Category Archives: Sewing

Bowl Cozy

Need a quick gift for Christmas, or any gift giving occasion? 

These bowl cozies are easy to make and useful, too!

Bowl Cozy

I am giving these to a few people that are special to me.

Bowl Cozy

I will be making more in the near future!

There are a lot of bowl cozy tutorials to be found online.  I used Beth Huntington’s tutorial at eHow.

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Power Outage? Sew What!

I had an entire afternoon off from the day job, so I planned to spend it working on a new project.  No deadlines, not doing housework, no have to do because…; just for the fun of it.

We were in the midst of our first blizzard of the season.  A cozy afternoon with a pot of tea and in my favorite space of the house would be heaven on earth.

But when I came home, the power was out.

Sew what!  Light the lamps and the woodstove, and all is well!

Power Outage

It was out for twelve hours!

April OMG 2017 Update

My goal for April was to make eco-friendly shopping bags.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate some orphan blocks into the project.

Shopping Bags

I used scrap denim and some quilting blocks for the above shopping bags.  I wish I would have thought to take the time to quilt the blocks, but I like the bags anyway. 

Shopping Bag

I may have to give this bag to someone with a small child.  At least I remembered to add some quilting to the bag.  Ha, ha!

Shopping Bag

The last bag features a hand-painted orphan block.  It was a fun little sample to learn some fabric painting techniques, and I am happy to have found a way to use the block!

These bags are durable, can be washed, and used over and over.  They are eco-friendly and more fun to use than plastic grocery sacks!

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.

Pincushions

As I was digging around the sewing studio looking for orphan blocks to use in making shopping bags, I found two 4.5″ Lemoyne Stars that I had hand stitched many moons ago.

I made two muslin pouches and filled them with crushed walnut shells.

Inklingo LeMoyne Star Pincushion

Then I put those pouches inside the Lemoyne Star pouches that I had sewn.

They sure make cute little pincushions!

Inklingo LeMoyne Star Pincushion

And they aren’t orphans anymore!

I made my Lemoyne Stars from the free Diamond/Triangle/Square Collection from Inklingo.  Try it!

Siggy Doll Dresses

Remember the Siggy dolls from this post?

Now that my QAL Bear Paw distraction is done (Quilting doesn’t count…ha,ha!), I have gotten around to sewing dresses for the dolls.

Siggy Doll

My granddaughters will receive these dolls for their birthdays.

Siggy Doll

The dolls took me out of my comfort zone, but I think my girls are worth it!

Siggy Doll

I have wanted to make the Siggy doll since I received the premiere issue of Soft Dolls and Animals in 1997.

Umm…yes…1997.  I was going to make the doll for my daughter.  Somehow, time has gotten away from me.

So, I have made two dolls…one for each granddaughter.

Siggy Doll

I think I lost my mind!  I thought that it would be fun to alter the simple pattern a bit.

I have a new respect for doll makers!

Siggy Doll

I tried making bendable fingers…that was tough.

Siggy Doll

I tried making toes.  That was tough.

Siggy Doll

Worst of all was the hair.  Whatever was I thinking?!  Hot glueing a bunch of tangled, curly hair was tremendously boring and tedious for me! 

Oh nooooo…I couldn’t just buy a wig…or make one.  I had to glue this stuff by individual strands.

Sometimes, I am an idiot.

These dolls have more hair than Cousin Itt!

Siggy Doll

I shall be making a dress outfit for each doll.

Should be a piece of cake.

Tech Bag

Quite a few years ago, I printed out a tutorial for a tech bag.  The creator called it a tech bag because she wanted a bag for her charger cords.

I wish I could find the tutorial for you, but it is an extinct website.

I have, however, finally gotten around to making the bag.

Tech Bag

I am going to use it for the same purpose…to hold the phone and the charger cord.

And it is roomy enough to add a wallet and keys, too.