An Autumn Home

Happy No-Sew Tuesday!

With the  Autumn days, we’ve been getting our home ready for Winter.


fall color prints


And I searched through my bag of scraps and pulled out some Fall looking prints.

After looking at all the wonderful colors around our home, I decided to make a bunting or fabric garland out of scraps.


pretty fall trees


I have not even thought of the dimensions for the fabric strips on the bunting or where to hang it when I’m finished. It will probably go in our kitchen or dining room.  After a cup of tea and a few more strolls outside, I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

And here is a “Project in the Works” for October.


window seat curtains


I have finished the Window Seat Curtains!  I can cross them off my list of unfinished projects. Let’s see, what else is on that list:

- Picnic Blanket/Winter Throw
– Sew Journal
– Placemats

My husband cut down 2 more trees.  And I just put the last of the washed Summer clothes back in our camper.  Our camper is all set for a long Winter’s rest.  Oh, but I do have a long list of stuff to sew for next year’s camping trips.

So, for today on No-Sew Tuesday, I’ll work on the Fall Fabric Bunting dimensions and will share that with you shortly.

Have a great day!

Marker Bag

After last Monday’s post,

I just had to make a Marker Bag!


marker bag



- 10″ wide by 7″ long light weight denim fabric, for the back piece
– 2 – 3 fabric scrap pieces, of a sturdier weight, for front patchwork piece
– 10″ zipper

The 10″ edges are the top and the bottom of the bag.

Let’s make a patchwork front bag piece.


sew bag front


I cut a denim scrap and a home décor scrap.  I serged the two pieces together with 1/4″ seams.  I trimmed this piece to 10″ wide.


bag front


Then I serged a home décor piece on top of the 2 sewn pieces from the previous step.  Then I trimmed this front patchwork piece to 10″ wide by 7″ long.

I topstitched the seams down on the front side of this fabric piece.  I also sewed a Rick-rack decorative stitch down the front of the denim with a contrasting thread.


marker bag front


Let’s round the bottom corners of the front and back pieces.


round bottom corner


With the front piece right side up, I placed a large spool of thread on a bottom corner.  I traced around the spool just on the bottom with a disappearing marker.  And cut the edge off.

Repeat this step for the other side of the front piece and both bottom corners of the back piece.

Finish the raw edges, if you wish, on the top 10″ edge of the front and back pieces.


marker bag zipper


For the zipper:

On the top edge, fold over 1/2″ to the wrong side and press.  Repeat for the other top 10″ edge.

With your zipper closed and right side up, place the back bag piece with the fold you just made, right along the zipper teeth.  The fabric is also right side up.  Center the zipper along the fabric piece.

Sew a 1/4″ from the fold of the fabric down this long edge. Since you are stitching a 1/4″ away from the fabric and not touching the zipper teeth as you sew, you can use a regular pressure foot.


sew bag zipper


Repeat for the left side of the zipper and the front piece of the bag.

Open up the zipper.

Place the front and back pieces right sides together.  The zipper is at the top. Stitch or serge with 1/4″ seams on the 2 sides and the bottom.


finished marker bag


Turn right side out through the zipper opening.

Fill with markers!

Sweet Baby Patchwork Part 1

Do you have some small fabric squares?

Here is a Fridays Fabric Leftover project for a sweet baby.

A little, little patchwork blanket.


sweet baby patchwork pt 1


I have written this project in different stages.  Today we are going to make the patchwork top.

Materials for part 1:

- 3  5/8″ x  3  5/8″ cotton fabric squares, you will need 16 squares

I used 16 different fabric squares.  The top of this little blanket is made up of 4 squares to a row and a total of 4 rows.


fabric squares for blanket


Lay out the cut fabric squares how you would like to sew them.

Place 2 fabric squares right sides together and sew along 1 edge with 1/4″ seams.  Attach 2 more squares to create a row.


patchwork row for blanket


Press seams to one side.

Repeat above steps to create a total of 4 rows.

Now it’s time to sew the rows together.  Place 2 rows right sides together and sew with 1/4″ seams down the long edge.  I try to have the pressed seams from the previous steps in the opposite direction when I sew the rows together.

Press this long seam open.


sewing patchwork squares


Repeat the above steps 2 more times attaching the rows.


sewing blanket top


Trim your blanket top, if necessary, to 13″ x 13″.


patchwork top


And you have a sweet baby patchwork little blanket top.

Part 2 will be next Friday!

Knitting Notes

I have picked up my knitting again.

My knitting basket just sat over the Summer.  But after writing yesterday’s post, I want to knit again.


basket of yarn


I really had good intentions of knitting during the Summer months.  And to practice the purl stitch.  But this past Summer flew by so fast.

And I’ll admit that I did not even bring my knitting along on camping trips.  On the last camping trip, I mentioned to my husband that I should have brought my knitting with me.  But instead, I packed along some books to read.

I really like the garter stitch.  But have not quite figured out the purl stitch or circular needles.

This is a goal of mine for the Fall and Winter months: to practice the purl stitch.

Over the next few months, you’ll see a sprinkling of knitting posts on this blog.

And for sewing, I may have to make some kind of bag to put my knitting in.  Could be a tutorial!

Do you like to knit or crochet?


October Melody

As I sat at my desk writing today’s post, I gazed out the window.

The sun was shining so warm and bright.  I had thought it was supposed to rain.

But not at that moment.


colorful trees


I reached for my camera.

My dog and I went outside into the nice Fall sunshine and walked around our yard.

How about fabric in colors of greens, reds, and orange?  I can just picture the sewn project, whether it is a bag, scarf, or quilt.


more colorful trees


Today is No-Sew Tuesday.  I had a project planned, but wanted to share these photos with you.

And the sweet October song of:

- Tree branches swaying in the wind


yarn,knitting needles


- Knitting needles weaving yarn into a warm scarf or cowl

- Leaves falling gently to the ground

- Savoring a cup of coffee as some items can be checked off our list of “to do before Winter”

- My laptop keys as I type blog posts

- The rustle of cookbook pages as I search for new recipes to try

- And the hum of my sewing machine.


Crayon Bag

It’s Monday Series time!

Here is a simple crayon bag!


crayon bag


This project also uses up your fabric scraps.


another crayon bag pic



- 8″ x 8″ square piece of light weight denim
– 8″ wide by different lengths fabric, after sewn together equals 8″ x 8″.  I chose a light weight denim and home décor fabrics.
– 7″ zipper

First, let’s make the front patchwork piece.  Here is what I did:

I cut 3 different lengths of fabric that were 8″ wide.  I serged them together along the 8″ edge with 1/4″ seams.  I pressed the seams toward the bottom of the bag.


front of crayon bag


Then topstitched the seams down on the right side of the fabric with contrasting thread.  And I trimmed the front piece to 8″ x 8″.

On the bottom front piece, I sewed a couple of decorative stitches along the 8″ edge, keeping away from the bottom edge for the seam allowance.

Finish the raw edges, if you wish, on the top edges of the front and back pieces.

Now for the zipper.  On one top edge, fold over 1/2″ to the wrong side and press.  Repeat for the other top edge.


sew zipper in crayon bag


With your zipper closed and right side up, place the back piece with the fold you just created in the previous step, right along the zipper teeth.   The fabric is also right side up.  Center the zipper along the fabric piece.


zipper and crayon bag


Sew a 1/4″ from the fold of the fabric down this long edge.  Since you are stitching 1/4″ away from the fabric and not touching the zipper teeth as you sew, I used a regular pressure foot.

Repeat for the left side of the zipper and the front piece of the crayon bag.


zipper sewn in crayon bag


Open up the zipper.


crayon bag inside out


Place the front and back pieces right sides together.  The zipper is at the top.

Stitch or serge with 1/4″ seams on the 2 sides and the bottom.

Turn right side out through the zipper opening.

This is also great for traveling and camping trips.

Fill with crayons!


Denim in a Mason Jar

A Mason jar and denim!

I love anything Mason jars: decorating, storage, flower vase, canning, etc.

Here’s a Fridays Fabric Leftover project.


denim in a mason jar


This is similar to the Mason Jar Organizer but with a couple of twists.


- Wide mouth pint Mason jar
– 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″  quilting cotton, 2 pieces
– 4 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ denim, 1 piece
– 1 1/2″ x 29″ – 31″ long piece of quilting cotton for tie

Take a 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ quilting cotton piece.  With right sides matching, attach this to the denim piece on the 4 1/2″ edges with 1/4″ seams.

Repeat the above step to attach the other quilting cotton piece on the 4 1/2″ edge of the denim.


sewing cotton to denim


Finish all 4 raw edges of this piece.  I used a 4 thread overlock serger stitch.  I left the 2 seams attaching the cotton to the denim unfinished.

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and right sides together.  The 4 1/2″ edges are meeting at the top.


bottom triangle


On the bottom fold, measure over 1″ from the raw edge.  Make a mark with a disappearing marker.  Place a ruler on an angle on this mark.

Measure up 1 1/2″ and back to the raw edge on that side.  Draw a line with the disappearing marker.  Sew only on that angled line you just drew, sewing through both layers of fabric.  Trim seam allowance to 1/4″.  Use a zigzag stitch to finish the raw edge.

Repeat the above steps for the other side at the bottom raw edge.


sewing fabric tie on denim


On one of the 4 1/2″ edges, measure down 1″ from the top edge.

For the raw edges of the fabric strip, use a zigzag stitch, overcast stitch, serger stitch, or pinking scissors, if you would like.  I used a 3 thread overlock narrow hem serger stitch.

Center the fabric strip on the right side, where you just measured the 1″ down.  There was about 12″ of the fabric strip on each side of the fabric to tie a bow with.


denim piece and tie



The above photo has the fabric strip already attached with the zigzag stitch.  I wanted to show a photo of the sewn bottom angled edges from the previous steps.


Use a zigzag stitch in the center of the fabric strip, which the right side is facing up, to attach to the denim/cotton piece.


sewn denim in a jar


Place the fabric right side out inside the jar.  The lining  is against the jar on the inside.

Fold the edges of the cotton fabric over the top of the jar down the side.  The seams where you attached the cotton to the denim are right about at the top edge.

Tie the fabric strip in a bow around to the front of the jar.

A cute pencil, pen, craft scissors, etc. organizer.