Saturday, March 21, 2015

Chicken Scratch Apron

Chicken scratch seems to be popular these days. Here is an apron that I stitched over 50 years ago! The chicken scratch stitch at the waist band actually goes through 3 layers, to create pleats and therefore "cinch-in" the top of the apron. My Aunt Helen showed my sister and I how to do this stitch, and then supervised us while we stitched our aprons. I think we were not happy girls, because we wanted to be playing in the summertime, and not spending our time stitching aprons!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Doodling with Stamps Project

This is my project for the Papertrey Make it Monday Doodling with Stamps. First let me say that I CASE'd a pretty card made by Laura Bassen, for inspiration to make the center of my card.

For the doodling, I used the Rosie Posie stamp set. I don't have the Step 2 stamps for the shading, so I just used a brush and some darker ink to add shading. The doodling was done with a Micron Pigma pen that was about out of ink, but I made it through. I added a few filler sketchy dandelions. The sky is the new PTI vellum and I popped up the finished panel in order to let the transparency of the vellum show up nicely. 

The center uses the new Scene It:Skyscapes, and the little pop up tree, as well as the church diecut. 






Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hodgepodge of Cards!

This post will include some of the cards I have made in November, December and January. Also, a bit of embroidery. For Christmas this year, I embroidered kind of a painterly snowman onto floursack dishtowels; for the little kids I embroidered the design onto barmop towels and then made those into pullover bibs. The snowman design is by Urban Threads. The American Eagle embroidery is a design by Strawberry Stitch. My son-in-law became an American citizen in December, and so I made him a card along with the embroidered towel to commemorate the occasion. 

The die cut on a couple of the birthday cards is called Birthday Stack, by Poppystamps. The watercolored birds are from a new stamp set called Scribbly Birds by Dina Wakely. I used Twinkling H2O's to paint them, and CASE'd this card by mdferri. The doily diecuts are from the Papertrey die, Parisian Lace. And the houses diecuts are from the Brevilla House die, also by Poppystamps. Cloud diecuts are from Papertrey..the whales are Stampin Up. The flag stamp is from Papertrey's Friendship Jar Summer Fillers.















Sunday, January 18, 2015

Valentine's Gift

I had in mind to sew an assortment of fun gifts for my friend for Valentine's Day. I went to Hobby Lobby, and they had the perfect group of fabrics...prints consisting of cream, a cherry/apricot color, pale dusty pink, etc. I made a couple of drawstring bags, some "cord keepers" (tutorial from Made by Me & Shared with You blog). The cord keepers' tutorial is for a small keeper, which would work fine for something like the iPhone cord, but I also made several keepers in larger sizes for the heftier cords. I have made these string block quilted coasters before, directions coming from bari j blog.

To round out the gift, I included a couple of eos items...the lip balm in red container and the hand lotion in pink. I bought a stamp today at Michael's, and that is what I used to stamp the gift tag. I love using my new MISTI....it allows for such sharp images! 

The finished gift, prior to attaching the gift tag:


 The drawstring bags:


 The various items....I love how these fabrics coordinate with each other.


 The Michael's stamp, stamped onto PTI pink blush.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sewing Drawstring Bags

My friend, Linda, mentioned to me the other day just how much she loves a little drawstring bag I gave to her last year...that she uses it to hold electronics cords and other miscellaneous stuff, esp. when she travels. 

I had recalled taking some photos of the construction process, so decided to do a little blog post. Disclaimer: There are many varieties of drawstring bags. This series of steps is the way I find works best for me. I have tried different methods over the years. This particular design might be the method used by others as well, but it is one derived by myself through trial and error, and is not "copied" from anyone else's pattern. 




Cut two pieces of fabric 12" x 9". Serge around all 4 sides of each piece. 

With regular sewing machine and straight stitch, RST, stitch side seams (1/4" seam allowance)...BE SURE TO STOP 2" from top edge of bag on each side, and back-tack securely.

Press seams open and stitch down the seam allowances on that 2" open portion, to secure them. 


Stitch bottom seam RST. (not shown) Bring bottom seam and side seam together and stitch across. Do this on both sides to form the gussetted bottom. You can stitch across at whatever depth you prefer. A small amount makes a small bottom to the bag, and a larger amount will make a squattier bag. 

Fold & press top edge down 1" and stitch around to form the casing. 




Cut two 24" lengths of white cotton cording. Thread them thru the casings and knot them, to form a drawstring closure. 

These bags can be made in any size. The nice thing with serging the edges is that you won't experience any fraying. A larger size would make a nice shoe bag. Smaller sizes might work well for stashing jewelry in a suitcase. 




Friday, September 19, 2014

Baroque Ghost Stitching!

I purchased a cute ghost embroidery design from Urban Threads. It is part of their Ghost Baroque design pack. These designs look very cool on a black background. I had some black fabric in my stash, and decided to make a couple of garden flags for gifts...one for my friend and one for my sister. They take about an hour each to stitch out, because I bought the largest size of ghost, which is over 33,000 stitches. I like how they turned out. 






Monday, July 7, 2014

Fireflies in a Jar!

I have been making some "towel bibs" for the little ones in the family. These seem to be the best style of bib...the babies don't seem to mind these like they do the velcro-style, or the tie-style or plastic bibs. These bibs do a good job of covering the clothes, and are cute as well. I use bar mop towels that are approx. 18" x 18", or I cut the bottom off of a dishtowel to size. For the neckhole, I draw a circle using a CD, going about 1/4" outside of the edge of the CD. Then I cut out that circle. A 13" piece of ribbing is then attached to form the crewneck.  

The design on this bib is from Urban Threads. I love how the neon thread makes the fireflies glow!





This design of the flag was stitched onto bibs for the kids to wear at my sister's annual Memorial Day party.