Showing posts from June, 2010


When I saw this tutorial for a museum tunic dress at Anna Maria Horner's web site, I decided to give it a try. I only had elastic thread on hand instead of the elastic - and let me tell you - I need work on the elastic thread! I had a really hard time with it and made a belt for it instead.

Super simple dress, though, and easy to adapt - mine does not have as deep of a "v" in the front or back and worked well over a tank top. It was really comfortable, too. I think it will work well with tights and a cardigan in the fall/winter.

I used some of the fabric from the Cherish Nature line by Moda.

OK - if you have tips on using elastic thread, send them my way...I am not sure I will be trying it again in the very near future, though!


Happy Summer! Loving these hydrangeas and butterfly bush in a Ball canning jar I got at a garage sale last Friday...

Patchwork Pillow Cover

I have been enjoying using fabrics to make various patchwork projects lately. I am gradually moving into more attempts at quilting, but a couple of weeks ago, I was playing with some fabric scraps and started doing some cutting. I put together an arrangement that was pleasing to me, thinking it was going to be a patchwork table topper.

I pulled it out today (in an effort to get some projects in my basket finished!) and started sewing it together. When I finished, it was almost the correct size to make a 16" pillow cover. I decided to add one more strip of fabric to make it the right size, and then used some leftover minky to make the back of the pillow cover.

Here is the finished project! I love the colors and fabrics. They seem cheerful and perfect for summer! I had a lot of fun with this, and can definitely see making more. I am thinking about offering them for sale in the shop...what do you think?

A New Dress

Here's a new little dress I sewed for my girl...I am hoping it will work as a top in the future. I used inspiration from these two sites to put it together, but didn't really follow any pattern, just some simple measurements.

From an Igloo: One Hour Sundress

Kojo Designs: Fabric Tie Sleeves

Oh, and just to keep it real, the dress is already in the got mini M&M's squashed on it during a lunchtime picnic. I think Dreft should take care of it. :)

A Blanket, a Recipe, and Holidays on the Brain

I'm still here! Keeping busy, but wanted to stop in with a few goodies...

I have been doing lots of sewing and finished a baby blanket for a friend. It was my first time making something like this and it was so fun! I am going to make my daughter a larger one. She requested pink and so I have so pretty fabrics all picked out. This one used some Dick and Jane fabrics. So fun!

I made this granola today. Really easy and really yummy! Will definitely be making more!

I have been doing more crafting and activities with my daughter and was excited to find this set of free shape book patterns. These will make great templates for lots of things. I was looking for a fish to use with a fabric decoupaging activity. It went over well! :)

I have been thinking about starting my Christmas gift making. Last year, I was really new to sewing and making gifts and would love to do more this year. What are some of your favorite home made gift ideas? Also, any great Fathers' Day ideas? …