Sew Journal

A sewing journal.

I’m going to start a sewing journal.

Perhaps a homemade notebook.

starting a sew journal


Blank pages

A sharpened pencil, ready to jot down new ideas or sketches of new ideas

Pockets sewn out of denim to hold scraps of fabric

The journal could be a place for:

Daily inspirational thoughts

A list of projects that I’m working on

A list of projects that I would like to sew

A calendar listing the days of the week

Books that I would like to read

And possibly a recipe or 2.


denim organizer, fabric


The journal could be a little larger that the Denim Pocket Organizer , yet small enough to fit in my everyday bag.

As I think of the dimensions for this,


a sew journal


The denim pocket organizer could become my sew journal!


Doll Picnic Quilt Part 3



It’s part 3 of July’s Monday Series!

Today is the quilting part.


doll quilt part 3


Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been working on a doll quilt.

Here is part 1, where the quilt top was stitched together.


doll quilt top


Here is part 2, where a front pocket was added to the quilt top.

Materials for part 3:

- 17″ x 17″ piece of cotton fabric for back of quilt
- 17″ x 17″ batting of your choice
- quilting safety pins, safety pins, or needle and thread
- Walking foot, optional
- And your 15″ x 15″ quilt top


quilt sandwich


We’re going to make a quilt sandwich. On a table or smooth surface, place the back fabric right side down.  Smooth out any wrinkles.  Place the batting on top of the back fabric. Smooth out any wrinkles.  Then place the quilt top, which is right side up, on top of the batting, centering the quilt top.

Smooth out any wrinkles.  Baste the quilt together using your preferred method.

I used quilting safety pins.  Begin in the center of the quilt and  work out, pinning through all  3 layers.  I pinned in the center of the squares and close to all edges, about 3″ – 4″ apart.  I left the seams clear of pins, as I’m going to stitch in the ditch down all the seams.


sewing quilt lines


Quilt the top with your preferred quilting method.  I stitched in the ditch on top of all seams using a straight stitch and a walking foot.

There really was no seam in the center to start stitching in the ditch, so I started on the nearest seam line toward the center.

With the pocket on an angle,  I stopped and went around the pocket, then started up again stitching on the seam line.

Trim the extra batting and back fabric to the same size as the quilt top.


quilted top


Your quilt is all set for the binding!

That will be next Monday!

Picnic in July

Chicken sandwiches

Zucchini muffins

and fresh fruit.

What a perfect day for a picnic!


picnic blanket on chair


I’ve been working on the picnic/beach blanket.

I started this blanket for June’s theme and here is where I talked about it.

The blanket top dimensions are 50 1/2″ x 70 1/2″.  I sewed 10 3/8″ fabric squares together.

I decided to add a pocket on each short end.  I cut out an 8″ fabric square.  I folded the top edge over 1/4″ twice and stitched across the fold.  I folded the rest of the edges over 3/8″.

I stitched both pockets on an angle onto the front of the blanket.


picnic blanket pocket


More blanket thoughts:

- Still thinking about ties sewn on one end to roll the blanket up
- The pocket fabric is the same fabric as for the back of the blanket
- Hopefully I’ll have enough of the back fabric for the binding
- I’ve decided to stitch in the ditch down the blanket to quilt it
- I’ll just go around the pockets as they’re sewn on some seams

And I’m still thinking about a sewing a matching bag.

Have a nice weekend!

Scraps of Flannel

So pretty flannel!

So pretty scraps!


basket of flannel scraps


Oh, but what do you sew with flannel scraps?

After sewing some projects with flannel, I have a basket of flannel scraps.  On this blog I have sewn doll pillows, linings of tablet sleeves, burp cloths, and most recently, doll beach blankets with flannel.

This basket was just sitting on a shelf in my sewing room.

So, I took the basket off the shelf and sorted the scraps into piles.

Flower piles


flannel scrap piles


Polka-dot piles

There were stripes, a solid color yellow, and more!

Here’s a beginning list of ideas to sew with flannel scraps:

- Lining of a doll sleeping bag
- baby doll blanket
- patchwork bib
- baby doll pillow

Do you like to sew with flannel?

Denim Scissor Sleeve

Do you need a special pocket or sleeve to keep your scissors in?

How about a sleeve made out of denim?


denim scissor sleeve


with the added ribbon ties, this sleeve keeps your scissors in place while traveling to sewing classes, or for an afternoon of sewing with friends.


- 5″ x 16″ piece of denim fabric for the exterior
- 5″ x 16″ piece of quilting cotton for the lining
- ribbon – 2 pieces each at 10″ long

Adjust the dimensions, if necessary, for your scissors.


measure sleeve side


Fold the lining piece in half right sides together and lengthwise with raw edges matching.


side of sleeve


Determine which short end will be the top.  Measure down from this short end 7 1/2″.  Where the raw edges meet at the 7 1/2″ mark, take a ruler on this edge and set it at an angle on the fabric down 1 1/4″.  Draw a line  with a disappearing marker.

From that line, measure 1 1/4″ back to the raw edges, drawing another angled line.  You have made a triangle.  Cut out on the 2 angled lines that you have drawn.

Repeat for the denim exterior piece.  When finished and folded up, this will be the bottom of the sleeve.


front, back of sleeve


Open the fabric back up, with the right sides facing up.  On both short ends of the denim exterior piece, center and baste the 2 ribbons with raw edges matching.

Place the denim and lining fabric right sides together.  Sandwich the ribbons in between and matching the cut out triangles.

Sew all around with 1/4″ seams, leaving a small opening in one of the short sides.  Make tiny clips with your scissors where you cut out the angled lines making the triangles,  not cutting into your stitches.

Turn right side out and push out all corners.  Press.  Topstitch both short ends 1/4″ from the edges.  This closes the opening.


pinned sleeve


Place the sleeve with the lining facing side up.  Have the top edge as the top, where you measured down 7 1/2″ previously.  Fold the bottom up until the triangle edges meet together.  When folded, the front piece will be a little shorter than the back piece.

Pin together with the denim fabric facing out.

Stitch from the bottom fold to the top on both sides with a zigzag stitch or a decorative stitch.

I used a Rick rack stitch with contrasting threads.


bow tie scissor sleeve


Place your scissors in the sleeve and tie the ribbons into a bow!

Start of a Project

I’m starting a new project!

I know I have some unfinished clothing projects just sitting and sitting.


summer skirt, denim coat


Waiting and waiting.

To be stitched and finished.

Then to be worn when out and about.  Like the new denim coat and the Summer skirt that I started a few months ago.

But I have to be honest:

I enjoy sewing for other people, instead of sewing for myself (especially clothes for me).

I decided to make some cool fabric scrap placemats for our granddaughters.

While cutting up those old jeans and skirt, an idea came to me.

Add some pretty fabric, denim scraps and batting, and you have some cool placemats for kids.

I haven’t worked out the dimensions yet, there is just a pile of scraps sitting on my sewing table.  As soon as I have them figured out, I will post it.

As for the denim coat and Summer skirt, I’ll finish them sometime down the road.

I know!  They could be for Fall!

Have a great Tuesday!



Doll Picnic Quilt Part 2

Happy Monday!

It’s part 2 of July’s Monday Series.


doll quilt part 2


Last week was the beginning, where the quilt top was stitched together.  Here are the directions for part 1.

Part 2 is a front pocket.

Materials for Part 2:

- 4″ x 4″ square of cotton fabric, 1 square

Take the 4″ square and fold one edge over 1/4″ to the wrong side.  Press.  Fold over 1/4″ again and press.  Stitch close to this fold.

This is the top of the pocket.  Fold the bottom edge over to the wrong side 3/8″ and press.  Repeat for the 2 sides.

Determine where you would like the pocket to be on the front of the quilt, keeping away from the edges about 1 1/4″.


pocket on bottom row


At first, I was going to sew the pocket in the middle of a square on the bottom row, but then changed my mind.


pocket on angle


I decided to pin this pocket on an angle, with the sewn edge facing toward the top of the quilt.  Pin the pocket right side facing up.  Sew around the 2 sides and the bottom close to the edges, attaching the pocket to the quilt.


pocket on quilt


And here is the front of the quilt with the added pocket!

The center green and white square?  Leftover fabric from the Stylish Curtains.

Next Monday, July 21, will be part 3 and July 28 will be part 4 of the Doll Picnic Quilt!