Thursday, May 23, 2019

Little gadgets and notions - Corner template

I have not had this long, but it is already coming in handy.  I have several cardboard corner templates that I use to box corners that I cut myself, but rounding is not always as easy.

It had little spots that are supposed to make it grippy

I have acquired several templates, my husband often adds them to my Christmas presents, that are aimed at quilters, but use them all the time with my rotary cutter, which I tend to use most of the time rather than scissors.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Little gadgets and notions - foldback clips

I made a little bag for my 'turners' and hang them from my shelves so that i never lose them.

These paper turn back clips are really useful.  You can use them for

  • holding fabric
  • hooks as seen in the picture
  • cable tidy - clipped to a shelf or desk running the cable through them.
There must be more uses....just can't think of them at the moment!

Friday, May 03, 2019

Little gadgets and notions - point turner

I guess everyone has something for this, I kept misplacing mine, so bought a few different types over the years, and have now found them all.

Have to say the knitting needle is used the most, it is fact enough to have a nice rounded point.

The little metal one is handy with its little red measure, but it is too flimsy to be an effective point turner.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Little gadgets and notions - Turners

These are handy, I tried my own methods, but have to say the pokey tools and 'pipes' do the trick, a lot of the time.  I have also put cord/string/ribbon ready to pull through the end, and this can be good too.

Have to say the 2 in the packet I have yet to use!  It was a Christmas present, so need to try them.

I found a video but can't find one in English!
loop turners

here are the pipes etc
pipes and sticks....

I generally try to avoid making pieces that need turning inside out when a tight turn, as they do get a bit infuriating at times, but these certainly help things along much quick.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Little gadgets and notions - bias makers

I have had these for years, think they were just off Ebay.  I have never actually made proper bias binding, as have not needed it to be on the bias.  So have just cut strips and made a nice edge for  my tissue pouches in the colour of my choosing.

Loads of youtube videos showing you how to use them just pull through and iron as you go.

Definitely worth getting, I have not used the smaller one, so if you just want to get a couple then have a think about what sort of size you will get the most use.

Thursday, April 11, 2019


We went to the museum of Computing history in Cambridge, not sure what I was expecting, but it was more like the museum of gaming with some computing chucked in - and some reading around the walls, was nice to have a wander around - but definitely lots of room for improvement!  Could have done with some video shorts rather than reading - to see some of the things in action such as punched cards, mainframes and tapes, the old NCR machines and a lot more besides.

Had all sorts of reading about program languages, Leo (Lyons computer), Steve Jobs and Bill Gates etc.and loads, and I mean loads, of gaming consoles through the ages!

My purchases - all at £5 a metre
On the plus side we went into Cambridge for a wander around and went to sew knit craft and I managed to get a few bargain metres in there, she has some fab fabrics in there, but nothing I needed, so just went for the bargains!

Fat quarter

I got this tilda fat quarter from Rose green fabrics recently, and I used every scrap, with the addition of some other fabric, ribbons, buttons and snap fasteners.  Pretty fabric. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Little gadgets and notions - little measure template

I love this little thing, they are only a couple of pounds, and gets used loads, you can probably cut your own from card but just not worth doing.

I do have many card triangles for corner boxing - I must do a few and laminate them.

Another template I have made from card is one to place handles on a tote bag.

Does everyone make templates?