Archive for the ‘Sewing’ Category

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New Holder Line: Super Hero

August 24, 2015

I wanted to make a holder that spoke to the nerdy side of my interests, so I made this superhero themed holder with a comic book interior. I love the bright colors and the way it nods to the comic book roots to the characters we love.

To see my current stock of crochet hook holders, click here. For my dpn holders, click here.

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Rolled Up

 

To see my current stock of crochet hook holders, click here. For my dpn holders, click here.

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New Holder Line: Flowery Circles

August 17, 2015

My first experimentation with a line of crochet hook and double pointed knitting needle holders. I carefully chose a beautiful fabric and some matching fabric for the interior pieces. I am absolutely in love with the results and with how much it holds.

To see my current stock of crochet hook holders, click here. For my dpn holders, click here.

 

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Rolled Up

To see my current stock of crochet hook holders, click here. For my dpn holders, click here.

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Gift: Barbie Doll with a huge wardrobe

February 2, 2015

For Christmas, I received something very special in the mail. My grandmother sent me a Barbie with a full wardrobe of dresses. She usually makes these for a charity every Christmas, but this year she saved one just for me. This is my first Barbie and I plan on storing it until I have more space to display it or I have a little girl to hand this heirloom down to. Barbie

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Spring Dress Alteration

March 10, 2013

I have had a dress for a long time that comes up a bit above my knees. For modesty (I am LDS) and comfort reasons. Can I tell you that I have a HATE of shorter skirts? Why would you ever want to show your undies to random strangers? I decided to alter the beautiful dress so that I wouldn’t have to squirm and watch where my legs are going, nor risk showing things I would rather not.

Because of this quest, I dragged my husband to JoAnns. (He actually had some leatherworking items he wanted to pick up, so I dropped him happily in that section to pick up on my way out.) With coupons in hand, I headed to the cotton fabric section and could not find a fabric that matched to save my life. A bit disheartened, I looked for alternatives to the lovely green in the dress and came up with yellow.  There wasn’t much left on the bolt, so I was hoping it was less than a yard. It was a yard and 2 inches. I wrinkled my nose, but I couldn’t turn down 2 inches. How would they sell that anyway? I bought a few other items and headed home.  Starting the project, I realized that measuring was required. The dress was a total of 76 inches. This means that if I hadn’t purchased the last 2 inches, I would have been using scraps to fill in holes. What a blessing! I cut a 5″ strip off of the cloth to add a 4″ bottom to the skirt and then sewed it on.

Since there was nothing covering the shoulders, I sewed a matching shrug to wear on top. As much as I struggled with the ‘easy’ pattern, It turned out well.

I wear the dress everywhere now. It is so beautiful and perfect for Spring!

The Dress

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Handsewn Double Pointed Needle Case

April 1, 2012

I have been using a toothbrush case I bought for $1 for holding my double pointed needles. The case was filled quickly and I had to write the sizes with permanent ink on the outside. The look of it was pretty horrible. Searching on Etsy.com, I saw that people had DPN holders for sale, but they were so expensive. Turning to my local JoAnns, I went straight to the scraps bin. I found a large section of fabric with Japanese writing on it. Not necessarily my first choice, but it was pretty none the less.

With $5 of fabric in hand, I headed home. My needles are all 7″ each, so I made the case 9″ tall and folded up the bottom to make a lip for the needles. I sewed one edge, along the bottom and the other edge, making the sides not symmetrical. (Always to BOTH edges and then the bottom or visa versa.) Taking my masking tape and a box to make sure I was placing it at right angles, I placed the masking tape for the needle numbers that I own, leaving spaces for the smaller numbers. Then I sewed between the tape and looked at my work.

Shock washed over me when I realized the whole point of this was to keep the sizes different and I didn’t embroider the numbers BEFORE sewing up the bottom. Seeing this as an opportunity for experiment, I took my needle and thread and embroidered the numbers anyway with goldenrod floss. It worked perfectly (other than my spacing being off and my embroidery being messy). I rolled up my work with the needles inside and promptly turned it upside down. Needles fell all over the floor. What use is a case if your needles fall out? I had to think. What would be the best way to securing them? A band around the top? No. There is a better way. I had left an extra inch above the needles. I folded that over, sewed it down in a few places between where the needles go. Perfect. I can get them out, but they will stay when the case is rolled up.
Now to secure the case shut. A simple tie will do, but the entire case is made from the same fabric, so using the same fabric again would be boring, so I decided to braid a yellow and red ribbon to go around it.