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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.

I finished my Bible cover!

I finished my Bible cover!
I finished my Bible cover!

I did the beadwork by hand, and there is a small
amount of silk ribbon embroidery. The straps and
bookmark are gold organza ribbon.
I think I might have gone too far with the bead embellishment. The fabric is beautiful enough to stand on its own, as you can see from the back.
I am pretty proud of it, however. I made the pattern myself using my AutoCad software.