When I was a young thing, I was quite accident prone. After one particularly clumsy incident involving a slippery jungle gym, I ended up with a broken arm. My mother, who is extremely resourceful and clever, fashioned a temporary splint out of a rolled-up magazine tied with a pair of socks. I've always been impressed with that act of ingenuity, and I found myself inspired by it last night when I needed a seam roll for pressing my coat sleeves.
A seam roll, as you may know, is a cylindrical pressing tool for sleeves. It looks like this:
It's a simple-looking thing, isn't it? It costs $13.50, which just seems a little much to me. I'm sure it's worth it if you're a professional sleeve-presser or something. But I really don't need a $13.50 roll of stuffing gathering dust around my apartment, you know what I mean?
So, in a fit of inventiveness, I set about making my own. Taking inspiration from my mother's splint of yore, I achieved the task with an old issue of Vogue, 2 rubber bands, and 3 wadded-up socks. Voila! A seam roll. You stuff the socks down the rolled-up magazine to keep it firm while you're pressing on it. The only downside is that you need to avoid the rubber bands with your iron or you might end up with indentations. Small price to pay for a FREE seam roll, methinks! (Yes, I'm feeling quite pleased with myself right now.)
Now, I just know you must have tales of your own wacky and ingenious DIY sewing tools. Share them here, please!