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Baby Onesie Trim & Applique

Check out my final trimmed and sewn ‘Onesie’ for granddaughter Kenzie’s Aug. 7 birthday!  It’s been ‘in process’ for some time since we live 7 hours away.  Of course you’ll get to see it ‘all together’ on the beautiful model, but we’ll both just have to wait.

Today, I finished the Onesie – and I must say, I think it’s pretty darned cute – but it will be even cuter on our baby!…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on July 28, 2017 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Sew Amazing DIY Vest From a T-shirt - Upcycle

OK – Transforming a T into this cascading vest tickled my brain!   Cruising on Pinterest for upcycle fashion ideas for my upcoming Kids Fashion Sewing Camp, I came upon the photo seen at the left in the image above.  Since I lost a night’s sleep on this, let me explain…

HOW THIS WORKS:

  1. The…
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Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 15, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

How to do Knit Hems

How to Stitch Knit Hem

Today, I’m sharing my techniques for hemming a knit garment.  There are many ways to ‘skin the cat’, in this case the ‘cat’ being a knit hem.  What I CAN tell you is that the ‘way’ instructed in most patterns will NOT work!  Simply turning up a knit hem and stitching WILL yield a wobbly mess.  Give this technique a try and I think you might just LOVE it!

 INTERFACE the hem allowance

That means put a knit fusible interfacing the…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 31, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

THREAD NESTS – The WHY and HOW to Fix on your Sewing Machine

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Thread Nest aggravating MESS is due to…

THREAD NESTS…CURED!  

If your sewing machine occasionally creates these ‘nests’ of thread on the bottom, this is for YOU!  I know for a fact that this ‘machine operator error’ is the KEY to understanding your sewing…
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Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 29, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

T-Shirt Throw

EZ T-Shirt THROW Coverlet to Sew

A T-Shirt Throw Coverlet is an EZ memory gift to sew up for giving this graduating season.

Know the Designer?

Sewing Guild friend, Linda brought this delightful T-Shirt Throw that she made with T’s belonging to her son.  Though I’d love to give appropriate credit to the original designer of the idea, Linda did not know – “other than on…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 27, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Add Flounces to a T-Shirt for a Super Tunic

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T Transformed to Tunic

Flounces dress up most anything!

See how flounces added to the hemline and sleeves transform this T-Shirt?  It was a wonderful T for my sewing buddy at Christmas, but I knew I wanted to ‘take it up a notch’.  She found this GREAT plaid…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 25, 2017 at 1:39pm — No 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

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

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

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

Upcycled Sewing with Sweaters

Sweater Make-Over Sewing Project 

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The Way I Do It…….. 

OK, this doesn’t mean it is the ONLY way – but after YEARS of creative sewing, designing, observing and teaching . . . I’m convinced that the process I share below is the best way (at least for me) to sew, be the ‘boss’ and have to have FUN while…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on January 19, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Quilted Hassock HowTo's and Supplies

Now that I have completed TWO of these great HASSOCKS (Bolster, Tuffet - whatever you care to call them)as gifts for my dear adult children, I feel there are some details of the construction and design process which, in addition to the pattern I (kinda of) used, Auntie's Two "A New Take on a Tuffett", that will prove helpful.  BTW - I sell these great dense foam forms on my website (small:  14" hi x 12" diameter) or Large as I utilitzed:  (18" tall x 15" diameter).  They are definitely firm…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on January 7, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Snoop Shop for Creative Sewing Details

TSTfrntcover COMMENT to share where you go for your ideas - or if you just come up with them all on your own!  I find shopping gets my creative juices flowing, pics help save those ideas, and then they become my 'jumping off' platform.  On my 'TO DO' List for this week is to group/organize my snoop-shopping (which includes Pinterest, by the way!) …

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on January 4, 2016 at 11:17pm — No Comments

His and Hers Pillow Covers - Gift Pillowcase Sewing Project & Sofa Pillows

One more gift done!  Family member requested for she and boyfriend to which I replied, "OK, but SOFA pillow covers."  However, I actually did make them to be regular bed pillow cases with just the snip of a few slip stitches, should this relationship come to the fulfillment of marriage.:)…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on December 22, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Londa's EZ 3 to 5 Tiered Skirt

Nothing prettier than a tiered skirt for a lady ... or little girl! Here are my FREE directions - found at the FREE INFO page on my website. Just share - with my website as the source, and send me photos of what you create!

Pretty Quick & EZ IMHO.  …

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 4, 2015 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Hints for Sewing with Monofilament Thread

One of THE most fun things I do to embellish my clothing is to couch threads.  Read on for some super hints to couch without tears!



The 3 brands of Monofilament Thread I like and recommend are :

  1.  YLI - Wonder Invisible Thread (nylon on a cross wound small cone:  $4.20 for 1500 yards)
  2.   Superior Threads - …
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Added by Londa Rohlfing on July 28, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

2 Ready-Made T's + Embellishments - NEW Top!

 Armed with some favorite summer colors,  ready-made T'shirts in Lime and Aqua, I set out to 'play'..... But first, I cut the Lime T-shirt apart (I started with an XL), and RE-Cut it using my Londa's Terrific 'T Knit Top Pattern.  This great top-seller is available both PDF for those of you who can't wait, AND …

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on July 11, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

EZ Swimsuit Cover-Up

I’m always on the look-out for quick & EZ garments to sew, and this one is SIMPLE<  SIMPE< SIMPLE!!!   

Fabric:  2 yards of 45″ (could be wider if desire and fabric comes wider) soft fabric.  The ‘Twist Wrap” I purchased ($10)  was a poly sheer print.

Simple strapped holes at each upper end...

Simple…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 23, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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