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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

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

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

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

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

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

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