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17 Jul


25 November, 2010 10:52

25 Nov

My sewing machine at this moment…. I think she’s cold =)

How to thread your Singer 201

10 Nov

my singer 201 has been sitting there in the corner of my master bedroom for over a year bc i cannot figure out how to thread it, attached to a table, and nothing online helped. but today i find this. i hope to try it when i get home from my trip.

i was tempted to sell it but this thing was a great find at $38 from Craigslist.  There was this construction guy that found it abandoned in some building.  Knew nothing about it but i got him to read me the numbers on the machine over the phone.  he had no pictures up and i did not want to waste a drive.  After he read me the numbers, a quick internet database search, i said i was leaving my place that second!

Another $50 was to get it cleaned and looked over for safety at the Singer store off of Friars Rd.  I asked the Singer guy if it needed anything for it to be in its best shape.  He replied no and that everything was perfect.   Purrr it did – until my toddler unravelled everything at home before i studied and programed its threading in my head…

so yeah, i will try threading the machine in a couple of days…

happy sewing everyone!

Oliver + S Tote Bag Tutorial and Give Away ( free pattern included )

9 Nov

for those of you that have little pieces of cute fabrics, and yay, no zippers!

original post November 5, 2010 at Martha Stewart’s Craft Department:

pattern here:

Free Ruffled Coin Pouch Tutorial {w/ Zipper}

9 Nov

a am out of town and just trying to catch up on my reading of Everything Etsy on my Google Reader.  I came across this and thought ‘Oh my, how cute!’  I have yet to learn how to put in a zipper on anything.  I forgot how since my sewing classes – oh of all the things to forget!  Anyway, for those who does not have this as a hurdle, sew away!

Guest Tutorial by Janet Metzger of The Empty Nest


Free Wallet Pattern Made-to-Order from Sew News

4 Nov

Organized and Cute – perfect combination!

This is really fun and sweet looking item to make for yourself or as a gift. 

It is easy to customize with pockets, flowers, or even a mouse….

i was just thinking, “Twas the night before Christmas….”

Maybe add embellishments too?  Possibilities are limitless.

Go to to get the instructions and free pattern.

To sell or not to sell….

30 Oct

I have been thinking about posting up my Finals project for Apparel Construction I, for sale, in my Etsy Store.  I think it’s because I fear rejection.  But now I am reconsidering it.  I saw the dress made by another Etsian.  You can see it here: She did a pretty nice job.  After seeing her listing, I did try my dress on again… i like it all over again.  sigh….

Sewing Last Minute Halloween Costumes? Check it! (Pillowcase – Style)

26 Oct

I went to Joann’s yesterday and got a bunch of felt at $2.99/yard. (If you happen to take the last of the roll, they actually give you another discount on top of that!)  With that, I will be making some easy breezy costumes.  I got a yard of the following colors in felt: yellow, red, white, and black, as well as 2 packs of rick rack (wavy in medium).  My bill was just a few coins over $15, not bad for 4 costumes I will be making.

I will be making pillowcase-style costumes of the ladybug, the bee, and princess seen here from Simplicity Halloween pattern.  I will also be making an angel from the same concept.  Days ago, I picked up wings from the Dollar store (angel, princess, fairy, bee), so I have this itch to sew all these costumes.  Will my daughter wear them?  Probably not, but my goal is to just sew and get better at it in speed and technique.  one day, she will… til then, be inspired to sew for the sake of sewing =)

Sewing Takes to Airwaves ( Sewing on TV )

24 Oct

Craft for all. PBS’s “Sew It All” aims to show it’s a hobby anybody can take up. And with more than 30 million Americans sewing, it seems like everybody has.
By Elana Ashanti Jefferson

The Denver Post
Posted: 10/23/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated: 10/23/2010 09:01:56 PM MDT

Host Ellen March, right, and guest EllynAnne Geisel talk on set. Geisel will lead the segment “Awesome Aprons (.” Photos: Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post )

GOLDEN — Sewing is not rocket science.

You can teach yourself, use hand-me-town tools and stitch as crooked as Mr. Magoo drives. The result will still be more interesting than most anything you can buy.

That’s the message behind Sew News and Sew It All magazines, published by Colorado’s Creative Crafts Group.

Now, the recent recession and concurrent “green revolution” have kickstarted sewers — roughly 31 million, or 27 percent of, American households included a sewer in 2009, according to the Craft & Hobby Association. Meanwhile, television glamorizes the skill, a la “Project Runway,” and yesteryear’s styles continue to rule in fashion and home design.

The result is that Sew It All is taking
Show host Ellen March demonstrates a ruffle stitching they will work on in the TV show.
its message to television, too, via a new PBS show set to air in spring 2011.

The market: today’s hip, scissor-cutting-edge creatives. And that includes guys.

“The reason we came up with this was to take the fear out of sewing,” said Ellen March, the editor of Sew News and Sew It All, who also hosts the forthcoming “Sew It All” TV show.

Seated earlier this week on her show’s brand-new set, which was adorned with orange walls, mod red chairs and a pistachio-colored sewing table with vintage-looking scalloped woodwork details, March talked about what she’s seen as a recent uptick in sewing.

“Sewing is hot right now,” said March, whose mother is a seamstress and whose father is a journalist. “I hear from a lot of people who say ‘I haven’t sewn in years and want to start up again,’ or ‘I want to sew!’ “

Each episode of “Sew It All” on TV spotlights “a fun technique,” a project in which that technique is applied, and a special guest to serve as creative inspiration. First-season guests include fashion designers and former “Project Runway” contestants Stephen “Suede” Baum and Carmen Webber; crafts author, novelist and columnist Kathy Cano-Murillo, also known as the “Crafty Chica”; and author and “apron lover” EllynAnne Geisel.

“I really want it to feel like we’re hanging out and it’s low- stress,” March said.

Geisel was briefly anxious about appearing on the show, as her own sewing skills are far from perfect. But the author of “The Apron Book: Making, Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort” and other tomes on the subject said March’s laid-back approach to sewing put her at ease.

“What I love about this new sewing focus is, it encourages you to be good enough,” Geisel said. “It’s simply the joy of saying, ‘Look, I did this myself.’ “

The sewer’s satisfaction is compounded by the fact that something handmade is that much more endearing because of the occasional flaw.

Sorta like people.

“The hip sewer, that doesn’t necessarily (correspond) to an age,” Geisel added. “It’s just someone who says, ‘I want something that is uniquely me.’ “

Phoenix-based Cano-Murillo has spent two decades building her business as a craft-trepreneur, first through her syndicated newspaper column, then through her books, blog and “Crafty Chica” brand crafting supplies. In that time, she said, there have rarely been fresh television shows geared to the country’s significant crafting community.

American consumers spent $27.4 million on crafting in 2009, according to the Craft & Hobby Association. That was a 5 percent increase over the previous year.

“It’s very hip, very fresh, very now,” Murillo said of the “Sew It All” TV show concept. She added that dropping into the Denver area recently for a one-day taping was “a breath of fresh, and a lot of fun.”

Contact your local PBS affiliate if you’d like to see “Sew It All,” or visit

Cutting out the space

No need for a devoted sewing room to begin threading together fashion and home-decorating looks. These tips for getting organized from Sew It All magazine will help sewers keep it all together.

A sewing cabinet provides a place to keep your sewing machine and notions. They can be small or large, typically include drawers for supplies, and have ample work space.

A large sewing kit is ideal for novice sewers as it comes with basic supplies — including multiple colors of thread — and is self-contained in a tidy box.

Thread racks, which come in multiple sizes and can typically hold as many as 120 spools, enable sewers to see what might otherwise get lost in a drawer.

Storage containers for safety pins, needles, ribbon and the like make these things easier to find and use, and can create their own colorful display.

Read more: Sewing craze takes to airwaves – The Denver Post

Martha Stewart’s Girl Shirt Dress

27 Sep

I get Martha’s emails daily and in this particular one, I laid eyes on this Shirt dress made from Daddy’s (or any available men’s) shirt.  It is not a new concept but I was so very was glad to see that there was a printable pattern for it.  I am a sucker for patterns and templates.  Yes, I can probably do a decent freehand for the many things I want to sew but the perfectionist in me starts screaming “Where’s the template?  No template? Move on!” or “Use the template!”  One day, maybe I will hear… “You got this; freehand it baby!” Yeah…. maybe.

 I did not make it out of a shirt but with about a yard of fabric, instead. With the rainy weather and the falling of leaves, I felt the urge to use this print out of my flannel stash.  I purchased this fabric last fall.  This is my first sewing project since July.  I supposed because I have talked his ears off about sewing again to the point that hubby took the kids and let me sew in peace; he tried his best, anyway.Oh and the tie can be detached and used as a headband =) Purdeeeee….