Household Sewing (Page 3)

I took my first home economics class when I was in 7th grade. It was mandatory for all FEMALES. Boys couldn’t even take the class. (Yes, back in the Dark Ages!) Eventually, I would earn a degree in Human Ecology from Michigan State University, but back in 7th grade, I got my first exposure to manyRead More →

  Materials: 4″ x 28″ piece of calico for the flower 3/4″ x 40″ piece of calico for stem, ripped 2 copies of pattern bead with large hole 4 12″ long pipe cleaners Follow the directions for the Rolled Calico Flower through step 7. Disregard all directions for the leavesRead More →

I love cloth napkins. I could never bring myself to use paper. First, they don’t work very well, and second, waste paper? I think not! Over the years I’ve bought and made many different kinds of napkins. Recently, however, I’ve started making what I refer to as “rip and tear”Read More →

It always amazes me how very different the same design can look in different colors or using different materials. We are going to share 2 different flowers, both using the same pattern, but because of the differences in materials, one out of cotton calico and on out of wool felt,Read More →

After you make one of these flowers, and find how very easy they are, you’ll find yourself tucking them hither and yon! Cotton calicoes were used to make this flower, using the same pattern we used to craft our Rolled Felt Flower. The calico will be smaller than the felt flower,Read More →

A sweet little koala from Down Under is busy reading A Year Down Yonder! Make your own koala bookmark as a reading pal! Materials: wool felt embroidery floss yarn pattern 1] Make copy of pattern. 2] Cut out materials as follows: 1 back – gray 1 body – gray 1Read More →

Reading is fun! Should we settle for ho-hum glasses or glass cases? BAH! Our glasses and their accessories should be every bit as enjoyable as our books and bookmarks. So… here’s my latest additional to our reading corner… a glass case that’s sure to please young and old alike! TheRead More →

Here is a sweet little mouse bookmark with a long and useful tail! This one is made out of felt and sewn, but if you’re doing the project with young children, you can glue the felt pieces together or use card stock or construction paper. Whichever way you make him,Read More →

Although I’m not “officially” back until Monday, I was just finishing up a project for Fairy and I thought I’d share a little. Last year Fairy was in her first dance recital. Tell me if there is anything cuter than a 3 year old in a tutu!!! I wanted toRead More →

Okay… I have the pattern complete for the Watermelon Tea Cozy. It can be made in two sizes, small 11″ x 9″ and large 12 1/2″ x 10″. Hopeful this should accommodate most teapots! Later in the week, or the beginning of next week, I will share a design forRead More →

This tea cozy can be made in two sizes: small (11″ x 9″) and large (12 1/2″ x 10″) Materials: Materials are the same for the small and large tea cozy. 1/3 yard red prequilted material 1/3 yard green fabric Wonder Under (optional) Small piece brown or black felt EmbroideryRead More →

So, I have a few Mother’s Day gifts I’ve been thinking about. The first being a tea cozy. I decided I wanted to make something “fruity” and a watermelon slice was the first thing that came to mind. I have an old cozy that was given to me by aRead More →

Please note: This cell phone holder was made for the LG Lotus. IT WILL NOT FIT MOST PHONES! I’ve included the directions because my grandbabies turned it into a doll’s purse, which will fit any doll 🙂 CAUTION: It you are making this as a doll’s purse for children underRead More →

Over the weekend I finished the second project using a block from The Crooked House Banner. I’m not sure pictures do this justice, but I LOVE IT! This is so me. Green and red are my favorite colors and this tote has such a rich, warm feel to it. Often when I make something,Read More →

  Please Note: Throughout this project you will find many hints. They will help you complete the project.   Important: The pattern pieces DO NOT have a seam allowance included. You MUST add a 1/4” seam allowance BEFORE you cut out the pattern pieces.   Materials: Fabric scraps – 5Read More →

The pattern for turning our 12 1/2" Vine Crooked House Block into a pillow is done and available in FREE Open Patterns. Although I’m using the Vine Crooked House Block to complete this pillow, you could substitute any other block of your design, as long as the finished measurement ofRead More →

This pillow is made using The Vine Crooked House Block, but it can be used with any 12 1/2" center block. This is a pillow cover that is Velcroed together and can be taken off the pillow form for washing purposes. Materials: 1 – 12 1/2" center block (The Vine CrookedRead More →