New to sewing, have a few questions!
My husband bought me a Babylock machine about 9 years ago for Christmas (at my request, not one of those gifts where the husband gets his wife a vacuum cleaner!!!) and has teased me mercilessly because I hadn't so much as taken it out of the box until a few weeks ago.
I found a beautiful bedding set at Macy's but had no plan to spend $415 for a duvet, $185 for sheets, $90 for pillowcases, $145 for decorative shams, etc. so I bought the sheets on eBay for about $40 each and my size (king) duvet cover for $100 and a queen one for $85.
I cut up the ones I didn't plan on using as my sheet set and made pillowcases out of them (I can get about 12 pillowcases from one sheet for $40, another 8 king size pillowcases for about $40 and about 20 shams for $85 from the duvet. I am going to sell them on eBay.
Sorry for the ramble, my question is this: how should I do the back? I will sell the shams flat with no pillow (the cost to ship is much more than if they go to a fabric store and pick one up) but I need a good fabric for the back, I want it different from the front, perhaps a sateen type in the same shade. The material I have is Calvin Klein and is 100% cotton (I prewashed it) and I am thinking of making it with a slit across the middle of the back, envelope style, and perhaps a button to stuff the pillow in.
Another question is what can I use to mark where I want to cut the fabric so I get an even line? I have been using a tape measure and marking every few inches or so and cutting to each point, but there has to be something to draw a line to keep the cuts straighter, or even a cutter like an exacto knife which I am very familiar with.
Also, any hints, tips, ANYTHING would be helpful to me! What gadgets and must-haves do I need for my sewing basket? I love to sew, haven't since I was a kid and am super excited to rejoin. We have a JoAnn Fabric and crafts near us, so that is probably where I will do most of my shopping.
I hope to become a regular here!