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Pajamas- Six Ideas

Pajamas for Kids are the perfect Christmas Present.  We like to let our children open these special gifts on Christmas Eve so they will have new Pajamas to wear on that special night.   Here are a few pair I made for grandchildrenphone-dec-15-551

These Pajamas are perfect for the girl who loves owls.

phone-dec-15-553this Pair matches the quilt she received and is her favorite design.  I used an easy button front pattern.


the little boy who got these loves monsters and these monsters glow in the dark.  If you have a child afraid of the dark this kind of fabric might help them.  this boy is not afraid of the dark but he loves the fact that the monsters glow when the lights are out.


Do you have a sports enthusiast?  this boy love any sport that has a ball so he was really excited to receive these Pajamas

phone-feb-18-160these Pajamas have a different pattern than the button front.  They are for an older child and have a yoke top to slip their head through.  No buttons to bother with here.  They also match her quilt.

phone-dec-15-555These Pajamas are for a teenager with the yoke top and made from the same fabric as her quilt.  Yes, last year I made quilts for these children and the PJs they got for Christmas matched the quilts they received on their birthday’s that year.

Special gifts like these always bring smiles and comfort especially in times of turmoil.

I don’t just sew.  I sew to  mend hearts.  Do you?

phone-feb-18-156This kid loves Minecraft and sent me a picture of his favorite Mooze.  I printed it out as an iron on and put it on a knit top that I made and made special knit pajama bottoms for him.  It brought huge smiles.

I might add that I wouldn’t do this type of an iron on again of pajamas because it was too  rubbery.  It would be good on a T Shirt though.  this top turned out to be too short so I had to make another.  He still loved it though.



15 Denim Bib Ideas

15 Denim Bib Ideas for you.

Denim Bibs
Denim Bibs- Here are 15 different denim bibs that I have made.  they are so inexpensive yet very popular and sturdy.  Mom’s love them.  they protect the baby just perfectly.  I have recently started putting tie closures on my bibs so that the baby can wear them longer as they grow.  I love to use decorative stitches to enhance the fabrics and you can also find stitches, if your lucky, they coordinate with the theme of the bib.  The cars above are so cute with this fabric and to top it off, the family name of this baby is Carr!  How fun it that.  If the Dad likes cars or planes or whatever then that is a fun theme to pick.  If the mom is into cup cakes or sports or bling or flowers there are all sorts of ideas you can come up with to make the bibs personal to the family you are giving it to .  I find these bibs are really appreciated because they are made with love.  Some find their way as a wall decoration too.  These are all fast, easy and very economical gifts. Have fun!

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Fancy Stitches cover the bib above.  A great way to bring personality to a bib.  It is also a creative way to use all those stitches you  may have on your machine. It is so much fun!

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I machine embroidered this design on a piece of the denim from these dark blue jeans and then  made a pocket from that piece of fabric.  It was easier than embroidering on an existing pocket. this was by special request from a mom who loves pigs! who doesn’t love a cute pig.  They are adorable.

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I live this simple bib with pretty stitches on each side of this valentine fabric.

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this bib is cut directly from the back side of a pair of jeans.

I lined it with the same fabric that I made the ties and the pocket handkerchief from. the ties are also made of the same fabric.  I like to use ties on bibs because they allow the child to wear it longer as they grow.

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A neckerchief sewn on at the neck turns this into a perfect cowboy or Cowgirl – bib.  I stitched around it with a decorative stitch instead of plain top stitching.  It is durable and adorable.


denim bibs

These four bibs are other examples of the strip of cute fabric and then decorative stitches on top and bottom.  They are closed with a snap.



This doggy bib is one of my favorites.  The cute little puppy embroidery was fast and easy and looks so cute with matching puppy fabric at the top.  It think it is a lot better than plain denim would be.  Spice it up with a little piece of fabric at the top.


this embroidered airplane was a hit.  it is so cute and fun to make.

tie bib

this dashing little tie bib is also accented with a little pocket.  The top is actually a side seam.  I used two shades of denim here.  One way you can do that is to use the back of the fabric for the lighter color.

cowboy bib

this bib is topped with adorable cowboy printed flannel.  I like how the seam of the leg accents the middle of the bib.  You can embroider the baby’s name or the word “Cowboy” or “Cowpoke” on it to spice it up.

cowgirl bib

I love this cute cowgirl bib.  The bandana is sewn on at an angle and the red around the outer edge is really decorative stitching but gives the impression of ric rac.

so there you have it.  15 denim bibs to bring smiles to mommys and babies.  also a smile to your pocketbook as they are very inexpensive to make from old jeans and scraps of fabric.

Happy Bib Making.

Quilted Bib



Quilted BqprinThis quilted bib is made from the Baprin pattern that I found on this site Found on  All moms are crazy about this great cover up bib.  Skill level is medium because you have a lot of bias binding to put on it but it is easy. 1-

I- cut out three layers. one for the top of cotton and the back is coordinating flannel.  Inside is a piece of light fleece I had left over from another project.

2 I layered them and then just sewed the quilting lines on it

3-Add the binding and your done.  Make sure you put the binding on in the right order.

first I like to do the arm holes

second the neck

third the rest with the ties continuing out 11 inches.

Hooray!  It’s priceless!  Great shower gift.

Thrifty Denim Sports Quilt

denim quilt 2 demin q with pillowcase denim quilt lable football Nate This thrifty  denim Sports quilt is made from 6 and 8 inch strips of denim and backed with 4 strips of sports fabrics.  they are, Basketball, football, soccer and baseball.  I downloaded embroidery designs onto a thumb drive for my sewing machine, (Pfaff Creative 4.5) and embroidered them.  That was really fun to do.  It is  new adventure for me, so now I will be doing this more.  There are lots of free designs out there and some nice ones for just a few dollars.  I put his name in the middle to make it extra personal. He will have this forever! Don’t forget to use embroidery thread.  I used 100% polyester from Sulky and Floriani.

The label is made from a jeans pocket and machine embroidery for the words. for a treasure like this, always add a label with the recipient’s name and yours.  You should also date it and put who quilted it if it was done by someone else.

It is always an extra bonus to made a matching pillow case so this one is made from the scraps from the back with a strip of football fabric for the trim and also on the border of the quilt since this is his favorite sport.  Basketballs on the cuff and then the body is baseballs on one side and soccer balls on the other.  That should delight any boy who loves sports.

I machine quilted it horizontally about every 3 inches.

Machine Embroidered Purse

A Great way to use machine embroidered or other quilt blocks.

Machine Emboirdered purse

This purse was so fun to make and turned out perfectly beautiful.  I used another machine embroidered  quilt block from Hoop Sisters from the quilt called Jacobean Journey.  I used the wrong fabric in one area and it didn’t match the rest of it’s set.  It makes the perfect flap for this little handy purse just the right size to carry a phone a wallet in.

It is a great way to use those extra blocks and makes a beautiful and useful gift.

It might be a great way to use any beautiful quilt blocks that you have made.  these are just 5″ blocks but you can adjust to any size you make.

I can hardly wait to mess up again so I can make one for myself.  🙂

I purchased a handle for about $5.00 and that gives it a professional look.

How To Make A Tulle Skirt


How to make a tulle skirt

This tutorial will show you how to make the circular tulle  skirt that is all the rage with the girls.  How to make a circular tulle skirt.1 cut pattern from an old sheet1- cut a pattern out of an old sheet by folding the sheet into a square  and folding it again like a napkin.  You will have 4 layers then fold it one more time into a triangle like above. then you have 8 layers.

I made a 28″ long skirt for a 32″ waist.  Tulle is not wide enough to cut a whole circle so I cut halves.  to decide the size to cut the waist divide it by 4.  32 divided by 4 is 8.  so I measured down 8″ from the tip of the cone shape and drew the circular line making sure it was 8″ from the top on both sides.

Now for the length of the skirt just measure down the length.  In this case 28″ on both sides and draw another circular line for that.  then use this folded sheet as pictured above for your pattern.  It is heavy enough that you don’t need to pin it.  The waist will be big enough to gather in some fullness.

2 Now you can see the circleHere is the sheet circle folded in half.  Now because I needed to cut half circles.  I folded this pattern in half  into a cone shape as seen above. To cut out the tulle I folded  at the end over enough for the length of the skirt which was 28 plus 8 or 36″.  then I layed the quarter skirt pattern on the fold of the tulle so that when it is cut out I will have a half circle.   I cut 8 halves of tulle.  I just layed the tulle down on my carpet  and the static electricity kept it flat.  the heavy sheet pattern on top with no pins needed.  then cut the curves smoothly as you can so that there are no jags to have to trim later.  Take long cuts with the scissors.  It helped to hold the tulle up a little off the carpet with my other hand so I could be sure I got both layers since they are hard to see. 3 cut out the underskirt

this is what the satin will look like doubled.

For the satin underskirt I folded it one more time and cut it into a half circle. Now I have a half circle underskirt and I will have full circle tulle.  I chose to make 4 layers of tulle for this skirt and I bought 17 yards of tulle and 3 yards of satin.   It is not so expensive when the tulle is 1.99 and you use a 40% off coupon.

Sew up the sides of the satin skirt and then hem the bottom.  I used a rolled hem on my serger.

then set a zipper in the seam and cut a strip for the waist band that will extend an inch or more on one end .

Sew the waist band on the inside only so you can sandwich the tulle in on the front.

Sew up the side seams on the tulle.  quick and easy.  Just make sure your tension on the machine is right so it doesn’t pucker.  Then gather the tulle and sew it to the outside of the skirt



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Now just top stitch the waistband on the outside and you are finished. !!!!  Happy girl!  It is worth it!


Prom Dress Tricks

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adjusting the pattern

adjusting the pattern

I just finished this prom dress for a granddaughter who lives far away. She sent her measurements and I went from there. It should fit her fine. As luck would have it, she didn’t fit the box exactly. That is a rare thing is someone fits all the measurements on the pattern for one specific size. So this is what you do. (I used Simplicity 1195 for this dress).  What would you estimate to buy a dress like this?  Maybe $200.00.  It cost only $40.00 to make it!  It really does pay to sew and she will not meet anyone with a dress like hers wherever she goes.  It will fit like a glove (I hope) and it is in her favorite color and style.  The satin is sprinkled with glitter for and extra sparkle.  It does not fall off either

Here are a few tips and tricks to make everything work out beautifully.

1-You pick out on the pattern envelope the pattern size that fits the bust, then you add or subtract from the waist and other measurements. It is easy to just let a waistline out or take it in and not so easy on the bust-line.

2-Adjust your pattern first.
decide the length from the nap of the neck to the waist and take a tuck or make a slit in the pattern to make it the right length.

3-Do the same with the skirt.

4-when you cut out a pattern cut it out large enough to leave a wider than normal side seam. that way it can be adjusted to fit as she changes sizes or it gets handed down to a sister, or up to a sister.
Leave the skirt long enough to make a hem that is an inch or more so you can adjust that with growth or different shoes.

5-You can also leave a wider seam in the back. You can change a dress several sizes by adjusting the back seam
But, this dress has a zipper in it and she might not want to remove it and the side seam is easier to adjust.
I used to rent wedding dresses that I made. the tops and bottoms were separate so I could change the size from a 6 to a 16 by adjusting the back and side seams of the bodice. A surprising trick.

6-I lined the whole bodice by just using the overlay pieces for both the lace and the satin. then I basted them together as one piece before sewing them together in the dress. It makes it easy that way.

7-See the nifty sequined belt! It cost $2.00! I just bought 2 stretch headbands and cut them open and then sewed them together and then sewed on some big hooks like you use in pants. she will hook it on the side so the seam opening and seam are on the sides instead of a being in the front.

8-You could put a flower on the belt where that seam is and then it can go anywhere she wants it. On second thought, I should have bought a third headband to use for her hair! Or you could even make a bracelet.

Dad’s Stache Cookie Jar

This is just the cutest cookie jar  to store Dads Stash.  My husband loves his and it sits proudly on our counter.  Sometimes it holds his favorite cookies.  That really makes him happy. !

Clever Cookie Jar for Dad, and Valentine’s Day  coming… hint hint.

step #1 find a cute jar, one you have? thrift store?  or buy new?  I already had this jar.  Free!

step #2 cut letters with your vinyl cutter or get some stickers from the craft store.

*Here is a huge tip if you have a small machine like a cricket or silhouette?  I bet you have a friend with a huge vinyl cutter for business or pleasure.  I have several.  The scraps that they throw away because they are too small to feed into the machine…. Those are extremely valuable to you.  Offer them a little change for their scraps.  They really go a long way!!  A  friend gave me vinyl.   Free!

step #3 fill it with his favorite treat.  His favorite cookie….  Oatmeal Raisin.  Easy.


Wrist Wallets

Wrist Wallets are easy to make and fun to wear.  They take just a few scraps and are useful and fun to make.  You can wear them with the zipper inside or out.  They make a terrific gift for gals who like to work out or run.  They might only want to carry the house key or student card or a little money in them.   these cost me nothing but the time and I am sure the girls who received them were delighted. Wrist Wallet     I started with three layers of fabric.  and quilted two of them the center being a piece of soft flannel.  That makes the back.  then cut two strips for the top so you can put the zipper in between.  First sew a square to the top and the bottom of the zipper so that it is the same length as the sides and the back pieces.  Measure the wrist first and make it long enough to over lap atleast and inch and a half so it can be closed with velcro. 

phone pice 2014 022  phone pice 2014 027 phone pice 2014 028 Be sure to leave the zipper half open when you sew it onto the back piece or it will be a trick getting it open to turn it.  phone pice 2014 024phone pice 2014 023Turn it right side out and attach the velcro and there you have it.  a stylish Wrist Wallet. Young  Boys like them too if you use the right fabric for them.



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Pencil Purse & Book Cover

I love this project.  It is so bright and fun.  It is just the right look for a pencil purse with little pieced pencils running across it and a notebook cover either for art or journaling or note taking.  Just the right thing for that special girl no matter her age.  I cannot decide which of my special little artists will receive this one.I They were made totally from scraps and a zipper that I had on hand.So, though they are valuable, The only cost was the composition book (less than a dollar) that I put inside of it.

Pencil Purse and Book Cover


I created this awesome set from a book called “Sew Gifts!” by that Patchwork Place, an imprint of Martingale.  It is a very nice book and I would recommend it to anyone.  I did have some trouble with piecing the pencils together according to the directions since I am a beginner at piecing.  If you are just learning, just remember that the smaller the pieces are  probably the more difficult to do than larger pieces.   But if you sew much at all, you can do this.  So I developed my own process of piecing the pencils and I will show you how I do it.

1   1  after you have decided what size you want your pencils, and cut the fabric in rectangle strips so that you have a longer rectangle for your pencil, a strip of tan for your wood and another short strip for the lead of your pencil only longer than the finished pencil.  Then cut longer rectangles that will measure long enough to go 1/4 inch below the wood piece  and above the top (the exact measurements for this purse are in the book “Sew Gifts”    

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 Fold one edge of the two background pieces 1/4 inch and press.


2-Place the pieces one at a time so they extend 1/4 inch below the tan piece and pin in place from the back.  Open it up as shown and sew on the fold line.  then place the second piece on making sure that it meets the other piece at the point of the pencil.  Then sew it on the fold line


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then open and press and you have the cutest pencils you can imagine.