Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Karen LaPage Sews Knits So Great!

Organic Cotton Interlock fabrics from

Karen LePage, co-author of Sewing for Boys and founder of Gentle Clothing, just posted "Essential Techniques for Knit Clothing".  It's a fabulous tutorial on for those of us who don't work with knits often...but want to.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What are you making?

photo by Suebee's World 2014
Here's a two-fer: a photo of what Sue did with my Purse Organizer pattern AND a link to her blog "Suebee's World".  It's a great blog  with a LOT of info and great pics.  Go check it out.
But I should have said, here's a three-fer because here is a photo from Christi, too.
Thanks for sending in your photos.  It is a lot of fun to see what happened after my pattern goes out into the world :).

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Organizer Fun

It's always a great surprise to get photos of the latest creations from one of my patterns.  It's fun to see what fabric people pick, what touches they add ...and how they fill it up :).  So, thank you to Barbara who sent these photos of her first organizer. 
Great fabric and she even added a 'signature square'!

Monday, February 11, 2013

More Pattern Love

Melissa just bought this reversible or zippered tote pattern 5 days ago and look what she's already made. It's fabulous! She writes:
"Thanks for creating such a great pattern! Out of all the patterns I looked at, yours had the most versatility, and, most important to me, pockets!!
I've actually already made one tote so far (and am planning on making another already). Here's a couple of photos of how mine turned out. I added a key clip, since I'll be using this as my swimming bag for the gym."
What a great job...and I'm fairly certain she's going to swim faster with this ;).

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Very "Handy" Purse Organizer :)

Vikki just sent me this photo of her purse organizer, hot off the sewing machine!  She decided to add handles to make it even easier to change purses.  Way to go, Vikki!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Look what Kristine and Vicki did!

Photo courtesy of Kristine C
I love it when customers send me photos of what they have created with my patterns.
Photo courtesy of Vicki B
And these are two really great looking organizers.  Vicki added the side tabs herself (photo above).
Thanks, Kristine and Vicki, for sending these photos!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Great fabric resource!

I just discovered this new fabric resource...
image from Hawthorne Threads website
Though I don't have direct experience with them, a friend recommended them.  I visited their Fabrics on Sale, and they have some great fabrics at some really good prices.  Worth checking out!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A way with pins...

Photo from
Even after writing several posts on pins and needles, I'm still learning a few tricks...ok, I'm still learning many tricks!  And here are a few tips from Threads magazine called "How to Use Pins the Right Way".  It's a very short article with some handy tips on the easiest and most efficient way to use pins while you're sewing. It's worth a click...unless you're one of those "old" dogs!

(Other posts on using pins and needles include:
"On Pins and Needles" about choosing the correct needle for the job.
"In the fast lane!" which is one of my tricks for zipping right along on a seam without starting and stopping to unpin.)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Eight of Nana's tablecloths equals one great bathrobe!

One of my best girlfriends is a FABulous artist (with paint), so we decided to barter my sewing skills for her painting prowess.  Two years later (that's right!), I got started on a bathrobe made from a bunch of her favorite grandmom's vintage tablecloths. Stained and holey, these weren't so enjoyable on a table.  But repurposed into a robe?  Cha-ching!  Here is Happy Kim modeling her new robe...
So she gets to think of Nana and enjoy the cheery fabrics at the same time.  Note: This was Kim's idea; I just executed.
Now about that painting.... :).

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ho Ho Holidays! Lots of merry fabrics

I've just spent eons (ok, 2 days) photographing fabrics and listing them in my Etsy shop.  They're not just for the holidays, but I admit many of them have red in them :).  Here's a sampling:
These are just some of the new fabrics. And there are also upholstery, or Home Dec, weight fabrics like the one below...
 I think I've listed about 15 new fabrics including a heavy weight iron-on interfacing.  And there are more to come!