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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 šŸ˜¦

Our buffet was the perfect height but too narrow šŸ˜¦

Solution the “stewed tomato cutting board” šŸ™‚


  • 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 andĀ innovative creations, share your knowledge, or just otherwise entertain and enlighten us and our readers out there, in theĀ Guild or not! šŸ™‚



Is There Any Real Value to Cutting Ties Cross Grain?

I have a tie pattern which requires that I cut those long narrow pieces cross grain. That is, to cut the thing 45 degrees to the selvage and leaveĀ a lot of fabric to either side not efficiently usable for other items. This is especially true given I would make ties out of the more expensive fabrics I have in my store. Yes, it’s getting to the point where I’m feeling I have a store. šŸ™‚

Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a little trouble listening to patterns. They need to talk a little louder or something, I guess. So I want to know from youĀ if there were any real value to cutting ties cross grain?

I’ve done some research, not being lazy and with access to Google, but I haven’t come up with anything satisfactory. Burda says cutting cross grain will allow the skirt, draped top or tie to fall more fluidly. Maybe it’s a guy thing, but if a tie falls down straight when I first tie it, that’s pretty good to me. I don’t particularly care if it falls more fluidly or just falls. I’m not giving points and neither is anybody else about how it falls. I can’t imagine cutting the tie on the bias would prevent it from falling and hanging down straight. Hanging fabric with the bias vertical looks pretty straight to me.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints hadĀ a different answer. Funny where you can find information, eh? They said ties are cut diagonally across the fabric grain so they will stay tied better, Stay tied better?Ā From what do they makeĀ their ties? Or how are they tying their ties? If you tie a tie well, it’s a little hard to slip or come loose, from my experience. So I’m not buying that, either.

A history of neck ties said that in the 1940s, ties were expertly cut, and lined, to ensure a satisfactory fit and appearance. That sounds like a craftsmanship issue to me, not a practical issue or requirement. The history also said this “was the apparent increase in uniformity”, which would definitely not be what I’m after if you could see some of the fabric I have set aside possibly for making ties.

So has any one here sewn ties, or had training in them, or know enough about this issue to tell me whether cutting ties cross grain is really necessary in order to get a decent functioning tie? Please tell me why if so. I haven’t been convinced so far, but that may just be a matter of presentation.

And if you don’t care for making ties and such, hopefully, you’ll just enjoy the history of ties. I love what you can find online! Thank you!