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Londa Sews a Boba Wrap Baby Carrier

I think it’s special:  the last thing I stitched in my IL home sewing corner (basement), was a maternity top and pants for my daughter… and the first thing I’ve completed in my new TN sun room sewing studio (check out my NEW sewing view below!) is…a knit wrap-style baby carrier – and more maternity clothes coming up next – at least for my ‘personal sewing’ schedule.…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 7, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

The 241 Tote in Recycled Fur, Corduroy, and Denim

A friend of mine had a friend who had inherited her mother's mink coat, and had it cut down into a gilet by a furrier.  They gave her the leftover scraps, and she wondered if I could use them to make her a bag.  I said I probably could.  A…

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Added by Karen on May 22, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Recycling - Covering a Cardboard Sewing Room Storage Tub

My other half had a delivery a couple of weeks ago, and it came in this lovely big cardboard tub. He agreed I could have it for my sewing room, and I decided I should cover it to smarten it up.…

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Added by Karen on May 13, 2016 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

The Cosmo Convertible Bag Pattern from StudioKat Designs

My niece happened to mention her favourite bag was falling apart, so we discussed what she wanted - a…

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Added by Karen on May 3, 2016 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

"Embroidered Memories" Cushion - Inspired by Brian Haggard's Book

I took this picture of my son a long time ago, but have always loved it.  So it seemed the ideal candidate for an Embroidered…

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Added by Karen on April 20, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hand Embroidering a Plain Knit Top: More Brian Haggard Inspiration!

I was given a plain purple knit top and decided it would be improved by adding some hand embroidery. It worked well last time I tried it! (…

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Added by Karen on April 10, 2016 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Updates to Upcycled Silk Ribbon Embroidered Wool Bag - Foolproof Crazy Patchwork Projects

The trouble with being a sewer is sometimes you just can't leave things alone.  Here is the absolutely fabulous "…

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Added by Karen on March 31, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Help Name my new Sewing School

Help name my new Sewing School. The 20' x 30' all season 'porch' at our new home in Jackson, TN will be a sewing shangrila...teaching 'girls' of all ages. (And perhaps an occasional Boy's Camp)

I'm BZ setting up my classes, etc. but need a NAME. Need your help.

Words I like: sewing, studio, creative, connection, sew, stitch



Comment here with your suggestion(s). If I select your suggestion, a $25 Gift Certificate is…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on March 28, 2016 at 2:59pm — 3 Comments

Baby Bump Adaptation for Jeans

Yeah – so Dear Daughter can’t find maternity jeans that cost less than $100.  Sewing Grandma-to-be to the rescue!  Laying in bed thinking through this process, it came to me:  Buttonhole Elastic.  This great stuff is found in toddler pants for easy adjusting for tummy growth – so why  not in maternity wear as well!  Shazammm – and daughter agrees.  We are both thinking…perhaps a…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on March 21, 2016 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Spring Hyacinth Cushion - Embroidery, Patchwork, + Applique Techniques

Last year for MIL's birthday I wanted to made her something, and decided on a cushion cover.  I bought the Summer Gypsy Cushion pattern from bustleandsew.com as it looked pretty and fun.…

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Added by Karen on March 17, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Hand Embroidered Denim Bag - Brian Haggard Style

I decided I needed another shopping bag, so  I opened up a donated pair of jeans and using my little but strong canvas bag as a pattern,cut the pieces…

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Added by Karen on March 10, 2016 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Easy Double Welt Pockets

Double Welt Buttonhole Pockets

New 'son' and Grandson in Wedding Vests with double welt buttonhole pockets.

New ‘son’ and Grandson in Wedding Vests with double welt buttonhole pockets.

Constructing classic double welt “buttonhole’  pockets is something I’ve perfected for myself over the…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on March 8, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Sewist in the Making: Aries

After sewing together the sides of this drawstring bag and discovering one side was an inch longer than the other, I wondered if anyone had come up with the idea of a game show called something like "Wear My Dare." In this show, new sewists would show their latest projects, and more experienced…

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Added by Sharon Maynard on February 28, 2016 at 2:15pm — 2 Comments

Appliqued Aprons for the Boys + Sewing with Plaid Fabrics

My great nephews have grown out of their fire engine aprons, so I need to replace them with larger ones, reflecting their new interests!  …

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Added by Karen on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

Wedding Remembrance Pillow

One of the most fun parts of creating garments for special occasions is having 'left-overs' with which to create gifts!  That was the case for my daughter's recent very small, informal, casual wedding.  Having made her lace knit top and aqua silk sash and the groom and grandson's 'wool' plaid vests and silk ties...it was time for a small remembrance gift.....…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on February 14, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Modesty Lining for Lace Top

Recently, my daughter needed a pretty lace top for her small, casual wedding.  After looking EVERYWHERE, even online and ordering only to be hugely disappointed in the quality, I started looking online for fabric, but then she found this pretty lace with a bit of lengthwise 'give' at her local JoAnn's Fabric Store.  A 'dive' into my Cream/White Box of knit fabric scraps yielded the perfect creamy knit for a lining and just enough (not an inch to spare!).  Here are the details on how…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on February 10, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

A Sewist in The Making: Pisces

P stands for "Pisces" -- as well as for "Poof goes the pin cushion project when one fails to properly plan."

Two weeks or so ago, I watched Youtube videos in which sewists seemed to effortlessly create those cute, round pin cushions from scraps of various prints and colors. By Jove, if I could…

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Added by Sharon Maynard on February 7, 2016 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

How generous

It never ceases to amaze me, the generosity of people to share the fruits of their labours.  This needle storage book has obviously taken many hours to create and then to contruct.....and to share it is just an amazing deed of kindness.  Thank you so much for all of us that are not so technically disposed to creating such documents on their computers. You are truly a lady who is "Paying it forward". I wish you happiness in abundance. 

Added by Imogen McCready on February 7, 2016 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

Foolproof Crazy Quilt Project - Upcycled Wool Bag (Part Three) FINISHED!

Well I finished all the embroidery!  It's not exactly the same as…

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Added by Karen on February 6, 2016 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

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