Wool felt swirl-ey pincushion

Wool felt swirl-ey pincushion

For a swap I mailed last week I had to make a pincushion. I made it out of a thrifted Gap sweater that was slightly felted. I nested swirls of strips inside an (empty) can of blueberries from a muffin mix (a little bit wider and shorter than a tuna can). I wanted to...
My Singer treadle machine

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 1948 in St. Johns, Newfoundland. It came with a lovely...
Toddler pillow sewn from a vintage thrifted pillowcase

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 for the pillowcase. For the pillow half, I...
Make a stuffed elephant out of a pair of socks

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 since she figured out how to...
Felted thrifted sweater pincushion

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 it some weight. I don’t know about...
Nutcracker Christmas coasters

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 big “X” through the middle...