Category Archives: Ideas

Ideas for items, techniques, and so on

Why Don’t They Sell Jacquard Print Flannel?

I love working with flannel, and wearing it for pajamas. However, all the flannel I ever see are of garish patterns, or dull patterns like plaids. These are fine for some instances and some people, but I was just thinking…

How nice would it be to have jacquard flannel?

It surely can’t be difficult to print! You could even do it as one colour and a diluted form of itself, rather than the multitude of colours that regular flannel often comes in, that obviously can’t run to keep the pattern sharp.Yet, a search on Google images doesn’t turn up anything that looks even remotely like jacquard flannel!

Imagine how nice and classy pajamas could look if they were made from jacquard flannel!

Anybody know a fabric printing shop I could buy and make jacquard flannel? I bet I could sell lots of it! 🙂

Or if you ever see some, please point me to it! I’m going to have pajamas like very formal and classy dress shirts. Might as well make them from something that fits the cut and design!

The Stewed Tomato Cutting Board

Submitted by Norma

I have been sewing more than a garment a month and the floor has become unacceptable as the cutting table. I tried our small round dining table with a cardboard cutting mat on top – The table wasn’t big enough to provide support to the end of the cardboard mat and it was too low 😦

Our buffet was the perfect height but too narrow 😦

Solution the “stewed tomato cutting board” 🙂


  • 4 cans stewed or diced tomatoes (or apple juice if you prefer)
  • 1 cardboard cutting mat
  • 1 side board or buffet

Combine as shown in photo below

Stewed Tomato Cutting Board (click to enlarge)
Stewed Tomato Cutting Board (click to enlarge)


Thanks to Norma for this post submission! She emailed me the title, text and photo (many is fine). That’s all YOU have to do if you’d like to submit posts for our Guild site, if you are a Guild Member. I hope many more will follow in Norma’s example and show the world your beautiful and innovative creations, share your knowledge, or just otherwise entertain and enlighten us and our readers out there, in the Guild or not! 🙂


Pushing Lorna’s Designer Knock Off Challenge Idea

At the Sew It Now meeting Tuesday, ASG member Lorna showed us a winning designer knock off contest entry from Pattern Review blog. It was pretty well done, but our conversation also strayed a bit to possibly having a designer knock off challenge in the guild. Lorna had the idea. I’m not sure how enthusiastic she was about it, but I’m posting this on my own enthusiasm for it. I’m not sure how set we are with our next challenge criteria, but this could be good for later or sooner.

At first impulse, a designer knock off challenge seems like a pretty bad idea. Knock offs of any level have a pretty bad rep. And who wants to take creativity out of the process? However, making a designer knock off isn’t exactly easy. For starters, you might not have a pattern to use, depending on your choice. If you did, you’d likely have to modify it. In other words, no straight and easy sewing involved. And who says you can’t add a touch to a designer knock off? Especially if it’s an improvement to the original that makes your knock off look even better!

Maybe we could reframe the challenge to “improving a designer garment” rather than “designer knock-off”, even if it might sound a little pompous. Given the talent we’ve got and what we can do, I wouldn’t think so.

Either way, it would likely be an easy challenge. Anyone is willing to try, of course. There are simple designer garments to knock off or improve upon, and then there are hard ones. And nobody said you have to knock off common designer garments. That’s probably least fun of all. Try knocking off or improving some of the garments on my Pinterest account, for example! They’re nice organized so you can take your pick, especially among the dresses. Many are relatively simple looking, too. You can decide if they’re actually hard or easy to knock off. Many are also labeled so you don’t have to go hunting to see by whom they were designed.

And if you must know, Pinterest offers secret boards only you and/or select people can see. I have a secret board of garments I thought were nice, but that I could improve upon if I were to redesign it. That’s only in the sense of opinion, though. I don’t think I’d be able to make most of the garments the way I envisioned them to be better. Those are my real inspirational garments, not the well done ones I love pretty much the way they are.

I have over 300 pins on that secret board, but I’ll just keep them to myself for now. 🙂