Category Archives: Crafting

SATB 2018 Project Craft Tote Bag

Here is the second day class I am teaching and I have one more to post. I just heard work that the Sewing at the Beach Web site will not be up and running until after July 5th. There was a computer glitch and then the holiday… so be patient.! I hear ladies wanting certain classes wait up until midnight the night before the opening of registration so they can hit send on the fax machine. To be fair it’s first come, first serve and the order the faxes come in are numbered.

I have mentioned and talked about this on my blog previously, and now I’m offering it as a class. 

I used the thirty one bag (floral version) as inspiration and made changes to the design to make it a terrific tote for carrying projects. I knit so having all the supplies, yarn and pattern all together make is quick and easy to grab and go.

More pockets were added  along with the essential interior zippered pocket make this bag super handy and safe.

A basic sewing machine is all that is required along with basic sewing supplies including white/neutral construction thread. You will also need a 90 machine needle. Optional extras would include clover clips instead of pins.

I will post a picture of the exact fabric in December


SATB 2 Day Knit Class for 2018

The class listings are going up at the end of the month for Sewing at the Beach 2018 and I want to add more photos of the classes I am offering. I will post each class individually so it is easier to find and update as SATB gets closer. Here is the Link for any and all information:

The two day workshop for Knits:

Students have a choice between a t-shirt (sleeveless or short sleeve,) 4 panel skirt, or pillow. These below are a few ideas. Yardage will be provided for this class and the colorways will be announced at a later date.

We are all familiar with Alabama Chanin and her beautiful intensive hand work and design using Jersey knit fabric. I take inspiration from her work but create my garments using the sewing machine and machine embroidery. Come to this 2 day workshop and learn reverse applique and working with knits using our sewing machines, sergers and embroidery machines. However a machine embroidery machine is not required and the designs can be manually stitched for the same effect. Student will be given yardage for the one of the projects being offered. The options are: Knit Skirt, Knit T-Shirt, or knit pillow. Knits are wonderful to create garments with and the embellishments can turn a simple T-shirt in to Haute Couture. What ever you choose to make, no two garments will be the same. These will be one of a kind art wear!
Yardage fabric will be supplied. The pattern will be created the first morning, the design layout will be the first afternoon. The second day is dedicated to stitching and creating!
Bring your best fitting T-Shirt to copy the pattern if you want to make a t-shirt.. I want the best fitting and favorite wearing shirt for you, especially at the neck and shoulder seams. If you would like to make the skirt, the pattern is a simple four panel skirt made with your measurements
Tissue paper/ drafting paper, or crafting paper to trace and make your pattern pieces. Paper scissors and marking pencil/pen and tape measure.
Good sharp scissors for comfortably cutting and trimming. Lace applique, blunt tip ginghers or havels, everyone is different so bring a couple. SHARP is essential!
Basic sewing supplies, Machine in good working order. Embroidery Unit and assorted hoops. Extras like clover clips, needle threaders and favorite readers for better viewing, all help!
When you sign up for class please tell me your format for machine embroidery designs and your email address for receiving the designs ahead of time.


More classes will be posted later


Multi-tasking and paper making

I Knit this sweater from re-cycled yarn. The yarn is a denim-ish man’s sweater that I un-knit and reknit into a pullover. I washed it and hung it on the line to “block” it. While I was doing that I….Was cooking dinner and cutting up veggies to store in the freezer for future meals. This saves tons of time. These are 2 of my hardest working “maids” and time savers. Not only do they save time, they save money, and to be honest what is better that a hot soup and warm fresh bread??? Next, while I was working in the kitchen I had an egg carton that I was re-purposing…… into homemade card-stock for more business cards.I first tore it up into small pieces, soaked it in water then with my food processor I  added more water and made a pulpy mix. (make it more soupy than in this photo) Then I poured and formed it into home made screens (mesh fabric in an embroidery hoop) to create homemade paper.Yucky looking isn’t it. I had enough to make two screens and one shortbread form.

I put them outside in the sun to dry…along with my sweater and lovely clothes pin holder….more sheets and towels on the line. Back upstairs to another 6 dozen chef coats to be altered and embroidered….. and (two days later) home made paper is ready…. With my sizzix and die cut I have these ready to make into my next batch of business cards…. Look how cool the shortbread mold turned out as paper…. I plan on cutting the pieces and stamping the other side and have triangular cards… Here’s a close-up

So, this weekend I have to tie in ends of yarn on  my husband birthday socks….and make two more birthday hats, bake valentines cookies for my son’s school, Boys Scouts pancake breakfast, date night and….. Wow what a week! phew!

Have a great weekend! Stay warm

Business cards

I was on a roll, I had all the paper and supplies out while making cards, so I just made these too.

On the computer I created a logo like the stamp I want to have made someday…I printed it out on several different sheets of colored card stock.I cut them into 3.5″ strips and added a decorative stitch to the bottom edge.Last step.. cut them again to make them measure 2″.

Here are my two styles…

Valentines Cards

I have some cards to make and mail out today and while I was at it I started making some valentines cards. I had scraps of lace given to me because Janice couldn’t throw the scraps out and knew I would do something with them. And… I did!

Cut Card stock to a card size. Sew strips of lace to the end of card. Gather a length of lace and pull into a circle, glue on the card and add a button to the center… I’m not a fan of glue… ick.. I always make a mess, so I sew on my gathered lace and button.

Zero Waste re-purposing Knit scraps

I had an entire Suitcase full of knit scraps leftover from my T-Shirt workshops this fall. I needed the suitcase for this week so I had to  clean it out.First quick and easy project was to cut a yard of fabric into 4 towel sizes, so approximately any scrap that was about 18×23″ (mine were actually about 20×30″) because I was just using pieces not full yards. I added strip of about 3″ of another knit for decoration.

Then I made a stack of wash cloths and plan on hand stitching two colors together around the edges using a decorative stitch of some sort. These are cut approximately 9” square, a another stack were cut 6″ squares.  I am using up all these scraps up and look at all these colorful new washclothes I’ll have!!

All the tiny scraps I cut a bit smaller and am storing in a bag until I have enough scraps to stuff the insides of  a new quilted dog bed. I needed some stuffing to finish the sample for my class on Saturday so in they went…

But my favorite and the one I can’t get back to photograph is the dog bone I made of strips of random sizes and knotted once.

She was even taking her nap with it..

I was reading the Natalie Chanin Blog this weekend and she has a post on her companies “Zero waste plan.” She also has a wonderful offer on a box of her glorious organic knit scraps… just in case you don’t have a suitcase full of them.

Felted Garland

So I went on a date last night with my Husband and we were strolling around Market Commons which is a lovely outside mall-ish quaint shops area. Anyway, there is an Anthropology store, so  naturally I have to investigate all the wonderful items! One item I liked was a felted garland made of circles in various colors of felt and pretty pricey.

Today… out came a pile of sweater pieces and my Sizzix!I have a star shape die and how wonderful is that???

At my sewing machine I stitched one star after another in no particular order….

Since I haven’t put the tree up yet, my keylime tree is getting decorated.

I think I might add a few of the flat sequins to add a bit of sparkle…. I just wished the Keylime tree could be Christmas tree this year….

Is it a pillow??

You may think this a pillow…..Looks, like a pillow…..could it be something else… possibly another place to store your stash of … say…rolled up sweatshirt fabric…. 🙂

Supplies I used:

fabric for base: 25″ square

50″ of trim to go down each side

I embroidered”Silent Night” in a pretty script font, centered on the base fabric. Stitch the trim down each side leaving @ 5″ for the ends and small casing. Sew the long seam into a tube. On each end sew a small-ish casing about 1/2 ” and leave and opening to thread a ribbon through to pull the roll together.Close one side/end then,I rolled up the stash fabric into a tube to fit the pillow and stuffed it in. Pull closed the open end and tuck in the ribbon ends…

Shhh… don’t tell!;_)


It’s that time of year and there is a crispness in the air….

Fall decorations!

I love fall and pumpkins and this is a simple sweater to Pumpkin craft tutorial.

1. Thrift around for a wool orange sweater to felt. I happen to find a dream 100% cashmere, albeit small moth holes, for a $1!!!Sew up the sides to the neckline

Cut off sleeves

With a hand needle and some yarn or floss or beading twine in my case, sew  a running stitch to pull the bottom closed. I have a hefty bottom seam because I found two moth holes near the bottom and I want to hide them.

Cinch the bottom closed, turn inside out and stuff . I used lots of the left over wool scraps and serger shreds from my serger catch-it bag. I did use some poly fill to “fill in” and smooth out the lumps.

I found the only green wool/felt scraps I had and made two leaves and added a running stitch up the middle to create a vein. I wish I had a darker green for the leaves, but I haven’t found a green wool sweater that I can felt. Oh well!

I rolled up a scrap of black sweater felt left over from another project to make a stem.

I cinched up the neck opening like the bottom and added the stem to the center attaching it with needle and thread. Then I added the leaves.

My cluster of fabric pumpkins. Please note the pumpkin with the face.  Two years ago my youngest son digitized the face and sewed the pumpkin together on my treadle machine. He stuffed it with the plastic grocery bags and did not close the opening, so you could use the bags or store more in it!                                    Pretty clever kid!


I’m not a huge fan of burlap, I’ve always loved Linen way way better. This summer my sister, Peggy pushed me into to buying some that was on super sale in Indiana. I have to admit burlap is way way cheaper than linen, and has lots of good crafting qualities…

These are two of the pillows I screen-printed. The burlap is more open weave so the screen printing isn’t as sharp.. but I like it.

When I was at the French Flea market I saw a lot of burlap bags/fabric used in decorating. Chair cushions slipcovers, drapes, pillows… and my stool

I even saw curtains made with Burlap… hummm…. anyway

Here is a few more ways I’m using Burlap around my home…

Instead of buying more of the wire-basket planting stuff, I reused the oyster bag just wash the oyster bag first and leave it out on the clothes line for a week or two to make sure the smell is gone….