Saturday, June 21

All-Boy Onesies

All Boy Onesies | Silhouette Heat Transfer | Dyed OnesiesI just love a party theme, especially when I can match my gift to the theme! This little boy's nursery has a gray and white chevron design on one wall with one chevron stripe in red. His daddy loves vintage cars. What would be cuter than onesies dyed to match the nursery colors (and crocheted blanket), then embellished with vintage car images?

Friday, May 23

Very Hungry Caterpillar Shower Gift


A Very Hungry Caterpillar | Baby Shower Gift
What is more fun than a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed baby shower?Creating gifts to match the theme, of course! I confess: I love to theme out a party, and making gifts to fit the theme is somuch fun! Earlier, I wrote about a gift basket that I lined using five colorful bandannas. Here's what went into the basket:

Friday, May 9

DIY Grad Gifts from old jeans!

Graduation Gift | gift bag from jeans | Easy to Sew
Graduation Gift | gift bag from jeans | Easy to SewHow bittersweet to celebrate the high school graduations of two young men I've know since they were small children. I am so proud of them and so happy that they have purpose and direction in their lives. Still, I'm a little sad that soon they'll be away at college and I won't be seeing them as often.

I wanted to bring more than a card to their graduation parties, so I made up these little gift bags from old jeans and put in some items that I thought they'd need when away from home: Bandaids and non-aspirin pain reliever, Febreeze and Tide stain remover, nail clippers and Q-tips.

Tuesday, May 6

Quick and Easy Bridal Shower Gift

Have you ever needed a quick, but inexpensive gift for a bridal shower? I faced this dilemma recently when I accompanied a friend to a shower for someone I did not know well. I needed a gift that was:
Quick and Easy Shower Gift | Bridal Shower
  1. Not too expensive. 
  2. Not risqué.
  3. Quick and easy.
My solution: a picture frame with a cute saying inserted.

Tuesday, April 22

Scrappy Monster Dolls: The Fun!

Monster Dolls | Sewn from scraps | Toy
Several weeks ago, I saw these cute monster dolls on Pinterest, and knew I'd have to make some myself.  It was such a fun way to use up some of my scraps!

Saturday, April 12

How to make long sleeve into 3/4 length without measuring

3/4-length sleeve | girl's dress | doll clothes | how to make a facing
A girl and her doll, how they love to dress alike!

If you saw the Easy Tank Top Nightgown, you know that pink is the color of choice. This pink fabric is a cozy sweatshirt fleece, perfect to pair with leggings.

Tuesday, April 8

Simple to Sew Crayon Pouches

Crayon Pouches | Easy to Sew | Fun to Make
Are you looking for a quick idea for Easter baskets or birthday party favors?  Maybe, like me, you need a way to make crayons available for small children during worship, with a reminder to return them after use. These simple to sew crayon pouches look pretty cute and are useful, too!  Let me tell you how I made them.

Tuesday, April 1

Sew an Easy Tank Top Nightgown

Easy Tank Top Nightgown | Sew Happy | Sewing Knits
This girl loves a tank top!  She's been asking her mom every day when the weather will be warm enough for tank tops and shorts!  At least she has this tank top nightgown, and look how springy it is in this pink knit!

Monday, January 6

Needle Positioning Pointers

Some pointers on needle positioning might be helpful to some of you beginning sewers. Many sewing machines sold today give you the ability to adjust the position of your needle.  Mine defaults to LEFT and has a button for CENTER.  It also has a button to move the needle left or right by small increments.

First, I'll show an example of double row topstitching with the needle in the left position.

Saturday, January 4

My Favorite Elastic Waistband

There's more than one way to put in an elastic waistband, and this is my favorite. Why? It's quick and easy. It looks neat. The elastic will not twist.
Here are the steps:
1. Cut elastic 2-3" shorter than the waist measurement. I usually cut mine 3 inches shorter.  Overlap the ends of the elastic about 1/2 inch and stitch securely.  Divide the circle into quarters and mark with pins.  I like to start with a pin just to one side of the overlap, and place that at the back of the garment.  Placing the mark to the side prevents the bulk of the overlap from lying on top of the bulk of the back seam.
2. Divide the garment top in quarters and mark with pins.

Friday, January 3

Rolled storage: hanging file?

I came across this idea for storing wrapping paper rolls on Pinterest. It took me a while to track down the original post for how the paper rolls were hung on the rod. Of course, it's not only well organized, but really cute, helped by the pretty paper.

I focused on the well organized part, because what I wanted to organize isn't all that pretty: interfacing, wonder under, etc.  I had been storing these sewing supplies by rolling them on empty gift wrap tubes. I stored the rolls in a tall waste basket.  There were a couple of problems with that. First, I was also storing other rolled-up things in that waste basket. There were rolls of wrapping paper, contact paper, and kraft paper, along with a couple of other miscellaneous items. I dealt with that by putting all those things where they belonged and/or in new storage locations. The other problem was finding what I wanted—or not finding what I wanted!  I would have to pull each roll out and try to figure out what was on it. Not all the rolls are the same length, so some things would get lost at the bottom of the "barrel". This is where the hanging storage came in!

Wednesday, January 1

Sew happy New Year's Day!

I decided to celebrate the new year by sewing—anything I wanted. It took me a while to decide, but I had unearthed a pattern for a scrap bag for a sewing table (Kwik Sew #3886) when I was doing some cleaning and organizing the other day. That was exactly the right thing!  I had made a curtain for the window in my sewing corner, and thought I'd like to use the same fabric for this.