April Update: Sewing, Soaping, and Sand

I can’t believe April is almost over! Time just keep whizzing by and I keep filling it up with good stuff – but don’t always get around to blogging about it. Sorry! I thought I’d do a single post to try and get you caught up and see if I can’t get to a more regular posting schedule. [Read more…]

#SchoolOfSewing: Lesson 2 Fabrics

In case your new to the School of Sewing sew-a-long with me, don’t forget to check out this Page where I have all the details and links to past posts.

Who’s ready for another sewing project? This month, we’re tackling Lesson #2 from School of Sewing* book, which is the Lined Drawstring Bag. For this project, I’ll be using fabric I already had in my stash. I love the bright colors!

Drawstring Bag Fabric

I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous about sewing the draw string (tiny strip of fabric that needs to be cut and sewn straight), but with the success I had last month in cutting straight lines I’m ready for the challenge.

My next couple weekends might be kinda busy, so I think I’m going to tackle this project over multiple evenings. Cutting one night, sewing another. Wish me luck!

What fabrics will you use for this project? Be sure to post a picture in the comments below! What are you looking forward to or worried about?

* Note: Links with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links. This means that, at no extra cost to you, I make a small commission when you make a purchase through my link. Thank you! :-)

#SchoolOfSewing: Lesson 1 – Finished Speedy Pillow Case

I’m a little late getting this post up, but I’m assuming you’ll forgive me. :-)

In case your new to the School of Sewing sew-a-long with me, don’t forget to check out this Page where I have all the details and links to past posts.

I completed my Speedy Pillowcase last weekend, and went through a wide variety of feelings. Let me get straight to the results though and share a picture with you of the completed project.


I adjusted the pillowcase to be longer for this crazy long pillow my husband has. We only ever had one pillowcase that fit it, and after nearly 15 years it finally shredded so he needed a new one. (It’s not a big fluffy pillow to make for a smooth picture like in the book, but it fits!)

I want to share as much about each lesson with you as I can – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I’m hoping I’m not the only one with bad and ugly, but that’s all part of learning, right? So here are some of my thoughts, feelings, and learnings from this project: [Read more…]

#SchoolOfSewing: Lesson 1 Fabrics

Ok, this year got off to a slow start so I had to delay the start of the School of Sewing sew-a-long by a month, but I’m looking forward to finally jumping in and getting started! If you haven’t heard about learning to sew with me, or just want to catch up on the details, you can go to the 2015 School of Sewing page to see what’s in store.

Lesson #1 is the Speedy Pillowcase, and I’m really glad that the first project is so simple so I can dip my toes back into the world of sewing. The first part of the book had so much great information about how to choose a machine, tools you’ll need, etc., and since I’ve tried learning to sew before (over a year ago!), that was informational for me but thankfully I have everything I need to get going. If you don’t, I highly recommend spending the time to read the first 70 pages of the book. I’m mostly going to need to concentrate on cleaning my machine and changing the needle to make sure it’s ready to go. (See page 65 – 66 for great tips for both of these items.)

So really, I got to focus just on picking fabric for this project. I gotta say – I feel like I SUCK at this! I knew I wanted to make this pillow case for one of my husband’s pillows that is extra long (and hard to find pillow cases for) so I wanted something gender neutral or masculine. I went to the fabric store and was immediately overwhelmed. I did stick to the quilting cottons (as recommended) so that helped narrow it down a little bit, but still. Thankfully, my husband approves of my fabric choice.

School of Sewing Lesson 1 Fabrics

Ugh – I took this picture at night with terrible lighting so I don’t think the colors are coming through well. Have I mentioned lately that I’m not a photographer? :-) I promise to get pictures of my finished product in better lighting so that the colors come through.

Anywho…I’m ready to tackle this project next weekend. Are you ready? Have you picked out your fabric yet? If so, please share! I need fabric inspiration and want to see what you’ve selected!

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School of Sewing – Delayed

January has gotten off to a rough start in my household. One of our kitties was sick for a couple weeks, resulting ultimately in surgery (she is fine now, thank goodness!); during her final steps of recovery I headed out of town on a business trip and brought home the cold/flu/plague and am just now barely feeling like I might be recovering…but is SLOW GOING. My husband also caught a cold (thankfully not as bad as mine, because I REALLY needed someone to take care of me these past 4 days) and my other kitty had to be taken to the vet yesterday and is now on antibiotics. So I want a do-over to the fresh start a new year is supposed to bring.

In the spirit of Being Gentle With Myself (my number one goal for 2015), I am giving my household the rest of January to try and get back to “normal” and pushing all activity out one month. That means that my School of Sewing activities will now start in February. I’ve put up a page that recaps the approach I’ll take, and updated it with the new monthly schedule. You can find that page here:



That also means there’s still time for you to grab the book, get your sewing machine and supplies ready, and join me starting in February! :-)