Sunday, September 22, 2013

Halloween Dress

This weekend I had surprise company so had to whip up something really quick.  My Stepson and his family came to visit.  My granddaughter had to have a dress!

This pattern is from Whimsey Couture and it is her Peasant Dress pattern.  It went together really fast for me.

I have to admit, my model granddaughter did not like the idea of having her picture taken this morning.  I am prejudice and think she is just beautiful happy or not!

My granddaughter doesn't like the way shirring elastic feels.  This is the second outfit I have made her with shirring elastic.  Is it just her or do others find this common? 

I love using it because it is so simple and sweet.  But, for this child I am going to have to start using 1/4 inch elastic.


Bitty Bunting Quilt

This is the cutest quilt and is a free pattern from Moda Bake Shop.  
I really want to make this one.  Do you all like this quilt?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pattern Weights

I have been using these weights for a long time and was getting jealous by seeing everyone on blogs and pintrest with cute pattern weights for they're sewing rooms. 
I decided it was time for me to do something to mine.  
The thought was sparked when I saw this washi tape at 
Office Depot.
I got back to my sewing room and started wrapping. 

Now I have my stash of washi tape wrapped washers to use in my sewing room.
I was too lazy to open up the center and didn't really see any point.  These are two washers glued together so they are easy to pic up.

I would love to see what you have done with pattern weights.  Do you have any cute ideas?


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spirit team dress

I saw this t-shirt and got this great idea of using up some fabric I had in my stash.  I buy a lot of red because it is our team sport color for the Razorback's of Arkansas, and it red is one of my favorite colors.

This ruffle fabric was bought a couple of years ago to make my daughter a tunic and then we decided it might be a little overwhelming. 
When I saw this cute shirt I loved it and thought about my fabric.

I sewed it into a tube after cutting the amount I wanted.  I then just sewed it to bottom of t-shirt.  I just guessed at the amount for the length.  This fabric is so easy to adjust the length.  It doesn't ravel so you just cut between ruffles.

In the picture it looks really long and makes me realize how long and tall I am.  The dress actually hits me just below my middle thigh.  I think it will make a cute outfit for tailgating don't you?

You could use any team shirt you like and use coordinating ruffle fabric in your team color.  I have some of this fabric in royal blue and purple too.  I know there are lots of sport teams out there with those colors.

This would be precious done on a little girls t-shirt with an embroidery or appliqué to match color of skirt too.
Have fun with the idea!


Sunday, September 15, 2013


I have been thinking about Halloween.  I always do as soon as Labor Day Weekend is over.
I got busy making some pillows.  My step daughter has birthday in October and my step daughter in law has one the very next day.

Naturally I will have to give these as early Halloween gifts.
Its one of those things you fall in love with, but you wouldn't necessarily buy for yourself.  
(Deep down you would really want it though!)

I even made an extra one's, it will be interesting to see who gets them.  The pillow is hand embroidered and the little spider I made with two tiny buttons.

Happy Halloween everyone!  Thanksgiving and Christmas are not far off!


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ironing Board for height

After working on quilt and curtains my neck was hurting so bad because I am too tall for my ironing board.

I decided to make myself one that was appropriate for my height.
This is a 2 X 4 board from Lowes that I covered with batting and then Insulbrite.  I staple gunned it around the bottom.  I then took deco weight fabric and covered that to make my cover. 

I love this new ironing station.  I secured it by using S screws in bottom and zip tied it to bars on top.  I got the 36" height table at the Container Store.  It is nice and stable.  

So long to back and neck aches from ironing!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Curtains for dorm

My niece needed curtains for her two dorm windows.
I ordered shower curtains for one window that was huge.
Lowes cut me a PVC pipe to length and we used command hooks and gross grain ribbon to hang the rod.  I used 1" rod over the smaller rods, because it seemed more stable for an 83" length.

This picture here, is of curtains I made for the other window.  I found the fabric at Hancock's and bought every last inch and used every bit of it.  I even had to use a remnant that had a flaw, but is disguised in the gathers.

This is also a PVC rod cut to length.  The ends have caps on them so the ribbon will stay on.  She hung them with yellow gross grain ribbon on each end and in middle of command hooks that stuck above frame of window.  Dorms do not want you to leave anything permanent and we were looking for cheapest way to make something for one year.

Compared to the quilt in previous post, this was a no brainer.  I whipped it out on a last minute thought in one afternoon.
I'm sure glad that quilt is a done and gone!


Monday, September 9, 2013

T-Shirt Graduation Quilt

It seems like it took me 100 hours but I have completed and delivered my promised T-shirt quilt to my niece.

My niece won a scholarship to play college basketball so I thought a nice graduation present would be to make her a T-shirt quilt out of her high school team shirts.

I have to admit it did not get me addicted to quilting.  This is my first quilt and it was very time consuming.  I tend to like instant gratification.

I used light weight woven interfacing behind each square and applied it before cutting out my pieces.  These are 12 1/2" squares.
Some of the square are pieced together.
I used bias binding and stitched in the ditch for quilting.

I am pleased with it and am ready to move on to other projects.
She loves it, so that is a plus!