Gussetted pouch

Quick weeknight project after dinner that taught me more lessons than I would have thought. Made a tiny pouch with boxed corners, which were not easy to sew. Also: Serging the ends, especially with synthetic fabrics. My liner was not cotton and would have benefited from the ends being protected. It's not as robust as... Continue Reading →


Quilted tote

Finally standardizing (and making easier) the process of making totes. I now have a pre-cut pattern and everything! This one I quilted the outside with a sew-on interfacing. It's still not as rigid as one might want. Next attempt will be with fusible.

More totes, more mistakes :)

I make some slight "mistake" on each new tote I sew. The next tote has this fixed, but a new problem comes up. 🙂 But am steadily inching toward a solid design that is easy for me to do. It's been fun sewing and learning from these babies, in the meantime. I should probably learn... Continue Reading →

Tote bag pattern

Finally a tote bag pattern to file away. It's a mish-mash of a couple of tutorials, but works until I find a better one. Material: Inner and outer fabric: 18x34 for a medium tote, 22x40 for large Handles: Four strips of fabric, each 2/3 of tote length (divide longer measurement above by half) How: For... Continue Reading →

Sewing projects

Some projects so far.. I have to come back and write down patterns for the wristlet and eyeglass case. I doubt I will repeat the diaper case pattern (made for a friend) and the frock (a friend's daughter) again.

Winter adventures in sewing

I've been whiling away winter evenings by picking up sewing again. Made the easiest fabric coasters in the world: It still surprises me how it's not always obvious (at least to me) how to deconstruct a finished piece and figure out how it was made. Am slowly learning that most stitching seems to involve working... Continue Reading →

2017 garden round-up

I've been remiss in tending to this blog, but the garden did very well indeed. Now everything is frozen and I am not yet ready to think of next year's experiments. For now, it's cold outside and cozy inside, and am enjoying the absence of a long list of to-do's in the yard.

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