sewing machine!
First, I would like to introduce you to my new best friend: The Kenmore®/MD 18-Stitch Sewing Machine. She is a real thing of beauty, and I know I’ve only scratched the surface as far as what she is able to. Ever since I showed her to my mom, my mom has been asking for one to replace her old machine, so I can say one of these would make for an amazing Mothers Day gifts!
With 64 stitch options to chose from, this sewing machine gives you a wide variety of stitching choices to get the job done. Add in the quality you’ve come to expect from the Kenmore name along with the many other built-in accessories such as a one-step buttonholer, thread cutter, drop feed and snap-on foot fixing and this machine is the one for you.
3 Styles of 1-Step buttonhole.
Automatic clutch bobbin winding.
Snap on foot fixing system.
64 stitch functions.
Low bar presser foot system.
Slit take-up lever threading system.
5mm stitch length and 7mm stitch width.
I settled on this quick and relatively easy sewing project that would make a great gift for any tea loving mom. This Tea Cozy is the perfect way to keep your tea pot warm and is easy as just throwing in the wash with towels to clean.
DIY Tea Cozy
What you Need
1/2 Meter Fabric for Inside
1/2 Meter Fabric for Outside
1/2 Meter Quilt Batting
Trim (Piping, lace etc..)
So to Start you need to create yourself a pattern. This is easy enough. You basically just need a large dome shape that will fit around your tea pot.
Next you will want to ensure that any creases have been pressed out of the material. Then fold right sides of material together and pin the pattern to the material and cut out. Do this with both the Inside material as well as the outside. You should end up with 2 outside facing pieces and 2 inside pieces.
Repeat once with the quilt batting. Cut trim to fit the outside dome of the pattern.
Sew trim to right side of outside fabric with trim facing in. Start and finish trim 1/4 inch from bottom on both sizes and fold to create a finished edge.
Sew Batting to wrong side of each inside facing piece. (Don’t Sew the Bottom) You will probably have to adjust the tension at this point on your machine.
Sew inside facing pieces together with the right sides facing together. (Don’t Sew the Bottom)
Sew right sides of outside facing material together being careful not to catch the trim. (Don’t forget to readjust the tension again)
Sew Bottoms of Outside fabric and inside facing fabric together, matching seams. Sew as far beyond each seam as you can. You will have to hand finish the remainder of the bottom.
Stuff the inside material into the outside shell and you are set to go!
Sears Canada has a wide variety of Sewing Machines for everyone from the beginner to the more advanced seamstress and there is a good selection of them on sale right now until May 12th 2013! How awesome of a mothers day gift would one of these make?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sears Canada, all thoughts and opinions remain honest and my own.