Category Archives: sewing

My UFO…

My UFO…

Is finished, with a day to spare! Then, I looked at my list, and realized it should of been for March!when I made this pillow top, using every inch of the fabric I had on hand, the pillow front was kind of blah.

I had these 3 butterfly images from Dover Pictura.  I printed them first on paper, on draft, so the colors would be soft. Then I printed them, again, on Extravorganza. I used Mistyfuse Ultraviolet to fuse the images on the pillow top.

I am “right pleased” as they say around here.

Bowl cozy #2

Bowl cozy #2

This one turned out a little better. 

My friend, Laura, and I used the cozy instructions from Craftsy. I rounded the corners on this one, but they didn’t come out very round. I also decided to skip the top stitching on this one. I glued the raw edges together and clamped them at the opening where I turned it.

We’ll see how well it holds up in the microwave and washer. 

The 10” fabric squares are from Craftsy, too.

If anybody asks,

If anybody asks,

Yes, I have lost my mind. That navy t-shirt Allen is wearing is one of the hardest things I have sewn in years.

I got this crazy idea. 


When I wear out sweats and tee’s, and they’re too far gone to donate, I recycle them into dust cloths. Small bits and pieces get tossed, so why not make doll clothes from them?

I recently ordered this collection of Barbie and Ken doll clothes patterns.

They are from The Classic Archives on eBay. I printed the pattern for the simplest male t-shirt I could find on the disc. 

I pinned it to the hem of one leg of my old beloved navy knit pants.

My sewing pins we’re at Mama’s, but I found some T pins at home.

After I cut it out, I took the shirt pieces to Mama’s and attempted to sew them on my machine. The seam allowances were so small, the feed dogs just chewed the soft jersey knit. The bobbin wadded and knotted three times. I re-threaded at least four. If I try another shirt, I’ll sew it by hand.

Protopocket #4

Protopocket #4
Protopocket #4

My craft felt sheets measure 9×12″. I turned down 1,1/2″ on each end and ran decorative stitch #20 across 1″ from the outer edge. The stitch above is set at 5.5×1. Below, 5.5×2. I used decorative stitch #13 to seam the pocket 1/2″ on either side. To look right, stitch #13 should be done with a clear bobbin thread. I was too busy playing to change the bobbin.


The resulting pocket is probably larger than I can use for my big idea, but we’ll see…

Hmmn? So far, so good!

Hmmn? So far, so good!
Hmmn? So far, so good!

Well now, it’s pretty obvious that my big felt idea involves pockets so I’ll call these, “protopockets:” Protopocket 1: My seam allowance (1/4″) is too small for what I have in mind, and too hard to maintain. The felt wants to slide a little. I used a Bernina #20 open-toed embroidery foot on these. The decorative stitch is #16 and is too narrow.

Protopocket 2: Much better! Both the seam allowance and the decorative stitch are wider. The seam is 1/2″. The decorative stitch is 4×4. I learned that it’s not necessary to backstitch to secure the decorative stitch, it just makes a waddy mess.

Protopocket 3: I used decorative stitch #17 set at 5×4. I like it!

An Idea!

An Idea!
An Idea!

I’ve been playing with an idea lately and found exactly what I need to execute it with these Craft Felts. I found them at Walmart and they are made entirely of recycled plastic bottles! As far as I can tell, they’re also manufactured in America. Hopefully, I will have something very useful made from them soon to share!

PJ’s Curtains

PJ’s Curtains
PJ’s Curtains

I got one more thing done before my daughter and I dug out of the ice and snow at her house. I got a “prototype” curtain done for one of the windows in PJ’s room. The curtains are basic ivory grommet style. My daughter’s friend bought the blue zebra print fabric for tableclothes for her baby shower. I asked my daughter to save it, and it’s basically appliqued on the bottom of the shortened ivory curtain. We like the results, so it’s one down and two to sew!

Snuggy Saque

Snuggy Saque
Snuggy Saque

Here’s something else I made for PJ before I knew if he was a girl or a boy. I’m thinking about making these to sell, or at least to give as gifts for winter babies. The outside is fleece, the inside is a shaggy, chenilley minky, and the sash is bridal satin. This one was tee-niny, so I think I’ll have to make them a little bigger.