sewing: Halloween pennants

I made this bunting earlier this year. I try to do something a little different with these every time I make one, but there’s only so much you can do. Spooky buttons, and torn cloth strips add a decrepit feel. Over time, the strips will become more raggedy, fingers crossed. I’ve been collecting fabrics toContinue reading “sewing: Halloween pennants”

mspt: Halloween ribbon wreath

I’ve noticed these wreaths for several years now, but hadn’t sat down to figure out how to make one. Luckily for me, there’s plenty of tutorials on YouTube now demonstrating in under seven minutes. Perfect! So it’s my first attempt, and you can see gravity plays a part in how it all settles a littleContinue reading “mspt: Halloween ribbon wreath”

sewing: romantic tote bag

More back-to-school sewing. A new tote bag, in pretty romantic florals. Let’s see, I used Tanya Whelan for the big roses, Lecien Flower/Sugar for the bright red roses with polka dots, and the border fabric is Walmart. The handles are also Tanya Whelan. To create the semi-sturdy structure, I used Pelton foam interfacing. I wishContinue reading “sewing: romantic tote bag”

sewing: pencil pouches

Time for some back-to-school sewing! I’ve been saving my selvedge cuttings for a while, and haven’t settled on a project to incorporate them all. Pouches are quick, and the assortment of colors are perfect to jazz up something otherwise ordinary. I think the cherry-blossom pouch is the best size to hold the most pencils, andContinue reading “sewing: pencil pouches”

a finished around-the-world quilt

Back when this whole Covid mess started and everyone was being sent home, I took a couple days to cut fabric into strips. 2-inch strips. It helped bring my fabric storage down, but then I had to make those strips into something. It turns out the narrowness of the strip means you will be sewingContinue reading “a finished around-the-world quilt”

beautiful shopping bag

Every now and then I’ll mention my sister’s Etsy shop, especially when she’s made something especially beautiful. Isn’t this shopping bag gorgeous? It’s simple things like this that elevate one’s life. Handmade, with attention to detail. If there’s any slight flaw in her work, she’ll tell you in the description and adjust the price accordingly.Continue reading “beautiful shopping bag”

sewing: summertime bunting

I started this one months ago. I knew I wanted the color of apples–red and green. I have plenty of red fabric, so that’s easy. Green, on the other hand…I don’t have very much. And then fabric with a fresh, carefree, bright and cheery theme–definitely not so easy. So I put together nine flags, andContinue reading “sewing: summertime bunting”

sewing: quilted flag

My sewing has slowed way down this year, I’m not sure why. I guess it’s because my interests cycle through different things. I work on something for a while, then move on to something else that seems more challenging. Then I moved back to the first thing, when enough time has passed that it seemsContinue reading “sewing: quilted flag”