Pillow Talk – How to Make a Pillow from Antique Grain Bags

Pillow Talk  – How to Make a Pillow from Antique Grain Bags

  Recently, I attended the wedding of two very special people:  Elena Humphreys and George Tabb.  Both bride and groom are creative artists in different realms, and, prior to the wedding, I knew I wanted to make something special for them that came from the heart. When Elena announced she was looking for someone to take some fabric off her hands to reduce storage, I was more than thrilled to take her up on that offer.  My grandmother had a saying that stated, “Whoever dies with the most fabric wins!”…

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Fast and Easy Holiday Tea Towels

Fast and Easy Holiday Tea Towels

LeAnn Bird from www.pantryfriendlycooking.com sent in this very cute tea towel idea. They involve simple sewing skills, and she tells you what you can do if you can’t make a button hole.  What a great idea for a last minute gift too! Thank you, LeAnn for these irresistible towels! From LeAnn – I am not a crafter but I could not resist this cute tea towel that hangs over the oven door handle. It is made from two dish towels of contrasting coordinating fabrics. I made about 6 in about 2…

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Halloween Through the Years – Halloween Costumes I Sewed for My Kids

Halloween Through the Years – Halloween Costumes I Sewed for My Kids

Halloween was always one of my favorite times of year to sew.  Costumes are a lot of fun because they inspire creativity, and, sometimes, cause me to think outside of the box in order to achieve the kind of look I want. When I first started letting my children trick or treat, I actually waited a few years.  I was in my twenties and living in the Bible Belt.  I was conflicted between whether or not I should allow my children to participate or if I should turn off the…

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Simple Sewing – Shorts for Kids

Simple Sewing – Shorts for Kids

My youngest modeling her new shorts. I’ve had a lot of people ask me what inspired me to start sewing.  I would say that my biggest inspiration was my mother.  She made everything from shorts to bathing suits, prom dresses to wedding dresses.  Yet, she never actually taught me how to sew. The first outfit I ever made was around the age of 10 or 11.  Outside of simply sewn items, I attempted a dress for my baby sister.  In that aspect, I guess people could say I’ve been sewing…

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How to Make Pretty and Easy Dresses, Necklaces, Barrettes, and Decorate Shoes for Girls

How to Make Pretty and Easy Dresses, Necklaces, Barrettes, and Decorate Shoes for Girls

My beautiful niece was getting married.  My children were seeing family members they hadn’t seen for awhile, and I wanted to get them nice dresses that were age appropriate.  I have a serious hangup about dressing young girls like teenagers. I thought I was so slick ordering dresses on clearance online from a very well known (and respected) department store.  When the dresses arrived, what I had were cheaply made, ill fitted dresses that the children didn’t want to wear because, “It feels scratchy!” The dresses made a quick return…

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Rainbow Prom Dress

Rainbow Prom Dress

When my daughter, Christina, was a junior in high school, she told me she wanted a rainbow prom dress.  She loves colors, is an artist, and wanted to wear a dress full of colors.  The problem was that, at that time, there were no “rainbow” prom dresses in any store. However, I know how to sew and have been sewing for quite a few years.  The problem was finding fabric that might represent a rainbow. After careful searching, I found fabric at Vogue Fabrics.  The fabric was a taffeta that…

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