Friday, September 25, 2009

Old trick, new dog

When you sew something right sides together then turn it right side out, it can sometimes be a chore to iron the seams flat--especially when batting, interfacing etc. is involved and wants to puff out. Here is my solution. I take a scrap piece of fabric (I like flannel) and fold it once or twice. Put it on a coolwhip or other plastic lid and add water. The lid has a well to catch any excess water. While ironing your item, wet your fingertips on the flannel and it will give you traction to beat that seam into submission!

Here is one of my organizers right after turning. See how puffy it is? That water trick really helps!

Now it's nice and flat and ready to topstitch.

Ta Da! Sew on my button and I'm done.

OK, that's the old trick. Here's the new dog.

Meet my new granddog, Walter. He is a South African mastiff and is just a couple or so months old. Full grown he will be about 150 pounds. My son has a small house so he should be constantly underfoot by then. Right now he is just a sweet, floppy puppy.

I will be gone for a little over a week on vacation. I'll catch up with you when I get back!


  1. walter is a cutie! have a great time on your vacation! relax and have fun! ☺

  2. Great idea! Cute puppy! Enjoy your vacation!

  3. Great tip Rumi! I wonder if Walter and Farrah will get along. Have a great time and I can't wait to try the new Indian restaurant when you get back.

  4. great tip, and Walter, he is so cute, but look at those paws, he is going to be a big boy!! relax and have a fun trip!

  5. Aww Walter looks like he'll be a real cuddle monster when he's older. Love those puppy eyes.
    Thanks for the tip.
    Enjoy your hols.

  6. Good tip Rumi...seems I am constantly licking
    my fingertips to get traction!

  7. Thanks for the tip. Walter is so cute. Have fun with the loopy puppy behaviour :0)

  8. Thanks for the tip and the puppy is so cute. Have a happy vacation and enjoy yourself.

  9. Great tip. Yeah, that is going to be one big dog.
    Have a great trip.