Thursday, March 18, 2021


  I have been doing a little sewing and here is a picture of the material that I picked out for my bag.

I have to make a lot of strips and what you do is take your strip of material and put your strip of batting on top of that and fold it over to meet in the center and then fold over again.  Then you have to sew down the whole tube.  That makes it four layers of batting and two layers of material that you are sewing through. 

It took a little time to get them started and get into a rythum that worked for me so they were all coming out to close to the exact same size.  I have some finished but I still have lots to go.  It is sort of a mindless sewing once you get the hang of it.  The material is thick so I started out with a heavy 16 denim needle and it just pounded my machine with every stitch it made.  Then I removed this needle and used a lighter thinner needle and this helped a lot.  It glided through all the layers much easier.  Here is what I have been working on.

.  This is a close up of what the finished tubes look like.

Here is what I have finished so far.

Monday, March 15, 2021



I started on my bag, I washed all of my material and left it line dry and then pressed each of them.  I then cut out my strips and I am  using six  different colors.  Now the directions  said to cut everything out that was needed to make the bag but until I make the body of the bag, I am not sure what color I will want for my trim and for the handles, etc.  So I did not do that step.  I can finish that later.


 Next, I had to cut out strips of batting.  Now the batting said it wasn't neccesary to wash and dry the batting and they did not recommend it.  I read on and it said there would be a 3% shrinkage on the batting.  I wasn't real sure if I wanted to just worry about a 3% shortage but I know this bag will be by the pool and it is going to be getting wet.  I decided to go ahead and cut out my strips of batting and I added 1/8 inch to the width for a tiny bit of shrinkage.  After I had them all cut out, I filled up my washer with water and I dunked them into the water carefully and then pulled them out and hung them across the clothes line in my basement again very carefully so I did not stretch them out of shape.  I am hoping that they will shrink to the correct size that I need as they dry.  My thinking is to never take any short cuts as you sew.  This gives you a much better product when finished and for what it costs and the time it takes to make it, I will most likely always take the extra necessary steps to have my items looking the best that I can.  

I cannot give any measurements while making this bag.  I talked with Auntie Two who makes the pattern and this was their request to be able to post on my blog.  I certainly understand that.  I also would like anyone who does have questions to please contact me and not Auntie Two if you don't have the pattern.  If you have purchased the pattern, you can contact me or Auntie Two and that would be fine.


Hopefully, I can get a little sewing started tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021


 I just finished up this morning with some new receiving blankets and heavier blankets for the baby bed to match.  These will be for Ja'Kobe, my new great grandson coming in May!  Can't wait!!

Now, I need a new beach bag before camping season gets here.  I bought a new bathing suit and need something to match.  I have decided to make Aunties Two pattern called Bailey Island Hobo Bag.  If you would like the pattern to follow along with me, most quilt shops carry this pattern.  I am making the large one so I can fit towels in it also.  Here is the picture.  Isn't it cute!!

I am going to make it with blues and black.  I think it is going to be very cute and I had fun picking out the fabrics and notions.  It needs some large and small buttons and I decided to just get buttons that I can cover myself.  I still need to wash my fabric and I have been sewing all morning so that might not get done until tomorrow or maybe later this evening.  

I have also bought some material for some new tops, but I have gained about 10 pounds with this covid and winter.  I would like to see if I can get that back off before I start on those.  It is such a struggle and I get tired of trying but it is time to kick it into gear again!  If I keep sewing, then I won't snack so I need to get started on this.  I will be posting as soon as I get ready to sew!!  Talk soon!  Cindy

Friday, February 5, 2021

Stadium Seats For School

 We are tired of sitting on those oh so rough bleacher seats every time we go to one of our grandchildren's sport games.  I am sure you know what I mean.  So we started looking around for those stadium chairs with a back in it for comfort.  We found a set of chairs at Meijer's,  They zipped at the top so I assumed that I could remove the cloth and embroider our name on them.  I took some pictures but they have dissappeared.  I think I accidentally deleted them before I downloaded them.

When I got home I unzipped the zippers but there was no way to get the material off of the frame.  This must of been so they could put them together because everything is rivoted together so it can't be taken apart.  I so wanted to put our names on the back of them.

I decided to digitize and embroider our names on some black felt.  I then cut around the felt and made a hem around all four sides and then I hand sewed them to the back of the chairs.  This was kind of hard because the chairs had to sit in my lap and I had to sew them on this way.   I sewed them on a large pocket so the back with my hand sewing does not show.  I am sure I looked kind of crazy, but I think they still came out cute.  I do have a picture of the finished project!

I just ordered some more flannel for our new baby that will be coming in May!   It's  time to start getting ready!  It is going to be another boy and his name will be JaCobe!  I will then have a JaQuan and a JaCobe!  We just helped to move them to a different apartment.  They use to live on the third floor and she didn't have a washer or dryer.  I think that is going to be a must with two babies!  So now she is on the first floor and she is looking for a used washer and dryer.  Hopefully she will have this by May!!  Stay safe and stay warm!!!  It is going to be around 14 below in Ohio on Monday!  At least this is what I heard on the news!

Wednesday, December 16, 2020


 Well I can't believe my granddaughter is pregnant again and already 4 1/2 months pregnant.  She is due May 23 and baby Quan will be one on May 30.  This means next year that these two children will be the same age for a week or two and not be twins!  She is really going to have her hands full because baby Quan is a very loving baby and not happy if  mama isn't holding him!  Poor little fella is going to be in for a rude awakening when the new baby comes along!! LOL   She finds out this week what she is having already.  

I made Quan a baby snow suit.  My granddaughter and I could not find any really cute material for a boy online or at JoAnn fabrics.  Then I was in Wal-Mart and saw this really cute blanket and I thought I could make it out of this blanket.    It is a very dark navy blue and I would say it is a velour material with a Sherpa lining.  Well after I got it home I realized that there was a top velour and then a bottom Sherpa but they were not connected.  When I saw the grooves in the material I assumed the two materials were attached.  So I had to do some quilting first to attach the two materials together.  I just did the center of the three lines, but on the hat and gloves, I  sewed all three lines for more definition.  Now the pictures really don't do it justice.

This was definitely some difficult sewing because this was some very thick and luxurious material.  I could not make any mistakes because I sewed with a 5.0 stitch which was the largest stitch on my machine and I still would have never been able to pick anything out if I sewed a seam incorrectly. 

I sewed the snow suit and she wanted a tassel on top of the hat but when I tried to make one out of the material, it just ripped apart.  I found some yarn that matched and made a pom pom out of that.  She hasn’t seen the suit yet, so if she doesn’t like this, I can just quickly remove it.  The first problem I had was the Sherpa just scattered everywhere when I cut it.  So I cut each pattern piece out as I needed it and took it right to the serger and serged the edges around the entire piece before I sewed it to the suit.  I could not mark any of the special markings added to the pattern because nothing would show up on the material, I had to get out thread and a needle and sew in each notation so I could have my markings.  I had the most trouble with the zipper.   I had to purchase a 28” coat zipper and then you trim it to size.  After I had it sewn in place, it had some ruff edges and I did not want it to scratch or be uncomfortable for the baby. I then sewed some extra material over the edges so you could not feel the ruff edge.  It took a lot longer to make with all the extra steps but it it sure came out cute.  I even had enough material left over for a blanket that she can carry so she can cover his face when she  is

out in the cold.  She is going to love it!!  Let me know what you think, please!!

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Monday, November 16, 2020


 My hubby is retired but works part time at Home Depot a couple of days a week.  They gave him a  sweatshirt  with a Home Depot  logo on it  and he said "I would  never wear  this."  He hates pull over the head sweatshirts.  So he tossed  it at me and  said, here you  can have this.  So I said ok,  but I am not going to  wear it  with a Home  Depot  logo on it.   Hope I am  not offending anyone here.  Nothing wrong with Home Depot, just  something I would not wear.  Actually, Home Depot is very good to my husband!!  So anyway,  I thought maybe I could pick out the stitches of the logo, but they were very dense, so that would not work.  The design is not very big about a 1 inch square!

So I cut it carefully out of the front of the sweatshirt.

  Now, the front of the sweatshirt has a double pocket that you can put your hands in from both sides like most heavy sweatshirts.  I cut the exact square out of the inside of this sweatshirt pocket.  Then I took this little square of sweatshirt material and sewed it by hand into the hole that was left on the sweatshirt. On the back of that hole I ironed some iron on stabilizer. I then went to my scrap of fabrics and found a piece of gray fleece to closely match and cut out another square of the fleece and hand sewed that back into the inside pocket to close up the hole that I cut out of the pocket.

 Does this make sense?  It's like robbing Peter to pay Paul!

Picture of the inside of the pocket!

Now I have my holes filled and I need to try and find a design to cover up as much of the square as possible with a cute design where the original logo was and this I did!

Now I can wear my new sweatshirt for camping and no one will ever be able to tell.   Sometimes we just have to think outside of the box!!

Thursday, October 29, 2020


 I have been working on a new top, but it has dragged out for the whole month.  We have been busy with our last camping trip of the season.  Also we had our 30th anniversary!  I can't believe it has been that long.
I purchased these wonder clips by Clover that are so popular now.  I could not believe the price of these.  Everything for sewing is just so expensive any more.  They are nothing but mini clothes pins and they were $35.00 for 100.  I did some research and they had much cheaper ones online for like $9.00, but everyone said they break pretty easy.  So I did break down and purchased the ones for $35.00.  I am hoping they last forever.  I used them on my new top and I did really like them.  They have 1/4 and 1/2 inch markings on the clips so when you use them you can get your hems even.  I am sure I will get much use out of them with sewing and quilting.

The top actually looks better on me than the model, which usually is not the case.  I really like the sleeves because they are three-quarter length sleeves.  The sleeves are a little puffy and the cuff fits tight right past the elbow.  It was a little big in the hips and flared out at the side seams and I did not care for that.  This material is pretty heavy and warm so it made the sides flare out and look huge.  Now if it had been a thinner more drappy material it probably would have been all right.  I did go ahead and remove the angle on the side seams and just brought the side seam down straight and I just cut the angle off.  This made a hugh difference between looking as big as a barn and looking slim in it.  I wasn't sure I was going to like it but I do.  Now, on the front seam, I did that with my serger.  I picked a color of thread that I wanted and serged down the seam.  I should have turned off the knife but I was not sure at the time what I was going to do.  Next, I did put the knife down and serged over the seam two more times and it gave it sort of a decorative edge.  I wasn't sure if I liked that either, but once made, I do.  I think it would be really cute with some leggings but I don't wear those because my legs are too skinny.  I will just wear  it with jeans. It was a very easy pattern and I bought it off of Etsy.  I think it might have been discontinued.   It is a Nancy Zeiman pattern.  It went together very easily.  The material was something that I had lying around.  I bought it at JoAnn fabrics last year along with some scuba fabric.

  The scuba fabrics seem to be out of style already. I don’t see much of it this year.  It is really cute so maybe I will make a bag or something out of that.  We’ll let me know what you think; I will be waiting for your comments.