Kat’s favorite five sewing notions for 2020.
A new year is here!! It’s time to clean up the sewing area and start brainstorming projects for 2020. Before I dive into another fresh year of sewing, I like to share my annual 5 latest “must have” tools and notions for doll clothes sewing (or any sewing really!) These simple tools can make sewing smaller doll clothes a little easier and you can find all of them on Amazon. Click here to see my list from 2019, and here to see my lists from 2018 and 2017.
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Add these must have sewing notions to your sewing box this year.
1. Cricut Mini Press –
Oh my goodness!! Have you seen the newest member of the Cricut Heat Press family? The Cricut Mini was truly made for us doll clothes makers!! It’s so cute!!! Click HERE to see it… its tiny size is perfect for doll tees and dresses and will give you more heat and more control for tiny projects! Use the extensive CRICUT LIBRARY to choose the perfect design for your next doll project. See an easy tutorial for adding Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) to your projects HERE. You usually can’t beat the cricut.com pricing and sales, but the mini press is also available on Amazon.
I first heard about this ironing spray product from a quilting friend. It is listed as a clear starch and sizing alternative. I purchase it on Amazon, but you can also find it in Joann’s and other stores where you might be able to use a coupon. When I’m putting a press on fabric that was folded (like on the bolt), this spray helps me get rid of that stubborn fold line. It also gives a nice, neat finish to all of your doll clothes and has a fresh scent (so many scent choices – I like the citrus.)
3. Basting Tape –
This stuff falls into the category of where have you been all of my life? Also sometimes called Wonder Tape, this double sided tape comes in a few different sizes. The 1/8th and 1/4th inch are perfect for doll clothes. You will find so many ways to use it to help take your sewing to the next level. I use it when turning in the sides of tiny pockets, then again to hold the pocket in place instead of pins as I attach it to my garment. I use it to attach small laces and trims as well as keeping the tiny laces in place like while I sew the front placket on the Spring Shine Dress. Stock up on a few rolls and you’ll find you reach for it over and over again.
I had to search for the official name of these hourglass shaped pipe cleaners. I keep a package of them next to my sewing machine. They are great to bend in shape and use to clean out around your bobbin case and under your throat plate. You don’t want to force the fuzz farther in, and these great little wipers grab that lint and let you easily pull it out. Plus, they come in lots of assorted colors! 🙂
Use these sewing notions to sew doll clothes.
Recently, in a Facebook group I belong to, someone asked a question about storing trims, ribbons, lace, buttons and more. I shared this Plastic CASE that I sorted my mini items into. I bought two, one CLEAR, and one COLORED, to make it easier to grab the green items by grabbing the green box. These little boxes are designed to hold 4×6 photographs, and they work great for that too!! But I find myself constantly looking for my sewing notions by color not by type, so this organization works perfectly for me. I have sorted all of my doll size buttons into little plastic jewelry bags (like these) by shade of each color. Any tiny buttons, flowers, bows, or other appliques I might use to decorate doll clothes are all neatly sorted here by color, and with so many boxes, I can have one box for light pink and another for hot pink. I also have larger, 12×12 bins that hold my bias tapes, ribbons, laces, and such, also sorted by color. These bins are large enough to hold 2-3 colors each. The key to any organizational system is to be able to know what you have, put your hands on it, and use it. This works great for me!! (These photo boxes are also great to store accessories like sunglasses, hair clips, smaller doll shoes, socks, and more!)
The best sewing notions you need for doll clothes sewing in 2020.
So there’s my Favorite Five for 2020. Use these few tools to make sewing your doll clothes a little easier and a little more fun. We’re going to have a great sewing year ahead, stop by again soon! Click the images below to see my other Top 5 Lists! Pin these links for later!