Making Children’s Wear Safe

Being a small business owner can be rewarding and challenging.  My sewing business provides me both rewards and challenges.  One of my most recent challenges involved compliance with regulations concerning making children's wear safe. My sewing business consists of alterations (but NOT prom or bridal alterations!), some custom sewing, and some handmade products that I sell.  For a few years, the bulk of my sewing projects were bags and purses.  Over a year ago, I ventured into doll clothes … [Read more...]

My Pinterest-Inspired Pedal Mats

non-skid sewing machine foot pedal

I have tons of ideas pinned at Pinterest.  Every once in a while, one of those pins actually results in a project.  My most recent Pinterest-inspired project was a set of four pedal mats to keep my sewing machine foot pedals from sliding on my new laminate floor.  Even on my carpeted floor, the sewing machine pedals had a tendency to move when I'm sewing.  Once I began using them on my new laminate flooring, I was constantly chasing the foot pedals across the floor.  Sewing was quite … [Read more...]

Frog Novelty Fabric Purse

Novelty fabric collage

I love novelty fabrics, and I make no apologies for that!  Novelty fabrics are a sub-category of 100% cotton quilting fabrics that are printed with conversational themes that make them popular for a shorter period of time than most classic cotton quilting fabrics.  Here's a few of the novelty fabrics that I have on my fabric shelf right now:  Fabrics that feature certain animals, hobby tools, foods, sports team logos, and the like are considered novelty prints.  Naturally, I'm drawn to … [Read more...]

Tee-Shirt Memory Pillow


I've been making some memory pillow covers from clothing since December.  Until last week, all of the memory pillows I've made were fashioned from men's button up shirts. On more than one occasion, I've had someone ask if I could make a memory pillow cover from a tee shirt or a sweatshirt.  My answer to that question was affirmative, and last week, I finally gave it a try. My sister, whose husband passed away two years ago, gave me one of his tee shirts so that I could make a pillow … [Read more...]

My Little Pony Bedroom Makeover


My granddaughter Aaliyah just had a new baby brother!  In anticipation of the little guy's arrival, his parents painted and furnished his nursery with a Lion King theme. They thought this would be a good time to make a few changes in Aaliyah's room, too.  At age 3.5, she is ready to transition from nursery to little girl's room.  What better way to do that than with a My Little Pony bedroom makeover? One of the things I love about Aaliyah's parents is their commitment to save money when … [Read more...]

Bluebell Dress in Microfleece

Bluebell dress

I've recently been buying and using more and more pdf sewing patterns.  On Black Friday last November many designers were having great sales with deep discounts on their pdf patterns.  One of the patterns that I bought that day was the Bluebell dress pattern from My Childhood Treasures. Here's my first run with this pattern, and I'm very happy with the results.  I chose a microfleece fabric that I bought at Joanns. My favorite things about this pattern are the raglan sleeves (because they … [Read more...]

A First Birthday Outfit for Eliza

Eliza's birthday outfit

Some pretty little girl is going to be celebrating her first birthday today, and she's going to be celebrating in style! Just one week before Christmas, my sisters and I were gathering the components for a special birthday party outfit requested by Eliza's mom who is my niece.   The plan was for me to applique a plain Gerber onesie and make a tutu to match the appliques on the shirt. While shopping at Kohl's, we found this cute collared onesie that looked much dressier than the … [Read more...]

Memory Pillows From Clothing

memory pillow

A few months ago, a friend of mine shared a picture of a memory pillow from clothing that she'd found on Facebook.  I immediately thought the idea was perfect for some of my family members after the recent passing of my nephew in September. My niece Jen collected the shirts and had the embroidery done by a local shop, and I went to work making the pillow covers:  one each for my great-niece and nephew and one for my sister and brother-in-law. We used a plaid shirt in Harley colors for my … [Read more...]

The Wristlet That Solved All My Problems

My hold everything wristlet

After that perfect wristlet turned out to be...perfect, I decided to make one for myself.  For some time now, I'd been wanting a wallet or wristlet that would hold all of my essentials.  For this project, I turned again to my favorite wristlet pattern, The Essential Wristlet by Erin Erickson.  That list of essentials that I needed to carry included grocery money and spending money and a way to keep them separate, coupons, credit cards, driver's license, other necessary cards, a lip balm, pen, … [Read more...]

The Perfect Wristlet

Two zip boxed bottom wristlet

For a couple of years, my favorite wristlet has been the two zip wristlet made from a pattern by Erin Erickson at Dog Under My Desk.  I've got a couple of these wristlets, and I carry them on a regular basis.  Here's one of my favorite ones: Recently, I had a customer ask me to make her a wristlet that was bigger than the ones I use.  I showed her a sample boxed bottom wristlet, and she liked the larger, roomier style.  She also insisted that she wanted an extra zipper on the outside of her … [Read more...]