Category Archives: Classes

Newer T-Shirts…

These are two new  t-shirts I am working on at present. Both are made from recycled clothing and both are the exact same design that I drew, scanned and digitized using the IQ feature on my Destiny. This is something I haven’t tried and wanted to see if it would work for what I wanted to design.


I drew out two different doodles of shapes, sort of flower-ish. I only wanted a line design to out-line the shape. dscf3141

The rest was so hand work while watching Masterpiece and waiting at the dentist….. I still have more to finish but I’m almost finished with two shirts in about a week.


DIY Tablet Case

Sewing at the Beach 2016 was a big success.  I promised to post the Kids class project I taught … so I had to re-learn how to post on my blog! It’s been sooooo long.

This was so much fun. They got to choose their fabric and design their case to make it their own. I had enough fabric for them ready to take enough with them to go home and make another case for their BFF.

img_4007-2This tablet case was made by one of the girls using the shell we collected from the beach during our Lunch break, for the button closure. The class started at 8:30 and ended at 4 with about an hour and a half lunch break and every one finished!!

Below are the directions, however, in our class I decided it would be easier as a group to stay together by switching the order of sewing. We first making the flap section, then the bag section, the directions say to work on the bag section first. I thought it would give more sewing practice right from the beginning.

Also, Children in our School district are given tablets instead of textbooks. Not all schools issue the same tablet so this pattern is for the I pad/ 10″ sized from Middle School. We had several different sizes needed for the children, so we just measured their device  with the assigned protective case on and adjusted the pattern. If the tablet measured 7″x 5″ I added an inch on all sides.

Tablet case
2 Fat quarters (18” x 22″) piece of precut fabric
6 strips 2.5″ wide by 8″ long
30″x 14″ backing fabric for quilting which will not be seen
Batting 30″x 14″ Iron on Fusible type
14″x 30″ Lining fabric for the bag
80/12 needle for construction
90/14 needle for quilting and side seams
1 skinny hair tie
Neutral thread for construction
Body of the bag first. Using the two fat quarters and one piece of backing muslin press and cut to your size of tablet case.For a 10″ inch tablet cut the fabric to 14″x 19″. Press fusible batting to the fabric you chose to be showing on the outside.
Layer backing batting and pieced fabric in a quilt sandwich. Simply put, a quilt sandwich is the two layers of fabric and one layer of batting that are “stacked” on top of each other just before the quilting process. Start with the backing, press and starch the back fabric. lay that with the right side of the fabric facing DOWN. Lay and smooth the batting starting from the middle outwards on top of the backing fabric. Last, the pieced top goes on top of the batting with the right sides facing you.
The quilt sandwich is actually what makes a quilt a quilt! What differentiates a quilt from a blanket is multiple layers of fabric and batting stitched together.
We will make the quilt sandwich .Set aside the lining (inside of the bag) for right now
Fold the fabric in half to find the center (bottom) of what will be the case. At your sewing machine set up for a 3.0 length straight seam and sew across to secure the fabric. If you chose this would be a great time to quilt the entire bag. Try fancy stitches or zig-zags or even freemotion stippling. After you add some quilting press your fabric, clip threads and now square up and cut to 13″x 18″.
Top Flap
Pick out 6 assorted strips of fabric (2.5″x 8″)
Sew the strips together using a 1/4″ seam.
Press with the seam allowances all facing in one direction
Quilt. To quilt our tablet case flap we have some options. We can stitch a straight stitch right down the seam lines kind of hiding our stitches. We can use a decorative stitch in the same place and show off our stitches. You get to design what your quilting will look like. It won’t matter what the back looks like because we are going to hide that with the lining.
Lay the pattern on top of quilted fabric and cut out. Add a hair tie at the bottom center edge, stitch in half with one “loop on the fabric and the other off to t he raw edge. Cut out the lining piece fabric and place and pin with right sides facing. Stitch around the side and bottom edge leaving the top (the straight part) open to turn. Clip edges and turn inside out. Press
Assemble the bag
Sew the two sides together on the main bag piece, Turn and press. with right sides together sew the top edge of the flap to the top edge of the the outer bag.
Sew one side of the lining side and on the other side leaving a 4″ opening for turning the bag
Insert the outer bag into the lining with right sides together matching seams sew along the top edge about 1/2” SEAM encasing the flap.
Turn the bag inside out through the opening in the lining
Press entire bag.
Sew the opening closed and chose a button to sew on the front of the bag.

Here are a couple of other cases:dscf3138



Project Reticule

Saturday April 21st Class Information

This is the class for the Stranded Smockers I will be teaching April 21st in Surfside. This project reticule is perfect for holding and carrying  hand embroidery projects, smocking project, knitting or crochet projects. It’s perfect for on-the-go projects to keep all the essentials located in one place.

 see… I really do mean project on-the go!

The supplies you need to bring for Class are as follows:

Machine, basic sewing supplies…

This is a challenge too, so… go to your stash… do not go out and buy anything. You can re-purpose garments, dig out several favorite fat quarters or use up jelly roll strips or charm packs.  Bring in a bag of left over scraps if that’s all you have enough fabric to measure -3/4 yard of fabric. You can use one fabric or many fabrics, this is where your creativity will be sparked.

Bring a spool of matching construction thread. If you want to add embellishments using your sewing machine’s fancy stitches, bring matching decorative threads.

One yard of matching ribbon or cording.

Iron on interfacing approximately 1/2 yard or one of those packages of iron on interfacing. Piecing leftovers of interfacing from other projects is great.

Chocolate (preferably dark)

Yeah! Come and have fun!

Contact Margaret Fain or Gail Harper for guild sign up and any questions about the supplies or class leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

Saturday Pincushion Class

I was excited to teach this class. It was a new class and project for me to teach and it was fabulous! I can not wait to teach this again as I have added a few extra ideas…

Basically it is a recycled can and we embellish over and around it to create this functional Pincushion!

The fun thing about this class is that you could try different techniques. We used fancy decorative stitches, bobbin-work, couching, programmed stitches and double run stitches. How ever you wanted to embellish your fabric was up to you. The cool thing is that ever one ended up with different style and colors of pincushions with a lot of sharing and swapping of fabric charms!

We had a great day in a small room with twelve ladies, 2 to a table crammed, and a lot of laughing! What a great way to end SATB 2012!

Evening Freemotion Class

Thursday evening was my Freemotion Class. This is a technique class and not a project class…. meaning we just work on fabric to learn how to freemotion. It’s a great evening class because after four days of 8-5 sewing you need a little stress-free class. At first people seem a bit frightened of Freemotion work. Visions of thread nests and tangles come to mind…. But no… With a little practice and patience, and I encourage good music, you can have a wonderful turn out! Look at these first-timers!

We even tried freemotion couching.

The concentration on Roz…. well, when she in’t cracking us all up with her stories..

Getting to try couching (sewing over yarn with your needle to attach it to the top of your fabric) with a freemotion foot.

Grace and Lynn were to tired to sew, so they just watched and will try, but I had to mention them….

Tuesday Evening Sewing at the Beach 2012

I wanted to post a few picture of the opening vending night…. Oh this is going to be a good week!

These are Pictures from Shelly Smola aka My Fair Lady  at Shelly’s work is brilliant and precise to a “T!”

Shelly has designed these adorable “sew and go” cases made in the hoop…UGH! Fabulous!

now look inside…

Shelly says they are made in the hoop (???) isn’t this too cute…

This is Jan Kerton from Melbourne,Australia, showing her project for the day. A beautiful birds nest stitched by hand. For a better look at her beautiful work go to:

For all those that made need some hand stitching guides she has posted a free awesome booklet download.

 I camped out most the evening with Funny Hope Yoder! I actually demonstrated the 3-D flower fold die and Hope then demonstrated her button making machine to top off the flower with a covered button.  Hope has some very nice things too!  Check out her at : Unfortunately I only got these two pictures, the rest were blurred, I think I smudged the camera lens. But no fear, it’s all cleaned and ready for more pictures tomorrow!!

I’ll end with a close-up of Jan’s birds-nest project… More to come

Sewing at the Beach Evening classes 2012

** Welcome all white Wednesday friends, enjoy my blog and come back soon!**

As if the day classes weren’t enough… 😉

Wednesday Night Class: January 18th, 2012

Oh I’m thrilled to offer this class… It’s my recycled up-cycled felted wool pillow. This is a machine class open to any and all machine, you will need a darning foot/freemotion foot if you have one fore your machine. If not then a regular straight stitch foot will work. Natural thread construction thread needed as well as basic sewing supplies.

Thursday Evening January 19th, 2012  I am teaching my freemotion monogram class. Here is the complete link to the information for the class:

Friday Evening class January 20th. A resent poll on crafting found that the number one craft today is….. crochet…. hummmm so my last evening class of the school:

Crochet roll holder, made completely in the hoop. Must have embroidery machine with large-hoop (6×10, 7×11 or 8 x12 inch hoops) capabilities,
embroidery unit and hoops, sewing supplies, bobbin thread, spool of thread metler 40 weight, whatever you have from any number of the classes will work.  I folded the top flap back to show the hooks. that flap holds the hooks secure when rolling them up as not to fall out.

As with the day class and especially for the machine embroidery design when you sign up I need your email address prior to school as to send the class design ahead of time.

Sewing at the Beach Day Classes 2012

**** Change in my classes as of November 28th 2:00pm!!!*****

Sewing at the Beach 2012 will run from Monday, January 16, through Saturday, January 21, 2012.   Pre-day classes, both hand and machine will be offered on Monday, January 16 and Tuesday, January 17.   Classes are geared for all sewers, both novice and advanced, both hand and machine.  Classes start daily at 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Night classes start at 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm.

Here is the link for more information:

I am posting about my particular classes for that week: All samples are subject to change in fabrics and colors. I will post before that week the colors and fabrics. If you are taking my classes that week… great! I do ask that I have your email address before class especially if you are taking a machine embroidery class. I will email you the design for class ahead of time to prepare it in your machine before class.

Yeah…. Here they are!! ** and these have changed since I posted last night!**

Wednesday January 18th, 2012 , Samantha’s Cupcake doll dress. I think this looks like a cupcake so I am naming my dress…. This is an all day class using machine work. No embroidery hoop needed.  This class is open to any machines.  Requirements are: A zig-zag machine with some decorative stitches…. soft pink, medium pink and soft leaf green embroidery thread (either cotton, rayon or poly will do.) Basic sewing supplies along with an open toe embroidery foot, freemotion or darning foot, twin needle size 2.0 and either a wing needle or a 100/110 sized needle. All decorative stitches and embellishments are created with just your sewing machine!


Shadow-work appliqué pear Class, 6 hour day class Thursday January 19th.  I had such a good time teaching this class and so many techniques were taught that this class was added to SATB.

All supplies and everything you need to know about this class: Click this link on my blog:

Saturday January 21st 2012:

Recycled Can, stick-it-stuff it Pincushion.  Using a recycled can, we are going to draft a pattern to make this pieced pincushion, then try a new-to-you embellishing technique. Do you want to try couching, or bobbin-work or programing your machines stitches, then incorporate it into your embellishing. We will also make kanzashi flowers to dress it up! Cans will be provides, however if you have a size you prefer to make up, then bring it, we all draft our own pattern in this class!

** Oh my favorite can now to recycle  for this project is the nut (like almonds ) can so… if you eat these types of nuts with the plastic lid tops, can you help me and save one for class!!!

Sneak peak for T-shirt Workshop

I needed to make a new sample for my T-shirt Workshop series. I am in the process of clipping and this is what will be the front of the t-shirt, an allover design that I am doing only on the front. I have samples made with various techniques, from all hand, to all machine embroidery. My favorites are the combination of machine stitching and hand embellishments. This particular sample is machine stitched with an embroidery design and unit, the shirt I had for the sample in this category was looking a bit on the grungy side as it a white on white.

Better get back to clipping….


Charleston T-shirt workshop

November is just around the corner and I want to prepare my Charleston Ladies for the T-shirt work shop Friday November 18-November 19th .For  pictures and ideas explaining the workshop start at this posting:


here are more:

This is a two day workshop. Day 1 will focus on drafting your pattern for a T shirt, making a “tester” T shirt, planning your layout for design and preparation for construction in Day 2. Day 2 is all about embellishing and design work. Each T Shirt will be different and an original piece of art that will fit and flatter. There is so much to learn and share and do and talk and we will have fun. Options include machine embroidery with or without embroidery module. If you have a machine that is not an embroidery machine you still have options to take this workshop. There are no limitations for this class, beginner or advanced, if your sewing machine only has a zig-zag stitch it will work. Handwork and embellishments are encouraged. This is about using what you have.

You will be working in pairs the first day measuring and fitting.

Here is a supply list:

1.One Very–favorite-best-fitting T-shirt that you love to wear!!! Now I have to explain this a bit better, I don’t mean your favorite football jersey that was your dad’s and you’ve  worn for every home game…. no.. I want you to bring in the best fitting shirt you have and like to wear, I don’t hare if it has a hole or so old it has stains, I’m looking for fit, YOUR fit.

2. Up to 4- L-XXL men’s t-shirts… I found defective Hanes T Shirts at the Dollar Store, 2 of one color, 2 of another. 100% cotton jersey OR recycle some of your Husbands hand-me downs. These are to make a sample of your pattern and can be for your final project. Pick colors you like…. nothing will go to waste…. Wal-Mart also had nice quality T-shirts about $3.00 each…. nothing too expensive and if you happen to be lucky and find XXXL you’ll maybe only need one.

3. Sewing supplies include machine and embroidery unit if using, memory stick or jump drive to transfer a design. Machine in good working order. Scissors, (paper and fabric), pins, jersey machine needles size 75-80. Construction thread, bobbins for your machine, tape measurer,  and anything else that you like to sew with. For embellishing with bring coordinating threads of various weights but we will talk about that on Friday so you bring what you need on Saturday.

4. Did I mention bring a good-can do attitude, chocolate and funny stories. We are going to have a fun workshop and learn so much about our machines and our own ability to design!