Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fun things

I made these pillows last year for the kids for Christmas.  They were so much fun to make:

Design from

 These were for teen girls and they love them.  The picture always shows wrinkles I don't see until I take a picture.

These are the ones I made for the little people.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Did you get in on the fad?

Not sure if calling it a fad is the right word.  All of the sudden, these fabric bowls were the hot new thing.  Everyone seemed to have come up with a tutorial, or a pattern for making these.

If made with all cotton fabric, thread and padding, they are supposed to be safe in the microwave, for a limited amount of time.

Actually, I was going to pass.  Then a request from my granddaughter and it was time to make the bowls. I went ahead and bought a pattern, even though there are several free tutorials on line.

I just made a set of these for my son.  They are pretty quick, and certainly a stash buster.

This is the set that went to my granddaughter.  She uses them when he heats food for Madi, my great granddaughter.

How about you?  did you make any of the bowls?  I hear they are still at this years bazzars.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Back to the machine

Headed back to the sewing machine and the world of creativity that I love. 

This will be short!   Just a way to get back into doing what I enjoy.  Life I can throw curve balls and you either learn to hit them or walk away.

My last project:   The popular fabric bowls.

Until tomorrow!!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lining a Top

 As I re enter the sewing room. I am going through ideas that make sewing so much easier for me.  Don't be afraid to change the pattern directions.  You might want to write on the pattern that changes were made, so the next time you use the pattern you will remember the changes.

I started summer sewing, Ya for me!!  The top I started to make for Zoe is McCall's M5573.  Reading the instruction sheet, the first thing I see I will change is the way the top is lined.  Now they have instructions to sew the lining together, then sew the top together. Sew the lining in leaving the shoulders unsewn.  Then you are supposed to sew the top and slip stitch the lining UGH!!  This method has never worked out for me. So I will show you my method to having a lining neat on the inside.

This is the method I was trying to explain.  Now lets do it a better way.

Sew the shoulder seams of both the fashion fabric and the lining. Then lay the pieces right side together and stitch up the front, around the neck edge and sew the armhole. You will be leaving the side seams open at this point.

Now, trim and clip your seams. I like to use pinking shears so I trim and clip all in one operation.

Hard  to get a good picture for you. You will reach up the open back and pull the front through the shoulder.
You can see where one side has been turned. Repeat for the other side.

There, you now have the lining turned. Remember the side seams are still open, so we will finish those next.

Meet fabric to fabric and lining to lining and sew in one continuous seam. Finish seam, press and you have a nice neat lined top.

Finished-- You can use this method anytime the back or front is two pieces, which is most of the time.

Thursday, April 12, 2018


                    Still an Iron on

German interfacing, is the choice for heirloom sewing or the times you are sewing on a soft fabric, you want the fabric to have body, but still remain soft.

Yes, this looks wrinkled and out of control but! you can not iron this interfacing until you iron it to your fabric.  It is batiste fabric with a backing that is the glue that adheres to your fabric.

 It does shrink. so when you get it, soak it in hot water. Carefully remove and wrap in a towel to get the moisture out, then hang to dry.  Remember, this has a glue backing.

 I will be using this interfacing, to face the brim of my bonnet. 

                              Not layed out perfect yet, but to show 
                              I use every little piece of this interfacing, 
                              also, the interfacing is batiste, so it has
                              a grain line. I will need to lay this out

 I am hoping, when it is together, that will be the brim to my bonnet.
German interfacing has a lot of uses, I love it.  One more thing if you love smocking, is to iron it on your fabric before pleating it.  You will have nice pleats that stand up and look full.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


                                Bad Rap

Iron on interfacing has gotten a bad rap through the years.
Personally, I like it very much, but, you have to apply it correctly.

Not all brands are the same, so the first thing you will want to do, is to make a sample.  You will use the same fabric that your project will be made from.

Cut a 4"x4" square of your interfacing. Placing it on a surface that can take heat, such as an ironing pad, steam the piece.  DO NOT!  touch the iron to the interfacing, hold the iron above the piece and then hit it with steam.  what you are doing is preshrinking. Now, not all pieces will shrink. but it is better to find out now.

 Now, cut a 4"x4" square of the fabric you plan to use for your finished project.

 Apply the interfacing to the wrong side, using lots of steam, I even use a damp press cloth.  Hold the iron on the fabric for at least 10-12 seconds.  Do not slide the iron, just use some pressure and steam.

                            Now, check the results

 Is it smooth?  do you like the feel of the interfaced fabric?
If you are happy with the results then go ahead and use this interfacing on your project.  
There is a variety of weights and also different companies to chose from.  Just take a few minutes to do a sample.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


                                             BEING CREATIVE 

 Part of my healing therapy is sewing and creating.  As Steve gets better, I also need to do something creative to help me keep my sanity. 

so, not to exciting but to let you know I am working in the sewing room bit by bit.  I am making microwave bowls!!

 These bowls were made by my friend Karen.  I love the fabric.

 These are mine!!  the fabric is called "Life is just a bowl of cherries"   I also made the place mats as a gift.

So, that is where I am at right now, chugging along the best I can.