Thursday, April 23, 2015

Brand Rep Search for TrashN2Tees

I'm rolling out a new program for the Spring/Summer seasons and inviting real life families and/or bloggers to join in! Today I'll be opening up a "brand rep search" on Instagram- where I'm looking to find 3 kids (probably boys- but I'm 100% for equal opportunity so bring it on little ladies!) between 12m and 10 years of age to participate in collaborative exchange. I will send the selected kids over $150 worth of ready to ship TrashN2Tees t-shirts with an opportunity to design their own custom order. In return- I am looking for quality photos and content shared online. I'll get down to the specifics later in this post.

If you're already familiar with the TrashN2Tees brand, welcome back & thank you for your continued support! For those who are just being introduced to my brand, please give me a few moments to tell you a little bit about what I do here. TrashN2Tees was born of my frustration for the serious lack of cool boy clothing- I am always on the look out for tees that reflect my two sons personalities. I was tired of fire trucks, teddy bears, and mini store billboards across the chest of every shirt being offered on the market. I believe kids have their own voice, and their own identity- and I hope that my designs can help voice that. In 2010, I started designing and sewing my own clothes. Paired with my background in environmental science and passion to make a positive difference in the world, I began creating one of kind shirts using outgrown or unwanted clothing. TrashN2Tees allowed me to raise awareness about reuse and textile recycling. Each original design is hand drawn, hand cut, and meticulously sewn into place providing you with a high quality heirloom piece that will withstand a monster truck mud bath and will be a hand me down favorite full of memories for the years to come. 

Since then, TrashN2Tees has expanded to include many facets; hands on reuse workshops, patterns, an embroidery applique line, and I just published my first book: The Upcycled T-shirt. But of all this- I'm most proud to include our nationwide clothing recycling program. Check out the diagram above to see how we're able to close the loop! To date we have diverted more than 475,000 lbs of clothing from our landfills.
Ecofest/NYC Times Square Fashion Show

I design for families who are on the go and who like to have fun & explore the world together! My hope is to connect with real people, who live real everyday lives (the good, the bad, the messy.) If you're interested in representing TrashN2Tees, creating a buzz, and can share quality photographs then please join me!

I will select up to 4 brand ambassadors (I don't like the word reps- to me this is a collaborative process and we'll work closely together!) who in exchange for merchandise are agreeing to post/tag @TrashN2Tees 2 different pictures per product within a 6 month period. (Example: if you receive 3 tshirts, that would = 6 individual posts/tags) In addition to the exchange of product I will also ask you for feedback/ideas and offer an option to vote on new product line designs. There are opportunities based on geographical location for runway shows, photoshoots, and appearance which you will have access and invites to join us.

I will not be choosing kid ambassadors based on their looks, duh! I know they're all going to be adorable and handsome and gah! I'll probably want to squeeze someones cheeks! I'm interested in well lit and naturally styled photographs. Head over to Instagram: Follow @TrashN2Tees // Repost the Brand Ambassador Image on your IG account // and Tag up to 3 recent pictures  #TN2TRepSearch daily to be entered to win! Bonus if you take a moment to introduce yourself with a comment and say hello!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cameo Portrait Pillow DIY for Mother's Day

Cameo Pillow Cover DIY Gift for Mother's Day

 Have you ever struggled to come up with a quick and easy to make gift- that actually means something? I'm a firm believer that you can't go wrong with a thoughtful and sentimental gift. Usually for Mother's Day I get a candle... this year I'm took it upon myself to make and gift myself something I'll cherish for years to come. (Gotta do whatcha gotta do right?) Today on We All Sew I'm sharing a tutorial to create a cameo portrait pillow from a photograph. There are no special fabric cutting machines or software needed to design, cut out, and sew a stunning throw pillow- and if you purchase a pre-made pillow cover this entire project can be done in under an hour. 

Have you ever gifted yourself something on Mother's Day? Leave a comment and tell me what your ideal day looks like & how you hope to spend it. And if you need a 'not-so-subtle' way to tell your significant other what you want click the tweet button below and add @yourhubbystwitterhandle!
Tweet: Have you seen @TrashN2Tees DIY Cameo Portrait pillow- perfect for Mother's Day?

Monday, April 20, 2015

What'll It Be Tee? Gnome Applique Design

Last week I asked- what'll be? And let the people of IG decide the fate for this bitty tee. I always love sharing in the design process and most often for me that comes along in the form of customer collaborations. I shared a few of my favorites in a blog post not long ago. I love hearing your ideas and this one didn't disappoint. A gnome wearing a gnome t-shirt.

I might've mention he really reminds me of Jerry Garcia. The little gnome guy on the tee- is just over an inch tall. Talk about some teeny tiny cutting action!? You'll find this shirt and more in the shop and ready to ship For more information about placing a custom design order you can email me directly at Jenelle at TrashN2Tees dot com or visit the website for details!

Friday, April 10, 2015

#Tips2Sew: Using the Automatic Threader on Sewing Machine

Every Tuesday I share a tip or sewing related trick on Instagram. They're geared toward everyone from sewing enthusiasts to some one who is just learning how to sew- you can find all of them by searching #tips2sew and don't miss out on any more by following @TrashN2Tees

This week I posted a mini video demonstrating how to thread your machine needle using BERNINA's automatic threader. A few of my readers had mentioned they had trouble using the threader mechanism and I could completely relate. For the first few months of having my 350PE I couldn't for the life of me figure out the needle threader. I had asked a few different people to show me how to use it- when I went to Aurora, Illinois to visit the corporate HQ I even looked around to make sure no one was watching me when I threaded my machine. Turns out, I was over thinking it all along.

If you watch the video and find you're still having trouble threading the machine with it's automatic threader: first check to ensure that the needle itself is all the way in the upright position.

image credit: sew review 
Next slowly push down on mechanism and watch as the arm swings around- carefully take notice to see if a tiny wire pokes through the needle eye. This wire is what grabs a hold of your thread and pulls it through. If you've repeatedly accidentally abused the needle threader the wire can become misshapen and will need to be replaced.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Machine Embroidery: How I Got Started

Embroidered Boot Cuff Tutorial// TrashN2Tees
Have you ever considered investing in an embroidery machine? I'm excited to share some of my personal insights into the world of machine embroidery because quite honestly it's not an aspect of sewing I thought I would love so much. The past few months have had me exploring and expanding my horizons for TrashN2Tees design, creative outlets, and getting to know the full process from concept to design and digitizing.

First the juicy details- I'm currently sewing on a BERNINA B580 which is suiting my needs wonderfully- because I already had a love affair with my 350PE the user interface is really is easy to use and the command icons are universally recognizable. No matter your budget or initial desire of embroidery capabilities- I urge you to read on.

I certainly have had a preconception that embroidery designs are stuffy and dare I say old fashioned. When people ask me about my work and I mention applique... they assume satin stitched froo froo designs. I automatically take offense to that. I appreciate the craftsmanship, effort, time, design- but it's not my forte. Not my style.

What changed? Last summer I was invited to BU where I taught the Washi Tape Fabric / Mixed Media Sewing Journal class on an entry level dual sewing/embroidery machine. I tinkered around with the module stitching out a few of my favorite Urban Threads designs. Pictured here is free standing lace (also known as FSL embroidery if you want to google that) bat- did you read that... you can make lace! It's stitched out on a water soluble product, when it's done you submerge the water in lukewarm water and what's left behind is a lace bat.

Cutwork Tool Demo // Sewapalooza Event-NJ 
But.. then, I had also learned about cut work. Sounds cool right? Well it is! It's essentially a cutting blade that you put in place of your sewing needle on the machine and it will cut out fabric/wood/thin metal etc based on BERNINA designs you upload on your machine. Check out this great video for an overview and see how easy it is-

Next on my list of things of personal challenges- is/was to take on cross stitching. Yep, you can do that too with machine embroidery. Who knew? 
Cross Stitch Embroidery via TrashN2Tees 
I know I still have so much to learn about machine embroidery but it excites me to think about the possibilities for design layering and unique elements that are now available for me to add to my TrashN2Tees. You'll find me experimenting with techniques and mediums around the web- here with tutorials on the blog or over at WeAllSew. I'm lucky to have mentors like Lisa Archer of Pickled Pie Designs and Sarah Vedeler  (plus many more!) who are there to help me along in the process-  If you're looking for specific tips or tutorials related to machine embroidery or buying a machine please let me know, I'm always happy to help you find the answers you need. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Making My Way to Craftcation

Right now it's a balmy 38 degrees outside, I'm grateful for the warm beam of sunshine peeking through my bay window- but in exactly 24 hours I'll be 2,880 miles away in sunny Ventura Beach, California. We're getting ready to kick of the Craftcation Conference 2015 hosted by Delilah and Nicole of Dear Handmade Life. Join my journey across the country & connecting with makers to learn new techniques, getting some real life tips on balancing work/life, and so much more- I'll be updating mostly on @TrashN2Tees on Instagram. Be sure to check out the BERNINA USA Facebook page to catch a glimpse of my classes in action!
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