Friday, August 28, 2015

Gumdrop Zippered Clutch - FREE Tutorial



Goody, goody gumdrop! This cute zippered clutch combines several embellishments: ribbon, beads, and tassels. Extra long zipper-pull charms are on-trend this Fall. They can add a bit of bling to any bag, but are an especially fun accent for this clutch with its bright colors and playful pattern.

This step-by-step tutorial can be found at Sew4Home.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Apron Comeback

a·pron
ˈāprən/
noun
  1. 1.
    a protective or decorative garment worn over the front of one's clothes and tied at the back.
    synonyms:pinafore, smock, overall, bib, bib apron; More
  2. 2.
    a small area adjacent to another larger area or structure.

    "a tiny apron of garden"
The "apron" is the area of fat around the lower abdomen that tends to hang over the waistband of your pants or skirt. Lack of muscle tone and excess weight can lead to the development of a fat apron on your body.

I've had a chuckle or two over the past few days  reading the above definitions of the apron. I can especially relate to #2,  having a larger area of structure behind my apron. ( I won't comment on the apron of the garden..no sir!!.)

I did a basic search on the history of the apron, and there are some excellent articles describing the first to the present.  Seems history is repeating itself.

I found this poem of Grandma's Apron excellent for the descriptive use!  As I read it, I could only see how dirty the apron must have been by the end of the day!! How did they ever remove the stains? The ending, however, was the highlight of the whole poem!

So here it is..hope you have time to read it, and  that it brings back memories of the good ole days to those who are still young at heart !

Grandma's Apron
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears…
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men-folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
REMEMBER:
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
I never caught anything from an apron…But Love. (Author Unknown)

The above apron is basic...a rectangle for the apron part, front piece and ties.  If you would like the measurements I would be happy to post them.  The waistband and pockets are all quilted.

This is the first apron I've made since grade 8 high school, which was many moons ago!  I still remember my home-economics teacher.  Her name was Mrs. Cox, a very serious individual, but proficient in her profession.

Have a wonderful day!  Fall is coming soon!  Cooler weather!  Yes!!

Linda

Monday, August 17, 2015

HOT PAD TUTORIALS

Aren't these beautiful hot pads!!?  After finishing my hipster tutorial (it's off to the testers now), it's back to hot pads and potholders!  Love them!

You can find these lovelies at  PATCHWORK POSSE.

I don't know about you, but I like to sew a quick project once in awhile.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment.  These would be as the block is already made!!..or if you don't have any,  you could make some!

There are over 52 UFO ( unfinished object) quilt blocks on this site so check it out.  If you would like your projects posted, please send your pics to lindaspears49@gmail.com

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A SIMPLE INEXPENSIVE BABY BLANKET - mini tutorial



Now here's a little baby blanket!  The main fabric was $1.00 m. and the flannel on the back was $4.00 m. plus the cost of Hobb's batting.  The whole project was really inexpensive!  Oh yes, the border was $3.00, and there's enough scraps to make a few patchwork potholders or mug rugs.... or what-have-you!

I quilted using squiggly lines, as I haven't had the opportunity to practice free motion quilting much, but I do like this look.

This would be a great project for a novice!   I would like to make a few more myself.  There are craft sales coming up in the fall, so these blankets would be ideal.  They would make a nice, useful baby gift as well!

Here's a few directions!  If you need any help, e-mail me at lindaspears49@gmail.com   I'd be more than happy to help.


Supplies & Directions for a 35" x 35" Blanket

1 m. of cotton
1 m. of flannel
.4 m for the 3" binding or you could sew scraps together from fabric you already have.
1 m. of Hobbs batting (don't trim)  They usually give you an inch or more extra.
Contrasting thread
Temporary adhesive spray

  • press the cotton fabric, placing it face down.. 
  • spray the back of the fabric with the adhesive spray.   
  • Add the Hobbs batting, making it approximately 1" larger than the cotton fabric.
  • Spray the adhesive lightly on the batting.  
  • Add the back piece of flannel right side up, sandwiching the batting between the two pieces. 
  •  Quilt whatever pattern you want. (I usually start down the center).
  • Square the fabric. 
  •  Zigzag around the outside edge of the blanket.
  • Cut out the binding pieces. ( There are excellent binding tutorials listed on YouTube by Craftsy Gemini as well as others).
The binding is really non-life threatening!  I'm able to do a better job after a few blankets...it takes practice!  Infact I'll let you in on a little secret...I really enjoy hand sewing the binding on now.  I find it so relaxing!   If I can do it you can too!  Happy sewing!

Friday, August 7, 2015

PATCHWORK BAG "WindMill" - Free Tutorial



This patchwork bag "WindMill" consists of numerous little triangles, but the end result of sewing these together is one beautiful bag!!

The inner lining has several large pockets.  The two tone straps unquestionably  make a statement, along with the center patchwork.

This free picture  tutorial can be found HERE.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

SITES FEATURING SEWING & CRAFT PROJECTS

Ladies, there is a wealth of information on this site for getting your blog seen.  

Check out  Threading My Way.  Pam shares with us the various sites where  sewing and crafting projects can be featured.  She also shares her own personal results with many of them.


Even if you're not interested in having your projects featured, you may find some new- to- you sites that are full of ideas and inspiration.  Enjoy!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Patchwork Potholders WITH BINDING!

I remember awhile ago posting potholders without binding! I had tried sewing  binding on mug rugs and potholders, but it was by machine and the top-stitching never lined up with the back. I gave up and put them in a drawer with some other unfinished projects.

If you've been following my blog you are aware I've just completed my first quilt, and you know what goes around the outside!! Yes, binding! What was I going to do?  Well, when needing an answer I usually just go to You Tube now.

 I found two excellent tutorials by Crafty Gemini. Her tutorials were so easy to follow and she has an interesting way of explaining things. "Pretty sides touching" is one phrase I recall right now ...so simple and retainable.

I was able to hand sew the binding on the first and second quilt, and although I don't profess to being an expert I think I'm getting the hang of it. I actually enjoyed the process!   I still had to go back several times to watch how to fold the corners, and join the end pieces.

 So here's the patchwork potholders I made! The binding is not perfect by any means.  Next time I would use a wider binding, as the potholders are thicker with the two layers of batting and the insul-brite batting.  A couple of the corners were also too pointy!

I would like to encourage all who are nervous regarding sewing on binding to  go for it.  You can find the You Tube videos by Crafty Gemini HERE and HERE..  It's like anything else, just takes some practice!


Here's a written tutorial for the binding... an excellent one!  You can find it on Craftsy,

       
                                                                                                          These two potholders I  started  several months ago, but didn't finish them.  They were were just too big at 9"x 9".  Last evening I took the binding off, which was only sewn on one side anyway, and made them smaller .... 8"x 8"...... the perfect size!  I added a grommet to each one, and they're now considered finished!