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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

McCall's MP239 M7261 Exercise Leggings

Hello sewers!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.
I hope you all had a blessed Christmas.

With the new year just ahead of us,
it's time when many of us think about starting an exercise routine,
or changing up an existing routine.
I try to exercise throughout the year,
but I am an eclectic exerciser.
To me, that means I play around at many types of exercise.
I get bored easily with the same routine,
so I switch up my exercise routine A LOT.

I also get bored with my exercise clothing.
And it was time for a new pair of leggings,
so I chose McCall's pattern number 7261.

Just as new exercise routines keep me interested in exercising,
so do new workout clothes.

This is the only pair of leggings I have that are not one solid color.
The panels of color in the mid leg make me happy.
I purchased both fabrics at Joanne.
The black is performance fabric so it helps hold in the jiggle!
The galactic print is a little bit lighter weight spandex knit.

As with all leggings, this is a really quick pattern to sew.
I used my Baby Lock Triumph serger for the entire project.
I was able to neatly sew, trim, and finish the edges of all the inside
seams with just one pass through the serger.
I then used the cover stitch to keep those seams from "rolling" around.
Here's a close up of the outside and the inside of the garment:


I really like this pattern because the waistband does not have a casing or elastic.
That makes the leggings smoother on the tummy and more comfortable to wear.

Here's a short video that I made.
It shows a few more details and I also discuss how to choose your size.



How about you?
Do you already have an exercise routine,
or do you plan to start one in the new year?


Thank you for visiting with me today.
I enjoy your company so much.




Monday, December 18, 2017

Treasures and Trinkets Case

 
It is so rewarding to sew custom orders for my awesome clients!
We started with the #treasuresandtrinkets pattern from #patternsbyAnnie
and my client (V) customized it for her needs
You see, she is a jewelry maker and she requires lots of little storage pockets
The pattern has instructions for 3 sizes (S, M, L)
V chose the smallest size, which finishes at approximately 4 x 6 x 3.75 inches

This isn't just any ordinary little case . . .
It's like opening up nesting dolls
There's more and more storage as you progress through all the layers
The pattern is designed to have a zipper pocket
only on the lining side of the "flaps",
but V requested double-sided pockets,
and I was happy to oblige.
We also made the little removable pods double sided.
The bottom of the case is designed to just house the strap
that holds those pods in place,
but V requested an additional zipper pocket on the bottom.
If you decide to add a pocket here,
just be certain to allow room to attach
the snap for the pod strap above the pocket
V also requested a mesh zipper pocket on the inside lid of the case
instead of the mesh earring bar as designed in the pattern instructions
I used the vinyl mesh as directed in the pattern, but I made it into a zipper pocket
The vinyl mesh is sturdy and V can still attach earrings to the pocket
and/or she can store items inside the mesh pocket as well (pretty smart, isn't she?)
The small removable pods measure about 3 x 3 inches
and they have a loop on one side to allow them to be attached to the snap strap
at the bottom of the case
This is the perfect size case for travel, but if you are new to bag making,
I would recommend starting with one of the larger sizes
and sew the case as instructed, without the extra pockets, 
as this smaller size can be a bit tedious
and it is a little fiddly to attach the binding
to those double-sided vinyl zipper pockets.
If you are an experienced bag maker,
go for it!  Have fun customizing your own version of this handy case.












V's fabric choices are just lovely and the case is so useful with all those storage pockets.  
Perhaps she should pursue pattern design!     😉

If you have made this, or any other byAnnie patterns, please share in the comment section.

Happy Sewing, my friends!!!




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Place for Everything Organizer

Here's another custom order for A Place for Everything organizer.
This is a popular #patternsbyannie organizer, and I can see why.
All those vinyl pockets offer so much storage for so many different supplies.
Whether you are a sewer, crafter, jewelry maker, etc.
there is no doubt you have lots of necessities
that you need to keep organized.
The front and back mesh pockets offer additional storage areas.
One is a slip pocket . . .
And the other is a zipper pocket.
The hook and loop tape on the back of the vinyl insert pages
makes it very handy to remove the pages for ease of use.

Isn't that fun fabric that Renee chose for her lining?

If you would like to sew this organizer for yourself,
I sell the supplies in my shop
- OR -
If you would like to hire me to sew a custom item for you,
please contact me via my blog or my Etsy shop.

I am blessed to have such sweet customers and clients.
Thank you, Renee, you were a joy to work with.






Monday, November 27, 2017

Serger Tote for Rotary Rulers and Cutter



This is the December 27 Baby Lock Serger Class at both Wimmer's locations:
Ogden from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
and
Layton from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you are nearby, I would love to have you join us.
Go to Wimmer's Web site to sign up.

Carry your quilting supplies in style with
the Rotary Ruler and Cutter Bag.
The pattern is from Martha Pullen Company.

The handle goes through the small loop to keep the bag closed.

The bag is large enough to carry a 6 1/2" x 24" ruler,
and it has smaller inside pockets to accommodate your
3" x 6" and 3" x 18" rulers and your rotary cutter.
Batting is sandwiched between the exterior panels and the lining panels
to give the bag stability.


I hope to see you in class!

Thank you for visiting.



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Simplicity 8026 Girls Jumper

My littlest grandgirl was thinking she needed a new dress for fall,
so we headed to Joanne's and she chose Simplicity 8026.

She also chose her own fabric.
It is a very fine whale, lightweight corduroy.
She is an average sized 7 year old - not tall, not short, not heavy, not skinny.
I sewed a size 8 with no adjustments, and it is a perfect fit.

The bodice sides feature a tab (I used flannel) with a decorative button.
Yes, my grandgirl chose those buttons as well.

There is a hidden zipper and hook and eye closure on the back.
I finished off the neckline with Hug Snug, and the armholes with bias binding.

My Baby Lock Triumph did a beautiful job of finishing the inside seams,
and coverstitching the hem.
The pattern sizing is girls 8-16 and it offers sleeve variations
as well as the pattern for a pair of leggings.

Hopefully that girl will get lots of wear out of this jumper before she outgrows it!

Thank you for your visit, sewing friends.




Saturday, November 4, 2017

Vintage Inspired Apron



This is the November 29 Baby Lock Serger Class at both Wimmer's locations:
Ogden from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
and
Layton from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you are nearby, I would love to have you join us.
Go to Wimmer's Web site to sign up.


The pattern is Simplicity 1221.
I modified it to be sewn entirely on the serger.
Instead of purchased binding,
we will make custom binding using the binder attachment.


The patch pocket is sewn on using the chain stitch.

The ties are finished off with a rolled hem.

This would make a lovely,
new apron for you to wear during your Christmas baking,
- or -
it would make a thoughtful gift for someone special.

Do you use your serger for more than just finishing seams?
Let me know in the comment section.

Thanks for visiting today.