The Relaxation of Crafting and Sewing

Do the holidays or even everyday life cause you stress?  Normally we can go shopping to relieve some stress but not during the holidays. During the holidays shopping can cause more stress than it could ever alleviate. Because it is true that it is not the stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it that kills us; I am writing this blog to propose a way to react to the stress you may be faced with; I propose you try a sewing or craft project to help keep stress levels low. Sewing and crafting can be a great stress reliever as long as you choose a project that is not too challenging for you.

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Many people use sewing as well as other types of crafts and or hobbies to relieve their stress. My mother (also the mother of my 12 siblings) always had her knitting bag with her wherever she went; this  was after raising all of us. When she would come visit she would be knitting away as we talked about what had been going on in our lives. If we went to anywhere that involved sitting in one place and not eating, she would be knitting. She knit so much that she had her items for sale in a few stores. Not only was it therapeutic for her it was also very rewarding. She loved when people would go on about how beautiful her work was and would ask if she could make something for them.

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When people find that they are bored, lacking enthusiasm, or they just need something to keep them busy, they should try sewing
and/or crafting to relieve their symptoms. Sewing and crafting are both great ways to keep busy and avoid being bored. If you do not know how to sew there are numerous sewing classes out there such as the free online classes at www.craftsy.com/Sewing and at youtube.com (use search at top of Youtube’s page). There are the classes that meet up locally including the ones offered at Sew From the Heart and at Sewing Nuts both located in Scottsdale. These classes usually cost money. And there are numerous volunteer opportunities out there that can be quite rewarding emotionally.

Need an idea for a project?

Go to www.pinterest.com/sasfabricssuperstore and browse the many tutorials, project ideas, patterns, etc. to find an inspiration. Make a list and get started.

Ready to get started? The first place to start is a visit to

SAS Fabrics Superstore

9840 N 19th Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85021     602-943-7777 

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At SAS Fabrics Superstore you will find all kinds of fabric, notions, and other related items. When you go to SAS Fabrics Superstore be sure to allow yourself about one hour of time to browse the isles and find your treasures, inspirations and to just get your creative juices flowing. Once you decide on a project or two gather the items needed and get started.

While at SAS Fabrics Superstore be sure to take a moment to check out SAS Fabrics Superstore’s Customer Showcase Window. It is located to the right of the store entrance. The Customer Showcase Window is where customers of SAS Fabrics Superstore can display their work and promote their business’. You can even sign up to have your work displayed in the Customer Showcase Window.  Who knows you may be on your way to discovering a hidden talent that even you did not know you have.

Be sure to share your finished project here or on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/sasfabricssuperstore

Thank you for reading SASsy Sewing’s blog.

Take Care and Happy Sewing.   : )

How to Make a Button Elf Doll

Button Elf Dolls by Laura D’Angelico

These little guys are not only cute as a button they are also really quite easy to make.

What you will need:

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1. a pretty good collection of 1/4″ – 1/2″ diameter buttons* (maybe 40-50 per doll).

2. small piece of fabric*. One 12 inch square piece of fabric is plenty.

3. Strong thread* and a needle*. Make sure the needle will fit through the button holes.

4. a small foam ball for each doll head. I used 2 inch diameter. Dollar Store or Hobby Lobby & similar stores

5. beans and a small amount of soft material to fill the body and booties of the doll.

6. paint to create the facial features.

7. 3 small jingle bells*.

8. glue*

For the booties simply cut fabric in the shape of a bootie and stitch all around except the top where the leg goes in. Set aside.

Next separate your buttons to create two legs of equal length. I matched the buttons so that the legs matched in size & length. Repeat the process for the arms. The arms should be shorter than the legs much like those on us humans.

Thread the buttons using a needle and thread. Use a strong thread, ribbon, wire or fishing line and thread through from top of leg to the bottom and back up to the top so that at the bottom of the leg you do not have any ties or thread ends. Just as you would sew a button onto a shirt. Tie the thread at the top of the leg so the buttons cannot come apart.

Repeat the process for the arms.

Next make the hat. Simply cut a piece of fabric big enough to fit on the Styrofoam head. Don’t forget to add for the stitch allowance. The fabric will be pie shaped just like a Santa hat. Sew the fabric to create the hat.

Cut a rectangular piece of fabric for the body. It should be about 3.5 inches by +/- 6 inches long. Fold in half so the finished sides are not visible. The finished faces will be face to face and you will sew it inside out so it is about 3.5 by half of the longer side. Sew the longest side and most of one shorter sides. Turn it right side out and sew on the legs so that none of the loose threads are exposed. Fill the body 3/4 full with beans and the rest with soft material and/or scrap fabric. When you sew it closed sew in the arms so they are well attached.

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Next you will paint a face on the Styrofoam head. When it is dry you will glue on the hat. Then attach the head to the body and if you wish throw a scarf on around the neck. Sew on the booties and finish it off with a little bell sewn on the tip of each bootie and the tip top of the hat.

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ALL DONE.