The New Year

It has been about 1 year since I started my sewing blog! I have made so many things from small projects (zippered bags, bento box, scarfs) to clothes (archers multiple like rabbits, sorbettos, knit Ts, hoodies, cowl shirt and yoga pants).

Joined a few sew-a-longs and made a few swaps with other bloggers! And met some wonderful sewists!

I ve enjoyed the new Bernina and also picked up a few singer keepers which I just can’t part with.

Thought I would start my year off by committing to the wardrobe architect project, over at Collette’s blog. I need help & planning in that department.

The Wardrobe Architect

Craftsy, Sew Better, Sew Faster

I have mixed feelings about the consumerism of Black Friday.

But I had a moment of weakness on Thursday. My seamless pledge was holding strong until I bought two pairs of jeans from Old Navy for $15.

The only places I plan to visit to make a purchase today is the fabricstore, and to buy a bottle of Las Moras shiraz.

I plan on finishing another archer this weekend. (which is so outta character for me – not). This version has a major pattern mis-match of the plaid on the front. Tradgic for my OCD, but Im ok with this mistake.

If you havent gone over to Craftsy – stop reading this post and buy yourself another class. You cant go wrong with everything listed as $19.99 (my consumerism weakness is showing). Yesterday I purchased the Sew Better, Sew Faster by Janet Pray.

This class is chalked full of learning opportunities. (Yes, I watched all 8 lessons at once!) She has a ton of tips which are awesome. And she really explains the ‘why’ behind these tips.
I am waiting for my hard-copy jacket to arrive in the mail. The project is an unlined demin jacket with a large amount of top stitching and welted pockets.

I cant wait to get started on this project!


Needle book

In the summer, I was part of a notion swap for the sew weekly reunion. I made a needle book for a swap gift, but never got around to posting about it. Didn’t want to give anything away. This morning, I was about to make another, and realized I didn’t have a post I could look back on.

Here is the tutorial I used to make my book:

Another with a D link which looks interesting:

I also found this incredible project. It would take me months to complete….but I do need something like this for my sewing machine needles particularly. I love the colors chosen and how it is combined with a more natural linen:




Cold Feet? Warm Hands

I had so much fun this weekend making felt wool mitts. I went down to my local thrift shop and purchased 3 wool sweaters. I never really looked at these before and the average price is around $6.99. I bought 3 for a total of $20. Washed in hot, dried in hot and they came out infant sized. I managed to cut out 4 mitts.

They involved 4 pattern pieces and were very easy to sew together. The thickness of the cuff got me crazy in the first pair, so I opted for a blanket stitch when making the second. I never attempted this stitch before and it was a comedy of errors! But I finally got the hang of it.

I lined them with super soft fleece and they are ultra warm.

I will be keeping my eye out for sweaters as the 100% wool were tricky to find. But I wonder what would happen if a slashed a 100% wool chevron mens suit jacket instead of a sweater? Hmmmmm….maybe another weekend.

Here is the pattern and instructions. Its free!

My girl friends sister sells her wool mitts for $40. I can see why – the wool can get pricey but they are super warm.




A Warm Mindless Project

A very long scarf all curled up. I had to do something while watching 3 episodes of Shameless. The US version is very entertaining.

Cast 28
K4, P2, K2 til the end
Repeat until super long
It ends up stretchy because of the rib stitch.

A very mindless knit – just like I need if I am concentrating on the tv plot.

Does anyone have a mindless craft they do while watching tv? I’ve tried hand stitching hexies but nothing else other than the odd scarf.






a soft leather slipper or shoe, strictly one without a separate heel, having the sole turned up on all sides and sewn to the upper in a simple gathered seam, in a style originating among North American Indians.

I received the verbal instructions and the 5 cut out pieces for a ladies size 7 & 9. In the indigenous way of knowing, I only have verbal instructions.

I have a remnant and have my pair cut. The plan is to work on them on the weekend. Have to find some fur – or maybe my pair will be furless.

Here are some pics of my verbal lesson.






And here are the start of mine.




My son has claimed the newly created pillow. And since learning how to use my #20 Bernina foot, zig-zag, and lowered feed dogs, I dont think I will ever sew a button by hand again! Love that feature. Also used a hidden zipper at the bottom.



Bean Bags or Pattern Weights, Saltspring Dress Hem and other Thoughts

Twelve more bean bags to go for a friend. I ran out of split peas. They would make handy pattern weights.

And my little boy just attempted to hem mark my Saltspring dress and I fear its crooked 🙂 He is 10, a true helper and very careful. I think I will have to think of another solution. I so wish I had a dress form for times like this. Although he liked to stab the pins through the metal hem marker and play with the magnetic pin weight. I was standing for a really long time.

I also need to find a solid thin, neutral brown, black or grey – summer, cotton sweater to wear with the dress – to off set these large flowers. My next Saltspring will be tamer!

I learned so much with this sew-a-long. How to handle slippery fabric, how to underline and line. How to omit the zip 🙂



Sewing With Knits

This is the class that really got me started sewing. Being a quilter, I was afraid of knit material before this class. I also was having fit issues with wovens which can be very discouraging for a newbie.

This class is very worth the $30 dollars. I have made numerous hoodies (3), the slice dress (so comfy), several skirts (3), the pants and the shorts. You get 5 patterns with the class but Meg includes mods for shorts, skorts, and capris – so there are 8 patterns.

They are forgiving patterns, and her videos are very detailed so anyone without sewing experience could have a comfy item in a weekend.

Here is the class and here is a sample of the skirt – so easy!

I used a grey athletic non wrinkle fabric – feels great against the skin and washes awesome. Plus the waist band is double fabric folded and sucks in my gut – love that. The pants have the same waist so thats a bonus. I used a subtle navy chevron, but dont have a pic.


Saltspring – Sew – A – Long

My Sewaholic Saltspring Dress bodice is complete – lining and all. I have never attempted lining before! Caroline’s sew-a-long instructions are so very helpful. I went with the wider strap instead of the spaggetti style. The bottom of the dress instructions will be posted on Wednesday – cant wait.

Sure wish I had a dress form – but my lamp will have to do for the photo shoot.



Another Bag!


I have finally ran out of silk ties to sew with. All I have left are 2 inch squares. After making a large bag from my favorites, I also made a small bag for my mom’s birthday – Forgot to snap a photo. This is the final bag which is a combination of up cycled navy trousers and the last of the ties. I like the colors. The pattern is super easy and not sure how many more bags will be a result. I seem to have brain lock on making these bags. And other ideas of how I can re use ties to add accents garments or other projects are swimming in my head. Taking suggestions on something else to create?

I used the retired pattern by Michelle’s patterns – the cross over bag.


I found this pattern online and needed a small project for tonight. I had some really great material with scanned barcode images that lends itself to shopping and money. The holder was meant for a small pad of paper but who writes stuff down anymore! I have been using ‘notes’ in the cloud.

Here are pics of the inside and out. I travel lite with very few cards – can’t be bothered with locality programs.



Sewing Pocket

I have a sewing class and needed a quick container to store my supplies in. The mini mat didn’t fit in my shoe box so I decided to create something my self. I was inspired by a link which a user on the quilting board posted. They wanted $8.00 for the pattern so I thought I would eyeball it. Here is what resulted. Taking this and a small zippered pouch for tiny odds & ends.




I found this pattern by ‘Two Peas In A Pod Designs’ on Pinterest and made a few of these so far. I sew with a pair of snips on a lanyard and was in the market for a new one. These would be cute in themed fabric for a child’s house key, or teacher gift. I treated myself to a pair of 4inch gingher scissors for mine. They are still stuck in postal land but hopefully will arrive soon. The lanyards take all about 10 minutes to make and I use the hardware they sell for the Superstore carts coins, so I can easily remove whatever item I have hanging!



Make Do & Mend

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.


Sock Monkeys

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: