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Sewing for Men - The Angler's Memory Cushion

I have another commission for a memory cushion, but this time it's for her 'other half'. He enjoys fishing so she gave me this photo of him with his catch to use.  I had to edit out the carrier bag, tilt and crop it before trying it out…

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Added by Karen on September 18, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Ain't Yo Momma's Jean Skirt - Beautiful Ombre Denim Twirl Skirt

A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to the free PDF patterns on the Lekala Sewing Patterns website. Upon perusal, I came across this gem of a…
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Added by Angela L on October 15, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Alterations and Cardigans

A few years ago a friend of mine asked me to do some alterations for her.  She teaches ballet to students at our local university, and they bought her a hooded sweatshirt and a black tshirt with ballet decals. She appreciated the thought, but not the style!  She wanted to know if I could alter them so the hoodie opened down the front, and do something with the t-shirt.  You can read the post I did …

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Added by Karen on June 28, 2016 at 2:12am — No Comments

The Evelyn Tablet Bag Sewing Project

I wanted a new bag, something I could carry my iPad Air in, as it didn't really fit inside my current bag.  So I went browsing the indie sites  and I chose this pattern, the…

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Added by Karen on July 20, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How to Make Wrist Pin Cushions



Once I finished , I decided that the kids in my sewing classes needed pin cushions. After scouring the internet for fun ideas that I could sew in bulk, I eventually realized that it was best to keep it simple - a wrist pin cushion seemed the most practical. Circles are my preferred shape, so I found a roll of…

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Added by Angela L on February 16, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Abby's Alley Striped Beach Bag Sewing Project

An Easy Street sewing pattern from ChrisWDesigns

I'm a great fan of Chris W Designs, I have learnt a lot from making her bags. Her instructions are…

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Added by Karen on August 25, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Sewing the Tropical Vibe Sleeveless Sundress - McCalls Pattern 6957

I bought this pattern as I liked the simple design, a front and two backs and enough fulness to give a nice drape.  No facings, just…

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Added by Karen on August 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Embellishing Garments with Applique

I tried darning this skirt when I caught it on a nail and ripped the back open a couple of years ago.  It looked awful.  So I decided to pick out one of my apron applique designs to hide it all.  It was a long thin repair, so I chose a long thin design.…

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Added by Karen on July 31, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Mexican Blanket Waistcoats - Patterning and Sewing Project

My other half had bought a Mexican blanket having seen this waistcoat, and asked me to sew him one, or even two if I could manage it!  He wanted it simple and rustic looking, just like this one.…

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Added by Karen on July 9, 2016 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Another Memories Cushion, A Glenda Clutch Bag, and A Smaller Stow-it-All Bag

I have been busy for the last month, making more of things I have made before so I didn't bother to post about them, but I thought I would share pictures of the results.

1.  Another Memories Cushion …

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Added by Karen on June 27, 2016 at 7:00pm — 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

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

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

Notepad Organizers Sewing Project (PDF Pattern from DogUnderMyDesk)

I don't know about you, but I seem to have collected a vast selection of sewing patterns, both paper and in PDF formats.  Some of them I confess I don't know why I bought them, or when (if ever) I will get to use them. Others eventually come into use, when I suddenly decide I need something and have that light bulb moment "I've got a pattern for that!" and dig it out.…

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Added by Karen on April 12, 2015 at 11:30am — 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

Pineapple, (Pina) and Sewing

 

The weather has been awful in my part of the world for the past six weeks.  In an effort to create my own sense of "summer" I wanted to post something "tropical, exotic, warm", just to try to convince myself…

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Added by Susan on May 25, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 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

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