Archive for ‘Sewing Resources’

March 21, 2012

Sewing Day

A way long time ago, like before Thanksgiving, I hosted a sewing day for my friend Jennifer.  I taught her to use my sewing machine and we each made one of Anna Maria Horner’s Figure 8 Scarves.


Dan Bennet for Rowan Premier Lord in Blue
Lotta Jansdotter Ruta in Navy


In retrospect this was maybe not the best option for a first foray into sewing as it contains both hand stitching and large pieces of fabric.  Regardless, foray we did and at the end of the day we both came away with this cute scarf.


February 19, 2012

Potholders with a Pocket


I went to a wedding shower yesterday. I don’t know about you, but I always struggle with what to buy for gifts. I never want to buy completely off the registry because I like surprises. However, I’m always afraid that I might not nail the new couples style and I don’t want to leave them with anything they don’t want or have to return. This time I ended up buying the bride a sil pat off of the registry but I wanted to pair it with something a little more special. Hunting around online, I found this tutorial on Oh Fansson! Perfect. I whipped these up with some fabric from my stash (the Crate and Barrel by the pound fabric. Awesome!) to match the brides black and white kitchen. In addition to two layers of batting recommended by Elizabeth, I added a layer of Peltex I had left over from a Weekender. It’s a tad stiffer than I wanted for the pot holder but I think it’s perfect for a hotpad.



February 8, 2012

Let’s Take a Trip

Take a look at this, a pattern for a different Weekender. I think this would be super hot in navy, but then again, what isn’t super hot in navy?


June 15, 2011

Father’s Day Round Up

In honor of fathers day, some father-centric projects.


How to make a tie.  This would have been so helpful had I found it before the wedding.

A simple manly handkerchief.

An iPad case.  Perhaps man it up a little.  You know, like with fire or bacon.

May 10, 2011

Some More New to Me (And Maybe to You) Blogs

Blueberry park

Karen sews impeccably tailored pouches and pillows among other things. She dabbles in making her own prints. (I’m totally jealous of her current screen printing class)


One Sheepish Girl

Meredith provides beautiful knitted items and beautiful knit inspiration and does it from my very own city of Dallas.


A Cuppa and a Catchup

(for my fellow Americans a cuppa is “Brit informal for a cup of tea.” yes I had to look it up. Please don’t laugh at me my international readers.)

Nova is just awesome. Really. Just go scamper about her website.

photo by Nova via

April 28, 2011

Travel Tutorial Round Up


Speaking of vacation, I’ve put together a little round-up of  some fun travel related projects.

A needle case from Jamie at Sew She Sews.  
A travel sewing case from Dawn at Sew Mama Sew.
photo via Sew Mama Sew


A flat iron case from Char at Crap I’ve Made.

photo by Char via
A flat iron case turned heat pad from Staci at Crafty Staci
photo by Staci via


 A travel document organizer from Laural at Thimble

photo by Laurel via


A make-up brush roll by Susan at Freshly Picked

photo by Susan via


A boxy dopp kit from Kaelin at The Plaid Scottie

photo by Kaelin via
April 3, 2011

A List of New to Me (and Maybe New to You) Blogs

A Sewing Journal – full of dreamy photographs and pretty fabric

photo by Melanie via


Sew Take A Hike – some of the most creative quilt blocks ever, Penny has inspired me to add Villa Savoy quilt block to my ‘List for Doing’ list

photo and quilt block by Penny via


Carina’s Craft Blog  – beautiful modern embroidery and colors so pretty I want to lick them

photo by Carina via
March 12, 2011

Be Still My Heart: Film in the Fridge

The very same day I’m over here writing about my love of stripes and the need to make a striped quilt, Ashley at Film In The Fridge posted this little beauty.


photo by Ashley via Film in the Fridge


I love it.  I think the choice of fabrics is perfect with the little bit of orange setting off the pink perfectly.  Feel the need to make your own like me? The next day Ashley posted a very helpful tutorial.  I suggest you go see it, she is having a strip quilt extravaganza.  While you’re there, look around, her projects are beautiful.

February 19, 2011

A New Quilt Maybe?

I’ve been reading a lot of sewing blogs lately.  I think it was Sew Mama Sew that led me to Don’t Call Me Betsy that led me to From the Blue Chair.  It was there that I found this block made by Kati.

I’ve seen countless versions of this block before.  I’m pretty sure there’s one of these quilts at my parent’s house.  I was never very excited about them, I’ve never wanted to make any before.  Then I saw Kati’s version.  For some reason I love it.  I’m not sure if it’s the colors or the way the pattern in the middle fits perfectly into the circle but I love it.  I have a vision of a queen sized version in reds and whites.  I’ll have to start building my red/white stash.  I can start with the scraps from my Bearcat Quilt.  What about you?  Do you have any favorite red and white patterns I need to be aware of?
June 2, 2010

Where Do You Go For Fabric?

  Everyone has a favorite place to go to find fabric.  What’s yours?  I have a few “sweet spots” that I can go to and usually come out with something inspiring.  Here I’m going to let you in on all of my secrets.

First and foremost, there is the fabric store.  The ubiquitous-find-it-everywhere fabric store is all well and good, but when I’m looking for something fantastic I go to City Craft.  City Craft opened in Dallas last year and for those of you who do not live in the area, I can tell you that you are missing out.  Big time.  Not only does City Craft carry an amazing array of the latest fabrics from designers like Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, and Michael Miller, they also carry patterns, books, glow in the dark embroidery floss.  Seriously, they are making sewing cool again.  (Although I always thought that it was.)  Pictured below is just a small sampling of my stash.  They also have a multitude of classes and can be credited with curing my fear of zippers.  Thanks Calle and Erin!


Another favorite place for great finds is the Create and Barrel Outlet store.  “Wait a minute,” you say, “Create and Barrel for fabric?”  Yes!  They carry Marimekko fabrics in most of their stores.  Merrimiko is responsible for a lot of the great prints on Crate and Barrel items.  At the outlet store they sell fabric off the bolt.


Get this, they also sell remnants by the pound!!  No, you did not read that incorrectly.  Create and Barrel Outlet sells fabric remnants by the pound and on the cheap.  I think it’s $1 or $2 a pound.  I have sifted through their baskets and walked out with an armful of fabric for $1.97.

But wait, Crate and Barrel Outlet is not only good for remnants but also for pillow cases, placemats, and curtains.  When I go into a home store I always look for sale items I can cut up and repurpose into something else.  Last summer I bought a beautiful gray fabric from Crate and Barrel Outlet in the form of two king sized pillow cases on sale for ridiculously cheap.  So far, I have made two pillows covers, three small clutches, and a coin purse.  There is still more than half of a pillow case left!  This is my go to fabric. 

It goes with everything and looks awesome.  But wait.  Do you see the backside of that pillow cover?  That is a placemat, also bought on the same shopping trip.  Next time you are in any store that sells linens for the home, keep your eyes and your mind open.


I also feature a few purses in my shop made from vintage men’s dress shirts and scarves.  You can find these at any Salvation Army,  Good Will, or man’s closet.  The fabric quality is usually fantastic and the subtle patterns make for great backgrounds or sophisticated foregrounds.  They can be harder to work with depending on the seaming or size of your shirt but it is totally worth it.  Plus, the details like the cuff and buttons are great opportunities to get creative.


So, that’s it.  Those are my three “go-to” fabric spots.  You now know everything.  Just remember to keep your eyes open!  Even Home Depot offers possibilities….