Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Scarf Box GIft

Ever Wonder what to get Someone Who Will Soon Be 95 Years?

How About a Scarf Box?

Covered a box that could be easily opened with Sequined fabric

Inside of the box is covered so it is pretty when you are lifting the scarves up to look at them and touch and feel the different textures

Each scarf was a bias triangle so it could tied around her head, but some small and some large to use at different times, and seasons, or just a colorful accent at the neckline.

I wasn't too sure that she was going to like these, but she couldn't stop picking them up and looking at each one and touching and feeling them...

These were fabric wrapped presents tied with a Red Ribbon

Love these Pillows... Pictures don't do it justice

Simple pillows were done by cutting front and back squares the same size... about an inch to inch and half smaller than the pillow inserts.  Took invisible zipper and put between the front and back and made it almost the full length of the pillow piece, with about an inch on each end sewn.... then sew the front to back right sides together with the zipper partially open so you can unzip it and turn it right side out and putting the insert in...squeeze it in so the excess of size goes into the corners to prevent limp corners or dogears.. VOILA... yeh! pillows

Back sides were Burgundy and White Invisible zipper at the bottom of the pillow

Seemed to be a hit on Both Counts, but always a wonder what you can get someone who had been around for almost a century.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Holiday GIfts

Holiday Gifts in the making

Right Now the Scarf is done that is in the tote in the picture
The Tote fabric had some left over so I think I am going to put a big pocket around before I put the straps on and one inside and if enough fabric a little clutch.

I will add the directions later today as I finish this item

This took abour 3/8 of the faux fur and I made a tube and turned it inside out

Two Neckrolls made from the leftover fabric from the bench cushion and toss pillows

Friday, December 14, 2018

sewing a semi-attached bench cushion cover

I was asked to copy this cushion:

Here is what I was given: ( old cushion)

and some fabric with these wide stripes.... Easy ---NOT

Had to do lots of measures and a diagram

WARNING:   If you are buying fabric with wide stripes... woven will make your stripes even.... This fabric has the stripes painted on and they are not equal--- recipe for the insane asylum--  Made uneven cushion that has attachments to fit on a piece of furniture you do not have.... and fabric that is impossible to make perfect as the stripes are not even..... AHHHHH--- This fabric did not come from the store I work at--- AHHHHHHHHHH---The cushion insert is not even(made of some rolled upholstery batting stuffed inside the pillows... and it has a flange around the cushion cover.... another thing to show uneven properties.... and each side of the bench cushion-back and bottom has a zipper...

1.  Make the center zipper plackard... since it was not going to show I made it out of a solid color the same color as the zippers... WHITE...and I made the zippers the size of the length of the pillow covers...

2.  Make the pillow inserts have a muslin cover so your batting roll is even inside the pillow covers and can be removed in a lump and not fall apart when removed.

3.  Measure everything and copy the cushion cover by measurements, so you can give back the original cushion and a new cushion-in case the new one fails, or so the owner can have a back up cushion when the new one gets dirty.(don't know if they pre-washed and it may shrink if they try to wash it.

I don't have the bench but I put the velcro in the same place and the channels for the back in the same spacing... Soooo I hope so...
There was a couple of pieces left...from the sides.. so I made toss pillows 16x16 with invisible zippers.

There are a couple of long skinny pieces, I guess I could make them some neck rolls.

If they need a backup, I am giving them their old cushion back.

Yeh!... They just sent me a pic... it did fit..!!!

Soooo, This is why I have not been blogging.... it was a long drawn out project..

Saturday, December 8, 2018

My Little Tote Bag

Little Tote to Tote along the alphabet and numbers 

Vinyl, Lining material and Thread purchased at

G Street Fabrics<---link for store site

Cut out the pieces to the tote and Freemotion
Small Zig Satin Stitched the letters and numbers
On Each side of the tote pieces before sewing the tote together

Cut out a strip for strap and fold in and zig zag down the center to make a handle

The Lining has letters and numbers too, in Flannel

fold the lining like you do the outside and sew the side seams, then on the bottom pinch the ends and sew across the end and trim the triangle off so the bottom ends look like this... same with the outside of the tote, and put the lining inside--turn under both the lining and the outside and topstitch catching the strapping on the sides so the end is in between the lining and the outside.

Made just like Grammies big tote bag

Found these Foam Letters at one of the local drug stores

Everyone Should have their personal Alphabet and numbers...LOL

If this looks like fun things to make, here are others at this link...from my other blog...

Things I made for my grand daughter <-- Click link (www.Kittyscreation.com)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Turkey Day-Turkey Food

A Little Sewing, but mainly

ordeurves..... aka appetizers

An empty plate

Turkey Shaped Cookie Cutters
Rye and Pumpernickel Swirl Bread

Cut Out Some Turkey Shapes and a plate of white Bread ones, too

Cover them with the seasoned Cream Cheese Mixture and add
Loveley Cucumbers and a sprig of dill on each...

No Meat Turkey for those Difficult to feed guests....
Cucumber dill Sandwiches in a special shape!

Prep Time 30 minutes
 Cook Time 30 minutes
 Total Time 1 hour
 Servings 16 servings
 Calories 153 kcal


·         1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
·         1/2 cup mayonnaise
·         2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk
·         2 teaspoons dried parsley
·         1 teaspoon onion powder
·         1/2 teaspoon dried chopped onion
·         1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
·         1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         Pinch black pepper
Don't forget your Deviled Eggs

To be quicker, I bought the hard boiled eggs... sliced in half, smashed the center in a bowl with a fork...
large, hard-boiled EGGS
1/2 cup
mayonnaise- olive oil mayonnaise was used for mine
1-1/2 tsp.
Dried Mustard
1 tsp.
fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp.
ground pepper
Apple cider vinegar to taste

Can add Sour Cream, Large Bacon chips and chives

AND  Don't Forget the spinach Balls

I change this recipe to suit the ingredients I have and my mood... In general... 2 10 oz froz chopped spinach packages cooked and drained thrown in bowl... mix with 2 cups of could be Pep.Farm, but whatever Herbal stuffing in box or bag crushed form-rather than squares are best for mixing... 4 eggs beaten well, I usually add some seasoned bread crumbs just for finer mix and all kinds of shredded cheese,-thrown in to be sure there is plenty for each spinach ball, 2 cloves of garlic chopped finely and at least half of a flavorful onion if large or 1 small one chopped into tiny squares.. Cheese can either be a mixed bag or this time I put in shredded parm, and 2 types of shredded cheddar plus shredded mozzarella....  Just lots of flavors...

Mix and put in frig or freezer to make easy to roll into balls and then roll the balls whatever size you like and cook in oven 10 minutes or until slight brown and crunchy on the outside.   These are usually a winner.

My local HT did the hard stuff... Turkey and usual mashed potatoes and green bean casserole... Picked up in the morning already cooked... YEH! HT
and it was cooked just right!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Multiple Cutting

So, I am using today to cut as many things out as possible.
I am going through my stash and laying out all the things I would like to make the same thing....
My ususal Jackets first...Fuschia Lace.. cut with scallops down the front... Baby Blue spider web lace... Royal Blue tufted chiffon.... Bright Coral Plaid Chiffon and Black with Metallic gold tufting... Gray green puffy chiffon.... all cut out...
And TOPS...
And Lastly Dresses.
I need to do a cleanup and resort... so My sewing Table will be clean except for the stacks of  items cutout today... This is the plan and I will take pictures as I accomplish it.  After this and making one outfit... I will pull out all the Christmas presents stash and line them up... Then I can sew many things this week.
Saw the Grandchildren a lot.... cut out 6 Jackets... Sewn...NONE...
Will not sew the jackets until I cut out the pants and Blouses...

Those are Magazine storage boxes with patterns in them on the top shelf... a bent paperclip shaped into a hook holds the plastic canvas sheet - holes are just right for the earrings to slipped through and backs holding on.  Bracelet storage will be added to my next blog after finishing these outfits.

But here is a sampling of the materials of the Jackets and scarves because as always ... Made the earrings... first..

The Colors of next weeks outfits... earrings made... fuschia and blue beaded bracelets for accessorizing scarves...

At Least Step one is done... and Jackets are cut out...I will time how fast I can do one jacket if it is all cut out... We know if I cut out the pants, they are 20 minutes each.   I will time the blouses also.  Give me a week and half and my plastic canvas hanging earring holder will be full.  The scarves will be the same as the earrings but intertwined with other colors that are in the blouses.  The black ones you see are black and bright gold, and I think I have some gold fabric in my stash so that should be a twinkling outfit...

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Grammie Sitting

Too Busy to Post watching Grand Babies Grow on Days off

One in front of me and one on the Monitor in Crib

Such Hard work... LOL... but don't have my sewing machine or computer

Still sewing in the Middle of the night... but Things like
Toddlers Tote Bag for Alphabet Letters and
Baby Snuggy Floor Throw out of Minky

Ooops, remember I made a throw out of Blue for baby Brother...?...  uhoh... have to make a pink throw

The throw is a layer of minky on each side and 1 layer of flat batting in the center... Bias quilted  1 1/2" spaced and then used printed star gauze trim around the edge using a blanket sewing machine stitch to catch in both sides of the gauze trim.  The blue star printed gauze was used for 2 baby swaddle blankets and 2  Grammie burping shoulder pads.

Of Course, I have more than 365 OUTFITS.. so who cares about my clothes..Ha

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Kimono Jacket and Skirt set

Bought this pattern from Etsy... but I did not look like this in it... I am not small and it was unflattering..... so I started changing... it... layering lace and appliqueing .
The original pieces of fabric were not specific for this pattern, so I did not have  enoough of the colored lace to do a whole blouse or jacket... I thought this would work..???
I don't like 3/4 sleeves so I doubled the width of the trim on the trim view... and then I layered white lace to give the impression of set in sleeves.... ( I have rounded shoulders and I knew better than do something without set in sleeves...)
The back didn't look right so I added appliques on the layered lace down the middle to try to not focus on my size...

Layered with lace and then appliqued with overlay from the skirt fabric
Now for the Tier drop skirt out of yellow and I feel I will probably layer lace at the ends of the tear drops...

I also found this pattern on Etsy- The skirt will be yellow like the yellow in the jacket using the view that is pink on the front.
Thinking overlays of lace somewhere on the tear drops.
This outfit is totally experiments.. The blouse will be a faux silk white brocade but I am using a pleater board for the first time... not sure of how I will make the blouse front exactly...but all of the fabrics except the white lace came from the 2.97 room....  The white lace came from the 25.00 eveningwear table on sale.

Did the skirt...  layering just the lace flowers on the teardrops... alternating the colored lace flower and then the white ones.

Cut Out part you want to applique, used ultra hold bond but you should use lite, because the heavier ultra hold gums up your needle if you do the satin stitch with the machine around the edge as I did.  I added the venetian lace around the bottom of the tier drop skirt after I made the skirt itself and then did the applique.

I pinned on the upside down scallop of the lace from the jacket and alternated tierdrops.

I appliqued the lace around the edge with a tiny satin stitch being careful to not interrupt the edging of the venetian lace trim and then quilted lightly through the lace and tierdrop corner so it would lay flat nicely.

The end result of the bottom of the skirt is here, but I still am not sure about the outfit itself... Feels like I should be dancing or something.  I still have the blouse to do which I felt this satin charmeuse white damask type would be another great experiment with some pleating from my new pleater board.... pictures to follow.

This whole outfit is just one experiment after another.... BUT FIRST  I have to be Rosie the Riveter for Holloween and I have to make the Little Alphabet Tote for my little grand-daughter out of Pur Pel Vinyl with letters and numbers on the outside...

This Outfit started out inexpensive.... 2.97 a yard... BUT.. the white lace overlay came from the 25.00 a yard lace Evening Spec. table...(yard and half of the White Lace- admitting there is some leftover for appliqueing on other things) and the Venetian Lace edging was expensive too... (also had more than needed-to be used later).....BUT... it seemed important at the time....and the pleater board was expensive, but I am going to experiment with it on this blouse and then use it on little dresses for my grand daughter-that is the plan.