Sunday, April 4, 2021


A few more steps on the bag.  After you gather the edges of the bag, you need to sew across the edges to hold the gathers in this position.  The batting that I used was the Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting which is one of my favorites.  I was able to sew across all of the gathers, but  it is getting harder now because this causes a lot of thickness.  I did draw a line across the top so I would sew straight.  I just used a magic marker because I needed something to see well and I knew this was not going to show.

I ran a double line because before you sew, you are suppose to trim your line evenly.  Well this creates a problem because after you trim the edges, you have to be very careful because your zigzag stitches start to come apart.  If I make another bag, I would try to trim my strips before I sew them together and try to be able to skip this step. When you trim this you are cutting off all of your tie off stitches and the zigzag stitch pulls apart very easy.  You have to be very careful.

Now comes the binding for the tops of the bag where the handle will go through.  This is just suppose to be a straight piece of just material, but I thought it would be to flimsy since I was making the biggest bag so I added a layer of batting to that also and I added a strip of fabric down the center to add a little accent.  I then added diagonal stitches all the way across this binding and I really liked this better but it is not necessary this is just my touch to the bag.

Then I sewed this to the edge of the bag.  Now I did have some trouble with sewing this.  I think it was because I added one more layer of batting.  It now was hard to fit under the presser foot.  I sewed it on the back of the bag first with my machine but I broke a couple of needles and had to go very slow. Then when I brought it around to the front I just felt I would not be able to get it top stitched as neatly as I would want it so I decided just to sew this down by hand.  I used a heavy weight thread and just used a over cast stitch and it doesn't show and it is very sturdy.

I gave these a good steam pressing, which doesn't show here because I took the picture first and they turned out very nice.  Now you sew up the sides of the bag and make box corners.  Usually when you make a box corner there is a seam at the bottom of your bag to tell if you have things straight.  This bag just folds in half so I folded the bag in half and then took the edge of a sliver of soap and drew a line to show the center of the bottom of the bag.  Then on the front of the bag I stuck a pin in on the seam to line up the back and front together so I new everything was even. 

You then sew a diagonal line on the edge of the bag to make the bag sit up and fold this edge to the inside of the bag.  I gave it a couple of tack down stitches by hand to hold it in place.

I have one of the handles made and as soon as I get the second one finished, I will have the bag finished and post the final pictures.  I just love it!!!

Sunday, March 28, 2021


 I did get all of my strips sewn together.  It wasn't hard, just my eyes would cross while watching to make sure I was catching both sides with the zigzag stitch but it turned out nice and I love the colors!

Next, I decided to do a different type of  pocket.  This  is going  to be a big  bag and I wanted  something
that would zip closed so nothing will fall out.  I needed something large enough for two phones, our keys, and probably sunscreen and a hairbrush.  I decided to make a separate hook for the keys so they are not moving around and scratching the screens on the phones.  Here is what I came up with. 

This  is a  zippered  bag with  netting  and the hook  on the  left side will  be for our  keys to keep  them safe.  At first I thought I would just hand stitch the pocket and I got about half way finished and decided I didn't like the way it looked.  I didn't want to stitch it because it would show on the back of the bag.   I then thought I may as well try it and see how it looks.  I sewed it with the aqua thread and you could not even see it but I sewed the  zipper with  black thread and  it looked awful.  So I ripped it out  and put the nylon thread  just  in  the bobbin and  believe it or not, it sewed  out just fine  and you cannot see it at all now.

Last for now, I had to do a running stitch on the top and bottom edges with some heavy thread and pull them in for several inches and now it looks like a boat.  

Should have it finished soon!

Sunday, March 21, 2021


 I now have all of the tubes finished and I am trying to figure out how I want them arranged.  This was harder than I expected.  Now on the pictures, the first one is layed out really nice, but that was a pain.  the next ones are not as neat but you will get the idea.  I will show you the different arrangments and then the last will be what I chose.

Here is the winner next!  I think it looks the best.

Now I have to zig zag the tubes together.  I start by sewing the tubes into rows of two.  Then join the sets of two together to get four and etc. until they are all joined together.  I hope I made the right choice, but if not, you know me, I will just get out my seam ripper!  I am not sure what color of thread to use.  When I sewed the tubes, I matched the thread to the material in the top and bobbin area of the sewing machine since it will show on both sides of the bag.  That will work in some seams but not all.  I don't think I want to try nylon clear thread since I am sewing through so many layers.  Nylon thread is hard enough to work with without adding another head ache.  I guess I will have to wait and see what I am sewing together and use my best judgement.  Then see how much the thread actually shows after sewing.  I might be able to get some varigated thread if necessary.  Maybe I will try the nylon thread and just see if it would work.  Hmmmm!  Will let you know!

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!