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.   : )

Using Fabric as Wallpaper

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Or should it be called “creating a new blog article by simply linking to someone else’s work”? Either way I thought some of you may enjoy this tutorial for using fabric as wallpaper. What a great way to add that special unique touch to you home. Instead of doing an entire room use fabric wallpaper on a single wall (or door) to really make it stand out. Click here for the tutorial.

Enjoy and Take Care

Reupholstering – a “green” project

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upholstery 02upholstery 03Since we currently have all upholstery and home decor fabrics on SALE for 25% OFF I decided to do a little homework for our customers. I researched tutorials, tips and other information related to reupholstering to assist you with your project. Remember our 25% off sale only lasts until July 31st, 2014 so now is the time to get started. It is too darn hot outside to do anything outdoors so the time is right for a project like reupholstering a sofa. By reupholstering you are helping our earth. Go green!First take a look at this short article describing the basic steps of reupholstering a sofa to determine if you think this is a project you are prepared to tackle.  At the bottom of that article was this link to more in depth information. If you feel you are up for the challenge keep reading.

I also found some helpful tips from professionals and even more tips.

I found this video to be quite informative for refinishing the back of the sofa without having any staples show. I liked that the video for finishing the back of the sofa because it was brief but packed full of good information so I am providing a link to her Youtube channel where you will find her other videos. Be sure to check out her video for finishing the arms of the sofa too.

Okay, before you begin you may want to know a bit about the fabric choices out there. Make sure you pick a heavy duty durable fabric for your upholstery project. Before you run off to SAS to get your fabric check out this yardage chart. Make sure you buy enough fabric to finish your project because you may not be able to find the exact same fabric at a later date. It is better to have too much than not enough.

If you get started and then realize you bit off more than you can chew check out the bulletin board and customer window at the store to see if you can find a professional to give you a hand.

Once you are done with your project, please post before and after photos on our Facebook page to show off all your hard work.

Best of luck to you. Happy reupholstering.

 

Take care!  : )