As a part of a new series, I'm sharing my favorite things (both sewing & non-sewing items) each month. I get tons of questions on social media about the fabrics, tools, and supplies I use in my shop, so I thought it would be fun to do a monthly round-up of everything I currently love! My life isn't 100% sewing, so I'll be throwing in some extras too, like a new book I can't put down, what I'm sipping on while I work, or a new YouTube channel I can't get enough of. And of course, my favorite sewing supplies, tools, fabrics, shops, tutorials, patterns, and more. Fun, right?!
Let's jump right in! Here are my favorites from last month (in no particular order!).
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4. New needles & rotary blades: This summer I got in the habit of keeping extra needles and rotary blades on hand, because yes, your needle will snap when you're sewing under a deadline. Right, isn't that how it always goes? I love being able to just grab a new needle or blade and carry on working. Because lugging two kids with me to the nearest Joann is not ideal. You won't regret having a stash!
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5. New sewing labels: I used to order my sewing labels through Etsy, but after a decline in quality and a very slow turnaround time, I decided to make my own. It is SO easy to do. There is definitely a learning curve, but once I figured out the heat, pressure, and time settings, it has become second nature. All of this to say that I just ordered a wider twill to create new fold-over labels. I'm planning on posting a tutorial in the near future to show my process.
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6. Ikea rolling cart: I think every sewing studio under the sun has this cart. I've had it for several years now, but I just recently started using the top shelf on a daily basis as a staging area for projects I'm actively sewing. I love having my stack of cut fabrics right at table level to grab and sew.
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7. New house plants: Lately I've been adding a few new house plant friends to my studio space. Adding some green to my work space makes me feel calm and happy. Plus they look pretty too! And I didn't even spend a dime on the plants. One was inherited from a coworker and one was a clipping propagated from another plant in our kitchen.
8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: I know this book is a couple of years old, but I cannot put it down. If you love a good thriller, this one is for you! I also should say that this is my second attempt at reading this book. Not because it is hard to get into, but because I've had a serious case of mom brain for the past four years.
9. Erin Condren planner: On the advice of one of my favorite YouTubers, Blair Lamb, I decided to go ahead and order an Erin Condren notebook to use as a planner. I'm a huge fan of lists and I find that a traditional planner doesn't have enough space for me. So the notebook allows me to write out my weekly and daily tasks with an infinite amount of space. I've struggled a lot with anxiety this year, and writing things down on paper makes me feel so much better. Even when I'm feeling stressed with a million tasks to do, my planner helps me keep my thoughts straight and establish a plan of attack.
Well there you go! My August 2018 sewing & and non-sewing favorites. And just so you know, none of this is sponsored. I'm just sharing my honest opinion of products that I genuinely love and want to share. Let me know in the comments something you were loving in August!