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New in my Etsy store

It’s such a gorgeous day here in Toronto. I hate coming inside. But had to take a couple of minutes to jot down this quick reminder about the new stuff in my Etsy store. Just click on the pictures to go to the Etsy store page for the project.




A cosmetic bag for Alexa

Alexa, my great niece, who is all of 5 years old, loves anything and everything girlie; jewelry, tutus, dresses, shoes and of course bags. Two days ago as I was showing my sister (Alexa’s grandmother) a bag that I was working on for one of the projects for next year, Alexa asked if I could make her a smaller version of the bag – for her cosmetics. And the bag had to have some jewels. Anyway, I took a an hour or so today to make her the cosmetic bag that she asked for. Here it is – all pink of course.

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Hope she likes it.


An iPad Case

I’ve had my iPad now for several months and am enjoying it immensely. I didn’t know exactly how much use I would have for it before purchasing. But I figured at least it would be good for surfing, email and reading eBooks, if nothing else. Well, have to tell you I use it practically more than I do my computer. Anyway, ever since I purchased it I’ve been planning to make some kind of padded case. Sure I could have purchased the fancy one that Apple sells, but that one adds more weight. I wanted the iPad and case to be as light as possible. After all, lightweight and portable is the whole point of using a tablet. Otherwise I could simply drag my laptop around. So finally I took some time today to make an iPad case.


stitching_the_stripsFirst I measured my iPad and added seams and ease to the measurements. Then I stitched strips of cotton onto cotton batting; the cotton strips are of varied widths. You’ll notice a white strip in the middle of the batting, in the picture on the right. I used strips of leftover batting. The white strip is fusible knit interfacing holding the strips together. The knit interfacing does not add any extra bulk to the batting, so it’s perfect for fusing scraps together.

After stitching the fabric strips onto the batting, I added a monogram.


Finally stitched the lining and turned to the right side. I folded the strip in half and topstitched the sides to make a snuggly fit for my iPad. And voila!


You might notice that it looks eerily like the iPod and mobile phone case I made a while ago.



A new year and a new project

So here we are, another Sew Creative Embroidery Club year is starting. Retailers just click on Retailer Login to get to the download page.

Anyway, I am always amazed at how quickly the year goes by. We are starting this year off with a patchwork-in-the-hoop project. A pretty potholder that does double duty; in a pinch it could easily be a trivet.SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

The potholder is made almost entirely in-the-hoop. And we include an easy and practical quilt-as-you-go technique that you can adapt to much larger quilts.

My proof reader Patricia from Life’s A Stitch in Sault Ste. Marie, used her 5D Embroidery software to edit out the “Happy Thanksgiving” and added a row of stitches. What a great idea! It makes the trivet more usable, year round. You can easily do the same, here are some basic instructions for use with 5D Embroidery:

  • Open design _01 in 5D Embroidery Plus.
  • Click the Edit tab.
  • Uncheck the first 6 color bars in the Color Select area. This hides all but the last two color stops - the pumpkin and the lettering.
  • Click "Make Block From Visible Area". Click Delete.
  • Click the Design tab. Your string block is now plain - no pumpkin and no lettering.
  • Add a new motif in place of the pumpkin and new lettering or stitch pattern as desired.

See, so simple. And it’s a great way to make use of your 5D Embroidery software.


Taking a break

Well,only from my regular work of making embroideries and writing up instructions. Today I am making some shades for my sister.

My sister and her husband put up this beautiful gazebo a couple of weeks ago. They will eventually landscape around it and it will be even more lovely. In the meantime they have been enjoying their morning coffee inside the gazebo, ever since.


Problem is, starting around 4:00 in the afternoon, the sunshine makes it impossible to sit inside. So that's where I come in with the shades.

shadesWe bought this gorgeous striped outdoor fabric a couple of days ago. It’s not “Sunbrella” brand, but it was a great price and it is water, sun and mildew resistant. And my sister loves the colors of the strips. Anyway, today I decided to take some time to hemming_shadesmake the shades. 

They were so simple to make. I hemmed the sides with a 1” double fold hem.  Then finished the top and and lower edges with a 2” hem. the hem at the  top and lower edges will act as casings for wooden dowels.

To hang the shades, first we’ll insert the wooden dowels into the top and lower hems (casings). Then screw two metal eyelets into the top dowel, right through the fabric. The shades then hang on a couple of hooks attached to the gazebo. There’s still a couple of things to figure out, but for the most part my job is done.