Tips: Sharpen Your Sewing Tools

It is the last week for sewing tips for July’s Must Have Craft Tips & More.
 
 If it is your first time here, my friends, Michele of The Scrap Shoppe, Bev of Flamingo Toes, Kara of Mine for the Making and I (Allison of A Glimpse Inside), pick a theme for each month and share a special tip to go with that theme every Friday.

And like I stated in the beginning, we are finishing up some great Sewing tips! In case you missed them, check out Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.

Today, I wanted to share with you a few super simple ways to sharpen those tools of yours!

Most scissors, rotary cutters, pins and needles get dull over time from use.
They can easily be sharpened with a few items you probably already have sitting around the house.

My number one go to is Foil. Yep! Aluminum foil that you have sitting in a drawer in your kitchen.
I know I always have this on hand so I go to it first.

All you have to do is take a large piece of foil and fold it numerous times.
Then get to cutting!
Test your scissors on a scrap piece of fabric as you go to see if you need to sharpen them a little more.

This is perfect for all types of scissors.

This is excellent for Pinking Shears because really, how else are you going to sharpen those crazy, toothy blades?

And is great for rotary cutters as well!

 And if foil doesn’t cut it for you, you can also use sand paper or steel wool to sharpen your cutting tools. So Sew Easy has examples of both of these methods on her blog.
I’ve never tried the sand paper but have done the steel wool. I’d highly recommend doing it over a trash can!Now do you need to sharpen those pins and needles too?!
Here are two types of pin cushions you can create to help with that problem.
 
This cute steel wool pin cushion is perfect!
Just run your pins and needles through the cushion a few times to sharpen them.
Just don’t store the n the cushion! The steel wool will rust your pins.
 

Another option is to created an  Emery Pincushion using emery powder. This one you can use to store your needles and pins.And here is one last tip. It isn’t for sharpening but just a cool tip to help get those pins in and out of fabric a little easier.

 
 

Don’t have any more stubborn pins by slipping them into a bar of soap for a little lubricant.

Here are a few pin cushion ideas you can make to create one of these sharpening pin cushions for yourself.

1. 15 Cute DIY Pincushions
2. Embroidered Mason Jar Pincushion
3. Chic Pincushion
4. Le Pouf Pincushion

See you next month with all new tips!

 
 


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DIY Makers Camp for Kids

Hello there makers! It’s been a HOT summer here in Arizona and I’ve been having fun finding things for us to do to not only keep us busy but keep us cool. When I found out about Pinspiration’s DIY Makers Camp for Kids, I knew that my daughter would LOVE to attend.

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The summer camp is a week long for 3 hours a day and each day the kids are creating something new.

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Lots of active participation and engagement in a studio full of craft and art supplies. Talk about the perfect place to let your kids creative juices flow!

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A few of the projects my daughter made and came home with were: a teepee, an art caddy, a magnetic dancing doll, shaving cream art, a Tic-Tac-Toe game, and a painted tile.

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Each day/week the projects change, so you can register your children for multiple weeks if you want! And we loved the camp teachers… they were so sweet and helpful and patient with all of the kids.

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They also listened to a story, did science experiments, colored, painted, played games, and made new friends.

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Have you been to Pinspiration yet? It’s a DIY, art and craft studio that has rotational, Pinterest-inspired crafts and projects. I tell you about the top 3 reasons you should visit Pinspiration HERE and we also had a Back To School Party at Pinspiration last year that you can check out HERE.

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Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Snapchat (@mineforthemakin) so you can catch the behind the scenes of all the fun things we do! Here’s our Facebook Live of our first day at camp at Pinspiration in case you missed it!

 


 

Posted by Mine for the Making on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

 

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