A Curtain Redesign

A window seat

and these curtains.

I was in a hurry and this is what happened.


a curtain redesign


The yellow fabric piece on the right curtain side should have met the other yellow fabric, that is on the left curtain side, in the middle.  They both have a yellow strip at each top of the curtains.


I just pinned the yellow  piece on.  And didn’t pay attention that it was on the wrong side of the black fabric.

Oh, I still hung the curtains on the curtain rod.  Now I took them down, and it’s time for a change.  The window seat is just below this window that is in our bedroom.

So, back to the drawing board on this project.

As for the window seat, it’s empty and needs some fabric!

Perhaps a seat cushion?

Doll Picnic Quilt Part 4

Today’s the last part of the Doll Picnic Quilt!

doll picnic quilt part 4


Part 4 is the binding.

Bind your quilt with your preferred method or this is how I added the binding.

It’s a 15″ square quilt times that by 4 sides and add a few more inches.  15 x 4 equals 60 plus 4 inches.  I cut 2 pieces of cotton crosswise on the fabric.  It’s a little more stretchy than cut on the straight of grain.

My fabric was not quite 42″ wide, so I cut a 2 1/2″ wide by 40″ piece of cotton and a 2 1/2″ wide by 24″ piece of cotton.


bias strips


Place the cut strips out like the above picture.  I drew a diagonal line with a disappearing marker.  Sew on a diagonal, attaching the 2 fabric strips.  Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ and press the seam open.

Fold one short end of the binding strip over to the wrong side 1/4″ and press.  Then fold this in half lengthwise and wrong side together.


sew binding strip


Pin the binding with the raw edges matching on the front of the quilt.  Start sewing on one side of the quilt with 1/4″ seams a couple of inches down from where you started pinning.


start to miter corner


For the corners, stop 1/4″ from each corner.  Sew in reverse a couple stitches and take the quilt out from under the presser foot.  Fold the binding up and back down over itself to create a mitered corner.  Start sewing again 1/4″ from this edge.


mitered corner


Repeat for the other corners.

Finish the binding with your preferred method.  Or here is how I finished the binding.


finish binding quilt


A few inches from the beginning stitches, I stopped and sewed a couple reverse stitches.  Then I trimmed the ending binding to a little bit extra.

We’re going to put this extra in between the folded part of the beginning that has yet to be stitched down.


end of binding


Place in between the binding and pin.  Begin sewing again where you had stopped.  Sew toward the beginning stitches and over lap a few stitches to secure.

Fold the binding to the back of the quilt.


back of quilt


Hand stitch the binding to the quilt with a slip stitch or a whip stitch.

And your doll picnic quilt is complete!

Here are links to Parts 1 through Part 3 of the doll quilt series:

Here is Part 1 for sewing the quilt top together.

Here is Part 2 for adding the front pocket

and here is Part 3 for quilting the top.

August Seams

I can’t believe it’s the last weekend in July!

Ah, sewing in August!

The Monday Series for August will focus on Home Sweet Home.


vase of flowers


Simple sewing projects for your home.

I like sewing for our home.

To me, handmade things make our home a little more cozy.

As I’m working on the Sewing Journal, I’m thinking of some cool Summer projects to share with you in the next few weeks.  Before September comes with sewing for Fall.

Here comes August sewing!

I took a 3″ wide scrap piece of fabric and wrapped it around the Mason jar.  The jar is sitting on the reverse side of the Flower Vase Mat which is sewn from denim.

Have a great day!



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?