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Are we talking aprons????

While we are on the subject of aprons…. Here is another pattern I picked up, but not at Hobby Lobby. I stumbled on it while at Uhm, cough, Wal-Mart. 

Yeah, yeah yeah, what can I say. Sure I can sit at JoAnns and sit through looking through books of patterns but I’m on limited time. This one just popped out at me on one of their racks. I do have other patterns I purchased but dang, this one is sooooo easy. Maybe that’s why Simplicity came up with “Its So Easy”. The other thing when Hobby Lobby has their patterns on sale the it’s so easy is NOT 99 cents, they stay at the 6 dollar price. Remember I used to work there. Oh yeah I quit my day job to pursue my dream. 

Anyways this pattern at Walmart was under two bucks. You can’t go wrong can you. Pattern number A8120. Comes in 3 sizes and a little girls pattern too! 

The thing I like about this pattern is that it has a big pocket for the front and then the back that creates that big pocket. Then the waist band. Did I tell you I really don’t look at the instructions? I just look and toss to the side. Maybe because I’m a seasoned sewer. 

Basically the biggest part is making the waistband. The fast and easy is attaching the bias tape to the pocket edges and the edges to the two main pattern pieces.

Most of the aprons I am making are 14-16, however I’m an 18 and these fit me. Only takes less than 7/8th of fabric, but if you know how to lay the pattern you can use less. Even when I am short on fabric for the waistband, I know how to improvise. I even make the straps longer. 

When I did the first set of aprons I asked my daughter, pattern says use contrasting fabric for waistband. I said don’t you think the same fabric as the pocket looks better?she said visual mom, visual, lol. Yes she is like me. Grabbed the fabric laid it and she said yup you got it. Don’t use the plain stuff. On the pink Eiffel Tower, ran out of fabric and bought it last year so I had to opt for plain. But heck it looks great!

Here are the first ones completed, 4 more to finish, but heck I’m not done making these. I have a lot of polka dot fabric to make a lot of these “retro style half aprons”! 

The gal at the new location saw photos of these and she said these are a must.

Am I having fun yet? I think so.

ENJOY and like and share!! 

   
    
 

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Women’s Aprons 

Yay!!! Yes I have a mannequin for my adult women aprons. Uhhhh well she’ll be modeling the men’s sport aprons too. I told my daughter I gave her a name….  Manny Quinn. She actually came down from her bedroom and … Continue reading

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Children’s Aprons

Another item that I sell at my booth down at Nickorbobs in Divernon, Illinois are little girl aprons. I’ve sold embroidered ones with ballet slippers, cupcakes of ll sorts, however now I make my own fabric ones. They are fast … Continue reading

Fold n Stitch Wreaths

This year I have been busy making fold n stitch wreaths. Selling them as centerpiece for tables for the different holiday seasons. You can buy the pattern however I just looked at pictures and figured it out, so please do not ask who makes the pattern and directions. There are several YouTube on how to make. Just to let you know it is a long process however when completed they look great. You can make them for wall hangings as well, I need to look into this.

I continue to make these as a friend of mine is a manager at a fast food chain and she requested me to make them for each season for their display for their catering side.
Just finished making my first fall one. Yes a few more to make in different fabrics, then on to Christmas. Yes I have to be ahead of the seasons for a reason.

Hope you like and notice on the 4th of July one you can actually put on your patio table and put the wreath where the umbrella goes.

It’s been awhile since I posted and please “like or pin” on Pinterest!

Thanks for viewing, more posts coming….

  
  
  
  

Tutorial – Cosmetic Bags

A friend of mine contacted me Monday morning regarding my clutch purses. She was looking for a birthday gift that she needed by Saturday. She saw one of the clutches she liked, wanted to know price and if I still had fabric. Of course, silly question right ladies. So the only worry was getting it by Saturday.

After running around like a chicken with its tail feathers gone doing errands I finally get home to start the project. Here I will tell you how to make a cosmetic bag, complete with pictures. You will notice that I was so into getting this custom order done, I actually sewed up the things not realizing I didn’t take a snap shot.

Pick your fabrics. Usually these cosmetic bags are 10 x 10, but I go 10 x something. Iron the heavy weight fuse able interfacing to the main fabric. You will be using a zipper larger than 10 inches. Now to the machine.

Place the lining and fabric back to back, placing the zipper on top of the main fabric with the zipper pull down. Since you will be using a zipper larger than 10 inches, you do not center it, just let the extra hang on both the top. Eventually you will be cutting the extra off. Then using your zipper foot, sew together. I used quilting clamps to hold the items in place to get a even straight stitch, not shown. After you have sewn the zipper on, then fold the fabric over to top stitch. I used YKK zipper and was able to use my regular presser foot to do the top stitch. There all done, now to do the other side.

Fold the other side with the lining on the outside, main fabric on the inside. Make sure all edges match up, even the raw edges to the best you can. You then change back to your zipper foot and sew. Oops guess what, I forgot a picture on how to top stitch the other side. You need to open the zipper all the way in order to fold the fabric and top stitch. Its a tight fit but can be done. Again I switched back to my presser foot and my top stitch was 3.5. Now you have your zipper done. (I will update with a picture next time I do another one of these cosmetic bags.) NOTE: See how the ends of the zipper hang over the fabric.

 

Now you sew the raw edges together, zipper in the “center” of the bag. Starting with the bottom first. What I do after I do a straight stitch I do a zig-zag next to the straight stitch, if you have a serger, you can use that as well. Being that I don’t serger the seam I cut close to the zig-zag. Now you are ready to do the top. When you do the top, make sure you open the zipper. You don’t want to sew the top of the zipper where the pull is because the pull has to be INSIDE the bag. Also you need a pull on the outside, I use a ribbon and place it in the center of the zipper (see picture #3). The ribbon is 3 1/2 and folded in half.

Now that you have completed the top of the cosmetic bag, again zig-zag or serger the top. You are now ready to do the box corners. You will be doing all 4 corners. Fold the corners and match the seam with the fold in the fabric. Take your ruler and measure 1 1/2 from the tip. Mark with a marker tool, then sew. Again you can serger that seam, but I just used a pinking shear to cut off the extra.

Now you are ready to turn your cosmetic bag right side out. Looks great doesn’t it. And my friend had her bags in not time! In the photo below you can see the size of the clutch bag compared to the cosmetic bag which is 10 x 16 but finished size is 6 x 5 x 3.

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Cosmetic Bags

So thrilled to get those zippers I was off to the sewing room on Sunday to start making my cosmetic bags. Sure I did 4 a couple weeks ago but I had cut up fabric to make over a dozen, but I depleted my zipper stash. OMG now instead of just having a fabric stash, I have ZIPPERS!

As soon as chores and errands are done, up in the room. I just started working on them as fast as I could. Getting tired I finally put the machine to rest at 7 pm. Again these are fast, easy and great looking bags. I still have a lot of these to do, but I am looking forward to getting back in there and completing at least 12.

I have created a hand written tutorial on how to make these even though I did find them on youTube. I noticed that again these items are being sold over priced. Me I am charging a more reasonable price.

Check em out. Its getting late again and my lids are closing.

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ZIPPERS!

Last week I ordered zippers from Zipperstop, https://www.zipperstop.com . They are the Authorized Distributor of YKK Zippers. OMG my heart jumped a beat when I went to the site. Crap it skipped another beat when I made a order. I almost needed to have mouth to mouth when I realized I ordered 140 zippers. 911 was almost called when I saw the total cost of those 140 zippers.

I sat there and paid 1.69 for over 3 dozen zippers at the store I work at, when I could have gone to Zipperstop! 140 zippers ran me UNDER 35 bucks!

I was having a conversation with one of my followers and it was indicated I might have to wait a month for them to come in and that is when I freaked. I quickly called the distributor up in New York. I was easily calmed when he mentioned that the order was received, unfortunately on a holiday, but my shipment should be out by the following week. Whew, wiped my brow. I can handle a week.

Saturday I get home late from work and what is sitting on the table?

Z I P P E R S

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! I opened that bag and I was like omg look at the colors. Now to decipher which ones are which. You’d think I would have ordered a couple here and couple there in each color so I could figure out which were which, but noooooooo. I had to order like 4 or 6 of each. Their color chart stinks on their website and well they don’t give “true color” names.

After going through my shipping list 3 times I think I finally got it but I’d still like to know the grey or slate color, what name was that and I don’t think I ordered them, however I’m not going to complain because I can use them. Wish I could have gotten a “true red”, but I’ll contact them and see if they can send me a color chart for my next order.

Ever see 140 zippers?

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They will get used up and after all, zippers are my best friend now!