Posts in category "DIY project"

Fun items to sew for a 1st birthday party

Being a grandmother allows you access to watching your grandchildren, lots of adventures and plenty of kisses and hugs. It also gives me first dibs on sewing for my Grandchildren. They are always growing and changing so there is no end to the sewing and quilting. Right now I am excited about fun items to... Read more »

DIY 4th of July dish towel and other Hostess gift ideas

This is a big weekend for parties, it’s the 4th of July. I am not a big party gal but a good friend of mine has a new house. She is having a combination 4th of July and Housewarming party. She and her husband downsized so I want to give her something that can be... Read more »

Creating your own wipe off wooden seat cushion pattern and cushion

I recently made a high chair cover for my grandson. He needed a fresh one that his older sister had not slimed all over. When my husband brought it over, my granddaughter was jealous which is not normal for her. She loves her little brother. She decided however, that she needed a new seat cushion.... Read more »

Wipe off High Chair cushion tutorial

My daughter has an heirloom high chair that she and her husband ordered from the Amish Furniture Store. It’s gorgeous and all wood, very similar to the one I inherited from my mother. We prefer them to plastic high chairs but as babies start out small, they need padding. I made one for both of... Read more »

What to do to relieve sewing frustration

I wrote yesterday about my longarm machine going rogue on me. And by rogue I mean acting naughty beyond belief. I was very frustrated because I wanted to get my table runner finished. I found ways to calm myself down and I thought I would share them with you. Here are my suggestions on what... Read more »

DIY Green all over table runner tutorial part one

In the month of March my favorite color is green. I put out my Irish table runners, place mats and dish towels. This year was no exception and again this year, I wanted something new. I decided I needed a green all over table runner without using any strictly Irish fabrics. Last month I turned... Read more »

Modern ombre table runner in one day tutorial

Tomatoes are red, but it just doesn't say Valentine's  day to me!
Valentine’s day is fast approaching so I put out my red kitchen linens. Meh, the flip side of the Italian table runner didn’t quite cut it. I decided I needed a new one and I needed it fast. Really fast! I just happened to have a super cool collection of fat quarter solids that I... Read more »

DIY Supergirl Yoga mat bag tutorial

First time I made a yoga bag, I made 4! This was in 2010 and the straps were in the seam and premade. They kept shredding out of the seam. I decided I needed a new way for Zara.
I have written previously how the TV show Supergirl had captured my imagination and the lucky fact that the Fabric society had sent me the fabric. Making the right project is one of my goals for 2016 and I got total inspiration recently. I have described that I am no longer a Yoga dropout but... Read more »

Modern Baby quilt is all done on time

I love the process of making a quilt and I love a finished quilt. Sometimes the time lapse involved is months and months but this time I had a definite deadline.  I am ecstatic that the modern baby quilt is all done on time no less! I designed it with help on Wednesday, pieced it... Read more »

Make a modern Baby quilt top in a day

I was invited to a baby shower for a sweet baby boy arriving soon. The parents-to-be include the son of a very good friend of mine. I’ve know him since the day he was born and I went to his wedding. He is an art teacher and a musician. As part of my wedding shower... Read more »
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