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ArtBin® Fabric Strip Case

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ArtBin® Fabric Strip Case

I was recently asked by ArtBin®, who supplied me with this sample to review the ArtBin® Fabric Strip Case. Here are my thoughts:


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I decided quite quickly that I would prepare a project to take on the road once my husband and I  decide to get our travel trailer ready for travel this Spring. I had a jelly roll of interesting fabrics that I intended to work with and the Fabric Strip case would be perfect. As space is limited in a travel trailer and while accessing an ironing board is certainly not impossible, being prepared always makes a project go just a bit faster. Following this line of thinking,  I decided to prep everything ahead of time and the Fabric Strip case would be the answer to storing everything together neatly.

IMG_3237I opened up the case and removed the clips. You can see where I was testing just how the strips would fit into the case. Of course they fit perfectly with just a bit of extra room.

IMG_3235I laid out my strips according to the order in which they would be sewn, starting with the last strip to be added to the project. I then pressed each strip to remove the center crease and touch up the ends. I carefully laid the first strip into the case.

IMG_3239I continued pressing and adding strips, ending with the first strip of the project. I then slid the clips into place. Do not press down too tightly on the clips as you do not want to add creases to your prepped fabric.

IMG_3241Snap the lid closed and everything is ready to pack. I will probably add my project notes and thread to the container. I removed the label from my case but honestly wish I had not as I know I will be asked where I got my case.  I do recommend that you add a label with your name and contact information as sewing in trailer parks sometimes means going to a common room for more space, light and company and things might get left behind.

Enjoy,

 

 

 

 

Sewing for my brand new travel trailer!

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Ironing Board for the trailer

Our recent purchase of a 22″ travel trailer has me in overdrive. I can’t wait to change out some of the many shades of beige that make up the trailer’s decor. I have already packed my Babylock Sofia sewing machine and the accessory bag. Now to start adding in the extras that make a project look professional. Ironing and pressing are key to a polished project. I found the perfect ironing board at a discount store. It was under $10, very light weight with a hanging hook. What I was not thrilled with is the cover, it was so plain. Luckily I  have all kinds of fabric at my disposal and it just so happened that I had a leftover piece of this vintage sewing machine fabric that will be perfect. Let’s get started. 

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This is the ironing board I purchased. While it weighed very little, I liked the size, hanging feature and the legs, I did not like the cover or the thin padding. Luckily I am able to fix both in only 30 minutes.

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 Start by removing the cover and giving it a good press to flatten out all of the edges. This will become your pattern.

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Lay the ‘pattern’ on top of your fabric and cut around the outside edges. In my case, I actually did the opposite as I wanted to center one of the sewing machine on my fabric. Because the background of my fabric was white and the cover was blue, I was able to see through the top layer and cut around the cover. I re- used the foam padding insert and added a layer of Poly-fil Cotton classic Batting from Fairfield on top. The foam padding that came with the ironing board was too thin for my liking. and I wanted to add an extra layer of padding under my fabric cover.

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Next I encased the raw edge of the cover using a wide double folded bias tape. Gently stretch the bias tape as you sew around the curves. In case you are wondering I used yellow because that is what I had on hand. I started at the wide end of the ironing board cover, folding under the raw end of the bias tape and sewing around the circumference of the ironing board cover, ending by folding over the opposite end the bias tape. Insert 1/4″ elastic, I used a Dritz® Elastic Threader to help feed the elastic through the channel created by the  bias tape. Cover the ironing board with the padding and slip the cover over the padding, stretching the elastic to assure a snug fit with no wrinkles. When you are happy with the fit, tie the elastic end together and trim.