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Kaizen and DfGI

3 Apr

In my post “Seven Global Concepts”, a fellow blogger explained Kaizen as a Japanese concept for continuous improvement.  DfGI or Days for Girls International grew their global influence by embracing Kaizen.  Their website explains their 25+ design revisions developing their reusable feminine hygiene kits.

https://www.daysforgirls.org

On a local level, Elfcroft applied Kaizen to the sewing room.  My cabinet with two drop leaves spans almost seven feet (great for curtain projects, etc. not so great for hundreds of DfGI items per year).  I noticed that working on DfGI kits would be easier if the machine was several inches lower.  No height adjustment is available in the machine or table.  I had the opportunity to move the machine to a sturdy, small folding table….and did just that!  The sewing cabinet is working as the cutting table (with one leaf down).  So far, so GOOD 🙂

Before

After (1)

After (2) The former coffee table (lower left) is great for staging fabric.

Another day for DfGI

5 Dec

https://www.daysforgirls.org

Here is a quick look at 160 shields in process (supporting 80 kits)…

Shields have five pieces:  Four from cotton prints and one PUL or polyurethane laminate.

Two pieces of the cotton print make the front at back of the shield (for maximum interest I choose different prints).

The other two pieces of cotton print are for “pockets”.  They are folded and topstitched before assembly.

DfGI shield before assembly

If it is not obvious, this is a LOT of cutting and ironing.

Pairs, right side facing, Grouped in 10s

End view of dozens of “pockets” folded and top stitched. Ready for assembly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here I sew again, preparing to ship in 2018.

72 done!

3 Oct

Shower caddies for the lady residents of Wheeler Mission.  This is Elfcroft’s third year to partner with friends and colleagues to give shower caddies filled with gifts at Christmas.

Five pieces cut from Outdoor, water-resistant, mildew resistant fabric from Fabricguru.com  ( (1) 11×21″, (1) 8×28″, (1) 8″ round with button holes for drainage, (2) 3″x16″ for handles; about 1/3 yard of 54″width)

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for delivery to our staging area and stuffing in early November.

From Houzz: Incredible home design from Japan

10 May

Amazing solutions to constraints!

 

Friday Photos: I Ching No. 40 Unbound

14 Apr

“Unbound” is David Hinton translation.

South lawn make over begins.

Lilac and Vibernum stumps

Day lilies, hostas and peonies:  Divided from original plantings…critical mass part 2?  Not shown:  coneflowers, asters, plumbago, iris, holly

Hop to it!

11 Apr

Spring to action!  I’ve been on a mission to have properly cleaned windows.

One part:  Fun planter (a gift from years ago) as a “bucket” for supplies

Main part:  New recipe for homemade window cleaner!!! (link below)

Three parts:  Accessories…gloves, paper towels, window scraper

All by the door, ready to “Hop to it!”

Obviously not a bucket

http://www.livingonadime.com/homemade-window-cleaner-recipe/

This says the secret ingredient is alcohol…I thought it was Dawn dishwashing soap.

2017 Recycling solution from sewing room

7 Feb

2014, I purchased flannel fabric in one to three yard lengths.  Each Days for Girls International kit includes 8 reversible, tri-fold, flannel pads.  My strategy included sewing pads from 8 different colors and patterns for each kit.  By year-end, I had over 30 types of remnants.   Variation due to cutting, shrinking from washing and fabric width created a significant amount of remnants in strips and block shapes.  I recycled these scraps into two light weight blankets.

In the three years since the original post, I tightened my strategy on purchasing flannel to reduce the waste (given my experience with shrinkage and end of bolt pieces).  The most significant change was to buy 4.5 yard lengths.  My 2017 striped flannel piece represents is a reduction of over 75% scrap.

Stripes

2014 pieced flannel strips, 18 fabrics in 18 different widths

2017 flannel recycling

2017 flannel recycling

 

 

 

From Houzz: Desks for small spaces

25 Aug

 

Unintentional…. furniture theme this month, thanks to inspiration from Houzz Ideabooks.  My August 2nd post featured a reproduction “Ice Box” used for shoe storage/dresser plus a link to “Savvy Shoe Storage”.  On August 16th, I posted a photo of a pair of upholstered barrel back chairs paired with link to “Antiques Today” from Houzz.

Here I go again.  My favorite small desk from the Houzz Ideabook is number 4, the drop-down secretary from Pottery Barn.  Surprise! maybe not… I have this small cherry drop-down writing desk of my grandfather’s in our guest room.  It is paired with a chair featuring needle point seat cover made by my mother.

Cherry writing desk

Cherry writing desk

Friday Photos: Old School

19 Aug

Old school…..decades of albums, prints (multiple sizes), boxes, negatives, framed….meets digital.  This project is brought to you by my “27 cubic feet” reduction goal (of personal papers and stuff).  Photo archives account for nearly 3 cubic feet.

  1. Sort  2.  Scan  3.  Save for others

Scan, scan, scan….also, rather than disposing of most of the vacation, birthday and holiday prints…I chose three albums to reconfigure with photos selected especially for three adult children.  Perhaps that just stalls my effort or mission.  My hope is it will bring smiles and fond memories…. without the hours of searching to find their precious moments.  😉

Albums with personalized content

Albums with personalized content

Shelved

Shelved

From Houzz: Savvy shoe storage

2 Aug

I claim using #10 and #12 plus a pocket system on bedroom door for dress shoes.  I also use this cabinet in my home away from home.  What is your system like?

Shoe storage for my home away from home (replica ice box or antique refrigerator)

Replica ice box (antique refrigerator)