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December 2011 Blog Posts (22)

New to the site and new owner of a Husqvarna Viking #1+

I've been sewing recreationally for the majority of my life.  I just recently needed to get a new machine because my singer was shooting craps.  Luckily, I found a used Hasqvarna Viking #1+ at a local sewing shop. It only had 1 card, the cord, pedal and we thought 3 feet.  We did our research and found this to be a very good machine.  We went back and got it for $200.  On the way home, I discovered a secret compartment that held 16 more feet including the electronic button h*** sensor.…

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Added by Gennie Lynn on December 26, 2011 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Anna Maria Horner Taxi Tote Bags and Book

Take a deep breath… wow I’ve finally used a pattern from Anna Maria Horner’s book. I’ve only owned it for what, three years?!  In all honesty I failed miserably in my attempt to review this book back in ‘09.
 
 
I buckled down last week and wowed myself by completing two bags for some very dear ladies.  This was a simple pattern, which can be played up or down (all to your preference).
 
 
Anna’s directions are easy to…
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Added by Renata on December 26, 2011 at 12:30am — 15 Comments

scarfs

This is a very easy pattern but I don't have a serger.   Would it be possible to make these using a neat hem?

Added by wanda johnson on December 26, 2011 at 12:19am — 1 Comment

Vintage Pattern Hunt!

Hey sewing friends!  I am in search of  a Simplicity blouse pattern from the 1970s...7766 in size 38.  I have found one, but cannot bring myself to pay 19.99 for it.  Anyone have one at a more reasonable price?  Thanks in advance! 

Added by Sue Barnum on December 25, 2011 at 5:27pm — 2 Comments

Simple and Easy Fabric Storage With Cutting Table Solution

Hi, All! I read the post on BobbieSue's Blog about her inexpensive storage idea and thought I'd share my own. I had two 9 cube organizers (ClosetMaid type) around the house being used for other purposes. After figuring out a place for all of the stuff inside of them, I placed them back to back, put a thin board on top and nailed it down which holds the two organizers together. Now I have double-sided…

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Added by Cobi Campbell on December 23, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Dino hats with link to tutorial

I made these dino hats yesterday based on the following tutorial:…

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Added by camomma on December 23, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

PATTERN PILE.com

If you're not a member of PatternPile.com, you will have to register.  They will then send a password to the email address you gave them.  When you go back to the website to get your pattern, make sure you have allowed a cookie on your computer from that website.  I only allow cookies on my computer from websites where I have registered.  If anyone wants to know how to do this, I will be glad to explain it.

Added by BobbieSue on December 22, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

CUTTING TABLE

I had tried using a sturdy folding table to cut patterns out, but I didn't like the crack that was in the table, where it folded.

S-O-O, I had 2 dresser drawers (that were approximately the same height). My husband attached pieces of 2x4 on the legs of the shorter dresser, to…

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Added by BobbieSue on December 22, 2011 at 11:29am — No Comments

Some customs I made in December

This is a Belle Layered skirt based on the tutorial here:

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/12/belle-layered-skirt-for-toddlers.html

The customer wanted something that would suit her spunky, energetic 4 year old…

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Added by camomma on December 21, 2011 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Man’s Tie transformed to Cell Phone/Ipod/Credit Card Pouch



I recently took a precious tie of my late brother’s and transformed it into a little pouch to carry a cell phone and credit cards for my dear sister-in-law.  I think it took me maybe 30′!  Be careful though – if you have an iPhone – you’d better use the WIDEST tie you can find!  I utilized this pattern: …

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on December 20, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Faux leather/sherpa jacket

I have been working a long time on a faux leather/sherpa jacket.  I am so happy to have completed this project.  I am happy with the outcome. You can go hereto see photos and more information.

Fabric was acquired online from EmmaOneSock

Added by Linda LaMona on December 20, 2011 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Last minute Gifts for Her





I made the investment into a serger. It is the one at the very lowest cost that is out there, but I wanted to be sure I liked it and I would…
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Added by Shannon on December 20, 2011 at 5:48pm — 4 Comments

Crocheted Valentine's Day Basket

 

 

Christmas is wrapped up and ready for me, so I'm getting a jump start on my Valentine's Day crocheting. Here's a basket I crocheted from this free pattern. I'm now crocheting some stuffed hearts to tuck inside the basket.

 

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Added by decemberbaby on December 20, 2011 at 8:01am — No Comments

Photos of Window Treatment with stylized wall decor

DH is mounting the wall decor I painted; I used a sheer fabric to drape across the windows.  My page has more photos…

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Added by Patricia W. Tingley on December 18, 2011 at 9:09pm — 1 Comment

Village Post Bag - ePattern Review

A classy, unique, and extremely versatile pattern by Emma of "Charlie's Aunt" is inspired by the simple elegance of 1940s fashions but with a modern twist.  The “Village Post” is easily constructed with dart shaping, over-the-shoulder   strap, bow trim.  The zippered internal zip pocket keeps valuables safe and separate from the rest of the bag. This PDF pattern has 12 pages – six pages including…

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Added by Susan on December 16, 2011 at 7:12am — 10 Comments

The Perfection of Imperfection

Huh??? Is this a puzzle, a paradox, an oxymoron? Maybe she’s just a moron (only some days!!). In fact, imperfection is acceptable, desirable and to some (those of us who are discerning!) particularly preferable. As always it is a perspective issue.



Once upon a time there was only the handmade. Everything we needed, from our bowls and clothes, to our shelters and adornments were handcrafted. Often painstakingly, laboriously, methodically and patiently. Raw materials…

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Added by Karen Pior on December 9, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

News Article: A stitch in time: Lee's business at right place at right time after Katrina and has blossomed

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Beverly Lee parlayed a lifelong love of sewing into a successful small business, one that draws its lifeblood from the city's industrial base and, ironically, grew by leaps and bounds after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

 

"We've really been blessed," said Lee, who runs Stitches by Lee out of an unassuming wooden workshop near…

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Added by Susan on December 8, 2011 at 7:53am — No Comments

News Article: Designer Natalie Chanin distills the process of making clothes back to its artisan roots

Decades ago, chef Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., kick-starting a national trend toward eating, sourcing and celebrating fresh, sustainable, locally grown organic foods.

In a small northern Alabama town, up towards the Tennessee border, Natalie Chanin has been trying to do much the same thing for fashion: distill the process of…

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Added by Susan on December 8, 2011 at 7:42am — No Comments

Padded e-Reader Sleeve Pattern Review (ePattern/PDF)

As some of you know, I am crazy enough to have five children in my household.  All but one are teens.  They are all pretty darn tech savvy and love the "toys" that come out every year.  I've been thinking about Christmas gifts for them and I think that they all will get an e-reader, I don't know which one I will get them  yet, I still have…

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Added by Susan on December 5, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Lily Frilly ruffle pants tutorial

Here's a tutorial for ruffled pants I made recently. I think its a good technique to make adorable baby pants. This technique could also be used to increase or decrease the length of pants that fit…

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Added by camomma on December 4, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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