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ImageI sadly noticed that one of my favorite, and very well-used, tablecloths had sprouted several holes (again). So I decided to make two matching table runners out of the good end sections. That finished, I was about to toss the holey middle section when I realized that I could cut it all up into nice, heavy, cotton rags.

So I folded and cut in half and half and half until I had reasonably sized rags. But those raw edges got me. So out came my serger and I zipped around all 16 rags in no time at all. I rounded the corners to save time. Ta Da!



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{Made} Bag O’ Gold

ImageThe childrens’ Sunday School class needs a gold bag for a lesson, so I created one today. All it took was a piece of shimmery gold lame’ fabric, an equal piece of muslin, and a piece of 8.5×11 paper for a pattern.

I placed the short end of the paper on the fold of the fabrics and cut around it.

Next, I stacked the unfolded lame’ on the unfolded muslin and pinned them together, and then I serged all the way around because the lame’ ravels like crazy. On the two short ends, I folded down about 1 inch to form casings for the drawstring. (Oh yes, you need something for the drawstrings too. I used two pieces of black twill tape.) Press and stitch the casings in place.

Then, at the two corners at the bottom of the bag, I traced around a big lid to get rounded corners, and cut on the lines. I stitched up the side seams just until I reached the casings, but I didn’t stitch through them. After I turned the bag right side out, I ran a piece of twill tape through both casings and tied the ends together. Then I ran the other piece of twill tape through both casings the same way, but I started and stopped in the opposite hole.

Cinched up, it’s a bag o’ gold!


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Sorting and Storing the Fabric Stash

For some yeas now, I have stored lots and lots of fabric pieces in big bins in my garage. And for some years, I haven’t liked that arrangement for several reasons. First, it is dusty out there, and dust does filter into the latched bins. Second, sunlight manages to get in also, fading stripes on the fabric. And third, it isn’t very accessible to me when I feel like puttering through my fabrics or starting a new project. 
But now that we have a big room for our office and studio, I determined I would move my fabrics indoors. 
This is our old oak TV cabinet. It has nice closing doors to hide messes, but it is very brown. 
I primed and painted it -it took many, many layers to cover the brown wood. I also sprayed the hinges ORB, and I’ll replace the knobs. Ignore that unattached door on the right. It has hinge issues that need to be addressed.
We moved it into the studio, and then I discovered an interesting method on Pinterest for storing fabrics. It’s visually appealing, tidy, and gives quick access. I cut heavy cardboard into “mini bolts”, and I folded and rolled all my fabrics around them. I also purged some “no-go” fabrics from my stash. I purged more than this, but I didn’t get a final photo. 

 Four big bins of fabrics became these tidy little bolts.

I’m storing them in the newly-painted cabinet in small plastic bins I can pull out like drawers.
Interior view: The empty shelf on the bottom is reserved for patterns, while the pile of fabrics on the top shelf is fabric that is too big to roll on mini bolts. This is all my fabric now, and I plan to keep it pared down from now on.
I’m linking to Met Monday at BNOTP.


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Pillow – Finished

As the guest room nears completion, I felt the bed needed a little extra something. I’m not much of a toss (or is it throw?) pillow person, but it seemed that that was just what the bed needed. I had several yards of fabric left over from making the curtains last year, and two old sofa pillows that had seen better days.

Fist off, I ripped open the old pillows to take out the pillow inserts. But they were only filled with layers and layers of batting, not true pillow inserts.

No problem, I thought, I will cover the stacks of batting with muslin and make my own inserts.It was quite easy.

Then I cut one end of the fabric on the diagonal to make bias strips for piping. I had extra fat cording for my piping; I’ve never made piping this fat before. It was harder to stitch.

I cut squares of fabric for the pillow front and back, and then I pinned the piping in place, rounding off the corners to made a more modern pillow. The big chore was to get my stitching close enough to the piping so that it didn’t gap. It took something like three trips around the pillow to get it right.


I’m linking to Met Monday at BNOTP.


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Yard Sale Score

This morning on the way to work I spied a yard sale sign, pointing down a little country lane (one of the few remaining in our area). I drove up to a huge brick mansion and looked over the goods spread across their expansive lawn. Not much caught my eye, but this bedspread/tablecloth or whatever it was. Turns out it was FREE because it had some big holes.

But the holes were off toward the ends and I could cut and sew.Cut, cut, cut the good part out. Sew, sew, sew the raw edges. And I end up with a nice, large throw for the chair or sofa. I may or may not add more fringe to the edges.

I gave it a long soak in Oxyclean before I threw it across the chair.

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Lovely Wrap Skirt

I found this skirt pattern in Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. I think the pattern looks very flattering, and I really love this fabric. The book says it is a Liberty of London print. I have checked every website I can find, but I can’t find this particular fabric. Does anyone know where I can find it?

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Cute Fabric

Greta passed this piece of fabric on to me when she cleaned out her stash last week. I think it will make a nice post-wedding project. I’m thinking apron.

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