Stunning Blessing Dress Recycled from Mom’s Wedding Gown

You can make a  stunning baby blessing dress. Recycle the long train of a wedding dress.

20160702_14124520160628_133605This clever bride who wanted to have children some day, chose a wedding dress with an extra long train. It could be used to make a blessing dress later when she would have a baby girl.  Her first baby turned out to be a boy.  Some of the satin from the lining was used to make a little vest for him.  The next baby, soon to come, will be a girl. Mommy was ready.  She wanted a dress with similar tulip sleeves and slightly resemble the wedding dress.

My first challenge was to cut the dress out of the train. It was in more of a fan shape. With a little twisting, I was able to cut it out and leave most of the dress still in tact.  I used the trim from the dress to trim the sleeves. The only thing I bought for it were the buttons and ribbon.

There is enough left of the dress to make a beautiful dress to be worn the day of her confirmation when she is older. !  Another option would be to just keep the rest of the dress for a token of the wedding day or use it for possible future siblings.

Sew For Those in Need

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Sew for those in need. 


I did not organize a group but I am happy to be a part of a couple of them.  People donate materials.  Someone else cut all of these nightgowns out and I just sewed them up!  what a pleasure it is to feel that your sewing is blessing children in need.  These nightgowns go to a local women’s and children’s shelter and to hospitals.  They are made from basic patterns that may change from time to time and from any materials that are given to us that will work for this purpose.  Generous people have donated a huge supply of attractive knits that we can use to make these.

Other women cut quilt pieces, piece quilts, sew them together  and tie them and bind them.  Some women paint wooden toys that are just delightful.  All of these things go to charities in our area.

You can start your own or join a group that does the same. You can even make a few calls to places nearby and ask them what they need.  this group has also made adult bibs and book bags.  Any group you can join like a quilt group or a church group can help you share your sewing talents.

Places you might call are Women’s shelters, hospitals, fire department, police department, Cancer treatment centers, Refugee groups and churches.  You can also find organized groups online who send dresses to Africa and other places.  Look around you and across the street.  You will find needs close to you.

You can make a difference one stitch at a time. Happy sewing. It seems like the more you sew the more you have to share.

Cozy Cabin Quilt

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The magazine has the directions for a king comforter or a crib quilt.  I made a twin comforter size and it easy to change the sizes on it.  the blocks for the bigger quilts are 3″15′ and for a crib quilt are a1/2 ” by 71/2 “.  It would be so much fun to put together a brightly colored baby quilt this way.  I might try that soon to use some of the great scraps I am collecting.

I am blessed to have the strips given to me by my sister in law.  She had already made two of them and didn’t want to do the third.  I am the very lucky and blessed recipient.  I put it together for a grandson who just graduated from High School.  What better thing to take with him to college or wherever he goes to remind him of home and the love his grandma has for him.  it is so much fun to play with fabrics and designs while you are making this project.

Princess Prom Dress

Gorgeous Prom DressThis Princess Prom Dress is just the perfect dress for a lovely girl.  she will certainly feel like the bell of the ball in a prom dress like this one from a McCall Pattern.

I decided to make it for a granddaughter.  she picked out the pattern and then the challenge was finding the perfect fabric.  she found it quickly but we had to visit two stores to get all that we needed. there are 17 pieces in this beautiful Prom Dress.  It made it so that it fit like a glove and was flattering as well.  The top was a low luster satin and the lining was a shiny satin of the same color with a underskirt of sheer sparkle polyester.

A special trick to making a dress fit just right is to cut it out with extra wide side seams and back seam.  then you have the freedom to go in or out without the worries.  when you are sewing for someone who is far away it is the perfect answer.

When the dress was all done except the hems and the zipper I took a long drive to her house and stayed a couple of days to finish it on location.  It was a huge success and the Princess Prom Dress brought big smiles and admiration.

with the scraps, I made a bow tie and pocket hanky for her date.  He was grateful for that because it relieved him of the worry of trying to match it..  He can return it to her so it can be used again with the dress on another occasion or he can keep it for a souvenir and reminder of their magical date.

Oh yes, it saved a ton of money compared to the price of a similar dress in the store.  It cost about a third what one like it would have been.  It would not have fit as well and it would have been a real feat to find her favorite color and style.  Yes, she did not see another like it on any other girl at the prom !  It is unique to her.

“Chop Suey ” Quilt

I love this  Interesting and clever design like this keeps your eyes moving around the quilt.

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This easy “Chop Suey ” Quilt is fun to do.   I found the pattern for it in the Quiltmaker magazine May/June of ’15 163.  It starts with easy blocks.  I used Batik fabrics as pictured in the magazine. The trick is arranging all those pieces so they all face the correct way. Finally, mixing up the colors to give it that “Chop Suey ” look.

Fabrics to choose

Batiks are perfect for this quilt to give it a special blended look of colors.  It is also striking with a black background and bright colors.  You can use seasonal colors and bring any season or holiday to life with it depending on your choice.  A nice baby quilt in soft nursery colors or bright primary colors would be perfect.  Sew it up quickly in a baby or lap  size.  Your imagination is the only limit you will have.

I made it into a king sized quilt with matching pillow cases for my son who chose this design from hundreds of choices.  It was a huge project because there were 49 of them.  It is backed with soft batik looking  flannel and looks great on a king sized bed.  I had it quilted with a long arm machine in just a simple design that would not take from the colorful blocks.

You Can Make This Handy Small Bag

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You can make this this handy small bag is made from a pattern called ” The Potato chip Bag”. It is  by Paula Hughes by Quilt Country.   It is easy to make.  I love the instructions to this bag because of the simple way the four pockets are constructed and attached.  I have never put one on this way before.  It is a great method to use.  It is simple and neat.  The button I included on it is an old antique heirloom button from my mother. I think it was on a suit she wore.   It could have been originally from my grandmother.  I suggested to my granddaughter who received the handy little purse that she always cherish this button and an heirloom even after she is through with the bag.  It is closed with a magnetic snap.  they are easy to install and can be purchased at almost anywhere they sell fabric.

The finished handy small bag is 7″x6″x2″ and has four pockets.  I think I might make an inside pocket with a zipper in it for change and little things.

I used a medium heavy iron on pellon interfacing. It begins with two rectangles 8″x9″.  You could make it larger if you like but I think it is the perfect size to carry a phone and a wallet and a few tissues.  I have a huge phone so this is perfect.  I also like the long  shoulder strap. which makes it easy to carry that bigger smart phone.

Remember to put the snap in the flap and bag during construction if you don’t want the raw parts of the metal to show.

Finally, Before I  make a bag for someone, I usually ask their favorite color and then go from there.  I pointed out to my granddaughter that she had the same favorite color as her great grandmother who also owned the big glamourous button. It looks very nice on the flap. .  It is nice to learn such things and the similarities make these great people live on in the lives of their descendents.


Elephant Themed Bibs

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I love elephants! Give an Elephant Themed Bib and you will have a happy mama!


These two cute Elephant Themed Bibs are so adorable.  The appliqued Elephant was one I drew myself.  I cut out the pieces and ironed them on with “Wonder Under” and did the satin stitches around it.  the eyes are and eyelet stitch on my machine and the eyebrows are just a narrow satin stitch.. The head is a separate piece from the body and of course the inner ears are separate.  I used shiny embroidery thread to satin stitch around it. It is Sulky 40 wt. 100% Rayon and it worked out great.  I like to use it in the bobbin as well but you may use another gray if you have it.  Always experiment on a scrap before you stitch it.   YOu may enlarge and print the picture of the elephant and trace it for a pattern.

The other Elephant Themed Bib is inspired by this adorable Elephant fabric.  Then I found that I have Elephants in my decorative stitches in my machine.  I have a Pfaff Creative 4.5 and I love it.   any machine will make this bib as long as you have a zigzag stitch but the decorative stitches vary.  You might find another stitch that works for a decorative stitch or just leave that out.   So I had to make a row on each of these bibs.  I especially like the pink ones.

In the past all my bibs were closed in the back with a snap but when I learned that my little grandson had outgrown his bib by the time  he was eating from a spoon I started making bibs with the ties to close them at the back.  that way the neck of the bib will not get too small for the little darlings.  It just gives me peace of mind to do them that way.

Happy sweet baby girls.


Flattering Aprons

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I love to make these flattering aprons.  They are so classy and attractive.  they make wonderful gifts.  See the previous similar post for link to directions .  I like to do it with three prints that coordinate.  It can be made in an afternoon or pieces of time worked in you days.  You can use trim on the bottom or whatever suits your fancy.  You can make it from scraps or even more fun, shop for the coordinating prints.

If you  want to give a handmade gift but you don’t have time or maybe the desire to make one you can contact me and buy one!  Perfect original gift.  No two are alike.  Unless you want  matching ones.  I also love to make a butcher apron to coordinate for the man to match the ladies apron.  It makes a very useful wedding gift.

Believe me, you will be remembered with fondness and they will not be taken back to the store.

Basic directions for these aprons can be found at tutorial-patternless-kitschy-apron.html


Minky Baby Quilt

This Mink Baby Quilt was so much fun to make.  I decided to use minky on the front and binding.

Minkey Quilt

the picture shows it a lot darker than it actually is.  it is a beautiful royal blue and is so soft and sweet.  The puppy dog theme was carried out in the quilting and if you look closely you can see that I machine quilted the word “arf” on the light blue rectangles.  The word is a repeat from the main fabric pattern.  the pattern is found in the Big Book of Baby Quilts by Martingale.

Easy Baby Quilt

This Easy Baby Quilt was such fun to make and was quite stress free.

Easy Baby Quilt

I Started with just three coordinating fabrics.

Aqua blue print with a matching brown and aqua with white print.  then I added a white on white print to give the contrast.  the thing that I like most about this quilt is the fabric and next the easy design.  there is not much matching to worry about.  Only the point of the center in each block.  With the blocks turned opposite for each row it keeps the eye moving around the quilt.

I also made a label to put on the back of the quilt with machine embroidery for the letters.  It includes the name and year and my name.

I love following a pattern when I can.  the pattern for this quilt is in a book called “the Big Book of Baby Quilts” by Martingale  (no they did not pay me to recommend them but I do.  there are 87 patterns in this book and I will be making more.  this is the second one from this book so far.