I love looking at old magazines and vintage patterns. Here are two of my favorites. I have all 4 of these sewing machines (thanks to Tammi in central AB for my 99K named ‘jellybean’). It is interesting to me to see how each machine has its own personality. I have also included a closeup of their 4 different decals.
Everyone has heard the story of a quilter giving a quilt to a friend and then see her give it to the dogs on the next visit! I love my schnauzers (black & white). This quilt pattern was purchased by my friend who would like a quilt for her dog. It is mostly applique so I had to give it a try. The first image is of the pattern while the second one is the single block I put together. I used a recycled plaid shirt that was on it’s last legs. Now all I have to do is find some schnauzer applique.
I think this video is the best…lots of ideas for wearing it.
I cut this the length of the dress and 12.5 inches wide and had two pieces. Sew the two together at the short ends. Decorative stitched all the way around. Wet and knotted up. Will be a great airy crinkly summer scarf.
At the end of the day I have tight shoulders. It Must be all the computer work during the day and sewing at night. Not to mention being a mom with 2 very active kids. I put this bag together in about 5 minutes.
It is actually 2 bags, an inner one to hold the wheat (or long grain rice) and the outer flannel. My flannel was $1.50 in the clearance section and I used scrap material for the inner bag because you don’t see it.
Inner: 6.5 inch by width of fabric
Outer: 7 inch by width of fabric
Seam allowance. 1/4
Fold each piece in half and sew the perimeter, but leave a short opening for the grain in the the inner bag and a short opening in the outer to stuff the completed inner bag into. Fold the last opening edges in and sew the final seam. Don’t over fill the bag. I filled mine half way, then when all done, pushed the grain around to top sew a seam to make compartments evenly distributed.
I am going to make these for coworkers this Xmas. Easy, cheap, and can go with a ‘stress free’ themed gift!
Place in the microwave for 2 minutes or store in the freezer – and use.
My daughter has a wall of stuff in her bedroom. It started at Xmas time and she has put quite a bit of time and energy into the venture. She puts of artwork, instant pics, and anything she is ‘in to’. Last week she added a second wall. And the only word which came to mind was OMG! Her creativity inspires me!
My little girl had a pair of ripped jeans which were her favorite. No problem. I used Whitney Sews Newspaper Boy Hat tutorial and re-purposed the material. Such an easy pattern and if you ever have that special top or pant that you don’t want to part with – try it out. Here is it.
Being a quilter I haven’t explored my machine attachments…but I started to tonite. I seem to be collecting more and more with every machine purchase. The ones I am most interested in are the zipper, bias binding foot, ruffler and blind hem foot. Here is the results of the last. What I learned is you have to allow an inch or two before the material feeds thru it but the end result is a perfect finished seam. The foot works a bit better if the fabric is pressed over about 1/4 inch before going thru the foot. Now I might try the ruffler foot – looks down right scary to me but that will be for another post.
Canada Post has been leaving my purchases on my front door step instead of leaving a pick-up slip. My kids found my latest purchase after school. The most beautiful thread. Ten wonderful colors. You will be able to eye spy some vintage spools too! The order came from Connecting Threads – the homestead thread set colors.
I have download this inspiring pattern by sew4home, selected material, and cut it out. I will keep you posted. Here is the final product. My mom took it home, she has a thing for aprons and cooks ALOT.
I had the opportunity to go shopping without the kids on Sunday. I thought I would make a trip to the fabric store to buy a pattern for an upcoming ‘learn to sew’ class I am taking at my local quilt store.
I left too early and found myself with half-an-hour to fill. I stopped into an antique shop – just to look (or that is what I told myself). It was filled with colors and memories of childhood with vintage toys & teacups. When I went to the basement, I spotted a sewing machine case. I spotted the word ‘singer’ in the handle and expected the typical black machine I am use to seeing.
To my surprise, I found my little green machine. And it was marked down to $20. It is a 3/4 portable, all metal construction model 185J. It appeared to be in great condition with the exception of the belt being stiff as a statue which prevented it from sewing and a rusted out foot pedal! Both quick fixes, but I walked away.
I was at the exit and almost to the truck when I thought, what if I skip the fabric store to save this machine? So I that is how ended up with him. My daughter name him ‘oliver’
Last Christmas I went crazy making sock monkeys. I few things to keep in mind. Buy ladies 100% cotton work socks – it helps keep really nice proportions on the monkeys. The dark one even has a diamond earring in. It is my sons and he had an extra one at the time – he has since taken it out. I used merina wool for the eyes to keep it kidlet friendly. I used the directions provided on this website: http://vintagesockmonkey.com/Sock_Monkey_Modern_Pattern.html
I admit I have a thing for sewing machines. It could be worse. Here is my collection so far: PFAFF 2056 – This is a computerized wonder which has not let me down. I had to finance this one and … Continue reading →