Blog 2016-10-17T20:45:08+00:00

My Singer treadle machine

So, my Mom inherited her mom's treadle machine and wanted it out of the house, and I was more than happy to take it off her hands 🙂 Looking up the serial number etc. reveals that it was made in [...]

Hand-sewn baby play mat with arches and everything

Before Johanna was born, I was looking at playmats for her and thought they were stupidly expensive, too small, too ugly, too noisy in some cases, didn't hold enough toys, and just not what I wanted. I thought I could [...]

Toddler pillow sewn from a vintage thrifted pillowcase

I finished the toddler pillow I was making for Johanna out of a vintage pillowcase, also from Goodwill Outlet.It was pretty simple to make--I cut the pillowcase in half; I used one half for the pillow itself and one half [...]

Make a stuffed elephant out of a pair of socks

Today I finished the elephant I started yesterday from "Sock and Glove". These things actually look a lot better in person than they do in the book. Johanna seized it immediately. She has been on a real elephant kick lately [...]

Felted thrifted sweater pincushion

I made a pincushion out of a felted sweater from Goodwill Outlet. It is very similar to the ones from "Warm Fuzzies", but I wrapped the sleeve of the sweater around a cleaned (empty) can of bamboo shoots to give [...]

Nutcracker Christmas coasters

I made these coasters for my Nutcracker-crazy MIL for Christmas this year. The reverse side is more fabric from my Christmas fabric stash. They are based on the ones in "Bend the Rules Sewing", but I quilted them in a [...]

Thrifted corduroy pants quilt–progress

So here are the spoils from the 11 pairs of pants and 1 jumper that I cut up in the last week. I only cut up two legs out of four for all of the pants, and I cut up [...]

Furoshiki reusable gift wraps

These are two of this year's Christmas gifts wrapped up in furoshiki cloths that I made from thrifted satin. I really like the double-knotted red one. All I wound up doing for these is cutting out the largest possible square [...]

Silk gift bag/pouch from thrifted clothing

I made this for my Grandma for Christmas this year to hold the beaded pieces that I also made her. It is made out of a thrifted floral silk scarf and a thrifted coral silk shirt, both of which I [...]

Little purse to carry around clothespin dolls

This was a Christmas gift I sewed for my only niece, Eleanor, who just turned 3 and is as girly as they come. It looks like a little purse with pretty yellow flowers (apparently her favorite color). The outer fabric [...]

Monster fleece hot/cold pack

For Christmas this year I made a fleece hot/cold pack. The inside is stuffed with barley and is sewn from a thrifted pillowcase. The barley smells a little wheatey when it is hot, but I also tried lentils and that [...]

Felted Christmas tree ornaments

I can finally start to post all of my Christmas crafts! I found these trees on mollychicken and couldn't resist making something very similar. I made these out of a semi-felted sweater I got at the Goodwill outlet. I couldn't [...]