Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cool Summer Blouse

I just love this pattern, and have made View A on a number of occasions.

See & Sew 3886

Since I like a longer top, I always add 4" to the bottom.  I just put the buttons on this green and white cotton blouse.  I will wear it with white shorts or capri pants.  Sorry I am not personally modeling the blouse, when you are alone, you do the best you can.  :) 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Colorful Pattern Weights

Joy, over at Joyful-Expressions, gave me an idea for pattern weights.  She uses large Hex Nuts wrapped in grosgrain ribbon for hers.  I could not find nuts large enough to make me happy, so I looked at large washers.  Ended up getting a couple of boxes of the largest flat washer Lowe's has.

  A single washer is not thick enough for me, so I taped stacks of 4 together.  Then I wrapped the washer stacks in ribbon.  An 18 ft. roll of 3/8" ribbon will wrap 2 washer stacks with some left over.  I used a bit of glue and a clamp to anchor the tails.

I am looking forward to using them.

Thanks Joy, for the great idea!

Monday, July 11, 2016


A few years ago, while at a quilt show, I purchased a kit for The Swirly Bag, by Quilt, Stitch and Sew.  The kit was made up of 2 1/2" strips for the bag, lining, and handles.  The colors reminded me of the ocean, cool and pretty.  So that kit has been waiting for me to get to it, and finally I did.

I recently purchased a Singer Featherweight 221, and just love the little thing.  For my first project, I wanted to make something that resembled quilting.  The Swirly Bag came to mind and I got started right away.

The strips were sewn together.

Then came the first steps of constructing the bag....I did not see how it would come together, so I just followed the instructions and hoped for the best.  This is what will be the bottom of the bag lining, and where everything begins.  I made the lining first, as a practice piece, and I am glad I did, as handling the thickness of the outer bag was not as easy.  I also added some pockets to the lining.

For the outer bag, I sandwiched the strips, interfacing, and Warm and Natural cotton batting. The handles have a strip of the batting also.

The bottom of the bag, I just love the colors.

The instructions tell you to sew the lining and bag, leaving open a section of the pointed top edge to turn the bag through.  OK, I did that.  What?  I was supposed to get 2 layers of fabric, interfacing, and batting all turned and neatly, invisibly stitched into a quarter inch seam allowance?  I ended up taking a seam out in the lining, pulling the bag back through and machine stitching the lining to the bag all the way around, then turning the bag, stitching the opening in the lining, and then top stitching the top edge.  I have been sewing for 55 years, and really don't see how you can do a neat finish on the bag if you follow instructions.  Perhaps you can if you don't use interfacing and batting.  I dunno.

Here is the completed bag.  The square bottom is kind of funky in that it lays with a corner point against the body.  If I make this bag again, I will make some changes.

Pockets added to the lining.

Pillowcase Dress

 My 4 year old niece, Kinsley, loves Minnie Mouse.  I thought I would make a cool summer dress for her, using Minnie fabric.  The fabric is black, with red, yellow and white.  I chose a yellow with tiny black dots as a trim.  

I kind of went by the seat of my pants on this.  Found many "patterns" online, which amount to the length of fabric to cut for the size a child wears.  Somewhere I found a template for cutting the armholes, so downloaded and printed that out and used it.  Everything worked great.  I used the width of the fabric for everything, the dress body, the bottom trim band, and the tie bow at top.

Kinsley has beautiful, curly, white-blonde hair so I made a headband for her using a purchased black stretch headband and red silk flower.  Can't wait to see her wearing the outfit.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

So Sew Easy Cosmetics Bag

I came across a free pattern and You Tube video tutorial from So Sew Easy for a cosmetic bag.  Thinking my sisters and niece might enjoy a bag, I have cut out 4 and just finished the first one.  I am using quilting cottons for fabrics, and 9" zippers.

So Sew Easy Cosmetics Bag pattern and tutorial video

The pattern recommends using fusible fleece, which I did not use.  I went with medium weight fusible Pellon.  For the size of this bag, I think the fleece is needed and will apply that to the remaining 3 bags before I sew them up.

This bag is larger than I anticipated, nice and roomy.  My sisters and niece are going to like their bags!