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Homemade Oven Mitts



Hello there my favorite peeps! I joined Crafty Gemini’s Crafters on Facebook the other day and found a tutorial for oven mitts. After watching the tutorial I decided to give it a try. As I began quilting the oven mitt I had issues with the fabric puckering and decided to start over. So I made a quilt sandwich and did not have any issues with the fabric puckering. I did make some changes myself such as, making a quilt sandwich, added 100% cotton batting between the two pieces of fabric. I placed the  oven mitt pattern on top of the quilted sandwich and cut the pattern out. Added some bias tape at the bottom of the oven mitt. These oven mitts are easy peasy to make and excellent for a gift too.

Feel free to leave a comment or share any ideas.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting!




Quilt Blocks

Happy Friday everyone! Can’t believe the weekend is almost here. So, what are your plans this weekend? I am attending a sew-in Saturday to help make pillowcases for the Conkerr Cancer Tampa Bay. Some of you may already know but, I have chosen this charity for this year.

Moving along, I received several emails asking if I would post the ten blocks that I have completed for the quilt along. Keep in mind that I still have two more blocks to complete before putting the quilt together. It is such a pretty day here in Tampa so, thought I would take a picture of the blocks outside. Enjoy the picture and I will see ya’ll next week!


Quilting 101

Starting April 6th Rebecca Johnson will be teaching an online quilting 101 class that will last for 12 weeks. The course outline is already posted on her blog and it looks like a lot of fun.  You will learn everything from fabric, cutting, sewing, basting, quilting.  There will also be lots of  Giveaways and heaps of fabric. Make sure to mark your calendar ladies and we will have a lot of  fun learning to quilt. Below you will find just one of many quilts Rebecca has made.

Eden's Garden' Quilt

Square Pincushion

I’m sure most of you might know or may remember the old fashioned tomato pincushion. Sew, I decided to make a square pincushion myself and it really turned out well and was very simple to make. Below is a photo of the pincushion I made.

Country Square Pincushion

Make visit over to paper.string.cloth and you will find directions on how to make a square pincushion. Another great site is called TipNut and you will find all kinds of different pincushions to make.

Here is just one of many pincushions that I like.

Log cabin patchwork with heirloom puffing.

Sewing a Baby Blanket

Four weeks ago my nephew and his wife had their first child on 2/3/2011 and his name is Lukas. I decided to make a baby blanket rather than buy commercial. So I am going to show you how I made the baby blanket today. Follow me to my sewing room and we will get started.

Here the materials needed to make a baby blanket:

  • 1-1 1/2 yard of pattern fabric ( the pattern fabric will go on the front.)
  • 1-1 1/2 yards coordinating soft solid fabric ( use this fabric for the back of the blanket.)
  • 1-1 1/2 yards cotton batting
  • Thread in the color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Wrights Satin Blanket Binding in the color of your choice (you will need 4 3/4 yards which comes in a package)

Now I am going to show you how to make the blanket. Here we go!

  1. Wash and dry fabric.
  2. Cut a 30″ inch square out of both pieces of fabric. (you can make the blanket larger if you wish.)
Step 2

3. Take the fabric you chose for the back and place it with the right side of fabric facing down. The wrong side of the fabric should face you.

Step 3

4. Next, place the cotton batting or quilting batting on top of the fabric.

Step 4

5. Place the pattern fabric on top.

Step 5

6. Place safety pins in the center of the blanket and on both sides. Using safety pins will prevent shifting while sewing. I recommend that you not skip this step.

7. Go to your sewing machine and sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance on all four sides of the square.

Step 7

8. Now take the scissors and trim off  extra fabric and make sure not to cut the seam.

9. Iron over the blanket

10. We are now ready to apply the Satin Blanket Binding and you must have patience with this step. I have added a link on how to apply Satin Blanket Binding.

Step 10
Your done!

I hope that you had fun today making a baby blanket!


Sewing Easy Cloth Napkins

Homemade Napkins

Cloth napkins are very easy to make and economical.   If you are like me, today in the stores there is not much to chose from. I went to Jo Ann Fabric to pick out material to match the place mats that are on my dining room table.  So today I am going to show you how to make cloth napkins. So ladies get the sewing machine out of the closet, and get the dust off, and fire up the sewing machine and here we go! Have fun making and decorating your own cloth napkins. Below are the steps taken to make the cloth napkins.

Here are the materials needed to make cloth napkins:

  • 1 and 3/4 yard of fabric of your choice ( 45″) wide ( makes six napkins)
  • Thread in the color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Heavy starch
  • Sewing gauge
  • Interfacing for template or poster board
  • Marking pen

Here are the steps when making cloth napkins:

1. Cut a 20″ inch square template out of poster board or interfacing.

Step 1

2. Place the template onto the fabric. Pin so the fabric does not shift while cutting.

Step 2

3. Cut out the square and you should have two squares.

step 3

4. On the wrong side of the fabric,start at one end of the square, make a 1/2″ inch seam allowance with a sewing gauge and press with Iron. Then fold over again 1/2″ inch seam allowance and repeat on the other three sides of the napkin.

Step 4

5. You can make a mitered corner or just sew straight across. When making mitered corners cut across all four corners. Be extra careful not to cut to much fabric because your corners will not meet correctly. I would suggest that you cut the fabric a little bit at a time.

Step 5

6. Pin the corners and all around the napkin.

Step 6

7.  Sew a 3/8 seam allowance around the outer edge of the seams.

Step 7

8. Iron the napkins with some starch and fold.

Step 8

See how easy it was to make the napkins! Your done!

Your done!

Sewing Dresses

So, I thought you maybe wondering how I got into sewing.  When I was growing up, I used to sit with my grandmother and watch her sew, and of course looking back on it , she was very good when sewing clothes. My grandmother would give me scraps of fabric to sew and “boy did I have fun.”  I went around telling everyone that I knew how to sew “yeah right!” Well as the years past I did not care for sewing and lost interest and moved on to other things.

When leaving the workforce, I had extra time on my hands which was something I had never had before. So, I asked my husband “what do you think about me taking a sewing class?”  His response was “that is so not you!” I continued to think about it, and one day I happened to be in the public library and as I was going out the door, I saw a flyer on sewing and it caught my eye. So, I brought the flyer home, and called about the sewing class, and from that day forward I have been sewing. As you can see, you really don’t ever know what you might be doing. Who in the world ever dreamed I would be sewing and having a blog too. I am having so much fun and I would recommend that you do the same.

Here are two dresses that I completed when taking the sewing classes.  Simplicity is the pattern that I used to make the dresses.

Blue Jean Dress
Cotton Dress