Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Finally, A New Pocketbook

Today I finished this Lazy Girl City bag. I think that this is the fourth bag I've made from this pattern. It goes together
easily with regular cotton fabric. I used a tapestry fabric that I got from a friend and the black is a heavy twill weave fabric. My mistake was using a heavy press on batting and pressing it all the way to the edge of the fabric. I learned my lesson to not put interfacing into the seam allowance loud and clear when my industrial Juke machine wouldn't sew through the double fabric when making the corners at the bottom of the bag. I finally sewed those spots by hand after removing the interfacing from the seams. Hopefully, I'll remember this lesson when I make my next bag.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Rose Scarf

I needed a break from my current knitting project so I decided to crochet another rose scarf. This project went very quickly and provided instant gratification. When my daughter-in law told me that Ben's school was looking for handmade items as donations, I decided that this scarf would be a good choice. I hope that the PTA raises lots of money as the money is being used for the fifth grade class trip to see The Lion King on Broadway.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The start of a new doll

Yesterday I decided to stay home instead of going to Sit and Sew. The weather was too messy to go out. After breakfast I got out all of my paints and other supplies and painted a doll's head. She is my first brown eyed doll. The others all have blue eyes. This color change should change her wardrobe and her hair color. I haven't decided how she'll be dressed as yet. Before I get to that, I have to finish the
pocketbook that I started over the weekend.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A new doll joins the family

This cloth doll was made from Teresa Cato's book. I painted the head first and then made the body and her clothes, shoes, and pocketbook. The bodice of the dress was so difficult to fit that I ended up sewing it on the doll by hand. By the time I made and turned three hands, I had two that were usable. The skirt and jacket were easy to make and so was the pocketbook. The shoes didn't fit on the first try but did by the second try. I'm still not in love with them. I have to go through my stuff and see if I have a different piece of fabric that would work. If I don't find anything I really like, I'll change the shape of the front of the shoes and add a button or some embroidery.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Girls are Ready to go Shoppinmg

Today I finished the second coat and hat. Now Adina and Eva's dolls can be warm this winter. Next, I have to make Davey's pajamas and maybe a bathrobe if I have enough time. I also ordered two outfits for him from American Girl. He's a Bitty Baby Twin doll.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gift Sewing

Adina and Eva asked me to make their dolls winter coats for Christmas and make outfits for Davey, Eva's Bitty Baby Twin doll. So far, I've made one coat and hat and have another coat and hat almost finished. All it needs is the handwork, snaps, buttons, and the lining for the crown of the hat. The pattern is an Indigo Junction pattern for an unlined coat and hat. I added the linings. The coat and hat fit nicely and I will make another doll coat for Emily's doll when she is old enough to play with dolls.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Charity Project Completed

One of the quilting groups that I belong to does a charity project for children each Christmas. For this year's project we were to buy a bed pillow and make two pillowcases, one from Christmas fabric and the other from fabric that a child would like. I bought four pillows and made eight pillowcases this week. Especially thrilling for me was that I got this finished two weeks before the due date and that all of the fabric that I needed for this project came from my stash. I didn't have to buy any fabric or thread, just the pillows. I hope that the children like my choices.