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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Fabrics I'm Liking This Week

Hollabee's Sumor in Teal/Natural

Joel Dewberry's Aviary Sparrow in Almond

Ikea's Gunilla in Black/White

Friday, January 30, 2009

CPSC Grants One Year Stay

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products

Spoonflower Design

I tried Spoonflower and I'm excited! Even though it's just a simple design :) I don't draw well enough to have it printed on fabric so I looked for a simple program to use and decided on MS Word. It gave me enough simple shape and shape movement choices to do what I needed.

So...I ordered a fat quarter to see how it does!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Red Tags Call My Name

I love Target Clearance. Especially now, it seems like there is a LOT of clearance. I picked up a 2 panel drapery and a placemat this week. The drapes are 42"x84" panels, cotton sailcloth ($12.50) and the placemat is quilted ($2.50).

I think I got a better deal on the shower curtain I bought from there, but I do like the tabs at the top of the drapes.

I'll be re-purposing these items as soon as I think of something to make out of them!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

This dern (that's Baltimore for darn) thing!

I'm having a bit of trouble with my latest project. I wanted a heavily interfaced hands free hip bag, and by golly that's what I'm going to have - even if it kills me, lol!

All I have to do is force the inside (shown front) to fit the outside (in back)...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Books I'm Liking This Week

I have a project in the works...hope to finish soon.
In the meantime, these are books I'm liking this week! The pics are all courtesy of Amazon.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Free Interfacing Swatches Update

The Pellon Swatches are Here! They are teeny tiny but still cool :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fabrics I'm Liking This Week

Birch In Robin's Egg (Lara Cameron/Ink & Spindle)

Neptune (Tula Pink/Moda/HOP)

White Graphic Blooms (Marie Osmond (oh well I like it anyway) Quilting Treasures)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Featured at One Pretty Thing!

Wow! The wristlet tutorial is featured at One Pretty Thing! I'm honored! Here's the link..

Free Interfacing Swatches

Both Pellon and HTCW said they will send out a free swatch book. I'll post a pic if I actually receive them.

"Thank you for your interest in Pellon products. We have a swatch book with all of our products in it, for free of charge. Would you like us to send you one? If you would like us to send you a swatch book, please include your shipping address, no PO BOXES please, and we will get one out for you this week.
Thank you,
Miranda Norris
Pellon Consumer Products

EDIT: Misc. Muse called and was told the Pellon samples were only for businesses. Try the email address customerservice@shoppellon.com since that's how I contacted them with no problem. However, I did use my business email address, so maybe they didn't think to question it.

HTCW link here

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Shopping My Stash

Trying to decide what to do next...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sadiepie Lost a Front Tooth Yesterday!

S0 cute :)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Featured at Whip Up!

How exciting! Featured in 2 cool places in one week. Smiling again from ear to ear! Here's the link...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fairy Bag for Sadie

My daughter handed me a drawing and said "Will you make this please?" How can I turn her down? :)

After asking some questions I find that she wants a pink "fairy bag" with a red rose and short handles. The curvy lines are vines, she said. She plans to "hit any Ogres that come too close" with it. :D

Here's the picture and here's the bag! Sadie likes it - she says its "mystical". I like her an awful lot :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Added to a Tute List!

The wristlet tutorial has been to The Princess and The Monkey's tutorial list with a pic. Another great day!

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Book for My Daughter

I thought this fabric was too cute! I learned how to make these books in Sue's Journal Making for the Fiber Artist. The class was lots of fun :)

Saturday, January 10, 2009


I wanted very much to thank everyone personally who posted a comment to the new 100 Spools...but not everyone left an email address, so I'll just say thanks so much for taking the time to comment and let me know I am not alone!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Featured at Craft Gossip!

How exciting! My wristlet tutorial is here on Craft Gossip. I'm just smiling from ear to ear :D

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Hat for my Daughter

I made this hat for my daughter from one of her old sweatshirts.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


A leather kitty I made from this pattern :)

Free Wristlet Tutorial!

This is the first sewing tutorial I've ever written. I almost gave up several times!


Outside Fabric - 1 piece 9"x12", 1 piece 9"x18", 1 piece 7"x8 1/2",
1 piece 2"x14", 1 piece 3/4"x5"
Lining - 1 piece 9"x12"
Interfacing - 1 piece 9"x12" and 1 piece 7"x4 1/4"
1 Button

I'm using Flowers for Emma (Anne Sutton for Henry Glass) with cotton broadcloth lining
The interfacing is Pellon Fusible Fleece
The button is a 9/16" mother of pearl with a metal shank

1) Fuse the Interfacing:
Following the manufacturers instructions, fuse the 9"x12" interfacing to the 9"x12" outside piece. Fold the 7"x8 1/2" patch pocket piece in half (right sides out) so that it measures
7"x4 1/4" and fuse the 7"x4 1/4" interfacing sandwiched in the fold of the patch pocket piece.

2) Patch Pocket Piece:
The patch pocket piece is now 7"x4 1/4", with a layer of interfacing inside the fold. There's a fold side, and three open sides, two short and one long. Unfold the patch pocket piece and refold so that the right sides are together and the interfacing is clearly visible fused to one side. Sew the patch pocket piece on two open sides (one short side and one long side), with right sides together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Turn right side out again through the un-sewn short side and top stitch the top fold edge. This keeps the interfacing from moving. Press flat.

With the outside piece face down on the table (the fused interfacing is clearly visible), measure up 4 1/2" from the bottom. Fold along this line and pin. This will help determine the pocket piece placement. Place the BOTTOM (non-fold side) of the pocket piece 1/2" from the fold line, making sure the top of the pocket piece is about 3/8" from the top (see the picture as all this top and bottom stuff is confusing). Pin, unpin the outside piece from itself, and topstitch the 3 non-fold sides of the patch pocket piece, turning the unseamed short side in as you go.

Photo - Unturned Patch Pocket, Folded Credit Card Piece, Folded Outside Piece

3) Credit Card Piece:
Fold 1/2" to the back of the 9"x18" piece and press. Next we are going to fan fold the fabric to allow for 3 credit card pockets. With the fabric face up, measure 2 1/2" from the top where the 1/2" fold is and fold the fabric face up on itself (press as you go), then fold the fabric back down 2", up 2 1/2", down 2", up 2 1/2" down 2". at that point fold the rest of the fabric under at least 1/2". Press well.

Place your credit card piece on the right side of the lining 3" from the top and pin well. Stitch a middle line to divide the credit card pocket into two equal halves. Top stitch the top and bottom of the credit card piece. Baste the sides at the seamline.

4) Round the Flap:
Pin the outside with the pocket to the lining, wrong sides together. Then, trim of the corners off the flap (the short edge that does not have the pocket on it). I usually eyeball it but I've used plates and pans too. Make sure not to take too much off the top since the flap will neet to comfortably fold down over the patch pocket.

Photo - Credit Card Piece on Lining, Finished Patch Pocket

5) Strap and Button Loop:
Fold the 2'' wide strap piece and the 3/4" wide button loop piece in half lengthwise and then tuck the edges under to make a double fold binding-like wristlet strap and button loop. Topstitch each 1/8" away from the edge. Topstitch the strap (now 1/2" wide) 1/8" away from the fold edge as well. Zigzag the ends of the strap together to make a loop and turn so the zigzagged edge is inside the loop. I didn't take a pic of this step, but I made a small stand-in and snapped a couple pics.

Photos - Left, Zigzagged Strap - Right, Turned Strap

6) Putting it all together:
There are now 2 main pieces: the lining with the credit card pockets near the top of the purse, and the outside piece with the interfacing on the back side and the patch pocket on the right side. With right sides facing, pin the outside piece to the lining. The patch pocket and the credit card pocket should be inside and the interfacing and lining wrong side will be outside. Fold the button loop in half. Insert the loop inside, between the front of the lining and the front of the outside fabric (in there where the pockets are). 1 to 1 1/2" of the loop should be inside the seamline. Trim off the edges even with the fabric edges, and pin and baste.

Sew around the edges, making sure to leave an open area for turning. Turn, press flat, and topstitch across the top of the credit card pocket to keep it in place. Topstitch close to the edge around all sides (folding in your open area as you go) and again about 1/4" from the edge on just the flap area. Be sure to double stitch the button loop once or twice. The button loop should protrude from the flap about 1 to 1 1/2". As you can see, I forgot to add the button loop and had to add it later ;-)

Photo - Almost Finished Outside and Inside

With the stitched inside/outside piece flat on the table, outside down (you can see the lining and credit card pockets), fold the bottom part up like an envelope until the pocket piece can be fully seen and the credit card piece is fully covered. It will look like an open envelop with the flap still up. Pin the sides together, insides still inside. Add the strap to the right side seam (pinch the edge of the strap with the zigzag turned in and insert into the sideseam near the top) and pin. Now, topstitch both sides as close to the edge as possible. Fold down the flap to determine button placement and sew on.

Photos - Finished!

..and my primitive label :)

Spool {}

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What in the World?!

There are 6 of these big guys on my roof. I wonder what they are, what they're doing, and why they are there?!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Placemat Bag

This bag is repurposed from a $2 placemat. I cut the handle rectangle, zigzagged around the edges, and sewed up the sides. Quick and easy. The nifty appliqued stripe and leaf were already there.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

New Bag

Here's a new wristlet (designed by Spool - in other words, Me!) in Michael Miller Paisley. This one's a little wonky, so I think I'll make another to get it right :) I need tags too. Maybe just a simple Spool drawing stamp will do...


Here's my husband, Jay, and 6 year old daughter, Sadie, at the zoo the other day. We had a very nice day :)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Books and More Books

These books are the result of a class I took from Sue Bleiweiss. Sue is very talented and a nice person! Jump on over and look at her classes. They are very reasonable and a lot of fun!

You might recognize this one from the shower curtain project!

The Shower Curtain Project

I found a shower curtain on clearance at Target and thought of all the great things I could make out of it. Here's the collection so far - a tote bag for my daughter's 1st grade teacher (my design), a box for my Brother-In-Law's Significant Other (It looks like Amy Butler's box, but I didn't follow the directions), and a Book for my Husband's Niece (my interpretation of Sue B's lesson)! I'm almost out of fabric now. The last item on the list is still to come :)