A bit of inspiration from these little ones requests, some imagination, and some colorful felt sheets is what was needed to bring some smiles.   This summer everyone was talking about Minions so my little students made some pillows.  After this first sewing experience these darlings asked specifically to make something Pokemon and Hello Kitty. The next visit we hand stitched everything on except the kitty whiskers, they were fabric glued. Then we sewed over them by machine when we put the Read more…


This is the easy pencil bag we make at camp. They are made of the vinyl that is fabric backed. 2 – 11″x6″ fabric pieces 1 10″ zipper Use matching or a contrasting thread.   I used black thread so you can see it on this blog.       Place the zipper upside down and clip to pretty side of fabric. With a zipper foot sew down one side. To get around zipper pull it back to where you have sewn. Read more…


My students are loving the t shirt and tank top dresses we have been working on.  There is a wonderful program called “Dress A Girl Around The World” that makes similar dresses and sends them to impoverished countries. You can find blogs with instructions all over the web.   I had made several to donate and showed them to the students and they LOVED them. Here is my favorite pattern on this website: http://dressagirlaroundtheworld-va.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-best-t-shirt-dress-tutorial.html You need a basic t shirt, tank Read more…


   And he is so easy to make! Cut out and prep owl as pattern call for.  You will need some extra main fabric to cut out the pocket. Use this portion of the pattern.  I removed the top taped across eyes portion. Cut pattern in half down the middle.  Lay out on top of pattern paper or poster board to make new pattern. Open 6″ or more on top and trace bottom, sides, and across the six inches. Straighten everything Read more…


It is swimming pool and beach time here in Florida! These wet bags are great for wet swimsuits or wet clothes. You need: 2 – 11″ x 11″ squares of towel 2 – 11″ x 11″ fabric backed vinyl or PUL 1 – 11″ zipper Wonder Clips or something instead of pins to protect vinyl from holes. Sandwich the zipper between the toweling and vinyl front sides together.  Stitch across about 3/8″ from edge. Turn toweling and vinyl to wrong sides Read more…


You can make these with 100% cotton or knit!   You will also need 1″ elastic. Decide the length you want for the skirt. Measure from where the skirt will sit at waist to the length you want.  When you decide the length in inches, divide the number by 3 to determine tiers measurements. To this length number for each tier you will add in for your seam allowances, waist band, and the hem. For tier 1, add a 1.5″ for waistband Read more…


This cute bag is a great use of all the little scraps of trim and fabric or felt. I was looking for something for my grand kids to put little treats in and saw these cute little bags at the hobby store.  I knew I could make them myself and had the scraps already! Here is how its done: 1/2 sheet of felt and some zig zag trim is all I used. Sew your trim across bag.  At the store I Read more…


These candy filled carrots are “sew” easy and fun to make!  I whipped up 42 of them in about 3 hrs!   You can use any orange and green fabric.  I used felt and a bit of ribbon to tie them off. Make a template for carrot greens. Pin green and orange together and sew.  Cut felt square in half. Fold in half and sew from top green corner and across to orange corner.  Turn to right side.  I use a Read more…


Here is a favorite decorative pocket.  You can use pre-made bias tape of any size or use your own strip of fabric.  No need to cut on bias! You need a half circle or semi circle and strip of fabric.  You can have your students zigzag edge or use pinking shears. Gather top of pocket. Place fabric strip and gathered edge of pocket right sides together. Press seam.  Fold fabric over the top, fold over on backside, and pin in place. Read more…


I LOVE these Coasters! These are so easy to make and you can use scraps.  This is another simple project your students can make as gifts for any holiday or a birthday gift for a loved one.  I am pre-cutting up a bunch for my students to make as family gifts for Valentines Day. They sew up super quick! I use cotton batting instead of polyester so the soak up the moisture on cups. Pattern:   Draw a heart shape larger than Read more…

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