Category Sewing

A Chip off Mom

The result is this cute purse in Tulsa Pink Slow and Steady fabrics. The story goes like this: Mom: Let’s do a craft. Daughter: I want to make a purse just like yours. (Diversion attempts follow. Then I found her attempting to search purse patterns on the internet. So I explained that I own a […]

A Shiny Lunchbag

I have wanted to make my own lunchbag for a while, and I finally purchased some Insulbrite, so when I supposed to be doing something else (hey look, something shiny!) I printed out the pattern by my friend Sherri (3 years since this was published, really?!) and got to work. I used sew-in interfacing to […]

A purple one-hour basket 

Although because I make these from scraps, they take a lot longer than an hour.  When I was making the scrappy blocks for my #bigquiltbee quilt, I sewed together the narrowest pieces –strings–and set aside. Pulling them out and trimming, it didnt take long to make up 3 of the 4 panels I need to […]

Sewing over pins

I would bet that you know already that sewing over pins can lead to broken pins. But have you ever thought about what it does to your needle? If I am having problems with tension, the first thing I do is re-thread my bobbin and top thread. The second thing I do is replace my […]

Girl’s Shirt to Dress makeover (tutorial)

Or how to be the best mom ever in 30 minutes. I was cleaning out my daughter’s closet prior to Christmas and was vehemently told that I could not donate this shirt to the thrift shop. Because it is her favorite. However it is definitely getting a little too short. Since dresses are an adorable […]

Lisa’s top 5 for 2016

Thanks to Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs for the party and inspiration, I’m going to join in on the linky party for my best 5 posts of 2016. In case you missed it, my best 5 of 2015 is here. Best quilt finish My favourite of 2016 is the Grand Illusion Christmas from the Bonnie […]

Liberty and Chambray Handmade Style Tunic Finish

It’s a perfect summer garment. I really wanted to be able to wear this at the cottage, only to find that with the change in the weather I was wearing a fleece sweater rather than a breezy tunic. The pattern is from the book Handmade Style, by Anna Graham (Noodlehead), and she had a little […]

Blue Thread

It started with having blue thread in the machine.  So I grabbed my aqua scraps and started piecing. I had a lot of strings so for one section after piecing I cut 3.5″ squares, spun them 90 degrees, and sewed them together again.  After one evening, I had three panels.  After the second evening,  there […]

A Fine Finish

Hurray for the first of my 2016 Q3 FAL (Finish-a-Long) finishes (see targets here)! And the one which has been in progress the shortest time, but it’s also the cutest. Ta da! I bet you all want a pair now, right? I purchased the espadrille kit at Creativ Festival in April, and the Echino linen-cotton […]

WIP Wednesday

It was a long weekend, so I made the most of it by progressing two of my works-in-progress and starting a new one! First and most important, my mini quilt for the #starblockquiltswap is almost done, just the binding to finish. A lot of people on instagram suggested black and white stripe binding, but I […]