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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Budget Savers, Sewing

Travel Laundry Bag Part 2 – How to Add the Letters

Please note:  For the basic construction of the travel laundry bag see my previous post. Materials needed to add letters to the laundry bag: Scraps of leftover fabric Heat N Bond Ultra Hold(<affiliate link) Print out the letters for the word “laundry” (or whatever word you’d like on the laundry bag.)   I used the lower case bubble letters found…

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Budget Savers, Sewing

Travel Laundry Bag Tutorial

Materials needed: Heavy white cotton thrifted sheet(s)  (I used two full-sized flat sheets to make four laundry bags with fabric leftover for another project) Optional: Scraps of fabric for the lettering Iron-on adhesive for fusing letters to laundry bag (I used a product called HeatNBond (<-affiliate link))   Make a snip in the long edge of the sheet, close to the…

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Quilting, Sewing

One of These Things Is Not Like The Others

“One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn’t belong, Can you tell which thing is not like the others By the time I finish my song?”   When I was sewing these paper pieced blocks, I was just pulling fabric from a bag of scraps and didn’t realize until I had them finished…

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Quilting, Sewing

Star Fruit Cushion Finished and Progress on Other Projects

Earlier this week, I tackled re-stuffing the Star Fruit Cushion. This tool, called a locking clamp (<-affiliate link) made the process a little easier than the first time I tried stuffing it. Even so, it took three hours and a few unladylike words before I decided that done was better than perfect and started to sew the opening closed. It’s by…

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Quilting, Sewing

August FNSI Results

This month’s FNSI was actually a Friday Morning/Afternoon Sew-In as I got together with friends for a fun time of chatting, sewing and learning. I shared with them how to construct this little coin frame purse: I think I need to improve my in-person teaching techniques as I wasn’t able to pass along my enthusiasm for these little purses. After…

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Gift Ideas, Sewing

Doll Cradle Transformation

On last week’s post Aprons and Dolly Diapers, Kathie from Chico, CA left me a lovely comment. Part of her comment said: “You inspired me to sew a doll cradle mattress, blanket/quilt, and bed skirt as a gift for my niece’s daughters.” I wrote to Kathie thanking her and telling her that she had made my day.  Attached to her…

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Budget Savers, Sewing, Thrifting

WIP Wednesday – Laundry Bags

Just a quick post to show you what I’m working on today: The travel laundry bags we’ve been using for the past several years were getting to the point where they could no longer be repaired. So a few weeks ago, I picked up two heavy white cotton sheets at a local thrift store to make new laundry bags. I…

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Gift Ideas, Sewing

Aprons and Dolly Diapers

This week, I’ve been busy sewing more play things for our oldest daughter’s classroom. First up were these two reversible aprons with adjustable ties. I used a few different aprons as inspiration.  I got the idea for the adjustable ties from here.  Somewhat Simple inspired me to use up some more of the fat quarters I’ve been collecting. And the…

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Quilting, Sewing

Very Early Morning Sewing

I think I’ve mentioned before in passing that we are currently apartment sitting/cat-sitting while our middle daughter is away on a three month temporary work assignment.    Actually… our daughter had been cat-sitting this cat for a co-worker who was on a temporary work assignment.  When that work assignment became permanent, our daughter ended up with the cat which we are…

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