Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog, New Creation Sewing!  I’m so excited you’re reading this post and hope I can capture your attention in the days and weeks to come.   My hope is that you are as inspired and excited about sewing as I am.

 Sewing is a passion for me and I hope you’ll join me for the coming posts.

You can see some of my work in my Etsy Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/NewCreationSewing.   

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And on Twitter:  @NewCreationSew

I love comments!  Please feel free to leave one with comments or tips, but please be respectful of others in doing so.  Thanks for reading!

Fabric Haul

I thought I’d share the largest haul of fabric I’ve ever done in one trip to Joann’s!

I walked away with 31 yards of fabric, about half of it is flannel and the other half is great cotton fabric.

The winner of my facebook giveaway  will receive one reusable sandwich and one reusable snack bag in their choice of fabric! The winner will be announced on June 15, 2015, so enter quickly.

Enjoy!

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Jeans to New Creations!

If you can’t tell, I’m on a bit of an upcycled denim kick.  You can view my previous denim post here.

This past week I designed and created another new creation out of the stacks of jeans patiently waiting in my sewing room.

This time I create an insulated lunch tote.

I think the design came out great for the first try and I plan to re-vamp it a bit.

The great thing about this bag is that it can be made in a variety of fabrics and still be pretty and functional.  And who doesn’t want both?

Just to share, the front pocket will be made much larger next time!  I didn’t take into account the gusset and most of the pocket is on the bottom of the bag…oops.

Do you like this bag?  What about the embroidered butterfly?  My machine is awesome and I can embroider lots of things!  Let me know what you like or dislike about this prototype.  I’m really excited about it.

A word of caution:  If you attempt to sew  denim, be sure to use your denim needle, otherwise you might break two or three (I might be speaking from experience!).

Happy Looking!

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Eco-Friendly Projects

Do you know that American’s send 11 million tons of used textiles to landfills each year?  Many of these items are in great condition and simply get tossed into the trash can.  This averages out to about 65 pounds of textiles (clothing. linens, fabrics, etc) that head straight to the landfill.

Further, are you aware that synthetic (man-made fabrics) take many years to decompose (if they decompose at all-think about it, polyester is made from plastic water bottles and thus is essentially plastic).   It can take 30-40 years for nylon to decompose whereas cotton takes about 1-6 months.  (Clothing decomposes faster if it is cut into stripes).

Imagine, if you will, taking these unwanted textiles/clothing and turning them into something useful-a new creation!

Here are some pictures of jeans that have been rescued from the Goodlwill and upcycled.  What do you upcycle?  And which of these is your favorite (these will make their way into my Etsy shop soon!).  Thanks for stopping by.  Check back for more eco-friendly and upcycled posts!

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A New Direction

Have you ever had a goal that was unmet?  Or ever run into a brick wall after racking your brain and trying so hard?

I’d say that was me a few weeks ago.  New Creation Sewing was born in the Spring of 2013 and I began listing (and selling) items in my Etsy shop.  Last year my sales increased (not only through Etsy but via word of mouth).  I did some number crunching in January and realized that my sales and expenses broke even (almost exactly!).   Although breaking even for your first year of business is a good thing (many businesses take a loss), I decided I needed help.  I want to take New Creation Sewing to the next level.

So I made an appointment with the Small Business Development Center.  I met with a wonderful business owner with tons of experience.  She had wonderful advice.  Nancy asked the all important “how much money do you want to make?” question.  So I gave her an answer.  And she didn’t gasp.  She didn’t fall over.  She didn’t say “that’s impossible for your line of business.”

She looked at me and said that was completely doable (my words; not hers).  She believes in my business but also let me in on a secret;  I need a business plan.

A year ago those words confused me.  Why?  What is it for?  Financial Projections?  Ideal Customer?  It was intimidating to say the least.

But I was ready to hear Nancy’s words.  So ready in fact, that last week my entire family was sick (we had this nasty cold thing) and about all I could do was read and think…and write.

So my business is in a new phase:  I call it Business Plan 101.  Start up again.  And I am amazed at how many new ideas are coming to me.  I am amazed at the clarity and understanding I have.  The business plan is finally making sense.

I’m no expert and will be meeting with Nancy again.  I will present her with my version of a business plan.  Hopefully it contains all the right parts.  Once my plan is solidified, changes are coming.  Many changes to my shop, marketing, and just the way I view life.

In the midst of this planning when I feel that I can’t, I just remember my favorite Bible Verse:  “I can do all things through Christ who Strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13.

So stay tuned and see what’s in store.   I want to know:  Have you written a business plan?  How long did it take?  How much help did you need?  Any advice is appreciated!