How to Make a 1920’s Dress and Cloche Hat

How to Make a 1920s Dress

I shared a few days ago about the 1920’s Roaring Twenties Unit Celebration that our homeschool group had.  I bought clothes for my kids (and my husband bought a vest), but I decided to make my dress!  The common dress we think of in the 1920’s is the flapper dress, but ladies who dressed more conservatively often wore a dropped waist dress, so that’s what I made!

Enjoy the following tutorial of how to make a 1920’s dress:

1.  I started with a shirt that was bought at a thrift shop.

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2.  Cut enough fabric for the skirt length you want and wide enough for twice around:

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3.  My shirt had some open flaps, so I sewed those together in the front and sides:

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4.  I gathered the skirt fabric:

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5.  I cut my shirt’s sleeves to make short sleeves:

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6.  Sew the skirt to the bottom of the shirt:

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7.  Hew the shirt sleeve:

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7.  Choose a coordinating fabric for a belt and hand-sew it around the middle:

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I found a hat at Joann Fabrics, so I didn’t need to make one.  But if I had made one, I love the tutorial for a cloche hat here!

Tutorial: Robin Hood Costume for Stuffed Bear

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It been such a long time since I’ve posted anything crafty here.  And even this Robin Hood costume for a small stuffed bear was done way back last May!  But enjoy this tutorial and let me know if you make the costume!

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My kids are involved in Spotlight Youth Theater and they have the option to purchase a Show Bear for each show they are in.  It usually has the costume of the main character.  Last spring they performed Robin Hood, so I made the Robin Hood Show Bears!  Since I was the only one making them (and made 25), I simplified the costume quite a bit.  A lot of this was done with a hot glue gun, but if you have time, sewing it will help it last longer.  :)


The Tunic:

1. Cut 2 pieces (same size) for the tunic.

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2.  Sew along the top, leaving an opening in the middle for the head.  Sew along the sides.

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3.  Cut out V’s like you see in the picture below.

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4.  Turn right-side out and sew down the front set of V’s for a collar.

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The Hat:

1. Cut 2 pieces (same size) for the hat.

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2.  Sew along the rounded edge.

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3.  Clip the 2 bottom corners.

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4.  Turn it right-side out and make a tiny cut in one side for the feather to slip through.

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5.  Slide the feather through and hot glue the inside to get it to stay in place.

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The Belt and Quiver Holder:

See these pictures for how they will look.

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1.  I used a sewable pleather type of material.  Cut out the following shapes for each costume.

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Here are the D-Rings I used for the belt.

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Here is the finished belt.

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2.  Slip the D-ring through one side of the belt and hot glue it the belt material down.

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3.  Slide the opposite side of the belt through the ring.

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4. Twist it like you see in the following 2 pictures.


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Here’s what the front should look like.

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5. For the quiver, turn the rectangular piece of material around length-wise and hot glue it down.  Hot glue one end closed as well.


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6. Then hot glue it onto the sash

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Finishing the Bear Costume:

1. Slide the Tunic onto the bear.

2.  Put the sash and belt on it.

3.  Hot glue the hat onto its head.

4. Optional: Make an arrow out of a pipe cleaner and slide into the quiver.  Tie a ribbon around its leg so you can attach a tag.


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Craftsy Classes 50% off!



I don’t know if you have ever tried a Craftsy class, but they are really neat!  I’ve watched a few of the cooking ones.  I love that they remain yours forever, so you can watch them over and over (and use them for your kids!)  Summer is a perfect time to try them out.  Choose from cooking, sewing, cake decorating, gardening, crafts, knitting, photography–browse their classes and see what you want!

And they are having a BIG Summer Sale. All online classes are up to 50% off and some are starting at just $9.99! Just think of all the cooking, sewing and gardening knowledge that is waiting to be unlocked! This sale only lasts a few days (ends at 11:59pm MT on Monday, June 9th.), so be sure to sign up for one soon!

Here are some of the classes that are catching my eye:

*Decadent Chocolate Cakes

*Beginning Serging

*The Ultimate T-Shirt

*Classic Croissants at Home

If you get a class, let me know which one–and how you like it!

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Collage Friday: Legoland and Knight Costumes

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Yesterday we took our annual pilgrimage to Legoland Discovery Center.  We love to get the homeschool rate.  Another great thing about it?  There were only about 20 other people there!  The new Star Wars exhibit was really incredible!

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As I’ve mentioned before 3 of my kids are in the production of “Shrek the Musical.”  Dress rehearsals start Monday and performances next Thursday!  I spent the last couple of days turning these knight tunics

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into these!


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Can’t wait to see everyone on stage!


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Haven’t gotten your tickets yet?  Get them here!

Have You Tried Out Craftsy?


Have you ever heard of Craftsy?  It’s a great new way to learn a variety of homemaking skills!

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

Why should I take a class online?
Online education isn’t just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons.

With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, anytime. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects.

You can try out Craftsy with Free Craftsy Classes.  The class that I’ve started watching is Online Croissants Class.  It’s great!  I love that it will stay there forever, for whenever I have  a chance to get back to it or if I need to re-watch a particular segment.  It’s also neat to be able to interact with others taking the class.  I have also downloaded a crochet pattern:  an adorable Minion hat!

And I have a surprise for you…there is a Craftsy FLASH SALE this Friday, October 25th for 24 hours only!  Click on this banner:


But in the meantime, click on the best banner below to get your Free Class!  If you aren’t into cake decorating or quilting, click here to find something else that interests you, like drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, or pizza-making!




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From House to Home {Link Party}: My New Owl Purse!

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I’ve been needing a new purse for quite a while since my old one had torn zippers, etc.  I looked for months but never found anything that I liked.  So, I made one myself!  On a recent vacation to my in-laws’ house I went to a quilt shop with my sister-in-law and husband’s aunt.  I found this great pattern called the Janet Tote by Totes for Sandy and the adorable fabric.  I pushed myself really hard for a couple of days to get it done, since I knew it would be so much harder to get to once we got back home.  Do you like how it turned out?  At first I was disappointed because it was much bigger than I expected.  But then I realized how often I carry two bags.  Now I can throw the “extra” stuff in my one bag–diapers/wipes, books for read with the kids for school, mail/packages for the post office, iPad, etc.!  I love it!
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It’s time for our Link Up Party: From House to Home!

Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! The code can be found at the top of the Link Party page. (If you don’t link back, your link might be deleted.)

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By the way, if you have a post about your homeschool curriculum, link it up here.  (It will be open for a few months, so come back if you need to!)

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods Lapbook and Projects

As I mentioned last week we started reading Little House in the Big Woods.
We were able to get to a few projects this week.  :)

Here are some pictures of our lapbook (you can find the printables free at Lapbook Lessons.)

There is a “Making Cheese” wheel and a felt pocket sewed up (to remember when Laura’s pocket ripped.

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They decorated the little house in the woods.

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Here are some of the animals mentioned in the book.

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And booklets about the food they stored for the winter, consequences for disobeying your parents, and things they did in each of the four seasons.


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We also made a needle book, like Ma gave as a Christmas present in the book.  I’m going to use mine, as I’m on the costume committee again for my son’s musical and will need to bring my sewing supplies along for emergency mending during performances.


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We made some homemade butter!  Delicious!

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We had a hard time understanding the cheese-making process from reading about it in the book, so I found this wonderful YouTube video!


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It’s time for our Link Up Party: From House to Home!

Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! The code can be found at the top of the Link Party page. (If you don’t link back, your link might be deleted.)

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Fleece Baby Sheet

Welcome to our third week of From House to Home!  What have you been doing lately at your house?  We’re gearing up for dress rehearsal/performance week for my eldest’s musical Aladdin!  We also had performances of 3 kids in drama class, speeches presented at our public speaking class, and a band concert this week.  Needless to say, I haven’t had much time for “extras” lately, like my goals of growing triops and ordering ants for the ant farm for science.  Or doing our fun art project about Jonah and the whale.  Or making my daughter’s quilt (winter’s almost over!) or Easter dresses for my 4 girls.  And crochet?  I haven’t done any this year!

Well, I did push myself to finish one project this week.  I’ve only had the materials for 4 months!  :). I sewed a fleece sheet for my baby’s bed.  I’ve always felt bad about laying a sleeping baby down on a cold sheet, so I thought this would be a great idea!  I found the directions and inspiration at The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking.  I bought the Fold Over Elastic at Amazon and fleece at, and this great
Breathable Mesh Crib Bumper 
is from One Step Ahead.

Here is the finished project!

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She was not thrilled about being put into her crib to be a model with the sheet!

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It’s time for our Link Up Party:  From House to Home!

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1.  Link up family-friendly posts about making your house to a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God!

2.  Link back to my site with the button below or a text link.  Thanks!

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Closet Curtains!

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I bought three panels and cut the middle one in half, so that it would be 2 larger curtains that could open to each side.  I think it looks better already!  (Next step–organizing the inside of the closet!)

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2.  Link back to my site with the button below or a text link.  Thanks!

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2013 Goals and Resolutions: Do Hard Things

Do Hard Things!

It’s my “word” of the year.  :)  I haven’t read the book Do Hard Things yet, but heard the young men speak about it on the radio.  It’s a goal for all of us to follow–to live our lives for Christ and graciously do the hard things He has called us to.


Here are my goals and resolutions for this year.  I have to be honest and tell you that I’ve already changed my mind about some of them since last week!

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1.  My big goal for this year is to get back to my “wedding” weight.  It’s been a few years, but I’m ready to make it happen.  I need to lose 19 pounds, 2 sizes.

One way I hope to accomplish this is by joining the T-Tapp 60 Day Challenge, which starts on January 20.  I’m going to do a 4-day Boot Camp of Basic Workout Plus (started it yesterday) and then do that workout or Step Away the Inches at least every other day.  On the off days, I’ll do Hoe-Downs and OIP/HF (those exercises are found on the DVD included with Fit and Fabulous book.)

After the Challenge is over I’ll learn the T-Tapp Total Workout and Ladybug Workout, which I’ve had for a while but have never tried.  I plan to eat less fast food, desserts, and doughnuts and eat more salads, fruit, and veggies as well as drink 75 ounces of water daily.

If you want to join me in the 60-Day Challenge,–see it listed in the 2nd column on the T-Tapp website– there is still time to order a DVD or book.   Also, next Tuesday will be Deep Discount Tuesday–I don’t know what the special will be, but I’ll let you know as soon as I find out!  And if you don’t know what T-Tapp is, check out What Is T-Tapp!


2.  Stay more on top of the Cleaning and Organizing of my house, using the Motivated Moms Planner.  I’ve already been using it for a week and have really liked the easy way it tells me what to do each day!  I also want to look at my Pinterest Boards to get some more great ideas!  I absolutely love this post over at Confessions of a Homeschooler and would like to try to set up our upstairs schoolroom and our basement craft room to be more learning-friendly and organized!

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3.  Read the Bible daily.  I was going to read through the Bible, but that’s too big a goal for this year.  I’ll read through a book at a time, starting with 1 Corinthians.  And I pray that the Lord will grow me this year; I long to be more like Him–more patient, more kind, more loving. . .

4.  Learn how to use my new camera and Photoshop Elements.  Improve the photos here on the blog.  Fix my blog header and make a blog button.

5.  Sew my oldest daughter’s quilt (finally!) and make dresses for the four girls.  I have all the material for the quilt, but need to decide what to do for the girls.  I have lots more I’d love to sew, but I’m not going to stress if I can’t get to it this year.

6.  Teach the kids two songs with parts (performance ready).  We’ll work on singing at least twice a week.  It has always been a dream for my husband and me for our family to sing together!


I’ll post updates on how things are going.  Let me know about your goals, too!


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Pinterest Challenge- Rag Quilt Potholder sewing kit

I joined another Busy Bag Swap, actually, two of them!  So, I’ll be sharing lots of ideas in the coming weeks.  Here is the activity I included in the Elementary Craft Bag swap: How to sew a Rag Quilt Potholder.  See below for the instructions that were included.  These Rag Quilt kits would also be great to make for Christmas Presents or to include in a travel bag or to keep those hands busy during read-aloud time!






Sew a Rag Quilt Potholder 

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Supplies contained in your kit:  8 pieces of flannel (5” x 5”), 4 pieces of fleece (3” x 3”), spool of thread, needle.


You supply:  scissors (rag quilt scissors are great for this project), straight pins, washable pencil or marker, ruler


  1.  Lay your flannel pieces out and decide where you want each color to go–four colors on top and four on the bottom.


2.  Take the top four pieces of flannel and draw with your washable pencil or marker a square one inch in on all sides and an “x” across the square.

This will be the sewing line.


3.  Layer the pieces with flannel on the bottom, then fleece square right in the center, and topped with the flannel that has the markings on it.  Pin it.



4.  Sew together all 3 pieces on the sewing line.  The fleece should be just inside the sewn square, but will be held in place by the “x.”



5.  After you have 4 pieces sewn, you’ll attach those to each other.  Sew them on the sides first and then the top two pieces to the bottom two pieces.  **For this style you are sewing “backwards” and allowing the seam allowance to show on top.



6.  Cut each seam allowance in half-inch strips.  Be careful not to cut all the way to the sewing line.




7.  Wash and dry your potholder so that it will get the “rag quilt” look.





By the way, this activity was inspired by this pin by Hearts and Trees.


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Completed Crochet Bag




I have finished my wonderful crocheted bag!  This yarn was really fun to work with.
I received it for my birthday this year (from ebay).  It’s 100% silk, made from sari remnants.  It’s fascinating to work with because it isn’t the same thickness all the way through–and all different colors.  By the way, my birthday is in January, so that gives you an idea how long it took me to finish this!


The pattern is from Chicks With Sticks Guide to Crochet by Nancy Queen and Mary Ellen O’Connell. (It’s my favorite crochet book!)



I LOVE these buttons! They’re 100% coconut! From


Even though the directions clearly said not to make the strap too long because it will stretch, I did make it too long. So, here is what I did to fix it–shape it into a bow and sew it in place using the same sari yarn.

And I might have to get some of this lovely bamboo yarn to work on my next project!

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Free Crafting and Sewing Patterns

Ready to start some new projects for this fall?  Here are some great FREE patterns!  And there are lots more on their site.

(Just requires a simple sign-up.  I have a separate hotmail email address for sign-ups like these. :) )

Cute clutch to sew:


For the fall sports events–throw and tote:


Get Ready for Christmas:




Sunbonnet Sue:


Crochet and Knit:

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Craftsy Quilt Cruise Giveaway

Oooo-this would be so fun!  I’m entering, too, but I wanted you to get a chance as well!  Enter soon before it’s too late!

Here are some details:

All Aboard! Craftsy’s first-ever Quilt Cruise will be leaving the dock on March 23, 2013, for a week-long Caribbean vacation full of your favorite pastime. Join instructors Carol Ann Waugh, Weeks Ringle, Pam Holland, and Sue Bouchard on the high seas to learn new techniques, fun spins on traditional methods, and a variety of projects. Immerse yourself in the Craftsy quilting community as you craft alongside fellow enthusiasts! Hop off board when the ship docks in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico for fun excursions before you reboard for more quilting adventures. Craftsy is even giving away one pair of tickets every month, so you and a guest can get away for an incredible quilting experience and Caribbean vacation!


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New Quilt for the New Baby

My husband’s aunt has made a beautiful, unique quilt for each of our babies.  And this one is no exception!
You can see the underneath, minkee material, in the next picture.



Be sure to click through to see pictures of the other quilts!

Pinterest Challenge- Denim/Flannel Picnic Rag Quilt


I’ve been wanting a picnic quilt for a long time.  You know, the kind you can just leave in the van and pull out when you want to sit on the ground.  It needed to be big enough for our whole family, so that’s pretty big!  And intimidating as far as making a quilt goes!  I had made a rag quilt with both sides flannel for one of my son’s beds and thought that might be a good way to go.  But I wanted it to be more durable since it would be out in the elements.  Then I saw the ideas for using denim!  I don’t know why I never thought of it before, but denim works perfectly for a rag quilt!  I love the way it frayed.


I like this pin and someday will probably use my old jeans stash to piece together some squares and upcycle.  But for this project I just bought some denim and cut big squares to be able to finish it quicker.  The top side uses flannel.  I didn’t purchase any more flannel, so the top isn’t as pretty as it would have been if I had planned it out.  But I wanted to use up my scraps.


The squares are 10″ x 10″.  The seam allowances are one inch, which makes each sewn square 8″ x 8″.   The final dimensions of the quilt are 80″ x 96″. Here are two tips:  use rag quilt scissors to cut the seams (they are spring loaded so you don’t have to keep opening and closing the scissors) and wash the quilt for the first time at a commercial laundromat (it produces SO much lint!).  One other thing I did to save time was not to put any batting in it.  It’s thick enough and certainly heavy enough.  My younger kids can’t even carry it!

This is what the underneath looks like:




Now, for a picnic!

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Nursing Cover–Pinterest Challenge

A while ago I saw this unique pin of a nursing cover on Pinterest, so I decided to make one!  (If you like it, you can get one from her Etsy shop.)   I haven’t had a chance to use it yet since I’m still anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new little one.  Hopefully soon!  Today is my due date!

I’m linked up to the Pinterest Challenge.

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I Spy Bag–Pinterest Challenge

Here are the I Spy Bags I made for a Busy Bag Swap. I sewed 25 of these! They are filled with Poly Beads and lots of little objects. Most were found around the house: pennies, paper clips, pieces of ribbon, brads, beads, broken crayons, buttons, safety pins, etc.

I used gauge 4 clear vinyl, which sewed up great with my Bernina and jeans needles. The outside fabric was a very soft fleece.




These were inspired by this pin and this pin.

I’m linked up to the Pinterest Challenge.


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See here for my other Busy Bag posts.

Getting Ready for Baby

Things have been focused on getting ready for the baby around here lately.  I’ve been nesting–and one thing we did was get the windows cleaned!  I had a Groupon for it, so it was a really good deal to get them cleaned inside and out (and the screens).  We’ve lived here for 11 years and never had them cleaned before!

I’ve washed all the baby clothes, bought tiny newborn diapers, and fixed my nursing cover (it had shrunk, so I added some material to the sides).  I bought a new carseat (not everything lasts from previous babies) and made a cover for it.  I’ve also been practicing my breathing, relaxation, imagery, and verses for labor.

Yesterday I finished packing my suitcase and brought up the co-sleeper from the storage room.  I still need to make another nursing cover.  I need to buy some batteries for the hat I wear for nursing and changing diapers during the night and for the baby swings.  And I think I’ll pack an emergency bag for having the baby in the car (pray that won’t happen!)  I want to clean out under my bed and vacuum it really well.

I’m still hoping to get some sewing projects done before she’s born, because those will probably be laid on the back burner for quite a while:

* Finish “I Spy” bags for a busy bag swap, due next Wednesday

* Make picnic quilt (already cut out)

* Make my daughter’s rag quilt for her bed

The quilts will only get done if I have a major spurt of energy in the next few weeks.

Recently, I’ve been thinking that I really wish I knew more about my sewing machine. I know nothing about changing the tension and have never used any of the fancy stiches.  I got a walking foot for quiliting but have never figured out how to use it correctly.  Then, I found out about this FREE online sewing machine class! I’m not sure the timing is right for me at the moment :), but I definitely want to do this!

Become a Sewing Machine Master for Free!  Learn how to handle your sewing machine with the brand new, free, online Craftsy class, Sewing Machine 911, taught by Claudia Miller, sewing machine MD.  In this class, learn how to diagnose your machine’s symptoms and how to easily fix the most common issues, including jammed machines, top thread breaks, needle breaks, and more.  Claudia also explains the basic parts and functions of every machine.  Whether your machine is still in the box, you’re working on a hand-me-down, or even if you’re an experienced sewist who still struggles with tension, this is the class for you!  Plus, it’s free, so there’s nothing to lose.  Sign up for Sewing Machine 911 now!


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Quiet book cover–Pinterest Challenge

My final Quiet Book post!  Here is what the cover looks like.




I used ideas from this pin and this pin from Pinterest.

There were several things I was thinking of as I designed the cover. I wanted it to have a handle, an inside pocket to quickly store loose items, and a thick outer material (I used denim) to protect the pages. I also wanted to use rings so that I could swap pages in and out as needed.



See this post and this post for more details on our Quiet Book.

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