I am working on the Sassy Librarian Blouse. It has 8 darts and its suggested to use a ham for shaping the darts. In the spirit of make-do I thought I would find a tutorial on creating one. Here is the link & my finished results.
This is the fabric I have chosen for my Sassy Librarian Blouse. An online craftsy course I am enrolled in.
Purchased a beautiful handmade walnut sewing box from Treadle & Treasures! It came unfinished so I just oiled it with a small amount of olive oil. It also has a handy side area for notions. Wonderfully hand-crafted and a perfect fit.
My schnauzer doesnt look like she likes my new wallet. The tutorial is located at sew4home: http://www.sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/necessities-go-mini-clutch-simple-marks-moda-fabrics
I made this iPhone sleeve based on the ‘Easy iPhone Sleeve Tutorial‘ from ‘The dog under my desk’ blog. I also use one to carry my debit/credit card. She also has a great ear bud holder or coin purse. which is so cute and mini! I always find my ear buds crumbled in the draw and swear under my breath when I have to untangle. Here is the front & back.
Made this pincushion from a youtube video. It looks so pretty in my favorite tea cup. http://youtu.be/UgBwiGUE5Dw
The fabric was purchased near the Teddy Roosevelt National Park. That day a herd of buffalo wandered thru our campsite at Cottonwood. So when I went to the local town’s quilt shop and spotted this buffalo batik, I new it was a sign. Didn’t use the material for a long time and finally cut into it. I used a basic star block. Added 2 inch sashing and spent the extra time hand quilting this because it is very small.
Found this adorable free pattern on Prudent Baby’s blog. I have made a dozen of this hats. Here is the location of the online tutorial. She has great instructions. I use them for baby gifts because my kidlets are tweens.
I put together this bag based on a pattern I found at this website. It is lined with a $0.99 plastic table cloth which I cut for the lining so if anything spills it could be wiped up quickly. I like the square shape.
Love this pamphlet from 40s. My mom & dad lived thru WWII in a German occupied Holland and my father served in the front lines of the Dutch army. My mom still maintains this mentality in her daily life. Make DO & Mend.
I have made quite a few coffee filters, so I just need to wash and reuse. I just traced a paper one…its not lined, but my cup of joe doesn’t care.
I spent the morning cleaning, oiling, and fixing this beautiful machine. It sews at such a quiet volume and has a variety of stitches, including hem & zig-zag. I heard this machine is known as ‘My Fair Lady’ and was released at the 1964 Worlds Fair. Doesn’t remind me much of a lady…more of a 60s car with all the chrome details.
I had fun making Heather Baileys design….http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2008/07/some-of-you-may.html
This has to be the handiest invention ever. The consistent, perfect buttonholes blow my 3 step computerized machine out of the water. When I first got this contraption I had no idea how to use. It sat in the box for 6 months. I had heard that they do make the best & consistent button holes so I thought I would try to find a ‘how to’ video on YouTube.
- YOUTUBE – The video which helped me the most is here. (you just have to get past the bad audio!)
Here is mine in action – perfect button holes in less than 50 seconds
I somehow ended up with 2 vintage singer button holers and several templates. The one I am missing is the eyelet template which I will keep an eye out for on ebay. My sample below was twice around with the contraption, but I was using a super thin silky thread, so next time it will be 3 times around.