Saturday, December 19, 2015

My Needle Book

After watching several needle book videos, this is what I created. Some of the items will probably be removed as it is rather thick.

Front with lace, buttons, and a flower.

Elastic was used as the button closure.


This is the last of my mother's sewing labels. She passed in 1989.
Double Needle and extra machine needles
I used pieces of felt, pinking shears, lace, buttons, lace, and lots of hot glue.

One must have safety pins.
A few more pins.

I just played with this needle threader. Maybe it has a place in my world.

I glued the needle case onto a flower.
I love these clips.
This was a fun project. Next I need to make some scrap bowl to catch all of the threads and clippings!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It's All About the Grands!

For the Santa hat chair covers I used cotton fabric, but they would be nice in fleece.There is an online tutorial available. The table cloth was made by my mom who passed in 1989. It is cotton with 5" lace.

These are envelope pillows. Instead of making pillow shams for the beds, I made one pillow. There are online tutorials available. The granny square cloth on the table is a few years old. The little doll on the sofa is a gift from a parent from my teaching days.

This is the same fabric from the pillows. I cut them into squares and positioned them on a newly purchased shower curtain and towels.

I needed a tree skirt for this new tree. It's 18 inches around. I decided to put my kids and grandkids pictures that are normally on the big tree on this newly purchased tree. Yes, they are so special.

I did this for the gate.
I have a beautiful apron pattern, but I was putting an apron away after doing the laundry so I traced it. I also took the Kelly green one that I traced and cover the writing with some of this same fabric. I made a pocket with red across the top. Today, I purchased some Insul-Bright needled insulated lining for the pot holder that I'm creating. I'm almost ready!

 If I would stop thinking of things to make I could end this Christmas sewing chapter.

Monday, December 7, 2015

It's so peachy!

My very first scrap quilt and it's for charity. Now I know why they are so expensive with over 25 hours of work using a sewing machine. I can't begin to imagine making using only hand stitching. It was fun.

 This is the back design.  It was pieced using 5" squares that my granddaughter help cut.

The binding was being added to the quilt.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Black Jacket!

Pattern: Butterick 5719 Princess style jacket.
Fabric: Black Brushed Twill Poly Medium Weight
Lining: Polyester

The same jacket here. This is the second time that I've tried to satisfy my desire for a new black jacket. I've given away these pants as well as the jacket to the same friend. I forgot to adjust the jacket sleeve length which are too long and the jacket was too large. Maybe I'll get a black jacket before the cold season passes.

I used the technique for lining the jacket that was on the pattern. This is for the sleeves and the bodice so I didn't want to take the time to redo it.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Evening of Fun!

   Pattern: Simplicity 1805 top that was altered to make a dress.

Fabric: Black Ruffle Stipe Knit from Fabric Mart for a total of $4.80. It's nice to be able to whip up a simple dress for special occasions. It's better to plan ahead, but it works.
I was about 2 hours away from being dressed when I decided to make the purse so I just covered a place mat and a button  to make it quick.

Simplicity Misses and Plus Tops 1805


Monday, November 16, 2015

Multiple Patterns Inspired Jacket

Pattern: Simplicity 2256 Double Lapel Jacket (used bodice back and lower sleeve ruffle pieces for jacket)
Pattern: Simplicity 2474 Front Band Jacket (used front, sleeve, and front band pieces for jacket)
Pattern: McCall's 6247 Elastic Waist Pant

                       This jacket was inspired by a jacket I saw on Pinterest.
This front picture was requested by Tee. I've lost a couple of pounds since making the pants.
 Fabric: Vibrant Citron Poly/Lycra Crepe Knit from Fabric Mart

Pants - alterations remove 2" front, adjust leg width to 8 1/2", and removed 1" at hipline.
Fabric: Taupe Gray Poly Blend Stretch Suiting from Fabric Mart

*Instead of overlapping the elastic, I decided to try a technique of placing the cut pieces of elastic together on a strip of fabric and zigzag it together. This removes the bulk.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day!

I have always thought it was strange that so many of our Veterans have jobs that aren't closed on this day. My Mr. has always worked on this day since he became a civilian. He goes to his job and doesn't request it off, while others sit on the sidelines and enjoy the festivities. I'm sure that some of you know solders who work on this day. We salute you today!

Roll Mauve Pillow Cases!

These are fun to make for gifts. I'll post several at a time in the near future.  There are several directions and videos online.

Have fun!!!