Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Look what I made today!

Directions courtesy Lotta Jansdotters book "Simple Sewing". I made this cute little bookbag for my 4 year old. She picked out the material. I already have orders for more!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sewing with Tulle....

I am in serious need of some suggestions on sewing with tulle.

It all began when I decided to try to make my own produce bags.

I started with a pretty pile of 2 yards of white tulle, enough for 8 bags.
I successfully kept it away from 2 four year old princesses who couldn't see anything except potential tu-tu's!

Cutting out the dimensions was pretty stress free too....

It started to get ugly when I tried to sew a zigzag stitch....

I was supposed to sew a channel in which to place twine to close my bag but I decided that just wasn't working.

All in all, not too shabby for my first attempt at a greener produce bag. I think next time I'm going to try sheer fabric instead.

The girls might get their tu-tu's after all!

Getting greener with reusable shopping bags!

Behold!!!! My first shopping bag made out of old bed linens!

(click to see larger image)

It's very lovely against my faux-slate sunroom floors, isn't it though? Anyway, it definitely needs something but the important thing is that it turned out with little complication and it's very sturdy. I think it will look wonderful with lots of fruits and veggies popping out of it. I have to make several more to complete the collection. I need more sheets. I also bought some tule so I can make my own reusable produce bags... one of these days.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Topher Gopher

So as I stated on my other blog, I sewed up a lovable blue furry creature today. His name is Topher Gopher. He will be playing in his first role on Saturday evening at a friends No-Talent Show. I literally took a sleeve from a large fleece sweatshirt and sewed out an outline of a gopher head and this is what I got. Pretty talented huh? He was only supposed to be a prototype but he's so funny I think I'm going to leave him as-is except he needs some clothes and arms!

More pictures to come of his "competitors" coming soon.

I did start a grocery bag but when I realized I had only 4 days to make these puppets, I figured that the puppets were priority over making the earth a little greener this week.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Make yourself grocery bags

I've been wanting to but have been trying to find THE PERFECT BAG. In the meantime I found this tutorial online and I am thinking I might try them tomorrow. I'll post my pictures if I do. This one was stolen from the website with the tutorial:

Monday, February 11, 2008


I don't even know when I created this blog but I know I did it a long time ago because I've been wanting to sew for a long time now and then I wanted a place to show off all my work and sewwwwww.... here we are...

Today I thought I had the perfect circumstance to do some sewing so I pulled out some clothes that needed mending and the machine (borrowed from a friend who never uses it).

I could not get the thing to sew. It kept bunching up in the bobbin area. I was so frustrated because I had this big pile of clothing and a whole load of ambition. The problem is that this machine has no users manual so guess what I did... I ran down the street to Walmart and bought a new Singer Advance. It was the only machine on the shelf and now it's mine.

When I got home, I mended some holes in some seams, which was really boring but at least I have a few more things to wear again. I had a t-shirt from one of the 5K's I ran in last spring. I love getting "free" t-shirts, but I hate the cut of them. They are so boxy and the make me feel clausterphobic. I had torn out the stitching on this particular "t" in preparation for a day like today.

How hard could it be to take in a t-shirt to make it more girly???

Uhhhh, picture to come soon.....