Monday, June 28, 2010
Most people in Amerika Samoa hang out their clothes, electricity is so expensive here and it is usually hot enough to dry them quickly.
So a friend asked if I would make her a clothes pin holder. I gave it a thought or two for a few days and so today, I just started cutting...no pattern....
and this is what I got...
The first picture is for when she is not using the clothes pins...
This next one, I just put a button in the back so the bag gaps open so she has easy access to the pins.
This is the back of the bag.
Of course, it will be on the clothes line and not a hanger.
I guess I could have gone online and found a fun pattern but living here in the salt air, I wanted something durable for her and this denim fabric seamed to fit the bill.
Thanks Aunt Pitty Pat for inviting me to be apart of this community of bloggers.
Let me introduce myself......I am Laurie better known as CC of lacenribbonroses and suestreehouse.
I love crochet, a bit of knitting some sewing, making pincushions and Christmas ornaments. I love applique, embroidery ,making needlecases.and vintage things, specially vintage quilt and embroidery patterns. If it's handwork..I enjoy it.
Thank you so much Aunt Pitty Pat for inviting me to this group. She is a lovely,wonderful lady and I am so deeply honored to be counted in this group along with you, the new member Khris and all the rest of the sweet members. I know Khris from Freebies for Crafters..she has featured my vintage patterns many times. She is akso lovely lady...
Again, thank you for the invitation..I am honored to be a part of this group. Hugs to everyone.. CC
I finally settled on a design for my blocks for the Month block swap. I narrowed my choices down to the four leaf clover.
I went out shopping for just the "right" green fabric but couldn't decide so I decided to piece a variety of colors together instead of using just one green. I think all 12 together with some green sashing would make a nice quilt too.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I belong to a swap group that swaps ornaments each month based on a Year of Enchantment theme. This month's theme is Gnomes. These are some of the projects I have been working on. My partner has one of those silver travel trailers that she calls The Gnome Dome so I thought a felt gnome wall hanging might be fun to hang inside.
Thank you Cathy for inviting me to participate in this new blog. I am very excited to see some familiar names. The blog is looking good girls...well done....I hope I can keep up with you all. I am now working again and even though I wanted part time hours they are turning into full time hours....agghhh....I am tired....it is only a temporary job but it could be a long temporary job. I love temp jobs but was really hoping it wasn't going to go for too long. I like my time at home and my crafty/sewing hours. Hugs to all....Khris aka Sew Prim Khris
Welcome aboard, Khris!! We are thrilled to have you join us.
Ladies, if you do not know Khris, let me introduce her. She is one of our sweet friends from Australia, and a very talented crafter who authors an awesome blog called
Freebies for Crafters, which is a treasure chest of free patterns! You will want to bookmark it!!
Khris also has created her own patterns and is known for holding some fun swaps :)
We look forward to her contributions here on Pins from time to time.
Don't work too hard, Khris!!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Leggings are easy and cheap to make. All you need is tall women’s socks, some thread, and about 15 minutes (for the first pair). By the way, I used 1/4" seams and zig-zag stitched.
Cut a section out of the foot portion 5"x 2.5" on fold. You will end up with a rough 5" square; these will be your cuffs. Note, I typically cut this from the bottom of the foot, but these socks really slanted so I went from the top.
Fold the cuffs so that the pattern of the leggings match the cuffs. I've messed this one up a few times so make sure it's how you like it.
The top cuff is still showing the direction I want it when it's on the legging. On the bottom cuff I opened it up leaving Top A up and folding the sides together. Zig-zag stitch down "sides" creating a tube.
Turn the cuff in half so that Top A & B are up and the wrong side of fabric is together. Sorry, the it's blurry!Save your sanity and zig-zag stitch the two raw edges together. I've made the leggings without doing this and it's a pain; not to mention time consuming.
Slip the cuff over the legging matching the seam up with one of the pressed sides of the legging. The cuff will be smaller then the legging so you must stretch it out to pin it down; you must also do this when zig-zag stitching them together.
Here she is at 1.5 years old wearing her leggings. As you can see she wasn't a very willing model; she was taking them off.
These are also great for travel! We were driving from England to Germany when at one gas stop we realized the temperature had dropped. We slipped the leggings on her and she was good to go. She was 1.5 years old in the photo wearing a pair of white leggings. She still wears both pairs of leggings at 3.5 years old. I've read they can wear them until they're about 7.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Thanks for any new direction that you can give us :)
Friday, June 18, 2010
Will you ship international
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Until next time,
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
When I had it all Wonder Under(ed) on and blanket stitched down I was honestly impressed with how much it looked like the other backpacks I saw.
Size was an issue for me. Fine it fits a fold, but is that all I want it used for? I put a lot of work in it and wanted it to be a bit thicker then a folder. The backpacks I found online had the front and back pieces sewn together. I added a side/bottom strip to make it wide enough to hold a change of clothes (remember she's three and still has accidents), snack, cup or whatever else she might want to put in it. The line you see above the magnetic closure is the name strip. I'll never try it again (maybe I will), but I cut out teeny tiny letters and ironed them on. It was to small to sew around so I put no-fray over them and now I'm holding my breath they still look good by next year. **Don't mind the vet records. It was the only folder I could find. It would have helped if I found it before cutting the bag out; I played the guessing game on size.**
And here it is in action. The one thing I'm going to change is the strap length. They need about 5" taken off.
My daughter's turned out so well I actually made a second to sell on Etsy. I'm such a slacker though; I haven't put the lining in it yet. I guess the bonus to slacking off is easier access to the straps to shorten them the 5" like I'm going to do with my daughter's.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
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Although I was so sad to hear about the Ning Pins & Needles Site closing, I am very thankful to APP and Ms Brenda for setting up this new site on Blogger for us. I really enjoy sharing and being able to see what everyone else is working on. It's so inspiring!! Plus... I'm made some awesome friends on Pins!♥ How about you?
Here is Oklahoma it's been HOT! and that has made me want to be inside where the AC is running during the afternoons, so I had been enjoying hand stitching projects like embroidery and punchneedle.
I have found a wonderful blog authored by Sue Allemand, who creates the cutest FREE stitchery patterns! What a sweetie, to share with us "stitchery junkies" for free!
Check out her blog, Free Stitchin' Patterns HERE
Hope all of you are finding some time to enjoy your favorite stitching craft.
Thanks again, APP and Ms Brenda for keeping us Pins & Needles gals together!!
My version of the South Bay Shawlette pattern from Lion Brands - a deep purple mohair mix - soft and warm. All ready for when Ms M celebrates in July.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
My blocks are now completed .... just in time to send off to the hostess... prior to Ning closing.
I had a really good time making these blocks.. but for some reason I was having a time of trimming them to the proper size. So I just cut all of them a tad big. That way the participants can cut them when its time. Usually a block will get frayed in transport and sorting this way the block will have nice and crisp edges when its time to sew them together..... After the final trim.
There were twelve of us in this block swap... Each person was assigned a month...
Mine was Oct :) Yes my favorite time of the year!!
I guess???? I should stop writing and show all of you what I came up with :)
Here is my Block for the Month of Oct ;)
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I hated the closing of Ning Pins and Needles blog.
I hope we get a lot of people joining in on this blog ;)
I can hardly wait to see what everyone shares with our readers.
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